Casio EX-S12

Casio Exilim EX-S12 front
  • 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
  • Released January 2009
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  • Alternatives
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Casio EX-S12 overview

Casio EX-S12 is Casio's Small Sensor Compact camera originally announced on January of 2009. It includes a 12 MegaPixel, CCD 1/2.3" size sensor with a maximum resolution of 4000 x 3000.

The EX-S12 is placed #204 out of 261 in Small Sensor Compact cameras & all around #1163 out of 1465 for cameras in our database. Remember to use our Advanced camera filter to find camera ratings based on your customized requirements.

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Here is a graph of different criteria used in the scoring system.

Casio EX-S12 family

The Casio EX-S12 is part of a family of cameras. You can view the full list below.

ModelVisualizeLensResolutionSensor SizeReleased
Casio-Exilim-EX-ZR800 front thumbnailCasio EX-ZR800
EX-S12 vs EX-ZR800
Casio-Exilim-EX-ZR700 front thumbnailCasio EX-ZR700
EX-S12 vs EX-ZR700
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Casio-Exilim-EX-ZR400 front thumbnailCasio EX-ZR400
EX-S12 vs EX-ZR400
Casio-Exilim-EX-ZR1000 front thumbnailCasio EX-ZR1000
EX-S12 vs EX-ZR1000
Casio-Exilim-EX-ZR300 front thumbnailCasio EX-ZR300
EX-S12 vs EX-ZR300
Casio-Exilim-EX-ZR15 front thumbnailCasio EX-ZR15
EX-S12 vs EX-ZR15
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Casio-Exilim-EX-ZR100 front thumbnailCasio EX-ZR100
EX-S12 vs EX-ZR100
Casio-Exilim-EX-H30 front thumbnailCasio EX-H30
EX-S12 vs EX-H30
Casio-Exilim-EX-ZR10 front thumbnailCasio EX-ZR10
EX-S12 vs EX-ZR10
Casio-Exilim-EX-H20G front thumbnailCasio EX-H20G
EX-S12 vs EX-H20G
Casio-Exilim-EX-FH100 front thumbnailCasio EX-FH100
EX-S12 vs EX-FH100
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Casio-Exilim-EX-H15 front thumbnailCasio EX-H15
EX-S12 vs EX-H15
Casio-Exilim-EX-FC150 front thumbnailCasio EX-FC150
EX-S12 vs EX-FC150
Casio-Exilim-EX-Z33 front thumbnailCasio EX-Z33
EX-S12 vs EX-Z33
Casio-Exilim-EX-Z280 front thumbnailCasio EX-Z280
EX-S12 vs EX-Z280
Casio-Exilim-EX-Z90 front thumbnailCasio EX-Z90
EX-S12 vs EX-Z90
Casio-Exilim-EX-Z450 front thumbnailCasio EX-Z450
EX-S12 vs EX-Z450
Casio-Exilim-EX-H10 front thumbnailCasio EX-H10
EX-S12 vs EX-H10
Casio-Exilim-EX-S12 front thumbnailCasio EX-S1236-108mm
Photography Glossary
Casio-Exilim-EX-FC100 front thumbnailCasio EX-FC100
EX-S12 vs EX-FC100

Casio EX-S12 Pros and Cons

Here is a checklist of pros and cons of the Casio EX-S12 based on features that are typically viewed as important in a camera.

built in lens has zoom (36-108mm 3.0 x zoom)
flash built-in
has HDMI port
lighter than average in class (111g)
very good min ISO (100)
you can focus manually
can't change lens (fixed lens mount)
can't use external flash
display is not selfie friendly
lack of image stabilization
lack of shutter priority mode
low resolution screen (230 thousand dot)
low video resolution (1280 x 720 pxls)
max zoom aperture not good (f7.9)
no aperture priority
no headphone port
no manual exposure
no microphone port
no phase detect auto focus
no RAW support
no Timelapse function
screen is fixed
sensor resolution low (12 megapixels)
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
sluggish maximum aperture (f2.8)
small screen (2.7 inches)
wide angle not the best (36mm)
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Casio EX-S12 Sensor features

The dimension of the sensor in the Casio EX-S12 is 6.17mm x 4.55mm (1/2.3"). The 28 mm² sensor is able to resolve 4000 x 3000 pixels using aspect ratios of 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9.

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The CCD sensor has 12 megapixels and features a native ISO range of 100 - 1600. Unfortunately, RAW photos are not saved which means that the user has less margin for error.

The image below shows the EX-S12's sensor size in comparison to other common sizes. The EX-S12 sensor has a crop factor of 5.8 and is displayed in green.

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To get a sense of specific aspect ratios, you can refer to the visual below.

Camera sensor aspect ratios

Casio EX-S12 dimensions

Casio EX-S12 weighs around 0.24 pounds (111 gr / 3.92 oz) & has outer measurements of 95mm x 60mm x 23mm (3.7" x 2.4" x 0.9"). The weight of normal Small Sensor Compact camera is 174 gr so the Casio EX-S12 is lighter as compared to various rivals.

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Listed below is a photo of the Casio EX-S12 alongside a soft drink so you can get a sense of its size.

Casio Exilim EX-S12 dimensions scale

The top view here will provide the button design on the EX-S12.

Casio Exilim EX-S12 topview buttons dials

Casio EX-S12 Lens features

The EX-S12 offers a built-in lens offering a focal range of 36-108mm making it a 3.0 x zoom which is not perfect nevertheless it is going to be very helpful in certain situations.

At it's widest 36mm, the lens features an aperture of f2.8 making it rather sluggish and not great for low light events and you will find it hard to get good bokeh. You will also have to raise your ISO setting which results in noisy files. Towards the long end, 108mm comes with f7.9 which is pretty slow and you might have to choose slow shutter speeds.

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Casio EX-S12 Connectivity

The EX-S12 has the following connectivity:

  • USB Yes
  • Wireless Yes
  • HDMI Yes

Cameras that have NFC and / or Bluetooth connectivity can be used wirelessly through smartphones. You will be able to send pictures and sometimes change camera settings with no need to connect straight with the camera.

Some apps also stream a Liveview and click the shutter in case you aren't near the camera. If the camera includes a HDMI port, it can be hooked up to an external screen. Virtually all cameras will allow you to recharge the battery with the USB socket.

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Casio EX-S12 Video features

The maximum video resolution in the Casio EX-S12 is 1280 x 720 and you can record in Motion JPEG format. 720p is awful for today's standards. You should go for at least FUll HD resolution for video. The body doesn't feature a microphone and / or headphone socket which means you get absolutely no control over the sound. It is perhaps best to consider another camera if you require decent sound for your video clips.

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Casio EX-S12 Weather Sealing

There is no weather sealing on the Casio EX-S12 so you have to be cautious in rainy or dusty situations.

Casio EX-S12 Display and Viewfinder

The Casio EX-S12 includes a 2.7 inch fixed display screen having a resolution of 230 thousand dots.

Please note that the display has no touch support.

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The View Finder specs for Casio EX-S12 are the following:

  • ViewFinder None

For bright outdoor situations that make the camera screens washed out and hard to see, viewfinders are quite useful.

Casio EX-S12 Shutter features

The maximum shutter speed is 1/2000 sec.

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Casio EX-S12 Flash and Hot shoe features

Casio EX-S12 features just integrated flash without external flash ability.

Casio EX-S12 Autofocus features

Casio EX-S12 features only Contrast Based AF & lacks Phase Detect AF. Phase Detection focusing is a lot faster & precise as compared to Contrast Based focusing.

Casio EX-S12 features manual focusing if required during low light conditions or you want to have more accurate focusing control.

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Casio EX-S12 Battery life

The general Small Sensor Compact camera battery life is 241. Fujifilm X30 has got the highest possible (470) battery life within this range of cameras.

Here is a list of Small Sensor Compact cameras with the highest battery life:

Casio EX-S12 for different styles of photography

The following illustration shows a analysis of the Casio EX-S12 for different styles of photography. To understand more, browse to the specific section below.

Casio EX-S12 Portrait photography factors

The Casio EX-S12 has a rating of 27 which is really bad, and means the camera is just not acceptable to use for portrait images. Photographing portrait images favors greatly towards sensor dimension, RAW support plus the capability to utilize off-camera lighting.

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focusing manually
no manual control
can't use external flash
MP count low (12 megapixels)
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
does not have RAW support

Street photography with Casio EX-S12

With a modest points tally of 55, the Casio EX-S12 is relatively appropriate for street photography. A good street photography camera offers a good balance of picture quality plus portability.

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lighter than competitors (111 grams)
screen is fixed
no image stabilization
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW format

Casio EX-S12 Sports photography information

A really bad sports photography rating of 17 suggests the Casio EX-S12 is just not acceptable for taking pictures of sports. A camera needs to have great tracking and continuous shooting for sports photography.

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no shutter priority
lack of image stabilization
low resolution (12 megapixels)
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
has no phase detect autofocus

Casio EX-S12 Travel photography info

Weight is extremely critical in buying a travel camera. In general, the Casio EX-S12 gets a reasonable 56 for a travel camera which makes it fairly appropriate to take with you on your vacations.

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lighter than average (111g)
flash built-in
lack of Time Lapse mode
sensor resolution not great (12MP)
screen isn't selfie friendly
wide angle not good (36mm)
slow max aperture (f2.8)

Casio EX-S12 Landscape photography information

When you're planning to purchase a digital camera for landscape pictures, the most significant factor is going to be image quality. The Casio EX-S12 and it's really bad score of 28 as a landscape camera is just not acceptable amongst it's competitors.

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focusing manually
can't change lenses (fixed lens mount)
wide angle not the best (36mm)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
screen is small (2.7 inch)
manual exposure not available
no image stabilization
sensor resolution not great (12 megapixels)
very small sensor (1/2.3")
no RAW support
missing Timelapse function

Vlogging with Casio EX-S12

A vlogging camera really should have a articulating screen, mic port and if possible image stabilization. Considering everything, the Casio EX-S12 is just not acceptable as a vlog camera as it receives a really bad score of 25.

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lighter than competitors in class (111 grams)
wide angle not good (36mm)
sluggish max aperture (f2.8)
does not have selfie friendly display
lack of image stabilization
video res low (1280 x 720 pixels)
does not have external mic port

Casio EX-S12 Alternatives

If you are in the market for replacements to the EX-S12, here is a list of the top scored cameras which fall into the family of Small Sensor Compact.

The diagram below shows you a summary of the EX-S12 compared to it's highest scored competitors shown earlier.

There are more cameras you might look into as alternatives. To go through a full comparison, go to the "compare" link.

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General Information
Model type
Casio Exilim EX-S12
Small Sensor Compact
Body design
Sensor Information
Sensor type
Sensor size
Sensor measurements
6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor surface area
Sensor resolution
12 megapixels
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio
4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Full resolution
4000 x 3000
RAW pictures
Max native ISO
Lowest native ISO
Manual focusing
Autofocus touch
Continuous autofocus
Single autofocus
Tracking autofocus
Autofocus selectice
Center weighted autofocus
Autofocus multi area
Live view autofocus
Face detect autofocus
Contract detect autofocus
Phase detect autofocus
Lens support
fixed lens
Lens zoom range
36-108mm (3.0x)
Highest aperture
Crop factor
Range of display
Fixed Type
Display sizing
2.7 inches
Display resolution
230 thousand dot
Selfie friendly
Touch function
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type
DXO scores
DXO All around rating
not tested
DXO Color Depth rating
not tested
DXO Dynamic range rating
not tested
DXO Low light rating
not tested
Slowest shutter speed
1/2 secs
Maximum shutter speed
1/2000 secs
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Change white balance
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Hot shoe
Auto exposure bracketing
White balance bracketing
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Supported video resolutions
1280 x 720 (24 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (15 fps)
Max video resolution
Video format
Motion JPEG
Microphone jack
Headphone jack
Eye-Fi Connected
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
Environment seal
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
111 grams (0.24 lb)
Physical dimensions
95 x 60 x 23mm (3.7" x 2.4" x 0.9")
Battery ID
Self timer
Yes (10 seconds, 2 seconds, Triple Self-timer)
Time lapse recording
Storage media
SD/ SDHC memory card, Internal
Storage slots
Price at launch