Panasonic’s range of Lumix digital cameras have been successful ever since they were launched, and the latest model in the family that is ready and raring to go would be the Panasonic Lumix GF3X, which currently is touted to be the company’s smallest compact system camera to date that will feature a completely new retractable power zoom Lumix G X Vario PZ 14-42mm lens.

Just what makes this lens so special? For starters, it will boast of a retractable design that delivers a whole new level of mobility alongside stunning photo quality, making sure you can tote your beloved GF3X around with you to take great looking photos without the bulk of a DSLR. Of course, don’t expect the range of controls and quality to measure up to a DSLR, but if you’re one who can compromise, then the GF3X seems to be a pretty good bet.

Also known as the H-PS14042 lens if model numbers are your thing, this particular lens will feature electric-powered zoom operation, measuring around 26.8mm in length, while tipping the scales at around 3.35 ounces. Your eyes will be privy to the versatile zoom range of 14-42mm (35mm camera equivalent: 28-84mm) which makes it suitable for a wide range of scenes, ranging from dynamic landscape to portraits.

Apart from that, there is also another Lumix X lens that was announced – the Lumix G X VARIO PZ 45-175mm/F4.0-5.6 ASPH./POWER O.I.S. that delivers superb image rendering for lifelike textures, crisp edge-to-edge contrast, a unique Nano Surface Coating that will achieve a minimal level of ghosts and flaring in natural settings without sacrificing on transparency.

This partnership between the Lumix GF3X and its new lens allows it to achieve Light Speed AF of approximately 0.1 second – making it one quick shooter. As for the new 14-42 PZ lens that also comes with POWER O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilizer), it is a whole lot easier even for beginners to capture clear and sharp photos in conditions where lighting is less than satisfactory.

If you want to have more control over your shots, then manual focusing is also available thanks to the manual focus lever that delivers even more precise control. You can pick up the Lumix GF3X in a black body and black lens or a silver body and silver lens kits options from October onwards, retailing for $749.99 a pop. As for the Lumix G X VARIO PZ 14-42mm/F3.5-5.6 ASPH./ POWER O.I.S. (H-PS14042) lens, that is available for $399.99.

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