Panasonic have announced a new zoom interchangeable lens for their line of Lumix G Micro Four Thirds cameras. Featuring a splash and dust-proof design, Panasonic Lumix G Vario 12-60mm f/3.5-5.6 ASPH. Power O.I.S. lens offers 5x zoom range of 24-120mm. The equivalent of a 35mm camera. Making the new Lumix G lens ideally positioned to  help those looking for help capturing of wide-angle portraits and landscapes.

LUMIX G VARIO 12-60mmThe Panasonic Lumix G Vario 12-60mm f/3.5-5.6 ASPH. Power O.I.S. lens incorporates an inner focus drive system and stepping motor making it capable of silent and smooth operation while working with the camera’s high-speed, high-precision contrast auto focus system. Both for still photography and video recording.

Made up of eleven elements in nine groups,the Lumix G Vario 12-60mm f/3,5-5.6 features three aspherical lenses and one ED lens. Lens elements are multi-coated to minimize flare and ghosting to give users advanced optical performance.  LUMIX G VARIO 12-60mmIt’s seven blades give the aperture a rounded shape which helps to produce a smooth effect in out-of-focus areas that are shot at larger aperture settings.

The Panasonic Lumix G Vario 12-60mm f/3.5-5.6 ASPH. Power O.I.S. lens weighs just 7.41 ounces and measures  2.8 inches in length. Exclusive of the lens hood which is includes with the purchase of this compact lens. Such a size makes it perfect for photographers on the move.

The new Pansonic lens is available for Pre-Order now at Samys.com or at your local  Samy’s Camera store. Priced at $497.99 for Samy’s Camera customers, the lens is expected to be ready for shipping in May.