differences

Reasons to consider the Panasonic 12-32mm f/3.5-5.6

More zoom 2.7x vs 1x
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More than 2.5x more zoom, giving you more flexibility for photos
Slightly smaller diameter 56 mm vs 63 mm
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More than 10% smaller lens at the end
Panasonic Lumix G Vario  12-32mm f/3.5-5.6 Learn more about
the Panasonic 12-32mm f/3.5-5.6

Reasons to consider the Panasonic 20mm f/1.7 II

Is a prime lens Yes vs No
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Prime lenses have a single focal length, they are typically sharper and have wider apertures
Significantly wider aperture f/1.7 vs f/3.5
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At its widest, the 20mm f/1.7 II captures much more light (2.1 f-stops)
Significantly narrower aperture f/16 vs f/5.6
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At its narrowest, the 20mm f/1.7 II goes 3 f-stops narrower
Panasonic Lumix G  20mm f/1.7 II Learn more about
the Panasonic 20mm f/1.7 II

similarities

Compared to digital camera lenses

Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
Length Short Help
12-32mm f/3.5-5.624 mm
20mm f/1.7 II26 mm
Diameter Small diameters Help
12-32mm f/3.5-5.656 mm
20mm f/1.7 II63 mm
Auto focus Auto focus Help
Easier to use
Weight Light weight Help
12-32mm f/3.5-5.670 g
20mm f/1.7 II87 g
Max focal length Poor telephoto Help
12-32mm f/3.5-5.632 mm
20mm f/1.7 II20 mm
Wide minimum Not very narrow apertures Help
12-32mm f/3.5-5.6f/5.6
20mm f/1.7 IIf/16

competitors

Panasonic Lumix G 20mm f/1.7 II Competitors

Olympus M.Zuiko  25mm f/1.8

Olympus M.Zuiko 25mm f/1.8

Low light lens

$249 - $260

Wide minimum Narrower aperture
Diameter Slightly smaller diameter
Length Slightly longer
Panasonic Lumix G  Leica DG Summilux 15mm f/1.7

Panasonic Lumix G Leica DG Summilux 15mm f/1.7

Low light lens

$403 - $548

Diameter Slightly smaller diameter
Length Slightly longer
Olympus M.Zuiko  17mm f/1.8

Olympus M.Zuiko 17mm f/1.8

Low light lens

$330

Wide minimum Narrower aperture
Diameter Slightly smaller diameter
Length Slightly longer

Panasonic Lumix G Vario 12-32mm f/3.5-5.6 Competitors

Panasonic Lumix G Vario  14-45mm f/3.5-5.6 /MEGA O.I.S.

Panasonic Lumix G Vario 14-45mm f/3.5-5.6 /MEGA O.I.S.

Wide angle lens

$265 - $300

Image stabilization Image stabilization
Zoom range Slightly more zoom
Length Longer
Olympus M.Zuiko 12-50mm f/3.5-6.3 ED EZ

Olympus M.Zuiko 12-50mm f/3.5-6.3 ED EZ

Macro lens

Wide minimum Much narrower aperture
Magnification More magnification
Length Longer
Olympus Zuiko 12-60mm f/2.8-4 ED SWD

Olympus Zuiko 12-60mm f/2.8-4 ED SWD

Wide angle lens

$449

Zoom range More zoom
Aperture Wider aperture
Diameter Larger diameter

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