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Canon PowerShot SX120 IS


Canon PowerShot SX120 IS
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Category: Beginner Amateur

The Canon PowerShot SX120 IS features 10MP resolution, a 10x optical zoom lens (36–360 mm equiv.) with built-in Optical Image Stabilization, and a large 3.0-in. LCD (230K dots).

Face Detection AF/AE sets the focus point and exposure for the faces of your subjects. Face Detection FE adjusts the flash to correctly illuminate your subject to provide the best balance between your subject and the overall scene, eliminating the common problems of over and underexposed faces. Face Detection WB concentrates upon faces when calculating white balance for the best possible skin tones. Face Select and Track lets you highlight one face among several in a scene, and the camera concentrates on that person, even as they move around the scene. Red-eye Correction provides three options for removing red-eye from subjects in flash pictures.

Smart AUTO, Easy mode and 13 Scene Modes make the Canon SX120 IS easy to use. More advanced photographers will appreciate full exposure flexibility with Program, Shutter-Priority, Aperture-Priority and Manual modes.

The Canon SX120 IS allows you to record video (640 x 480 pixels) @ 30fps for a 1 hour or 4GB clip at one time. It uses 2 AA-size batteries which are conveniently available anywhere.

The Canon SX120 IS is makes photography easy for those desiring an ultra zoom camera that beginners as well as more advanced photographers can use.


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Canon SX120 IS
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Canon PowerShot SX120 IS US | CAN | UK
Image Sensor 10.0 Megapixel, 1/2.5-inch type Charge Coupled Device (CCD)
Lens 36-360mm equiv., 10x optical zoom with optical IS, f/2.8 (W) - f/4.3 (T)
Viewfinder N/A
Shutter Speed 15-1/2500 sec.
Continuous Shooting 1.3 fps
Shooting Modes Auto, P, Av, Tv, M, Easy, Portrait, Landscape, Special Scene (Foliage, Snow, Beach, Sunset, Fireworks, Aquarium, ISO 3200), Indoor, Kids & Pets, Night Snapshot, Movie, Night Scene
Exposure Metering Evaluative, Center-weighted average, Spot
ISO sensitivity Auto, ISO 80/100/200/400/800/1600 equivalent
Autofocus TTL Autofocus
White Balance Auto, Daylight, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Fluorescent H, Custom
LCD Monitor 3.0-in. 230,000-dot
Movie 640 x 480 30fps
Dimensions (W x H x D) Approx. 110.6 x 70.4 x 44.7 mm /
4.35 x 2.77 x 1.76 in.
Weight (camera body only) Approx. 245g / 8.64 oz
MSRP US $249.99 / CAD $299.99 / UK £229.00 / €269.00 RRP inc. VAT.

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Canon PowerShot SX120 IS
Technical Specifications
Canon PowerShot SX120 IS US | CAN | UK
Type of Camera  
Type of Camera Compact digital still camera with built-in flash, 10x Optical/4x Digital/40x Combined Zoom with Optical Image Stabilizer System
Image Sensor  
Type 10.0 Megapixel, 1/2.5-inch type Charge Coupled Device (CCD)
Total Pixels Approx. 10.3 Megapixels
Effective Pixels Approx. 10.0 Megapixels
Focal Length 6.0 (W) - 60.0mm (T) f/2.8 (W) - f/4.3 (T)
(35mm equivalent: 36 (W) - 360 (T) mm)
Optical Zoom 10x; Digital Zoom: 10x
Focusing Range / Macro

Normal: 1.6 ft./50cm-infinity (W), 3.3 ft./1m-infinity (T)
Macro: 0.4 in.-1.6 ft./1-50cm (W)

Auto Focus

TTL Autofocus

Viewfinder & Monitor




LCD Monitor

3.0-inch low-temperature polycrystalline silicon TFT color LCD with wide viewing angle

LCD Pixels

Approx. 230,000 pixels

LCD Coverage


Aperture and Shutter


Maximum Aperture

f/2.8 (W) - f/4.3 (T)

Shutter Speed

15-1/2500 sec. (settable in Tv and M)

Exposure Control  
ISO Sensitivity

Auto, ISO 80/100/200/400/800/1600 equivalent
(Subject movement is taken into account while shooting in Auto and Easy modes)

Light Metering Method

Evaluative*, Center-weighted average, spot**
* Facial brightness is also evaluated in Face Detect AF
** Fixed to center

Exposure Control Method

Program AE, Manual; AE Lock, Program Shift, Safety Shift, Auto ISO Shift

Exposure Compensation

+/-2 stops in 1/3-stop increments

White Balance  
White Balance

Auto*, Daylight, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Fluorescent H, Custom
*The color of faces is evaluated in Face Detect



Built-in Flash

Auto, Auto w/Red-eye Reduction, Flash On, Flash On w/Red-eye Reduction, Flash Off; FE lock, Safety FE, Slow Synchro

Flash Range

50 cm - 4.0 m (W), 1.0 cm - 2.5 m (T) (1.6 - 13 ft. (W), 3.3 - 8.2 ft. (T))

Recycling Time

12 sec. or less (battery voltage: 3.0 V)
- LCD monitor is turned off during flash charging (Except when turning on the power)

Flash Exposure Compensation

+/-2 stops in 1/3-stop increments

Shooting Specifications


Shooting Modes

Auto*, P, Av, Tv, M, Easy, Portrait, Landscape, Special Scene (Foliage, Snow, Beach, Sunset, Fireworks, Aquarium, ISO 3200), Indoor, Kids & Pets, Night Snapshot, Movie, Night Scene
* Automatically detects the shooting scene.

Photo Effects

My Colors
My Colors Off, Vivid, Neutral, Sepia, Black & White, Custom Color*
*Adjustment of contrast, sharpness and saturation is available.
- Saving original image is not available.


Activates shutter after an approx. 2-sec./10-sec. delay, Custom*, Face Self-Timer**
* Shooting start time (0-10 sec. (in 1-second increments), 15/20/30 sec.) and number of shots (1-10 (in one-shot increments)) can be specified.
** When the number of detected faces increases, the shutter is released after 2 sec. delay. However, if no face is detected for 30 seconds or more, the shooting operation starts automatically.

Wireless Control


Continuous Shooting

Normal: approx. 1.3 fps; AF: approx. 0.9 fps; LV: approx. 0.9 fps

Image Storage Media  
Storage Media

SD/SDHC memory card, MultiMediaCard, MMCplus card, HC MMCplus card

File Format

Design rule for camera file system, DPOF (Version 1.1) compliant

Image Compression

Normal, Fine

JPEG Compression Mode

Still Image: Exif 2.2 (JPEG)
Movie: AVI (Image data: Motion JPEG; Audio data: WAVE (Monaural))

Number of Recording Pixels

Still Image: 3,648 x 2,736 (Large), 2,816 x 2,112 (Medium 1), 2,272 x 1,704 (Medium 2), 1,600 x 1,200 (Medium 3), 640 x 480 (Small), 3,648 x 2,048 (Widescreen)
Movie: 640 x 480 (30 fps/30 fps LP), 320 x 240 (30 fps) available up to 4GB or 60 minutes per clip.
- Data stamp is available in all recording pixels

Playback Specifications  
Playback Modes File

Still Image: Single, Magnification (approx. 2x-10x), Jump, Auto Rotate, Rotate, Resume, My Category, Transition Effects, Histogram, Index (4-100 thumbnails), Over Exposure Warning, Slide Show, Red-eye Correction, Resize, Easy;
Movie: Normal Playback, Special Playback, Auto Rotate, Resume, Easy

Erasing Specifications  
Erase Modes

Still Image: single image, select all images
- The image data stored in the memory card with the design rule for camera file systems format can be erased. However, protected images cannot be erased)
Movie: any movie file (files must be erased one at a time)

Computer Interface

Hi-Speed USB* (dedicated connector (female) with unified type of digital audio and video**
* Use of USB logomark is not allowed.
** mini-B compatible.

Video Out


Audio Out



Memory card slot; direct connection to Canon and SELPHY Compact Photo Printers, PIXMA Photo Printers and PictBridge-compatible printers via camera's USB 2.0 Hi-Speed cable

Power Supply


Power Source

1. AA-size Alkaline Battery (x2)
2. Rechargeable AA-size NiMH Battery NB-3AH (x2)
3. AC Adapter Kit ACK-800 (optional)

Shooting Capacity

Still Image: approx. 130 shots (AA-size Alkaline Battery), approx. 370 shots (AA-size Ni-MH Battery)*

*LCD screen on. The above figures comply with CIPA testing standards and apply when fully-charged batteries are used.

Playback Time

Approx. 7 hrs. (AA-size Alkaline Battery), approx. 9 hrs. (AA-size Ni-MH Battery)

Included Accessories

- SD Memory Card SDC-128MB
- AA-size Alkaline Battery (x2)
- Wrist Strap WS-800
- USB Interface Cable IFC-400PCU
- AV Cable AVC-DC400
- Digital Camera Solution CD-ROM

Dimensions (W x H x D)

110.6 x 70.4 x 44.7 mm /
4.35 x 2.77 x 1.76 in.

Weight (Camera body only)

Approx.245g / 8.64 oz.

All data is based on Canon's standard testing methods.
Subject to change without notice.
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