• 35mm 864.0mm2
  • 21.1 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 6400
  • 1/1.7 inch 43.3mm2
  • 12.1 megapixels
  • 24.00mm - 120.00mm (35mm eq.)

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Differences

Canon 5D Mark II advantages over Canon S120

  • Larger sensor
    35mm vs 1/1.7 inch
    More sensor area. Bigger is (generally) better.
  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Eye-level vs Rear display only
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • Bigger pixels
    ~ 6.41 vs 1.90 microns
    Better low-light and dynamic range (all else equal)
  • Fast startup
    ~0.40 vs 1.5 sec
    Faster startup lets you catch the moment
  • Better color depth
    23.7 vs 21.3 bits
    Capture richer, more accurate colors
  • Higher effective ISO
    1,815 vs 246 iso
    Take photos in low light with less noise
  • Longer stills battery life
    More info 850 vs 230 shots
    Capture more photos
  • External Mic Jack
    Jack vs No jack
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • Hot shoe
    Hot shoe vs None
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities
  • More pixels
    21.1 vs 12.1 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Bulb shutter
    Bulb vs No bulb
    Hold the shutter open manually for long exposures
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
    75 vs 5 shots
    Take more JPEG shots before waiting (burst mode)
  • Faster RAW shooting
    3.9 fps vs 1.9 fps
    Faster RAW shooting in burst mode
  • Faster shutter
    1/8000 vs 1/2500 sec
    Shoot wide open in bright light
  • Higher extended ISO
    25600 vs 12800 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

Canon S120 advantages over Canon 5D Mark II

  • Less expensive
    $449* vs $2699
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • Focus peaking
    Peaker vs Non-peaker
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Yes vs No
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • Touchscreen
    Touch vs No touch
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Wi-Fi vs None
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • Internal flash
    Internal flash vs None
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • Integrated ND filter
    Yes vs No
    Shoot in daylight with a large aperture or slow shutter
  • Thinner
    29 mm vs 75 mm
    Thinner
  • Newer
    5 years vs 10 years old
    Newer cameras often support more advanced features
  • Shoots 60p video
    Yes vs No
    A faster framerate can give you more editing options
  • Longer exposure
    250 vs 30 sec
    Long exposures for night shots
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    11.8 fps vs 3.9 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)
  • Bigger RAW buffer
    Unlimited vs 11 shots
    Larger buffer for RAW shots (burst mode)
  • Slow-motion videos
    Yes vs No
    Shoot slow-motion videos

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • Rear display
    Both provide
    Review photos on the back of the camera
  • RAW file ability
    Both provide
    Gives you more flexibility to develop your photos later
  • Manual focus
    Both provide
    AF is for the weak. Real photographers focus manually.
  • HDMI out
    Both provide
    Use HDMI output to monitor or review video

Common Weaknesses

  • Tilt-swivel screen
    Neither provide
    Tilt and swivel the screen for maximum shooting flexibility
  • In-camera panoramas
    Neither provide
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • Tiltable Screen
    Neither provide
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • NFC
    Neither provide
    Simplifies pairing your camera with supported phones
  • Built-in Bluetooth
    Neither provide
    Always-on wireless connectivity
  • Built-in GPS
    Neither provide
    Geotag your photos
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Neither provide
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • Dual card slots
    Neither provide
    Gives you more storage flexibility
  • Headphone jack
    Neither provide
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video

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The Competition

Compared to Sony A900

Canon 5D Mark II
Sony A900
  • $2699
  • 35mm
  • Lens selection
  • Higher effective ISO
  • $3000
  • 35mm
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • More pixels
Canon S120
Sony A900
  • $449
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • Touchscreen
  • $3000
  • 35mm
  • Larger sensor
  • Eye-level viewfinder

Compared to Nikon D3X

Canon 5D Mark II
Nikon D3X
  • $2699
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • Shoots 1080p video
  • $6999
  • 35mm
  • Fast startup
  • More dynamic range
Canon S120
Nikon D3X
  • $449
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Focus peaking
  • $6999
  • 35mm
  • Larger sensor
  • Eye-level viewfinder

Compared to Sony A850

Canon 5D Mark II
Sony A850
  • $2699
  • 35mm
  • Lens selection
  • Higher effective ISO
  • $2219
  • 35mm
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • More pixels
Canon S120
Sony A850
  • $449
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • Touchscreen
  • $2219
  • 35mm
  • Larger sensor
  • Eye-level viewfinder

Compared to Fujifilm XF1

Canon 5D Mark II
Fujifilm XF1
  • $2699
  • 35mm
  • Larger sensor
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • $360
  • 2/3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
Canon S120
Fujifilm XF1
  • $449
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • Touchscreen
  • $360
  • 2/3 inch
  • Larger sensor
  • Less expensive

Compared to Fujifilm XQ1

Canon 5D Mark II
Fujifilm XQ1
  • $2699
  • 35mm
  • Larger sensor
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • $500
  • 2/3 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • Less expensive
Canon S120
Fujifilm XQ1
  • $449
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Touchscreen
  • More telephoto lens reach
  • $500
  • 2/3 inch
  • Slower slow-motion
  • Larger sensor
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