• 1/1.7 inch 43.3mm2
  • 12.1 megapixels
  • 24.00mm - 120.00mm (35mm eq.)
  • 1 inch 116.2mm2
  • 20.8 megapixels
  • 24.00mm - 85.00mm (35mm eq.)

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Differences

Canon S120 advantages over Nikon DL24-85

  • Less expensive
    $449 vs $898
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • More telephoto lens reach
    120 mm vs 85 mm
    Capture objects farther away
  • Thinner
    29 mm vs 49 mm
    Thinner
  • Lighter weight
    217g vs 350g
    Lighter weight
  • Has anti-aliasing filter
    Filter vs No Filter
    Reduces unsightly moiré in photos
  • Longer exposure
    250 vs 120 sec
    Long exposures for night shots

Nikon DL24-85 advantages over Canon S120

  • Larger sensor
    1 inch vs 1/1.7 inch
    More sensor area. Bigger is (generally) better.
  • Slower slow-motion
    1200 fps vs 240 fps
    Supports slower slow-mo
  • Bigger pixels
    ~ 2.36 vs 1.90 microns
    Better low-light and dynamic range (all else equal)
  • Shoot 4K video
    4K (UHD) vs 1080p
    Make sure you have a fast computer
  • Tiltable Screen
    Tiltable vs Fixed
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • NFC
    Yes vs No
    Simplifies pairing your camera with supported phones
  • Built-in Bluetooth
    Yes vs No
    Always-on wireless connectivity
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Yes vs No
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • Longer stills battery life
    More info 290 vs 230 shots
    Capture more photos
  • Hot shoe
    Hot shoe vs None
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities
  • More pixels
    20.8 vs 12.1 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Lacks anti-aliasing filter
    No Filter vs Filter
    Enjoy sharper photos
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    60.0 fps vs 11.8 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)
  • Faster shutter
    1/16000 vs 1/2500 sec
    Shoot wide open in bright light

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • Focus peaking
    Both provide
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Both provide
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • Touchscreen
    Both provide
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • RAW file ability
    Both provide
    Gives you more flexibility to develop your photos later
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Both provide
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • Internal flash
    Both provide
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • Manual focus
    Both provide
    AF is for the weak. Real photographers focus manually.
  • Integrated ND filter
    Both provide
    Shoot in daylight with a large aperture or slow shutter
  • HDMI out
    Both provide
    Use HDMI output to monitor or review video
  • Slow-motion videos
    Both provide
    Shoot slow-motion videos

Common Weaknesses

  • Tilt-swivel screen
    Neither provide
    Tilt and swivel the screen for maximum shooting flexibility
  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Neither provide
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • In-camera panoramas
    Neither provide
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • Built-in GPS
    Neither provide
    Geotag your photos
  • External Mic Jack
    Neither provide
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • Headphone jack
    Neither provide
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video
  • Bulb shutter
    Neither provide
    Hold the shutter open manually for long exposures

User reviews

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The Competition

Compared to Fujifilm XF1

Canon S120
Fujifilm XF1
  • $449
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • Touchscreen
  • $360
  • 2/3 inch
  • Larger sensor
  • Less expensive
Nikon DL24-85
Fujifilm XF1
  • $898
  • 1 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
  • $360
  • 2/3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • In-camera panoramas

Compared to Olympus TG-2

Canon S120
Olympus TG-2
  • $449
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
  • $383
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Waterproof
  • In-camera panoramas
Nikon DL24-85
Olympus TG-2
  • $898
  • 1 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
  • $383
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Waterproof
  • In-camera panoramas

Compared to Olympus XZ-10

Canon S120
Olympus XZ-10
  • $449
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
  • $299
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Hot shoe
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
Nikon DL24-85
Olympus XZ-10
  • $898
  • 1 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
  • $299
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • More telephoto lens reach
  • Thinner

Compared to Fujifilm XQ1

Canon S120
Fujifilm XQ1
  • $449
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Touchscreen
  • More telephoto lens reach
  • $500
  • 2/3 inch
  • Slower slow-motion
  • Larger sensor
Nikon DL24-85
Fujifilm XQ1
  • $898
  • 1 inch
  • Larger sensor
  • Slower slow-motion
  • $500
  • 2/3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • In-camera panoramas

Compared to Fujifilm XQ2

Canon S120
Fujifilm XQ2
  • $449
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Touchscreen
  • More telephoto lens reach
  • $299
  • 2/3 inch
  • Larger sensor
  • Slower slow-motion
Nikon DL24-85
Fujifilm XQ2
  • $898
  • 1 inch
  • Slower slow-motion
  • Larger sensor
  • $299
  • 2/3 inch
  • In-camera panoramas
  • More telephoto lens reach
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