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: The Canon PowerShot S120 is an update to the S110, Canon's serious compact camera range. The latest model has a new star mode for astronomy shooting, a 12.1 megapixel CMOS sensor, 5x optical zoom and 9.4 fps continuous shooting. It is available for £389.99.
Pros: Easy to take impressive star trail shots, Has built-in Wi-Fi, Fast continuous shooting, Good image quality, Fast f/1.8 aperture when shooting wide, Screen has an excellent resolution
Cons: Poor battery life, No GPS built-in, No rubber hand grip
Excerpt: Canon has a knack for making great compact cameras. The PowerShot S120, the replacement of last year's S110 model, might not reinvent the wheel, but it certainly get things turning faster in the pocketable high-end compact market. And if that's what you're looking to buy then it has a lot going for it.
Pros: Truly pocketable, decent build quality, champions image quality for the 1/1.7in sensor size, lens control ring is great, autofocus is up to the task and faster than before
Cons: Battery life could be better, over-exposure not uncommon, Wi-Fi interface needs smoothing out, pricey, no hotshoe for expansion, large-sensor competition is strong