posted on Sep 22, 2010 at 4:40PM
Head-2-Head Micro 4/3 Kit Lens Review: Panasonic Lumix G Vario 14-45mm vs. Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 14-42mm
Image Stabilization SystemBy Alex Burack
Image stabilization (IS) is a hallmark of the Micro Four Thirds system, helping to support the use of wide apertures and low light shooting with the small, interchangeable lens cameras.
Thus, cross-manufacturer compatibility with respect to image stabilization works seamlessly in one direction: optically-stabilized lenses (i.e. Panasonic) can be applied to a mechanically-stabilized camera body (i.e. Olympus) without issue - you can elect to use either system. Compatibility doesn’t work in the other direction, however; an Olympus lens (lacking a movable optical element) attached to a Panasonic DSLR or Micro Four Thirds camera body (without a shifting platform below the image sensor) will lack image stabilization altogether.