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Canon PowerShot S120

alaTest has collected and analyzed 960 reviews of Canon PowerShot S120. The average rating for this product is 4.2/5, compared to an average rating of 4.3/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras for all reviews. Comments about the size and image quality are on the whole positive. The portability and performance are also mentioned favorably. There are some mixed opinions about the color and battery, while some have doubts about the storage and memory.

usability, performance, portability, image quality, size

shutter, viewfinder, exposure, memory, storage

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 92/100 = Excellent quality.

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Consumer review (amazon.co.uk)

Amazon.co.uk review summary for Canon PowerShot S120

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 75 user reviews of Canon PowerShot S120 from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 4.4/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.3/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras on Amazon.co.uk. People are impressed by the size and performance. The price and portability are also appreciated. There are some less positive comments about the color and shutter.

usability, portability, price, performance, size

flash, shutter, color

92% of the reviews on Amazon.co.uk give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Canon PowerShot S120 Camera - Black (12.1MP, 5x Zoom) 3 inch Touch LCDCanon PowerShot S120 Camera - Black (12.1MP, 5x Zoom) 3 inch Touch LCD

Dec, 2018

Consumer review (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for Canon PowerShot S120

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 347 user reviews of Canon PowerShot S120 from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 4.2/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.2/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras on Amazon.com. People are impressed by the durability and image quality. The portability and usability also get good feedback. Some have doubts about the shutter and exposure. There are some mixed views about the viewfinder.

performance, usability, portability, image quality, durability

color, exposure, shutter

89% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Canon PowerShot S120 12.1 MP CMOS Digital Camera with 5x Optical Zoom and 1080p Full-HD VideoCanon PowerShot S120 12.1 MP CMOS Digital Camera with 5x Optical Zoom and 1080p Full-HD Video

Dec, 2018

Consumer review (amazon.ca)

Amazon.ca review summary for Canon PowerShot S120

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 1 user review of Canon PowerShot S120 from Amazon.ca. The average user rating for this product is 5.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.3/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras on Amazon.ca.

100% of the reviews on Amazon.ca give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Canon PowerShot S120 12.1Digital Camera with 3.0-Inch TFT LCDCanon PowerShot S120 12.1Digital Camera with 3.0-Inch TFT LCD

Dec, 2018

Expert review by : Gavin Stoker (pcworld.com)

Gavin Stoker

 

Premium end compact camera with larger than average sensor is a fit for the pocket.

Solid feel, high quality construction ; Touch screen control ; Customizable lens ring function

No handgrip ; No eye level viewfinder

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 quality, and there is little about the PowerShot S120 that’s...

May, 2014

Expert review by : Jim Fisher (pcmag.com)

Canon PowerShot S120

 

The Canon PowerShot S120 delivers impressive image quality in a compact package with Raw shooting capability, but it's not quite an Editors' Choice.

Sharp lens. Wi-Fi. Large image sensor. Compact. Raw support. 1080p60 video. 10fps continuous shooting.

Aperture narrows as you zoom. No hot shoe or EVF option. Pricey. Limited zoom range.

You can also transfer images directly from the camera to your iOS or Android device via the free Canon CameraWindow application. It's easy to setup: If you're out and about you'll be prompted to enter a password in your phone or tablet to connect to an...

Oct, 2013

Expert review by : Kyle Schurman (steves-digicams.com)

Canon PowerShot S120

 

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...

Apr, 2014

Highly Recommended

Expert review by : Mark Goldstein (photographyblog.com)

Canon PowerShot S120 Review

 

The Canon PowerShot S120 is a pocket-sized camera that offers a lot of professional features. Aimed at the serious photographer looking for a capable compact, the Canon S120 features a high-sensitivity 12.1 megapixel 1/1.7-type CMOS sensor, 5x zoom...

The Canon PowerShot S120 is a rather modest update of last year's S110 camera, principally making things faster and adding a few new features and shooting modes into the now familiar mix. We like the faster auto-focus and burst shooting speeds, while...

Oct, 2013

Expert review by : Mike Tomkins (imaging-resource.com)

Canon S120 Review

 

The Canon S120 is here, and it seems Canon was listening to us when they made it. A followup to the Canon S110 which we reviewed in March of last year, the PowerShot S120 looks to answer at least half of our main concerns about the earlier model.

Read Field Test Part II for Eamon's experience with the S120's Wi-Fi and special features.

Sep, 2014

Expert review by : About.com (about.com)

Canon PowerShot S120 Reviews

 

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 speed or in terms of image quality. However this model...

Very fast performance levels, RAW image quality available in thin camera body yields very good image quality, Lens offers f/1.8 aperture, Touch screen display capabilities make this camera easy to use, Mixture of advanced shooting modes and beginner...

Price may be a little high, measurement is limited to 5X, Inclusion of a hot shoe would have been helpful, Camera's menu structure could use a redesign for better touch screen performance, Wi-Fi feature is difficult to set up and use

Dec, 2013

Expert review by : Hafeez Sim (hardwarezone.com)

Canon PowerShot S120 - The Most Refined PowerShot Yet

 

Canon's S-series was one of the first few entries in the compact prosumer segment at a time when manufacturers were focusing on affordable DSLR cameras. So what does the latest model, the S120, bring to the table? Join us to find out how the S-series...

Able to shoot at F1.8 ; Touch-sensitive display ; Compact size ; Manual controls

Paltry battery life

The Canon PowerShot S120 doesn’t have the largest sensor, nor does it have the longest zoom. What it does have, however, is good performance to price ratio in a compact package. Improvements over its predecessor, the PowerShot S110, may not seem...

Nov, 2013

Expert review by : Brendan Nystedt (reviewed.com)

Canon PowerShot S120

 

Another year, another excellent PowerShot S

You've come a long way, baby

Nov, 2013

Expert review by : Camera Labs (cameralabs.com)

Canon PowerShot S120

 

The Wifi is easier to setup, the lens a little brighter, the top video mode now films 1080 / 60p, there's a bunch of new shooting modes including some neat astrophotography options, and a higher resolution touch screen with the chance to pull focus...

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

Oct, 2013

Recommended by TR

Expert review by : Cliff Smith (trustedreviews.com)

Canon S120

 

If you can stomach the high price tag, this is one of the best small compacts money can buy.

Good handling ; Excellent image quality ; Fast and easy to use ; Outstanding build quality

Somewhat overpriced currently ; So-so battery life

Another welcome feature is no doubt the Raw image capture provided by the Canon S120, and on the whole the specification of the S120 is certainly enough to keep advanced shooters happy.

Nov, 2013

Product Specifications

Audio

Built-in Microphone: Yes

Battery

Battery life (CIPA standard):230
Battery Technology:Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Type:NB-6LH
Number of batteries supported:1
Power source type:Battery

Camera

Built-in processor:DIGIC 6 iSAPS
Camera file system:DPOF 1.1, Exif 2.3 / DPOF 1.1, Exif 2.3, RAW
GPS: No
GPS (satellite):N
Histogram: Yes
Image processor:DIGIC 6 iSAPS
Live view: Yes
On Screen Display (OSD) languages:ARA, CHI (SIMPL), CHI (TR), CZE, DAN, DEU, DUT, ENG, ESP, FIN, FRE, GRE, HUN, ITA, JPN, KOR, NOR, POL, POR, RUM, RUS, SWE, THA, TUR, UKR
Orientation sensor: Yes
Photo effects:Black&White, Neutral, Sepia, Vivid
Scene modes:Beach, Fireworks, Portrait, Snow, Underwater
Self-timer:2, 10 / 2,10
Self-timer delay:2,10
Shooting modes:Aperture priority, Auto, Manual, Movie, Program, Scene, Shutter priority
White Balance:Auto, Cloudy, Custom modes, Daylight, Fluorescent, Fluorescent H, Tungsten, Underwater

Design

Color of product:Black
Energy Star certified:N

Display

Display:LCD
Display Diagonal:3
Display resolution (numeric):922000
Field of view:100
Touch screen: Yes
Touchscreen:Y

Flash

External flash connector: Yes
Flash exposure lock: Yes
Flash modes:Auto, Flash off, Flash on, Manual, Red-eye reduction, Slow synchronization
Flash range (tele):19.7 - 90.6
Flash range (wide):19.7 - 196.9

Focusing

Auto Focus (AF) assist beam: Yes
Auto Focus (AF) lock: Yes
Auto focusing (AF) modes:Continuous Auto Focus, Face detection, Face tracking, Servo Auto Focus, Single Auto Focus / Continuous Auto Focus, Face detection, Servo Auto Focus, Single Auto Focus
Closest Focusing Distance:1.18
Focus:TTL
Focus adjustment:Auto/Manual

Lens System

Combined zoom:20
Digital Zoom:4
Focal length range (f-f):0.205 - 1.02
Lens structure:7/6
Lens structure (elements/groups):7/6
Maximum aperture number:1.8 / 5.7
Maximum focal length (35mm film equiv):4.72
Minimum aperture number:1.8 / 5.7
Minimum focal length (35mm film equiv):0.945
Optical Zoom:5

Light Exposure

Auto Exposure (AE) lock: Yes
ISO sensitivity:80, 100, 125, 160, 200, 250, 320, 400, 500, 640, 800, 1000, 1250, 1600
ISO sensitivity (max):12800
ISO sensitivity (min):80
Light exposure control:Program AE
Light exposure correction:± 3EV (1/3EV step)
Light exposure modes:Aperture priority AE, Auto, Manual, Shutter priority AE
Light metering:Centre-weighted, Evaluative (Multi-pattern), Spot

Memory

Compatible memory cards:SD, SDHC, SDXC
Memory slots:1

Networking

Wi-Fi: Yes
Wi-Fi standards:802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n

Operational Conditions

Operating relative humidity (H-H):10 - 90
Operating relative humidity range:10 - 90
Operating temperature (T-T):0 - 40
Operating temperature range (T-T):0 - 40

Other Features

Built-in flash: Yes
HDMI ports quantity:1
USB 2.0 ports quantity:1

Packaging Content

Batteries included: Yes
Bundled software:ImageBrowser EX
Carrying case: Yes

Picture Quality

Camera Type:Compact camera
Image formats supported:JPG / JPG, RAW
Image sensor size:1/1.7
Image Stabilizer: Yes
Maximum image resolution:4000 x 3000
Megapixel:12.1
Scan technology:CMOS
Sensor Type:CMOS
Still image resolution(s):4000 x 3000, 2816 x 2112, 1600 x 1200, 640 x 480, 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, 960 x 1200, 384 x 480
Supported aspect ratios:1:1, 3:2, 4:3, 4:5, 16:9

Ports & interfaces

HDMI: Yes
HDMI connector type:Mini
PictBridge: Yes
USB connector:Mini-USB B
USB connector type:Mini-USB B
USB version:2.0

Shutter

Fastest camera shutter speed:1/2500
Slowest camera shutter speed:250

System Requirements

Mac operating systems supported:Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard, Mac OS X 10.7 Lion, Mac OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion

Video

Analog signal format system:NTSC, PAL
Full HD: Yes
HD type:Full HD
Maximum video resolution:1920 x 1080
Motion JPEG frame rate:60
Video compression format:MP4
Video formats supported:MP4
Video Frame Rate:60
Video recording: Yes
Video Resolutions:320 x 240, 640 x 480, 1280 x 720, 1920 x 1080 / 320 x 240,640 x 480,1280 x 720,1920 x 1080

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:1.14
Height:2.32
Weight:7.65
Width:3.94