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conclusion:We like it

85 December 12th 2013 2:54 pm

Canon's PowerShot S line has always provided good performance for the price, and the latest addition to the line is no different. For under $400 you get a pocket-friendly camera that delivers not just great photos, but impressive video quality as well. The S120's only negative is its battery life, which Pocket-Lint calls "fairly limited" due in part to the cameras built-in WiFi. You can still pick up its predecessor for around a hundred dollars less, but at $400, the S120 is a solid option for the budget conscious shopper.

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Critic reviews

8.3
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    8.8
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    9.1
  • Battery life
    6.0
  • Design and form factor
    8.6
  • Durability
    8.0
  • Speed (start-up time, lag)
    8.7
  • Ease of use
    8.5

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8.0
PC Mag Oct 16, 2013

The Canon PowerShot S120 delivers impressive image quality in a compact package with Raw shooting capability, but it's not quite an Editors' Choice.

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8.0
Macworld May 9, 2014

You’ll find many compact cameras that also have a wide range of DSLR-like features. While the PowerShot S120 isn’t as feature-filled as those cameras, its emphasis is on portability and image quality, and there is little about the PowerShot S120 that’s found wanting in those two areas.

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9.0
Pocket-Lint Oct 10, 2013

The Canon does itself justice in being a decent all-rounder. It may be small in the hand, but it's big on features and its image quality easily rivals any models of a similar sensor size. In fact it probably betters them.

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8.0
TrustedReviews Nov 25, 2013

If you can stomach the high price tag, or are happy to wait a while for the price to drop a bit, the S120 is one of the best small compacts money can buy.

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8.0
Digital Versus Dec 3, 2013

So long as you can cope with the rather limited battery life, it'll be a great choice for advanced users who don't want to blow their budget on the latest in premium, newfangled or gadget-laden models.

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8.0
T3 Jan 28, 2014

Though not inexpensive at around £450 for a 12-megapixel, 5x zoom camera that's actually smaller than a pack of playing cards this is nevertheless an example that packs a considerable degree of heft into its unassumingly diminutive chassis.

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9.0
Photography Blog Oct 8, 2013

The new Canon PowerShot S120 still remains one of the smallest premium compacts around, though, and is an excellent camera to boot, so it's still well worth considering alongside its main rivals.

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8.0
Stuff Nov 13, 2013

If clarity of image is paramount, the S120 will bring a smile to your face, and those long exposure modes alone could be enough to warrant a splash of your cash.

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Pocket-Lint Sep 8, 2013

A decent touchscreen experience, function ring for customised settings adjustment, image stabilisation and a quality build wrap up the experience. It's much the same as before, only better.

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TechRadar Aug 22, 2013

Canon has a lot more competition in the premium compact camera department than it previously might have done, so it seems to be pulling out all the stops to make its latest updates appealing to consumers.

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Stuff Aug 21, 2013

The tote bag-friendly S120 has the same 12.1MP sensor as the G16 and it too now has a bright f1.8 5x zoom lens ... It lacks the G16’s optical viewfinder but, like its predecessor, packs a responsive 3in touchscreen and Wi-Fi, plus a surprising number of manual controls.

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