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Canon PowerShot SX120 IS

alaTest has collected and analyzed 1174 reviews from magazines and websites. People really like the responsiveness and portability. The value for money and image quality are also appreciated, but some have doubts about the storage and features. The flash and battery get mixed opinions.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Canon PowerShot SX120 IS is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 89/100 = Very good quality.

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Canon PowerShot SX120 IS

 

Canon's PowerShot SX120 IS ($250 as of 11/16/09) is a AA-powered pocket megazoom for the photographer on a budget. It's a slim, sexy, and lightweight 10X-optical-zoom camera with features for both beginners and advanced shooters, but its shutter lag...

10X optical zoom ; Wide range of exposure modes

Slow recycle between shots, especially with flash ; LCD hard to see in sunlight; no optical viewfinder ; No wide-angle lens

This stylish, compact megazoom has a nice range of controls, but it suffers from a sluggish shutter and short battery life.

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SX120 IS

 

The Canon PowerShot SX120 offers a lot for the $220 it costs: a decent 10x zoom lens, good video capture and full manual controls.

The SX120 offers a lot for the price: you get a 10x zoom with a decent wide angle, a big screen and an easy to use camera for about $220. But there are a few rough edges: the quality of the captured images is generally good, but does fall off somewhat...

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Canon PowerShot SX120 IS Review

 

Dueto be released in September of 2009, the Canon PowerShot SX120 IS isone of the more affordable of the "SX" series cameras. The "SX" seriesis part of Canon's "High-End" PowerShot models. This compact digicamfeatures a 10-Megapixel imaging sensor, 10x...

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Canon PowerShot SX120 IS

 

Canon seems to have an "if it ain't broke" attitude when it comes to its PowerShot SX series. The SX120 IS is the latest version of the company's 10x pocket megazoom and is nearly identical to its predecessors, the SX110 IS and SX100 IS . The SX120 IS...

Easy to use; best-in-class photo quality; manual and semimanual controls.

Fewer features, slower performance, and bulkier design than competitive models.

Canon's SX120 IS pocket megazoom falls behind the competition in every aspect except photo quality.

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Canon PowerShot SX120 IS

 

The PowerShot SX120 IS makes an excellent choice for a carry-anywhere compact digital camera. The extra zoom range opens up a lot of picture taking opportunities, and image quality is quite acceptable for a small sensor digital camera. Of course,...

10X zoom (36-360mm 35mm equivalent)Large 3.0 inch LCD displaySmart Auto modeOptical image stabilization

Lacks a viewfinder

The Canon PowerShot SX120 IS belongs to a relatively new class of...

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Canon PowerShot SX120 IS Review

 

Canon PowerShot SX120 IS reviewed by ConsumerSearch, which notes pros and cons, along with reviews and ratings for the Canon PowerShot SX120 IS and comparisons to other Digital Cameras (Ultra-Zoom)

Compact; Manual controls; Large 3-inch LCD

Noisy images above ISO 400; Slow performance; Manual pop-up flash

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Review: Canon PowerShot SX120 IS camera

 

This stylish, compact megazoom camera has a nice range of controls, but it suffers from a sluggish shutter and short battery life.

The 10X optical zoom spans from a wish-it-were-wider 36mm to a deep 360mm telephoto, and optical image stabilization and face detection are available to enhance your shooting sessions. Face detection is fun—you can let the SX120 IS find faces in your...

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Canon Digital IXUS 95 IS / PowerShot SD1200 IS

 

The Canon PowerShot SX120 IS is a budget super-zoom compact with a 10 Megapixel sensor, 10x optical zoom with image stabilisation and 3in LCD panel. Launched in August 2009 it replaces the popular PowerShot SX110 IS, increasing the Megapixel count from...

Good low light performance ; Uses broadly available AA batteries ; Integral lens cover ; Full Manual control over exposures

Poor wide angle coverage (36mm equiv) ; Flash needs to be manually raised ; Noisy zoom motor ; No HD video nor optical zoom when filming

The Canon PowerShot SX120 IS builds on the success of its predecessor to deliver a decent range of features and a long zoom range in an affordable and fairly compact body that's well-styled and comfortable to use. With a range of exposure options from...

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Canon SX120 IS

 

Offers a lot for what it costs: decent 10x zoom, good video capture and full manual controls

Decent color accuracy; Low noise at low ISOs

Significant noise at high ISOs; Images get soft at longer zooms

The SX120 offers a lot for the price: you get a 10x zoom with a decent wide angle, a big screen and an easy to use camera for about $220. But there are a few rough edges: the quality of the captured images is generally good, but does fall off somewhat...

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Canon PowerShot SX120 IS Review

 

If we told you that the Canon PowerShot SX120 IS looks a little bit like its predecessor, the SX110 IS, we would be lying.

Large LCD ; Good image quality ; Full manual control

Some purple fringing ; Same design as SX110 ; Poor quality at high ISO

It's important for me to note that for enlargements larger than a 5x7-inch print wouldn't be recommended unless you use ISO 200 or lower, otherwise you'll get a lot of grain.

Product Specifications

Ideal for family days out, the 10.0-megapixel PowerShot SX120 IS brings distant subjects into view with a 10x image-stabilized lens. Smart Auto and Easy modes allow all the family to take great shots.

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Mono
Microphone Technology:Electret condenser
Type:Microphone

Battery

Battery Form Factor:Standard form factor
Supported Battery Form Factor:AA

Camera Flash

Red Eye Reduction: Yes
Type:Pop-up flash

Digital Camera

Digital Camera Type:Compact
Supported Flash Memory:SD Memory Card / MultiMediaCard / SDHC Memory Card / MultiMediaCardplus

Dimensions & Weight

Depth:1.8in
Height:2.8in
Weight:8.6oz
Width:4.4in

Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:3in
Diagonal Size (metric):7.6cm
Display Form Factor:Built-in
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display

Exposure Parameters

Shooting Programs:High sensitivity / Snow / Night snapshot / Kids & pets / Beach / Foliage / Indoor / Sunset / Night scene / Fireworks / Portrait mode / Landscape / Aquarium

Flash Memory

Form Factor:SD Memory Card
Storage Capacity:128KB

Header

Manufacturer:Canon
Model:SX120 IS
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Canon PowerShot

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/2.8-4.3
Max Focal Length:60mm
Min Focal Length:6mm
Optical Zoom:10
Type:Zoom lens

Miscellaneous

Color:Black
Microsoft Certification:Certified for Windows Vista

Optical Sensor

Optical Sensor Size:1/2.5 / 1/2.5"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):10.2 mm ( 1/2.5 ) / 10.2 mm ( 1/2.5" )
Optical Sensor Type:CCD
Sensor Resolution:10Megapixel

Optical System

Built-in Optical Image Stabilizer: Yes
Image Stabilizer:Optical

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

Digital Video Format:MJPEG / AVI
Digital Zoom:4
Face Detection: Yes
ISO (Max):3200
Light Sensitivity:ISO auto / ISO 1600 / ISO 80 / ISO 200 / ISO 400 / ISO 800 / ISO 100 / ISO 3200 (2Mpix)
Shooting Modes:Frame movie mode
Special Effects:Custom Effect / Vivid / Neutral / Sepia / Black & White
Still Image Format:JPEG
Type:Digital camera

Viewfinder

Viewfinder Type: None
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