Casio Exilim EX-S12 12MP Digital Camera with 3x Optical Zoom and 2.7 inch LCD (Green)

Casio Exilim EX-S12 12MP Digital Camera with 3x Optical Zoom and 2.7 inch LCD (Green)

Casio Exilim EX-S12 12MP Digital Camera with 3x Optical Zoom and 2.7 inch LCD (Green) Rating:
List Price: $229.99
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Product Description

The EX-S12 has a stylish body measuring just .6" thin (.5" at the thinnest part). It boasts an effective 12.1 megapixel resolution with up to 3X optical zoom and 4X Digital zoom and a super clear 2.7" LCD monitor.


  • 12.1-megapixel resolution
  • 3x optical zoom; 2.7-inch widescreen LCD
  • State-of-the-art Exilim Engine 4.0; Dynamic Photo function
  • HD Movie function
  • Capture images to SD/SDHC memory cards (not included)

Casio Exilim EX-S12 12MP Digital Camera with 3x Optical Zoom and 2.7 inch LCD (Green) out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 953 user reviews
CASIO Casio Exilim EX-S12 12MP Digital Camera with 3x Optical Zoom and 2.7 inch LCD (Green) The EX-S12 has a stylish body measuring just .6" thin (.5" at the thinnest part). It boasts an effective 12.1 megapixel resolution with up to 3X optical zoom and 4X Digital zoom and a super clear 2.7" LCD monitor. $229.99

10 Responses to “Casio Exilim EX-S12 12MP Digital Camera with 3x Optical Zoom and 2.7 inch LCD (Green)”

  1. Kenneth Young Says:


    This Casio EX-S12 was chosen over other compact cameras in the US market, due to its tiny size and price. My intention is to find a super compact but decent camera for my wife to travel with, where a full size DSLR is not desirable.

    The camera started up quickly but does take about 2-3 seconds between shots (not bad considering that I had the automatic flash on and it’ll take time to charge up the capacitor). The buttons and the menu are intuitive and easy to figure out. The camera is packed with features that I’ll never use, such as BestShot, Youtube, Dynamic Photo, smile recognition, etc. On the other hand, I do find the historgram and the tripod mount highly benficial.

    Battery life seems to be good. Although it didn’t make sense to have a compact camera, but the battery charger is as big as the camera itself, with a long power cable to the outlet. It’s a generic detachable cable so I’ll replace it with a shorter one (or shorten the one provided). I’ve not tried if I can charge the battery by using the USB cable only.

    As for the resulting photos, it does a great job with portraits as I’m impressed with the smooth and natural skin tone that it produces. I had no problem with noise with the normal ISO setting. It produces beautiful, peaceful pastile color for landscape photos as well. I did not play with any camera setting to adjust the internal processing, but you’ll probably need to do so if you want photos with more contrast and more punch. It’s not an issue with me, since I can always post-process the files later via Photoshop. As with most point-n-shoot, too bad it doesn’t create RAW file format.

    I tend to use the wide side rather than telephoto with my photography style. Thus, I hardly use the zoom feature. This camera has the 36mm equivalent, which is about the normal human’s view point so images aren’t distorted much. Not an ultra-wide, but not bad.

    The on camera flash is okay for a tiny camera, and the output is adjustable. I do rather see a PC port added with the future model, so I can shoot with an off-camera flash.

    As for the HD video, it works fine. Originally, I tested it with an old SD card and was suspicious if audio and video were in sync. Later, I put in a better SDHC card and had no issue with the video. The video in HD mode started up quickly, but it’s limited to 10 minute clips (due to size limitation of FAT32 file format as with other point-and-shoot?). You’ll have to remember to find a break to stop-and-restart quickly before the 10 minute is up.

    Be sure to get the biggest and fast SDHC card that you can get. My old 1GB SD card was filled quickly with about 7 minutes of HD video and few 12MP photos. Also, due to its tiny dimension, be sure to use the hand strap.

  2. AmazonLoyalist Says:


    OK, here is the non-techie’s verdict on this camera… I really like it and rate it a SOLID FOUR STARS !!!

    I will leave the techie’s to discuss all the pros and cons of the specs. In a nutshell, here are my thoughts:

    1) It’s definitely mini and fits easily in a shirt pocket.

    So bring one along in your pocket and you’ll always

    be ready for a Kodak…oops! “Casio Moment”

    2) I was all set to buy the silver one, but when they

    took it out of the box, it looked way tooo shiny!

    Like the color of bright, polished tin… so I

    asked to see the other colors and bought the gold,

    champagne, beer-colored one. It looks fantastic.

    3) WITHOUT the manual, I played around with the MENU

    and the various buttons and got everything working

    to my liking within 30 minutes. And I am no


    4) OUTPUT: Yes, the photos and videos ROCKED for this

    mini-camera. Expensive, separate-lens, high-end

    cameras will take BETTER photos, but these are

    DEFINITELY VERY GOOD! Colors are vibrant!

    5) BEST SHOT – Pre-programmed settings for outdoors,

    night, and about 20-other almost-any-event. This

    is a fun gadget and let’s you focus on the

    subject/s while this little cam does all the


    6) PRICE: Definitely OK for all that you get in that


    7) C’MON !!!.. I said enough… go out and buy one!

    YOU will be HAPPY you did. Trust me. It rocks!

  3. Andy Sernovitz Says:


    I have owned 4 previous versions of this camera. They are fantastic. I use them for work and for family.

    This one just doesn’t work. Picture quality is worse. When you make movies, the video is out of sync with the audio.

    I think they tried to put too much in one little camera. I’m returning this and buying one of the older models.

  4. Brian K. Martin Says:


    I usually shoot with a DSLR and wanted to get a new small camera to carry around and replace my 5 year old Pentax Optio S4i. My main criteria for picking the camera were weight, HD video capture, image quality, and ease of use. I’ve since updated this list to include image stabilization.

    The casio s12 is one of the smallest cameras you can get. Reviews also said the camera was snappy. Looking at reviewer’s test shots showed it had very good image quality, so I picked one up.

    I wanted to like this camera. I tried to like this camera. But in the end the camera is just too unreliable to be used as a point and shoot. The images typically look very good on the camera’s screen, but on a large monitor they were often under saturated, auto white balance was off, and most importantly they were frequently out of focus. With this camera, you need to pre-focus with a 1/2 shutter press before taking a picture. Far too often, the camera would never focus – even in sunlight. The only time there was reliable focus was when the subject was relatively close to the camera (a couple yards or less away) and cooperative. When the focus worked correctly, the picture quality was still not perfect (harsh chromatic aberration) but was admittedly much better than average. I cannot figure out why the focus is so hit or miss. Perhaps it is operator error or lack of image stabilization. It may even be that the camera defaults to focus a few feet away when its autofocus algorithm fails. This would be fine for taking a picture of your friends sitting at a table with you, but it does not work if you are zoomed-in on your kids playing in the yard.

    The HD video quality was fairly good for nearby subjects. It did suffer from lack of any image stabilization technology and it is doubtful anyone would be using this camera for shooting video with a tripod. With a camera this small I really think you need some form of image stabilization.

    I will return the Casio and try one of the new Canon’s or the Lumix FX-35/37/48 (or even the new Pentax w80). I would only recommend the Casio for someone who primarily shoots nearby, cooperative subjects. Those images seem to come out OK most of the time and even excellent once in a while. This camera would not be my recommendation if you want to capture your kids candidly. If you like the Casio style or feature set, perhaps the Casio Z400 will be better since it has image stabilization, a longer zoom, and perhaps some updated firmware.


    * Easy to use

    * Great feature set

    * Small (but not too small) size

    * Great set of ‘best shot’ modes, including a unique whiteboard and business card mode which can replace your scanner

    * Unlimited length HD video capture in AVI format (good for Windows) at 24fps. The lack of 30fps in HD mode wasn’t noticeable.

    * Good build quality with excellent LCD screen

    * Good low-light focus lamp

    * Potential to take some very good pictures


    * Very unreliable focus and sometimes unreliable white balance

    * Terrible printed user manual (but the online manual is very good)

    * No standard cable connections on camera for USB

    * No digital video out from the camera

    * Some of the in-camera features just did not work reliably. Most notable is the feature where you can subtract the background from around your subject and place the subject in another image.

    * Lens not very wide (~36mm)

  5. R. M. Mayhew Says:


    I had a prior version of this camera that had a docking station to charge the battery and transfer pictures to storage. It was simple. You put the camera in the dock and that was it.

    This version does not have the docking station. It requires you to remove the battery to charge it. If you remove the battery for a period of time you will lose your settings. If you have a charged backup battery and you switch it quickly, I’ve found the settings (date, time, quality, etc) are retained.

    The picture quality (still and video) is improved from the EX-S500 I had before. The screen is much, much easier to read in sunlight. On the EX-S500 I sometimes had to hold my hand over the screen to block the light so I could see it.

    What would make this camera an absolute standout is if the charger was a docking station AND could be used to charge the battery separately. Why not make it as easy as possible to charge and transfer photo’s?

  6. Happy in Russia Says:


    Ok, I don’t know why others are giving this camera a low review. Perhaps they haven’t played with it enough. I have only had this camera for about two weeks. I gave it to myself for a birthday present cause it was time to get rid of my old Nikon 3.2 mp camera and I am about to spend a semester in France and throughout Europe doing some field work for my Master’s thesis.

    First of all, the sheer size of this camera is amazing (its smaller than my ipod video). I was originally going to get the s10 but was unable to find it (I guess they’re not selling it anymore), but quite honestly 2 mp difference is no big deal. 12mp is more than enough. I have gotten so many compliments on this camera so far just because of its size and the fact that it has 12mp rather than 10 or even 8.

    I think the picture quality is outstanding! I have been playing with it practically everyday taking pictures of anything and everything to get a good test out of it. So far, all these pictures look very very nice. One thing I like to do with cameras is play around with its settings. This camera, although it has a Best Shot Feature (pre-programmed settings for certain situations), I’m the type of person who likes to experiment with those settings anyway. This camera allows you to do that with the best shot feature and it has a manual feature so that you can adjust everything! I hate cameras that won’t let you mess with its pre-programmed settings cause let’s face it they don’t always get it right! Then the best part is, you can save these settings that you’ve created and the camera will remember them for you.

    One thing I see in these reviews is that the picture quality is bad. The s12 (as I’m sure with other casios) has a “quick shutter” setting. This setting will immediately take the picture before it has a chance to focus (why you would do that I’m not sure). You can turn this off! That was one of the first things I changed when I started playing with it.

    The HD videos this camera takes are very impressive! I have posted a couple of them on Youtube (look under my name: vsa23). They look fantastic on our 52″ HDTV! Have not run into any problems like the sound not being in sync with the video.

    My ONLY complaint about this camera is that when the camera is on “Best Shot Auto Focus” (the lowest, easiest, setting for grandma), the focus makes very loud almost scratching noises because it is constantly focusing. I took the camera back, exchanged it for a new one, and even tried the store’s two displays and they all seem to do that. Perhaps this is something that will change with the later s12s that come out. But in all honesty, I don’t use that setting anyway (not that I’m a pro or anything), so it doesn’t bother me too much.

    All in all, I am very happy with this little camera! It does everything I need it to do (which is really to primarily take pictures) and it offers so much more than I need at the same time (make up setting, dynamic photo, smile shutter, face detection, youtube capture, and more!). If you’re looking for a very nice camera with lots of features in a small compact travel-friendly camera then this one is a very good choice. I will be posting some of my sample photos on Amazon’s customer images thing. Hope you all find this review useful!

  7. G. Taranto Says:


    In my opinion this is the best camera in this category. Before I buy any camera I review sample photos full size, which for this camera at 12mp is wall size, about 60 inches wide. I look for noise, detail and color. I have had this camera for a week and ran it through my tests and it did not disappoint. Noise in the blue sky is almost non-existent, something you would expect from an SLR. Detail in pretty good also. In daylight I just leave it in auto and it shoots awesome pictures. Indoors you could leave it in auto, but all your shots will be at 400 ISO which is starting to add noise at this level. I set it at 200 ISO indoors for near perfect noise free pictures.

    I have tried some of the Best Shot settings and the landscape scenic setting is terrible, don’t even bother using it because it messes up the saturation. The composite setting is cool that it pictures the subject in motion but there is not much use for it. I am yet to try all of the Best Shot settings, there is a lot of them.

    Make-up function works perfectly, maybe too good. It has 12 levels of make-up. Makes my 79 year old mother look like she is 19. I would rather take pictures of the way things really are, but this is definitely a cool feature.

    Low light performance seems really good, it is able to focus and take good shots.

    HD video is really nice, though 24 fps is a bit choppy. You will need to learn how to take video at 24 fps. Basically you need to keep still and do not change direction too fast. The 640×480 is smoother at 30 fps and it looks pretty good also if there is enough light. One surprise for me is that it is able to zoom during video. It is not optical zoom during video it is digital zoom but it performs like optical zoom. There is no deterioration when in full zoom, and the manual states this also. This is great to be able to zoom in video. You can consider this optical video zoom since it performs the same as. The colors of the video are not as good as broadcast HDTV, but it seems almost as sharp in good lighting.

    There is no photo editing software included with this camera, which is a shock to me since all my last cameras were Fujifilms and they include a great post processing software. I searched for a replacement software and found Photoscape, it is free and even better than Finepix software. At full resolution this Casio comes out with 5-6.8 mb picture file size. Well with the photoscape I can save in 70% jpg compression that brings down the file size to 1.1 mb, saves a lot of memory. I compared the difference and I cannot see any difference between the 1.1 mb picture and the 6.5 mb picture, and I am viewing them full size.

    I normally keep this camera at 3:2 and Normal, again I don’t see Fine as being any improvement over Normal. 3:2 is wider than normal to look better on tv’s but still can be printed on a 4×6. The 16:9 seems too wide and then when you go to print them, stores like Walgreens may have a problem cropping part of the picture out of it.

    I have always had Fujifilms, but Casio just seems to come out with things first and I just couldn’t wait for Fujifilm to come out with a comparable camera. I am glad I made the move to Casio and I think I will stick with Casio for all my future cameras.

    There is no camera this small with all these features and that takes such awesome pictures.

  8. David Bradbury Says:


    Despite the plus of offering an HD option in the S12, Casio has reverted to the old AVI JPEG format rather than sticking with MPEG4 H.264 which was used in last year’s model, the S10. Also, while the S10 could record video as long as the battery/memory would hold, the S12 is limited to 10 minutes. Very disappointing to see Casio switch away from the one of the key aspects of their Exilim Card line that they actually got right. I will continue to enjoy the S10 which I purchased last year.

  9. L. Carrington Says:


    I have to comment on an excellent camera. The Casio EX-S12 offers exceptional value in a small package.

    Pros, to mention a few

    - Costs about $200 from Amazon.

    - Creates totally new pictures or video through object isolation or scene separation (powerful).

    - Allows customizable control panel of the monitor screen.

    - Supports personalized options through best shot.

    - Uses the very friendly best shot selection.

    - Allows personalizing Power On Default Settings.

    - Creates decent pictures up to 1600 ISO where I prefer 400 ISO or lower.

    - Allows HD video in 24 frames per second (pan or move the camera slowly).

    - Allows SD video in 30 frames per second.

    - Uses standard or legacy parts, such as, SD or SDHC memory cards, backward compatible batteries etc.

    - Fits easily in a pocket.

    - Blazes a new trail because this camera is hard to beat.


    - Charger requires cord and charging unit rather than flip out plug (not a major problem).

  10. Tyger Elizabeth Says:


    Watch Video Here: Ok, the HD video is why I got this. I have 2 other ultra compact Casio’s, the Z-80 and Z-85, both with good, decent photo quality and I like their video quality, so when they came out with one with HD, I snapped it up. The HD video quality is very nice for an ultra compact. (the video here was shot in a rush, just for an example for you to see, and it was a VERY GLOOMY day with sun hardly peeking out occasionaly).

    I will say, as this is my 3rd Casio ultra compact, I have by far had the best luck by NOT using the Best Shot feature (except to save my manual settings). I like to manually adjusting the sharpress, contrast, saturation, ISO, white balance and adjusting other settings such as color to vivid, etc. When I start to get consistent, good photo quality I save my manual settings so I don’t have to reset all the settings next time I turn on the camera. To do this I go to best shot feature and then using Register User Scene (keep tabbing thru all the best shot features it is at the end), choose one of the photos of which you like the settings and save it under Register User Scene. Then the next time you fire up the camera, go to Best Shot and choose the icon of the photo you used to save your settings. Whoa la, you have your custom settings saved. Please don’t buy expecting to go on auto mode (I think that is why this is getting some low reviews), if you dont’ play with the menu and adjust the settings, paticuallary the megapixel count, sharpness, contrast, and saturation, you will not be impressed. Go in an make a few adjustments under menu and, photos will start to POP, and I have found that the quality is very nice for an ultra compact.

    I have far more superior cameras, the Canon S3 IS, Canon SX200, Panasonic Lumix FZ-28, Olympus Pen EPL-1 (my newest toy!) and a dslr Nikon D40 and I am very accustom to high quality images. So I feel this ultra compact takes very nice photos. It is not the highest of quality, for that you will have to upgrade to a DSLR or Higher quality (but much larger) point and shoot. In my opionion, for a pocket (and I mean pocket, this is one of the smallest digital cameras made), photo quality is really good. I actually gave my compact Canon SD 750 to my sister because I really like the photo quality on this much, much better. Never thought I would switch from Canon compact cameras to Casio, but I bought a Casio for my son (the Z-80), for Xmas because it was inexpensive. Well, one day I found myself wanting to take a photo and grabbed his camera. When I printed it at home (canon selphy 760), I was so impressed, I grabbed my canon sd750 and starting shooting to compare. His camera out shot me every time for quality. So, hence how I came upon switching my ultra compact brand.

    CONCLUSION: Like I mentioned, I do have the Canon SX200, Canon S3 IS, Panasonic FZ28, Olympus Pen EPL-1, and a Nikon D40 (dslr), but this little beauty slips right into my jean pockets and even though I love the IQ on the other 4, they sure won’t be going anywhere in my jean pocket. And by the way, I have shot sample photos using this camera, the SX200 and the FZ28 and the D40, and although it didn’t match up to the D40, it was inline on IQ with the SX200 and FZ28, so why do I keep those cameras, because they have 12x and 18x zoom which is sweet at my son’s baseball games. But for going to the go-carts, or golfing, this is in my pocket, and almost forget it is there, and I never have to carry a purse or camera bag when I’m being active, love that. As you can tell my biggest passion in technology is for cameras, I am picky about IQ, too the point where I spend about 2 years trying, returning and keeping only the cameras that where in A in IQ for me, and this one is defientely a keeper.

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