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Canon PowerShot S120 Camera - Black (12.1MP, 5x Zoom) 3 inch Touch LCD

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  • Ultra-wide 24mm, bright f/1.8, 5x zoom lens. 10x ZoomPlus
  • HS System: 12.1 Megapixel CMOS, DIGIC 6 for stunning results up to ISO 12,800
  • Intelligent IS for sharp shots with 5-axis Enhanced Dynamic IS for steady movies
  • Superfast performance with high speed AF and 9.4fps* sustained continuous shooting
  • Large, capacitive 7.5 cm (3.0") PureColor II G Touch LCD

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Product details

  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 5.9 x 2.9 cm ; 195 g
  • Boxed-product Weight: 558 g
  • Batteries 1 Lithium ion batteries required. (included)
  • Item model number: 8407B012AA
  • ASIN: B00EPFEATS
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 28 Aug. 2013
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (62 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 19,611 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)

Product Description

Product Description

Canon

Canon PowerShot S120

The Fast, connected, expert performance in your pocket

The Canon PowerShot S120 is a high-performance, truly pocketable compact digital camera, with a bright f/1.8 lens that delivers superior low light performance for shooting city nightscapes, portraits indoors or even stars in the sky. Capture all the action with superfast 9.4fps* sustained continuous shooting. Unleash your creativity and take full manual control with the Lens Control Ring and the touchscreen. Then share or back up your images quickly and easily with Wi-Fi. With a range of expert features in an ultra-portable form, the PowerShot S120 puts superior performance in the pocket of serious photographers.

The high-speed pocket camera of choice for serious photographers
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Key Features
  • 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
  • Optional 40m waterproof case
Bright and ultra-wide 24mm, f/1.8 lens with Intelligent IS
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Versatile lens

A bright f/1.8 lens allows shooting in darker conditions. A 24mm ultra-wide angle lets you take stunning landscapes and a 5x optical zoom with 10x ZoomPlus gets you up close.

Clear low-light shots up to ISO 12,800 with HS System
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Enjoy stunning low light images with HS System

Capture the natural atmosphere of the scene, with less noise and clearer details, even in low light conditions. Explore a wider range of shots, like portraits at night or moving subject indoors, without having to worry about using a flash or stabilising the camera.

Superfast continuous shooting up to 9.4fps*
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Create sharper photos and movies with Intelligent IS and Enhanced Dynamic IS

You don't need a steady hand to create stunningly detailed photos and videos. Canon's unique Intelligent Image Stabiliser automatically selects the most suitable shake correction from 7 modes, while 5-axis Enhanced Dynamic IS provides powerful image stabilisation when recording videos on the move. Together, they allow you to capture sharp pictures and videos - even when shooting at full zoom or in low light.

Capture all the action with super fast sustained continuous shooting

Don't miss a moment of action with DSLR rivalling sustained continuous shooting, which captures still photographs at a blistering speed of up to 9.4 frames per second for up to a minute, when paired with compatible SD cards*. Perfect for shooting fast action and sports, simply hold down the shutter button to start shooting and release the button to stop, and you can capture split second actions in sequence of photographs.

Capture smooth action with Full HD movies at 60fps
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7.5 cm (3.0") touch screen

A 922k dot capacitive touch screen offers simple, intuitive gesture-based operation.

Expert control

A Lens Control Ring allows quick control of functions such as zoom, aperture, shutter speed, focus or ISO. Use Full Manual mode and RAW with multi aspect support, for maximum control over composition and post-shot editing using the included DPP software. Refined ergonomics and a customisable FUNC. menu let you tailor the camera to your shooting style.

Share with Wi-Fi; Image Sync for effortless back up; GPS via mobile
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Star mode lets you capture stunning starry nightscapes with ease
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Capture the action with smooth Full HD Movies at 60 frames per second

Capture more true to life movie footage in 1080/60p Full HD with your digital camera. Canon's exclusive DIGIC 6 processor enables you to shoot fast-paced action at 60 frames per second, giving you smoother and more realistic footage, whilst also offering more options when experimenting with slow motion playback on your PC.

Wi-Fi, GPS via Mobile

Wi-Fi lets you connect easily with home wireless networks, compatible printers and PCs, plus smart devices for easy online sharing and GPS tagging of your images with shooting locations. Image Sync enables convenient PC and online backup via CANON iMAGE GATEWAY or Flickr.

Background Defocus to achieve beautiful, SLR style background blur
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Achieve HDR without using a tripod or fixing the camera on a steady surface
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Star Mode

Using the increased processing power of DIGIC 6, Star Mode lets you capture stunning starry nightscapes with ease. Three shooting modes are available: Star Nightscape shoots landscapes against starry skies, Star Trails captures the movement of the stars by combining multiple images into a single composite image, while Star Time-Lapse Movie combines still images, taken at set time intervals over a long period, to create stunning movies.

Optional 40m Waterproof Case
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Background Defocus

Background Defocus is a creative filter that mimics the background blur of images taken by an SLR with a wide aperture lens. It takes two consecutive shots, one in focus and one out of focus and combines them into a composite image with beautiful background blur. You can select from three different levels of background blur to achieve stunning portraits and close up shots with the exact blurring effect you want.

Handheld HDR

HDR Mode let you capture the dark shadows and bright highlights of a high contrast scene. Thanks to the speed of DIGIC 6, you can achieve HDR without using a tripod or fixing the camera on a steady surface. It captures a fast continuous sequence of shots, and then combines the data into a single file with the least possible blur and best possible exposure for images closer to how you saw them. You can also choose from 5 finishing effects: Natural, Art Bold, Art Standard, Art Vivid and Art Embossed.

Optional Waterproof Case

Protect your camera underwater down to 40m.

*Sustained continuous shooting -12.1fps for the first 5 frames and then 9.4fps for approx. 635 frames (depending on shooting subject), using compatible SDHC/SDXC UHS Speed Class 1 memory cards.

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Box Contains

Digital Camera PowerShot S120
Wrist Strap WS-D11
Battery Pack NB-6LH
Battery Charger CB-2LYE
AC Cable
User Manual Kit


Customer Reviews

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I now carry this camera with me daily, I keep it in the glove box where it is ready to go.

It gives a great image quality, the shots I bin are my fault - one way or another - the exposures are spot on as is white balance. I normally leave it on the Programme setting and occasionally use Aperture Priority, but there are lots of adjustments that can be made. My favorites are the ND filter, use of manual focusing via the lens ring and HDR setting for difficult lighting conditions. Adjustments and Menus can be easily accessed via the touch screen or buttons on the camera's rear.

For a Canon user the Menus are intuitive and easy to use.

A NOTE on battery life. The number of shots per charge seems to improve with charging cycles, I now easily get a days shooting from a single fully charged battery (but I do carry a spare). Whilst this camera uses the NB-L6 battery it is rated as providing 3.7V - 1060mAh and is marked as NB-6LH. It is important to use a genuine Canon battery of the correct rateing.

This is an expensive option but it is a worthwhile investment.

I have spent some time looking for a suitable carry case and have found the Lowepro REZO 20 a perfect fit.
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I thought long and hard before I purchased this camera I knew that I would stick with Canon for this purchase as I have been very satisfied with Canon cameras for years. I have a Canon EOS 7D DSLR and some good lenses including a couple of L series add to that a tripod and 430Ex11 speedlight and you have a lot of weight. The Powershot S120 was never going to replace all that kit but it is a great little camera with a lot of potential and was purchased for those occasions when I didn't want to be taking a lot of kit with me. As a Canon user I have found that it is very easy to understand even though I have downloaded the brochure I found the controls and settings quite intuitive.
My first impression on taking it out of the box that it has a decent build quality and feels solid. I charged the battery up and inserted a 16gb SDHC Card and was ready to go. The controls are pretty standard and the control ring around the lens works very well. There is a lot of scope for creativity and having tried various settings I know that I will get along with this camera very well. My initial impressions of image quality are that it is surprisingly good - many reviewers have made similar comments. The zoom range will cover most situations - I tend to shoot portraits and landscapes but for those occasions when I need a lot of zoom I will have to use my DSLR plus a big lens as this won't cover that.
This camera fits well in the pocket but following the tip from another reviewer I purchased a Lowepro Rezo 20 (£5.99 from Amazon) which is perfect for carrying and protecting this camera - I probably won't use the strap as the belt loop will work well. All in all this camera is more than fit for purpose - I am delighted with my purchase.
I was pleased with the price on Amazon and as a Prime member got the camera in less than 24 hours.
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Actually bought this Canon from elsewhere as I needed it quickly, but am VERY happy with it.
For several years we have had a Panasonic Lumix TZ20 which we bought as we were lured in by the tv aderts that promised an amazing zoom, and we have always liked Panasonic as a brand. However in all that time we have struggled to take pictures indoors with the Panasonic, and found them constantly blurred or dark - we thought it must be something we were doing wrong or some setting that we hadn't worked out how to use. Yes, we could and did use flash, but we found the images to be too brash and stark, so were constantly disappointed with the Panasonic's image quality.
Something had to change. Did a bit of research and found others also struggling to take non-blurry photos with Panasonic. Worked out that the Panasonic's f3.3-5.9 lens was the problem. Went hunting for the fastest lens possible on a compact and came up with the Canon S120.
This lens is unbelievably bright!! We have taken photos in my sons semi-darkened bedroom, lit only by a 20w night light, and the photos look like they could have been taken in broad daylight!! Of course you could still manually change the aperture to let in less light if you wanted the photo to look like it really was taken in a dark room. However f1.7 is letting in nearly 4 times as much light as f3.3 so the shutter speed can be 4 times shorter => having the F1.7 lens has been a total game changer for us - no more dark or blurry photos.
There's a lot of talk about battery life being a problem, but tbh we've found it really reasonable, you can take 40 mins of HD video or hundreds of photos on a single charge. If you really do need more just buy a 2nd battery.
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Fantastic camera and even though it's more expensive than similar cameras, I believe it's worth the investment, but only if you plan to use this camera for at least 2-3 years.

Its pictures are ok. Many phones nowadays have better quality cameras but this camera can get more in a picture than a phone. (I'm talking about the default picture settings. I have fiddled with any of the other settings yet, and I probably don't plan to either.)

The main reason I got this camera is for the video quality. At 1080p and 60fps you can't go wrong. Yes there are better cameras but if you want those video settings for the cheapest price and best quality, then this is the camera to go with. If you have all of the money in the world, then I suggest the Canon G7X.

Unfortunately the battery life is not great, but you can get one or more cheap batteries instead on the original canon batteries cos they're quite expensive. If you're not careful and are reckless, you may get scratches on the touch screen. Also I was a little shocked that there was no cable to connect the camera to your PC, because previous canon cameras did have this cable. I'm lucky I have a cable from my previous canon camera.

Overall I'm extremely happy with choosing this camera. The videos are literally fantastic and the camera can easily fit in your pocket. I film with this camera a lot and I definitely don't regret this decision.
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