Casio Exilim EX-FH100, EX-H15, EX-Z2000 and EX-Z550: If anyone can, Kashio can

Casio's president didn't break any new ground with his CES announcements, launching four compact cameras and a Digital Art Frame that's every bit as rubbish as it sounds

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Did you know that Casio's president is called Mr Kashio? Well, he is. At the Casio press conference here at CES 2010, Kashio san announced four new compact cameras: the high-speed Exilim EX-FH100 (pictured above), and EX-H15, EX-Z2000 and EX-Z550.

The 10.1-megapixel EX-FH100 follows the super-snappy Exilim EX-F1 superzoom and Exilim EX-FC100 compact. It shoots up to 40 photos in a second, at a 9-megapixel resolution. It's also capable of up to 1,000-frames-per-second, high-speed movie recording, allowing for cool slow-motion videos.

The high-speed mode also has a practical use, firing three bracketed shots in a second and combining them to form one perfectly exposed shot.


Here's the EX-FH100 with its 10x zoom lens extended all the way.

Casio is trumpeting its souped-up 'dynamic photo' feature, included in three new compacts. Previous models could combine stills into one image, but the EX-H15, EX-Z2000 and EX-Z550 can combine moving images with other moving images. They allow you to overlay videos on each other -- with hilarious consequences! Oh, Mr Kashio, you card.


Here's the EX-Z2000 just minding its own business.


The three 14.1-megapixel cameras boast the new Exilim Engine 5.0. The EX-Z550 (pictured above) is the prettiest.

Casio also launched the Digital Art Frame. It's a digital photo frame that applies filters to transform photos into paintings, giving your snaps the appearance of eight different art styles. You can choose to turn your photo into a watercolour, pastel, pencil, oil, airbrush, fauvist, gothic or pointillist masterwork, should you really feel the need -- they're all rubbish. More usefully, the Digital Art Frame packs a Wi-Fi connection and supports Adobe Flash Lite, so it displays Flash-animated clocks and calendars. You can create your own clocks and calendars from your snaps.

There's a new tree-hugging projector too, called the Green Slim. It whacks out 3,000 lumens of brightness and doesn't contain mercury. The polar bears thank you, Mr Kashio.