Canon S120 vs Nikon L110

Canon PowerShot S120 front
Nikon Coolpix L110 front

Canon S120 vs Nikon L110 Key Specs

Canon S120
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - 1/1.7" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 80 - 12800
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 24-120mm (F1.8-5.7) lens
  • 217g - 100 x 59 x 29mm
  • Released November 2013
  • Old Model is Canon S110
Nikon L110
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  • 12MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 80 - 1600 (Bump to 6400)
  • Sensor-shift Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 28-420mm (F3.5-5.4) lens
  • 406g - 109 x 74 x 78mm
  • Launched February 2010
  • Superseded the Nikon L100
  • Newer Model is Nikon L120
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Canon S120 vs Nikon L110 Overview

Below, we will be matching up the Canon S120 versus Nikon L110, one is a Small Sensor Compact and the latter is a Small Sensor Superzoom by competitors Canon and Nikon. The image resolution of the S120 (12MP) and the L110 (12MP) is relatively close but the S120 (1/1.7") and L110 (1/2.3") come with different sensor sizing.

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The S120 was introduced 3 years after the L110 which is a fairly serious gap as far as camera tech is concerned. Both the cameras come with the identical body type (Compact).

Before we go in to a more detailed comparison, below is a quick synopsis of how the S120 grades against the L110 in relation to portability, imaging, features and an overall score.

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Reasons to pick Canon S120 over the Nikon L110

 S120 L110 
LaunchedNovember 2013February 2010More modern by 47 months
Manual focus More accurate focus
Screen resolution922k460kSharper screen (+462k dot)
Touch friendly screen Quickly navigate

Reasons to pick Nikon L110 over the Canon S120

 L110 S120 

Common features in the Canon S120 and Nikon L110

 S120 L110 
Screen typeFixed Fixed Fixed screen
Screen dimension3"3"Identical screen measurement
Selfie screen No selfie screen

Canon S120 vs Nikon L110 Physical Comparison

For anybody who is intending to carry around your camera often, you'll need to factor in its weight and dimensions. The Canon S120 enjoys exterior dimensions of 100mm x 59mm x 29mm (3.9" x 2.3" x 1.1") with a weight of 217 grams (0.48 lbs) while the Nikon L110 has dimensions of 109mm x 74mm x 78mm (4.3" x 2.9" x 3.1") along with a weight of 406 grams (0.90 lbs).

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Bear in mind, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will change based on the lens you are utilising at that time. Here is the front view scale comparison of the S120 versus the L110.

Canon S120 vs Nikon L110 size comparison

Considering size and weight, the portability grade of the S120 and L110 is 92 and 77 respectively.

Canon S120 vs Nikon L110 top view buttons comparison

Canon S120 vs Nikon L110 Sensor Comparison

In many cases, its difficult to imagine the gap in sensor sizes merely by viewing a spec sheet. The image here should give you a much better sense of the sensor dimensions in the S120 and L110.

As you can see, both of the cameras have got the exact same resolution albeit different sensor sizes. The S120 contains the bigger sensor which should make getting shallow depth of field less difficult. The more modern S120 should have an advantage in sensor technology.

Canon S120 vs Nikon L110 sensor size comparison

Canon S120 vs Nikon L110 Screen and ViewFinder

Canon S120 vs Nikon L110 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Canon S120 as a Portrait photography camera
Nikon L110 as a Portrait photography camera
has manual focus
has face detection autofocus
delivers RAW files
can't use external flash
low MP (12MP)
sensor size is small (1/1.7")
manual focus not available
manual mode not possible
external flash not possible
megapixel count low (12MP)
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
has no RAW support
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Street Comparison

Canon S120 Street photography highlights
Nikon L110 Street photography highlights
built in image stabilization (Optical)
delivers RAW files
offers touch focus
screen does not articulate
sensor size is small (1/1.7")
more heavy than competitors in class (217 grams)
has image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
fixed screen
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
has no RAW support
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Sports Comparison

Canon S120 Sports photography advice
Nikon L110 Sports photography advice
built in image stabilization (Optical)
has tracking autofocus
low MP (12MP)
sensor size is small (1/1.7")
no phase detect autofocus
long zoom range (28-420mm 15.0 x zoom)
has image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
no shutter priority
megapixel count low (12MP)
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
has no phase detect AF
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Travel Comparison

Canon S120 Travel photography information
Nikon L110 Travel photography information
offers touch focus
has built in flash
rather wide (24mm)
good max aperture (f1.8)
more heavy than competitors in class (217 grams)
low MP (12MP)
screen isn't selfie friendly
built-in flash
quite wide (28mm)
great zoom (420mm)
missing Timelapse function
megapixel count low (12 megapixels)
display isn't selfie friendly
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.5)
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Landscape Comparison

Landscape photography with Canon S120
Landscape photography with Nikon L110
has manual focus
rather wide (24mm)
good max aperture (f1.8)
nice screen size (3 inches)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
delivers RAW files
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
low MP (12 megapixels)
sensor size is small (1/1.7")
quite wide (28mm)
good sized screen (3 inches)
has image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
manual focus not available
cannot switch lens (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.5)
manual mode not possible
megapixel count low (12 megapixels)
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
has no RAW support
missing Timelapse function
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Vlogging Comparison

Vlogging with Canon S120
Vlogging with Nikon L110
rather wide (24mm)
good max aperture (f1.8)
touchscreen functionality
built in image stabilization (Optical)
has face detection autofocus
video res high (1920 x 1080 pxls)
screen isn't selfie friendly
does not have external microphone jack
more heavy than competitors in class (217g)
quite wide (28mm)
has image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.5)
display isn't selfie friendly
low quality video (1280 x 720 resolution)
missing microphone support
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Canon S120 vs Nikon L110 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Canon S120 and Nikon L110
 Canon PowerShot S120Nikon Coolpix L110
General Information
Make Canon Nikon
Model Canon PowerShot S120 Nikon Coolpix L110
Type Small Sensor Compact Small Sensor Superzoom
Released 2013-11-26 2010-02-03
Physical type Compact Compact
Sensor Information
Processor Chip Digic 6 Expeed C2
Sensor type BSI-CMOS CCD
Sensor size 1/1.7" 1/2.3"
Sensor measurements 7.44 x 5.58mm 6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor area 41.5mm² 28.1mm²
Sensor resolution 12MP 12MP
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 5:4, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 4:3 and 16:9
Max resolution 4000 x 3000 4000 x 3000
Max native ISO 12800 1600
Max enhanced ISO - 6400
Min native ISO 80 80
RAW photos
Manual focus
AF touch
AF continuous
Single AF
AF tracking
Selective AF
Center weighted AF
Multi area AF
AF live view
Face detect focusing
Contract detect focusing
Phase detect focusing
Number of focus points 9 -
Lens mounting type fixed lens fixed lens
Lens focal range 24-120mm (5.0x) 28-420mm (15.0x)
Maximum aperture f/1.8-5.7 f/3.5-5.4
Macro focus range 3cm 1cm
Focal length multiplier 4.8 5.8
Type of display Fixed Type Fixed Type
Display diagonal 3 inches 3 inches
Display resolution 922 thousand dots 460 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Touch functionality
Display tech TFT PureColor II G Touch screen LCD -
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder None None
Minimum shutter speed 15 seconds 8 seconds
Fastest shutter speed 1/2000 seconds 1/2000 seconds
Continuous shutter rate 12.0fps 13.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual mode
Exposure compensation Yes -
Change WB
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash range 7.00 m -
Flash modes Auto, on, slow synchro, off Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Fill-in, Slow Syncro
Hot shoe
WB bracketing
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Supported video resolutions 1920 x 1080 (60 or 30 fps), 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps) 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps)
Max video resolution 1920x1080 1280x720
Video data format MPEG-4, H.264 H.264
Microphone support
Headphone support
Wireless Built-In None
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS Optional None
Environmental sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 217g (0.48 pounds) 406g (0.90 pounds)
Dimensions 100 x 59 x 29mm (3.9" x 2.3" x 1.1") 109 x 74 x 78mm (4.3" x 2.9" x 3.1")
DXO scores
DXO Overall score 56 not tested
DXO Color Depth score 21.3 not tested
DXO Dynamic range score 11.9 not tested
DXO Low light score 246 not tested
Battery life 230 pictures -
Battery style Battery Pack -
Battery model NB-6LH 4 x AA
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec, Custom) Yes (3 sec or 10 sec)
Time lapse shooting
Storage type SD/SDHC/SDXC SD/SDHC, Internal
Card slots 1 1
Cost at release $449 $280