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Canon A2200 vs Canon S120

Portability
95
Imaging
37
Features
28
Overall
33
Canon PowerShot A2200 front
 
Canon PowerShot S120 front
Portability
92
Imaging
37
Features
57
Overall
45

Canon A2200 vs Canon S120 Key Specs

Canon A2200
(Full Review)
  • 14MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 2.7" Fixed Display
  • ISO 80 - 1600
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 28-112mm (F2.8-5.9) lens
  • 135g - 93 x 57 x 24mm
  • Announced January 2011
Canon S120
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - 1/1.7" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 80 - 12800
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 24-120mm (F1.8-5.7) lens
  • 217g - 100 x 59 x 29mm
  • Launched November 2013
  • Older Model is Canon S110
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Canon A2200 vs Canon S120 Overview

Below, we will be looking at the Canon A2200 and Canon S120, both Small Sensor Compact cameras and both are offered by Canon. The image resolution of the A2200 (14MP) and the S120 (12MP) is pretty comparable but the A2200 (1/2.3") and S120 (1/1.7") come with totally different sensor size.

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The A2200 was manufactured 3 years earlier than the S120 and that is a fairly big difference as far as camera tech is concerned. Each of the cameras come with the identical body type (Compact).

Before going straight into a more detailed comparison, below is a simple overview of how the A2200 scores vs the S120 with regard to portability, imaging, features and an overall rating.

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Reasons to pick Canon A2200 over the Canon S120

 A2200 S120 

Reasons to pick Canon S120 over the Canon A2200

 S120 A2200 
LaunchedNovember 2013January 2011Fresher by 35 months
Manually focus Dial precise focusing
Screen dimension3"2.7"Bigger screen (+0.3")
Screen resolution922k230kClearer screen (+692k dot)
Touch friendly screen Quickly navigate

Common features in the Canon A2200 and Canon S120

 A2200 S120 
Screen typeFixed Fixed Fixed screen
Selfie screen Neither offers selfie screen

Canon A2200 vs Canon S120 Physical Comparison

When you are aiming to carry your camera, you have to think about its weight and size. The Canon A2200 offers external dimensions of 93mm x 57mm x 24mm (3.7" x 2.2" x 0.9") with a weight of 135 grams (0.30 lbs) and the Canon S120 has specifications of 100mm x 59mm x 29mm (3.9" x 2.3" x 1.1") having a weight of 217 grams (0.48 lbs).

Check out the Canon A2200 and Canon S120 in our brand new Camera & Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Bear in mind, the weight of an ILC will differ depending on the lens you choose at that moment. Following is the front view size comparison of the A2200 against the S120.

Canon A2200 vs Canon S120 size comparison

Taking into consideration size and weight, the portability grade of the A2200 and S120 is 95 and 92 respectively.

Canon A2200 vs Canon S120 top view buttons comparison

Canon A2200 vs Canon S120 Sensor Comparison

Usually, it's difficult to visualise the difference in sensor sizing just by going through specs. The visual underneath should offer you a greater sense of the sensor sizes in the A2200 and S120.

All in all, each of these cameras posses different megapixels and different sensor sizing. The A2200 featuring a smaller sensor will make getting shallower DOF tougher and the Canon A2200 will produce greater detail due to its extra 2 Megapixels. Higher resolution will also help you crop photographs somewhat more aggressively. The older A2200 will be disadvantaged with regard to sensor tech.

Canon A2200 vs Canon S120 sensor size comparison

Canon A2200 vs Canon S120 Screen and ViewFinder

Canon A2200 vs Canon S120 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Canon A2200 Portrait photography details
Canon S120 Portrait photography details
33
decent MP (14MP)
includes face detect focusing
manual focus not available
no manual control
cannot use external flash
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
has no RAW files
42
you can focus manually
supports face detect focusing
delivers RAW formats
external flash not possible
low megapixels (12 megapixels)
tiny sensor size (1/1.7")
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Street Comparison

Canon A2200 as a Street photography camera
Canon S120 as a Street photography camera
55
lighter than competition (135g)
screen does not articulate
lack of image stabilization
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
has no RAW files
65
built in image stabilization (Optical)
delivers RAW formats
boasts touch focus
screen does not articulate
tiny sensor size (1/1.7")
more heavy than competition (217 grams)
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Sports Comparison

Canon A2200 as a Sports photography camera
Canon S120 as a Sports photography camera
37
decent MP (14MP)
includes tracking focus
good battery pack (280 shots)
continuous shooting slow (1.0 fps)
no shutter priority
lack of image stabilization
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
has no phase detect AF
38
built in image stabilization (Optical)
supports tracking focus
low megapixels (12 megapixels)
tiny sensor size (1/1.7")
no phase detect AF
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Travel Comparison

Canon A2200 Travel photography highlights
Canon S120 Travel photography highlights
70
good battery pack (280 CIPA)
lighter than competition (135 grams)
decent MP (14MP)
has built in flash
really wide (28mm)
doesn't have Timelapse recording
does not have selfie friendly screen
somewhat slow max aperture (f2.8)
67
boasts touch focus
has built in flash
quite wide (24mm)
good max aperture (f1.8)
more heavy than competition (217g)
low megapixels (12 megapixels)
display is not selfie friendly
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Landscape Comparison

Canon A2200 as a Landscape photography camera
Canon S120 as a Landscape photography camera
36
really wide (28mm)
decent MP (14MP)
good battery pack (280 CIPA)
manual focus not available
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow max aperture (f2.8)
small screen (2.7 inch)
no manual control
lack of image stabilization
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
has no RAW files
doesn't have Timelapse recording
57
you can focus manually
quite wide (24mm)
good max aperture (f1.8)
good sized screen (3")
built in image stabilization (Optical)
delivers RAW formats
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
low megapixels (12 megapixels)
tiny sensor size (1/1.7")
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Vlogging Comparison

Vlogging with Canon A2200
Vlogging with Canon S120
30
really wide (28mm)
includes face detect focusing
lighter than competition (135g)
somewhat slow max aperture (f2.8)
does not have selfie friendly screen
lack of image stabilization
video res low (1280 x 720 pxls)
doesn't have microphone port
35
quite wide (24mm)
good max aperture (f1.8)
built-in touchscreen
built in image stabilization (Optical)
supports face detect focusing
high res video (1920 x 1080 resolution)
display is not selfie friendly
lack of microphone jack
more heavy than competition (217 grams)
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Canon A2200 vs Canon S120 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Canon A2200 and Canon S120
 Canon PowerShot A2200Canon PowerShot S120
General Information
Company Canon Canon
Model type Canon PowerShot A2200 Canon PowerShot S120
Class Small Sensor Compact Small Sensor Compact
Announced 2011-01-05 2013-11-26
Body design Compact Compact
Sensor Information
Processor Chip DIGIC 4 with iSAPS technology Digic 6
Sensor type CCD BSI-CMOS
Sensor size 1/2.3" 1/1.7"
Sensor measurements 6.17 x 4.55mm 7.44 x 5.58mm
Sensor area 28.1mm² 41.5mm²
Sensor resolution 14 megapixel 12 megapixel
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 4:3 and 16:9 1:1, 5:4, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Max resolution 4320 x 3240 4000 x 3000
Max native ISO 1600 12800
Minimum native ISO 80 80
RAW photos
Autofocusing
Manual focusing
Autofocus touch
Autofocus continuous
Single autofocus
Autofocus tracking
Selective autofocus
Autofocus center weighted
Multi area autofocus
Autofocus live view
Face detect focus
Contract detect focus
Phase detect focus
Total focus points 9 9
Lens
Lens support fixed lens fixed lens
Lens zoom range 28-112mm (4.0x) 24-120mm (5.0x)
Largest aperture f/2.8-5.9 f/1.8-5.7
Macro focusing distance 3cm 3cm
Focal length multiplier 5.8 4.8
Screen
Range of display Fixed Type Fixed Type
Display sizing 2.7 inch 3 inch
Resolution of display 230 thousand dot 922 thousand dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch friendly
Display tech TFT LCD TFT PureColor II G Touch screen LCD
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder None None
Features
Minimum shutter speed 15s 15s
Fastest shutter speed 1/1600s 1/2000s
Continuous shutter speed 1.0 frames per sec 12.0 frames per sec
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual exposure
Exposure compensation - Yes
Change white balance
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash distance 4.00 m 7.00 m
Flash modes Auto, On, Off, Slow Sync Auto, on, slow synchro, off
Hot shoe
AE bracketing
White balance bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Supported video resolutions 1280 x 720 (30fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps) 1920 x 1080 (60 or 30 fps), 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)
Max video resolution 1280x720 1920x1080
Video format MPEG-4 MPEG-4, H.264
Microphone input
Headphone input
Connectivity
Wireless None Built-In
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None Optional
Physical
Environmental seal
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 135 gr (0.30 lbs) 217 gr (0.48 lbs)
Dimensions 93 x 57 x 24mm (3.7" x 2.2" x 0.9") 100 x 59 x 29mm (3.9" x 2.3" x 1.1")
DXO scores
DXO Overall rating not tested 56
DXO Color Depth rating not tested 21.3
DXO Dynamic range rating not tested 11.9
DXO Low light rating not tested 246
Other
Battery life 280 photos 230 photos
Battery format Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery ID NB-8L NB-6LH
Self timer Yes Yes (2 or 10 sec, Custom)
Time lapse shooting
Storage media SD/SDHC/SDXC/MMC/MMCplus/HCMMCplus SD/SDHC/SDXC
Storage slots One One
Pricing at release $139 $449