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Canon PowerShot SX120IS 10MP Digital Camera with 10x Optical Images Stabilized Zoom and 3-inch LCD

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  • Powered by AA batteries (included) , capture images to SD/SDHC memory cards (not included)
  • DIGIC 4 Image Processorand 10-megapixel resolution for poster-size, photo-quality prints
  • 3.0-inch PureColor System LCD , Smart AUTO detects and analyzes faces, brightness, colors, distance, and movement
  • High-powered 10x wide-angle optical zoom with Optical Image Stabilizer
  • Easy Mode takes all the guesswork out of the equation by determining the right shooting mode
  • High-powered 10x wide-angle optical zoom with Optical Image Stabilizer
  • 3.0-inch PureColor System LCD; Smart AUTO detects and analyzes faces, brightness, colors, distance, and movement
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Technical Details

  • Built-in Flash
  • Image Stabilization
  • Video Capability
  • Mac Compatible

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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 4.4 x 2.8 x 1.8 inches ; 8.8 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
  • ASIN: B002LITT3S
  • California residents: Click here for Proposition 65 warning.
  • Item model number: SX120IS
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (277 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,450 in Camera & Photo (See Top 100 in Camera & Photo)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: August 19, 2009

Product Description

From the Manufacturer

A big, easy zoom. Everything about the PowerShot SX120 IS is easy. The Smart AUTO feature makes every shot picture-perfect. An impressive 10x Optical Zoom with Optical Image Stabilizer keeps you sharp and steady. There’s even an Easy Mode that makes shooting super simple.

PowerShot SX120 Highlights

Smart AUTO detects and analyzes faces, brightness, colors, distance, and movement
Just set the Canon PowerShot SX120 IS to Smart AUTO and you're ready for maximum enjoyment from your picture taking every time. It's a relaxing and satisfying way to shoot because you can completely concentrate on your subject, knowing that the camera has the technical details covered. Advanced Canon technology intelligently analyzes your situation and shooting conditions. Then it automatically selects an appropriate setting from 18 specially defined settings. So whether you're photographing flowers, a captivating sunset, or your friends at the park, you can be confident that you're getting dramatic, memorable images.

Easy Mode makes capturing images as easy as 1-2-3
Even if you've never picked up a camera before, with Canon's new Easy Mode you can take inspiring, dramatic pictures that will impress everyone. Once you choose Easy Mode, the PowerShot SX120 IS handles all the details automatically. It automatically sets every camera control, including the flash, to reduce blur and improve image quality. So you get pictures that are bright, clear and natural just by pushing a button. Best of all, you can relax and concentrate on what really counts--your subject.

With 20 Shooting Modes including 8 Special Scene Modes, you're ready for whatever shot comes your way.

Canon PowerShot SX120 highlights
10x optical zoom in action
High-powered 10x optical zoom with Optical Image Stabilizer
The PowerShot SX120 IS has a 10x Optical Zoom lens that makes it easy to get the inspiring, emotive close-ups that will make your images lasting keepsakes. This magnificent lens gives you the power to shoot distant subjects with razor-sharp precision and stunning lifelike color. So you can brilliantly capture a bird high atop a tree, a child’s winning goal from across the stadium or a school play from the last row. Plus, thanks to Canon’s highly sophisticated Optical Image Stabilizer Technology, even at maximum zoom, every image is rock steady.

The PowerShot SX120 IS is equipped with Canon’s acclaimed Optical Image Stabilizer Technology that automatically detects and corrects camera shake--one of the leading causes of fuzzy or blurred shots. Even when zoomed in, you can get the steady, crisp, brilliant images you’ll be proud to shoot and share. And Canon’s Optical Image Stabilizer Technology is convenient to use. It functions perfectly with or without a flash.

Canon PowerShot SX120 highlights
DIGIC 4 Image Processor
With DIGIC 4, your images boast superior quality, the camera operates at top efficiency and battery life is enhanced. What’s more, the DIGIC 4 Image Processor enables Canon’s Face Detection, Motion Detection Technologies and Red-eye Correction to give you better, more true-to-life people shots. Simply press the shutter button halfway down, and the camera automatically pinpoints the faces in the scene and chooses the ideal focus point. The camera controls exposure settings and flash to keep every face looking bright and natural. The camera also selects and sets the optimal exposure and ISO settings automatically to keep everything looking sharp and clear. Red-eye Correction can be handled in-camera, in two ways. The Red-eye Correction during shooting uses the Face Detection Technology to recognize and remove red-eye from images as they're taken, before the file is written to the memory card. It's also possible to correct red-eye during image playback, using simple settings in the PowerShot SX120 IS menu.

iSAPS Technology is an entirely original scene-recognition technology developed for digital cameras by Canon. Using an internal database of thousands of different photos, iSAPS works with the fast DIGIC 4 Image Processor to improve focus speed and accuracy, as well as exposure and white balance.

DIGIC 4 features Face Detection Technology, giving you the best possible results in any shooting situation. 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 means the camera 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. Face Detection Technology is a powerful contributing factor in Canon's Motion Detection Technology.
Canon PowerShot SX120 highlights

Simply press the Face Selector Button, then the selected face is double-framed and tracked when the face moves in the frame.

Motion Detection Technology works in the background to instantly evaluate how fast your subject is moving. It automatically selects and sets the optimal exposure and ISO settings to keep everything looking sharp and clear. This feature provides higher ISOs when you need it for action-stopping shutter speeds. But when no movement is detected, it sets lower ISOs for excellent color and detail.
Canon PowerShot SX120 highlights

Life doesn’t give you second chances to capture special times. That’s why the PowerShot SX120 IS features an ISO 1600 setting that reduces the effects of camera shake and sharpens subjects in low-light situations, giving you greater shooting flexibility.

Red-eye Correction provides three options for removing red-eye from subjects in flash pictures.
1) The Red-eye Correction during shooting actually identifies and corrects red-eye in human subjects as pictures are taken.
2) The PowerShot SX120 IS can be set to automatically detect and correct red-eye during image playback.

Canon PowerShot SX120 highlights
Large 3.0-inch PureColor System LCD
You’ll want to have your PowerShot SX120 IS with you wherever you go, and a slim new design makes it easy. Subtly rounded for an easy grip, the camera exudes modern elegance and simplicity. The back panel’s neat, intuitive interface includes a luxuriously big 3.0-inch PureColor System LCD screen. And the PureColor System LCD screen’s quality is as impressive as its size: you’ll get an exceptionally clear, bright view of all your shots, and enjoy a conveniently wide viewing angle for showing off your pictures to friends and family.

AA battery powered camera enables you to easily power up
Conveniently, you don’t need to worry about running out of batteries or having to recharging them. Since AA-size batteries can be purchased at any store, simply get new ones locally--wherever you go, no special power adapters or chargers are needed.

What's in the Box
  • PowerShot SX120 IS Body
  • AA-size Alkaline Battery (x2)
  • SD Memory Card SDC-32MB
  • Wrist Strap WS-800
  • Digital Camera Solution CD-ROM
  • USB Interface Cable IFC-400PCU
  • AV Cable AVC-DC400

Product Description

A big, easy zoom. Everything about the PowerShot SX120 IS is easy. The Smart AUTO feature makes every shot picture-perfect. An impressive 10x Optical Zoom with Optical Image Stabilizer keeps you sharp and steady. There’s even an Easy Mode that makes shooting super simple.Just set the Canon PowerShot SX120 IS to Smart AUTO and you're ready for maximum enjoyment from your picture taking every time. It's a relaxing and satisfying way to shoot because you can completely concentrate on your subject, knowing that the camera has the technical details covered. Advanced Canon technology intelligently analyzes your situation and shooting conditions.

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

I would recommend it, much better than the one that followed it. The image is crisp and the zoom is awesome! The buttons on the back are too easy to bump and change settings. Read more ›
Picture quality is excellent, but it's just a tad big for a pocket camera. I bought it to replace a nice little Panasonic item that was stolen, and was looking for… Read more ›
The macro lets me get very close inside flowers. People shots are great. I have used it as a scanner and the printing is clear. Read more ›
The only thing I could think to do is to buy rechargeable batteries or Lithium and to take out the batteries when the camera is…The quality of the pictures are very good. Read more ›
I bought this camera in August to take on a trip out west. The camera takes terrific pictures, is easy to use and easy to carry around. The 3" screen gives a good view of… Read more ›
The color and sharpness cannot be beat. Also, the close-up shots are amazing, too. I'm set to go out and take nature shots again today because the initial ones just blew my… Read more ›
Great camera!! Easy to use and takes beautiful pictures. Since my last camera required rolls of film which had to be developed, I love the ability to view the pictures… Read more ›
Easy to operate, with several options to still allow for photographic choice, this camera comes with an easy camera to computer transfer protocol and continues to do credit… Read more ›
Compact,easy to use, lots of features for adjustment, like the AA battery power supply, like the quality of pictures would recommend this camera for the point and shoot… Read more ›
I am very pleased with the camera. It is easy to use and the instruction are clear and understandable. Light and handy. Read more ›
And it's easy to use, even for my grandma as it has all kind of mode like Night/Indoor/Personal/Video/Portrait/PET & KIDS/... and what I need to do is just to switch to the… Read more ›
Pros -Easy to use -Quality picture Read more ›
So it is worth reading. The Zoom is incredible and I am VERY pleased with this camera. So far, I love it. Read more ›
Takes very nice pictures. The zoom feature is not easy to use. But overall I would recommend it. Read more ›
The zoom is quite good but as you zoom in (I am comparing this camera to a Samsung HZ35W retail 350.00) though you will notice some difficulty in getting the picture to… Read more ›
Replaced it with an old canon s400 which was great so I figured Canon was the way to go. The Zoom works great and the pictures in high resolution are lifelike. Can't… Read more ›
great pictues! easy to use, light weight, big screen, the zoom is incredible! its also under 200 bucks! Read more ›
This SX120IS dose the job. The pictures are crisp and clear, the 10x zoom is good, I would recomend this camera. I purchased through Amazon and as usual it was an easy and… Read more ›
2) It's small enough to fit in my purse and I don't need a separate camera bag. 3) Having the kids and pets setting is a nice feature. I just wish the shutter speed was a… Read more ›
We plan on getting large prints of some of the scenic shots and framing them in our bedroom. The different settings are great, sunset is especially awesome. We used that a… Read more ›
All of the shooting modes are great, and easy to use. This camera has more "special" modes than my last camera, and they are nice. Read more ›
I believe this prolongs battery life as well as avoids the slight delay after the flash is used. Ths controls are easy to use and understand. Yes, it is not the slimmest… Read more ›
Full auto simple camera can't satisfy my desire of…PowerShot SX120IS filled this gap successfully with great controls, small in size, huge in zoom, low in price. Don't… Read more ›
Even at the full 10X, the camera simply takes outstanding pictures. Overall, this camera performs very well in settings with sufficient light. Read more ›
As a professional, I trust my photos to the Sx120Is. This camera's value is far greater than its price tag! Read more ›
It takes good pictures, it's got a great zoom with some of the best image-stabilization I've seen and the…It's a sweet camera and the price is fantastic for what you get. Read more ›
Good quality with excellent price I recommend it to everyone is looking for this product Read more ›
My main purposes in having a camera are taking pictures of our children, the puppies we raise to sell, and for…This camera has done all that remarkably well for the price. Read more ›
The level of quality of this camera matches it's versatility which just wowed me time and time again. I did not expect to find a camera this good at this price range. Read more ›
I had this camera since 3 years ago and had recorded so many good memories with it,…I am very happy I could find a used one in very good condition with reasonable price. Read more ›
The picture environment selections (Auto, night, portrait, and so on) are excellent,…The video mode is especially good, and much improved over my previous PowerShot. Read more ›
Out of all the non-slr camera's I have used, this one is by and far my favorite, it is easy to use, has a lot of functions, its sturdy, and great pictures and decent video. I… Read more ›
It is very versatile having both manual and automatic modes, as wells having video capability. Read more ›
- 10x zoom - Decent video recording function - Good range of modes, some which aren't seen on other cameras Read more ›
I've owned other a-series before, and this has always been an annoyance. I was able to take some good video of a helicopter as it landed, but it took about six tries. Also,… Read more ›
This camera is a good value. It is light and compact, takes great pictures and videos, and is easy to operate. If it had a viewfinder, it would be great. Read more ›
It also takes wonderful landscape and sunset pictures, and the flash is excellent- I very very rarely blow pictures out now, which was a big problem with my old camera,… Read more ›
The camera was okay until then...its pictures were…Very slow between pictures to 'recharge the flash'-which often took up to 10 seconds (without flash it was very quick). Read more ›
I'm amazed, even when taken sitting in a rocking kayak at the highest optical (and sometimes digital) zoom. Indoors photos of family with and without flash work well. Rarely… Read more ›
I have a 2 and 4…The flash is a manual pop up, which we have learned can be a benefit, this camera does very well with no flash as long as the subject is relatively still. Read more ›
The flash is much further away from the lens than most point and shoots which helps to…The flash is also bigger and more powerful than the flash units in the Elph models. Read more ›
This works well for still objects, or posed shots. You can often take such shots and get good results without flash. But any motion by the object can result in blurring of… Read more ›
It's not too big and not too heavy. The screen is nice and big and it takes very good video too. Not HD quality but not fuzzy wuzzy wuz a bear quality either. Read more ›
The screen is very clear and good size. When you change the settings it tells you what you have changed it to on the screen, no looking back at the manual each time. Read more ›
I bought this to replace a Powershot A720 IS. This is a little heavier but the big screen is nice. However, not having a viewfinder is a problem at times in terrifically… Read more ›
Manual controls abound…In bright sunlight, the LCD becomes nearly impossible to see, but I can usually take a picture based on the outlines that are visible in the screen. Read more ›
The delayed timer is easy to set. Image playback is good and the LCD is big. Read more ›
It takes great close-ups, it has 10X optical zoom, and it has lots of other cool features I can't wait to…Plus the LCD screen is large and the controls are easy to use. M… Read more ›
This is the third Canon Powershot that we have purchased in 6 years and…First, its' size is great not bulky yet not so small you fumble around trying to work the buttons. Read more ›
2) The smallish sensor size is not fully compensated for with the IS system. It has the noise of my previous camera at two ISO settings higher, and the auto mode tends to… Read more ›
Can't find anything wrong with camera and it works well. No Manual, but for $11 I got a full sized one on line. Most used items have some dust or residue in the cracks and… Read more ›
The newer model is not improved but it cost the same, "too much." The display screen is a wonderful size but screen is not protected. Major disadvantage is the ravenous use… Read more ›
At least for a pant pocket for most users, but it will fit easily…It's not in the same class as a full size DSLR either, so comparisons with such really isn't a fair game. Read more ›
A wonderful camera, despite…Because of the size and weight, the portability isn't exactly optimized, but it's far better than carrying around a full size professional SLR. Read more ›
The picture quality from Canon is the same if not better than some DSLR models out there. The colors are so vivid and the picture looks like you are actually there. The 10x… Read more ›
There are no…Zoom in, and you will start to see minor chromatic aberration around the edges of objects in high contrast, but aside from that colors are sharp, and accurate. Read more ›
Pros ... I love the 10x zoom, snappy performance of all features, 10MP gives fine detail and color is excellent. Camera size and weight are ideal. Read more ›
Most pictures turned out great. The color was very good as was the contrast. However the slightest movement caused the picture to blur. Read more ›
The pictures look very polished and professional. The colors are clear and distinct. I love the zoom! Read more ›
Even though I've had others, I keep coming back to…The zoom is amazing, the color is vibrant, and the images are crisp, all the things I want in a point-and-shoot camera. Read more ›
The 2.8 lens is fairly fast, but combined with the image stabilization and relatively low noise ISO options up to 1600, I can take pictures never before possible in low… Read more ›
Unfortunate…my excellent FD lenses that I refuse to throw away in order to buy the new autofocus ones, especially the 35 TS for which I paid more than $700 thirty years ago! Read more ›
I think that is the ideal range for a travel camera. Give me great optics and anti shake stability with a moderatel fast lens (F 2.8) and I'm a happy traveler. Read more ›
I read reviews from people complaining about battery life - there's something wrong with their…Good zoom lens, decent optics - F2.8 for a 10x zoom lens is impressive. S… Read more ›
Keep in mind a few things with point and shoots... they are NOT DSLR's and will not have the same quality of…Good pics are lens and lighting moreso than megapixel count. Read more ›
The sx120is is a good camera if you only want one camera and want it kinda small and I do like the lens cover better than a cap. also you can see the screen ok in the sun… Read more ›
The manual mode is nice for those…It's a bit problematic around sunset or at night, but the shutter speed is decent and the zoom lens is pretty darn nice for what it is. Read more ›
I got this camera because my sister has one and I loved it. Took great pics, zoom was great, compact size, shutter speed was quicker than others I looked at, etc... Read more ›
To me, this is the way "Auto" mode should be. I shouldn't have to hope the white balance is correct, or that the camera will choose the best shutter speed and aperture. My… Read more ›
I mean how much light it lets in even when zoomed in (f2.8-f4.3). This allows faster shutter speeds to freeze the action in dimly lit areas. Most cameras have tiny lenses… Read more ›
Easy to use. Fast shutter speed. Easy to use. Read more ›
Detects up to 9 face at a time. * continuous shooting , like taking 3 pictures simultaneously at fast speed. * iso 3200 Read more ›

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487 of 500 people found the following review helpful By Mary Kate on September 18, 2009
I can't write an in depth review of this camera because I simply don't have the knowledge of either cameras or photography. But I can tell you what I, as a rank amateur, like about it and why I chose it.

I have grandkids. I needed a camera that would allow me to capture decent pictures of them - and in a digital format - so that I can, like all good grandparents, brag about my grandkids via email and attach photos to prove that they are the cutest kids on the face of the earth.

I had my "good" camera - an old Pentax K1000 that I've had for about 30 years - and a small, inexpensive digital camera that I got a few years ago and have never been happy with. Not only was the Pentax not digital, it also turns out that the grandkids can move much faster than I can focus. And that camera purchased as my first attempt at digital just wasn't cutting it. It was overly complicated and with it I wasn't getting pictures good enough to share.

I gave my needs some thought and made the following criteria list:
Easy to use.
Fast shutter speed.
Easy to use.
Small enough to fit into my purse easily.
Easy to use.

My needs were simple and I didn't think it would be too hard to find a camera to fit the bill. Happily, I was right.

After my initial research had convinced me to go with a Canon, I borrowed my brother's Rebel (don't know the model number) and my son's Canon PowerShot Pro Series S5 IS. I knew that neither fit my criteria (not to mention the $500-$700 price range was more than I wanted to spend), but using them for a few days gave me the opportunity to check out some of Canon's features.

That's how I discovered the Optical Image Stabilizer.
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234 of 240 people found the following review helpful By William Kerney VINE VOICE on September 15, 2009
My needs for a camera are as follows:
1) It needs to fit in my pocket
2) It needs to turn on quickly
3) It needs to shoot "decent enough" photos on auto mode
4) It needs to have enough options to tweak lighting settings.
5) It should have both good indoor and outdoor performance.
6) I'd like something that can do automatic exposure bracketing or otherwise support HDR photography.

I've gone through various cameras over the years, and have borrowed some others to mess around with, and until last week was using a Canon A620, which was a surprisingly good camera, capable of taking shots as good as a DSLR, especially when tweaked correctly. It also could do automatic exposure bracketing for HDR photography when using the CHDK firmware for it. Then I accidentally left my A620 on a bench on South Beach when visiting last week, and so I suddenly found myself in the market for a new camera.

I was seriously looking into the Fuji 200EXR and the Ricoh CX2 for the HDR photography mode, but they didn't have the tweakability settings I liked... the 200EXR was great except it always blew out the ISO levels to compensate for its limited image stabilization capabilities, which made auto mode shots almost always unacceptably grainy. I ended up settling on the SX120IS because it matches all my needs except for HDR photography. That, I'll hold off on until a new generation or two of HDR cameras has come and gone.

It has very good low-light performance, as long as you're willing to put up with a certain amount of graininess Indoors, with the curtains drawn and just a couple normal lamps lighting the living room, it was able to take quite decent photos at ISO200. Without a flash.
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683 of 712 people found the following review helpful By D Sing on September 3, 2009
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I have been debating whether to get a point-and-shoot that is ok, or an SLR that is fantastic. I couldn't justify spending mega$$$ on an SLR because I'm not that sophisticated a photographer. But I have been unhappy with point-and-shoots that are so slow you miss the picture and that have only a "mini-zoom" feature. But the Canon SX120IS solved it all. First, it's a lot less expensive than an SLR. And with the image stabilizer and a really fast shutter response time, I can catch the action before it's over! It takes great close-ups, it has 10X optical zoom, and it has lots of other cool features I can't wait to learn how to use. Plus the LCD screen is large and the controls are easy to use. My only disappointment is that it has no view finder and in some bright light conditions it is hard to see the screen. But overall, I give it thumbs up!

OK, now that I've used it a while, I have more comments. First the good: I could get it from Amazon and it takes really fantastic pictures in difficult lighting conditions, (see my uploaded images.) Then the not-so-good: it eats batteries, (which I think is true of any camera that uses regular batteries) and the lack of a viewfinder is a bigger pain than I thought. Now I'm reducing the rating and thinking I should have spent a little more and gotten the SX10IS or the newer SX20IS. They have viewfinders, 20X zoom and all the good features i like on the SX120IS.
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69 of 72 people found the following review helpful By Hey Mo!! VINE VOICE on December 6, 2009
I was looking for the best zoom with image-stabilization in the under-$200 category and I'm pretty sure I've found it. In addition, I got what seems to be the smartest camera in its class. Unfortunately, the people who designed it were thinking more about getting the images onto the camera than getting the images off. It doesn't mount as a USB mass-storage device and the bundled software is total "poo." It's a good camera, but save yourself a headache and get a card reader if you don't have one already.

I paid about $20 less than Amazon's price for this camera, which put it in the same price range as a typical 3x-zoom pocket Panasonic, Pentax or Kodak camera, but IMHO it's better than any of those and way better than the Olympus cameras I've tried that cost more. Some of those other cameras will be 12-megapixels while this one's a "mere" 10MP, but don't buy into the megapixel myth.

*_Pros:
10x optical zoom for the price of a 3x zoom camera. The image-stabilization makes it a snap to get great pics while zoomed to the max.

Picture quality is very nice. With decent lighting there's little noise, banding or color-shifting, even at the edges of the images where other cameras tend to sneak it in. Indoors, in Auto mode there's some fine noise in the red and green channels that's easily detectable, but about on-par with cameras in this price-range.

The Auto setting gets you shooting high quality pictures in a hurry. About 2 seconds from power-on to the first shot.

If, like me, you love to fiddle, this thing offers lots of manual settings. ISO, WB, manual focus, aperture control, custom exposure time up to 15 seconds... The Manual settings are especially useful for indoor and macro shots.
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