While recent Casio point-and-shoot announcements have been strongly geared toward high-speed shooting, the just-announced Casio Exilim Hi-Zoom EX-H10 is focused squarely on its zoom range and battery life.
The 12-megapixel EX-H10 offers a 24mm ultra-wide-angle lens as part of its ample 10x optical zoom (24mm to 240mm), along with a sensor-shifting mechanical image stabilization system.
To go along with those optics, the EX-H10 has a 3-inch LCD screen, an HD movie mode that shoots 1280-by-720 AVI clips at 24 fps, and an in-camera Dynamic Photo feature that automatically crops out a subject from a shot's background, then lets you superimpose it upon other images or backgrounds of your choice (think 'in-camera greenscreen').
Casio is also claiming that the EX-H10 has phenomenal battery life, with the ability to fire off 1000 shots on a single charge of its rechargeable Lithium ion battery. Most point-and-shoots we've seen top out at about 350 shots per charge, and that's on the high end of the spectrum when it comes to PC World Test Center battery tests.
The EX-H10 also packs in Casio's newest image-processing engine, the Exilim Engine 4.0, which features separate processors for image processing and other in-camera features.
Alas, the EX-H10 doesn't have the same high-speed burst mode chops as the Casio Exilim EX-F1, EX-FH20, EX-FC100, and EX-FS1, but it's nothing to sneeze at. Its burst mode maxes out at 10 frames per second.