Casio Exilim EX-S12

Last update (21 September’09):
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Casio Exilim EX-S12 is a 12 megapixels point-and-shoot digital camera features 3x optical zoom, HD recording, Exilim engine 4.0, Youtube capture mode, Face recognition, and a 2.7″ digital TFT colour LCD. The camera measures 94.2 (W) x 54.6 (H) x14.9 (D)mm (Thinnest part: 13.8mm) and weighs Approx. 112g (excl. batteries and accessories).

Overall Rating: ★★★★☆ | Latest Price Info

Expert Reviews

Casio Exilim EX-S12 Reviews reviews the Casio Exilim EX-S12 and writes;
“This is an extremely slim digital camera. It scores highly for ease of use and can also shoot High Definition movies. Picture quality is below top level, but it should get you by for most snapshot opportunities. “
Rating: ★★★★☆

TrustedReviews reviews the Casio Exilim EX-S12 and writes;
“During my Casio Exilim EX-S12 review, I found overall image quality was not a problem for this little camera. The colors are realistic, and most photos are sharp and bright. “
Rating: ★★★★☆

TrustedReviews reviews the Casio Exilim EX-S12 and writes;
“Overall performance is a little slow, but the excellent autofocus and good low-light capability, combined with some fun options make this an ideal camera for social and holiday snaps. “
Rating: ★★★★☆

Steve’sDigicams reviews the Casio Exilim EX-S12 and writes;
“Casio’s Exilim S12 is a 12-Megapixel ultra-compact model with excellent image quality and slew of useful features… this is a good deal if you are looking for extra features in an ultra-compact package. “

User Opinions

Casio Exilim EX-S12 User Reviews

Great camera, terrible manual | Rating: ★★★★★
I’ve had many digital cameras in the last few years. My daughter has a casio 6mp camera that has taken excellent picture, and I’ve always liked the size of the casio cameras, so I bought the S12. First of all the camera is very easy to use and so far seems to take excellent pictures. BUT, I’m the kind of guy who actually reads the manual and likes to know what all the features do. So today I cracked open the manual to see what all these wonderful features actually do….. no mention of any of the features in the manual. The manual mentions the setting but doesn’t say what it does! Amazing. Oh well..

Beat the Canon Powershots for details… | Rating: ★★★☆☆
I agree that this s12 image quality beat Canon Powershots (1000, 780IS that I tested) on sceneries (if you zoom-in to see the details) but NOT on human faces, in term of realistic, color/tone.. There is also a big problem I found for the Auto-flash. It snaps right when your eyes half-way blink due to the flash – everytime. I did self-portrait to find this out, and it should apply to shooting others as well. It is a design flaw I believe. You have to remember to choose Red-eye reduction, which does not make me blink in the picture, before shooting persons.

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Casio Exilim EX-S12 Sample Photos

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Casio Exilim EX-S12 User Manual (PDF)

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Casio Exilim EX-S12 Features

* 12.1 Megapixels (effective), 1/2.3″ CCD Image Sensor
* 3x optical zoom lens: F2.8(W) – F5.3 (36 – 108mm in 35mm equiv.)
* 6 lenses in 5 groups, including aspherical lens
* Metering: Multi Pattern, Center Weighted, Spot by Imaging Element
* 2.7-inch TFT color LCD (Super Clear LCD): 230,160 dots (959 x 240)
* Contrast Detection Auto Focus, with AF Assist Lamp
* Shooting Modes; Snapshot, Marco, Self-timer, Continuous Shooting (Normal Speed CS/4fps CS/10fps CS/Flash CS), BEST SHOT, AUTO BEST SHOT, Make-Up Shot, Auto Shutter, Face Detection, Movie (Normal Movie, Prerecord Movie, and For YouTube™), Voice Recording
* Shutter: Auto: 1/2 – 1/2000 second – Night Scene : 4 – 1/2000 second
* Movie: 720p High Definition, 640×480, 320×240, YouTube
* Auto Best Shot Mode
* Face Detection
* Auto Shutter: Detect Blur, Panning, Detect Smile
* 1 button video
* Exposure compensation: ±2EV in 1/3-step increments
* Auto/ ISO64/ ISO100/ ISO200/ ISO400/ ISO800/ ISO1600/ ISO3200
* White Balance: Auto WB, Daylight, Overcast, Shade, Day White Fluorescent, Daylight Fluorescent, Tungsten, Manual WB
* Monitor Screen Brightness Adjustment
* Self-Timer: 10 seconds, 2 seconds, Triple Self-timer
* Rechargeable Li-Ion battery
* Built-in quartz digital clock

Included Accessories:

* Rechargeable lithium ion battery
* Lithium ion battery charger
* AC power cord
* USB cable
* AV cable
* Strap
* Reference Manual

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