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Panasonic announces interchangeable lens and firmware updates for its LUMIX G range of compact system cameras

Press Release   •   Jan 04, 2017 18:50 GMT

Panasonic has today announced the new LEICA DG VARIO-ELMARIT 12-60mm / F2.8-4.0 lens, the renewal of four LUMIX G lenses and a firmware update for its LEICA DG VARIO-ELMAR 100-400mm / F4.0-6.3 lens. The announcements offer LUMIX G users higher performance and mobility when capturing unmissable moments.

LEICA DG VARIO-ELMARIT 12-60mm / F2.8-4.0

The new LEICA DG VARIO-ELMARIT 12-60mm / F2.8-4.0 ASPH. / POWER O.I.S. (35 mm camera equivalent: 24-120 mm; 5x zoom range), a new standard length zoom digital interchangeable lens, is the first lens to be introduced from Panasonic’s LEICA DG VARIO-ELMARIT F2.8-4.0 series. It fully covers a variety of daily shooting situations, from dynamic landscapes to portraits even in low-lit situations or providing a beautiful defocus effect by taking advantage of the F2.8-4.0 high-speed performance.

In addition to the wide aperture, the POWER O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilizer) effectively compensates for blurring, making it easy to shoot - even in dim lighting. The lens works with the Dual I.S. (Image Stabilizer)[1], 5-axis Dual I.S.[2], and 5-axis Dual I.S. 2[3]system when mounted on an applicable Panasonic LUMIX G camera.

Notably, the new lens excels in video recording performance. In addition to the silent operation achieved by the inner focus drive system, the micro-step drive system in the aperture control section helps the camera to smoothly catch up to brightness changes when zooming or panning. The optical design achieves exceptional barycentric stability to minimise image shifts during zooming.

The new lens boasts a rugged, dust and splash-proof design and is even freeze-proof down to -10℃, to withstand professional use under harsh conditions.

Yet, the lens is very compact, allowing easy carrying for photographers and videographers.

The LEICA DG VARIO-ELMARIT F2.8-4.0 series line-up will expand with additional lenses. An 8-18mm (16-36mm, 35mm camera equivalent) wide zoom lens and 50-200mm (100-400mm, 35mm camera equivalent) telephoto zoom lens are currently under development.

The renewal of four LUMIX G lenses for higher performance and image quality

Panasonic is renewing four LUMIX G digital interchangeable lenses to achieve increased performance and mobility:

  • 1.LUMIX G X VARIO 12-35mm / F2.8 II ASPH. / POWER O.I.S.
  • 2.LUMIX G X VARIO 35-100mm / F2.8 II / POWER O.I.S.
  • 3.LUMIX G VARIO 45-200mm / F4.0-5.6 II / POWER O.I.S.
  • 4.LUMIX G VARIO 100-300mm / F4.0-5.6 II / POWER O.I.S.

All of these new lenses comply with the advanced functions of the latest LUMIX G digital cameras, now supporting POWER O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilizer), Dual I.S. (Image Stabilizer)[4], 5-axis Dual I.S.[5], and 5-axis Dual I.S. 2[6] when mounted on a Panasonic LUMIX G camera.

The LUMIX G VARIO 45-200mm / F4.0-5.6 II and LUMIX G VARIO 100-300mm / F4.0-5.6 II now comply with the sensor drive at maximum 240 fps to take full advantage of cameras with high-speed, high-precision Contrast AF. The AF tracking performance in zooming has also been improved thanks to high-speed frame analysis for focus control.

These two lenses now also boast dust and splash-proof durability. A total of nine lenses in the full LUMIX G lens line-up now feature a rugged design to withstand use under tough conditions.

LEICA DG VARIO-ELMAR 100-400mm / F4.0-6.3 firmware update

Panasonic has released firmware Ver.1.1 for the LEICA DG VARIO-ELMAR 100-400mm / F4.0-6.3 ASPH. / POWER O.I.S. lens, making it compatible with the latest image stabilising function 5-Axis Dual I.S. 2.

5-axis Dual I.S. 2 is effective when the lenses are used with the LUMIX GH5 or G80 cameras. Combining an O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilizer, 2-axis) and B.I.S. (Body Image Stabilizer, 5-axis), it compensates for larger movements which were conventionally uncontrollable, boasting even more powerful and effective blurring suppression. 5-axis Dual I.S. 2 works for both photo and video recording, including 4K video.

The new firmware will be available at the LUMIX Customer Support website in February 2017: http://panasonic.jp/support/global/cs/dsc/

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[1]Complies with the LUMIX GX8

[2]Complies with the LUMIX GX80

[3]Complies with the LUMIX GH5 and G80

[4]Complies with the LUMIX GX8

[5]Complies with the LUMIX GX80

[6]Complies with the LUMIX GH5 and G80

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