Samsung WB2000: 1,000fps video is faster than Amy Williams on a tea tray

That skeleton is bonkers, innit? You lie on a board and shoot down a tube headfirst at daft miles per hour. The Samsung WB2000 is equally fast, but hurtling headlong towards icy mishap is optional

Samsung is launching more cameras this week than there are poorly mimed national anthems at the Winter Olympics. The WB2000 is the Korean giant's second high-end compact today, part of a batch of new cameras at photo show PMA. The WB2000 offers a gobsmacking 1,000 frames per second video mode, fast enough to challenge Olympic gold medallist Amy Williams. It also offers manual control, raw shooting and, best of all, cool twiddly dials.

The WB2000, known as the TL350 to our Stateside friends, joins the Samsung EX1 also announced today. Both pack giant 76mm (3-inch) AMOLED screens, although the WB2000's doesn't fold out like the EX1's angle-able display.

The WB2000 does up the EX1's 24mm wide-angle Schneider Kreuznach lens to a 5x optical zoom. You can snap in raw format, and it also shoots high-definition video. It'll even capture a full resolution still while shooting hi-def video.

As well as the low-resolution, high-speed 1,000fps video, the stills burst mode captures 10 full-size stills in a second, which should be enough to get some decent shots of the British bobsleigh team going past on their heads.

The WB2000 sees the return of the dials first seen on the Samsung NV8 . They're a super-cool and vaguely retro way of telling how much battery life and how much memory you have left.

Samsung's WB2000 takes the podium this spring, for £330.

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