Panasonic 42.5mm f/1.7 ASPH POWER OIS LUMIX G

Lens Reviews / Panasonic Lenses i Lab tested

Most people tend to think of image stabilization as being mainly for telephoto lenses. While it's true that their longer focal lengths tend to magnify the effects of camera shake, image stabilization can provde a very useful assist at wider angle focal lengths as well; anyone who's ever tried to blur the image of a waterfall, while keeping the surrounding landsape tack-sharp knows exactly what I'm talking about.

With the POWER OIS system turned off, we see 100% sharp shots hand-held at the 1/60s shutter speed, which is in keeping with the one-over-focal-length rule of thumb (70% sharp at 1/30s). Activating POWER OIS, we have 100% sharp shots down to the 1/15s shutter speed, and 80% at 1/8s, giving us around 2.5 stops of hand-holding improvement.

Mouse over this chart to show results with IS activated.

IS systems tend to provide more benefit to less-stable shooters than very steady ones, so most users will see the same or greater amounts of shake reduction as we measured here. You can read more about our IS test methodology here: SLRgear IS Test Methodology, v2.