If you want something pocket sized and easy to use, get a Nikon Coolpix. The "Sport mode" has a shutter priority. You can take pictures of trees beside the road at 50mph without blurring. It will also take series shots up to 16 pictures at 2 FPS simply by pressing and holding the button. In the series shot, though, you do actually lag for about half a second between the first picture and the follow-up shots.
As far as point and shoots, I haven't seen one with a faster shutter yet. If you wanted more than that, you'd be looking at D-SLRs.
Try to avoid any camera being marketed as a dual-role camera. If something will do multiple tasks, it won't do anything really well. Dedicated task cameras are the best. The Nikon has a built in camcorder, but the entire sacrifice of its dual-role came off the camcorder side. The picture is horrible, and it won't capture sound. They didn't do anything that would affect the camera itself. (The newer series have sound capture ability, though)
Also, don't put weight on Digital Zoom. It is like using photoshop instantaneously. It will not zoom in on something it cannot see. Optical zoom is the only way to keep pictures clear, so focus on that number and ignore the digital.
9MP is also higher than what 60% of all photographers (And generally 99% of point-n-shooters) will ever need. Anything 3mp or up is quality enough for 5x7 prints without sacrifice. Never the less.. if that is what you are after...
Here is my recommendation
Nikon Coolpix P60
5x optical zoom
If you have more cash and/or need more MP/zoom, then you can step up to the Coolpix P80
, which is a 10.1MP, and has a 18x optical zoom.
For what it is worth, 99.9% of the pictures on my myspace page were taking using a Nikon Coolpix 3200, which is an older model (3.2MP). I am still impressed by the picture quality, even by today's standards.
Here is a Full Resolution Sample
of the picture quality. (3200)
Good luck in whatever you decide.