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If this camera was any thinner, it would be asked to model at a fashion show. This Casio Elixim EX-S12 looks fantastic and won’t weigh you down.

The camera boasts many features to tempt the consumer with high-speed shutter technology, high-definition movie capability and a ‘dynamic photo’ mode, to name a few.

Despite its small size, it is easy to play with, given our sausage hands. It takes milliseconds from start up to taking photos, so great from those improptu shots at the nightclub. But, if you want to go pro, then you can swap from auto-focus to manual as well as pan-focus and infinity modes as well.

The main settings are shown on screen on a sidebar on the right of the display. To change settings just press the “set” button in the middle of the navipad and hte menus open out sideways.

Within the menu structure, you will find a whole host of other features. There is an “auto shutter” option, which in itself offers further options, such as blur, pan and smile. The smile option won’t take a picture until the subject says “cheese” – so great if you know a miserable so-and-so.


There is also a Dynamic Photo mode. This can transport the subject from their normal background to a new one. Simply, take a picture of the subject and then another without the subject and just the background. This camera will then cut the subject out of the first picture ready for placing on anohter picture.

Picture quality wise, takes great pictures, thanks to its 12.1 megapixel sensors and its Elixim Engine 4.0 working behind the scenes. But the camera does fall down slightly with its wideangle lens. It does take a sharp enough picture but at maximum focal length the picture left us wanting.

Another drawback is the “continuous shutter” mode. It can take four frames a second but only at two megapixel resolution, so no great motor racing shots here. At full resolution, you will only get two frames per second.

For the web 2.0 generation, it comes withits own YouTube mode for uploading your hilarious videos shot with the camera.

While the camera looks great and comes packed with features, the zoom is weak and may not be the best camera if you want to take a series of shots. This was sourced from PC World.

Rating: 6/10

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Specifications

Style

Ultra Compact

Megapixels

12

Resolution

4:3, 3:2, 16.9

File Formats

JPEG

Memory Cards

SD/SDHC

Zoom

3x

Focal Length Equivalent

36 to 108mm

Shutter Speed

4 to 1/2000 seconds

Aperture

F2.8 (W) to F5.3 (T)

Sensitivity

ISO 64, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200

White Balance Settings

Auto, Daylight, Overcast, Shade, Day White FL, Daylight FL, Tungsten, Manual

ExposureCompensation

-2EV to +2EV (in 1/3EV steps)

Viewfinder

No

LCD Screen

2.7 inches

Flash Modes

Auto, Flash Off, Flash On, Soft Flash, Red Eye Reduction

Shooting Modes

41 predefined scenarios

Maximum Movie Resolution

1280 x 720 pixels

Maximum Movie Frames Per Second

24 fps

Maximum Movie Duration

Unknown

Macro Focus

10cms

Metering

Multi-pattern, centre weighted, spot

ManualControls

None

Image Stabilisation

No

Lens Converters

No

Self Timer

10 seconds or 2 seconds

Video Out (TV Playback)

Yes

Computer Connection

Yes

Batteries

Lithium-ion Rechargeable

Dimensions

94.2 x 54.6 x 14.9mm

Weight

112g