Canon Digital IXUS 120 IS Review

October 12, 2009 | Gavin Stoker |


Those looking for a portable, well-built, eye-catching snapshot model with a smattering of cappuccino bar style for weekend breaks or social events could do worse than check out Canon's Digital IXUS 120 IS.

While its asking price would buy a competing compact with more actual creative features, a much bigger lens and broader focal range - if wanted - that's not really what this camera is about. It's not so much a photographic tool as a lifestyle accessory.

That said, it does feature most of the latest photographic essentials - intelligent auto, or rather 'smart' capture, plus face detection, blink detection and all the rest, and unusual but pleasantly surprising to find a 'grown up' HDMI out port on what's otherwise an entry-level compact.

Though intuitive to use anyway, there's an added degree of user friendliness provided by the hints and tips text bubbles, helping along any first timers confused about how selecting various shooting and menu options might benefit their photography.

And, though we noticed our review sample sadly picking up a couple of surface scratches from being transported through the two-week test period, if looked after the otherwise sturdily built camera should provide several years of service.

Another welcome addition to the Canon family then, if not much of a radical departure from the existing IXUS 100 IS model, thus reflected in our test score.

4 stars

Ratings (out of 5)
Design 5
Features 4
Ease-of-use 4
Image quality 4
Value for money 3.5