Canon PowerShot S120 Review – The Canon PowerShot S120 is the latest model in an acclaimed series of advanced compacts, and is proof that high-end performance can come in small packages

Product Overview

Overall rating:


Canon PowerShot S120

Overall score:90%
Image Quality:90%


  • Versatility; Handling; Image quality; Performance


  • Price; Lack of alternative colours / finishes


Canon PowerShot S120 Review


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Canon PowerShot S120 Review – Performance

Canon PowerShot S120 Review – angled

The S120’s overall performance is very good, although given its price and specification it’s not quite as fast as I’d hoped. It can start up, focus and take a picture in approximately two seconds, which is reasonably quick, and in single-shot JPEG Superfine mode it can maintain a shot-to-shot time of approximately 1.2 seconds, which is also fairly fast.

In continuous shooting mode it can shoot five frames at 12.1FPS, and then drops to a still outstanding 5.5fps, which can be increased to 9.4fps by turning off live view and AF.

The only fly in this pleasant and soothing ointment is battery duration. The S120 is stuffed with high-tech gizmos, and they all require power. The camera is powered by a rather small 1080mAh li-ion battery, and Canon claims 230 shots per charge.

In fact our test camera didn’t do quite as well; the battery indicator was down to one bar after only 120 shots, although it took another 50 before it finally ran out. 170 shots isn’t many if you’re a keen photographer; li-ion batteries do improve after a few charge cycles, but you might still want to invest in a spare battery.

  1. 1. Canon PowerShot S120 review - Features
  2. 2. Canon PowerShot S120 Review - Design
  3. 3. Canon PowerShot S120 Review - Performance
  4. 4. Canon PowerShot S120 Review - Image Quality
  5. 5. Canon PowerShot S120 Review - Verdict
  6. 6. Canon PowerShot S120 Review – Sample Image Gallery
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