Panasonic has made up for the disappointment it delivered last year when it matched a 12X optical zoom Leica lens with a relatively low resolution 2-megapixel image sensor. The DMC-FZ10 pairs the Leica zoom lens with a 4-megapixel charge coupled device (CCD) image sensor that can deliver pictures up to 2304 x 1728 pixels resolution. There are a handful of resolution modes including one that delivers 1920 x 1080 pixel images to match the top resolution and 16:9 aspect ratio of high-definition televisions (HDTV) — just the thing for that new TV with memory card slot. The 12X optical zoom lens is equivalent to a 35mm to 420mm zoom lens on a conventional 35-millimetre film camera. Features include an image stabiliser that can help counter shaking, which becomes more noticeable as zoom is increased and a histogram function that provides a visual illustration of luminance levels of the image being captured. A full battery charge should last about 100 minutes or enough to capture 200 pictures with the LCD monitor switched on. The DMC-FZ10 is available in Japan for $US690 and will hit US shelves this month.