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Canon PowerShot SX120 IS

Digital Compact Camera

PowerShot SX120 IS

Canon PowerShot SX120 IS

Family-friendly. Serious zoom.

Ideal for family days out, the 10.0 MP PowerShot SX120 IS brings distant subjects into view with a 10x image-stabilised lens. Smart Auto and Easy modes allow all the family to take great shots.

Benefits

  • 10.0 MP
  • 10x zoom with optical IS
  • Smart Auto and Easy modes with Scene Detection Technology
  • Large 3.0” LCD
  • DIGIC 4
  • Face Detection Technology
  • Motion Detection Technology
  • i-Contrast
  • Shooting modes including Full Manual control
  • VGA movies with sound

Detailed Features

10.0 Megapixels

The compact, easy-to-use PowerShot SX120 IS uses a 10.0 Megapixel sensor – capturing enough detail for poster-size prints or creative cropping.

10x optical zoom with optical IS

With a 10x optical zoom, it’s easy to fill the frame with a distant subject. Canon’s optical Image Stabilizer counteracts the effect of camera shake, ensuring crisp blur-free results throughout the zoom range.

Smart Auto and Easy mode

Designed to let everyone take great shots, Smart Auto mode analyses subject brightness, contrast, distance and hue. Intelligent Scene Detection Technology then selects the scene type from 18 variables, applying the best settings for optimum output. Easy mode deactivates all buttons except flash and reduces on-screen icons, for fuss-free, simple shooting.

Large 3.0” LCD

A clear and bright 3.0” LCD screen with wide viewing angle makes framing and reviewing shots a pleasure.

DIGIC 4

Canon’s DIGIC 4 processor delivers ultra-fast camera operation, superb colour reproduction, and advanced noise reduction – for cleaner-looking shots at higher ISO speeds.

Face Detection Technology

For perfect portraits, the PowerShot SX120 IS features Canon Face Detection Technology. Face Select & Track lets you select a particular face as the principal subject in a photo, while FaceSelf-Timer makes group photos easy – taking a shot after an extra face enters the frame.

Anti-blur

The PowerShot SX120 IS combats blur with Motion Detection Technology, which uses several advanced methods to determine camera and subject movement. ISO settings are then adjusted for optimum results.

i-Contrast

In shooting or playback, enhanced i-Contrast optimises dynamic range according to the scene- retaining detail in shadows and preventing overexposure of highlights. The result is natural images with the best possible contrast.

20 shooting modes

20 dedicated shooting modes help you to achieve superb shots in a wide variety of lighting conditions. For more experienced users seeking greater creative control, a Full Manual control mode is included.

VGA movies

Supplement still shots by shooting fantastic VGA quality movie clips with sound. A special Long Play option uses around half the normal memory card space, allowing you to shoot for longer.

Product Specification

IMAGE SENSOR

Type 1/2.5” CCD
Effective Pixels Approx 10.0M
Colour Filter Type Primary Colour

IMAGE PROCESSOR

Type DIGIC 4 with iSAPS technology
Focal Length 6.0 - 60.0 mm (35mm equivalent: 36-360mm)
Zoom Optical 10x. Digital approx. 4x (with Digital Tele-Converter approx. 1.4x or 2.3x and Safety Zoom¹)². Combined approx. 40x
Maximum f/number f/2.8 - f/4.3
Construction 10 elements in 9 groups (1 aspherical element)
Image Stabilisation Yes (shift-type)

FOCUSING

Type TTL
AF System/ Points Face Detection, 1-point AF (fixed to centre or Face Select and Track)
AF Modes Single, Continuous
AF Point Selection Size (Normal, Small)
AF Lock On/Off Selectable
AF Assist Beam Yes
Manual Focus Yes
Closest Focusing Distance 1cm (W) from front of lens in macro

EXPOSURE CONTROL

Metering modes Evaluative (linked to Face Detection AF frame), Centre-weighted average, Spot (Centre)
AE Lock On/Off Selectable
Exposure Compensation +/- 2 EV in 1/3 stop increments.
i-Contrast for automatic dynamic range correction
ISO sensitivity* AUTO, 80, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600

SHUTTER

Speed 1- 1/2500 sec (factory default)
15 - 1/2500 sec (total range - varies by shooting mode)

WHITE BALANCE

Type TTL
Settings Auto (including Face Detection WB), Daylight, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Fluorescent H, Custom

LCD MONITOR

Monitor 3.0” TFT, approx. 230,000 dots
Coverage 100%
Brightness Adjustable to one of five levels.

FLASH

Modes Auto, Manual Flash On / Off
Slow Sync Speed Yes. Fastest speed 1/500 sec
Red-Eye Reduction Yes
Flash Exposure Compensation +/- 2 EV in 1/3 stop increments. Face Detection FE. Safety FE.
Flash Exposure Lock Yes
Manual Power Adjustment 3 levels with internal flash
Built-in Flash Range 50cm-4.0m (W) / 1.0m-2.5m (T)
External Flash Canon High Power Flash HF-DC1

SHOOTING

Modes Auto*, Program AE, Shutter priority AE, Aperture priority AE, Manual, Easy, Portrait, Landscape, Night Snapshot, Kids & Pets, Indoor, SCN (Night Scene, Sunset, Foliage, Snow, Beach, Fireworks, Aquarium, ISO 3200¹), Movie
*with Scene Detection Technology and Motion Detection Technology
Photo Effects My Colors (My Colors Off, Vivid, Neutral, Sepia, Black & White, Custom Color(Limited))
Drive modes Single, Continuous, Self-Timer, FaceSelf-Timer
Continuous Shooting Approx. 1.3 shots/sec.¹ AF/LV: Approx. 0.9 shots/sec.¹ (until memory card becomes full)²

RECORDING PIXELS / COMPRESSION

Image Size (L) 3648 x 2736, (M1) 2816 x 2112, (M2) 2272 x 1704, (M3) 1600 x 1200, (S) 640 x 480, (W) 3648 x 2048.
Resize in playback (M3, S, 320 x 240)
Compression Fine, Normal
Movies (L)640 x 480, 30fps/30fps(LP)
(M)320 x 240, 30fps
Movie Length Up to 4GB or 1 hour¹

FILE TYPES

Still Image Type JPEG compression, (Exif 2.2 [Exif Print] compliant) / Design rule for Camera File system, Digital Print Order Format [DPOF] Version 1.1 compliant
Movies AVI [Motion JPEG compression + WAVE (monaural)]

DIRECT PRINT

Canon Printers Canon SELPHY Compact Photo Printers and Canon Inkjet Printers supporting PictBridge (ID Photo Print, Fixed Size Print and Movie Print supported on SELPHY CP & ES printers only)
PictBridge Yes

OTHER FEATURES

Red-Eye Correction Yes, during shooting and playback
Intelligent Orientation Sensor Yes
Histogram Yes
Playback Zoom Approx. 2x – 10x
Self Timer Approx. 2 or 10 sec. or Custom
Menu Languages English, German, French, Dutch, Danish, Finnish, Italian, Norwegian, Swedish, Spanish, Simplified Chinese, Chinese (traditional), Japanese, Russian, Portuguese, Korean, Greek, Polish, Czech, Hungarian, Turkish, Thai, Arabic, Ukrainian, Romanian, Farsi

INTERFACE

Computer Hi-Speed USB (MTP, PTP) dedicated connector (Mini-B compatible)
Other A/V output, dedicated connector (PAL/NTSC)

MEMORY CARD

Type SD, SDHC, MMC, MMCplus, HC MMCplus. 128MB memory card supplied

SUPPORTED OPERATING SYSTEM

PC & Macintosh Windows XP SP2-3 / Vista (including SP1-2)
Mac OS X v10.4 - 10.5

SOFTWARE

Browsing & Printing ZoomBrowser EX / ImageBrowser
Other PhotoStitch

POWER SOURCE

Batteries 2x Size-AA Alkaline or NiMH Batteries(NB4-300) (Alkalines supplied)
Battery life Approx. 130 shots¹ (with supplied batteries)
Approx. 370 shots (with optional Canon NB4-300 batteries)¹
Approx. 420 min. playback (with supplied batteries)
Approx. 540 min. playback (with Canon NB4-300 batteries)
A/C Power Supply Optional, AC Adapter Kit ACK800

ACCESSORIES

Cases / Straps Soft Case DCC-750
Flash High Power Flash HF-DC1
Power Supply & Battery Chargers AC Adapter Kit ACK800, Battery Charger Kit CBK4-300, Ni-MH Batteries NB4-300

PHYSICAL SPECIFICATIONS

Operating Environment 0 – 40 °C¹, 10 – 90% humidity
Dimensions (WxHxD) 110.6 x 70.4 x 44.7 mm
Weight Approx 245g
Zoom ¹ Depending on the image size selected.
² Digital zoom available for still image and standard movie modes only. Optical zoom may not be available during movie recording.
Modes ¹ Recording pixels fixed at 1600 x 1200 (ISO 3200 Mode) and 1824 x 1368 (Low Light Mode).
Continuous Shooting ¹ Under conditions where the flash does not fire.
² Depending on memory card speed / capacity / compression setting.
Movie Length ¹ Depending on memory card speed / capacity / compression setting.
Battery life ¹ Using the batteries and memory card format supplied with the camera (where included), except where indicated.
Operating Environment ¹ 0 – 35 °C when NB-3AH is used
  • * Standard Output Sensitivity / Recommended Exposure Index.
  • According to ISO 12232:2006 (20th April 2006) which specifies the method for assigning and reporting ISO speed ratings for digital still cameras.
  • All data is based on Canon standard testing methods (according to CIPA Standards) except where indicated.
  • Subject to change without notice.
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