Mirrorless with a retractable zoom lens?

Started Sep 18, 2013 | Discussions thread
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Re: Mirrorless with a retractable zoom lens?
In reply to peevee1, Sep 19, 2013

peevee1 wrote:

EinsteinsGhost wrote:

cdennis wrote:

Does anyone know if any of the manufacturers make an interchangeable type zoom lens for a large sensor mirrorless body (zoom somewhere in the range of 28 - 100 mm) that can retract when powered off to a thickness similar to the built in lenses on cameras like the Canon G16, Sony RX100, etc.? Thanks.

The closest you're going to get with Sony NEX-3N or 5R/5T with 16-50 PZ lens. But if you are okay with smaller sensors (up to 1"), RX100 itself.

Panasonic 14-42 PZ is smaller than Sony 16-50 PZ, and of much higher quality. And its 28-84 equivalent is closer to the requested range than Sony's 24-75mm equivalent (although I think the latter is actually more useful as you can always crop/digital zoom a little).

The lens might be smaller, as is the sensor, the body is bigger, consequently they aren't much different (and here pitted against RX100):

Top View: Sony NEX-3N w/16-50 PZ, Panasonic GF1 w/14-42 PZ, Sony RX100 II

Front View: Sony NEX-3N w/16-50 PZ, Panasonic GF1 w/14-42 PZ, Sony RX100 II

And Panasonic indeed does a good job covering up the lens' shortcomings with in-camera corrections (applied even to RAW).

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