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Casio EX-S12 vs Sony A7

Portability
96
Imaging
35
Features
21
Overall
29
Casio Exilim EX-S12 front
 
Sony Alpha A7 front
Portability
78
Imaging
72
Features
80
Overall
75

Casio EX-S12 vs Sony A7 Key Specs

Casio EX-S12
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 2.7" Fixed Display
  • ISO 100 - 1600
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 36-108mm (F2.8-7.9) lens
  • 111g - 95 x 60 x 23mm
  • Announced January 2009
Sony A7
(Full Review)
  • 24MP - Full frame Sensor
  • 3" Tilting Screen
  • ISO 50 - 25600
  • 1/8000s Maximum Shutter
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • Sony E Mount
  • 474g - 127 x 94 x 48mm
  • Launched January 2014
  • Refreshed by Sony A7 II
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Casio EX-S12 vs Sony A7 Overview

Here is a detailed comparison of the Casio EX-S12 vs Sony A7, former being a Small Sensor Compact while the latter is a Pro Mirrorless by competitors Casio and Sony. There is a sizable difference between the resolutions of the EX-S12 (12MP) and A7 (24MP) and the EX-S12 (1/2.3") and A7 (Full frame) use different sensor sizing.

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The EX-S12 was brought out 6 years earlier than the A7 and that is quite a significant difference as far as tech is concerned. Each of these cameras offer different body type with the Casio EX-S12 being a Compact camera and the Sony A7 being a SLR-style mirrorless camera.

Before delving straight into a step-by-step comparison, below is a brief overview of how the EX-S12 matches up vs the A7 with regard to portability, imaging, features and an overall rating.

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Reasons to pick Casio EX-S12 over the Sony A7

 EX-S12 A7 

Reasons to pick Sony A7 over the Casio EX-S12

 A7 EX-S12 
LaunchedJanuary 2014January 2009Fresher by 61 months
Screen typeTiltingFixed Tilting screen
Screen sizing3"2.7"Bigger screen (+0.3")
Screen resolution1230k230kSharper screen (+1000k dot)

Common features in the Casio EX-S12 and Sony A7

 EX-S12 A7 
Focus manually Dial accurate focusing
Selfie screen Neither has selfie screen
Touch screen Neither has Touch screen

Casio EX-S12 vs Sony A7 Physical Comparison

For anyone who is planning to carry your camera frequently, you will want to think about its weight and volume. The Casio EX-S12 has outside measurements of 95mm x 60mm x 23mm (3.7" x 2.4" x 0.9") accompanied by a weight of 111 grams (0.24 lbs) while the Sony A7 has sizing of 127mm x 94mm x 48mm (5.0" x 3.7" x 1.9") along with a weight of 474 grams (1.04 lbs).

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Always remember, the weight of an ILC will change based on the lens you are working with at the time. Following is the front view scale comparison of the EX-S12 and the A7.

Casio EX-S12 vs Sony A7 size comparison

Considering size and weight, the portability grade of the EX-S12 and A7 is 96 and 78 respectively.

Casio EX-S12 vs Sony A7 top view buttons comparison

Casio EX-S12 vs Sony A7 Sensor Comparison

In many cases, it is very difficult to picture the contrast between sensor sizing merely by checking specifications. The visual below may provide you a clearer sense of the sensor measurements in the EX-S12 and A7.

Plainly, the two cameras offer different resolutions and different sensor sizing. The EX-S12 due to its tinier sensor is going to make shooting shallow DOF tougher and the Sony A7 will resolve greater detail having its extra 12 Megapixels. Higher resolution will help you crop photographs a little more aggressively. The older EX-S12 is going to be disadvantaged with regard to sensor innovation.

Casio EX-S12 vs Sony A7 sensor size comparison

Casio EX-S12 vs Sony A7 Screen and ViewFinder

Casio EX-S12 vs Sony A7 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Casio EX-S12 Portrait photography highlights
Sony A7 Portrait photography highlights
27
manual focus
manual mode not available
cannot use external flash
low resolution sensor (12MP)
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
lacks RAW support
83
manual focus
megapixel count good (24MP)
sensor size is large (Full frame)
comes with face detect focus
delivers RAW formats
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Street Comparison

Casio EX-S12 Street photography advice
Sony A7 Street photography advice
55
lighter than others (111g)
no articulating screen
lack of image stabilization
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
lacks RAW support
79
screen tilts up and down
sensor size is large (Full frame)
delivers RAW formats
weather proofing
lighter than average (474g)
very good ISO range (25,600)
no image stabilization
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Sports Comparison

Sports photography with Casio EX-S12
Sports photography with Sony A7
17
lack of shutter priority mode
lack of image stabilization
low resolution sensor (12 megapixels)
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
lacks phase detect auto focus
67
maximum shutter speed is high (1/8,000 seconds)
megapixel count good (24MP)
sensor size is large (Full frame)
weather proofing
has phase detect auto focus
continuous shooting slow (5.0 fps)
no image stabilization
terrible battery life (340 CIPA)
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Travel Comparison

Casio EX-S12 as a Travel photography camera
Sony A7 as a Travel photography camera
56
lighter than others (111 grams)
built-in flash
missing Time Lapse mode
low resolution sensor (12 megapixels)
screen is not selfie friendly
wide angle not the best (36mm)
slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
69
lighter than average (474g)
weather proofing
megapixel count good (24 megapixels)
terrible battery life (340 per charge)
display is not selfie friendly
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Landscape Comparison

Landscape photography with Casio EX-S12
Landscape photography with Sony A7
28
manual focus
can't swap lenses (fixed lens mount)
wide angle not the best (36mm)
slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
small screen (2.7 inch)
manual mode not available
lack of image stabilization
low resolution sensor (12MP)
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
lacks RAW support
missing Time Lapse mode
76
manual focus
switch lenses (Sony E mount)
nice screen size (3")
megapixel count good (24 megapixels)
sensor size is large (Full frame)
very good ISO range (25,600)
delivers RAW formats
weather proofing
no image stabilization
terrible battery life (340 shots)
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Vlogging Comparison

Vlogging with Casio EX-S12
Vlogging with Sony A7
25
lighter than others (111 grams)
wide angle not the best (36mm)
slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
screen is not selfie friendly
lack of image stabilization
video res low (1280 x 720 pixels)
missing external mic jack
36
comes with face detect focus
video resolution high (1920 x 1080 pxls)
has microphone port
lighter than average (474g)
display is not selfie friendly
no image stabilization
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Casio EX-S12 vs Sony A7 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Casio EX-S12 and Sony A7
 Casio Exilim EX-S12Sony Alpha A7
General Information
Brand Name Casio Sony
Model type Casio Exilim EX-S12 Sony Alpha A7
Class Small Sensor Compact Pro Mirrorless
Announced 2009-01-08 2014-01-22
Body design Compact SLR-style mirrorless
Sensor Information
Processor - Bionz X
Sensor type CCD CMOS
Sensor size 1/2.3" Full frame
Sensor measurements 6.17 x 4.55mm 35.8 x 23.9mm
Sensor surface area 28.1mm² 855.6mm²
Sensor resolution 12MP 24MP
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 3:2 and 16:9
Max resolution 4000 x 3000 6000 x 4000
Max native ISO 1600 25600
Minimum native ISO 100 50
RAW pictures
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Touch focus
Continuous AF
Single AF
Tracking AF
AF selectice
AF center weighted
AF multi area
Live view AF
Face detect AF
Contract detect AF
Phase detect AF
Total focus points - 117
Cross type focus points - 25
Lens
Lens support fixed lens Sony E
Lens zoom range 36-108mm (3.0x) -
Maximum aperture f/2.8-7.9 -
Available lenses - 121
Crop factor 5.8 1
Screen
Display type Fixed Type Tilting
Display size 2.7 inch 3 inch
Resolution of display 230 thousand dot 1,230 thousand dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch capability
Display tech - Xtra Fine LCD
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder None Electronic
Viewfinder resolution - 2,359 thousand dot
Viewfinder coverage - 100%
Viewfinder magnification - 0.71x
Features
Minimum shutter speed 1/2s 30s
Fastest shutter speed 1/2000s 1/8000s
Continuous shutter speed - 5.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual exposure
Exposure compensation - Yes
Set WB
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash distance - no built-in flash
Flash options - no built-in flash
External flash
AE bracketing
White balance bracketing
Fastest flash sync - 1/250s
Exposure
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Video resolutions 1280 x 720 (24 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (15 fps) 1920 x 1080 (60p, 60i, 24p), 1440 x 1080 (30p), 640 x 480 (30p)
Max video resolution 1280x720 1920x1080
Video format Motion JPEG MPEG-4, AVCHD
Microphone jack
Headphone jack
Connectivity
Wireless Eye-Fi Connected Built-In
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Physical
Environment seal
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 111g (0.24 lbs) 474g (1.04 lbs)
Dimensions 95 x 60 x 23mm (3.7" x 2.4" x 0.9") 127 x 94 x 48mm (5.0" x 3.7" x 1.9")
DXO scores
DXO Overall rating not tested 90
DXO Color Depth rating not tested 24.8
DXO Dynamic range rating not tested 14.2
DXO Low light rating not tested 2248
Other
Battery life - 340 pictures
Type of battery - Battery Pack
Battery ID NP-60 NP-FW50
Self timer Yes (10 seconds, 2 seconds, Triple Self-timer) Yes (2 or 10 sec; continuous (3 or 5 exposures))
Time lapse feature With downloadable app
Type of storage SD/ SDHC memory card, Internal SD/SDHC/SDXC, Memory Stick Duo/Pro Duo/Pro-HG Duo
Storage slots 1 1
Cost at release $119 $798