Canon PowerShot SX120 IS

Last update (12 March’12):
– Review by MacWorld

Canon PowerShot SX120 IS is a 10 megapixels superzoom camera features 10x optical zoom (35mm equivalent: 36 (W) – 360 (T) mm) with Optical Image Stabilizer System, ISO 80-1600, and a 3.0-inch low-temperature polycrystalline silicon TFT color LCD with wide viewing angle. The camera measures 4.35 x 2.77 x 1.76 in./110.6 x 70.4 x 44.7mm, weighs approx. 8.64 oz./245g and it’s running on AA batteries.

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

Expert Reviews

Canon PowerShot SX120 IS Reviews

MacWorld reviews the Canon PowerShot SX120 IS and writes;
“PowerShot SX120 IS a surprisingly beefy little pocket megazoom, able to accommodate a variety of shooting situations from all-auto casual pictures to tricky low-light, manual shots. Just about the only place it won’t seem suitable is on the fast-action sports scene, where the lag between shots could drive you crazy.”
Rating: ★★★½☆

ImagingResource reviews the Canon PowerShot SX120 IS and writes;
“ISO 80 and 100 printed results look good at 13×19 inches, though just a tad soft on close inspection; at arm’s length, though, it’s just great. At ISO 200, prints are better at 11×14 inches. ISO 400 shots are usable at 11×14, but better at Letter size. ISO 800 shots are a little too soft at 8×10, better at 5×7. ISO 1,600 shots are usable at 5×7, but better at 4×6. ISO 3,200 shots are not usable at 4×6 without sharpening.”
Rating: N/A

CNET reviews the Canon PowerShot SX120 IS and writes;
“The good: Easy to use; best-in-class photo quality; manual and semimanual controls. The bad: Fewer features, slower performance, and bulkier design than competitive models. The bottom line: Canon’s SX120 IS pocket megazoom falls behind the competition in every aspect except photo quality..”

Rating: ★★★½☆

Steve’sDigicams reviews the Canon PowerShot SX120 IS and writes;
“Canon’s PowerShot SX120 IS is an affordable compact super-zoom that performs very well and features descent image quality. Noise and chromatic aberrations are something to watch out for with this camera.”
Rating: N/A

CameraLabs reviews the Canon PowerShot SX120 IS and writes;
“The overall image quality of shots from the PowerShot SX120 IS is good. The image here is correctly exposed, colour balance is pleasing and the tonal range shows decent detail from the deep shadows to the highlights.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

DCR reviews the Canon PowerShot SX120 IS and writes;
“But if you don’t currently own an SX110, and you’re looking for a camera with great optics, excellent image quality, full manual control, and a reasonable price tag, then the SX120 IS is a no-brainer..”
Rating: N/A reviews the Canon PowerShot SX120 IS and writes;
“Colour accuracy was generally good and saturation levels were similar to those we found with the SX110 IS. A few colour shifts were detected in cyan, yellow and the light skin tone. Saturation was slightly elevated in reds and blues. Fortunately, despite these shifts, the colours of lighter skins appeared natural in portrait shots..”
Rating: ★★★★☆

PhotographyBlog reviews the Canon PowerShot SX120 IS and writes;
“The Canon PowerShot SX120 is a cheap and more than cheerful super-zoom that delivers consistently good results, although slightly more expensive rivals do offer more bang for your buck.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

DCI reviews the Canon PowerShot SX120 IS and writes;
“Overall the SX120 is a great little camera that provides good value for money, and would be a great pick for the photographer on a budget who wants to point and shoot and shoot creatively.”
Rating: N/A reviews the Canon PowerShot SX120 IS and writes;
“Despite its relatively small size, the Canon PowerShot SX120 IS digital cameras includes a 10x zoom lens and is the perfect choice for anyone who seeking a versatile camera to encompass a variety situations — such as a sight-seeing trip or a friend’s party. Its picture quality is very good overall, but it does suffer from some fringing issues.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

User Opinions

Canon PowerShot SX120 IS User Reviews

Rating: ★★★★☆ Very Happy with this Camera
“…Very happy overall. It is larger than the last camera we had, but with that said we gave up a lot of great features to have portability and it wasn’t worth it at all. It fits in the camera bag we have or in a purse. That’s all that matters. Oh and I also love the screen on the back, it is very large and has a great quality to it.” – by Condie

Rating: ★★★★★ Very good point and shoot
“…I was impressed with the quality and my family was very impressed so much that they are looking at buying the same camera. They loved the fact that is easy to carry and that you don’t have to take another bag for a camera (DSLR) and they saw the crispness in the pictures too…” – by Angeles

Rating: ★★★★☆ Battery Eater
“Great camera…takes great pictures…but it eats batteries!!! Went to Disney World and used two sets of batteries A DAY!! I wasnt taking alot of pictures either. Could get very expensive.” – by Connie

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Canon PowerShot SX120 IS User Manual (PDF)

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Canon PowerShot SX120 IS Features

Smart AUTO detects and analyzes faces, brightness, colors, distance, and movement
Just set the Canon PowerShot SX120 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 18 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.

Easy Mode makes capturing images as easy as 1-2-3
Even if you’ve never picked up a camera before, with Canon’s new Easy Mode you can take inspiring, dramatic pictures that will impress everyone. Once you choose Easy Mode, the PowerShot SX120 IS handles all the details automatically. It automatically sets every camera control, including the flash, to reduce blur and improve image quality. So you get pictures that are bright, clear and natural just by pushing a button. Best of all, you can relax and concentrate on what really counts–your subject.

With 20 Shooting Modes including 8 Special Scene Modes, you’re ready for whatever shot comes your way.

High-powered 10x optical zoom with Optical Image Stabilizer
The PowerShot SX120 IS has a 10x 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 bird high atop a tree, a child’s winning goal from across the stadium or a school play from the last row. Plus, thanks to Canon’s highly sophisticated Optical Image Stabilizer Technology, even at maximum zoom, every image is rock steady.

The PowerShot SX120 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 convenient to use. It functions perfectly with or without a flash.

DIGIC 4 Image Processor
With DIGIC 4, your images boast superior quality, the camera operates at top efficiency and battery life is enhanced. What’s more, the DIGIC 4 Image Processor enables Canon’s Face Detection, Motion Detection Technologies and Red-eye Correction to give you better, more true-to-life people shots. Simply press the shutter button halfway down, and the camera automatically pinpoints the faces in the scene and chooses the ideal focus point. The camera controls exposure settings and flash to keep every face looking bright and natural. The camera also selects and sets the optimal exposure and ISO settings automatically to keep everything looking sharp and clear. Red-eye Correction can be handled in-camera, in two ways. The Red-eye Correction during shooting uses the Face Detection Technology to recognize and remove red-eye from images as they’re taken, before the file is written to the memory card. It’s also possible to correct red-eye during image playback, using simple settings in the PowerShot SX120 IS menu.

iSAPS Technology is an entirely original scene-recognition technology developed for digital cameras by Canon. Using an internal database of thousands of different photos, iSAPS works with the fast DIGIC 4 Image Processor to improve focus speed and accuracy, as well as exposure and white balance.

DIGIC 4 features Face Detection Technology, giving you the best possible results in any shooting situation. Face Detection AF/AE sets the focus point and exposure for the faces of your subjects. Face Detection FE adjusts the flash to correctly illuminate your subject to provide the best balance between your subject and the overall scene, eliminating the common problems of over and underexposed faces.

Face Detection WB means the camera concentrates upon faces when calculating white balance for the best possible skin tones. Face Select and Track lets you highlight one face among several in a scene, and the camera concentrates on that person, even as they move around the scene. Face Detection Technology is a powerful contributing factor in Canon’s Motion Detection Technology.

Simply press the Face Selector Button, then the selected face is double-framed and tracked when the face moves in the frame.

Motion Detection Technology works in the background to instantly evaluate how fast your subject is moving. It automatically selects and sets the optimal exposure and ISO settings to keep everything looking sharp and clear. This feature provides higher ISOs when you need it for action-stopping shutter speeds. But when no movement is detected, it sets lower ISOs for excellent color and detail.

Life doesn’t give you second chances to capture special times. That’s why the PowerShot SX120 IS features an ISO 1600 setting that reduces the effects of camera shake and sharpens subjects in low-light situations, giving you greater shooting flexibility.

Red-eye Correction provides three options for removing red-eye from subjects in flash pictures.
1) The Red-eye Correction during shooting actually identifies and corrects red-eye in human subjects as pictures are taken.
2) The PowerShot SX120 IS can be set to automatically detect and correct red-eye during image playback.

Large 3.0-inch PureColor System LCD
You’ll want to have your PowerShot SX120 IS with you wherever you go, and a slim new design makes it easy. Subtly rounded for an easy grip, the camera exudes modern elegance and simplicity. The back panel’s neat, intuitive interface includes a luxuriously big 3.0-inch PureColor System LCD screen. And the PureColor System LCD screen’s quality is as impressive as its size: you’ll get an exceptionally clear, bright view of all your shots, and enjoy a conveniently wide viewing angle for showing off your pictures to friends and family.

AA battery powered camera enables you to easily power up
Conveniently, you don’t need to worry about running out of batteries or having to recharging them. Since AA-size batteries can be purchased at any store, simply get new ones locally–wherever you go, no special power adapters or chargers are needed.

What’s in the Box

* PowerShot SX120 IS Body
* AA-size Alkaline Battery (x2)
* SD Memory Card SDC-32MB
* Wrist Strap WS-800
* Digital Camera Solution CD-ROM
* USB Interface Cable IFC-400PCU
* AV Cable AVC-DC400

One Response to “Canon PowerShot SX120 IS”

  1. anugrah says:

    very bad……
    never buy it……

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