Updated 21 Nov 2016

Canon

PowerShot S120

Snapshot: The Canon PowerShot S120 compact camera has a touchscreen, has a manual focus option and can shoot Full-HD video. But how’s the image quality?

PowerShot S120
Consumer score
SCORE
Avg price

$598

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Test results

Overall score
64
Image quality
?/10
Ease of use
?/10
Screen
?/10
Video quality
?/10
Flash
?/10

Good points

  • Good image quality.
  • Good screen.
  • OK video quality.
  • OK flash.
  • Has a high-resolution monitor, a large sensor, a fast f/1.8 lens and PASM modes.
  • Can shoot Full-HD video and manually focus.

But

  • Just OK ease of use.

How we test

Our test was a joint international consumer test, conducted by a laboratory in Europe.

Overall score includes:

Image quality (50%): Unless otherwise stated the cameras are set to full automatic function – including exposure, white balance and focus – with maximum resolution and image quality setting in JPEG.
Ease of use (30%): An evaluation of the manual, viewfinder, monitor, data transfer, shutter delay, inserting/removing memory, changing settings, controls and batteries.
Screen (10%): A rating of image quality of the screen, and the difference between the height and width displayed and what is recorded on the final image.
Video quality (10%): A rating of the quality of short video clips.
Flash (0%): A rating of the strength and evenness of the flash lighting at different distances. Does not add to overall score.

Price is based on a survey of online retailers.

Key data

Model

Avg price
$598
Type
Compact

Specifications

Battery type
Lithium-ion
Megapixels (MP)
12
Sensor
1/1.7" CMOS
Memory card
SDHC, SDXC
ISO range
80 - 12800
Optical zoom
5
Aperture range
1.8 - 5.7
Zoom range
25 - 116
Shutter range
1/2500 - 250
Dimensions (cm)
100 x 30 x 62
Weight (g)
218
Depth (mm)
30

Features

Water resistant
No
Raw support
Yes
GPS tagging
No
PASM modes
Yes
Manual focus option
Yes

Monitor

Monitor size (inches)
3
Monitor pixels
922,000
Touchscreen
Articulated monitor
×

Viewfinder

Viewfinder type
-
Viewfinder pixels
-

Video

Resolution
1920 x 1080
Microphone input
×

Flash

Flash type
Switch on by hand
Connection for external flash
×

More info

Notes
-