Excerpt: I bought this camera to replace my wife's Ixus 960 which was falling apart after years in her handbag. She uses her Nikon D40x for more serious photography but likes to carry a small camera at all times as a visual notebook. She specified that it must fit easily in her handbag and be light in weight so it ruled out the cameras with bigger sensors. On the face of it the S120 looked ideal and her sister had an S100 which she liked so I went ahead and bought an S120.
Summary: It's too soon to review the camera but a few words about the bundle might be helpful. The spare battery in my bundle is Vivitar and the SDHC card is from Toshiba (Class 10). The screen protector wasn't great so I abandoned it. The case is ludicrously large for this camera - I could fit seven S120s inside it and still have room for all the other pieces of the bundle.
Conclusion: This camera works just fine. I don't have a real issue with the battery life as others mention. But I have a MAJOR problem transferring photos. I am a tech savvy 24 year old and find it nearly impossible to transfer photos from my camera to either my cellphone or my computer. I have successfully transferred photos once or twice, but ever since, it continues to NOT function. It is pretty frustrating. This is an expensive camera.
Died of a 'lens error' after five months, and Canon refused to honor the warrantee. Feeling Burned.
19 October 2014
Summary: I bought this camera in February of 2014. Shortly thereafter I started having problems with the lens freezing and a "lens error" message. This came and went until July 2014 when the lens froze and never came back on again -- rght in the middle of a trip for a friend's wedding. I sent it for repairs from Canon. This should have been covered by the warrantee, right? It was an error that started after I had barely owned the camera and it was only five months old.
Summary: I give it 4 stars for the image quality, ease of use, and feature set. But the build quality is questionable. The buttons seem loose, almost like they're being held with scotch tape. They wobble around when you push them. Feels like they're going to pop off. On my previous S100, everything felt solid and well built. I hope this isn't a trend for future Canon cameras. I think I'll be trading in this S120 when the G7X comes out.
Summary: This is probably the best S-series camera Canon has come out with (so far0. The S110 and S100 do not compare to this one in terms of picture quality and features available. I have used the Powershot G15 and G1x as well and the picture quality is almost identical. For the size of this camera, I will be using this one over the G1x any time I travel from now on. It fits perfectly and comfortably in your pocket, unlike the G1X and G15.
Conclusion: We purchased the Powershot S120 to take on our trip to France, because I did not want to carry my Canon 60D due to its size. The S120 is so easy to use and took spectacular photos - even better than some that I had taken on a previous trip to Europe with the 60D. The photos taken at night were amazingly clear and bright. This was, undoubtedly, the best camera purchase I have made.