• 1/1.7 inch 43.3mm2
  • 12.1 megapixels
  • 24mm - 120mm (35mm eq.)
  • 1/2.3 inch 28.1mm2
  • 16.0 megapixels
  • 24mm - 120mm (35mm eq.)

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Advantages

Canon S120 over Nikon AW120

  • Focus peaking
    Peaker vs non-peaker
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • Larger sensor
    1/1.7 inch vs 1/2.3 inch
    More sensor area. Bigger is (generally) better.
  • Wider aperture
    f/1.8 vs f/2.8
    Take photos in low-light or isolate your subject
  • Bigger pixels
    ~ 1.90 vs 1.34 microns
    Better low-light and dynamic range (all else equal)
  • Shoots RAW
    Yes vs No
    Gives you more flexibility to develop your photos later
  • Touchscreen
    Touch vs No touch
    Love or hate them, they can be useful
  • 60p
    Yes vs No
    A faster framerate can give you more editing options
  • Manual focus
    Yes vs No
    AF is for the weak. Real photographers focus manually.
  • Integrated ND filter
    Yes vs No
    Shoot in daylight with a large aperture or slow shutter
  • Longer shutter
    250 vs 4 sec
    Long exposures for night shots
  • Slow-motion videos
    Yes vs No
    Shoot slow-motion videos
  • Higher extended ISO
    12800 vs 6400 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

Nikon AW120 over Canon S120

  • GPS
    GPS vs None
    Geotag your photos
  • More pixels
    16.0 vs 12.1 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos

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Review Excerpt

The Competition

Compared to Ricoh WG-4 GPS

Canon S120
Ricoh WG-4 GPS
  • $399
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
  • $297
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • GPS
  • More pixels
Nikon AW120
Ricoh WG-4 GPS
  • $241
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Lens zoom ratio
  • Wi-Fi
  • $297
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Wider aperture
  • 60p

Compared to Ricoh WG-4

Canon S120
Ricoh WG-4
  • $399
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
  • $297
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • More pixels
  • Faster shutter
Nikon AW120
Ricoh WG-4
  • $241
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Lens zoom ratio
  • Wi-Fi
  • $297
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Wider aperture
  • 60p

Compared to Olympus TG-3

Canon S120
Olympus TG-3
  • $399
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
  • $349
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • GPS
  • Longer battery life
Nikon AW120
Olympus TG-3
  • $241
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Lens zoom ratio
  • More dots on screen
  • $349
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Wider aperture
  • 60p

Compared to Canon N2

Canon S120
Canon N2
  • $399
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
  • $299
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Tiltable Screen
  • Lens zoom ratio
Nikon AW120
Canon N2
  • $241
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • GPS
  • Longer battery life
  • $299
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Tiltable Screen
  • Lens zoom ratio

Compared to Ricoh WG-30w

Canon S120
Ricoh WG-30w
  • $399
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
  • $277
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • More pixels
  • Faster shutter
Nikon AW120
Ricoh WG-30w
  • $241
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Wider aperture
  • GPS
  • $277
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • 60p
  • Manual focus
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