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The Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ6 was announced alongside its bigger brother, the TZ7, back in January.

The 10.1-megapixel compact superzoom packs a whopping 12x optical zoom and includes the ever-reliable Panasonic Mega OIS system for keeping shaky hands from ruining pictures, especially at longer zooms.

The shutter can fire at speeds of between 8 and 1/2,000 seconds, or you can set the camera up on a tripod and fire a long exposure in starry sky mode for 15, 30, or 60 seconds. Burst mode will also fire 2 frames per second.

The TZ6 doesn't manage high-definition video, unlike its flashier sibling the TZ7. You get 4:3 VGA-resolution 640x480 pixels or smaller, at 30 frames per second. But you can use the optical zoom while shooting, which is unusual.

The TZ series has had the compact superzoom segment to itself for a while, but this year's crop of new cameras has seen some challengers to the crown. The Kodak EasyShare Z915, Samsung WB550 and Canon PowerShot SX200 IS have all been announced in recent weeks, and all pack 10x or 12x zooms in small packages.

Click on our gallery to take a look around the TZ6.

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The giant lens has a 25mm wide angle lens.
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Here's the 12x zoom at full extension.
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Choices are simple with the TZ6's mode wheel boasting auto, video and scene modes.
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The back of the camera sports a quick menu, 69mm (2.7-inch) LCD screen and handy hinged door to protect the USB connection.
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