Photos: Hands-on the Casio Exilim EX-FH20

The Casio Exilim EX-FH20 is tearing up the highways with a blistering 40fps burst mode, jaw-dropping 1000fps video and a 20x zoom. Zoom!

"I feel the need... the need for speed." Step this way, Mr Maverick sir, we've got the Casio Exilim EX-FH20 in the house. It's a speed demon that outpaces almost everything else in the camera market.

The FH20's predecessor, the EX-F1 , got us excited with its gobsmackingly fast speed, but proved to be a gimmicky one-trick pony, a proof of concept rather than a fully rounded camera. Casio has set out to address that with the FH20, which drops the headspinning speed to merely dizzying, and makes a number of adjustments that make it more viable as an everyday snapper.

One of the criticisms of the F1 was that it packed a mere 6 megapixels, half as much as many compacts these days. The FH20 has gone to 9 megapixels, with the trade-off being a slight drop in its still-impressive speed.

How fast is it? This camera is systematic, hydromatic, ultramatic -- why, it's greased lightning! Forty stills are captured in one second, and at full 9-megapixel resolution to boot. To capture movement over a longer period, the frame rate can be varied between 1 and 40fps.

Video is pretty impressive, too. It shoots high-definition 1,280x720-pixel video at a frame rate of 30fps, or ramps up to 200, 400, 800 or even 1,000fps. We're talking Road Runner, my friend. Click through the photos for more on the EX-FH20, including more headspinning speed. Meep meep!

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Rich Trenholm is a senior editor at CNET where he covers everything from phones to bionic implants. Based in London since 2007, he has travelled the world seeking out the latest and best consumer technology for your enjoyment.


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