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 in JPEG
One of thinnest f/1.8 lens cameras on market
Popup flash unit works well in low light situations
Touchscreen LCD simplifies camera operation
LCD offers sharp and bright images
Great mix of advanced manual control features and fully automatic features
Price is very competitive versus other cameras in this advanced fixed lens category
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 shooting movies
Camera's burst mode slows considerably when shooting in RAW
Wi-Fi feature drains battery quickly and can be a little tough to set up for novices
Battery life overall is disappointing
Touchscreen options could be better with redesigned menus
No USB cable included in S120 kit
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 lag and provides a very
impressive burst mode of about 10 frames per second. You'll find a sharp
and bright touchscreen LCD with the S120 as well as built-in Wi-Fi,
although both of these features could be better designed. Poor battery
life, a limited 5x optical zoom lens, the lack of a hot shoe, and a high
price hold the S120 back a little bit, but it's still an impressive
thin camera. Read more in our Full Conclusion.
Canon's pocket-sized PowerShot S120 is the successor to the S110. The S120 features a 12.1-megapixel High-Sensitivity CMOS image sensor, a 5x (24-120mm) wide angle zoom lens with an f/1.8-f/5.7 aperture, a DIGIC 6 image processor, improved Auto Focus speeds, up to 12.1 frames-per-second continuous shooting, and 1080/60p Full HD video record with a built-in stereo microphone and HDMI output.
The PowerShot S120 also includes built-in Wi-Fi to transfer still images and video to places like Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, and YouTube. Interestingly, there are actually three ways to use the S120's Wi-Fi:
Connect the S120 to a PC over a local Wi-Fi network.
Connect the S120 to the CANON iMAGE GATEWAY online photo album.
Connect the S120 to a smartphone or tablet running the Canon CameraWindow app (available for iOS and Android). This app also allows users to control the S120 remotely.
The PowerShot S120 also boasts Canon's Smart AUTO technology as well as a number of Creative Shot Modes. Smart AUTO automatically chooses between 58 pre-defined scenes based on shooting conditions to ensure proper exposure. And the Creative Modes are things like HDR (High Dyanmic Range), the all new Star Mode which takes both long exposure stills and time-lapse movies of night skies, and a Background Defocus mode, which approximates shallow depth-of-field.
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