Casio Exilim EX-S12 review: Casio Exilim EX-S12

CNET Editors' Rating

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The Good Super-slim design and excellent finish; good high-ISO performance; interesting 'auto shutter' mode.

The Bad Poor zoom range and quality; 'dynamic photo' mode is fun but tricky to use; low-resolution continuous shutter shots.

The Bottom Line Technology and photography can go together, but you need to know which it is you're paying for. Gadget fans will love the Casio Exilim EX-S12's techno-trickery, but photo fans might be willing to swap it all for a better lens. You can have plenty of fun with this camera, but you could get the same picture quality for half the price

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If this camera were any slimmer, it'd be invisible. Casio's 12-megapixel Exilim EX-S12 looks fantastic, but, at around £210, it ought to. The S12 has only a 3x optical zoom, but you do get Casio's new high-speed shutter technology, high-definition movie capability and a 'dynamic photo' mode to play with.

Positives
It might be tiny, but the S12 is very easy to handle. It starts up fast and the autofocus speed is good too. If you want to take over, you can swap to manual focus, 'pan focus' and 'infinity'. In fact, for a glitzy super-slim, the S12 is pretty hands-on.

As with other Casio cameras, the main settings are displayed on a kind of sidebar at the right-hand edge of the LCD. To change them, you just press the 'set' button in the middle of the navigational controller and the menus open out sideways, ready for you to make changes.

The S12 delivers good colours and definition, and unexpectedly pleasing high-ISO performance, with less textural smoothing than most rivals. The sharpness falls away at the edges of the frame though (click image to enlarge)

There are more goodies lurking in the menus proper, including Casio's interesting 'auto shutter' option, which has blur, panning and smile modes. In blur mode, the shutter doesn't fire until the subject is steady, which could be handy for low-light shots. In smile mode, the camera won't take a shot until your partner's sullen pout changes to a cheesy grin.

The dynamic photo mode could be a laugh, too. It cuts your subject out so you can place him, her or it against a new background. You have to take one shot of your subject against a plain wall, for example, and then get them to move away. You then take another shot so that the camera knows what to extract. You can shoot single stills or rapid sequences.

The S12 is a real looker, and also comes in black, silver and pink versions

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Casio Exilim EX-S12

Part Number: CNETCasio Exilim EX-S12

Typical Price: £210.00

See manufacturer website for availability.