The Canon S120 is a Superb Pocket Camera

The Canon PowerShot S120 is one of the  the best compact cameras currently available with some fantastic features for the professional photographer, enthusiast and serious videographer.

Canon S120 front              canon powershot S120 back

If you are looking camera that you can fit into your shirt pocket, but shoots professional quality images and video, then the Canon S120 is the perfect camera for you. It is remarkably slim, but boasts a superb f1.8, 5 times lens that zooms from an ultra wide 24mm to 120mm, with further 10 times digital zoom. Check out our video review here.

Powered by the latest DIGIC6 processor, it shoots stunning 12megapixel files. It can shoot a burst of up to 12 frames a second or continuous at 9.4 frames per second. And the video functionality is remarkable. there are many pro cameras that don’t shoot full HD at 60 frames per second. Both stills and video have the canon intelligent Image stabilisation system. All this functionality is driven by the excellent DIGIC6 processor which also allows you to shoot high quality raw files as well as jpegs and offers an ISO of up to 12,800.

Like all compact cameras, the Canon S120 offers both manual mode and a selection of automatic modes that help you to get the best out of certain conditions. Two of the stand out modes are the auto defocus,which allows you to shoot with a shallow depth of field and the star modes. These modes let you take amazing shots of the night sky, either as long exposure stills or fantastic time-lapse videos. The built in wifi lets you connect instantly with smartphones and tablets when out and about , and wireless networks and computers and printers when you are at home. Whilst this is a great camera for all abilities, the sheer number of functions and modes can make it seem a little daunting, but the simple fact is: this is one of the most powerful, high quality still and video cameras you can put into your pocket right now, and for the price.

Quality is Key for the Canon S120

The lens ring is one of our favourite features of the Canon S120. It can be used to adjust pretty much any setting you happen to want. For example, aperture priority sees the lens ring shift through aperture, for shutter priority it adjusts shutter speed, in Auto it’s used for step-zoom, while in Programme mode it takes command of ISO sensitivity. The click-through-turn sensation when rotating the ring is ideal for aperture selection or step-zoom control. The S120 also has a rear d-pad that rotates to act as a secondary dial for selecting options. This is ideal for use in manual mode, or for when you have the front lens ring always set to a specific mode at your preference.

Canon s120 sample portrait     Sample image Canon S120

Canon S120 landscape shot      Canon S120 Star mode

 

The WiFi option is a very clever way to share pictures with mobile devices or to send to your printer. The six-section interface, which presents the various methods of sharing via six access point symbols, is a little confusing to start with, but once understood, is really quick and there is a solid password entry to keep everything secure.

The Canon S120 is a fast and reliable camera offering superb image quality and video. The lens is excellent and the DIGIC6 processor ensures that the camera is responsive and versatile. It is the perfect camera to have when travelling or to take with you just in case a photo opportunity should arise. It is simple enough for a beginner to use, but has all the options to please a professional or stretch an enthusiast. This is a small camera that thinks big.

• 24mm, f/1.8, 5x zoom lens

• HS System: 12.1 MP CMOS, DIGIC 6

• Intelligent IS with 5-axis movie stabilisation

• Superfast: up to 9.4fps

• 7.5 cm (3.0″) touch screen

• Lens Control Ring, Full Manual & RAW

• Full HD (60fps)

• Wi-Fi; GPS via Mobile

• Star Mode