Canon SX120 IS summary
Canon SX120 IS is Canon's Small Sensor Compact digital camera originally released on August of 2009. The camera houses a 10MP, CCD 1/2.5" sized sensor and has a max resolution of 3648 x 2736.
The SX120 IS is rated #175 out of 261 in Small Sensor Compact cameras and over-all #1071 out of 1422 for digital cameras in our list. You should check out our Advanced camera filter to get camera ratings based on your personal criteria.
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Canon SX120 IS Gallery
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Canon SX120 IS Pros and Cons
Below is a collection of pluses and minuses of the Canon SX120 IS based on factors that are often considered essential in a digital camera.
Canon SX120 IS Sensor details
The Canon SX120 IS is run by the Digic 4 processor. The sensor measurement in the Canon SX120 IS is 5.744mm x 4.308mm (1/2.5"). The 25 mm² sensor has the capability to capture 3648 x 2736 pixels and aspect ratios of 4:3 and 3:2. The camera has got Image Stabilization (Optical). Sensor stabilization is more effective than digital stabilization as the latter can easily lead to cropping.Handle those 8K RED files like a boss
The CCD sensor boasts 10MP and delivers a standard ISO range of 80 - 1600. Sadly, RAW format is not supported which means that the user has less margin for error.
The picture below illustrates the SX120 IS's sensor dimensions in comparison to other popular sizes. The SX120 IS sensor comes with a crop factor of 6.3 and is outlined in green.World's smallest camera makes it into Guinness Book of Records
To get a sense of specific aspect ratios, you should refer to the graphic below.
Canon SX120 IS dimensions
Canon SX120 IS weighs 0.63 lbs (285 gr or 10.05 ounces) and features outer dimensions of 111mm x 71mm x 45mm (4.4" x 2.8" x 1.8"). The weight of typical Small Sensor Compact camera is 174 gr so the Canon SX120 IS is more heavy in comparison with other competitors.Unsplash partners with Institutions to bring historical archive photos
Listed below is a visual of the Canon SX120 IS besides a soft drink so you're able to have a sense of its scale.
The top view here will illustrate the button design on the SX120 IS.
Canon SX120 IS Lens specs
The SX120 IS houses a built in lens and it has a focal range of 36-360mm giving it a 10.0 x zoom which might not be outstanding however it is going to be valuable in a few conditions.
At the widest 36mm, the lens provides an aperture of f2.8 which is quite slow and not the best in low light circumstances and you may find it hard to capture a shallow depth of field. You will also need to raise the ISO resulting in noisy photos. With the tele end, 360mm is exceptional zoom and comes with f4.3 which is quite slow and you may need to apply slower shutter speeds.
Canon SX120 IS Connectivity
The SX120 IS has the following connectivity:
- USB Yes
Digital cameras that include NFC and / or Bluetooth compatibility are able to be controlled wirelessly via smartphones. You can easily transfer files and sometimes change settings without the hassle of connecting physically to the camera.
Certain applications even allow a Liveview and hit the shutter whenever you are not near the camera. If the camera comes with a HDMI out, it can easily be connected to an external screen. Most cameras will allow you to recharge the battery pack with the USB port.
Canon SX120 IS Video specs
The max video quality in the Canon SX120 IS is 640 x 480 and it can shoot in Motion JPEG file format. 480p is low by today's requirements. You really should shoot for a minimum FUll HD quality for good video. The camera does not have a mic and / or headphone port which means you have little control over your sound. It is perhaps a better idea to have a look at another camera in case you require better sound in your videos.
Canon SX120 IS Weather Sealing
There is no environment sealing in the Canon SX120 IS so you need to be careful in rainy or dusty conditions.
Canon SX120 IS Screen and Viewfinder
The Canon SX120 IS is equipped with a 3" fixed display screen supporting a resolution of 230k dots.
Please be aware that the display offers no touch support.Coronavirus is affecting the sensor business
The ViewFinder details regarding Canon SX120 IS are the following:
- ViewFinder None
In those bright outdoor conditions which make the camera displays washed out and tricky to view, viewfinders will be rather valuable.
Canon SX120 IS Shutter specs
Canon SX120 IS continuous shooting speed is 1.0 frames/s. The max shutter speed is 1/2500 seconds.
Canon SX120 IS Flash and Hot shoe specs
Canon SX120 IS has got only built-in flash without external flash support. The max flash sync speed is 1/500 seconds.
Canon SX120 IS Autofocusing specs
Canon SX120 IS has got just Contrast Based AF and doesn't have Phase Detect AF. Phase Detection focusing is a lot faster and exact in comparison with Contrast Based focusing.
Canon SX120 IS features manual focusing when needed in low light occasions or you need to have more precise focusing control.
Canon SX120 IS Battery life
The usual Small Sensor Compact camera battery life is 241. Fujifilm X30 has the maximum (470) battery life in this range of cameras.
Following is a listing of Small Sensor Compact cameras that come with the highest battery life:
Canon SX120 IS for various categories of photography
The following graph indicates a rundown of the Canon SX120 IS for various categories of photography. To look at more, go to the specific paragraph below.
Canon SX120 IS Portrait photography information
The Canon SX120 IS gets a points total of 33 which is lousy, and means the camera is not really suitable for portrait photography. Taking portrait photos leans greatly towards sensor dimension, RAW support & flexibility to utilize external flash.
Canon SX120 IS Street photography advice
Coming in at a moderate rating of 51, the Canon SX120 IS is fairly suited to use in street photography. A good street photography camera provides a good balance of picture quality and portability.
Canon SX120 IS Sports photography info
A lousy sports photography score of 27 indicates the Canon SX120 IS is not really suitable for taking pictures of sports. A camera needs to have excellent tracking and fast shutter speeds for sports photography.
Canon SX120 IS Travel photography highlights
Size is pretty critical in picking a camera for travel. Overall, the Canon SX120 IS gets a reasonable 51 for a travelling camera which makes it reasonably suitable for your holidays.
Canon SX120 IS as a Landscape photography camera
When you're looking to buy a camera for landscape photography, the most essential aspect will be image quality. The Canon SX120 IS at it's lousy rating of 37 as a landscape camera is not really suitable compared to its rivals.
Canon SX120 IS as a Vlogging camera
A camera for vlogging preferably should offer a articulating screen, microphone input and ideally IBIS. Considering every thing, the Canon SX120 IS is not really suitable for vlogging as it gets a lousy score of 23.
Canon SX120 IS Alternatives
If you are interested in alternatives to the SX120 IS, below is a selection of the top scored cameras which fall in to the class of Small Sensor Compact.
The line chart underneath provides you a bird's eye view of the SX120 IS compared to it's top ranking rivals mentioned above.
These are various other cameras you might take a look at as alternative options. To look at a complete comparison, simply click on the "compare" link.