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Fast, connected, expert performance in your pocket
With a bright f/1.8 lens, HS system, fast continuous shooting up to 9.4fps*, refined ergonomics and Wi-Fi the PowerShot S120 puts superior performance in the pocket of serious photographers.
A bright f/1.8 lens allows shooting in darker conditions. A 24mm ultra-wide angle lets you take stunning landscapes and a 5x optical zoom with 10x ZoomPlus gets you up close.
HS System excels in low light, capturing the real atmosphere of the moment without flash or a tripod. Advanced DIGIC 6 processing and a high sensitivity 12.1 Megapixel CMOS sensor (1/1.7 type) give exceptional image quality in all situations with up to ISO 12,800.
Intelligent IS combats camera shake, so all your photos are sharp and detailed even at full zoom or in low light. Enhanced Dynamic IS powerfully compensates for user movements over 5 axes for spectacularly steady movies.
Capture split second action in full resolution with super-responsive operation, which includes 9.4fps* sustained continuous shooting and high speed 0.1 sec auto focus**.
An advanced 922k dot capacitive touch screen offers simple, intuitive gesture-based operation.
A Lens Control Ring allows quick control of functions such as zoom, aperture, shutter speed, focus or ISO. Use Full Manual mode and RAW with multi aspect support, for maximum control over composition and post-shot editing using the included DPP software. Refined ergonomics and a customisable FUNC. menu let you tailor the camera to your shooting style.
Expertly record smooth Full HD movies at 60fps in stereo with optical zoom supported by Focus Peaking and Touch AF. Advanced noise reduction processing (30p) delivers detailed movies in low light, while MP4 support and in-camera Movie Transcoding allow for easy sharing.
Wi-Fi lets you connect easily with home wireless networks, compatible printers and PCs, plus smart devices for easy online sharing and GPS tagging of your images with shooting locations. Image Sync enables convenient PC and online backup via CANON iMAGE GATEWAY or Flickr.
Shoot stunning starry nightscapes, star trails or create star time-lapse movies with Star Mode. Use HDR to capture high contrast scenes without a tripod or Background Defocus to achieve beautiful, SLR style background blur.
Protect your camera underwater down to 40m.
|Type||1/1.7 type back-illuminated CMOS|
|Effective Pixels||Approx. 12.1M|
|Colour Filter Type||Primary Colour|
|Type||DIGIC 6 with iSAPS technology|
|Focal Length||5.2 – 26.0 mm (35 mm equivalent: 24 – 120 mm)|
|Zoom||Optical 5x |
Digital Approx. 4x (with Digital Tele-Converter Approx. 1.5x or 2.0x and Safety Zoom¹). Combined Approx. 20x
|Construction||7 elements in 6 groups (1 double-sided aspherical lens, 1 double-sided aspherical UA lens and 1 single-sided aspherical lens)|
|Image Stabilisation||Yes (lens shift-type), approx. 3-stop¹. Intelligent IS with 5-axis Enhanced Dynamic IS|
|AF System/ Points||AiAF (9-point, Face Detection or Touch AF with Object and Face Select and Track), 1-point AF (any position is available or fixed centre)|
|AF Modes||Single, Continuous, Servo AF/AE¹, Touch AF|
|AF Point Selection||Size (Normal, Small)|
|AF Lock||On/Off Selectable|
|AF Assist Beam||Yes|
|Manual Focus||Yes, plus MF Peaking|
|Closest Focusing Distance||3 cm (W) from front of lens in macro|
|Metering modes||Evaluative (linked to Face Detection AF frame), Centre-weighted average, Spot (centre or linked to Face Detection AF or Touch AF frame)|
|Exposure Compensation||+/- 3 EV in 1/3 stop increments |
Manual and automatic dynamic range correction
Automatic shadow correction
ND Filter (3 stop)
|AEB||1/3 – 2 EV in 1/3 stop increments|
|ISO sensitivity*||AUTO, 80, 100, 125, 160, 200, 250, 320, 400, 500, 640, 800, 1000, 1250, 1600, 2000, 2500, 3200, 4000, 5000, 6400, 8000, 10000, 12800|
|Speed||1 – 1/2500 sec. (factory default) |
250 – 1/2500 sec. (total range – varies by shooting mode)
|Settings||Auto (including Face Detection WB), Daylight, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Fluorescent H, Flash, Underwater, Custom 1, Custom 2 |
Multi-area WB correction available in Smart Auto
White Balance Compensation
White Balance Compensation in Underwater mode
|Monitor||7.5 cm (3.0”) PureColor II G Touch screen LCD (TFT). Approx. 922,000 dots. Capacitive type|
|Brightness||Adjustable to one of five levels. Quick-bright LCD|
|Modes||Auto, Manual Flash On / Off, Slow Synchro|
|Slow Sync Speed||Yes. Fastest speed 1/2000 sec.|
|Flash Exposure Compensation||+/- 2 EV in 1/3 stop increments. Face Detection FE, Safety FE, Smart Flash Exposure|
|Flash Exposure Lock||Yes|
|Manual Power Adjustment||3 levels with internal flash|
|Second Curtain Synchronisation||Yes|
|Built-in Flash Range||50 cm – 7.0 m (W) / 50 cm – 2.3 m (T)|
|External Flash||Canon High Power Flash HF-DC2|
|Modes||Smart Auto (58 scenes detected), Hybrid Auto, Program AE, Shutter priority AE, Aperture priority AE, Manual, Custom, SCN (Portrait, Smart Shutter (Smile, Wink Self-Timer, FaceSelf-Timer), Star (Star Nightscape, Star Trails, Star Time-Lapse Movie), Handheld Night Scene, Underwater, Snow, Fireworks), Creative Filters (High Dynamic Range, Nostalgic, Fish-eye Effect, Miniature Effect, Toy Camera Effect, Background Defocus, Soft Focus, Monochrome, Super Vivid, Poster Effect), Movie|
|Modes in Movie||Smart Auto (21 scenes detected), Standard, Program AE, Portrait, Nostalgic, Miniature Effect, Monochrome, Super Vivid, Poster Effect, Underwater, Snow, Fireworks, Super Slow Motion Movie|
|Photo Effects||My Colors (My Colors Off, Vivid, Neutral, Sepia, Black & White, Positive Film, Lighter Skin Tone, Darker Skin Tone, Vivid Blue, Vivid Green, Vivid Red, Custom Color)|
|Drive modes||Single, Auto Drive, Continuous, Continuous with AF, Self-Timer|
|Continuous Shooting||Approx. 12.1 shots/sec for up to 5 frames then approx. 9.4 shots/sec for 635 frames¹ |
with AF: Approx. 5.5 shots/sec²³
with Live View: Approx. 5.6 shots/sec²³
|Image Size||4:3 - (RAW, L) 4000 x 3000, (M1) 2816 x 2112, (M2) 1600 x 1200, (S) 640 x 480 |
16:9 - (RAW, L) 4000 x 2248, (M1) 2816 x 1584, (M2) 1920 x 1080, (S) 640 x 360
3:2 - (RAW, L) 4000 x 2664, (M1) 2816 x 1880, (M2) 1600 x 1064, (S) 640 x 424
1:1 - (RAW, L) 2992 x 2992, (M1) 2112 x 2112, (M2) 1200 x 1200, (S) 480 x 480
4:5 - (RAW, L) 2400 x 3000, (M1) 1696 x 2112, (M2) 960 x 1200, (S) 384 x 480
Resize in playback (M2, S)
|Compression||RAW, Superfine, Fine|
|Movies||(Full HD) 1920 x 1080, 60fps/30fps (HD) 1280 x 720, 30fps, (L) 640 x 480, 30fps |
Star Time-Lapse Movie (Full HD) 15fps
Super Slow Motion Movie (L) 640 x 480, 120fps, (M) 320 x 240, 240fps
Miniature Effect (HD, L) 6fps, 3fps, 1.5fps
Hybrid Auto (HD)
|Movie Length||(Full HD & HD) Up to 4 GB or 29 min. 59 sec.¹ |
(L and M) Up to 4 GB or 1 hour²
(Super Slow Motion Movie) 30 sec.
(Star Time-Lapse Movie) 8/6/4 sec
|Still Image Type||JPEG compression (Exif 2.3 [Exif Print] compliant) / Design rule for Camera File system and DPOF ver. 1.1 compliant), RAW, RAW+JPEG|
|Movies||MP4 [Video: MPEG4-AVC (H.264), Audio: MPEG2 AAC-LC (stereo)]|
|Canon Printers||Canon SELPHY Compact Photo Printers and Canon Inkjet Printers supporting PictBridge|
|PictBridge||Yes (via USB or Wireless LAN)|
|GPS||GPS via mobile (linked to compatible smartphone)|
|Red-Eye Correction||Yes, during shooting and playback|
|My Category||Image tagging feature|
|Intelligent Orientation Sensor||Yes|
|Histogram||Yes, live histogram|
|Playback zoom||Approx. 2x – 10x|
|Self Timer||Approx. 2 or 10 sec., Custom|
|Menu Languages||English, German, French, Dutch, Danish, Finnish, Italian, Greek, Norwegian, Portuguese, Russian, Swedish, Spanish, Ukrainian, Polish, Czech, Hungarian, Turkish, Simplified Chinese, Chinese (traditional), Japanese, Korean, Thai, Arabic, Romanian, Farsi, Hindi, Malay, Indonesian, Vietnamese|
|Computer||Hi-Speed USB (MTP, PTP) dedicated connector (Mini-B compatible)|
|Other||HDMI Mini Connector (HDMI-CEC compatible) A/V output (PAL/NTSC)|
|Computer/Other||Wireless LAN (IEEE802.11 b/g/n), (2.4 GHz only)¹|
|Type||SD, SDHC, SDXC (UHS Speed Class 1 compatible)|
|PC & Macintosh||Windows 8/7 SP1/ Vista SP2/ XP SP3 |
Mac OS X v10.6 – 10.8
For Wireless LAN connection to a PC:
Windows 8/7 SP1
Mac OS X v10.6.8/10.7/10.8.2 or later
|Browsing & Printing||ImageBrowser EX|
|Image Manipulation||Digital Photo Professional for RAW development|
|Batteries||Rechargeable Li-ion Battery NB-6LH (NB-6LH battery and charger supplied)|
|Battery life||Approx. 230 shots |
Eco mode approx. 300 shots
Approx. 240 min. playback
|A/C Power Supply||Optional, AC Adapter Kit ACK-DC40|
|Cases / Straps||Soft Case DCC-1920 |
Travel Case DCC-2500
|Waterproof / Weatherproof Case||Waterproof Case (40m) WP-DC51, Waterproof Case Weight WW-DC1|
|Flash||Canon High Power Flash HF-DC2|
|Power Supply & Battery Chargers||AC Adapter Kit ACK-DC40, Battery Charger CB-2LYE|
|Other||Canon HDMI Cable HTC-100, interface cable IFC-400PCU|
|Operating Environment||0 – 40 °C, 10 – 90% humidity|
|Dimensions (WxHxD)||100.2 x 59.0 x 29.0 mm|
|Weight||Approx. 217 g (including battery/batteries and memory card)|
|Zoom||¹ Depending on the image size selected.|
|Image Stabilisation||¹ Values at maximum optical focal length. Cameras whose focal length exceeds 350mm (35mm equivalent) are measured at 350mm.|
|AF Modes||¹ Some settings limit availability.|
|Continuous Shooting||¹ Sustained continuous shooting function requires compatible SDHC/SDXC UHS Speed Class 1 memory card, total number of frames captured varies depending on shooting subject.
² Under conditions where the flash does not fire.
³ Depending on memory card speed / capacity / compression setting.
|Movie Length||¹ The following Speed Class memory cards are required for maximum record time: (HD) 1280 x 720 Speed Class 4 or above. (Full HD) 1920 x 1080 Speed Class 6 or above. (iFrame) 1280 x 720 Speed Class 6 or above.
² Depending on memory card speed / capacity / compression setting.
|Computer/Other||¹ Wi-Fi use may be restricted in certain countries or regions. Wi-Fi support varies by device and region. For more information visit www.canon-europe.com/wirelesscompacts|
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Boost the range of your camera’s flash with a portable high-power flash unit. Includes a bracket that attaches to the camera. Can also be used remotely for creative lighting options.
Stay connected with the correct interface cable.
Show photos and movies on TVs and displays that have composite video connections. Carries picture and stereo sound.
Show photos and movies on TVs and displays that have an HDMI connection. Carries picture and stereo sound, and features gold-plated contacts to ensure a reliable connection.
Transfer photos and movies from your camera to a PC or Mac computer via USB. 1.5m (5ft) cable length.
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