Panasonic Announces New Lumix G Vario 12-60mm F3.5-5.6 Power OIS Weather-Sealed Zoom (w/ Sample Pictures)

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Panasonic today has announced a new lens for its mirrorless system cameras, the Lumix G Vario 12-60mm f3.5-5.6 Power OIS. It’s got an effective focal length of 24-120mm when used with either Panasonic or Olympus’ Micro Four Thirds bodies, although the weather-sealing will probably appeal more to owners of Olympus OM-D bodies. It’s not slated to be the fastest lens in the system with a lackluster f3.5-5.6 aperture spec, but it has decent macro (0.27x real, 0.54x effective, 0.2m minimum focusing distance) and a decent price tag at just $499.99 retail.

From Panasonic:

Panasonic LUMIX Lens, 12-60mm F3.5–5.6 for Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Cameras, Power Optical Image Stabilization, Splash and Dustproof H-FS12060

Experience significant reduction in size and weight vs. a bulky traditional DSLR lens with this Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds camera lens design
The 12-60mm F3.5–5.6 range covers an impressive variety of daily shooting situations (24-120mm 35mm camera lens equivalent)
Durable splash and dustproof-sealed body is ideally suited for all-weather travel, when combined with splash and dustproof LUMIX G Mirrorless camera models
Amazing image stability with integrated LUMIX Power Optical Image Stabilization (O.I.S) and LUMIX Dual I.S. camera compatibility
Fast, accurate focus and salient operation make this LUMIX lens the perfect choice for exceptional photo and video capture

OVERVIEW
For everyone interested in a modern alternative to bulky DSLR interchangeable lenses, Panasonic LUMIX Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds lenses deliver impressive, no-compromise optical performance. The durable, all-weather LUMIX 12-60mm F3.5-5.6 Lens* features the highest standards of detail and sharpness. Built for travel and great photo and video capture, it comes complete with a splash and dustproof sealed body.** And with Dual I.S. (Image Stabilization) compatibility, you’ll shoot with unprecedented hand-held stability anywhere you go. Make the move from bulky DSLRs to smaller, lighter, more compact Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds system cameras and lenses from Panasonic LUMIX.
*24-120mm 35mm camera lens equivalent
**When mounted on a compatible LUMIX G Mirrorless camera

MIRRORLESS PORTABILITY AND A VERSATILE FOCAL RANGE
From breathtaking landscapes to heartwarming portraits, you’ll capture everything you see with this versatile 12-60mm* F3.5-5.6 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds lens. Designed for reliability even under poor weather conditions, this durable lens is all you need for anywhere, anytime photography.
*24-120mm 35mm camera lens equivalent

ALL-WEATHER SPLASH / DUSTPROOF BODY
Conquer the elements in practically any kind of weather or environment. This tough lens features splash/dustproof construction* to shield and protect the inner lens system from sand, rain and more. The perfect lens for heavy field use and shooting in harsh conditions.
* When mounted on a compatible LUMIX G Mirrorless camera

POWER OPTICAL IMAGE STABILIZATION (O.I.S.)
Capture ultra-sharp scenes with built-in optical image stabilization (O.I.S.) technology. Achieve consistently clear, blur-free contours across the entire picture using the renowned Panasonic LUMIX Power O.I.S. to instantly compensate for large camera shake and vibration. Power O.I.S. also delivers stable photography without a tripod.

IDEAL FOR 4K VIDEO-RECORDING
Smart, built-in video support provides smooth aperture adjustments to sudden jumps in exposure, and eliminates impact on audio capture with a silent design. The lens’s AF performance adapts to 4K video capture where precise focusing is essential.

And some sample images (all provided by Panasonic):