More Of The Same, But It's A Good Thing

The Canon PowerShot SX120 IS is a replacement model for the excellent SX110 IS superzoom, which we reviewed earlier this year. Curiously, and fortunately, the new camera looks and works almost the same way as the older model. The SX120 IS adds 1 more megapixel, and claims to have an improved face-detection feature. All other specs stay the same, including the price.

We planned to take pictures in Oahu with a Lumix TS1 waterproof camera but also decided to bring the SX120 IS along for black and white pictures.

We are happy to report that the SX120 IS performs as well as the SX110 IS - there was no perceptible difference, which is a good thing. Once again, the SX120 IS is an excellent travel camera. It uses standard AA batteries; it has a full manual exposure mode; the optical image stabilized lens is excellent and its huge superzoom range pleases both the street-photographer and paparazzo in us.

Some shooters want a wider lens, but we think that's just personal preference. 35 or 36mm is classic, and plenty wide enough.


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  • very good image quality
  • optical image stabilization
  • fast 2.8 aperture for a 36-360mm zoom lens
  • relatively compact body for the long zoom
  • easy to use, handles very well in hand
  • large 3-inch LCD
  • full manual control mode
  • use 2 standard AA batteries
  • great value


  • slow flash recycle time

  • excellent travel camera
  • compact superzoom
  • price when tested: $249
  • 12.2009 street price: $199
  • colors: black
  • image stabilized zoom lens 36-360mm
  • multi-format: 4:3, 16:9, 3:2 guide
  • 3.0" LCD
  • VGA video
  • SD/SDHC memory card
  • 2 AA batteries
  • 10 megapixels
  • dimension: 4.4 x 2.8 x 1.8"
  • weight: 8.7 oz
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