Canon Powershot SD940/IXUS120 IS

Last updated (22 January’10):
– Review by PCAdvisor

Canon Powershot SD940/IXUS 120 IS is a 12 megapixel compact camera features 4x optical zoom (35mm equivalent: 28 (W) – 112 (T) mm) with Optical Image Stabilizer System, ISO 80-1600, HD Video Recording, and a 2.7-inch TFT color LCD widescreen with wide viewing angle. The camera measures 3.52 x 2.16 x 0.79/89.5 x 54.9 x 20.0 mm and weighs approx. 120 g (4.23 oz.).

Overall Rating: ★★★★☆ | Latest Price Info

Expert Reviews

Canon Powershot SD940/IXUS120 IS Reviews

PCAdvisor reviews the Canon Powershot SD940/IXUS120 IS and writes;
“If you’ve been considering the SD780 IS, we’d pick the Canon PowerShot SD940 IS instead. It has the same great looks, the same quality performance, and a step up in specs that make it one of the best ultracompact point-and-shoots we’ve seen in the past year. “
Rating: ★★★★☆

TrustedReviews reviews the Canon Powershot SD940/IXUS120 IS and writes;
“There’s no question that the Canon IXUS 120 IS is a lovely little camera. It is extremely well made, looks great, is easy to use and performs well in all lighting conditions, and it takes a decent picture. The only real downside is its extremely high price. If it drops by £70 it can have an extra point. “
Rating: ★★★½☆

CameraLabs reviews the Canon Powershot SD940/IXUS120 IS and writes;
“The Canon Digital IXUS 120 IS / PowerShot SD940 IS is a very stylish, very capable, yet extremely easy to use slim compact that produces outstanding quality photos…. If you can live without manual control and zooming while filming, it easily comes Recommended.”
Rating: ★★★★½

PCAuthority reviews the Canon Powershot SD940/IXUS120 IS and writes;
“For as long as the Ixus 95 can be bought for less than $400, it’s likely to stay on the A-List. In some ways the Ixus 120 IS improves on the 95, but it doesn’t take noticeably better pictures. So while the Ixus 95 is available, we recommend you save your cash.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

Pocket-Lint reviews the Canon Powershot SD940/IXUS120 IS and writes;
“while the 120 IS may not be to everyone’s liking, at least in photographic terms, it is undeniably a stylish snapper and one that’s ideal for nights out, travel or for those wanting to combine high quality HD video with stills in a tiny stylish package.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

PCMag reviews the Canon Powershot SD940/IXUS120 IS and writes;
“Imatest results for the SD940 weren’t great—my tests indicated that the SD940 can shoot up to ISO 400 without noticeable amounts of noise, but images captured above that level were not acceptable”
Rating: ★★★★☆

PhotographyBlog reviews the Canon Powershot SD940/IXUS120 IS and writes;
“starting lower than most point and shoot compacts courtesy of an ISO 80 setting, the IXUS 120 IS does rather well, keeping noise at low levels until ISO 800 and delivering a relatively ‘clean’ shot also at ISO 1600 setting,.. “
Rating: ★★★★☆

CNET reviews the Canon Powershot SD940/IXUS120 IS and writes;
“The bottom line: One of the best ultracompacts available, the Canon PowerShot SD940 IS nonetheless falls short of greatness in performance and photo quality.”

Rating: ★★★½☆

DCR reviews the Canon Powershot SD940/IXUS120 IS and writes;
“The SD940 IS is a pleasure to use. It has excellent build quality and is very quick and responsive. Its small size makes it convenient to carry everywhere you go, so you’re always ready to take advantage of an available photo opportunity.”
Rating: N/A

ComputerActive reviews the Canon Powershot SD940/IXUS120 IS and writes;
“Even though pictures from the IXUS 120 IS were not the sharpest we have seen, they were detailed and the colour was natural. And noise didn’t become a problem until we used the highest light sensitivity settings (in low light conditions). “
Rating: ★★★★☆

TechRadar reviews the Canon Powershot SD940/IXUS120 IS and writes;
“Whatever the resolution, we’re happy to report that the DIGIC 4 processor ensured that the quality of the video clips we took was impressive. “
Rating: ★★★★☆

GoodGearGuide reviews the Canon Powershot SD940/IXUS120 IS and writes;
“With the exception of its premium price tag, the Canon IXUS 120 IS compact digital camera is pretty hard to fault. It looks amazing and is capable of taking some breathtaking photos. What’s more, it will fit in practically any pocket.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

DPinterface reviews the Canon Powershot SD940/IXUS120 IS and writes;
“All-in-all, I’d recommend the Canon PowerShot SD940 Digital ELPH aka Digital IXUS 120 for those wanting a capable point-and-shoot camera which produces good image quality. It’s a good pick over its sibling, the SD780, mainly due to the wider, faster zoom lens… and it’s also better than most competitors in terms of image quality and speed.”
Rating: N/A reviews the Canon Powershot SD940/IXUS120 IS and writes;
“I have few complaints about the Canon IXUS 120 IS. It does a very good job and has a touch of extra class about it. It looks good, takes a good snapshot and handles well. I like the design and would be happy to own one. Recommended.”
Rating: ★★★★½

User Opinions

Canon Powershot SD940/IXUS120 IS User Reviews

Rating: ★★★★★ Remarkable little camera!
“This may not be the most versatile camera on the market — full manual controls are limited — but for a simple-to-use, high-quality P&S camera with crisp pictures and HD video, I think it would be hard to beat the SD940 IS…” – by Johnson

Rating: ★★★★☆ Excellent little point-and-shoot!
“…On a recent trip to Italy, I was able to use it unnoticed in dimly-lit churches, museums, etc., and even for hand-held night shots on the street. The images do contain some noise, as any would at ISO 3200 — but this camera allowed me to get pictures that I otherwise would’ve missed, and that makes it a little miracle in my opinion.” – by Nicholas

Rating: ★★★★★ Low-light amazingness. BUY THIS CAMERA
“Pros: Much, much less shutter lag than my five-year old model (not surprisingly!), very quick start-up and equally quick focus, sharp and clear photos, accurate color, and remarkably compact considering all the features — fits easily into a pocket….” – by Fleur

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Canon Powershot SD940/IXUS120 IS User Manual (PDF)

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Canon Powershot SD940/IXUS120 IS Features

PowerShot SD940 Highlights

Never leave home without this sleek polished camera

It’s so easy to have the PowerShot SD940 IS on hand wherever you go. Sized to fit anywhere from your jeans pocket to your smallest handbag, you’ll never miss another photo op. All those imitators out there can’t begin to capture the design icon status of a Canon ELPH. New for the PowerShot SD940 IS: smooth lines and brilliant simplicity are rendered in four memorable metallics.

12.1-megapixel resolution, a 28mm Wide-Angle Lens with 4x optical zoom and Canon’s Optical Image Stabilizer
Canon’s commitment to innovation defines the excitement of the PowerShot SD940 IS. 12.1-egapixel resolution is more than a number, it’s your cutting-edge link to the outstanding clarity and quality you’ve always wanted in your images. Think bold and big, because razor-sharp oversized prints are a breeze. Get the picture? It’s absolutely brilliant.

The PowerShot SD940 IS has a 4x optical zoom lens that makes it easy to get the inspiring, emotive close-ups that will make your images lasting keepsakes. This magnificent lens gives you the power to shoot distant subjects with razor-sharp precision and stunning lifelike color. So you can brilliantly capture a closer shot of a landscape, or a child’s big smile.

The PowerShot SD940 IS is equipped with Canon’s acclaimed Optical Image Stabilizer Technology that automatically detects and corrects camera shake–one of the leading causes of fuzzy or blurred shots. Even when zoomed in, you can get the steady, crisp, brilliant images you’ll be proud to shoot and share. And Canon’s Optical Image Stabilizer Technology is so convenient to use. It functions perfectly with or without a flash.

720p HD movie shooting capability plus HDMI output
The PowerShot SD940 IS lets you record video in beautiful high definition (1,280 x 720 pixels). The camera also makes it easy to enjoy HD movies (and still photos) on your HDTV with a mini-HDMI connector for direct connection to a high-definition monitor or TV. You’ll enjoy the HD experience with no degradation of image or audio in the signal, plus the ability to display up to 130 thumbnails at once.

Large, crisp 2.7-inch PureColor System LCD with wide viewing angle
The PowerShot SD940 IS gives you a large 2.7-inch PureColor System LCD screen for excellent control when framing your shots. Canon’s PureColor System LCD offers spectacular color, resolution and contrast even when viewed at an angle. The screen is highly durable and easy to see in any light with a scratch-resistant, anti-reflective coating. It also features Night Display for easy viewing in low light–a perfect feature for gathering friends and family around to see your images.

Improved Smart AUTO Mode intelligently selects the proper settings
Just set the Canon PowerShot SD940 IS to Smart AUTO and you’re ready for maximum enjoyment from your picture taking every time. It’s a relaxing and satisfying way to shoot because you can completely concentrate on your subject, knowing that the camera has the technical details covered. Advanced Canon technology intelligently analyzes your situation and shooting conditions. Then it automatically selects an appropriate setting from 22 specially defined settings. So whether you’re photographing flowers, a captivating sunset or your friends at the park, you can be confident that you’re getting dramatic, memorable images. Even if your subject is moving, Canon’s advanced detection technologies capture the action as it happens.

Shooting Modes
Advanced presets for the best possible photos under certain conditions. With 20 Shooting Modes, you’re ready for whatever shot comes your way.

Easy to use with built in hints and tips
PowerShot SD940 IS lets you focus on the fun and creativity of photography by making your shooting experience easy and intuitive. While you’re shooting, you’ll see helpful hints and informative tips for each function right on the PureColor System LCD monitor. Shooting information is in plain language–no advanced photographic knowledge required. And Canon has even made it easier to search for images on your computer by including the shooting date in the folder name.

What’s in the Box

* PowerShot SD940 IS Body
* Lithium-ion Battery Pack NB-4L
* Battery Charger CB-2LV
* Wrist Strap WS-DC7
* Digital Camera Solution CD-ROM
* USB Interface Cable IFC-400PCU
* AV Cable AVC-DC400

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