Canon Power Shot S120 Point-and-Shoot Camera

Canon Power Shot S120 Point-and-Shoot Camera

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
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Canon S120 overview

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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.
  • Canon S120 specs

    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,
    Audio: Linear PCM (Stereo)
    Max Resolution 4000 x 3000
    Aspect Ratio 1:1, 3:2, 4:3, 4:5, 16:9
    Image Stabilization Optical
    Lens EFL: 5.2-26mm (35 mm equivalent: 24-120mm)
    Aperture: f/1.8 (W) - 5.7 (T)
    Zoom Optical: 5x
    Digital: 4x
    Focus Range Wide: 1.97" (5.00 cm) to Infinity
    Telephoto: 11.81" (30.00 cm) to Infinity
    Manual Wide: 1.18" (3.00 cm) to Infinity
    Manual Tele: 11.81" (30.00 cm) to Infinity
    Wide Macro: 1.18" (3.00 cm) to 1.64' (49.99 cm)
    Tele Macro: 11.81" (30.00 cm) to 1.64' (49.99 cm)
    Quick: 4.92' (1.50 m) to 65.62' (20.00 m)
    Exposure Control
    ISO Sensitivity Auto, 80-12800
    Shutter 1 - 1/2500  
    15 - 1/2500  in Aperture Priority Mode
    250 - 1/2500  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
    Fish-Eye Effect
    Handheld Night Scene
    Miniature Effect
    Poster Effect
    Smart Shutter
    Soft Focus
    Super Vivid
    Toy Camera Effect
    White Balance Modes Auto, Cloudy, Custom, Daylight, Flash, Fluorescent, Fluorescent H, Tungsten, Underwater
    Buffer/Continuous Shooting 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 for up to Frames
    Up to 5.5 fps at 12.1 MP for up to Frames
    Self-Timer 10 Seconds
    Flash Modes Auto
    Flash On
    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 Card Type SD
    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 Clip Length Up to 29 Min 59 Sec
    Audio Recording Built-In Mic: With Video (Stereo)
    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
    Operating/Storage Temperature Operating
    32 to 104°F (0 to 40°C)
    Humidity: 10 - 90%
    Battery 1x NB-6LH Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery Pack, 3.7 VDC, 1060 mAh
    AC Power Adapter ACK-DC40 (Optional)
    Dimensions (W x H x D) 3.9 x 2.3 x 1.1" / 99.1 x 58.4 x 27.9 mm
    Weight 7.65 oz / 216.88 g CIPA standard
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 1.05 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 6.3 x 5.6 x 2.3"

    Canon S120 reviews

    Power Shot S120 Point-and-Shoot Camera is rated 4.3 out of 5 by 59.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent camera with full manual features This is an amazing, reliable camera, with a great image processor. Image stabilization and low light capability combine to generate beautiful sharp images. But the best feature of this camera is that it has complete manual capability, allowing lots of creativity. And when you need a fully automatic point and shoot, it works perfectly. A couple of drawbacks: No viewfinder, only a nice LCD screen. Can be slow to focus, so don't plan on using it for shooting sports. The video feature is a big drain on the battery. I'm a journalist, so having this camera in my pocket is a terrific tool for quickly capturing great images to go along with my stories.
    Date published: 2015-06-16
    Rated 2 out of 5 by from 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 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.
    Date published: 2013-12-16
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Just What I was hoping For I once had an S70. It took good pictures, but was a little big and heavy, so when it needed replacement, I switched to a Canon Elph. The Elph took decent pictures good light, but no flash and/or low light were not so good. Meanwhile, the S series was improved, got smaller and lost a little weight, so when the Elph stopped working recently, I replaced it with S120. So far I am pleased but I haven't even scratched the surface of the camera's capabilities yet. The low light pictures are so good that I can avoid using the flash muchof the time.The camera should get even even better as I get I get more familiar with it.
    Date published: 2015-05-18
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Compact 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.
    Date published: 2014-03-26
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Best point and shoot! Could be better... 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.
    Date published: 2013-11-16
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from I loved my S95 but S120 is even better All the great things I loved about my S95 are still there, but S120 is better. It is SO much faster than the S95, which sometimes took too long to focus. I like the touch to focus screen when I am doing still life photos. The lens is now 24mm equivalent rather than 28mm. All improvements. I have been using the built in WIFI to directly upload images to my Google Drive. That works great and is very convenient, I can browse the photos and download/edit on my Android phone as I wish. The Canon Android app to directly connect to the camera does NOT work, however. But the Google Drive connection is better, for my usage pattern.
    Date published: 2015-02-23
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from 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 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!
    Date published: 2013-10-27
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great point & shoot camera I owned the s95 and upgraded to the s120. I like the s120's display over the s95, and I believe on a technical level the s120 is a bit superior (not in a way that is hugely noticeable for me, as a casual photographer of vacation spots and the like). The one issue I have with the s120 is the controls - they are far less intuitive than on the s95. They aren't impossible to master, but I wish they'd kept the menu options more closely aligned to the s95. I also don't like that using the flash is a manual experience - it took me awhile to discover this as most functions are automated. Overall, this is a really nice and powerful camera for it being a point and shoot.
    Date published: 2015-05-27
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