Casio EX-S2 Review

Steve's Digicams

Review posted 9/25/2002

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The EXILIM series of exceptionally compact 2.0 mega pixel digital cameras, designed specifically for today's fast moving lifestyles, are among the thinnest, smallest and most lightweight cameras with LCD screen available anywhere in the world. Small enough to easily fit into a pocket or purse, these cameras are a truly functional lifestyle accessory -- ideal for family celebrations, evenings out, sporting events, vacations, weddings, work and more.

A perfect balance of form and function, the EXILIM series is the first generation of Casio digital cameras to provide the sophisticated capabilities of full sized digital cameras with a true lifestyle look and feel. EXILIM digital cameras feature a fashionable precision designed stainless steel case. And, with the line's point and shoot simplicity, each camera is easy to operate, captures digital photos and videos quickly and allows users to print out and e-mail photos to share with friends and family.

In response to the overwhelmingly positive reactions from consumers to their first generation of EXILIM cameras, the EX-S1 and EX-M1, Casio has developed the EX-S2 and EX-M2 to even better suit their photography needs. This new platform takes the sleek, sexy EXILIM cameras to the next level, by enabling users to take photos with more resolution. The image file size is large enough to produce 8 X 10 prints.

In addition to the EXILIM EX-S2's point-and-shoot photo capabilities, it is equipped with a self-timer, movie recording function and player allowing for up to 30 seconds of video capture. The EX-S2 measures less than one-half inch thick/deep (11.3mm), 3.46 inches wide (88mm) and 2.16 inches high (55mm), and weighs a mere 3.1 ounces (88g), excluding battery and memory card.

Also new for the EXILIM series is the incorporation of Casio's award winning "Best Shot Mode" feature. With this unique feature users can select any of the six pre-set scene modes that best suit the image being taken. The EXILIM will then re-adjust its internal settings to deliver the best results for the shot. In short, the "Best Shot Mode" makes complicated image capture easy.

The six "Best Shots" included with the new EX-S2 and EX-M2 are:

  • Portrait--Enhances flesh tones
  • Night Scene--Slows shutter speed and sets white balance to daylight mode
  • Retro Style--Sepia with reduced contrast for an antique look
  • Twilight--High color saturation with a magenta filter for a dramatic look
  • Monochrome--Filter for enhanced black and white
  • Scenery--Increases color saturation and hardens edges

Casio Exilim EX-M2

The EXILIM EX-M2 is further enhanced with an integrated MP3-player and is only a fraction thicker and heavier than the EX-S2, measuring 0.49 inches thick/deep (12.4mm), 3.46 inches wide (88mm) and 2.16 inches high (55mm), and weighs only 3.18 ounces (90g). The EX-M2, with MP3 function, still allows users to take individual photos, self-timed photos and up to 30 second AVI video clips with sound, but also offers the added benefit of integrated sound capture, to compliment both still shots and videos.

The entire EXILIM series comes equipped with 12MB of internal memory and supports SD/MMC cards for optional extended memory capacity. The optical viewfinder is supplemented by an innovative 1.6-inch, TFT Color LCD display, supplying clear and bright pictures, with excellent contrast. The EXILIM has a lens of F3.2 and a fixed focal length of f=7.5mm, which is equivalent to a focal length of 36mm for 35mm cameras. The camera's built-in flash is automatically activated in unfavorable lighting conditions.

The EXILIM saves images directly to its internal memory for out of the box, ready to go simplicity. Casio also designed the EXILIM cameras to accept popular SD/MMC cards so users can store additional photos, AVI or MP3 files (EX-M2 version). The cameras come with a FREE cradle which provides USB connectivity for transferring image data to a PC quickly and easily, and functions as a charger for the camera's lithium ion battery. The efficient, rechargeable lithium ion battery lasts for approximately 110 minutes on continuous play mode and 65 minutes on continuous record mode.

The EXILIM Technology

  • One-Unit-Module of Lens and CCD
    The technology of integrating spherical lenses and a high-sensitivity CCD into a single component, developed by CASIO, contributes tremendously to the thinness of the EXILIM.
  • High-sensitivity CCD
    A new 1/1.8-inch progressive CCD, which is larger than the current mainstream 1/2.7-inch CCD, allows the largest cell size 4.4 micron pitch in this class, resulting in an extremely high sensitivity CCD. This CCD reduces blurring due to hand and subject movement, and makes it possible to take pictures without flash in low lighting.
  • Multi Chip Module (MCM)
    Casio's newly developed CPU, ASIC, SDRAM and Flash memory make it possible to reduce power consumption and noise by 1/3. In addition, by incorporating these 4 chips into a multi module chip, the chip size is greatly reduced by 70%, in comparison with our current digital cameras.
  • Digital Interface TFT LCD
    The world's first digital interface TFT LCD for a digital camera was specially designed by Casio for the EXILIM. The digital interface eliminates the need for a converter, which cuts required space by 10% (as compared to the TFT LCD technology applied to our current digital cameras) and greatly reduces the number of required components.

Casio Exilim EX-S2

The Casio EX-S2 in the included docking cradle

Exilim EX-S2 features:

  • 2-Megapixel effective CCD imager
  • Credit card-size stainless steel body, only 11mm thick
  • Still Image: 1600x1200, 1280x960, 640x480
  • AVI Movie 320x240 up to 30 seconds (no audio)
  • Fixed focus 36mm F3.2 lens with 4x digital zoom
  • Less than one second startup time
  • 0.01 second shutter lag time
  • Fast shot to shot time - even with flash
  • 12 Megabytes of internal memory
  • 1/4 to 1/8000 sec. shutter speeds
  • Built-in flash with Red Eye Reduction
  • 1.6" TFT color LCD with 354x240 (84,960 pixels) resolution
  • 4X playback zoom magnification
  • USB 1.1 data transfer to PC or Mac computers
  • Lithium rechargeable battery and charging cradle included
  • Secure Digital/MMC card slot for memory expansion
  • DPOF, PRINT Image Matching II and Exif Print compatible

In addition to the USB 1.1 docking cradle and battery, each EXILIM camera comes standard with a hand strap, AC adaptor and CD-ROM software. The EX-M2 also comes with stereo headphones and remote control to compliment its MP3 functionality.

Both the EXILIM EX-S2 and EX-M2 will be available at retail in October 2002. The retail price on the EX-S2 is $299.99 and the EX-M2 is $399.99.

Physical Views

Casio Exilim EX-S2

Casio Exilim EX-S2

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The diminuitive Casio EX-S2 can hide behind a credit card !

Casio Exilim EX-S2

The Canon Powershot G3 and the ultra-thin EX-S2 for comparison.

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Casio EX-S2 Specifications

Recording Format
JPEG (Exif 2.2/DCF/DPOF)
AVI (Motion JPEG)
Recording Medium
Internal Memory
External Memory Slot
Supports SD Memory Card/MultiMediaCard
(Sold Separately)
Memory Capacity
1600 x 1200
File Size
approx.900 KB
approx. 630 KB
approx. 370 KB
1280 x 960
File Size
approx. 680 KB
approx. 460 KB
approx. 250 KB
640 x 480
File Size
approx. 190 KB
approx. 140KB
approx. 90 KB
Still 1600x1200 / 1280x960 / 640x480
Movie 320 x 240 Max 30 sec./one movie
Image Deletion All images/One image
Image protection function

Imaging Element
1.8" Square Primary Color CCD (2.11M Pixels/Effective 2M Pixels)
f = 7.5mm
Equivalent to 36mm on 35mm camera
Digital Zoom
Focusing Mode
Fixed Focus
Focus Range
Appox. 1 m - ¥
Exposure Control
Light Metering
Multi Pattern Metering
Exposure Mode
Programmed AE
Exposure Compensation
-2EV to +2EV in 1/3EV step
Shutter/Shutter Speed
CCD Electronic Shutter / Mechanical Shutter
1/4 - 1/6400
White Balance
Auto/Fixed (4 modes) / Manual Switching
Recording Mode
Single Image / BestShot
EX-S2 -- Movie EX-M2 -- Movie with Sound
Self Timer
Single Image with voice (EX-M2 only)
Voice recording (EX-M2 only)
Best Shot Mode
View Finder
Optical View Finder
Auto/Fill In/Off/Red Eye Reduction
Approx 1 m - 2 m
MP3 Function
(EX-M2 only)
Compression Format
Sampling Frequencies 32/44.1/48khz/Bit Rate 32 - 320kbps VBR-compatible
Playing mode
Normal/All Repeat/One Repeat
Voice Memo function
( EX-M2 only)
File Format
Recording hours
approx. 50 min. (Internal Memory)
approx. 4.5 hours (64MB SD Card) (optional)

1.6" TFT Color LCD (84,960 pixels/354 X 240)
System USB
Cradle Connector
*Lithium Ion Rechargeable Battery
Exclusive Cradle with AC Adapter
Lithium Ion Rechargeable Battery (NP-20)
DC In 3.7V
Battery Life
Continuous Play
approx. 1 hour and 50 min.
Continuous Record
approx. 1 hour and 5 min.(or approx. 390 shots)
Audio Play
approx. 5.5 hours (EX-M2 only)
approx. 3.46"(W) x 2.16"(H) x .44* (D)
approx. 3.46"(W) x 2.16"(H) x .49* (D)
approx. 3.1oz excluding a battery
approx. 3.2oz excluding a battery
Soft case (ESC-1 / ESC-2)
Rechargeable Lithium Ion Battery (NP-20)
Cradle with AC adapter and USB cable (CA-20)
Standard Accessories

Hand Strap
Rechargeable Lithium Ion Battery
USB Cradle
AC Adapter for Cradle
USB Cable
Remote controller with LCD (EX-M2 only)
Stereo Headphone (EX-M2 only)
Epson PIM II Compatible
Auto Power off / My favorite function
Resize function to 640 x 480, 320 x 240
Multilingual Menu (J/E/S/G/F/I)

NOTE: These Specifications are as represented by the manufacturer.

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