Canon PowerShot SX120 IS Review

4.0
October 19, 2009 | Mark Goldstein |

Specifications

IMAGE SENSOR

Type

1/2.5” CCD

Effective Pixels

Approx 10.0M

Colour Filter Type

Primary Colour

IMAGE PROCESSOR

Type

DIGIC 4 with iSAPS technology

LENS

Focal Length

6.0 - 60.0 mm (35mm equivalent: 36-360mm)

Zoom

Optical 10x. Digital approx. 4x (with Digital Tele-Converter approx. 1.4x or 2.3x and Safety Zoom¹)². Combined approx. 40x

Maximum f/number

f/2.8 - f/4.3

Construction

10 elements in 9 groups (1 aspherical element)

Image Stabilisation

Yes (shift-type)

FOCUSING

Type

TTL

AF System/ Points

Face Detection, 1-point AF (fixed to centre or Face Select and Track)

AF Modes

Single, Continuous

AF Point Selection

Size (Normal, Small)

AF Lock

On/Off Selectable

AF Assist Beam

Yes

Manual Focus

Yes

Closest Focusing Distance

1cm (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- 1/2500 sec (factory default)
15 - 1/2500 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

3.0” TFT, approx. 230,000 dots

Coverage

100%

Brightness

Adjustable to one of five levels.

FLASH

Modes

Auto, Manual Flash On / Off

Slow Sync Speed

Yes. Fastest speed 1/500 sec

Red-Eye Reduction

Yes

Flash Exposure Compensation

+/- 2 EV in 1/3 stop increments. Face Detection FE. Safety FE.

Flash Exposure Lock

Yes

Manual Power Adjustment

3 levels with internal flash

Built-in Flash Range

50cm-4.0m (W) / 1.0m-2.5m (T)

External Flash

Canon High Power Flash HF-DC1

SHOOTING

Modes

Auto*, Program AE, Shutter priority AE, Aperture priority AE, Manual, Easy, Portrait, Landscape, Night Snapshot, Kids & Pets, Indoor, SCN (Night Scene, Sunset, Foliage, Snow, Beach, Fireworks, Aquarium, ISO 3200¹), Movie
*with Scene Detection Technology and Motion Detection Technology

Photo Effects

My Colors (My Colors Off, Vivid, Neutral, Sepia, Black & White, Custom Color(Limited))

Drive modes

Single, Continuous, Self-Timer, FaceSelf-Timer

Continuous Shooting

Approx. 1.3 shots/sec.¹ AF/LV: Approx. 0.9 shots/sec.¹ (until memory card becomes full)²

RECORDING PIXELS / COMPRESSION

Image Size

(L) 3648 x 2736, (M1) 2816 x 2112, (M2) 2272 x 20%4, (M3) 1600 x 1200, (S) 640 x 480, (W) 3648 x 2048.
Resize in playback (M3, S, 320 x 240)

Compression

Fine, Normal

Movies

(L)640 x 480, 30fps/30fps(LP)
(M)320 x 240, 30fps

Movie Length

Up to 4GB or 1 hour¹

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

AVI [Motion JPEG compression + WAVE (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

Intelligent Orientation Sensor

Yes

Histogram

Yes

Playback Zoom

Approx. 2x – 10x

Self Timer

Approx. 2 or 10 sec. or Custom

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

A/V output, dedicated connector (PAL/NTSC)

MEMORY CARD

Type

SD, SDHC, MMC, MMCplus, HC MMCplus. 128MB memory card supplied

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

2x Size-AA Alkaline or NiMH Batteries(NB4-300) (Alkalines supplied)

Battery life

Approx. 130 shots¹ (with supplied batteries)
Approx. 370 shots (with optional Canon NB4-300 batteries)¹
Approx. 420 min. playback (with supplied batteries)
Approx. 540 min. playback (with Canon NB4-300 batteries)

A/C Power Supply

Optional, AC Adapter Kit ACK800

ACCESSORIES

Cases / Straps

Soft Case DCC-750

Flash

High Power Flash HF-DC1

Power Supply & Battery Chargers

AC Adapter Kit ACK800, Battery Charger Kit CBK4-300, Ni-MH Batteries NB4-300

PHYSICAL SPECIFICATIONS

Operating Environment

0 – 40 °C¹, 10 – 90% humidity

Dimensions (WxHxD, excl. protrusions)

110.6 x 70.4 x 44.7 mm

Weight (body only)

Approx 245g

Zoom

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

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 Depending on memory card speed / capacity / compression setting.

Battery life

¹ Using the batteries and memory card format supplied with the camera (where included), except where indicated.

Operating Environment

¹ 0 – 35 °C when NB-3AH is used

 

* Standard Output Sensitivity / Recommended Exposure Index.

According to ISO 12232:2006 (20th April 2006) which specifies the method for assigning and reporting ISO speed ratings for digital still cameras.

 

All data is based on Canon standard testing methods (according to CIPA Standards) except where indicated.

Subject to change without notice.

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