Canon SX120 IS Review

 
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Model Name: Canon PowerShot SX120 IS 
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Manufacturer URL: Manufacturer website
Predecessor: Canon SX110 IS
SX110 IS vs SX120 IS
Successor: Canon SX130 IS
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General
Model Number: SX120 IS
Camera Format: Mid-Sized
Currently Manufactured:
Retail Price: $249.99
Street Price: $214.97
Date Available: 2009-09-15
Tripod Mount: Yes
Weight: 10.7 oz (302 g)
includes batteries
Size: 4.4 x 2.8 x 1.8 in.
(111 x 70 x 45 mm)
Waterproof: No
Waterproof Depth: n/a
Image Sensor
Sensor Type: CCD
Sensor Manufacturer:  
Effective Megapixels: 10.0
Sensor Format: 1/2.5 inch
Sensor size: 24.7104mm2 (5.76mm x 4.29mm)
Approximate Pixel Pitch: 1.58 microns
Focal Length Multiplier: n/a
Aspect Ratio: 4:3, 16:9
Color Filter Type: RGBG
Anti Aliasing Filter:  
Self-Cleaning: No
Sensor shift image stabilization: No
On-Sensor Phase Detect: No
Image Capture
Image Resolution: 3648 x 2736 (10.0 MP, 4:3),
3648 x 2048 (7.5 MP, 16:9),
2816 x 2112 (5.9 MP, 4:3),
2272 x 1704 (3.9 MP, 4:3),
1600 x 1200 (1.9 MP, 4:3),
640 x 480 (0.3 MP, 4:3)
Image File Format: JPEG (EXIF 2.2)
Continuous-mode frames/second: 1.3
Video Capture
Can take movies: Yes
Movie Resolution: 640x480 (30)
320x240 (30)
Movie File Format: AVI (Motion JPEG)
Composite Video Out: Yes
NTSC/PAL Switchable Video: Yes
Video Usable as Viewfinder:
HD Video Out: No
HD Video Connection:
Lens & Optics
Lens Mount: n/a
Lens: Canon Zoom Lens, 10 elements in 9 groups (including 1 aspherical element)
Focal Length (35mm equivalent): 36 - 360 mm
Zoom Ratio: 10.00x
Aperture Range: f/2.8 (W) / f/4.3 (T) - f/8.0
Normal Focus Range: 50 cm to Infinity
19.7 in to Infinity
Macro Focus Range: 1 - 50 cm
0.4 - 19.7 in
Filter Thread: n/a
Thread Type: n/a
Optical Image Stabilization: Yes
Digital Zoom: Yes
Digital Zoom Values: Up to 4x
Auto Focus
Auto Focus: Yes
Auto Focus Type: Contrast Detection with Face Detect AF, Single AF point, Selectable AF frame size: normal, or small
Auto Focus Assist Light? Yes
Manual Focus: Yes
Viewfinder
Viewfinder: No
Viewfinder Type:  
Focus Peaking: No
EVF Resolution: n/a
Viewfinder Magnification (35mm equivalent):  
Viewfinder Magnification (nominal/claimed):  
Display
Eye-level Viewfinder: No
Rear Display: Yes
Rear Display Size (inches): 3.0
Rear Display Resolution: 230,000 dots
Touchscreen: No
Articulating Screen: No
Tilt Swivel Screen: No
Selfie Screen: No
Max Playback Zoom: 10.0x
Top Deck Display:
Exposure
Maximum ISO (native):  
Minimum ISO (native):  
ISO Settings: Auto, 80, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200* (*3200 in special scene mode)
Auto ISO Mode: Yes
White Balance Settings: Auto, Daylight, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Fluorescent H, Flash, Custom
Shutter Speed Range: 15 - 1/2500
Bulb Mode: No
Exposure Compensation: +/- 2.0EV in 0.3EV steps
Metering Modes: Evaluative, Center-weighted average, Spot (spot metering at center), Face Detect AE
Program Auto Exposure: Yes
Aperture Priority: Yes
Shutter Priority: Yes
Full Manual Exposure: Yes
Creative Exposure Modes: Easy, Portrait, Landscape, Special Scene (Foliage, Snow, Beach, Sunset, Fireworks, Aquarium, ISO 3200), Indoor, Kids & Pets, Night Snapshot, Night Scene
Self Timer: 1 - 30 seconds
Time Lapse (intervalometer):  
High Resolution Composite: No
Flash
Built-in Flash: Yes
Flash Modes: Auto, Auto w/Red-eye Reduction, Flash On, Flash On w/Red-eye Reduction, Flash Off; FE lock, Safety FE, Slow Synchro
Flash Guide Number: n/a
Flash Range Description: Auto ISO: 50 cm - 4.0 m (W), 1.0 cm - 2.5 m (T) (1.6 - 13 ft. (W), 3.3 - 8.2 ft. (T))
Max Flash Sync: 1/500
Flash Exposure Compensation: +/- 2.0 EV in 0.3EV steps
External Flash Connection: n/a
Image Storage
Usable Memory Types: SD / SDHC
UHS Support:  
Other Memory:  
Dual Card Slots: No
Uncompressed Format:  
RAW Capture Support: No
Movie File Format: AVI (Motion JPEG)
Included Memory: No memory included
Included Memory Type:  
Connectivity
Built-In Wi-Fi: No
Built-In GPS: No
Bluetooth: No
NFC: No
Microphone Jack: No
Headphone Jack: No
External Connections: USB 2.0 High Speed
PictBridge Compliant: Yes
DPOF Compliant: Yes
Remote Control: No
Remote Control Type:  
Connections (extended): DC input
Performance Timing
Cycle time for JPEG shooting in single shot mode (seconds per frame, max resolution): 2.07
Cycle time for RAW shooting in single shot mode (seconds per frame):  
Buffer size for RAW shooting in single shot mode (frames):  
Cycle time for RAW+JPEG shooting in single shot mode (seconds per shot):  
Camera penalizes early shutter press?
JPEG shooting speed in burst mode (fps, max resolution): 1.3
Buffer size for JPEG shooting in burst mode (frames, max resolution):  
RAW shooting speed in burst mode (fps):  
Buffer size for RAW shooting in burst mode (frames):  
RAW+JPEG shooting speed in burst mode (fps):  
Buffer Size for RAW+JPEG shooting in burst mode (frames):  
Shutter lag (full AF, wide/mid): 0.80
Shutter lag (full AF, tele): 0.93
Shutter lag (full AF, live view - DSLR):  
Shutter lag (prefocused, live view - DSLR):  
Shutter Lag (manual focus):  
Shutter lag (full AF, with flash):  
Shutter Lag (prefocused): 0.066
Shutter Lag (notes):  
Startup Time: 3.1
Play -> Record Time:  
Flash cycle time, full power (seconds): 0.0
Power
Battery Form Factor: 2 x AA
Usable Battery Types: Alkaline disposable or NiMH rechargeable
Batteries Included: 2 x AA Alkaline disposables
Battery Charger Included (dedicated charger or AC/USB adapter): No
Dedicated Battery Charger Included:
Internal Charging Supported:
CIPA Rating Monitor (Live View): 370
CIPA Rating Viewfinder (OVF/EVF):  
Software
Included Software: Digital Camera Solution CD-ROM
OS Compatibility: Windows, Mac OS
Miscellaneous
Notes & Features: Optical Image Stabilization, Face and Motion Detection, Smart Auto, Intelligent Contrast Correction.

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