This review is devoted to PowerShot S120 that Canon has first introduced to the public in Nov 26, 2013. This model is a Small Sensor Compact camera with a resolution of 12.0 MP and a 1/1.7" (7.44 x 5.58 mm) sized BSI-CMOS sensor.
This is an upgraded model that Canon released to replace their older product S110.
In Small Sensor Compact cameras (Top 10 Compact Cameras) this model has taken rank #11 out of 472. Its Overall Score has reached 51/100 and it takes a rank of #63 out of 1174 in all Cameras.
Now let's delve into more details of our Canon PowerShot S120 review by assessing its features and specs, as well as checking what pros and cons it has compared to other average products in this category.
In this part of our review, we are going to take a closer look at the technical specs and features presented in Canon PowerShot S120. In addition, we are going to define the main pros and cons of this model and, based on this info, compare it to other average Small Sensor Compact cameras.
Canon PowerShot S120 has the following external dimensions 100 x 100 x 29 mm (39.37 x 23.23 x 11.42″) with the weight of 217 g.
The typical weight for average Small Sensor Compact type cameras is 175g. If we compare the average indicator to the weight of Canon PowerShot S120, we can conclude that this model is heavier than many other similar products.
Talking about the camera’s thickness, it is worth saying that Canon PowerShot S120 is wider than other average cameras from this class. Its thickness is 29mm.
Look at the pictures below to see the front and top view of Canon PowerShot S120 with the indication of this model’s dimensions:
If you want to have a better idea of how big the Canon PowerShot S120 is, look at the pictures below to see how big it is compared to a credit card and a AA type battery.
Finally, let's check how different are the weight and thickness of the Canon PowerShot S120 compared to other models from this class of cameras presented by the brand’s competitors:
Unfortunately, Canon PowerShot S120 comes without a waterproof feature, so if you want it to serve well and last longer, you will have to use it very carefully and avoid water.
Unfortunately, Canon PowerShot S120 comes without a dustproof feature, so if you want it to serve well and last longer, you will have to use it very carefully and protect your camera from external threats such as dust.
Canon PowerShot S120 boasts of a resolution of 12.0 MP and is equipped with a 1/1.7" (7.44 x 5.58 mm) sized BSI-CMOS sensor.
The base of Canon PowerShot S120 has the following ISO range 80 - 12800 .
Also, this model comes with the support of the RAW file. This gives you more opportunities in terms of further processing of your files as you can pick to save them in a RAW format.
Canon PowerShot S120 features a 12.0 MP 1/1.7" sensor, which is not a good pick for high-quality and detailed pictures. However, we have an alternative option for you if you were looking for higher resolution.
DxOMark gives us a possibility to make a clear and scientific assessment of the quality of camera sensors’ image. Canon PowerShot S120, in its turn, features a sensor that was already studied and assessed by DxO Mark. After a complete evaluation, this type of sensor has received a score of 56 for the image quality. If you are looking to see how DxO Mark has tested and evaluated the Canon PowerShot S120’s sensor.
Canon PowerShot S120 is known for the lack of anti-alias (Low-pass) filter. It is one of its essential features of the sensor built in this model. The absence of this filter contributes to a higher level of details and sharpness in the pictures you take. Yet, the lack of an anti-alias filter also enhances the possibility of more occurring in certain conditions.
Now let’s check how we can compare the size of 1/1.7" sensor featured in Canon PowerShot S120 with other standard sensor sizes.
Canon PowerShot S120 is equipped with a Fixed Type 3" LCD screen. The resolution of this model’s screen reaches 922k dots.
In addition, this model comes with a built-in ViewFinder.
This model comes with a high-quality LCD screen. This is a type of a touch screen, which makes shooting much more convenient and simple, allowing you to adjust the point of focus and camera settings with fingertips.
Some of the other highlights of Canon PowerShot S120 are its 12.0 fps max speed and 1/2000 sec max shutter speed, which allow you to shoot continuously.
Unlike some other cameras from this category, PowerShot S120 unfortunately, is not equipped with a built-in flash.
In addition, PowerShot S120 has a Face detection AF feature that quickly finds the faces that appear within the frame range and locks the focus on them automatically.
As for the video quality characteristics of Canon PowerShot S120, it gives you a possibility to shoot videos at the highest resolution of 1920 x 1080 You also have enough flexibility in terms of how you can save your files. Namely, Canon PowerShot S120 allows you to save files in MPEG-4 and H.264 formats.
Canon PowerShot S120 provides full HD resolution, which means that this model shows decent performance in most situations.
Canon PowerShot S120 is not equipped with any ports that would allow you to connect external headphones and microphones to it.
One more advantage of Canon PowerShot S120 is its embedded wireless (Wi-Fi) connectivity. This feature makes it possible to share files with suitable devices without the necessity to connect them physically.
In addition, PowerShot S120 is equipped with its USB 2.0 or HDMI ports that make it possible to connect PowerShot S120 with suitable external devices.
In concordance with generally accepted CIPA standards, the battery featured in Canon PowerShot S120 provides a shooting life of 230, while the average battery life of cameras in this class is 241 shots.
With the commonly accepted standards in mind, we can conclude that Canon PowerShot S120 is above the average indicator of battery life. However, we believe it is still a great idea to grab a few extra batteries if you are planning long photo trips.
In this part of our review, we are going to focus on Canon PowerShot S120’s performance in various fields of photography. Each sub-section stands for a specific photography area. In every part, we will review Canon PowerShot S120’s name performance and give it an overall score. This first spider web graph indicates how we can compare the PowerShot S120 to the average Compact camera.
Hover your mouse over the points to see the score details for each photography type.
After carefully reviewing how well Canon PowerShot S120 performs Portrait Photography, we gave it a score of 79. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Canon PowerShot S120 can be called a Strong model for this type of photography.
If the score of this model doesn’t impress you and you are still looking for a model that is better suited for Portrait Photography, we recommend you to check out our Top 10 Cameras for Portrait Photography.
After carefully reviewing how well Canon PowerShot S120 performs Street Photography, we gave it a score of 18. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Canon PowerShot S120 can be called a Underclass model for this type of photography.
After carefully reviewing how well Canon PowerShot S120 performs Sports Photography, we gave it a score of 52. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Canon PowerShot S120 can be called a 52 model for this type of photography.
After carefully reviewing how well Canon PowerShot S120 performs Daily Photography, we gave it a score of 8. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Canon PowerShot S120 can be called a Underclass model for this type of photography.
After carefully reviewing how well Canon PowerShot S120 performs Landscape Photography, we gave it a score of 72. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Canon PowerShot S120 can be called a 72 model for this type of photography.
If the score of this model doesn’t impress you and you are still looking for a model that is better suited for Landscape Photography, we recommend you to check out our Top 10 Cameras for Landscape Photography.
|Announced||Nov 26, 2013|
|Lens Mount||Fixed lens|
|Number of Lenses||n/a|
|Focal Length Multiplier||n/a|
|Macro Focus Range||3|
|Screen Type||Fixed Type|
|Screen Resolution||922k dots|
|ViewFinder Resolution||0k dots|
|Min Shutter Speed||15 s|
|Max Shutter Speed||1/2000 s|
|Continuous Shooting||12.0 fps|
|Manual Exposure Mode|
|Custom White Balance|
|Flash Modes||Auto, slow synchro|
|DxO Sensor Scores|
|DxO Sensor Scores||56|
|DxO Color Depth||21.3|
|DxO Dynamic Range||11.9|
|DxO Low Light ISO||246|
|Sensor Dimensions||7.44 x 5.58 mm|
|Sensor Area||41.52 mm2|
|Sensor Resolution||12.0 MP|
|Max Image Resolution||4000 x 3000|
|Max Native ISO||12,800|
|Max Boosted ISO||n/a|
|Min Native ISO||80|
|AF Multi Area|
|AF Live View|
|AF Face Detection|
|AF Contrast Detection|
|AF Phase Detection|
|Number of Focus Points||9|
|Number of Cross Focus Points||n/a|
|Video Resolutions||1920 x 1080 (60 or 30 fps), 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)|
|Max Video Resolution||1920 x 1080|
|Video Formats||MPEG-4, H.264|
|Physical Dimensions||100 x 59 x 29 mm|
|Battery Life||230 shots|
|Battery Type||230 shots|