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Overview

Advanced Imaging and Sharing with a Touch
The PowerShot S120 camera puts the world in your pocket with superb imaging, easy wireless sharing and touch-screen convenience. Newly expanded built-in Wi-Fi® is a snap to set up; it lets you post to Facebook®, Twitter®, YouTube and Flickr®, send to email, and share easily with your tablet, smartphone, networked PC and wireless PictBridge certified printer. Step up to a new level of image quality with a 12.1 Megapixel High-Sensitivity CMOS Sensor and DIGIC 6 Image Processor that together create the Canon HS SYSTEM, delivering rich natural color and beautiful clarity even in low light. Shoot with great definition at ISO speeds from 80 to 12800, and capture brilliantly realistic 1080p/60p Full HD video. The camera's bright f/1.8 lens captures the subtle nuances of low light, and the 24mm Wide-Angle lens and 5x Optical Zoom offer a wealth of shooting versatility. Experience incredibly quick full resolution continuous shooting with High Speed AF that focuses nearly the moment the camera is pointed. Operation is highly intuitive with a clear 922,000-dot 3.0-inch touch panel LCD screen with convenient Touch Shutter feature. Intelligent IS prevents blur in any situation. New star shooting modes help you capture the nighttime sky like a pro, and Background Defocus mode creates the beautiful background blur of a classic portrait. HDR shooting is another pro-style technique made easy, with several creative finishing options.
 

Features

Built-in Wi-Fi® gives you more options for sharing with friends, family and the whole world
The PowerShot S120 camera is equipped with built-in Wi-Fi® technology for on-the-go convenience when you want to share your photos and videos with friends, family and the whole world. The camera can connect directly to both iOS® and Android devices*, and upload images via the free Canon CameraWindow app** without a computer. And because the PowerShot S120 captures video using easy-to-share MP4 format, it's never been easier to upload video files. Easily post your images to social networking and media sites - Facebook®, Twitter®, YouTube, and now Flickr® - through CANON iMAGE GATEWAY#.

12.1 Megapixel High-Sensitivity CMOS sensor
The PowerShot S120 camera employs a Canon 12.1 Megapixel High-Sensitivity CMOS sensor, which delivers state-of-the-art imaging performance and is optimized for use in compact cameras. Utilizing a sophisticated light-capturing design, it provides high sensitivity for improved high ISO capture with reduced noise. It is capable of rapidly capturing and moving image data to the processor, enabling faster continuous shooting and faster autofocus.

Canon DIGIC 6 Image Processor
The PowerShot S120 camera is equipped with the very latest Canon proprietary processor, the DIGIC 6 Image Processor, which makes several important advancements to image quality both in stills and video. Improved light sensitivity allows for higher resolution with less noise when shooting in dark conditions, and Dynamic IS now detects and compensates for tilt and parallel movement (shift blur) to create video that's exceptionally free of distortion. The DIGIC 6 Image Processor also enhances the performance capabilities of the PowerShot S120, powering full resolution high-speed continuous stills shooting. And video recording is better than ever, as the DIGIC 6 Image Processor enables Full HD at 60p, as well as MP4 recording. Plus, with MF Peaking possible thanks to the new processor, you'll have a pro-level focusing tool at your disposal.

A bright f/1.8 lens with 5x Optical Zoom and wide angle of view
Newly engineered for the PowerShot S120 camera, the 24mm Wide-Angle 5x Optical Zoom lens with a focal length of 5.2-26.0mm (35mm film equivalent: 24-120mm) achieves f/1.8-f/5.7, giving the user exceptional versatility. The large f/1.8 aperture achieves shallow depth-of-field for creating portraits with beautiful, soft background blur, and incomparable Canon optical technology delivers a high performance lens enabling incredible images, even in low light. The Wide-Angle lens gives your images a distinctive sweep and grandeur, capturing landscapes, cityscapes, tall buildings and wide groups of people with ease.

1080p/60p Full HD video
With the camera's advanced DIGIC 6 Image Processor enabling MP4 format recording, the PowerShot S120 camera lets you shoot Full HD video at a selectable frame rate of 60 fps or 30 fps (or 15 fps in Star Time-Lapse Movie mode). 1080p/60p Full HD video is extraordinarily smooth and rich in playback, ensuring that your important memories and creative film clips look their absolute best. Video recorded at 30 fps has also been improved through the combination of the DIGIC 6 Image Processor and Fine Movie Detail Processing, with reduced noise and high resolution. It's possible to use the full range of the zoom when capturing video, and sound is recorded in stereo for high-quality audio that complements the outstanding images. Plus, a dedicated movie button prominently located on the camera body and HDMI terminal enabling immediate output to an HDTV make the entire process of shooting to sharing convenient and easy.

Type
Compact digital still camera with built-in flash, 5x Optical, 4x Digital and 20x Combined Zoom with Optical Image Stabilizer

Back to TopImage Capture Device

Type
12.1 Megapixel, 1/1.7-inch CMOS

Total Pixels
Approx. 12.8 Megapixels

Effective Pixels
Approx. 12.1 Megapixels

Back to TopLens

Focal Length
5.2 (W) - 26.0 (T) mm (35mm film equivalent: 24-120mm)

Optical Zoom
5.0x

Digital Zoom
4.0x

Focusing Range
Normal: 2.0 in. (5cm) - infinity (W), 12 in. (30cm) - infinity (T)
Auto/Manual: 1.2 in. (3cm) - infinity (W), 12 in. (30cm) - infinity (T)
Macro AF: 1.2 in. - 1.6 ft. (3-50cm) (W), 12 in. - 1.6 ft. (30-50cm) (T)
Quick: 4.9 - 66 ft. (1.5 - 20m) (W,T)

Autofocus System
TTL Autofocus, Manual Focus

Back to TopViewfinders

Optical Viewfinder
Not available

LCD Monitor
3.0-inch TFT Color LCD with wide viewing angle capacitive touch-screen panel

LCD Pixels
Approx. 922,000 dots

LCD Coverage
Approx. 100%

Back to TopAperture and Shutter

Maximum Aperture
f/1.8 (W), f/5.7 (T)

Shutter Speed
1-1/2500 sec.
15-1/2500 sec. (in Tv mode)
250-1/2500 sec. (in M mode)

Back to TopExposure Control

Sensitivity
Auto, ISO 80-12800 (in P mode)

Light Metering Method
Evaluative*, Center-weighted average, Spot**

* Facial brightness is evaluated in Face Detection AF

** Metering frame is fixed to the center

Exposure Control Method
Manual Exposure, Program Shift, Safety Shift, AE Lock

Exposure Compensation
Still Images: ±3 stops in 1/3-stop increments

Videos: ±3 stops in 1/3-stop increments (not available during shooting)

Back to TopWhite Balance

White Balance Control
Auto*, Daylight, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Fluorescent H, Flash, Underwater, Custom 1, Custom 2

* Camera automatically sets the optimal ISO speed according to shooting mode.

Back to TopFlash

Built-in Flash
Auto, Flash On, Slow Synchro, Flash Off

  • Facial brightness is also evaluated in Face Detect.
  • Flash Range
    1.6 ft. - 23 ft. (W), 1.6 - 7.5 ft. (T) (50cm - 7m (W), (50cm - 2.3m (T))

    Image brightness may diminish depending on the shooting distance.

    Recycling Time
    10 sec. or less (battery voltage: 3.7 V)

    Flash Exposure Compensation
    ± 2 stops in 1/3-stop increments

    Back to TopShooting Specifications

    Shooting Modes
    C, M, Av, Tv, P, Hybrid Auto, Auto, SCN*1, Creative Filters*2, Movie*3

  • Shooting movies is possible with the movie button


  • *1 Portrait, Smart Shutter*4, Star*5, Handheld Night Scene, Underwater, Snow, Fireworks

    *2 High Dynamic Range, Nostalgic, Fish-eye Effect, Miniature Effect, Toy Camera Effect, Background Defocus, Soft Focus, Monocrhome, Super Vivid, Poster Effect
    *3 Standard, Super Slow Motion Movie
    *4 Smile, Wink Self-timer, Face Self-timer
    *5 Star Nightscape, Star Trails, Star Time-Lapse Movie

    Photo Effects
    My Colors Off, Vivid, Neutral, Sepia, Black & White, Positive Film, Lighter Skin Tone, Darker Skin Tone, Vivid Blue, Vivid Green, Vivid Red, Custom Color*

    *Adjustment of contrast sharpness, saturation, red, green, blue and skin tone are available

    Self Timer
    Approx. 10-sec. delay/approx. 2-sec. delay/custom*

    *Delay time (0-15 sec. (in one-second increments), 20/25/30 sec.) and number of shots (1-10 shots (in one-shot increments)) can be specified.

    Wireless Control
    Not available

    Continuous Shooting

    1. Normal: Approx. 12.1 shots/sec.; 9.4 shots/sec* (in P mode)
    2. AF: Approx. 5.5 shots/sec. (in P mode)
    3. LV: Approx. 5.6 shots/sec. (in P mode)
    • Under conditions where the flash does not fire automatically
    • Differs depending on the zoom position
    • *From the sixth shot

    Back to TopImage Storage

    Storage Media
    SD/SDHC/SDXC and UHS-I Memory Cards

    File Format
    Design rule for Camera File system, DPOF (Version 1.1) compliant

    Image Recording Format
    Superfine / Fine

    JPEG Compression Mode
    Still Image: Exif. 2.3 (JPEG)

    Video: MOV (Image: H.264; Audio: Linear PCM (Stereo))

    Number of Recording Pixels
    Still Images:

    1) 16:9 - Large: 4000 x 2248; Medium 1: 2816 x 1584; Medium 2: 1920 x 1080; Small: 640 x 360; RAW: 4000 x 2248

    2) 3:2 - Large: 4000 x 2664; Medium 1: 2816 x 1880; Medium 2: 1600 x 1064; Small: 640 x 424; RAW: 4000 x 2664

    3) 4:3 - Large: 4000 x 3000; Medium 1: 2816 x 2112; Medium 2: 1600 x 1200; Small: 640 x 480; Raw: 4000 x 3000

    4) 1:1 - Large: 2992 x 2992; Medium 1: 2112 x 2112; Medium 2: 1200 x 1200; Small: 480 x 480; RAW: 2992 x 2992

    5) 4:5 - Large: 2400 x 3000; Medium 1: 1696 x 2112; Medium 2: 960 x 1200; Small: 384 x 480; RAW: 2400 x 3000


    Videos:

    Full HD 1920 x 1080: 60 fps (59.94), 30 fps

    Full HD Star Time-Lapse Movie: 15 fps

    HD 1280 x 720: 30 fps (29.97)

    Miniature Effect HD 1280 x 720: 6 fps / 3 fps / 1.5 fps

    Miniature Effect 640 x 480: 6 fps / 3 fps / 1.5 fps

    Super Slow Motion Movie 640 x 480: 120 fps

    Super Slow Motion Movie 320 x 240: 240 fps

    640 x 480: 30 fps (29.97)

    Back to TopNumber of Recordable Images

    Image data

      16:9 3:2
    File Size (KB) 8GB 32GB File Size (KB) 8GB 32GB
    Large (L) SF 4,507 1,729 6,980 5,134 1,515 6,118
    F 2,915 2,640 10,659 3,247 2,384 9,624
    Medium 1 (M1) SF 2,630 2,923 11,801 2,914 2,640 10,659
    F 1,814 4,234 17,091 1,945 3,961 15,989
    Medium 2 (M2) SF 1,095 6,822 27,537 899 8,187 33,044
    F 604 12,280 49,567 496 14,448 58,314
    Small (S) SF 188 35,089 141,622 221 30,703 123,919
    F 113 49,125 198,271 133 40,937 165,225
    RAW RAW 17,680 442 1,788 17,585 444 1,798




      4:3 1:1
    File Size (KB) 8GB 32GB File Size (KB) 8GB 32GB
    Large (L) SF 5,661 1,379 5,568 4,224 1,832 7,397
    F 3,537 2,192 8,850 2,640 2,923 11,801
    Medium 1 (M1) SF 3,173 2,431 9,814 2,365 3,274 13,217
    F 2,073 3,721 15,020 1,549 4,912 19,826
    Medium 2 (M2) SF 1,002 7,442 30,040 760 9,824 39,653
    F 558 12,927 52,176 420 16,374 66,090
    Small (S) SF 249 27,291 110,150 188 35,089 141,622
    F 150 40,937 165,225 113 49,125 198,271
    RAW RAW 17,529 446 1,804 17,415 448 1,814




      4:5
    File Size (KB) 8GB 32GB
    Large (L) SF 3,396 2,273 9,178
    F 2,121 3,611 14,578
    Medium 1 (M1) SF 1,898 4,026 16,251
    F 1,243 6,140 24,783
    Medium 2 (M2) SF 608 12,280 49,567
    F 336 20,468 82,612
    Small (S) SF 150 40,937 165,225
    F 90 61,406 247,838
    RAW RAW 17,347 450 1,821


    Note: SF=Superfine F=Fine

    ? The approximate number of images recordable on memory cards other than the above can be calculated by using the above figures as a reference and extrapolating accordingly.

    Back to TopTime of Recordable Movies

    Movie data

      Miniature Effect
    HD: 1280 x 720 640 x 480
    5x 10x 20x 5x 10x 20x
    6 fps*2 3 fps*2 1.5 fps*2 6 fps*2 3 fps*2 1.5 fps*2
    Movie Size
    (KB/sec.)
    195 98 49 73 37 18
    8GB 10 hrs. 42 min. 58 sec. 20 hrs. 34 min. 24 sec. 38 hrs. 15 min. 35 sec. 26 hrs. 45 min. 37 sec. 48 hrs. 27 min. 58 sec. 82 hrs. 18 min. 04 sec.
    32GB 43 hrs. 17 min. 23 sec. 83 hrs. 06 min. 30 sec. 154 hrs. 33 min. 09 sec. 108 hrs. 05 min. 38 sec. 195 hrs. 46 min. 14 sec. 332 hrs. 26 min. 26 sec.

      Super Slow Motion Movie
    640 x 480 320 x 240
    120 fps*2 240 fps*2
    Movie size (KB/sec.) 1465 977
    8GB 1 hr. 27 min. 00 sec. 2 hrs. 07 min. 47 sec.
    32GB 5 hrs. 51 min. 26 sec. 8 hrs. 36 min. 11 sec.

      Other
    Star Time-Lapse Movie (Full HD) Full HD: 1920 x 1080 HD: 1280 x 720 640 x 480
    15 fps*2*3 60 fps*4 30 fps*1 30 fps*1 30 fps*1
    Movie size (KB/sec.) 3 4288 2945 992 382
    8GB 189 hrs. 46 min. 59 sec. 30 min. 03 sec. 43 min. 29 sec. 2 hrs. 03 min. 55 sec. 5 hrs. 14 min. 34 sec.
    32GB 766 hrs. 11 min. 28 sec. 2 hrs. 01 min. 27 sec. 2 hrs. 55 min. 43 sec. 8 hrs. 20 min. 32 sec. 21 hrs. 10 min. 33 sec.
    *1Actual frame rate is 29.97 fps.
    *2Playback frame rate is 30 fps.*1
    *3Actual frame rate is 14.985 fps.
    *4Actual frame rate is 59.94 fps.

    Back to TopPlayback Specifications

    Playback Modes File
    Stills & Videos:
    Auto Rotate, Index Continuous Display, Image Advance (Transition Effects, Scroll Display), Rotate, Favorites, My Category, Smart Shuffle, Group Playback, Slideshow, Erase, Resume, Protect

    Still Images:
    Single, Index, Magnification (2-10x), Switch to other images while zoomed, Information Display, Red-eye Correction, i-Contrast, Photobook Setup, Cropping, Resize, My Colors, Face ID Info, Histogram, RGB Histogram, Focus Checker, Location Information, Overexposure Warning

    Videos:
    Normal Playback, Pause, Slow Motion, Skip Backward, Previous Frame, Next Frame, Skip Forward, Erase Clip, Editing, Movie Transcoding

    Using the software included with the camera (ImageBrowser EX), there are 8 levels (1.8x to 1x) of playback speed for Super Slow Motion Movies possible on a computer.

    Back to TopErasing Specifications

    Erase Modes
    Select Image, Select Range, Select All Images

  • The image data in the memory card stored with the Design rule for Camera File systems format can be erased (however, protected images cannot be erased).
  • Using the Movie editing function, sections of the movie can be deleted.
  • Back to TopInterfaces

    Video Out
    NTSC/PAL (dedicated connector (female) with unified type of digital, audio and video), Mini-HDMI connector

    Audio Out
    Stereo (dedicated connector (female) with unified type of digital, audio and video)

    Other
    SD memory card slot; direct connection to Canon SELPHY, PIXMA Photo Printers & PictBridge compatible printers

    Power Source
    Battery Pack NB-6LH, Compact Power Adapter CA-DC10 (included with AC Adapter Kit ACK-DC40)

    Shooting Capacity
    Approx. 230 shots
    Approx. 300 shots with ECO Mode

    Playback Time
    Approx. 4 hours

    Back to TopPhysical Specifications

    Operating Temperature
    32-104°F/0-40°C

    Operating Humidity
    10-90%

    Dimensions (W x H x D)
    3.94 x 2.32 x 1.14 in. / 100.2 x 59.0 x 29.0mm

    Weight
    7.65 oz. / 217g (CIPA standard)
    6.81 oz. / 193g (camera only)

    30 display languages provided (English, German, French, Dutch, Danish, Finnish, Italian, Norwegian, Swedish, Spanish, Simplified/Traditional Chinese, Japanese, Russian, Portuguese, Korean, Greek, Polish, Czech, Hungarian, Turkish, Thai, Arabic, Romanian, Ukrainian, Farsi, Hindi, Malay, Indonesian and Vietnamese).

    All data are based on Canon's Standard Test Method. Subject to change without notice.

    Canon, DIGIC, ELPH, PIXMA, and PowerShot and SELPHY are registered trademarks of Canon Inc. in the United States and may also be registered trademarks or trademarks in other countries. Microsoft, Windows and Windows Vista are trademarks or registered trademarks of Microsoft Corporation in the United States and/or other countries. Mac is a trademark of Apple, Inc., registered in the United States and other countries. All other products and brand names are registered trademarks, trademarks or service marks of their respective owners in the United States and/or other countries.

    PowerShot S120 HS Contents
    PowerShot S120 HS Contents
    • PowerShot S120 Digital Camera
    • Battery Pack NB-6LH
    • Battery Charger CB-2LY
    • Wide Strap WS-DC11


    (USB Interface Cable and Digital Camera Solution CD-ROM are not included.)

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    Disclaimer
    # One-time registration is required on CANON iMAGE GATEWAY online photo album.
    * Compatible with iOS version 6.0/6.1 or later and Android devices version 2.3/4.0/4.1/4.2 or later. Data charges may apply.
    ** This software enables you to upload images to social network sites. Before uploading images, please be aware that image files may contain privacy related information such as people and places. If necessary, please delete such information. Canon does not obtain, collect or use such images or any information included in such images through this software.
    *** The first six shots are shot at a rate of 12.2 fps. From the sixth shot onward, it becomes approximately 9.3 fps. The PowerShot G16 can continuously shoot up to 522 shots at approximately 9.3 fps when using an SDHC/SDXC UHS-I card based on Canon's standard test method.
    ^ The PowerShot G16 supports English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Russian and Spanish.