Canon Digital IXUS 120 IS Review

4.0
October 12, 2009 | Gavin Stoker |

Specifications

IMAGE SENSOR

 

Type

1/2.3” CCD

Effective Pixels

Approx.12.1M

Colour Filter Type

Primary Colour

IMAGE PROCESSOR

Type

DIGIC 4 with iSAPS technology

LENS

 

Focal Length

5.0 – 20.0 mm (35mm equivalent: 28 – 112mm)

Zoom

Optical 4x. Digital approx. 4x¹ (with Digital Tele-Converter approx. 1.5x or 2.0x and Safety Zoom ²)¹. Combined approx. 16x

Maximum f/number

f/2.8 – f/5.9

Construction

6 elements in 5 groups (1 double sided UA element, 1 single sided UA element)

Image Stabilisation

Yes (shift-type)

FOCUSING

Type

TTL

AF System/ Points

AiAF (Face Detection / 9-point), 1-point AF (fixed to centre)

AF Modes

Single, Servo AF/AE¹

AF Point Selection

Size (Normal, Small)

AF Lock

On/Off Selectable

AF Assist Beam

Yes

Closest Focusing Distance

3cm (W) from front of lens in macro

EXPOSURE CONTROL

 

Metering modes

Evaluative (linked to Face Detection AF frame), Centre-weighted average, Spot (centre)

AE Lock

On/Off Selectable

Exposure Compensation

+/- 2 EV in 1/3 stop increments.
i-Contrast for automatic dynamic range correction

ISO sensitivity*

AUTO, 80, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600

SHUTTER

Speed

1 - 1/1500 sec (factory default)
15 - 1/1500 sec (total range - varies by shooting mode)

WHITE BALANCE

 

Type

TTL

Settings

Auto (including Face Detection WB), Daylight, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Fluorescent H, Custom

LCD MONITOR

Monitor

2.7” PureColor LCD II (TFT), approx. 230,000 dots

Coverage

100%

Brightness

Adjustable to one of five levels. Quick-bright LCD

FLASH

 

Modes

Auto, Manual Flash On / Off

Slow Sync Speed

Yes

Red-Eye Reduction

Yes

Flash Exposure Compensation

Face Detection FE

Flash Exposure Lock

Yes

Built-in Flash Range

30cm-4.0m (W) / 50cm-2.0m (T)

External Flash

Canon High Power Flash HF-DC1

SHOOTING

Modes

Auto*, P, Portrait, Night Snapshot, Kids & Pets, Indoor, Sunset, Fireworks, Long Shutter, Beach, Underwater, Aquarium, Foliage, Snow, ISO 3200¹, Digital Macro, Color Accent, Color Swap, Stitch Assist, Movie. *with Scene Detection Technology and Motion Detection Technology

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, Continuous, Self-Timer, FaceSelf-Timer

Continuous Shooting

Approx. 0.8 shots/sec.¹ (until memory card becomes full)²

RECORDING PIXELS / COMPRESSION

 

Image Size

(L) 4000 x 3000, (M1) 3264 x 2448, (M2) 2592 x 1944, (M3) 1600 x 1200, (S) 640 x 480, (W) 4000 x 2248. Resize in playback (M3, S, 320 x 240)

Compression

Fine, Normal

Movies

(HD) 1280 x 720, 30fps, (L)640 x 480, 30fps, (M)320 x 240, 30fps

Movie Length

(HD) Up to 4GB or 10 min. 0 sec¹
(L and M) Up to 4GB or 1 hour²

FILE TYPES

Still Image Type

JPEG compression, (Exif 2.2 [Exif Print] compliant) / Design rule for Camera File system, Digital Print Order Format [DPOF] Version 1.1 compliant

Movies

MOV [H.264 + Linear PCM (monaural)]

DIRECT PRINT

 

Canon Printers

Canon SELPHY Compact Photo Printers and Canon Inkjet Printers supporting PictBridge (ID Photo Print, Fixed Size Print and Movie Print supported on SELPHY CP & ES printers only)

PictBridge

Yes

OTHER FEATURES

Red-Eye Correction

Yes, during shooting and playback

My Camera / My Menu

Start-up image and camera sounds customisation

My Category

Image tagging feature

Intelligent Orientation Sensor

Yes

Histogram

Yes

Playback Zoom

Approx. 2x – 10x

Self Timer

Approx. 2 or 10 sec., Custom or FaceSelf-Timer

Menu Languages

English, German, French, Dutch, Danish, Finnish, Italian, Norwegian, Swedish, Spanish, Simplified Chinese, Chinese (traditional), Japanese, Russian, Portuguese, Korean, Greek, Polish, Czech, Hungarian, Turkish, Thai, Arabic, Ukrainian, Romanian, Farsi

INTERFACE

 

Computer

Hi-Speed USB (MTP, PTP) dedicated connector (Mini-B compatible)

Other

HDMI Mini Connector. A/V output (PAL/NTSC)

MEMORY CARD

Type

SD, SDHC, MMC, MMCplus, HC MMCplus

SUPPORTED OPERATING SYSTEM

 

PC & Macintosh

Windows XP SP2-3 / Vista (including SP1-2)
Mac OS X v10.4 - 10.5

SOFTWARE

Browsing & Printing

ZoomBrowser EX / ImageBrowser

Other

PhotoStitch

POWER SOURCE

 

Batteries

Rechargeable Li-ion Battery NB-4L (battery and charger supplied)

Battery life

Approx. 220 shots¹
Approx. 360 min. playback

A/C Power Supply

Optional, AC adapter kit ACK-DC10

ACCESSORIES

Cases / Straps

Soft Leather Case DCC-1200 Digital IXUS Metal or Leather Strap

Waterproof / Weatherproof Case

Waterproof Case (40m) WP-DC33, Waterproof Case Weight WW-DC1

Flash

High Power Flash HF-DC1

Power Supply & Battery Chargers

AC Adapter Kit ACK-DC10

Other

Canon HDMI Cable HTC-100

PHYSICAL SPECIFICATIONS

 

Operating Environment

0 – 40 °C, 10 – 90% humidity

Dimensions (WxHxD, excl. protrusions)

89.5 x 54.9 x 20.0mm

Weight (body only)

Approx. 120g

Zoom

¹ Digital zoom available for still image and standard movie modes only. Optical zoom may not be available during movie recording.
² Depending on the image size selected.

AF Modes

¹ Some settings limit availability

Modes

¹ Recording pixels fixed at 1600 x 1200 (ISO 3200 Mode) and 1824 x 1368 (Low Light Mode).

Continuous Shooting

¹ Under conditions where the flash does not fire.
² Depending on memory card speed / capacity / compression setting.

Movie Length

¹ The following Speed Class memory cards are required for maximum record

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