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Model Name: Canon PowerShot S120 
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Predecessor: Canon S110
S110 vs S120
Model Number: S120
Camera Format: Compact
Currently Manufactured: Yes
Retail Price: $449.99
Street Price: $349.17
Date Available: 2013-10-15
Tripod Mount: Yes
Weight: 7.7 oz (217 g)
includes batteries
Size: 3.9 x 2.3 x 1.1 in.
(100 x 59 x 29 mm)
Waterproof: No
Waterproof Depth: n/a
Image Sensor
Sensor Type: CMOS
Sensor Manufacturer:  
Effective Megapixels: 12.1
Sensor Format: 1/1.7 inch
Sensor size: 43.32mm2 (7.6mm x 5.7mm)
Approximate Pixel Pitch: 1.90 microns
Focal Length Multiplier: n/a
Aspect Ratio: 4:3
Color Filter Type: RGBG
Anti Aliasing Filter: Fixed
Self-Cleaning: No
Sensor shift image stabilization: No
On-Sensor Phase Detect: No
DxO Sensor Score: 56
DxO Color Depth Score (bits): 21.3
DxO Dynamic Range Score (evs): 11.9
DxO Maximum Effective ISO Score (iso): 246
Image Capture
Image Resolution: 4000 x 3000 (12.0 MP, 4:3),
4000 x 2664 (10.7 MP, 3:2),
4000 x 2248 (9.0 MP, 16:9),
2992 x 2992 (9.0 MP, 1:1),
2816 x 1880 (5.3 MP, 3:2),
2816 x 1584 (4.5 MP, 16:9),
2112 x 2112 (4.5 MP, 1:1),
1920 x 1080 (2.1 MP, 16:9),
1600 x 1200 (1.9 MP, 4:3),
1600 x 1064 (1.7 MP, 3:2),
1200 x 1200 (1.4 MP, 1:1),
640 x 480 (0.3 MP, 4:3),
640 x 424 (0.3 MP, Other),
480 x 480 (0.2 MP, 1:1),
2400 x 3000 (7.2 MP, Other),
1696 x 2112 (3.6 MP, Other),
960 x 1200 (1.2 MP, Other),
384 x 480 (0.2 MP, Other)
Image File Format: JPEG (EXIF 2.3), RAW (.CR2), RAW+JPEG
Continuous-mode frames/second: 11.8
Video Capture
Can take movies: Yes
Movie Resolution: 1920x1080 (60p/30p)
1280x720 (30p)
640x480 (30p/120p)
320x240 (240p)
Movie File Format: MOV (Image: H.264, Audio: Stereo Linear PCM)
Composite Video Out: Yes
NTSC/PAL Switchable Video: Yes
Video Usable as Viewfinder:
HD Video Out: Yes
HD Video Connection: HDMI
Lens & Optics
Lens Mount: n/a
Lens: Canon Zoom Lens
Focal Length (35mm equivalent): 24 - 120mm
Focal Length (actual): 5.2 - 26mm
Zoom Ratio: 5.00x
Aperture Range: f/1.8 (W) / 5.7 (T) - f/8.0
Normal Focus Range: 5 cm to Infinity
2.0 in to Infinity
Macro Focus Range: 3 - 50 cm
1.2 - 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 Detect AF: AiAF (Face Detection / 9-point), 1-point AF (Any position is available, fixed centre or Face Select and Track)
Auto Focus Assist Light? Yes
Manual Focus: Yes
Viewfinder: No / LCD
Viewfinder Type:  
Focus Peaking: Yes
EVF Resolution: n/a
Viewfinder Magnification (35mm equivalent):  
Viewfinder Magnification (nominal/claimed):  
Eye-level Viewfinder: No
Rear Display: Yes
Rear Display Size (inches): 3.0
Rear Display Resolution: 921,600 dots (307,200 px)
Touchscreen: Yes
Articulating Screen: No
Tilt Swivel Screen: No
Selfie Screen: No
Max Playback Zoom: 10.0x
Top Deck Display:
Maximum ISO (native): 12800
Minimum ISO (native): 80
ISO Settings: Auto with selectable upper limit (400-12800), ISO 80-12800 in 1/3 EV steps
Auto ISO Mode: Yes
White Balance Settings: Auto, Daylight, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Fluorescent H, Flash, Custom (2), Underwater
Shutter Speed Range: 250 - 1/2500
Bulb Mode: No
Exposure Compensation: +/- 3.0EV in 0.3EV steps
Metering Modes: Evaluative, Centre-weighted average, Spot; Facial brightness evaluated in Face Detection AF
Program Auto Exposure: Yes
Aperture Priority: Yes
Shutter Priority: Yes
Full Manual Exposure: Yes
Creative Exposure Modes: SCN: Portrait, Smart Shutter, Star (Star Nightscape, Star Trails, Star Time-Lapse Movie), Handheld Night Scene, Underwater, Snow, Fireworks; Creative Filters: High Dynamic Range, Nostalgic, Fisheye Effect, Miniature Effect, Toy Camera Effect, Background Defocus, Soft Focus, Monochrome, Super Vivid, Poster Effect
Self Timer: 10, 2, Custom (1-30s (1-10 shots)) seconds
Time Lapse (intervalometer): Yes
High Resolution Composite: No
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 (ISO 100): n/a
Flash Range Description: 1.6 ft. – 23 ft. (W), 1.6 – 7.5 ft. Auto ISO: (T) (50cm – 7m (W), (50cm – 2.3m (T))
Max Flash Sync:  
Flash Exposure Compensation: +/- 2.0 EV in 0.3EV steps
External Flash Connection: n/a
Built-In Wireless Flash Control:  
Image Storage
Usable Memory Types: SD / SDHC / SDXC
UHS Support: UHS-I
Other Memory:  
Dual Card Slots: No
RAW Capture Support: Yes
Uncompressed Format: RAW (.CR2), RAW+JPEG
Movie File Format: MOV (Image: H.264, Audio: Stereo Linear PCM)
Included Memory: No memory included
Included Memory Type:  
Built-In Wi-Fi: Yes
Bluetooth: No
Built-In GPS: No
Microphone Jack: No
Headphone Jack: No
External Connections: USB 2.0 High Speed,WiFi
PictBridge Compliant: Yes
DPOF Compliant: Yes
Remote Control: No
Remote Control Type:  
Connections (extended): Mini (Type-C) HDMI
Performance Timing
Cycle time for JPEG shooting in single shot mode (seconds per frame, max resolution): 0.94
Cycle time for RAW shooting in single shot mode (seconds per frame): 1.18
Buffer size for RAW shooting in single shot mode (frames): Unlimited
Cycle time for RAW+JPEG shooting in single shot mode (seconds per shot): 1.31
Camera penalizes early shutter press? No
JPEG shooting speed in burst mode (fps, max resolution): 11.8
Buffer size for JPEG shooting in burst mode (frames, max resolution): 5
RAW shooting speed in burst mode (fps): 1.9
Buffer size for RAW shooting in burst mode (frames): Unlimited
RAW+JPEG shooting speed in burst mode (fps): 1.4
Buffer Size for RAW+JPEG shooting in burst mode (frames): Unlimited
Shutter lag (full AF, wide/mid): 0.17 seconds
Shutter lag (full AF, tele): 0.30 seconds
Shutter lag (full AF, live view - DSLR):  
Shutter lag (prefocused, live view - DSLR):  
Shutter Lag (manual focus): 0.262 seconds
Shutter lag (full AF, with flash): 0.71 seconds
Shutter Lag (prefocused): 0.095 seconds
Shutter Lag (notes):  
Startup Time: 1.5 seconds
Play -> Record Time: 1.3 seconds
Flash cycle time, full power: 6.2 seconds
Battery Life, Stills (CIPA Rating Monitor/Live View): 230 shots
Battery Life, Still (CIPA Rating OVF/EVF):  
Battery Life, Video:  
Battery Form Factor: Proprietary NB-6LH
Usable Battery Types: Lithium-ion rechargeable
Batteries Included: 1 x Proprietary NB-6LH Lithium-ion rechargeable
Battery Charger Included (dedicated charger or AC/USB adapter): Yes
Dedicated Battery Charger Included: Yes
Internal Charging Supported: No
Included Software: Digital Camera Solution CD-ROM
OS Compatibility: Windows; Mac OS X
Notes & Features: DIGIC 6 processor, BSI sensor, f/1.8-5.7 5x lens, built-in Wi-Fi.

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