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Canon PowerShot SX120 IS Camera: Review

The Canon PowerShot SX120 IS is the ideal camera for the days outdoors and for the holidays with the whole family. It is a compact digital with advanced features and functionality, such as the 10x optical zoom, image stabilizer and a resolution of 10 megapixels.

The rest of the specs include a 3-inch LCD display with a resolution of 230,000 pixels, DIGIC 4 processing engine, Face Detection technology, advanced Smart Auto and Easy modes, 20 shooting modes, mode, i-Contrast and VGA video clips. Has slots for memory cards Secure Digital, SDHC, MMXC Plus and HC MMCPlus, with 128 MB card included.

Canon PowerShot SX120 IS: Design

The Canon PowerShot SX120 IS features an ergonomic design with soft lines and rounded and with a slight grip for easier handling. It has a TFT screen of 3 inches with a resolution of 230,000 pixels and a coverage of 100%. The size, finally, are 110.6 mm in width, 70.4 mm in height and 44.7 mm in thickness, while the weight is about 245 grams.

Canon PowerShot SX120 IS: Features and Capabilities

The Canon PowerShot SX120 IS is a compact digital camera for the whole family and is ideal to always carry itself, thanks to its ease of use and many built-in functions that allow anyone to get perfect photos. Heir to the Canon Powershot SX110 IS, it takes the design verbatim, without change almost anything, and also keeping the vast majority of the technical specifications.

Starting from the specifications, the camera features a CCD image sensor, 1/2, 5 inches and with an effective resolution of 10 megapixels, placing themselves in a mid-range compared to industry standards. As to the photographic quality, with this sensor it is possible to obtain pictures with a maximum resolution of 3648×2736 pixels, with the possibility of choosing, of course, other resolutions to suit particular needs.

Very interesting also the other specifications of the Canon PowerShot SX120 IS, for example, the goal marked consists of 11 elements in 9 groups, including 1 aspherical element, and which has a focal length of 6.00 to 60 mm, equivalent to 36 -360 mm on a 35 mm and a maximum aperture of f2.8-f4.3. Extraordinary, then, the optical zoom on camera, capable of up to 10x, which allows you to take even further details.

Canon PowerShot SX120 IS
Canon PowerShot SX120 IS

Speaking of the functions available, one can not start from motion detection, image stabilization technology that compensates for the movement of the machine eliminating the risk of blurred photos. Other cool features only the Smart Auto mode, which analyzes the brightness, contrast, distance and hue of the subject and, through the Scene Detection, choose the appropriate scene mode and Easy mode, which disables all options except the flash and reduces on-screen icons to make shots easily.

The new DIGIC 4 image engine mounted on the Canon PowerShot SX120 IS also offers a very fast processing speed and ensures an extraordinary noise reduction, and an exceptional color reproduction. Face Detection Technology is very useful because it detects faces in the frame and adjusts, as a result, settings, while FaceSelf-Timer makes group photos.

Finally, the i-Contrast optimizes dynamic range according to the scene, allowing you to get well, natural images with the best possible contrast, and 20 shooting modes allow you to get high-quality photos in any situation. Finally, with this camera you can create video clips with audio VGA, then on a maximum resolution of 1640×480 pixels and up to 30 frames per second.

The Canon PowerShot SX120 IS allows you to store your photos and videos on the internal memory of 128 MB or memory cards with SD, SDHC, MMC, and MMCplus. As regards, next, the power, the camera is equipped with two alkaline batteries that provide up to 130 shots or 420 minutes of video playback on a single charge. The package purchase, finally, also includes the USB cable and the video cable to connect the computer and the TV and the CD-ROM with software for running and managing photos and videos to your computer.


The Canon PowerShot SX120 IS is a compact digital camera unpretentious, ideal for the whole family, whose only notable feature is the 10x optical zoom, definitely above average. It also has a large display, stabilizer, Face Detetion and other useful features.

One of the notes against him is certainly the absence of a lithium battery, replaced by two AA batteries, decidedly uncomfortable. To this we add the lack of autonomy, a consequence of the batteries, the weight is not small for a compact and the absence of HD movies.

Where to buy Canon PowerShot SX120 IS

Canon PowerShot SX120IS 10MP Digital Camera with 10x Optical Images Stabilized Zoom and 3-inch LCD
  • Powered by AA batteries (included) , capture images to SD/SDHC memory cards (not...
  • DIGIC 4 Image Processorand 10 megapixel resolution for poster size, photo...
  • 3.0 inch PureColor System LCD , Smart AUTO detects and analyzes faces,...
  • High powered 10x wide angle optical zoom with Optical Image Stabilizer
  • Easy Mode takes all the guesswork out of the equation by determining the right...
Easy of Use
Value of Money

PROS : Zoom; Risoljuzione, Face detection, large display; Stabilizer.

CONS : Alkaline Batteries.

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