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Canon PowerShot S120

alaTest has collected and analyzed 41 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers really like the responsiveness and lens. The performance and image quality are also appreciated. Many are negative about the exposure and viewfinder. There are some mixed reviews about the features.

portability, image quality, performance, lens, responsiveness

battery, value for money, shutter, viewfinder, exposure

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Canon PowerShot S120 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 97/100 = Excellent quality.

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Review analysis

(Based on 41 reviews)

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Canon PowerShot S120 Review


Canon has created a very likable pocket-sized advanced fixed-lens camera with its PowerShot S120 model. This camera creates great images and works faster than its predecessor, thanks to the impressive DIGIC 6 image processor. The S120 minimizes shutter...

Thin camera with powerful list of features ; One of the thinnest cameras available that can shoot in RAW ; Image quality is very good in all shooting conditions ; Extremely fast performer both in lack of shutter lag and in strong continuous shot mode...

Limited telephoto capabilities at 5x optical zoom measurement ; No hot shoe for adding accessories, such as an external viewfinder ; S120's suggested price is almost equal to a basic interchangeable lens camera ; Limited manual control options when...

Canon has created a very likable pocket-sized advanced fixed-lens camera with its PowerShot S120 model. This camera creates great images and works faster than its predecessor, thanks to the impressive DIGIC 6 image processor. The S120 minimizes shutter...

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Canon PowerShot S120


Another year, another excellent PowerShot S

You've come a long way, baby

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Canon PowerShot S120


The headline new capability is faster speed across the board - quicker AF, lower shutter lag and considerably better continuous shooting at 12.1fps for the first five shots and sustained 9.4fps afterwards for 635 frames. Compare this to the 10fps on...

One of smallest cameras with RAW & manual control ; Very fast sustained burst shooting ; Flexible 5x range with 24mm f1.8 & built-in ND filter ; Focus peaking greatly aids manual focusing ; Built-in Wifi with social sharing from the camera ;...

No manual exposure control for movies ; No manual focusing during movies ; No smartphone remote control over Wifi ; No hotshoe or viewfinder or mic accessories ; No cable release or Bulb option

Canon's PowerShot S series was once the only choice if you wanted a pocket-sized camera with full manual control and support for RAW files. But today the enthusiast compact market is one of the fastest growing and every company wants a piece of the...


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Amazon review summary for Canon PowerShot S120


alaTest has collected and analyzed 47 user reviews of Canon PowerShot S120 from The average user rating for this product is 4.3/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras on

performance, portability, responsiveness, usability, lens

shutter, sensor

91% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

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Excellent Point and Shoot


Bought this for travel because I am sick of carrying around my Nikon D5100 SLR. Canon did a great job with this camera. Its super compact, had a decent and quick zoom and take amazing photos. Battery life seems pretty good and it has a wifi option to...

Picture quality is phenomenal

low light will suffer a bit

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Great little point & shoot camera


I've only had the camera a few weeks now but "so far, so good!" Really fast shutter speed for tracking my 3 year old and it seems to take better pictures in low-light than my old Cannon Elph 310. The short videos I've taken have turned out well too. I...

Fast shutter speed, compact

nothing so far

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Excellent Camera


This camera does it all and then some. This is a perfect camera to take any where you are going to shoot video or pictures. It is in a class of its own. Highly recommend it.About me... Photo enthusiast

great with low light

battery life is short purchase a spare

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Very good point & shoot for the more advanced


Overall a very good camera for someone who wants a few more bells and whistles. Not a mega zoom but very functional (5x optical and up to 20x digital). Colors are very realistic and there isn't a lot of noise until I push the ISO up over 1600. Video...

Easy to use, good picture quality

Battery life, only an on-line manual

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Easy camera to use and compact


I bought this camera to replace another Canon Powershot that I had for 5 plus years. I like the big viewing screen and the flash seems to work well. Setting up shot ( pushing shutter button half-way down before shooting) takes some getting used to, but...

Small size and large screen

Haven't found anything yet

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Just what I needed!


I enjoyed my old Canon low-light point and shoot camera, and wanted one that had transfer pictures via Wifi. The S120 fit the bill. Set up of the wireless connection between the S120 and my phone/tablet was a complete pain in the posterior, but I soon...

Outstanding picture quality, wireless transfer of pictures

Heavy for its size

Product Specifications


Autofocus: Yes
Built-in Flash: Yes
Changeable Lens: No
Image Stabiliser:Optical Image Stabiliser
Integrated GPS Module: No
Touchscreen: Yes
View Finder Type:LCD Monitor


Bluetooth: No
PictBridge: Yes
WiFi Connectivity: Yes

General Features

3D: No
Chip Type:CMOS
Sensor Size:1/1.7''


Bayonet Compatibility:Not Applicable
Longest Shutter Speed in s:250
Shortest Shutter Speed in s:1/2500


Compact Flash Card: No
Memory Stick / Memory Stick Pro: No
Memory Stick Duo / Duo Pro: No
Micro Drive: No
Multimedia Card: No
SDXC Card: Yes
Secure Digital Card: Yes
Secure Digital High Capacity Card: Yes
XD Card: No

Power Supply

Battery Model:Canon NB-6LH


Aperture Priority: Yes
Face Detection Mode:Face + Smile Detection
RAW Format: Yes
Serial Shot Mode: Yes
Shutter Priority: Yes