Panasonic Lumix: 12-32mm vs. 12-60mm

12-32 vs. 12-60 OpenFilmmaker Youtube Video

The 12-32mm and 12-60mm are kit lenses for two of Panasonic’s popular cameras, the GX85 and G85. The GX85 is a range-finder model and the lens bundle includes both the 12-32mm and 45-150mm lenses. The G85 is a DSLM and includes the 12-60mm lens. Watch the buyer’s guide for more information on the GX85, G7, and G85.

Features

Comparisons12-32mm12-60mm
LooksSmall form-factor
No hood
Retracts into pancake
Larger than 12-32
Bayonet hood
Longer focal range
Build QualityPlastic/Metal mount
Lightweight
Metal mount
Weather-sealed
Image
Stabilization
Mega OISPower OIS
Manual Focus RingNoYes
Weight70g210g
Length24mm71mm
Diameter56mm66mm
Filter Thread37mm58mm

Looks

The first thing you’ll notice about the 12-32 is the small size. It retracts into a pancake lens. You have to extend the zoom ring to 12mm to use it. The 12-32 doesn’t include a manual focus ring while the 12-60 does. The 12-60 lens is bigger and wider, due to the extended focal-length. The 12-60 includes a bayonet hood while the 12-32 doesn’t include a hood.

Build Quality

The lens mount on the 12-32 is made of plastic. **Update** Others have gotten the 12-32 with a metal mount. Mine was plastic. However the mount doesn’t impact the quality of the images. The 12-60 has a metal mount. It’s weather-sealed and feels solid compared to the 12-32.

Image Stabilization

Mega OIS is included in the 12-32 while the 12-60 has Power OIS. You can find discussions between these two on other sites. One point to note is that Power OIS is newer than the Mega OIS. However, just features alone should not be a deciding factor when it comes to stabilization. Body stabilization also plays a role. Both the GX85 and G85 include IBIS.

Focusing

As mentioned earlier, the 12-32 doesn’t contain a focus ring. It can be manually focused in-camera. The 12-60 has a standard focus ring.

Image Comparison

These image are straight out of the camera (without post-processing).

12-32mm @ 12mm, f/3.5, 1/50s, ISO 100
12-32mm @ 12mm, f/3.5, 1/50s, ISO 100
12-60mm @ 12mm, f/3.5, 1/50s, ISO 100
12-60mm @ 12mm, f/3.5, 1/50s, ISO 100 – Looking closely, there are more details in the shadows compared to the 12-32 lens.
12-32mm @ 32mm, f/5.6, 1/20s, ISO 100
12-32mm @ 32mm, f/5.6, 1/20s, ISO 100
12-60mm @ 32mm, f/5, 1/20s, ISO 100
12-60mm @ 32mm, f/5, 1/20s, ISO 100 – This lens lets in more light at the same 32mm length.

Additional Photos

12-60 @ 44mm
12-60 @ 44mm
12-60 @ 60mm
12-60 @ 60mm

The 12-60mm has a maximum aperture of f/5 at 32mm while the 12-32mm has a maximum f/5.6… The 12-60mm can let in more light at the same focal length.

After pixel-peeping, I can tell that the 12-60mm images are slightly sharper and contain less chromatic aberration.

Decision

The small form-factor and light weight of the 12-32 lens makes it ideal for a pocket, travel lens. The 12-60 has a better build quality, newer stabilization, focus ring, longer range, better image quality and is weather-sealed. Between the two, the 12-60 is the clear winner.

Which one do you like and why? Let me know in the comments!

Links

PANASONIC LUMIX G VARIO LENS, 12-60MM, F3.5-5.6 ASPH., MIRRORLESS MICRO FOUR THIRDS, POWER OPTICAL I.S., H-FS12060 (USA BLACK)

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12-60mm

Panasonic Micro Four Thirds interchangeable lens LUMIX G VARIO 12-32mm / F3.5-5.6 ASPH. / MEGA OIS H-FS12032 Black – International Version (No Warranty)

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David
David
1 year ago

Thanks for the comparison. I own the 12-32 and have bought the 12-60 recently. I wasn’t sure about the quality of the 12-60 for 12mm shots compared to the 12-32. Good to see that the 12-60 is performing better on 12mm. It surely will replace my 12-32.

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Jan
Jan
2 years ago

I like the plastic bajonet mounts. They run a lot smoother than metal mounts. Align, insert, turn, done.

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