Playback Editing and Print Functions
Inputs and Outputs Notes
LCD Touchscreen Monitor: The Canon PowerShot S120 has a
3.0" TFT LCD touchscreen monitor, featuring 922,000 dots with approximately
100% picture coverage. The touchscreen recognizes touch and swipe actions to
move through menus and recorded images, and pinch actions to move from single
image display to thumbnail image (index) display. The Touch Shutter function
lets you control the shutter release by touching the screen.
Image Sensor: The camera is equipped with a 1/1.7" CMOS
image sensor with 12.8-million total pixels, and 12.1-million effective pixels.
Along with the new DIGIC 6 Image Processor, the S120 gives you clear photos with
accurate colors and less noise.
Smart Shutter: Smart Shutter technology automatically takes
a picture a short time after the camera detects a specific change in the scene.
There are three Smart Shutter functions: Face Self-Timer, Smile Self-Timer, and
Optics and Stabilization: The S120 has a 5x optical
zoom lens with a 5.2-26mm focal length (35mm equivalent is 24-120mm). The built-in
lens shift-type Image Stabilizer (Intelligent IS) helps control camera shake to give you clear images
when you're zoomed way in. Image Stabilization can be set to Dynamic IS for
strong camera shake, Powered IS for panning, or Hybrid IS for macro shots.
Zoom: In addition to the 5x optical zoom, the camera
features a 4x digital zoom. When used in combination, the total zoom is
Digital Tele-Converter: The focal length of the lens can be
increased by an equivalent of 1.5x or 2.0x through the use of the Digital Tele-Converter. The equivalent focal lengths of the lens (35mm equivalent) are
36-180mm when using the 1.5x digital tele-converter, and 48-120mm with the 2.0x tele-converter. The digital zoom and digital tele-converter cannot be used
Recording Media:The camera records still images or moving images with stereo audio on SD Memory
Cards, SDHC Memory Cards, and SDXC Memory Cards. The camera has no built-in memory, and no memory card is
included with the camera.
Built-in Wi-Fi: Built-in Wi-Fi allows you to wirelessly
transfer your images to social network sites (through the Canon iMage Gateway),
to a PC or upload virtually anywhere on your iOS or Android device (using Canon
CameraWindow app), share images between Wi-Fi-enabled PowerShot cameras, and
even print your images on an Wi-Fi-compatible printer.
Note: The camera is compatible with iOS Ver.6.0/6.1, and Android devices version
2.3/4.0/4.1/4.2. Wireless LAN
GPS via Mobile: You can record GPS+ data on your smartphone,
using the free Canon CameraWindow downloadable app, and wirelessly (via Wi-Fi)
add the location data to the images in your camera. The app allows you to record
location data, such as latitude, longitude, altitude, and shooting time onto
Image Formats: Still images are recorded in JPEG
and RAW formats. A RAW image is raw data recorded with nearly no deterioration
in image quality resulting from image processing inside the camera. You can use
the supplied software to adjust the image in any way you like with minimal loss
in image quality. Movies are recorded in MOV format (Image data: MPEG-4 AVC/H.264, Audio data: Linear PCM
Still Image Resolution/Compression:
The S120 can record still images in 4 different sizes (Large, Medium 1,
Medium 2, and Small) and 5 aspect ratios (4:3, 16:9, 3:2, 1:1, and 4:5). For each
resolution, you can set the compression to Super Fine or Fine. You can choose from
the following resolutions:
|Large + RAW||4000 x 2248||4000 x 2664||4000 x 3000||2992 x 2992||2400 x 3000|
|Medium 1||2816 x 1584||2816 x 1880||2816 x 2112||2112 x 2112||1696 x 2112|
|Medium 2||1920 x 1080||1600 x 1064||1600 x 1200||1200 x 1200||960 x 1200|
|Small||640 x 360||640 x 424||640 x 480||480 x 480||384 x 480|
Movies: Movies can be shot in High Definition at
1920 x 1080 at 60 fps and 30 fps, and 1280 x 720
at 30 fps with stereo audio. Standard definition movies can
be recorded at 640 x 480 pixels, with a frame rate of 30 frames per second and stereo audio. Recording will automatically stop when either
the clip file size reaches 4 GB or the recording time reaches approximately 30
minutes for HD, and 1 hour for SD. SD Speed Class 6 or higher memory cards are recommended.
Super Slow Motion: You can shoot movies is Standard movie
mode or Super Slow Motion mode. Super Slow Motion lets you shoot fast-moving
subjects for playback later in slow motion. No sound is recorded in Super Slow
Motion mode. There are two options for Super Slow Motion:
|Frame Rate||Image Quality||Playback Time|
(for a 30 sec clip)
|240 fps||QVGA (320 x 240)||Approx. 4 min.|
|120 fps||VGA (640 x 480)||Approx. 2 min|
Mode: You can use the continuous shooting mode to shoot successive
frames while the shutter button is fully pressed. In Normal mode, you can shoot continuously at
approximately 12.1 images per second for the first 5 shots and 9.4 images per
second from the 6th shot. In the AF Continuous mode (in P mode), you can record
at a rate of approximately 5.5 shots per second. In LV Continuous (in P mode),
you can shoot approximately 5.6 shots per second.
Focusing Range: The camera features the following focus
ranges (from the end of the lens):
- Auto: 1.2" to infinity (W), 11.8" to infinity (T)
- Normal: 2" to infinity (W),
11.8" to infinity (T)
- Macro: 1.2" to 1.6' (W), 11.8" to 1.6' (T)
- Manual Focus: 1.2" - infinity (W), 11.8" to infinity (T)
- Underwater Macro: 1.2"-1.6' (W)
- Underwater Quick: 4.9'-66' (W-T)
Shooting Modes: Using the mode dial on
the top, you can switch between the following
- Smart Auto:The camera will
automatically select the best settings for the scene.
- Hybrid Auto: Hybrid Auto mode makes a short movie of
the day by recording 2-4 second clips of scenes before each still image is
recorded. These clips are later combined into a digest movie.
- Program (P): The camera sets both the aperture value and
- Aperture Priority (Av): You can set the aperture to a value
at which you want to shoot, and the camera sets the appropriate shutter
speed for the aperture you set. Aperture values can be set between F1.8 to
F8.0 at wide angle and F5.7 to F8.0 at telephoto.
- Shutter Priority (Tv): You can set the shutter speed to a
value at which you want to shoot, and the camera sets the appropriate
aperture value for the shutter speed you set. Shutter speeds can be set
between 250 and 1/4000 seconds.
- Manual (M): You can manually set the shutter
speed and aperture.
- Control Ring (C): You can register numerous functions to
the control ring surrounding the camera's lens.
- Creative Filters: You can add various effects to images
when shooting, such as Super Vivid, Poster Effect, High Dynamic Range, Nostalgic, Fish-eye Effect, Miniature Effect, Toy Camera Effect,
Background Defocus, Monochrome, and Soft Focus.
- Scene: Select from the following, according to the
scene or effects desired: Portrait, Smart Shutter, Star, Handheld Night Scene, Underwater
(optional waterproof case required), Snow, and
- Movies: Record movies in High Definition or Standard
Definition in Standard Mode and Super Slow Motion Movie
Metering Modes: You can select from the following metering modes:
Light Metering: used for standard
conditions. The area within the frame is divided into several zones and
light is measured based on subject position, brightness, direct light and
Averaging: averages the exposure from the entire image, but places more
weight on the subject at the center
- Spot: meters
the area within the spot AE point at the center of the LCD monitor.
If you are shooting against a bright background or strong backlight, you may
need to correct the exposure so that the subject doesn't come out too dark. You
can set the adjustments from -3 to +3 in 1/3-step increments.
Exposure Setting (AE Lock): You can set
the exposure and focus separately. This is effective when the contrast is too
strong between the subject and background, or when a subject is backlit. Flash
Exposure Lock (FE Lock), just as with the AE lock, lets you lock the exposure
for shooting with the flash.
White Balance: You
can choose from the following white balance settings: Auto, Daylight, Cloudy,
Tungsten, Fluorescent, Fluorescent H, Flash, Underwater, and Custom.
Flash Modes: The PowerShot S120 has a built-in
You can select Auto (flash fires in low light),
Slow-synchro, On (flash always fires), or Off (flash doesn't fire). The
built-in flash has a range of 1.6' to 23' in Wide Angle and 1.6' to 7.5' in
Telephoto. In the menu, you can turn on the Red-Eye Reduction lamp for the
flash, and apply Red-Eye Correction to the images that have been taken. As with
Exposure Compensation, you can adjust the Flash Exposure Compensation +/- 2
stops in 1/3-stop increments when using the flash.
ISO Speed: The ISO speed can be set
Automatically (ISO Auto), or manually between ISO 80 and ISO 12800 in 1/3 EF
steps (23 steps). Lowering the ISO speed results in sharper images but there's a
greater chance of subject or image blurring in certain shooting conditions.
Raising the ISO speed results in a faster shutter speed, reducing blurred
images. The images, however, will appear more coarse.
My Colors: You
can choose the look and feel of the photos you take by using My Colors to add
the following effects to the image you are currently recording or have already
recorded: Vivid, Neutral, Sepia, B/W, Positive Film, Lighter Skin Tone, Darker
Skin Tone, Vivid Blue, Vivid Green, Vivid Red, and Custom Color.
Display Overlay: You can customize the display with the
- Shooting Info: A wide range of information on the shooting
conditions and settings will display on the LCD monitor.
- Grid Lines: Displays gridlines dividing the monitor into 9 areas, allowing you to check
the subject's horizontal and vertical alignment.
Electronic Level: An electronic level is displayed on the screen as
a guideline to determine if the camera is level.
Histogram: A graphic display that shows the distribution of
brightness in an image horizontally (P, Tv, Av, M modes).
Self-Timer: The S120 utilizes a 10-second, 2-second, and
a custom self-timer to allow
the photographer to be included in the shot, or to avoid camera shake when using
a tripod. The custom self-timer allows you to set the time delay to 1-15, 20, 25, or 30 seconds for up to 10 shots.
Editing and Print Functions
Index Display:This feature allows you to view 6, 12, 36, or 100 images at once on the LCD monitor so that
you can search for an image quickly. Movies cannot be played in the index
playback mode. You can view the index display by rotating the zoom lever toward wide angle while the camera is in playback
Filtered Playback: When there are many images on the memory
card, you can filter and display them by a specified filter. You can also
protect or delete all images at once while filtered. Available filters include:
Favorites, Shot Date, People, Type (Still/Movie), and Name.
Playback Displays: You can choose from the following types of displays:
No Information, Simple Information Display, Detailed Information Display, and
RGB Histogram/GPS Information Display.
Red-Eye Correction:You can correct red eyes in already recorded images. However, red eyes may not
be automatically detected in some images such as faces near the screen edge,
faces that appear extremely small, larger dark or bright in relation to the
overall image and faces turned to the side or at a diagonal and faces with a
portion hidden which prevents the Red-Eye Correction from working. You can
choose to overwrite the file with the corrected image, or store the image as a
new file, retaining the original image.
the supplied USB cable, you can connect this camera directly to a PictBridge-compatible
printer of any brand, including Canon SELPHY compact photo printers and PIXMA inkjet photo printers. In this way, you can make prints directly
from the camera without having to connect to a computer.
Canon PowerShot S120 powered by the NB-6LH Lithium-Ion rechargeable battery. The camera includes the CB-2LY battery charger,
which can charge the NB-6LH battery in approximately 2 hours. For long periods of continuous use, or when connected to a
computer, it is recommended that the camera be connected to the optional ACK-DC40
AC adapter kit. A fully-charged battery will last for approximately 230 shots,
or 300 shots with ECO mode on. For movie recording, 30 minutes of movie shooting time,
hour of continuous shooting, and 4 hours of playback time.
Date/Time Battery: The camera uses a built-in backup battery
for maintaining the date and time data for about three weeks after the battery
pack has been removed. By inserting a charged battery or connecting an AC
adapter kit, the date/time battery can be charged in approximately 4 hours, even
if the camera is not turned on.
Power Saving Functions: The camera is equipped with the
following power saving functions:
- Auto Power Down for Shooting Mode: The screen will turn
off approximately 1 minute after the camera is last operated. You can "wake"
the camera at this point by pressing the shutter button halfway to turn on
the screen and continue shooting. After about 2 more minutes, if no buttons
are pressed, the lens will retract and the power will turn off.
- Auto Power Down for Playback Mode and Connection to a Printer:
The camera power down approximately 5 minutes after the last control is
accessed on the camera.
Note: The Power Saving Function will not activate during
a Slide Show, or while the camera is connected to a computer, or to another
device via Wi-Fi.
and Outputs Notes
HDMI Output: The PowerShot S120 is equipped with a
mini-HDMI (Type C) for connecting the camera to your HDTV. An optional
mini-HDMI-to-HDMI cable, such as the CanonHTC-100, is
A/V Output/Digital Terminal: The camera has a
Mini-B Version 2.0 USB terminal to allow you to connect the camera to a
compatible computer or compatible Canon printer via a USB cable (not supplied). This
USB 2.0 Hi-Speed-compatible terminal allows you to rapidly download images to
your computer or printer. Through the same USB jack, you can connect the camera
to a TV or video monitor with stereo RCA audio and composite video input jacks
using the optional AVC-DC400ST Stereo AV Cable. You can set the video output to NTSC or
Note: No USB cable is included with the camera. A USB cable with a
Mini-B connector (such as
119USBHSM3) is required.
Downloadable Software: The PowerShot
S120 does not include software in the box. The following recommended software is
downloadable from the
- Canon Utilities:
- ImageBrowser: manage images transferred to a
computer (view, edit, and print)
- CameraWindow: transfer images to and from camera, organize
images on the camera, and upload movies on the camera to web services
- Digital Photo Professional: convert RAW images to
JPEG and TIFF images
- User Guides: Camera User Guide, Software Guide
Compatible Operating Systems:
- Windows 8 (wired or Wi-Fi)
- Windows 7 (SP1) (wired or Wi-Fi)
- Windows Vista (SP2) (wired only)
- Windows XP (SP3) (wired only)
- Mac OS X v10.6, 10.7, 10.8 (wired)
- Mac OS X v10.6.8, 10.7, 10.8.2 or later (Wi-Fi)