Canon PowerShot S120 Brief Review


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  • 12.1 megapixel 1/1.7" CMOS sensor
  • ISO range of ISO 80-12800
  • 1080p/60p Full HD video
  • Bright f/1.8 lens
  • 5x Optical Zoom
  • 24mm Wide-Angle lens
  • Control ring
  • 3.0" touch panel LCD
  • 12.2 fps burst (9 fps continuous shooting)
  • RAW
  • Manual modes
  • HDR shooting
  • Wi-fi
  • Maximum shutter speed 1/2500
  • Release Date: 2013-10-07
  • Final Grade: 90 4.5 Star Rating: Recommended

Canon PowerShot S120
12.1 megapixel 1/1.7" CMOS sensor; ISO range of ISO 80-12800; 1080p/60p Full HD video; Bright f/1.8 lens; 5x Optical Zoom; 24mm Wide-Angle lens; Control ring; 3.0" touch panel LCD; 12.2 fps burst (9 fps continuous shooting); RAW; Manual modes; HDR shooting; Wi-fi; Maximum shutter speed 1/2500
By , Last updated on: 6/21/2014

With the processor and sensor as the G16, the PowerShot S120 is a slimmer version of Canon's popular advanced compact. While the S120 slims down by eliminating the G16's optical viewfinder, it includes a touchscreen, which allows for adjusting the autofocus while recording video. The new control wheel around the lens makes adjustments simpler and faster. The bright f1.8 lens is a slight improvement over the older S110 and is similar to the one in the G16, except has a larger maximum f-stop. The lens/sensor/processor combo has worked well for the G16 and should produce similar results; the main differences are the viewfinder, a lower maximum shutter speed and a wider maximum aperture.

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