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By Andrew Gould 5 June 2009

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On the surface the new Casio EX-FH20 compact camera looks and feels similar to an entry-level DSLR, but this bridge camera has an integrated 20X zoom lens that will give you the equivalent on a 35mm film camera lens of 26mm wide-angle to 520mm telephoto.

The Casio has a 9 megapixel CMOS sensor which might seem somewhat too small for those obsessed with megapixel count. But thanks to some clever sensor shift image stabilisation, which reduces image blur, you’ll be more than happy with the resulting shots.

When shooting at full resolution there’s nothing overly remarkable about the frame rate of 1.25 frames per second, but once you drop the resolution just a tad, you can shoot bursts of up to 40 frames per second. The same can be said of the video performance of the EX-FH20. You can capture full HD at 30 fps, or right up to 420 fps at 224 x 168.

If you’re as keen about video as you are about taking some very good quality stills, this might just be the camera you’re looking for.

PROS
The EX-FH20 has a decent zoom lens, can shoot RAW files and offers very good frame rates.
CONS
The case doesn\\\'t feel s hardy as some competitors and the auto mode doesn\\\'t work all that well.
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