Canon PowerShot SX120 IS Review

Overall 38
Imaging 5
Features 22
Size 81
Price 100

Main Features

  • 10.0 MP 1/2.5" CCD sensor
  • ISO 80 - 1600
  • Image Stabilization: Yes
  • 3″ Fixed Type Screen
  • ViewFinder: No
  • 1.0 fps Continuous Shooting
  • Video: 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps), 160 x 120 (15 fps)
  • Built-in Wireless: No
  • Dimensions: 111 x 71 x 45 mm
  • Weight: 285 g
  • Environmental Sealing: No
  • Built-in GPS: No

Canon PowerShot SX120 IS Summary

This review is devoted to PowerShot SX120 IS that Canon has first introduced to the public in Aug 19, 2009. This model is a Small Sensor Compact camera with a resolution of 10.0 MP and a 1/2.5" (5.744 x 4.308 mm) sized CCD sensor.

In Small Sensor Compact cameras (Top 10 Compact Cameras) this model has taken rank #470 out of 472. Its Overall Score has reached 38/100 and it takes a rank of #1042 out of 1174 in all Cameras.

Canon PowerShot SX120 IS Compared to other Compact Cameras

Now let's delve into more details of our Canon PowerShot SX120 IS 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.

PROs

  • Min Native Iso: 80
  • Viewfinder: No
  • Image Stabilization: Yes
  • Built-In Flash: Yes
  • Weight: 175 g

CONs

  • Screen Type: Fixed Type
  • Touch Screen: No
  • Viewfinder Coverage: No
  • Viewfinder Magnification: No
  • External Flash: No
  • Sensor Resolution: 10.0 MP
  • Max Native Iso: 1600
  • Af Phase Detection: No
  • AutoFocus Face Detection: No
  • Microphone Port: No

Complete Comparison of Canon PowerShot SX120 IS With Other Cameras in Small Sensor Compact 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 SX120 IS. 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.

Physical Characteristics Of Canon PowerShot SX120 IS

Canon PowerShot SX120 IS has the following external dimensions 111 x 111 x 45 mm (43.7 x 27.95 x 17.72″) with the weight of 285 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 SX120 IS, 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 SX120 IS is wider than other average cameras from this class. Its thickness is 45mm.

Look at the pictures below to see the front and top view of Canon PowerShot SX120 IS with the indication of this model’s dimensions:

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If you want to have a better idea of how big the Canon PowerShot SX120 IS is, look at the pictures below to see how big it is compared to a credit card and a AA type battery.

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Finally, let's check how different are the weight and thickness of the Canon PowerShot SX120 IS compared to other models from this class of cameras presented by the brand’s competitors:

Thickness

Canon PowerShot SX120 IS — 45 mm
Min: 10 mm
Average: 26 mm
Max: 60 mm

Weight

Canon PowerShot SX120 IS — 285 g
Min: 103 g
Average: 175 g
Max: 423 g

Unfortunately, Canon PowerShot SX120 IS 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 SX120 IS 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 SX120 IS Photo and Sensor Features

Canon PowerShot SX120 IS boasts of a resolution of 10.0 MP and is equipped with a 1/2.5" (5.744 x 4.308 mm) sized CCD sensor.

The base of Canon PowerShot SX120 IS has the following ISO range 80 - 1600 .

Unfortunately, the support of the RAW file is not included in Canon PowerShot SX120 IS. However, if you are looking specifically for a Compact camera with a RAW file support, you should check out one of the following models from the same class and within similar price range .

Canon PowerShot SX120 IS features a 10.0 MP 1/2.5" 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.

Anti-Aliasing Filter

Canon PowerShot SX120 IS 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 1/2.5" sensor featured in Canon PowerShot SX120 IS with other standard sensor sizes.

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Other Characteristics And Features of Canon PowerShot SX120 IS

LCD and ViewFinder

Canon PowerShot SX120 IS is equipped with a Fixed Type 3" LCD screen. The resolution of this model’s screen reaches 230k dots.

In addition, this model comes with a built-in ViewFinder.

Max Shutter speed

Some of the other highlights of Canon PowerShot SX120 IS are its 1.0 fps max speed and 1/2500 sec max shutter speed, which allow you to shoot continuously.

Flash

Unlike some other cameras from this category, PowerShot SX120 IS unfortunately, is not equipped with a built-in flash.

Video Features

As for the video quality characteristics of Canon PowerShot SX120 IS, it gives you a possibility to shoot videos at the highest resolution of 640 x 480 You also have enough flexibility in terms of how you can save your files. Namely, Canon PowerShot SX120 IS allows you to save files in Motion JPEG formats.

Canon PowerShot SX120 IS is not equipped with any ports that would allow you to connect external headphones and microphones to it.

Connectivity and Storage

You can connect PowerShot SX120 IS to compatible devices via USB 2.0 port.

How Good is Canon PowerShot SX120 IS for Different Types of Photography?

In this part of our review, we are going to focus on Canon PowerShot SX120 IS’s performance in various fields of photography. Each sub-section stands for a specific photography area. In every part, we will review Canon PowerShot SX120 IS’s name performance and give it an overall score. This first spider web graph indicates how we can compare the PowerShot SX120 IS to the average Compact camera.

Hover your mouse over the points to see the score details for each photography type.

Canon PowerShot SX120 IS for Portrait Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Canon PowerShot SX120 IS performs Portrait Photography, we gave it a score of 64. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Canon PowerShot SX120 IS 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.

Advantages:

  • Canon is famous with its skintones
  • Image Stabilization

Disadvantages:

  • Small 1/2.5" (5.744 x 4.308 mm) sensor

Canon PowerShot SX120 IS for Street Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Canon PowerShot SX120 IS performs Street Photography, we gave it a score of 46. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Canon PowerShot SX120 IS can be called a Intermediate model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

  • Live View
  • Image Stabilization

Disadvantages:

  • Big size (111 x 71 x 45 mm)
  • No Built-in View Finder
  • Small 1/2.5"(5.744 x 4.308 mm) sensor

Canon PowerShot SX120 IS for Sports Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Canon PowerShot SX120 IS performs Sports Photography, we gave it a score of 38. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Canon PowerShot SX120 IS can be called a 38 model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

  • No View Finder

Disadvantages:

  • Slow Continuous Shooting (1.0 fps)
  • No Environmental Sealing
  • Slow Max Shutter Speed (1/2500s)
  • Bad Max Native ISO (1600)

Canon PowerShot SX120 IS for Daily Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Canon PowerShot SX120 IS performs Daily Photography, we gave it a score of 62. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Canon PowerShot SX120 IS can be called a Strong model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

  • Small weight (285 g)
  • Built-in Flash
  • Live View
  • Video is available

Disadvantages:

  • Small 1/2.5" (5.744 x 4.308 mm) sensor
  • No Built-in View Finder

Canon PowerShot SX120 IS for Landscape Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Canon PowerShot SX120 IS performs Landscape Photography, we gave it a score of 17. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Canon PowerShot SX120 IS can be called a 17 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.

Advantages:

  • Live View

Disadvantages:

  • Small 1/2.5" (5.744 x 4.308 mm) sensor
  • Low resolution sensor (10 MP)
  • No Environmental Sealing
  • No RAW Support
  • Bad Max Native ISO (1600)

Canon PowerShot SX120 IS Detailed Specs

General
Brand Canon
Model PowerShot SX120 IS
Announced Aug 19, 2009
Body Type Compact
Lens
Manual Focus Yes
Lens Mount Fixed lens
Number of Lenses n/a
Focal Length Multiplier n/a
Macro Focus Range 1
Screen
Screen Type Fixed Type
Screen Size 3″
Screen Resolution 230k dots
Live View Yes
Touch Screen No
ViewFinder
ViewFinder
ViewFinder Resolution 0k dots
ViewFinder Coverage %
ViewFinder Magnification
Photography Features
Min Shutter Speed 15 s
Max Shutter Speed 1/2500 s
Continuous Shooting 1.0 fps
Shutter Priority Yes
Aperture Priority Yes
Manual Exposure Mode Yes
Exposure Compensation Yes
Custom White Balance Yes
Image Stabilization Yes
Built-in Flash Yes
Flash Range 3
Flash Modes Auto, Red-Eye, Slow Sync, Fill-in
External Flash No
AE Bracketing No
WB Bracketing No
Exposure Modes
Multi-Segment Yes
Average No
Spot Yes
Partial No
AF-Area No
Center Weighted Yes
Sensor
Sensor Type CCD
Sensor Size 1/2.5"
Sensor Dimensions 5.744 x 4.308 mm
Sensor Area 24.74 mm2
Sensor Resolution 10.0 MP
Max Image Resolution 3648 x 2736
Max Native ISO 1,600
Max Boosted ISO n/a
Min Native ISO 80
RAW Support No
AutoFocus
AF Touch No
AF Continuous No
AF Single Yes
AF Tracking No
AF Selective No
AF Center No
AF Multi Area No
AF Live View Yes
AF Face Detection No
AF Contrast Detection Yes
AF Phase Detection No
Number of Focus Points n/a
Number of Cross Focus Points n/a
Video Features
Video Resolutions 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps), 160 x 120 (15 fps)
Max Video Resolution 640 x 480
Video Formats Motion JPEG
Microphone Port No
Headphone Port No
Connectivity
Wireless Connectivity No
HDMI No
USB USB 2.0
Physical
Environmental Sealing No
Water Proof No
Dust Proof No
Shock Proof No
Crush Proof No
Freeze Proof No
Weight 285 g
Physical Dimensions 111 x 71 x 45 mm
Battery Life n/a
Battery Type n/a
Battery Model 2 x AA
Other Features
Self Timer Yes
Timelapse Recording No
GPS
Storage Type SD, SDHC, MMC, MMCplus, HC MMCplus
Storage Slots 1

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