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Canon PowerShot S120 Digital Camera

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12.1MP 5x CMOS Feb 2014
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41 Reasons For

Ten Industry Awards

This camera is one of the most awarded by experts in cameras of all the digital cameras of a similar age and spec.

The reviewers at Ephotozine, PhotographyBlog.com, Camera Labs, Lydogbilde.no and Ljudochbild.se all strongly endorse this Canon digital camera and have given it their "Highly Recommended" award.

The experts at Trusted Reviews, Pocket Lint and Hardwarezone.com.ph all recommend this camera and have given it their "Recommended" award.

An additional two expert review sites thought that this compact camera camera was good. The expert at What Digital Camera gave this digital camera a "Gold" award and decided it was exceptional and it received an "Editor's Choice" award from Reviewed.com.

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Good Expert Reviews

Based on twenty-nine expert reviews from sites including PhotographyBlog.com, Ephotozine, Trusted Reviews and Expert Reviews this camera has an average expert rating of 81 out of 100. If all the compact camera digital cameras that have been around for more than two years are ranked by average expert review score then this digital camera is in the top 10%.

User Reviews Are Good

On average, PowerShot S120 owners rated this digital camera 87%.

Good Quality Lens

Several Canon PowerShot S120 owners mentioned in their reviews that the Canon PowerShot S120 had a good lens. In October last year Gordi said on Amazon “This model has a faster lens from previous which give some benefits in low light”. Olly wrote “Bright lens has been a game hanger for us compared to Panasonic Lumix” in their review of this digital camera. Olly also said “Went hunting for the fastest lens possible on a compact”.

Six customers mentioned in their reviews that this digital camera had a good zoom. Andy said two years ago “I never owned a Sony before) 6) the Canon has slightly more zoom capability than the Sony” in his Canon PowerShot S120 review. In October last year Olly mentioned on Amazon “For several years we have had a Panasonic Lumix TZ20 which we bought as we were lured in by the tv aderts that promised an amazing zoom” in their review of the Canon PowerShot S120. Silver Appleyard mentioned on Amazon “Excellent quality images, even at full zoom” in their review of this digital camera and gave it an excellent rating.

A number of Canon PowerShot S120 reviewers said in their reviews that this digital camera had a good autofocus. Rebecca P. said on Amazon “Auto focus is great - or the tap focus is good too! I use it to vlog”. Expert review site Macworld.co.uk mentioned in their Canon PowerShot S120 review “Like Sony with its newest cameras for 2014, Canon is also focusing on speed when it comes to its latest device” . Expert website Tech.uk.msn.com said “The real sell was a focus rin” in their review of this digital camera.

One customer mentioned that it had a good image stabiliser. Gizmodo.in mentioned in their Canon PowerShot S120 review two years ago “Great image stabilisation”.

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Good Quality Pictures

Some people wrote in their reviews that the Canon PowerShot S120 was able to produce good images. Alberto mentioned on Amazon “Takes lovely pictures” in his Canon PowerShot S120 review. Amazon Customer said “It certainly takes good photos, which is the main thing! The wi-fi connection is a fiddly gimmick”. Amazon Customer also said “It works well in either case and produced brilliant pictures”.

Some people said in their reviews that it had a good picture resolution. Hampshire_birdman wrote on Amazon “The number of shots per charge seems to improve with charging cycles, I now easily get a days shooting from a single fully charged battery” in their review of this digital camera and scored it very highly. Expert website Ephotozine.com mentioned “The latest model has a new star mode for astronomy shooting”. Ephotozine.com also mentioned “A 12.1 megapixel CMOS sensor, 5x optical zoom and 9.4 fps continuous shooting”.

A few Canon PowerShot S120 owners thought the Canon PowerShot S120 was good in low light. D. Embleton wrote on Amazon “Faster lens of f1.8 and improved low light ability” in their review of this digital camera. Gordie mentioned “It feels substantial, good for handholding in low light” .

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Good Size

A number of Canon PowerShot S120 reviewers said in their reviews that the product was compact. Amazon Customer scored it very highly and wrote “Nice compact size to boot”. A few weeks ago Apostolosuk said in their review “Amazing camera! Really one of the best compact cameras out there”. Dr M J Darowski wrote in their review of the Canon PowerShot S120 on Amazon “This is apparently a common design fault in canon compact cameras”.

Two Canon PowerShot S120 owners said in their reviews that it was good structurally. Gizmodo.in said in their review of the Canon PowerShot S120 “Solid feel, high quality construction”.

Several Canon PowerShot S120 reviewers said in their reviews that it was lightweight. Gordie gave it a rating of 5 stars and wrote on Amazon “I bought it as a pocketable alternative to my DSLR system and a lightweight standalone camera when I want to travel light” in their review of the Canon PowerShot S120. Yardley wrote in their review of this digital camera “Quality camera and reasonably lightweight”.

A number of Canon PowerShot S120 reviewers wrote in their reviews that this digital camera was thin. Three years ago expert website Stuff.tv mentioned in their Canon PowerShot S120 review “Because this is meant to be a "day off" camera it's clealy been designed to be as slim as possible” and gave this digital camera a score of 4 stars.

One person considered that the product was a good body shape. One person who purchased the Canon PowerShot S120 thought it was heavy and bulky.

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Easy to Use

A few Canon PowerShot S120 reviewers who purchased this digital camera mentioned that it was easy to use. Caroline T said on Amazon “I am excited to learn how to use all of its features”. Gordi wrote in their review of the Canon PowerShot S120 on Amazon “So far it's been good to use and takes great photos”. Gordi also said “If your looking for a handy compact camera this is a good choice”.

Two customers agreed that this digital camera was easy to handle. Gizmodo.in mentioned in their review two years ago “Effective controls and handling” .

Some people who bought it wrote that it was easy to use the menus. Hampshire_birdman scored it 5 stars and wrote on Amazon “Adjustments and Menus can be easily accessed via the touch screen or buttons on the camera's rear” in their review of the Canon PowerShot S120. Happymum said on Amazon “I love that I can capture RAW and also use manual settings to perfect my images, although the auto settings are excellent too!”.

One person who purchased the product concluded that it was comfortable and easy to hold. Gizmodo.in mentioned “The asking price here would alternatively buy a cheap DSLR, lacks a handgrip, omits an eye level viewfinder” in their review of this digital camera.

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Good Technical Features

A few people who reviewed it thought it had good features. Dr M J Darowski mentioned on Amazon “Nice features, takes great photos- unfortunately mine died after”. Two years ago Jim_50 mentioned on Amazon “Plenty of new features to try - e.g” and gave it a very good review score. Mike mentioned on Amazon “Delighted with the features”.

Robust

A few customers wrote in their reviews that it was well made. A. Radcliffe mentioned on Amazon “It's versatile, small, well built and with lots of exposure options” in their review. Galloping Granddad said “My first impression on taking it out of the box that it has a decent build quality and feels solid” and scored this digital camera 5 stars. Gordie said on Amazon “It has a solid metal body so it's not as light as cheaper compacts” and gave this digital camera a rating of 5 stars.

Two Canon PowerShot S120 owners reckoned that it was good at resisting water ingress. Mr. D. L. Daynes scored this digital camera 5 stars and said last year “Great camera for scuba diving” in their Canon PowerShot S120 review. Mr. D. L. Daynes also mentioned “Bought primarily for scuba diving and very pleased to find that not only does it have an underwater setting in Scene mode”.

One customer mentioned in their reviews that this digital camera was easy to damage or scratch. William Field mentioned on Amazon “If you're not careful and are reckless, you may get scratches on the touch screen” in his Canon PowerShot S120 review.

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Good Support

Several Canon PowerShot S120 owners who reviewed the Canon PowerShot S120 reckoned that it had good technical guidance. Amazon Customer said on Amazon “Even better with manual control options, would defiantly recommend”. Gordi wrote in their review of this digital camera last year “This camera is great with a great selection of functions from full auto to full manual control” . Gordie said on Amazon “The camera has a super lens and full manual control” in their review of the Canon PowerShot S120 and gave the Canon PowerShot S120 a score of 5 stars.

Good Product Quality

Fourty-one Canon PowerShot S120 owners wrote in their reviews that it was good quality. A. Radcliffe said “For all good quality day to day shoots you would be sorry if you didn't invest in this!”. In October this year Count Arthur wrote on Amazon “It must have good quality and this camera does give excellent quality shots”. Danielle25 wrote last year “Great quality” .

Reasonably Priced

Several customers said in their reviews that the product was good value for money. Amazon Customer wrote on Amazon “Unbeatable at this price !” in their review of the Canon PowerShot S120. Galloping Granddad said on Amazon “I was pleased with the price on Amazon and as a Prime member got the camera in less than 24 hours”. Jodie T. scored the product very highly and she mentioned in her Canon PowerShot S120 review “It's certainly one of the best cameras for its price bracket”.

A few Canon PowerShot S120 owners who bought this digital camera agreed that it was a bargain for the price. Amazon Customer said on Amazon “It's no real compensation for the absurd decision not to include a USB cable, which looks cheap on Canon's part”. Count Arthur scored it very highly and mentioned on Amazon this year “So I am more than happy to shoot in raw with the S120, storage is so cheap now I can see no reason why not” in their review of the Canon PowerShot S120. D. Embleton scored the product 5 stars and wrote “For a bargain price” in their Canon PowerShot S120 review.

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Good Video Capture

A few Canon PowerShot S120 owners agreed that the Canon PowerShot S120 was good for video recording. Two years ago Andy wrote in his review “There is a video of it on YouTube with lots of comments from people”. Danielle25 gave this digital camera a very good rating and mentioned in their review of this digital camera on Amazon “Amazing little camera such high quality and great for video too!”. Last year Gordi said on Amazon “RAW along with full HD movies”.

Good Connectivity

Four Canon PowerShot S120 owners who bought it concluded that it was wifi compatible. D. Embleton mentioned in their review of this digital camera “The S120 improves greatly on all previous models with WiFi, touch screen” . Two years ago Grumpyrocker wrote in their review “There were some functions of the S120 that appealed to me - these were the brighter/wider lens, wifi functions, better focus tracking”. Gizmodo.in mentioned “Built-in Wifi with social sharing from the camera”.

One Canon PowerShot S120 owner who reviewed it said that it was good in terms of USB connections.

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Good Screen / Viewfinder

Several customers reckoned that it had a good screen. Jim_50 said “Just the job - full manual with display assisting judgement” in their review of this digital camera and rated it as excellent. Silver Appleyard said in their Canon PowerShot S120 review on Amazon “Touch screen useful for choosing a point of focus, I don't use it for much else”.

Canon Has Good Digital Camera Reviews

Compact camera digital cameras produced by Canon have good ratings on average compared to other brands. We also checked the reviews for all cameras (not just compact camera digital cameras) and found that Canon also has good ratings across its entire range.

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Nice Design

Three Canon PowerShot S120 reviewers who bought it reckoned that it was good looking. Galloping Granddad rated this digital camera as excellent and mentioned in their review of this digital camera “The controls are pretty standard and the control ring around the lens works very well”. Last year Happymum mentioned “Beautiful for Photos, Disappointing Hiss on Videos”. Whatdigitalcamera.com wrote on expert website What Digital Camera “Image quality of a high-end advanced compact with the style and portability of a pocket snapshot camera”.

A number of Canon PowerShot S120 reviewers mentioned in their reviews that it was a good design. Three years ago expert review site Digitalversus.com said “With its sleek design and incredibly compact build” in their review of the Canon PowerShot S120 and rated the product 80 out of 100. Gizmodo.in wrote in their Canon PowerShot S120 review “Compact design” .

One Canon PowerShot S120 reviewer wrote in their reviews that the Canon PowerShot S120 was smooth. Gizmodo.in mentioned two years ago “Smooth, sharp video at 60fps”. One customer thought it was neat.

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Acceptable Noise Level

One person who reviewed it thought it was noisy. Rebecca P. wrote on Amazon “I could do with getting a spectate mic system because it can't take a heavy load of noise (singing and guitar recording”.

Quite Large Screen Size

Compact camera digital cameras that were released around the same time as the PowerShot S120 have screen sizes of between 1" and 4.8", and the average screen size is 2.8". The PowerShot S120 has one of the larger screen sizes (3 inches) amongst similar spec cameras of this age.

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Supports WiFi Connectivity

The Canon PowerShot S120 supports WiFi connectivity, unlike most of the other cameras of a comparable spec and age to the PowerShot S120 which do not support WiFi connectivity.

We compared all the other cameras which support WiFi connectivity to this digital camera and we think a cheaper camera such as the Sony DSC-QX10[plb_2136113_price] or you might consider a better rated camera such as the Fujifilm X100[plb_2173855_price] are also worth considering.

We think you might also be interested in alternative cameras which also support WiFi connectivity including the Fujifilm XQ1[plb_1962901_price].

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SD Memory Card

This camera supports an SD|SDHC|SDXC memory card, which is the most frequently supported memory card on digital cameras that have been on the market for more than two years. SD cards are by far the most common type of memory card. They are compatible with the majority of digital cameras.

Cameras with a better memory card type that might be worth looking at include the Sony DSC-WX200[plb_1609944_price] (MicroSD (TransFlash and higher rated)|MicroSDHC|MicroSDXC|MS Duo|MS Micro (M2 and higher rated)|MS PRO Duo|MS PRO Duo HS|MS Pro-HG Duo|MS XC-HG Duo|SD|SDHC|SDXC and higher rated) or the Sony DSC-WX350[plb_2163795_price] (MicroSD (TransFlash and cheaper)|MicroSDHC|MicroSDXC|MS Duo|MS Micro (M2 and cheaper)|MS PRO Duo|MS PRO Duo HS|MS Pro-HG Duo|MS XC-HG Duo|SD|SDHC|SDXC and cheaper).

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Supports Full HD Video

supports Full HD video

The PowerShot S120 supports Full HD video, unlike most of the other cameras of this type and age which do not support Full HD video.

There are a number of other cameras which support Full HD video currently available which you might want to consider including the Sony DSC-QX10[plb_2136113_price] which is cheaper; or the Fujifilm X100[plb_2173855_price] which has better reviews.

We compared all the other cameras which also support Full HD video to this digital camera and we think the Fujifilm XQ1[plb_1962901_price] is also worth considering.

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Has an Image Stabiliser

The PowerShot S120 has an image stabiliser. Most of the other compact camera digital cameras that came out more than two years ago also have an image stabiliser.

We compared all the other digital cameras with an image stabiliser to this digital camera and we think the DSC-QX10[pl_2136113_price], and the DSC-WX350[pl_2163795_price] both from Sony which is cheaper is also worth considering.

There are a number of other digital cameras which also have an image stabiliser which you might also want to look at including the Fujifilm XQ1[plb_1962901_price].

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Has a Built-In Flash

has a built-in flash

The PowerShot S120 has a built-in flash. Most of the other cameras that have been available for a comparable time to the PowerShot S120 also have a built-in flash.

We compared this digital camera to all the other cameras with a built-in flash and we think the Sony DSC-WX350[plb_2163795_price] which is cheaper; or the Fujifilm X100[plb_2173855_price] which has better reviews are also worth considering.

We think you might also be interested in alternative digital cameras which also have a built-in flash including the Fujifilm XQ1[plb_1962901_price].

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Supports Two Image Formats

The PowerShot S120 has a greater number of supported image formats than most similar spec cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as it. This Canon digital camera supports a JPG image format, which is the most frequently supported image format supported by digital cameras that have been around for a comparable time to the PowerShot S120. The image format "RAW" is also supported by this Canon camera.

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Very Long Maximum Camera Shutter Speed

The maximum camera shutter speed of the PowerShot S120 of 250 seconds is one of the longest amongst comparable spec cameras that have been available for a similar time to the PowerShot S120. The shortest maximum camera shutter speed of digital cameras that came out around the same time as the PowerShot S120 is 0.0005s and the longest is 250s.

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Fairly High JPEG Frame Rate

Across all the cameras that have been available for a comparable time to the PowerShot S120 the JPEG frame rates range from 15fps to 240fps, and the average JPEG frame rate is 32fps. With a JPEG frame rate of 60 frames per second, the PowerShot S120 has one of the highest JPEG frame rates amongst digital cameras of this age.

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Has Four Photo Effects

The number of photo effects found on the PowerShot S120 is more than most compact camera digital cameras that have been around for more than two years. This camera has a Black&White photo effect, which is the most commonly found photo effect found on comparable spec cameras that are a similar age to the PowerShot S120. The photo effects "Neutral", "Sepia" and "Vivid" are also found on this Canon camera.

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Very High Display Resolution

The display resolution of the PowerShot S120 of 922,000 pixels is one of the highest amongst cameras that have been around for around the same time as the PowerShot S120. The display resolutions of cameras of a comparable spec and age to the PowerShot S120 range from 230 pixels to 1,300,000 pixels, and the average display resolution is 400,000 pixels.

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Fairly High Maximum ISO Speed

Across all the cameras of a similar type and age to the PowerShot S120 the maximum ISO speeds range from 200 to 26,000, and the average maximum ISO speed is 4,500. The PowerShot S120 has a fairly high maximum ISO speed (12,800) compared to most of the other compact camera digital cameras that have been available for around the same time as the PowerShot S120.

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4000 X 3000 Still Image Resolution

The Canon PowerShot S120 has a higher still image resolution than most digital cameras of a comparable type and age to it. This digital camera has a 4000 x 3000 still image resolution, whereas most comparable spec cameras that have been around for a similar time to it have a 640 x 480 still image resolution. In addition, this Canon digital camera have still image resolutions of 2816 x 2112, 1600 x 1200, 4000 x 2248, 2816 x 1584, 1920 x 1080, 640 x 360, 4000 x 2664, 2816 x 1880, 1600 x 1064, 640 x 424, 2992 x 2992, 2112 x 2112, 1200 x 1200, 480 x 480, 2400 x 3000, 1696 x 2112 and 960 x 1200 and 384 x 480. The best still image resolution of all compact camera digital cameras that are a comparable age to the PowerShot S120 is 5152 x 3864 and the worst is 384 x 480.

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2 USB Version

This digital camera supports a 2 USB version, which is typical of many digital cameras of this spec and age.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Maximum Video Resolution

The highest video resolution of the PowerShot S120 is 1920 x 1080 pixels. That's over two times the video resolution of the most common maximum video resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels.

This digital camera's video resolution (1920 x 1080 pixels) is actually the best video resolution across all cameras of this age and type.

The worst video resolution amongst similar types of digital camera is 320 x 240 pixels.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

The highest video resolution supported by the Canon PowerShot S120 is 1920 x 1080 pixels. That's over six times the video resolution of a 640 x 480 pixels camera, which is the most frequently found video resolution supported by compact camera digital cameras that are a similar age to the PowerShot S120. 640 x 480 pixels is also supported by this camera. This Canon camera also support a video resolution of 320 x 240 pixels and 1280 x 720 pixels. A video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels is equivalent to Full HD video. You will require a Full HD TV or better to appreciate this level of detail.

A 1920 x 1080 pixels video resolution is actually the best supported video resolution amongst all digital cameras that have been available for a comparable time to the PowerShot S120.

A 320 x 240 pixels video resolution is the worst supported video resolution across similar types of camera.

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Has Four Light Exposure Modes

The number of light exposure modes found on the PowerShot S120 is more than most cameras of a similar age and type to it. This camera has an Auto light exposure mode, which is the most commonly found light exposure mode found on similar spec digital cameras that were launched more than two years ago. The light exposure modes "Aperture priority AE", "Manual" and "Shutter priority AE" are also found on this Canon camera.

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± 3EV (1/3EV Step) Light Exposure Correction

The PowerShot S120 has a ± 3EV (1/3EV step) light exposure correction which is wider than most comparable spec digital cameras that are a similar age to it. Most digital cameras that were released around the same time as it have a ± 2EV (1/3EV step) light exposure correction.

This digital camera's light exposure correction (± 3EV (1/3EV step)) is actually the best light exposure correction amongst all cameras of this age and spec.

The worst light exposure correction across comparable types of digital camera is ± 2EV (1/2EV step).

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Features Five Auto Focus

The PowerShot S120 has a greater number of auto focusing (AF) modes than most compact camera digital cameras that were launched around the same time as it. This camera features a Face detection auto focus, which is the most frequently featured auto focus featured on comparable spec cameras that were released around the same time as the PowerShot S120. The auto focus "Continuous Auto Focus", "Face tracking", "Servo Auto Focus" and "Single Auto Focus" are also featured on this digital camera.

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Features Three Light Metering Modes

The PowerShot S120 has a greater number of light metering modes than most compact camera digital cameras that are a comparable age to it. This camera features a Centre-weighted light metering mode, which is the most commonly featured light metering mode featured on cameras of this age and type. The light metering modes "Evaluative (Multi-pattern)" and "Spot" are also featured on this Canon camera.

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Quite Short Minimum Focal Length

With a minimum focal length of only 24 millimeters, the PowerShot S120 has one of the shorter minimum focal lengths amongst similar spec cameras of this age. Cameras of a similar spec and age to the PowerShot S120 have minimum focal lengths of between 5mm and 120mm.

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Quite Small Minimum ISO Speed

Across all the compact camera digital cameras that were released around the same time as the PowerShot S120 the minimum ISO speed range from 10 to 1,600. The PowerShot S120 has a fairly small minimum ISO speed (only 80) compared to most of the other cameras of this type and age.

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Quite Small Minimum Aperture

Compact camera digital cameras that were released more than two years ago have minimum apertures of between 1.3 and 6.6, and the average minimum aperture is 3.2. When compared to other compact camera digital cameras that have been around for a similar time to the PowerShot S120, the minimum aperture of the Canon PowerShot S120 of only 1.8 is one of the smallest.

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13 Reasons Against

Poor Battery Life

A number of customers concluded that it did not have a good battery life. This month Cate4good wrote “Returned the camera to Canon at expense and not change or alteration detected to battery power problem”. Count Arthur mentioned on Amazon in October “Canon has fixed battery problem” in their review of the Canon PowerShot S120 but despite that they still gave the product a rating of 5 stars. Count Arthur also wrote “I got the 'low battery' problem”.

Does Not Support Video Recording

The PowerShot S120 does not support video recording. Most of the other digital cameras of a comparable age and type to the PowerShot S120 do support video recording.

It is worth considering alternative digital cameras which also support video recording including the Sony DSC-WX200[plb_1609944_price].

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Quite Low Megapixel Count

Compact camera digital cameras that were released more than two years ago have megapixel counts of between 0.3MP and 46MP. The PowerShot S120 has one of the lower megapixel counts (only 12.1 megapixels) amongst compact camera digital cameras of this age.

If you would prefer a higher megapixel count then you might want to look at the Fujifilm X100[plb_2173855_price] (16.3MP and higher rated), or the Sony DSC-WX200[plb_1609944_price] (18.2MP and higher rated) or the Sony DSC-WX350[plb_2163795_price] (18.2MP and cheaper).

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Not 3D Compatible

Like most of the other compact camera digital cameras that have been around for a similar time to the PowerShot S120, the Canon PowerShot S120 is not 3D compatible.

If you would prefer a camera that is 3D compatible then you might also want to look at the Sony DSC-WX200[plb_1609944_price] which is also higher rated.

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Does Not Have a GPS

Like most of the other compact camera digital cameras that have been around for around the same time as the PowerShot S120, the PowerShot S120 does not have a GPS.

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Not Waterproof

The PowerShot S120 is not waterproof, although it is worth noting that most of the other compact camera digital cameras that have been around for a comparable time to the PowerShot S120 are also not waterproof.

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Heavy

The average weight of digital cameras of a comparable age and spec to the PowerShot S120 is 170g, and the weights range from 20g to 710g. The Canon PowerShot S120 is one of the heavier compact camera digital cameras that were released more than two years ago (217 grams) amongst cameras of this age.

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Very Small Digital Zoom

Across all the compact camera digital cameras that were launched around the same time as the PowerShot S120 the digital zooms range from 1x to 810x, and the average digital zoom is 12x. At only 4 times zoom factor, the Canon PowerShot S120 has a fairly small digital zoom compared to most of the other digital cameras that have been available for around the same time as the PowerShot S120.

If you want a bigger digital zoom then you might want to look at the Sony DSC-WX350[plb_2163795_price] (40x and cheaper); or the Sony DSC-WX200[plb_1609944_price] (102x and higher rated).

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Only Features Six Flash Modes

The PowerShot S120 has a greater number of flash modes than most cameras of a similar age and spec to it. This camera features an Auto flash mode, which is the most commonly featured flash mode featured on compact camera digital cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to the PowerShot S120. The flash modes "Flash off", "Flash on", "Manual", "Red-eye reduction" and "Slow synchronization" are also featured on this Canon camera.

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Only Has Seven Shooting Modes

The Canon PowerShot S120 has a greater number of shooting modes than most digital cameras of a comparable type and age to it. This digital camera has an Auto shooting mode, which is the most frequently found shooting mode found on digital cameras of this type and age. The shooting modes "Aperture priority", "Manual", "Movie", "Program", "Scene" and "Shutter priority" are also found on this Canon camera.

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Very Short Maximum Focal Length

The average maximum focal length of similar spec cameras that have been available for a comparable time to the PowerShot S120 is 250mm, and the maximum focal lengths range from 0.28mm to 1,800mm. At only 120 millimeters, the PowerShot S120 has a quite short maximum focal length compared to most of the other similar spec digital cameras that have been around for a comparable time to the PowerShot S120.

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Quite Big Maximum Aperture

Compact camera digital cameras that were launched more than two years ago have maximum apertures of between 1.8 and 87, and the average maximum aperture is 6.8. At only 5.7, the PowerShot S120 has a quite big maximum aperture compared to most of the other similar spec digital cameras that have been around for a comparable time to the PowerShot S120.

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Only Has Eight White Balance Modes

The number of white balance modes found on the PowerShot S120 is more than most digital cameras of a comparable age and type to it. This camera has an Auto white balance mode, which is the most frequently found white balance mode found on cameras that were launched around the same time as the PowerShot S120. The white balance modes "Cloudy", "Custom modes", "Daylight", "Fluorescent", "Fluorescent H", "Tungsten" and "Underwater" are also found on this Canon digital camera.

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3 Other reasons to consider the Canon PowerShot S120

Released Over Three Years Ago

This Canon camera has been on the market for over three years.

Average Optical Zoom

The PowerShot S120 has a relatively standard optical zoom (5 times zoom factor) compared to most of the other compact camera digital cameras that are a similar age to the PowerShot S120.

Cameras with a bigger optical zoom that might also be worth looking at include the DSC-QX10[pl_2136113_price] (10x and cheaper), or the DSC-WX350[pl_2163795_price] (20x and cheaper) both from Sony or the Sony DSC-WX200[plb_1609944_price] (10x and higher rated).

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MOS Sensor Type

The PowerShot S120 has a MOS sensor type which is better than the CCD sensor type found on most digital cameras of a comparable type and age to it.

Other cameras that have a CMOS sensor currently available which you might want to look at include the DSC-QX10[pl_2136113_price], or the DSC-WX350[pl_2163795_price] both from Sony which is cheaper; or the Sony DSC-WX200[plb_1609944_price] which has better reviews.

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Specification

Picture Quality
Camera Type
Megapixel Count
Image Stabiliser
Sensor Type
Still Image Resolution
Maximum Image Resolution
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Focusing
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ISO Speed
Maximum ISO Speed
Minimum ISO Speed
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Screen Size
Field of View
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Ports & Interfaces
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HDMI Port
HDMI Connector
USB Version
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White Balance Mode
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Weight & Dimensions
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Height
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Networking
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Expert Reviews

(47)
18 December 2014

If you have kids, the impulse to document every instant of their waking lives is nearly as powerful as the impulse to feed and shelter them. I'll help you find the perfect camera to freeze those... Read more…

Solid feel, high quality construction
Touch screen control
Customizable lens ring function
Solid feel high quality construction despite the pocket proportions, touch screen control, customisable lens ring function will appeal to those who love getting hands on with camera operation
Small yet solid
No handgrip
No eye level viewfinder
The asking price here would alternatively buy a cheap DSLR, lacks a handgrip, omits an eye level viewfinder
Pricey
No viewfinder
27 November 2014

It?s no secret that smartphones and their increasingly powerful cameras are eating away at the sales of traditional low-end compacts...

17 July 2014

The Canon PowerShot S120 may not look like much of a camera at first glance. Most thin fixed lens cameras that look like the S120 are models that don't perform at a high level, either in working... Read more…

The Canon PowerShot S120 compact camera shoots images at 12.1 megapixels?a pixel count that seems conservative for a $450 camera. But the PowerShot S120 comes with 1/1.7-inch backlit CMOS sensor... Read more…

9 May 2014

You'll find many compact cameras that also have a wide range of DSLR-like features. While the PowerShot S120 isn't as feature-filled as those cameras, its emphasis is on portability and image...

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User Reviews

(183)
Reviewed 10 January 2015 by Winordieracin
Winordieracin would recommend the Canon PowerShot S120

Im not sure you can get a better point and shoot for $400, of course you can get better cameras in the $500 - $700 range. Most families will not need anything more then this. We own two Canon... Read more…

Reviewed 6 August 2014 by Ken in LA
(Verified Purchase)

I am a fan of Canon - especially the S series - however, this newest incarnation is not at all what I expected after reading several reviews. I have an S95 which in my side by side comparison,... Read more…

Reviewed 16 December 2013 by Wavetime
(Verified Purchase)

Again Canon completely ignores the barrel distortion problem (straight lines become convex curves). This camera has everything you could probably want in a compact, except a FLAT field. Again the... Read more…

Reviewed 23 March 2014 by BioBlair
BioBlair would recommend the Canon PowerShot S120 (Verified Purchase)

I spent a great deal of time researching different compact cameras with full manual control and ultimately decided on the Canon S120. Many review sites list the best compact camera as the Sony... Read more…

Reviewed 22 November 2013 by GH201
GH201 would recommend the Canon PowerShot S120 (Verified Purchase)

Great pocket cam that shoots RAW, has pretty nice lens, great low light capability, and shoots great video. The wifi implementation on the S120 is pretty decent. Haven't had any connection... Read more…

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Manufacturer Part Numbers 8407b012aa, canon 8407b012, canon 8407b012a, canon 8407b012aa
Barcodes 00013803228991, 00138032289916, 03609740147401, 04960999989266, 08714574610276, 08714574610283

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