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Canon Power Shot S120 Point-and-Shoot Camera

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Product Highlights
  • 12.1 Megapixel 1/1.7" CMOS Sensor
  • Canon 5x Optical Zoom Lens (24-120mm)
  • 3.0" High Resolution Touchscreen LCD
  • Full HD 1080/60p Video
  • DIGIC 6 Image Processing Engine
  • Enhanced Wi-Fi Capabilities
  • Continuous Shooting at 9.4 fps
  • ISO 12800 and Canon HS SYSTEM

The Canon Power Shot S120 Point-and-Shoot Camera is a compact point-and-shoot camera featuring a 12.1 megapixel 1/1.7" high-sensitivity CMOS sensor and DIGIC 6 image processor to produce high quality still imagery and full HD 1080p video with notable low-light quality and sensitivity from ISO 80-12800. The sensor and processor work together to form the Canon HS SYSTEM, which helps to improve the image quality of dimly-lit shots by reducing noise and enhancing the overall clarity. Additionally, the processor offers a range of speed-related assets throughout the camera, including a maximum sustained full-resolution continuous shooting rate of 9.4 fps for over 600 shots as well as a High Speed AF system for maintained sharpness in a variety of shooting conditions.

The built-in Canon 5x optical zoom lens provides a 35mm-equivalent focal length range of 24-120mm, covering wide-angle to telephoto length perspectives. A maximum f/1.8-5.7 aperture contributes to working in low-light conditions and also benefits shallow depth of field and selective focus shooting techniques. Also aiding working in dim conditions is the inclusion of Intelligent IS image stabilization, which automatically utilizes one of six different distinct modes to help minimize the appearance of camera shake depending on shooting conditions.

For live view monitoring, image review, and menu navigation, a large 3.0" 922k-dot touchscreen LCD monitor is integrated into the S120's design and facilitates intuitive navigation along with clear viewing. The touchscreen interface gives way to Touch AF along with other touch-specific camera controls that are ideally-suited to use when recording video. The efficiency of the touchscreen also supports use of the built-in wireless capabilities for instantly sharing imagery from the camera to mobile devices. By using the free Canon CameraWindow app, available for Android and iOS devices, photos and videos can be sent to the device for direct sharing online through the CANON iMAGE GATEWAY.

12.1MP High-Sensitivity CMOS Sensor and DIGIC 6 Image Processor
The 12.1 megapixel 1/1.7" CMOS sensor and DIGIC 6 image processor work in concert to produce high resolution still imagery and full HD video recording with notable low-light sensitivity and quality. The combination of these two technologies creates the Canon HS SYSTEM, which provides a maximum sensitivity of ISO 12800 with minimal noise and enhanced clarity to truly benefit impressive image making in dimly-lit situations. The processor also contributes to overall speed throughout the camera, including High Speed AF, Manual Focus Peaking, and a top full-resolution continuous shooting rate of 12.1 fps for the first six images with a sustained shooting rate of 9.4 fps for over 600 consecutive images, as well as 1080p video recording at 60 fps.
Canon 5x Optical Zoom Lens
The built-in Canon 5x optical zoom lens provides a 35mm-equivalent focal length range of 24-120mm, covering wide-angle to telephoto perspectives to suit working in a wide array of situations. A maximum f/1.8-5.7 aperture benefits working in low-lit conditions and also supports the creation of selective focus and shallow depth of field imagery. The lens' performance is further enhanced through the inclusion of Intelligent IS image stabilization, which helps to minimize the appearance of camera shake by automatically selecting from six different optimized stabilization modes depending on the specific shooting conditions. The Normal setting corrects for a wide range of movements and is ideal for still photography; the Panning setting detects when panning shots are being made and does not compensate for lateral shake; the Macro (Hybrid) setting specifically corrects for shift-type shake that is common when working with close-up subject matter; the Dynamic mode is highly effective for video work and wide-angle settings and helps to minimize common shake that occurs while walking or moving with the camera; the Powered setting is suited for shooting at the telephoto end of the zoom range when hand shake is most prevalent; and Tripod mode simply turns off the IS since it is no longer needed.
Full HD Video Recording
Full HD 1080p video recording is supported with a frame rate up to 60 fps for high resolution, fluid rendering of subjects with integrated stereo sound recording. Touch AF control provides an intuitive means for modifying the focus point as well as zoom and in-camera playback. Direct playback is also possible on an HDTV via the integrated HDMI port and 60 fps movies are saved in the Internet-friendly MP4 format for expedited online sharing and editing. When recording at 30 fps, the DIGIC 6 processor and Fine Movie Detail Processing work together to enhance noise reduction and overall clarity.
Built-In Wireless Connectivity
Built-in Wi-Fi allows direct, wireless transferring of photos and videos to mobile devices and PCs for instant online sharing to social networking sites and cloud-based storage sites. The CANON iMAGE GATEWAY helps to expedite this process through an intuitive workflow and the free Canon CameraWindow app, available for iOS and Android devices, enables efficient transferring control and also permits GPS tagging to images. An enhanced Wi-Fi set-up also works to streamline connecting to wireless hot spots, too, as WEP Key input is no longer needed and wireless preferences can easily be modified through a web browser. Additionally, Automatic Switching via the Image Sync function works to automatically sync images with any discovered and linked PC within a designated network or, alternatively, images are temporarily sent to the CANON iMAGE GATEWAY for later transferring.
3.0" Touchscreen LCD Monitor
A large, bright 3.0" 922k-dot touchscreen LCD monitor is integrated into the camera's design and supports highly efficient camera control as well as live view monitoring and image playback. Familiar touchscreen controls, such as Touch Shutter, Touch AF, pinching, and swiping, help to make this system of navigation both practical and intuitive.
Other Camera Features
  • Background Defocus mode is a useful mode for applying shallow depth of field techniques to imagery for more control over the point of focus within an image.
  • Multi aspect RAW permits shooting in a variety of aspect ratios (16:9, 3:2, 4:3, 1:1, and 4:5) with the uncompressed 12-bit RAW file type to more individually suit the type of image being created. RAW+JPEG shooting is also supported.
  • A manual control ring is set around the lens to provide familiar, intuitive control over many of the shooting controls, including focus, aperture, shutter speed, ISO, step zoom, exposure compensation, aspect ratio, i-Contrast, and white balance.
  • Built-in HDR image creation automatically records multiple frames into a single image to garner greater highlight and shadow detail with an extended range of mid-tones.
  • Sub-modes, such as Art Bold, Art Vivid, Art Standard, and Art Embossed, allow you to more precisely refine the final output and appearance of imagery in-camera.
  • Dedicated star shooting modes benefit shooting photos and movies of the night sky and work to balance the exposure settings necessary for nighttime shooting.
  • Hybrid Auto records four seconds of HD 720p video with each still image and then automatically joins the stills and movies together into a highlight reel.
  • Canon's Direct Print system is supported for expedited connection and printing with a PIXMA or SELPHY directly from the camera.
  • Shooting modes: Custom, Manual, Aperture-Priority, Shutter-Priority, Program, Movie Digest & Hybrid Auto, Smart AUTO, Portrait, Smart Shutter, Star shooting modes, Handheld Night Scene, Underwater, Snow, Fireworks, Creative Filters, High Dynamic Range, Nostalgic, Fisheye Effect, Miniature Effect, Toy Camera Effect, Background Defocus, Soft Focus, Monochrome, Super Vivid, Poster Effect, Movie, and Super Slow Motion Movie.
  • Language support: English, German, French, Dutch, Danish, Finnish, Italian, Norwegian, Swedish, Spanish, Simplified/Traditional Chinese, Japanese, Russian, Portuguese, Korean, Greek, Polish, Czech, Hungarian, Turkish, Thai, Arabic, Romanian, Ukrainian, Farsi, Hindi, Malay, Indonesian, and Vietnamese.
  • Imaging
    Pixels Actual: 12.8 Megapixel
    Effective: 12.1 Megapixel
    Sensor 1/1.7" CMOS
    Bit Depth 12-bit
    File Formats Still Images: JPEG, RAW
    Movies: MOV, MPEG-4
    Audio: Linear PCM (Stereo)
    Max Resolution 4000 x 3000
    Aspect Ratio 1:1, 3:2, 4:3, 4:5, 16:9
    Image Stabilization Optical
    Optics
    Lens EFL: 5.2-26 mm (35 mm equivalent: 24-120 mm)
    Aperture: f/1.8 (W) - 5.7 (T)
    Zoom Optical: 5x
    Digital: 4x
    Focus Range Wide: 1.97" (5 cm) - Infinity
    Telephoto: 11.81" (30 cm) - Infinity
    Manual Wide: 1.18" (3 cm) - Infinity
    Manual Tele: 11.81" (30 cm) - Infinity
    Wide Macro: 1.18" (3 cm) - 1.64' (50 cm)
    Tele Macro: 11.81" (30 cm) - 1.64' (50 cm)
    Quick: 4.92' (1.5 m) - 65.62' (20 m)
    Exposure Control
    ISO Sensitivity Auto, 80-12800
    Shutter 1 - 1/2500 sec
    15 - 1/2500 sec in Aperture Priority Mode
    250 - 1/2500 sec in Manual Mode
    Exposure Metering Center-weighted, Evaluative, Spot
    Exposure Modes Modes: Aperture Priority, Auto, Discreet, Hybrid Auto, Manual, Movie, Programmed Auto, Shutter Priority
    Compensation: -3 EV to +3 EV (in 1/3 EV steps)
    Shooting Modes Background Defocus
    Face Self-Timer
    Fireworks
    Fish-Eye Effect
    HDR
    Handheld Night Scene
    Miniature Effect
    Nostalgic
    Portrait
    Poster Effect
    Smart Shutter
    Smile
    Snow
    Soft Focus
    Star
    Super Vivid
    Toy Camera Effect
    Underwater
    White Balance Modes Auto, Cloudy, Custom, Daylight, Flash, Fluorescent, Fluorescent H, Tungsten, Underwater
    Burst Rate Up to 12.1 fps at 12.1 MP for up to 6 frames
    Up to 9.4 fps at 12.1 MP for up to 635 frames
    Up to 5.6 fps at 12.1 MP
    Up to 5.5 fps at 12.1 MP
    Self Timer 10 Sec, 2 Sec
    Flash
    Flash Modes Auto
    Flash On
    Off
    Slow Sync
    Built-in Flash Yes
    Maximum Effective Flash Range Wide: 1.64 - 22.97' (0.5 - 7 m)
    Telephoto: 1.64 - 7.55' (0.5 - 2.3 m)
    Memory
    Memory Card Type SD
    SDHC
    SDXC
    Recording
    Video Recording Yes, NTSC/PAL
    Resolution 1920 x 1080: 60 fps, 30 fps, 15 fps
    1280 x 720: 30 fps, 6 fps, 3 fps, 1.5 fps
    640 x 480: 120 fps, 30 fps, 6 fps, 3 fps, 1.5 fps
    320 x 240: 240 fps
    Video
    Video Clip Length Up to 29 Min 59 Sec
    Audio Recording Built-in Mic: With Video, Stereo
    Viewfinder/Display
    Screen 3.0" LCD Rear Screen (922,000 pixels)
    Screen Coverage 100%
    Connectivity/System Requirements
    Connectivity HDMI C (Mini)
    USB 2.0
    Wi-Fi Yes
    Environmental
    Operating/Storage Temperature Operating
    32 to 104°F (0 to 40°C)
    Humidity: 10 - 90%
    Power
    Battery 1x NB-6LH Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery Pack, 3.7VDC, 1060mAh
    AC Power Adapter ACK-DC40 (Optional)
    Physical
    Dimensions (WxHxD) 3.9 x 2.3 x 1.1" / 100.2 x 59.0 x 29.0 mm
    Weight 7.65 oz / 217 g CIPA standard

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    CanonPower Shot S120 Point-and-Shoot Camera
     
    4.3

    (based on 24 reviews)

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      (8)

    • 3 Stars

       

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      (1)

    91%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Compact (21)
    • Easy to use (18)
    • Great resolution (16)
    • Large clear LCD (15)
    • Good in low light (13)

    Cons

    • Short battery life (8)
    • Complicated controls (3)

    Best Uses

    • Travel (19)
    • Family photos (17)
    • Low light (11)
    • Video (6)
    • Macro photography (5)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Photo enthusiast (11), Semi-pro photographer (6), Casual photographer (5)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (23)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    So Happy I Got This Camera!

    I was concerned buying this camera as I was about to leave for a very short vacation, but one where I knew I would take a lot of photos. I was very happily...Read complete review

    I was concerned buying this camera as I was about to leave for a very short vacation, but one where I knew I would take a lot of photos. I was very happily surprised! The camera is very easy to use and turned out to be a blessing. I had given my old camera to my daughter and was able to compare pictures shot for shot. Besides being sharper and crisper I was AMAZED at how well it too night pictures without a flash! yes, my kids had to stand still, but the shots look like they werre lit when they were not! As I said it is easy to use and understand. I did print up the manual and read it on the plane and there were some nice tips but if one used the quick start guide one can be proficient in no time! Thank you Canon for bringing my level of piture taking up several notches!

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Everything except the basics

    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 distortion is...Read complete review

    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 distortion is throughout the focal range, and most prevalent midrange. It's even slightly worse than the S95. The one improvement is that the video IS flat. By contrast, the Sony RX100 IS flat from full wide to full zoom. Also, there are no calibrations for lens distortion of the S120 in the Digital Lens Optimizer part of Digital Photo Professional. So you're stuck with it unless you can find another PP program that will give satisfactory results. But the bottom line is that images should be flat in the camera, as in the RX100. You can do it, Canon.

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    2.0

    Very Disappointed. Poor Image quality.

    By Ken in LA

    from Los Angeles

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy to Use
    • Fast Shutter Speed
    • Small / Compact

    Cons

    • Poor Image Quality
    • Short Battery Life

    Best Uses

    • Video

    Comments about Canon Power Shot S120 Point-and-Shoot Camera:

    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, beat the S120 in terms of color accuracy and sharpness. These are the most important aspects for me and the s120 failed. I tried adjusting color/sharpness/contrast/RGB balance which is buried in the cusotm color menu but it did not help enough. Reducing the green by -2 made an improvement. Setting sharpness to 5 (max) also helped, however, my S95 still produced sharper images at its default color/sharpness. The S120 does absorb much more light with its F1.8 lens but the effect is unnatural brightness and awful color with overexposed areas of white. At higher F-settings the image seemed to have less noise than the s95 but when examined closely it also lacked a great deal of sharpness along edges. I suspect that canon put a cheap but fast 1.8 lens to appease consumers and claim it was as fast as others. The S95, in comparison, has a CCD sensor which in conjunction with its F2.0 28mm lens produces very sharp images with gorgeous rich color. The reds are red - not leaning toward orange the way many later CMOS sensors seem to do.I bought the s120 for an upcoming vacation because it seemed like a good upgrade with the additional bonus of having 30p and 60p HD video - which I like to use when travelling. Actually, a short video test I did came out pretty decent with reasonable autofocusing when moving. But, as far as image quality, this camera was a major disappointment. I don't know if Canon is cutting corners but it seems that this camera is not up to the usual standards. I wanted to believe that this camera was a good idea but when compared to my old S95 it just didn't cut it. Perhaps if you view it in isolation you won't see a difference but I would think twice. On a positive note, though, it does start up very quickly, and seems to have no problem with focus in any light. The touchscreen is okay. But, its not good enough to be fast if the camera doesn't produce pleasing images. Too bad, Canon has a very good menu system logic. They just seemed to have gone downhill on this version.I would speculate that the older s110 is a better performing camera and its cheaper too. The s120 uses DIGIC 6 while the s110 and G15 use DIGIC 5. There is a difference. I'm sure I'm not the only one who has seen this difference when comparing. Thankfully, BHPhoto has excellent customer service and took it right back.

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    4.0

    outstanding videos

    By photorad

    from New Jersey

    About Me Semi-Pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy to Use
    • Great Resolution
    • Large Clear LCD
    • Small / Compact

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Family Photos
      • Video

      Comments about Canon Power Shot S120 Point-and-Shoot Camera:

      general family photos & videos. use in addition to high end SLR.

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      1.0

      Battery Power Poor, Operating Dial Poor.

      By BJ

      from Adelaide, South Australia

      About Me Casual Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy to Use
      • Great Resolution
      • Great Zoom

      Cons

      • No Viewfinder
      • Short Battery Life

      Best Uses

      • Indoors/Low Light
      • Travel

      Comments about Canon Power Shot S120 Point-and-Shoot Camera:

      Battery looses power very quickly even without using flash. Does not last a day.
      Operating mode dial moves too easily when operating zoom controls and often turns the dial to video position. unless checked regularly when reviewing pictures is when you find they all have video attached.
      Not so excited about having to manually activate the flash

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      5.0

      Compact but does RAW!

      By GST

      from metro NYC

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy to Use
      • Exposure Program Options
      • Great Resolution
      • Large Clear LCD
      • Small / Compact

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Family Photos
        • Travel

        Comments about Canon Power Shot S120 Point-and-Shoot Camera:

        Goes into my pocket but provides Av or Tv priority like my big DSLR and captures images in RAW, if so desired, for digital darkroom work. While I can see the difference in glass between my big camera and this one, the quality is excellent for the size. The program logic is same as for my big Canon, so easy to navigate.

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        5.0

        Excellent Pocket Size Light Camera

        By DP

        from Jersey City, NJ

        About Me Semi-Pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy to Use
        • Large Clear LCD
        • Small / Compact

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Family Photos
          • Indoors/Low Light
          • Macro Photography
          • Weddings/Events
          • Wildlife photos

          Comments about Canon Power Shot S120 Point-and-Shoot Camera:

          Excellent Pocket Size Light Compact Camera

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          5.0

          Superb Photos

          By PezzVT

          from Bennington, VT

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy to Use
          • Fast Shutter Speed
          • Good Battery Life
          • Good in Low Light
          • Great Resolution
          • Large Clear LCD
          • Small / Compact

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Family Photos
            • Indoors/Low Light
            • Travel

            Comments about Canon Power Shot S120 Point-and-Shoot Camera:

            Usually using my Canon 5D Mk III I wanted something small enough to fit in my pocket, that could shoot RAW and with detail. This camera does all of that and more. I highly recommend it.

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            5.0

            Amazing Compact Camera

            By Eoin

            from NJ

            About Me Semi-Pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy to Use
            • Great Resolution
            • Great Zoom
            • Large Clear LCD
            • Options
            • Presets
            • Small / Compact
            • Touchscreen

            Cons

            • Short Battery Life
            • Short Battery Lifevideo

            Best Uses

            • Family Photos
            • Indoors/Low Light
            • Travel
            • Weddings/Events

            Comments about Canon Power Shot S120 Point-and-Shoot Camera:

            Bought this camera because of its compact size and due to the history of the other cameras in the S line. This camera offered more appealing settings and presets in comparison to the S100, and has worked very well for me since the purchase. My only dissapointment with the camera is the battery life when recording. I have heard that Canon may be coming out with some sort of update to combat this, but until then the battery is still a problem. I would still recommend the camera to anybody looking for a good compact.

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            4.0

            Love it but could use some help...

            By Tay

            from NY

            About Me Casual Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Great Resolution
            • Large Clear LCD
            • Small / Compact

            Cons

            • Complicated Controls
            • No Actionsports Setting
            • No Kids And Pets Setting

            Best Uses

            • Family Photos
            • Macro Photography
            • Travel
            • Video

            Comments about Canon Power Shot S120 Point-and-Shoot Camera:

            I've had this camera a few weeks and like the feel, the size and the manual options. That said, I am having a little trouble with the user interface. Previous Canons I've owned had a "Sports" and "Kids and Pets" setting that I found very helpful on the fly. I know this camera gives the user a lot of manual control, and when I have the time to make the appropriate settings, the pictures are great. But I am having difficulty finding the right settings when shooting candidly, just grabbing the camera and trying to capture the moment with kids or people moving around at at a party (not posing) or at a dinner table. The "Auto" mode just doesn't seem to cut it. I wish there was a user manual (other than the official Canon one) that could help me find the appropriate settings for the way I want to use this camera. --- I bought this camera for the big sensor and the low light capabilities, but so far I am not getting the results I'd hoped for. In the meantime I am missing a lot of shots. - Perhaps this was not the right camera for me. - Suggestions welcome.

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            5.0

            Best Compact Camera with Manual Control

            By BioBlair

            from Boston, MA

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy to Use
            • Good in Low Light
            • Large Clear LCD
            • Small / Compact

            Cons

            • Short Battery Life

            Best Uses

            • Family Photos
            • Travel
            • Video
            • Weddings/Events

            Comments about Canon Power Shot S120 Point-and-Shoot Camera:

            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 RX100 (currently ~$[$]) or the Sony RX100 II (currently ~$[$]). I agree that the RX100 is a fantastic camera with better specs, but it is also more expensive and physically larger. The size difference is not huge, but I wanted to find a camera that I would never hesitate to put in my pocket and carry with me. The Canon S120 is small enough that I can always carry it with me and I am prepared for whatever magical scenes await. One of the reasons the RX100 receives so much attention is the larger sensor size compared to the S120. In reality, you will not notice much difference, and the larger sensor size will not help you if you left the camera at home because it didn't fit in your pocket. I find that the 12MP sensor in the S120 is more than enough for nearly all purposes. The S120 truly hits the sweet spot between a cellphone camera and your DSLR. It is perfect to carry as a backup when you're on a shoots or as your primary camera when walking around town.The video features on the S120 are an often overlooked benefit. The 240fps mode is great for capturing unique moments despite the lower resolution. In regular video mode, the very responsive touchscreen allows you to pull focus easily and helps add another dimension to your shots.I highly recommend this camera and feel that it is the perfect companion to carry around town. Never miss a photo opportunity again!Looking for a good case for this camera? Try Ruggard HES-220 Protective Camera Pouch (4.3 x 2.4 x 1.3)

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            4.0

            Buy a second battery if you take video

            By cnlhubc

            from Boston, MA

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy to Use
            • Fast Shutter Speed
            • Good in Low Light
            • Great Resolution
            • Small / Compact

            Cons

            • Limited Zoom
            • Short Battery Life

            Best Uses

            • Indoors/Low Light
            • Travel
            • Video

            Comments about Canon Power Shot S120 Point-and-Shoot Camera:

            Great HD video and even better options for taking high quality photos.
            But if you are going to use this camera to take video, you will drain the battery very fast.

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            4.0

            More features than you can use

            By AV Tom

            from Trabuco Canyon, CA

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Good in Low Light
            • Great color
            • Great Resolution
            • Small / Compact

            Cons

            • Complicated Controls
            • Short Battery Life

            Best Uses

            • Family Photos
            • Indoors/Low Light
            • Travel

            Comments about Canon Power Shot S120 Point-and-Shoot Camera:

            This camera takes great looking pictures. Good color even in low light.
            Its small size makes it a good travel point and shoot camera.
            Skin tones look good for portraits.
            The camera has more features than you can use. Going deeper into the menus and tweaking options uses up precious battery life. The result is you end up using just the basic features. An extra battery is a must have for a day of shooting with this camera.

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            5.0

            Stunning Images, and Great Features

            By Spirocks

            from Boston, Ma

            About Me Pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Fast Shutter Speed
            • Good in Low Light
            • Great Resolution
            • Large Clear LCD
            • Small / Compact

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Pocket Camera
              • Travel

              Comments about Canon Power Shot S120 Point-and-Shoot Camera:

              Photo/Video Pro who bought this as a pocket camera when I am out and about without my Nikon D800. The images are stunning for a point and shoot and the manual controls are a big reason why. Great video with 60fps and full 1080...

              Overall it is just small enough to be a daily pocket camera, not micro sized but I wasn't ready to give up manual controls and the 60fps video.

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              4.0

              Good, solid compact camera

              By Edward the Nth

              from Chicago, IL

              About Me Semi-Pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy to Use
              • Fast Shutter Speed
              • Small / Compact

              Cons

              • Short Battery Life

              Best Uses

              • Family Photos
              • Travel

              Comments about Canon Power Shot S120 Point-and-Shoot Camera:

              I especially love the bright f1.8 lens on this camera, plus the fact that it's so compact and easy to use. The Canon 7D is my go-to camera for professional video/photography, but this SD120 is a nice backup especially for travel, vacation, taking quick snapshots.

              My biggest complaint so far is the battery. It seems to drain quickly, especially in video modes. But the new eco feature seems to address battery life to some extent....

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              5.0

              Great little Camera

              By PoodleOwner

              from Seattle, WA

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              Pros

              • Easy to Use
              • Fast Shutter Speed
              • Good Battery Life
              • Great Resolution
              • Large Clear LCD
              • Small / Compact

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Family Photos
                • Travel
                • Wildlife photos

                Comments about Canon Power Shot S120 Point-and-Shoot Camera:

                I wanted a small camera to carry most of the time. This is perfect. Good images, zoom is OK, stabilization is good. I like some of the special effect that can be done with the camera. I image I have shared used the Background Defocus effect. So far the only thing I do not care for is the on-off switch, as it is difficult to use for me.

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                5.0

                Excellent Camera

                By Mapko

                from Detroit, MI

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                Pros

                • Excellent Imagery
                • Great Quality Build
                • Pocketability
                • Quick response
                • Tons Of Features

                Cons

                • Only One- Battery Life

                Best Uses

                • Everyday use
                • Travel

                Comments about Canon Power Shot S120 Point-and-Shoot Camera:

                Despite all the reviews I read about this camera, this one lives up to what it was built for.

                There are a lot of complainers on these reviews, don't listen to most of them.

                This camera is solid and produces excellent video and imagery for it's size and price. Period.

                No problems purchasing it from B&H, it came on time and I had a great online experience with them.

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                4.0

                Great little camera!

                By JenLo

                from NYC

                About Me Casual Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy to Use
                • Good in Low Light
                • Great Resolution
                • Large Clear LCD
                • Small / Compact

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Family Photos
                  • Travel

                  Comments about Canon Power Shot S120 Point-and-Shoot Camera:

                  This camera is a replacement for my s95. Great updated version, faster processing, better image quality in low light, big screen.. Basic controls are the same nothing really to complain about except for maybe the pop up flash. Not a big fan of it cause i hold the camera in that place. Overall happy with the camera.

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                  5.0

                  Small package big reward

                  By Great Outdoors

                  from Central Coast, California

                  About Me Casual Photographer

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                  Pros

                  • Easy to Use
                  • Fast Shutter Speed
                  • Good in Low Light
                  • Great Resolution
                  • Small / Compact

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Family Photos
                    • Indoors/Low Light
                    • Travel

                    Comments about Canon Power Shot S120 Point-and-Shoot Camera:

                    The S120 is a feature rich compact that produces high quality images. This is my fourth Canon and a great little camera. The body is textured plastic with a clean and purposeful appearance that easily fits into a shirt or pant pocket. It has a refined in hand feel and straightforward menus. The Mode dial (Auto, P, M, etc) is very unlikely to be knocked off setting and the On/Off button is well recessed to prevent accidental activation. A limited task assignable manual control ring around the lens adds a sense of SLR.High resolution touch LCD made the transition from view finder painless. The ability to select (by touch) and lock on to a focal point is a great asset and has become a must have feature. Viewing in direct sunlight hasn't been an issue. I prefer the LARMOR Optical Glass LCD Screen Protector (S110) over Fellowes WriteRIGHT. The customizable P mode makes shooting RAW effortless, but the RAW files must be downloaded to Canon's software and converted to TIFF before recognized by Photoshop. Presets of 2 seconds for tripod and 10 for including self (customizable up to 30 seconds) and a progressively faster flashing light on the front make self timer shots a breeze. I rarely shoot enough in a day to challenge a battery and this one recharges in 2 hours. However, after experimenting with 1920x1080 video, a spare battery is prudent.The user guide (index p208-10) and Canon image handling software must be downloaded. Registration is necessary to use Wi-Fi and there is an USB option, cable not included. A brief reading of the user guide for basic and favored functions, in advance, made my first trip frustration free.B&H was price competitive with prompt delivery.

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                    2.0

                    Everything except the basics

                    By Wavetime

                    from Cleveland, OH

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                          Comments about Canon Power Shot S120 Point-and-Shoot Camera:

                          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 distortion is throughout the focal range, and most prevalent midrange. It's even slightly worse than the S95. The one improvement is that the video IS flat. By contrast, the Sony RX100 IS flat from full wide to full zoom. Also, there are no calibrations for lens distortion of the S120 in the Digital Lens Optimizer part of Digital Photo Professional. So you're stuck with it unless you can find another PP program that will give satisfactory results. But the bottom line is that images should be flat in the camera, as in the RX100. You can do it, Canon.

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                          4.0

                          Best point and shoot! Could be better...

                          By Matt

                          from Seattle, WA

                          About Me Semi-Pro Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Easy to Use
                          • Fast Shutter Speed
                          • Good in Low Light
                          • Small / Compact

                          Cons

                          • Difficult To Focus Well
                          • Poor Close-up Photos

                          Best Uses

                            Comments about Canon Power Shot S120 Point-and-Shoot Camera:

                            This thing is much better than its predecessors. I love the touch screen and low-light capabilities. Also, it's cheaper and more compact than its Sony nemesis. However, something doesn't feel right when trying to do close-up photos. It's difficult to focus properly, and the depth of field is tuff to control.

                            The main reason I bought this was to do some trick photography in conjunction with my 5D Mark III and large LCD monitors behind my subject, and it's absolutely perfect for that.

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                            5.0

                            Excellent picture quality and controle

                            By DanielV

                            from London, UK

                            About Me Photo Enthusiast

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Easy to Use
                            • Good in Low Light
                            • Large Clear LCD
                            • Small / Compact

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Family Photos
                              • Indoors/Low Light
                              • Travel

                              Comments about Canon Power Shot S120 Point-and-Shoot Camera:

                              Love this camera. Low light and other perrformance is outstanding, controls are easy for someone coming from the DSLR world, some filters are very useful, e.g. the background blur function. While it's software based, the result is better and quicker than what I could ever do in Photoshop later. Oh and it does Wifi tranfer the pictures to my iPhone quite easily. Love it.

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