For a press conference to draw audible gasps from jaded tech journalists is a rare thing, but Casio's demonstration of the skills of the EX1, which can shoot stills at 60 frames per second and video at a frankly insane 1200 frames per seconddid just that.
Cue lots of videos of champagne bottles exploding incredibly slowly and water balloons bursting in graceful slow-mo – plus huge series of stills to show how being able to shoot 60 frames in a second enables you to capture just the precise moment when the dolphin leaps out the water, or the batter hits a home run.
The 6MP EXF1, due on sale in Spring and debuted in our Big in 2008 feature, can even start shooting before you do – a rolling record function lets you ‘go back in time’ to compensate for shutter lag and your slow fingers. But even Casio’s slimmer Exilims are set for similar hi-tech idiot-proofing, with a new Auto Shutter mode that lets the camera decide when to take the shot, not you – so it waits until your subjects are still, or an object in a panning shot is in focus, or until the lucky victims are smiling before taking the snap.
There was also news of four new compacts, the EXS10, S10, Z80 and Z100, with one-button video record, and easy sync with iTunes and YouTube. But frankly, after seeing with the EX1, I just feel the need to shoot a bullet through an apple right now...