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Canon S120 Digital Camera

£179.99
Compact Camera 12.1MP 5x Oct 2013
Camera Type Megapixel Optical Zoom Image Stabilizer Release Date
Ten industry awards
Unacceptable noise level
Does not have a good flash
271 Reviews + 10 Awards
Trusted Reviews Recommended PhotographyBlog.com Highly Recommended Ephotozine Highly Recommended What Digital Camera Gold
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Reviews

Ten Industry Awards

Experts in cameras really like this Canon digital camera and have given it ten awards.

The editors of websites Ephotozine, PhotographyBlog.com, Camera Labs, Lydogbilde.no and Ljudochbild.se all strongly endorse this low megapixel camera and have given it their "Highly Recommended" award.

The experts at three more expert review sites all concluded that they would endorse this camera. Trusted Reviews, Pocket Lint and Hardwarezone.com.ph all gave this Canon camera a "Recommended" award.

In addition, the expert at website What Digital Camera gave this camera a "Gold" award and thought it was superb and it received an "Editor's Choice" award from review website Reviewed.com who concluded it was fantastic.

Expert Reviews Are Good

On average, based on twenty-nine expert reviews from sites including PhotographyBlog.com, Ephotozine, Trusted Reviews and Expert Reviews the average expert rating of this Canon camera is 81%.

Owner Reviews Are Good

On average, people who bought this camera rated it as 86 out of 100. 129 reviewers (85% of all reviewers) gave this digital camera either 4 or 5 stars and 85% of those asked said they would recommend buying it to others.

Canon Has Excellent Reviews for Its Digital Cameras

Based on 34,684 expert and owner reviews (including 1,256 verified purchases), Canon has excellent ratings for its digital cameras. Canon also has excellent ratings specifically for its low megapixel digital cameras. 92% of those that bought a Canon digital camera would recommend the product that they bought to other buyers.

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Power

Paltry Battery Life

Twenty-two people who purchased this digital camera reckoned that it did not have a good battery life. Website Hardwarezone.com.sg said in their review of this digital camera “Paltry battery life”. Four years ago Pocket Lint mentioned “Battery life could be better, overexposure not uncommon”. Digital Versus said “Battery life of 230 photos at best” .


Price

Reasonably Priced

Twenty-seven people wrote in their reviews that this digital camera was good value for money. Four years ago Trustedreviews.com mentioned on expert website Trusted Reviews “If you can stomach the high price tag, or are happy to wait a while for the price to drop a bit” in their review of this digital camera and gave it a rating of 4 stars out of 5. Expert website Hardwarezone.com.ph wrote “What it does have, however, is good performance to price ratio in a compact package”. Expert website Tech.uk.msn.com said “Wait a few months until the price gets real” in their review of this digital camera.

Eight owners wrote in their reviews that it was expensive. Expert website Steves-Digicams.com wrote three years ago “This model is a fast performer that easily surpasses those less expensive options”. Bioblair mentioned “It is also more expensive and physically larger”. Reala said “More expensive so in this form factor, this camera stands alone” in their review of this digital camera and scored it the highest possible rating of 5 stars.

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Support

Good Technical Guidance

Two customers who reviewed the Canon S120 concluded that it had good technical guidance. Earnestguy said on expert website Walmart.com four years ago “And while the instructions are reasonably intelligible”. Steve H mentioned “The full instructions you need to download OK” and gave it a score of 5 stars out of 5.


Weight & Dimensions

Compact Size

Thirty-one people who bought it reckoned that it was compact. Digital Versus wrote “Compact design” in their review of this digital camera. Expert review site Photographyblog.com said “Aimed at the serious photographer looking for a capable compact”. Expert website Tech.uk.msn.com wrote four years ago “Great camera for enthusiasts in search of a power compact”.

Four people who reviewed it wrote that it was heavy and bulky. Stewart mentioned in his review of this digital camera on expert website Bhphotovideo.com “Cumbersome and heavy for airplane journeys”. Rhonda wrote on expert review site Bhphotovideo.com “It's heavy for it's size” in her review of the Canon S120. Danohi scored the product 4 stars out of 5 and said on expert review site Bestbuy.com three years ago “It is a little heavy and bulky for its size.” in their review of this digital camera.

Three customers who reviewed it wrote that it was good structurally. H C wrote on expert review site Walmart.com two years ago “Construction are all fantastic” in their review of this digital camera and scored it a maximum of 5 stars.

Three owners who bought the product agreed that it was lightweight. Wobat wrote on expert review site Bestbuy.com four years ago “Light-weight and comfortable even after a couple hours of wearing, thanks to the pad on the headband”. Motherrunner4 mentioned in their review of this digital camera “This camera fits great in my pocket and is very sleek and lightweight”. Yardley gave it a rating of 4 stars out of 5 and wrote in their review of this digital camera on expert review site Amazon “Quality camera and reasonably lightweight”.

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Average Weight

With a weight of 217 grams, the Canon S120 has a fairly average weight compared to most of the other cameras of a comparable spec and age to this camera.

Digital cameras with a heavier weight that might be worth considering include the Canon EOS 1D MarkIII (1.2kg) which is also cheaper.

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Other

Released Over Three Years Ago

It was October 2013 when this digital camera was released.


Networking

Supports Wi-Fi

The Canon S120 supports Wi-Fi. Most of the other digital cameras of this age and spec do not support Wi-Fi.

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Audio

Unacceptable Noise Level

Six owners wrote that the Canon S120 was noisy. Website Bestbuy.com mentioned “Not Noise Cancelling”. Tdott wrote “The headphones hug your ear comfortably and the noise cancellation is astounding”. An anonymous author mentioned “Sound quality is great and good noise canceling too” but she still rated it 5 stars out of 5.

Has a Built-In Microphone

The Canon S120 has a built-in microphone, as do most of the other digital cameras of a comparable age and type to this camera.

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Noisy

Six owners wrote that the Canon S120 was noisy. Website Bestbuy.com mentioned “Not Noise Cancelling”.

Tdott wrote “The headphones hug your ear comfortably and the noise cancellation is astounding”. An anonymous author mentioned “Sound quality is great and good noise canceling too” but she still rated it 5 stars out of 5.

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Video

Supports Video Recording

The Canon S120 supports video recording, as do most of the other cameras of a comparable spec and age to this camera.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

The highest video resolution supported by the Canon S120 is 1920 x 1080 pixels. That's over six times the video resolution of the most frequently found video resolutions of 640 x 480 pixels (which is also supported by this camera). In addition, this digital camera support a video resolutions 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 resolutions is actually the best supported video resolution amongst all digital cameras of this spec and age.

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

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

This digital camera has a maximum video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, which is the most commonly found maximum video resolution on similar spec digital cameras that have been available for a comparable time to it.

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Display

Quite Large Display Diagonal

The Canon S120 has a quite large display diagonal (3 inches) compared to most of the other low megapixel digital cameras that have been on the market for more than two years. Across all the cameras that came out around the same time as this digital camera the display diagonals range from 1" to 3.5".

We compared all the other 3" screen cameras to this digital camera and we think the Canon EOS 1D MarkIII which is cheaper is also worth considering.

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Has a Touchscreen

The Canon S120 has a touchscreen, which is unusual. Most of the other low megapixel digital cameras that have been available for a similar time to this camera do not have a touchscreen.

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Very High Display Resolution (numeric)

At 922,000 pixels, the Canon S120 has a very high display resolution (numeric) compared to most of the other low megapixel digital cameras that were released around the same time as this digital camera. Low megapixel digital cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to this camera have display resolutions (numeric) of between 640 pixels and 1,100,000 pixels.

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Other Features

Has a Built-In Flash

has a built-in flash

The Canon S120 has a built-in flash. Most of the other low megapixel digital cameras that were launched around the same time as this camera also have a built-in flash.

It may also be worth also looking at one of the other cameras with a built-in flash currently available including the Canon EOS 1D MarkIII which is cheaper.

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Has an HDMI Port

The Canon S120 has an HDMI port, as do most of the other low megapixel digital cameras that have been around for a comparable time to this camera.

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Has a USB 2.0 Port

The Canon S120 has a USB 2.0 port. Most of the other low megapixel digital cameras that were released more than two years ago also have a USB 2.0 port.

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Camera

Does Not Have a GPS (satellite)

The Canon S120 does not have a GPS (satellite), although keep in mind that most of the other digital cameras of this age and type also do not have a GPS (satellite).

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Supports Live View

The Canon S120 supports live view, as do most of the other cameras of this age and spec.

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Has an Orientation Sensor

The Canon S120 has an orientation sensor, as do most of the other low megapixel digital cameras that came out more than two years ago.

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Features Histogram

The Canon S120 features histogram, as do most of the other similar spec cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as this digital camera.

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Lens System

Average Digital Zoom

With a digital zoom of 4 times zoom factor, the Canon S120 has a fairly average digital zoom compared to most of the other low megapixel digital cameras that are a similar age to this camera.

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Average Optical Zoom

At 5 times zoom factor, the Canon S120 has a pretty standard optical zoom compared to most of the other cameras of this age and spec.

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Quite Short Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)

Across all the comparable spec cameras that were released around the same time as this camera the minimum focal lengths (35mm film equiv) range from 4.5mm to 38mm. At only 24 millimeters, the Canon S120 has a fairly short minimum focal length (35mm film equiv) compared to most of the other low megapixel digital cameras that have been available for around the same time as this digital camera.

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Quite Large Minimum Aperture Number

Across all the digital cameras of this age and spec the minimum aperture numbers range from 1.3 to 11, and the average minimum aperture number is 3. At 5.7, the Canon S120 has a very large minimum aperture number compared to most of the other low megapixel digital cameras that came out around the same time as this digital camera.

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Picture Quality

Has an Image Stabilizer

The Canon S120 has an image stabilizer. Most of the other comparable spec digital cameras that have been on the market for more than two years also have an image stabilizer.

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4000 X 3000 Still Image Resolution

The Canon S120 has a 4000 x 3000 still image resolution(s) which is higher than the 640 x 480 still image resolution(s) found on most low megapixel digital cameras that were released around the same time as it. This camera also have still image resolution(s) 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. Across all low megapixel digital cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as this digital camera the worst still image resolution is 640 x 360 and the best is 4032 x 3024.

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4000 X 3000 Pixels Image Resolution

This camera has a maximum image resolution of 4000 x 3000 pixels, which is the most frequently found maximum image resolution on digital cameras of a comparable age and spec to it.

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12.1 Megapixels Megapixel

This is a 12.1 megapixels digital camera.

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Flash

Has an External Flash Connector

The Canon S120 has an external flash connector, as do most of the other cameras of this age and type.

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Packaging Content

Has a Carrying Case

The Canon S120 has a carrying case. Most of the other cameras of this age and spec also have a carrying case.

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Has a Batteries Included

The Canon S120 has a batteries included. Most of the other cameras of this age and spec also have a batteries included.

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Ports & Interfaces

Has an HDMI

The Canon S120 has an HDMI, as do most of the other cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as this camera.

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Supports PictBridge

The Canon S120 supports PictBridge, as do most of the other cameras of this spec and age.

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2 USB Version

This digital camera supports a 2 USB version, which is typical of many similar spec cameras that are a comparable age to it.

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Light Exposure

Supports Twenty-Four ISO Sensitivities

The number of ISO speeds supported by the Canon S120 is more than most low megapixel digital cameras that have been around for more than two years. This digital camera supports a 400 ISO sensitivity, which is the most commonly supported ISO sensitivity supported by low megapixel digital cameras that have been available for more than two years. The ISO sensitivities "80", "100", "125", "160", "200", "250", "320", "500", "640", "800", "1000", "1250", "1600", "2000", "2500", "3200", "4000", "5000", "6400", "8000", "10000", "12800" and "Auto" are also supported by this Canon camera.

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Does Not Have a Good Flash

Five people agreed that it did not have a good flash. Website Bestbuy.com said “Switch for pop up flash”. Skycap wrote “It's especially great in low light or indoors at night especially in situations where you can't use a flash” but they scored the product the highest possible rating of 5 stars. Mrs. C. E. Bogh-Henrikssen mentioned “Disappointed that the flash has to be turned on manually” in their review of this digital camera.

Image Quality

Sixty-eight people mentioned in their reviews that it was able to produce good images. Pc Mag gave the product a score of 4 stars out of 5 and said four years ago “Large image sensor” in their review of this digital camera. Website Bestbuy.com said “Wireless transfer of pictures”. Expert review site Gadgetspeak.com mentioned “It can take excellent pictures with little input from you” and gave this digital camera a rating of 4 stars out of 5.

Fourteen customers who purchased this digital camera thought it was good in low light. Website Bestbuy.com scored it a maximum of 5 stars and wrote “The real stand out is the low light performance”. They also mentioned “Great with low light” in their review. Townyboy gave it a rating of 80 out of 100 and said “Very good in low light, easy to use”.

Six people mentioned in their reviews that this digital camera had a good picture resolution. Camera Labs mentioned in their review of this digital camera “Very fast sustained burst shooting”. Website Techradar.com wrote four years ago “Raw format shooting” and gave it a rating of 5 stars out of 5. Ephotozine.com gave it the highest possible rating of 5 stars out of 5 and said on expert website Ephotozine “The latest model has a new star mode for astronomy shooting”.

Two people reckoned that it had a good image sensor.

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Touch Screen Control

Six customers considered that the Canon S120 had a good screen. Three years ago website Bestbuy.com mentioned “Small size and large screen”. Aging Photofan said on expert review site Bhphotovideo.com two years ago “The rear touch screen is excellent” in their review of this digital camera. Rhonda wrote “The touch screen is excellent and makes adjustments so easy” in her review of this digital camera and gave it a rating of 4 stars out of 5.

1080 60 Video

Seventeen people who reviewed it said that it was good for video recording. Pc Mag wrote “1080 60 video” in their review of this digital camera. Aging Photofan said in their review of this digital camera on expert website Bhphotovideo.com “Video is easy to use and looks great” and rated the Canon S120 80 out of 100. Three years ago Edward the Nth scored the product 4 stars out of 5 and he mentioned “It seems to drain quickly, especially in video modes.”.

Sharp Lens

Thirteen people agreed that it had a good lens. Mac World rated it 80 out of 100 and he said “Customizable lens ring function” in his review of this digital camera. Aging Photofan rated it 4 stars out of 5 and wrote in their review of this digital camera on expert review site Bhphotovideo.com “Good sensor, good lens, good processor”. They also mentioned “The good news is the camera is well built, solid, has a nice lens, larger sensor” in their review.

Seven people who reviewed the product concluded that it had a good zoom. Three years ago website Bestbuy.com mentioned “Great Zoom”. Expert review site Dpreview.com said four years ago “These cameras out-perform the smartest of phones by offering much better image quality, useful zoom ranges and the a”. Dsl said “Good zoom, wide angle, so far no disappointments, only pleasant surprises” in their review of this digital camera.

Three customers who bought this digital camera wrote that it had a good autofocus. Four years ago Camera Labs mentioned in their review of this digital camera “Focus peaking greatly aids manual focusing” and scored the product 4 stars out of 5. Ken in La wrote in his review of this digital camera on expert review site Bhphotovideo.com “Seems to have no problem with focus in any light”. Matt he mentioned “It's difficult to focus properly”.

Two customers who bought it thought it had a good image stabiliser. Stuff.tv said “Great image stabilisation” in their review of this digital camera and rated it 80 out of 100. H C wrote “The video image stabilization is also amazing” and scored it 5 stars out of 5.

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Features

Good Features

Twelve owners thought the Canon S120 had good features. Website Bestbuy.com mentioned in their review of this digital camera “Tons of great features”. Critical User said in their review of this digital camera on expert website Bhphotovideo.com “What is amazing is that Canon has managed to produce a small camera with some excellent features allowing for photos that are very good considering the cameras compact size”. Stewart gave the product a rating of 5 stars out of 5 and he wrote in April last year “The S 120 has most of the features needed; is light weight; slips into a pocket for quick retrieval;”.


Design

Build Quality

Fifty-three people who reviewed this digital camera concluded that it was good quality. Digital Versus mentioned in their review of this digital camera “Build quality”. Website Macworld.co.uk said three years ago “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” in their review of this digital camera and gave the product a rating of 80 out of 100. Trusted Reviews gave the product a score of 80 out of 100 and wrote in their review of this digital camera “Excellent image quality”.

Solid Build

Seventeen people who bought the Canon S120 considered that it was well made. Three years ago website T3.com wrote “Small yet solid” in their review of this digital camera. Website Bestbuy.com wrote three years ago “Great Quality Build” in their review of this digital camera. Expert review site Digitalversus.com said in their review of this digital camera four years ago “With its sleek design and incredibly compact build” .

Two customers thought it was reliable. Two years ago Griffithsatlanta said in their review of this digital camera on expert website Bhphotovideo.com “This is an amazing, reliable camera, with a great image processor”. Bcdc gave it a score of 5 stars out of 5 and mentioned “Best for the money! Most compact! Most reliable! Using for hunting”.

Two customers mentioned in their reviews that it was good at resisting water ingress. Mr. D. L. Daynes wrote “Great camera for scuba diving” in their review of this digital camera and scored the product the highest possible rating of 5 stars. They also said “Bought primarily for scuba diving and very pleased to find that not only does it have an underwater setting in Scene mode” in their review.

Two customers said in their reviews that it was strong and durable. Andy mentioned “Feels more robust” in his review of this digital camera. Mikey scored it the highest possible rating of 5 stars and wrote on expert website Bestbuy.com “Nice and sturdy, takes beautiful fast photos” in their review of this digital camera.

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Full Manual Control

Twenty-four owners wrote in their reviews that it was easy to use. Trusted Reviews wrote “Fast and easy to use” in their Canon S120 review and scored it 80 out of 100. Four years ago Camera Labs mentioned “One of smallest cameras with RAW manual control”. Also four years ago website Techradar.com said in their review of this digital camera “Full manual control”.

Eight customers who bought it reckoned that it was easy to use the menus. Digital Versus wrote in their review of this digital camera “Multifunction settings ring around the lens”. Aging Photofan gave it a rating of 4 stars out of 5 and said “Then you can only set it to fire on certain exposure settings, most of the settings are only "off" or "auto", not "on”. Earnestguy wrote on expert website Walmart.com “Also important was the ability to quickly make manual settings by way of actual buttons” in their review of this digital camera and scored this digital camera 4 stars out of 5.

Seven customers who reviewed this digital camera wrote that it was comfortable and easy to hold. Website Bestbuy.com gave it a rating of 5 stars out of 5 and said “Very comfortable” in their review of this digital camera. Uphill Run mentioned on expert review site Bhphotovideo.com “The biggest concern we both had upon receiving it is that it is hard to hold”. Vathek wrote “After a while they stretch out and are so comfortable you forget you're wearing anything” in their review of this digital camera and gave this digital camera a rating of 80 out of 100.

Two customers agreed that this digital camera was easy to handle. Trusted Reviews said four years ago “Good handling” and scored the product 4 stars out of 5. Digital Versus mentioned in their review of this digital camera “Effective controls and handling” .

Two owners mentioned in their reviews that this digital camera was easy to setup. Website Walmart.com wrote “Easy To Set Up”.

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Nice Design

Eight customers mentioned in their reviews that it was good looking. Imaric said on expert website Walmart.com “Pretty amazing photos and videos” in their review of this digital camera. Great Outdoors wrote in their review of this digital camera on expert review site Bhphotovideo.com “The body is textured plastic with a clean and purposeful appearance that easily fits into a shirt or pant pocket”. Griffithsatlanta said in their review of this digital camera two years ago “Image stabilization and low light capability combine to generate beautiful sharp images.”.

Two customers agreed that this digital camera was well designed.

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Product Identifiers

Barcodes 00013803228991, 00138032289916, 03609740147401, 04960999989266, 08714574610276, 08714574610283

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