Canon has released its PowerShot S120 model to replace its old model Canon PowerShot S110. The design of S120 is almost same but Canon has made many significant upgrades in its internal structure.

What’s new in PowerShot S120

The S120 is the first camera in the S series to have a lens with an aperture of f/1.8. It can zoom up to 5x starting from 24mm. Just like the Canon G16, it has also got a 12.1 million pixel back-illuminated sensor. Even though the pixel count is same as the G16 but the S120 produces better images. Canon has deployed its latest processor Digic 6 in S120.

The best thing about S120 is that its low light and continuous shooting performance has been greatly improved from its predecessors. The Canon’s PowerShot S120 has to ability to take pictures at 9.4fps without a buffer. In simple words, it means that you can keep on taking photos from this camera until your card is full.

Some of the features of the sensor of PowerShot S120 are described below

  • Maximum resolution of 4000 x 3000 starting from 480 x 480
  • Maximum image ratio of 16:9
  • 12.1 effective MP
  • 1/1.7″ sensor size
  • CMOS sensor
  • Digic 6 processor
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The S120 has got a touch sensitive touch screen which was absent in the G16 model.

New Star Mode for night time photography

A new addition to the S120 is the Star Mode. According to Canon, the Star Mode has been designed to take photos at night time. Star Mode is an automatic mode for night photography and once selected, it sets the best settings for capturing the night sky. The Star Mode can even capture star trails and can shoot time-lapse movies inside the camera without requiring any post post-production work.

A background Defocus has also been added to the S120. In this mode, the camera takes two pictures, one in focus and one out of focus. Then the camera combines the two images to create a DSLR type shallow depth of field effect. The S120 can record Full HD videos at both 60 fps and 30 fps.

The price of S120 is just US $705. It is much less than its counterpart Canon G16.