Canon PowerShot S120 review: Little camera with a nice, big sensor that delivers
9 May 2014
Conclusion: 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 found wanting in those two areas.
Pros: Solid feel, high quality construction, Touch screen control, Customizable lens ring function
Summary: 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...
Pros: 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 in JPEG, One of thinnest f/1.8 lens cameras on ma...
Cons: 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 consider...
Summary: 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.
Summary: There’s no question that the Canon PowerShot S120 is one of the best compact cameras money can buy. It has the performance, features and image quality of a high-end advanced compact with the style and portability of a pocket snapshot camera.
Summary: 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 during video by tapping the desired subject.
Pros: 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., Touchscreen interface with tap focus pulling., Wealth o...
Cons: 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.
Excerpt: The PowerShot range from Canon has lost its bulk now they come with a solid battery, so it will easily fit into a pocket, do not however fall into the trap of thinking this is not a powerful unit. It can take excellent pictures with little input from you.
Excerpt: Like Sony with its newest cameras for 2014, Canon is also focusing on speed when it comes to its latest device. It’s claiming a new Digic 6 processor makes the 12.1 megapixel, 5x optical zoom Canon PowerShot S120 compact some 50% faster than its S110 predecessor.
Solid feel high quality construction despite the pocket proportions, touch screen control, customisable lens ring function will appeal to those who love getting hands on with camera operation
The asking price here would alternatively buy a cheap DSLR, lacks a handgrip, omits an eye level viewfinder