Canon ELPH 140 IS vs Canon S120

Portability
96
Imaging
42
Features
26
Overall
35
Canon PowerShot ELPH 140 IS front
 
Canon PowerShot S120 front
Portability
92
Imaging
39
Features
57
Overall
46

Canon ELPH 140 IS vs Canon S120 Key Specs

Canon ELPH 140 IS
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 2.7" Fixed Display
  • ISO 100 - 1600
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 28-224mm (F3.2-6.9) lens
  • 127g - 95 x 54 x 22mm
  • Released February 2014
  • Also Known as IXUS 150
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
  • Revealed November 2013
  • Previous Model is Canon S110
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Canon ELPH 140 IS vs Canon S120 Overview

Here, we will be analyzing the Canon ELPH 140 IS and Canon S120, former is a Ultracompact while the latter is a Small Sensor Compact and they are both offered by Canon. There exists a substantial gap among the image resolutions of the ELPH 140 IS (16MP) and S120 (12MP) and the ELPH 140 IS (1/2.3") and S120 (1/1.7") boast different sensor measurements.

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The ELPH 140 IS was revealed 3 months after the S120 and they are of a similar age. Both of these cameras feature different body design with the Canon ELPH 140 IS being a Ultracompact camera and the Canon S120 being a Compact camera.

Before going right into a in-depth comparison, here is a quick synopsis of how the ELPH 140 IS grades against the S120 when considering portability, imaging, features and an overall mark.

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Reasons to pick Canon ELPH 140 IS over the Canon S120

 ELPH 140 IS S120 

Reasons to pick Canon S120 over the Canon ELPH 140 IS

 S120 ELPH 140 IS 
Focus manually Dial precise focus
Screen size3"2.7"Bigger screen (+0.3")
Screen resolution922k230kSharper screen (+692k dot)
Touch screen Quickly navigate

Common features in the Canon ELPH 140 IS and Canon S120

 ELPH 140 IS S120 
RevealedFebruary 2014November 2013Same age
Screen typeFixed Fixed Fixed screen
Selfie screen Neither provides selfie screen

Canon ELPH 140 IS vs Canon S120 Physical Comparison

If you are planning to travel with your camera regularly, you will want to consider its weight and measurements. The Canon ELPH 140 IS provides physical dimensions of 95mm x 54mm x 22mm (3.7" x 2.1" x 0.9") along with a weight of 127 grams (0.28 lbs) whilst the Canon S120 has proportions of 100mm x 59mm x 29mm (3.9" x 2.3" x 1.1") along with a weight of 217 grams (0.48 lbs).

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Keep in mind, the weight of an ILC will change depending on the lens you use at that moment. Underneath is a front view dimensions comparison of the ELPH 140 IS and the S120.

Canon ELPH 140 IS vs Canon S120 size comparison

Taking into account dimensions and weight, the portability grade of the ELPH 140 IS and S120 is 96 and 92 respectively.

Canon ELPH 140 IS vs Canon S120 top view buttons comparison

Canon ELPH 140 IS vs Canon S120 Sensor Comparison

Quite often, its tough to imagine the gap in sensor dimensions purely by looking through technical specs. The picture here should give you a far better sense of the sensor sizes in the ELPH 140 IS and S120.

As you can tell, the 2 cameras come with different resolutions and different sensor dimensions. The ELPH 140 IS with its smaller sensor is going to make getting shallow depth of field more difficult and the Canon ELPH 140 IS will result in extra detail because of its extra 4 Megapixels. Higher resolution can also enable you to crop shots a good deal more aggressively.

Canon ELPH 140 IS vs Canon S120 sensor size comparison

Canon ELPH 140 IS vs Canon S120 Screen and ViewFinder

Canon ELPH 140 IS vs Canon S120 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Canon ELPH 140 IS Portrait photography information
Canon S120 Portrait photography information
36
megapixel count decent (16MP)
provides face detection focus
focusing manually not possible
lack of manual mode
cannot use external flash
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
does not have RAW support
43
you can focus manually
provides face detect focusing
supports RAW formats
no external flash support
low megapixels (12MP)
small sensor size (1/1.7")
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Street Comparison

Street photography with Canon ELPH 140 IS
Street photography with Canon S120
58
image stabilization (Optical)
no moving screen
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
does not have RAW support
65
built in image stabilization (Optical)
supports RAW formats
includes touch focus
no moving screen
small sensor size (1/1.7")
more heavy than competition in class (217 grams)
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Sports Comparison

Canon ELPH 140 IS Sports photography factors
Canon S120 Sports photography factors
42
image stabilization (Optical)
megapixel count decent (16 megapixels)
provides tracking autofocus
max fps very slow (1.0 fps)
no shutter priority mode
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
does not have phase detect auto focus
39
built in image stabilization (Optical)
provides tracking focus
low megapixels (12 megapixels)
small sensor size (1/1.7")
lack of phase detect AF
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Travel Comparison

Canon ELPH 140 IS Travel photography highlights
Canon S120 Travel photography highlights
66
megapixel count decent (16 megapixels)
flash built-in
rather wide (28mm)
lack of Time Lapse function
doesn't have a selfie friendly screen
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.2)
67
includes touch focus
flash built-in
fairly wide (24mm)
very good maximum aperture (f1.8)
more heavy than competition in class (217 grams)
low megapixels (12MP)
display is not selfie friendly
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Landscape Comparison

Landscape photography with Canon ELPH 140 IS
Landscape photography with Canon S120
40
rather wide (28mm)
image stabilization (Optical)
megapixel count decent (16 megapixels)
focusing manually not possible
can't switch lenses (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.2)
small screen (2.7")
lack of manual mode
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
does not have RAW support
lack of Time Lapse function
58
you can focus manually
fairly wide (24mm)
very good maximum aperture (f1.8)
good sized screen (3 inches)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
supports RAW formats
can't switch lens (fixed lens mount)
low megapixels (12MP)
small sensor size (1/1.7")
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Vlogging Comparison

Vlogging with Canon ELPH 140 IS
Vlogging with Canon S120
31
rather wide (28mm)
image stabilization (Optical)
provides face detection focus
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.2)
doesn't have a selfie friendly screen
low res video (1280 x 720 resolution)
lack of external mic support
35
fairly wide (24mm)
very good maximum aperture (f1.8)
has touchscreen
built in image stabilization (Optical)
provides face detect focusing
video res high (1920 x 1080 resolution)
display is not selfie friendly
missing microphone port
more heavy than competition in class (217 grams)
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Canon ELPH 140 IS vs Canon S120 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Canon ELPH 140 IS and Canon S120
 Canon PowerShot ELPH 140 ISCanon PowerShot S120
General Information
Brand Name Canon Canon
Model type Canon PowerShot ELPH 140 IS Canon PowerShot S120
Also called as IXUS 150 -
Category Ultracompact Small Sensor Compact
Released 2014-02-12 2013-11-26
Body design Ultracompact Compact
Sensor Information
Processor Digic 4+ 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 16MP 12MP
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 4:3 1:1, 5:4, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Highest Possible resolution 4608 x 3456 4000 x 3000
Maximum native ISO 1600 12800
Lowest native ISO 100 80
RAW files
Autofocusing
Focus manually
AF touch
AF continuous
Single AF
AF tracking
Selective AF
AF center weighted
Multi area AF
AF live view
Face detect focusing
Contract detect focusing
Phase detect focusing
Total focus points 9 9
Lens
Lens support fixed lens fixed lens
Lens zoom range 28-224mm (8.0x) 24-120mm (5.0x)
Maximal aperture f/3.2-6.9 f/1.8-5.7
Macro focusing range 1cm 3cm
Focal length multiplier 5.8 4.8
Screen
Range of display Fixed Type Fixed Type
Display diagonal 2.7 inch 3 inch
Resolution of display 230 thousand dot 922 thousand dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch function
Display tech TFT LCD TFT PureColor II G Touch screen LCD
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type None None
Features
Min shutter speed 15 secs 15 secs
Max shutter speed 1/2000 secs 1/2000 secs
Continuous shutter speed 1.0 frames per second 12.0 frames per second
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual exposure
Exposure compensation - Yes
Custom WB
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash distance 3.00 m 7.00 m
Flash options Auto, on, off, slow sync Auto, on, slow synchro, off
Hot shoe
Auto exposure bracketing
WB bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Video resolutions 1280 x 720 (25p), 640 x 480 (30p) 1920 x 1080 (60 or 30 fps), 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)
Maximum video resolution 1280x720 1920x1080
Video format H.264 MPEG-4, H.264
Microphone jack
Headphone jack
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 127 gr (0.28 lbs) 217 gr (0.48 lbs)
Physical dimensions 95 x 54 x 22mm (3.7" x 2.1" 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 230 pictures 230 pictures
Battery form Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery ID NB-11L NB-6LH
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec, custom) Yes (2 or 10 sec, Custom)
Time lapse feature
Type of storage SD/SDHC/SDXC SD/SDHC/SDXC
Storage slots Single Single
Cost at release $129 $449