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Canon PowerShot S120

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PowerShot S120

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Canon PowerShot S120

Fast, connected, expert performance in your pocket

With a bright f/1.8 lens, HS system, fast continuous shooting up to 9.4fps*, refined ergonomics and Wi-Fi the PowerShot S120 puts superior performance in the pocket of serious photographers.


  • Ultra-wide 24mm, bright f/1.8, 5x zoom lens. 10x ZoomPlus
  • HS System: 12.1 Megapixel CMOS, DIGIC 6 for stunning results up to ISO 12,800
  • Intelligent IS for sharp shots with 5-axis Enhanced Dynamic IS for steady movies
  • Superfast performance with high speed AF and 9.4fps* sustained continuous shooting
  • Large, capacitive 7.5 cm (3.0") PureColor II G Touch LCD
PowerShot S120

Key Features

  • Wide aperture Wide aperture
  • Great low-light shots Great low-light shots
  • 12.1 Megapixel CMOS 12.1 Megapixel CMOS
  • 5x optical zoom, ultra wide-angle 5x optical zoom, ultra wide-angle
  • Share images wirelessly Share images wirelessly
  • Powerful DIGIC processing Powerful DIGIC processing
  • Steady images and movies in every situation Steady images and movies in every situation
  • Fast Continuous Shooting Fast Continuous Shooting
  • Quick manual control Quick manual control
  • Large capacitive touchscreen Large capacitive touchscreen
  • High maximum ISO sensitivity High maximum ISO sensitivity
  • Aperture and shutter speed control Aperture and shutter speed control
  • RAW in various aspect ratios RAW in various aspect ratios
  • Create SLR style background blur Create SLR style background blur
  • Capture starry skies with ease Capture starry skies with ease
  • Capture HDR without a tripod Capture HDR without a tripod
  • Smoother 1080p movies Smoother 1080p movies
  • Neutral Density Filter Neutral Density Filter
  • View stills and videos on TV View stills and videos on TV

Sample Images

PowerShot S120 Product Tour

Sample Video

Features in depth

Detailed Features

Versatile lens

A bright f/1.8 lens allows shooting in darker conditions. A 24mm ultra-wide angle lets you take stunning landscapes and a 5x optical zoom with 10x ZoomPlus gets you up close.

HS System

HS System excels in low light, capturing the real atmosphere of the moment without flash or a tripod. Advanced DIGIC 6 processing and a high sensitivity 12.1 Megapixel CMOS sensor (1/1.7 type) give exceptional image quality in all situations with up to ISO 12,800.

Intelligent IS; Enhanced Dynamic IS

Intelligent IS combats camera shake, so all your photos are sharp and detailed even at full zoom or in low light. Enhanced Dynamic IS powerfully compensates for user movements over 5 axes for spectacularly steady movies.

Superfast 9.4fps* shooting

Capture split second action in full resolution with super-responsive operation, which includes 9.4fps* sustained continuous shooting and high speed 0.1 sec auto focus**.

7.5 cm (3.0”) touch screen

An advanced 922k dot capacitive touch screen offers simple, intuitive gesture-based operation.

Expert control

A Lens Control Ring allows quick control of functions such as zoom, aperture, shutter speed, focus or ISO. Use Full Manual mode and RAW with multi aspect support, for maximum control over composition and post-shot editing using the included DPP software. Refined ergonomics and a customisable FUNC. menu let you tailor the camera to your shooting style.

Full HD 60fps

Expertly record smooth Full HD movies at 60fps in stereo with optical zoom supported by Focus Peaking and Touch AF. Advanced noise reduction processing (30p) delivers detailed movies in low light, while MP4 support and in-camera Movie Transcoding allow for easy sharing.

Wi-Fi, GPS via Mobile

Wi-Fi lets you connect easily with home wireless networks, compatible printers and PCs, plus smart devices for easy online sharing and GPS tagging of your images with shooting locations. Image Sync enables convenient PC and online backup via CANON iMAGE GATEWAY or Flickr.

Star Mode, handheld HDR, Background Defocus

Shoot stunning starry nightscapes, star trails or create star time-lapse movies with Star Mode. Use HDR to capture high contrast scenes without a tripod or Background Defocus to achieve beautiful, SLR style background blur.

Optional Waterproof Case

Protect your camera underwater down to 40m.

  • *Sustained continuous shooting -12.1fps for the first 5 frames and then 9.4fps for approx. 635 frames (depending on shooting subject), using compatible SDHC/SDXC UHS Speed Class 1 memory cards.

  • ** Measurements conforming to new CIPA guideline. Conditions: P mode, Single AF (Centerpoint AF) under 14EV lighting.

What's in the box

  • Digital Camera PowerShot S120
  • Wrist Strap – WS-D11
  • Battery Pack NB-6LH
  • Battery Charger CB-2LYE
  • AC Cable
  • User Manual Kit

Product specification


Type 1/1.7 type back-illuminated CMOS
Effective Pixels Approx. 12.1M
Colour Filter Type Primary Colour


Type DIGIC 6 with iSAPS technology
Focal Length 5.2 – 26.0 mm (35 mm equivalent: 24 – 120 mm)
Zoom Optical 5x
ZoomPlus 10x
Digital Approx. 4x (with Digital Tele-Converter Approx. 1.5x or 2.0x and Safety Zoom¹). Combined Approx. 20x
Maximum f/number f/1.8-f/5.7
Construction 7 elements in 6 groups (1 double-sided aspherical lens, 1 double-sided aspherical UA lens and 1 single-sided aspherical lens)
Image Stabilisation Yes (lens shift-type), approx. 3-stop¹. Intelligent IS with 5-axis Enhanced Dynamic IS


Type TTL
AF System/ Points AiAF (9-point, Face Detection or Touch AF with Object and Face Select and Track), 1-point AF (any position is available or fixed centre)
AF Modes Single, Continuous, Servo AF/AE¹, Touch AF
AF Point Selection Size (Normal, Small)
AF Lock On/Off Selectable
AF Assist Beam Yes
Manual Focus Yes, plus MF Peaking
Focus Bracketing Yes
Closest Focusing Distance 3 cm (W) from front of lens in macro


Metering modes Evaluative (linked to Face Detection AF frame), Centre-weighted average, Spot (centre or linked to Face Detection AF or Touch AF frame)
AE Lock Yes
Exposure Compensation +/- 3 EV in 1/3 stop increments
Manual and automatic dynamic range correction
Automatic shadow correction
ND Filter (3 stop)
AEB 1/3 – 2 EV in 1/3 stop increments
ISO sensitivity* AUTO, 80, 100, 125, 160, 200, 250, 320, 400, 500, 640, 800, 1000, 1250, 1600, 2000, 2500, 3200, 4000, 5000, 6400, 8000, 10000, 12800
Speed 1 – 1/2500 sec. (factory default)
250 – 1/2500 sec. (total range – varies by shooting mode)


Type TTL
Settings Auto (including Face Detection WB), Daylight, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Fluorescent H, Flash, Underwater, Custom 1, Custom 2
Multi-area WB correction available in Smart Auto
White Balance Compensation
White Balance Compensation in Underwater mode


Type sRGB


Monitor 7.5 cm (3.0”) PureColor II G Touch screen LCD (TFT). Approx. 922,000 dots. Capacitive type
Coverage Approx. 100%
Brightness Adjustable to one of five levels. Quick-bright LCD
Modes Auto, Manual Flash On / Off, Slow Synchro
Slow Sync Speed Yes. Fastest speed 1/2000 sec.
Red-Eye Reduction Yes
Flash Exposure Compensation +/- 2 EV in 1/3 stop increments. Face Detection FE, Safety FE, Smart Flash Exposure
Flash Exposure Lock Yes
Manual Power Adjustment 3 levels with internal flash
Second Curtain Synchronisation Yes
Built-in Flash Range 50 cm – 7.0 m (W) / 50 cm – 2.3 m (T)
External Flash Canon High Power Flash HF-DC2


Modes Smart Auto (58 scenes detected), Hybrid Auto, Program AE, Shutter priority AE, Aperture priority AE, Manual, Custom, SCN (Portrait, Smart Shutter (Smile, Wink Self-Timer, FaceSelf-Timer), Star (Star Nightscape, Star Trails, Star Time-Lapse Movie), Handheld Night Scene, Underwater, Snow, Fireworks), Creative Filters (High Dynamic Range, Nostalgic, Fish-eye Effect, Miniature Effect, Toy Camera Effect, Background Defocus, Soft Focus, Monochrome, Super Vivid, Poster Effect), Movie
Modes in Movie Smart Auto (21 scenes detected), Standard, Program AE, Portrait, Nostalgic, Miniature Effect, Monochrome, Super Vivid, Poster Effect, Underwater, Snow, Fireworks, Super Slow Motion Movie
Photo Effects My Colors (My Colors Off, Vivid, Neutral, Sepia, Black & White, Positive Film, Lighter Skin Tone, Darker Skin Tone, Vivid Blue, Vivid Green, Vivid Red, Custom Color)
Drive modes Single, Auto Drive, Continuous, Continuous with AF, Self-Timer
Continuous Shooting Approx. 12.1 shots/sec for up to 5 frames then approx. 9.4 shots/sec for 635 frames¹
with AF: Approx. 5.5 shots/sec²³
with Live View: Approx. 5.6 shots/sec²³


Image Size 4:3 - (RAW, L) 4000 x 3000, (M1) 2816 x 2112, (M2) 1600 x 1200, (S) 640 x 480
16:9 - (RAW, L) 4000 x 2248, (M1) 2816 x 1584, (M2) 1920 x 1080, (S) 640 x 360
3:2 - (RAW, L) 4000 x 2664, (M1) 2816 x 1880, (M2) 1600 x 1064, (S) 640 x 424
1:1 - (RAW, L) 2992 x 2992, (M1) 2112 x 2112, (M2) 1200 x 1200, (S) 480 x 480
4:5 - (RAW, L) 2400 x 3000, (M1) 1696 x 2112, (M2) 960 x 1200, (S) 384 x 480
Resize in playback (M2, S)
Compression RAW, Superfine, Fine
Movies (Full HD) 1920 x 1080, 60fps/30fps (HD) 1280 x 720, 30fps, (L) 640 x 480, 30fps
Star Time-Lapse Movie (Full HD) 15fps
Super Slow Motion Movie (L) 640 x 480, 120fps, (M) 320 x 240, 240fps
Miniature Effect (HD, L) 6fps, 3fps, 1.5fps
Hybrid Auto (HD)
Movie Length (Full HD & HD) Up to 4 GB or 29 min. 59 sec.¹
(L and M) Up to 4 GB or 1 hour²
(Super Slow Motion Movie) 30 sec.
(Star Time-Lapse Movie) 8/6/4 sec


Still Image Type JPEG compression (Exif 2.3 [Exif Print] compliant) / Design rule for Camera File system and DPOF ver. 1.1 compliant), RAW, RAW+JPEG
Movies MP4 [Video: MPEG4-AVC (H.264), Audio: MPEG2 AAC-LC (stereo)]


Canon Printers Canon SELPHY Compact Photo Printers and Canon Inkjet Printers supporting PictBridge
PictBridge Yes (via USB or Wireless LAN)


GPS GPS via mobile (linked to compatible smartphone)
Red-Eye Correction Yes, during shooting and playback
My Category Image tagging feature
Intelligent Orientation Sensor Yes
Histogram Yes, live histogram
Playback zoom Approx. 2x – 10x
Self Timer Approx. 2 or 10 sec., Custom
Menu Languages English, German, French, Dutch, Danish, Finnish, Italian, Greek, Norwegian, Portuguese, Russian, Swedish, Spanish, Ukrainian, Polish, Czech, Hungarian, Turkish, Simplified Chinese, Chinese (traditional), Japanese, Korean, Thai, Arabic, Romanian, Farsi, Hindi, Malay, Indonesian, Vietnamese


Computer Hi-Speed USB (MTP, PTP) dedicated connector (Mini-B compatible)
Other HDMI Mini Connector (HDMI-CEC compatible) A/V output (PAL/NTSC)
Computer/Other Wireless LAN (IEEE802.11 b/g/n), (2.4 GHz only)¹


Type SD, SDHC, SDXC (UHS Speed Class 1 compatible)


PC & Macintosh Windows 8/7 SP1/ Vista SP2/ XP SP3
Mac OS X v10.6 – 10.8
For Wireless LAN connection to a PC:
Windows 8/7 SP1
Mac OS X v10.6.8/10.7/10.8.2 or later


Browsing & Printing ImageBrowser EX
Other Map Utility
Image Manipulation Digital Photo Professional for RAW development


Batteries Rechargeable Li-ion Battery NB-6LH (NB-6LH battery and charger supplied)
Battery life Approx. 230 shots
Eco mode approx. 300 shots
Approx. 240 min. playback
A/C Power Supply Optional, AC Adapter Kit ACK-DC40


Cases / Straps Soft Case DCC-1920
Travel Case DCC-2500
Waterproof / Weatherproof Case Waterproof Case (40m) WP-DC51, Waterproof Case Weight WW-DC1
Flash Canon High Power Flash HF-DC2
Power Supply & Battery Chargers AC Adapter Kit ACK-DC40, Battery Charger CB-2LYE
Other Canon HDMI Cable HTC-100, interface cable IFC-400PCU


Operating Environment 0 – 40 °C, 10 – 90% humidity
Dimensions (WxHxD) 100.2 x 59.0 x 29.0 mm
Weight Approx. 217 g (including battery/batteries and memory card)
Zoom ¹ Depending on the image size selected.
Image Stabilisation ¹ Values at maximum optical focal length. Cameras whose focal length exceeds 350mm (35mm equivalent) are measured at 350mm.
AF Modes ¹ Some settings limit availability.
Continuous Shooting ¹ Sustained continuous shooting function requires compatible SDHC/SDXC UHS Speed Class 1 memory card, total number of frames captured varies depending on shooting subject.
² Under conditions where the flash does not fire.
³ Depending on memory card speed / capacity / compression setting.
Movie Length ¹ The following Speed Class memory cards are required for maximum record time: (HD) 1280 x 720 Speed Class 4 or above. (Full HD) 1920 x 1080 Speed Class 6 or above. (iFrame) 1280 x 720 Speed Class 6 or above.
² Depending on memory card speed / capacity / compression setting.
Computer/Other ¹ Wi-Fi use may be restricted in certain countries or regions. Wi-Fi support varies by device and region. For more information visit
  • 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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Accessories & supplies


Trust Canon for guaranteed power performance. Extra batteries, battery chargers and AC adapter kits let you shoot photos and video for longer and review images without worrying about fading battery life.


A spare or replacement battery for your Canon digital compact camera. Genuine Canon batteries offer 100% compatibility, safety and performance.


A spare or replacement battery for your Canon digital compact camera with higher capacity than the NB-6L for longer shooting times. Genuine Canon batteries offer 100% compatibility, safety and performance.

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  • CB-2LYE

    A spare or replacement battery charger, perfect for travelling.


    Power your Canon compact camera directly from a mains electricity supply. Ideal for shooting longer projects and powering the camera while it’s connected to a computer.

    Softcases & Straps

    Carry your compact camera comfortably and protect it from dust and scratches.


    Protect your Canon PowerShot camera with a soft case when you are out and about.


    Protect your Canon PowerShot camera, accessories and travel documents using a multi-pocket Travel Case with a versatile multi-point strap for cross-body, neck or waist carrying options.

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  • Waterproof Cases

    Perfect for scuba diving and snorkeling, waterproof cases provide easy access to many photographic controls, such as White Balance adjustment. They can also be useful on land, protecting against snow, sand, dust and humidity.


    Perfect for scuba diving and snorkelling. Use your Canon Compact Camera underwater, at depths of up to 40m.

    Waterproof Case Weight WW-DC1

    A set of four weights designed to make your Canon waterproof case more neutrally buoyant while diving. Includes securing pins and screws.

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  • Flashes

    Get creative with your lighting and explore new and exciting types of photography. Canon Speedlites deliver accurate flash exposures time after time, and is quick and simple to use.

    High Power Flash HF-DC2

    Boost the range of your camera’s flash with a portable high-power flash unit. Includes a bracket that attaches to the camera. Can also be used remotely for creative lighting options.

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  • Cables & Other Accessories

    Stay connected with the correct interface cable.

    AV Cable AVC-DC400 ST

    Show photos and movies on TVs and displays that have composite video connections. Carries picture and stereo sound.

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  • HDMI Cable HTC-100

    Show photos and movies on TVs and displays that have an HDMI connection. Carries picture and stereo sound, and features gold-plated contacts to ensure a reliable connection.

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  • Interface Cable IFC-400PCU

    Transfer photos and movies from your camera to a PC or Mac computer via USB. 1.5m (5ft) cable length.

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