Excerpt: If you're seeking high-level image quality in a pocket-sized camera, my Canon PowerShot S120 review shows that it is a strong contender.
Pros: 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 shooting modes
Cons: Price may be a little high, Optical zoom, 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
Excerpt: 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.
Conclusion: If however, you'd prefer something a little chunkier, with a viewfinder, then have a look at the Powershot G16 if you want to stay firmly in the Canon camp. You may also want to consider the Panasonic LF1 and of course there's the oft referenced Sony RX100 II, if you have a larger budget to play with.
Excerpt: Review Canon Powershot S120 Digital Camera You could wonder at my bravado in reviewing this tiddler when all it seems to offer is a digicam with moderate specs and little else. Aah! But look further! Its story begins with Canon’s well-tried DIGIC 6 processor, along with a relatively large CMOS sensor. The maximum aperture is a generous, optically stabilized f/1.8, which does, quickly fall to f4 once you start zooming.
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.
Conclusion: Even with the advent of large-sensor compacts like Sony's RX100 and the Nikon Coolpix A , the PowerShot S120 is a camera that holds its own quite well. While it's no longer the top of the market, it still turned in great performance in all of our lab tests. You can expect solid still quality and good enough video for capturing moments off-the-cuff. In two very important areas, the S120 completely beats out the RX100.
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. All nice to have, but most importantly the S120 becomes a much faster camera than its predecessor.
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 of presets including HDR and Star modes.
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: 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. That pixel count may seem conservative for a camera that has a manufacturer’s suggested price of £449.99, but the S120 comes with both a larger 1/1.7-inch backlit CMOS sensor than your average snapshot plus a...
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