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Canon PowerShot S120 12.1 MP CMOS Digital Camera with 5x Optical Zoom and 1080p Full-HD Video by Review Summary ,  Aug 3, 2015

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Canon PowerShot S120 12.1 MP CMOS Digital Camera with 5x Optical Zoom and 1080p Full-HD Video
Report Date: 12/31/2015
Based on 208 customer reviews
Overall satisfaction: 4.2
Returned or considering to return: 5.3%

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Individual Feature Rating
Control5.0   above average
Zoom5.0   above average
Quality4.8   above average
Speed4.8   above average
Image4.7   above average
Light4.7   above average
Photo4.7   above average
Quick4.6   average
Fit4.4   average
Flash4.3   exceptional
Focus4.3   exceptional
Size4.3   average
Video4.2   average
Wi-Fi4.2   above average
Price3.9   below average
Manual3.8   average
Setting3.8   below average
Lens3.2   average
Battery2.3   mediocre


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Battery

Battery:
"The only negative is the battery life, so buy a couple extra."
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"The battery life is the only negative for me with this camera and for about $6, I purchased an extra battery which gets me through a day of intensive shooting in many different settings and frequent playback viewing of the pictures."
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"Seems like a lot of battery complaints going way back and now I understand why."
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"The one negative thing I can say about the s120 is the battery life, which is really terrible."
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"The one drawback that I have noticed is that it really does sap battery life to take video, something other reviewers have mentioned."
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"battery dies pretty quick, but other than that it works great."
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"I thought I could deal with that by buying extra batteries but on a recent vacation I was literally constantly dealing with charging batteries and making sure I had 2 extra batteries with me at all times and honestly I've just never had such a hassle like that with any travel camera in the past."
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"The video is decent but I've seen better but the battery life, as many have said, is absolutely atrocious."
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"After 15-20 minutes of video recording, the battery light will blink and you might be able to shoot more pics but for video, you're screwed."
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"This saves the battery and I was able to take 373 shots on a single charge."
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Compact

Compact:
"This problem is commonly known for Canon compact cameras."
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"I discovered this lens error has been a common problem across multiple models of Canon compact cameras (in fact, I realized, my preceding camera had died from the same fate."
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"But we'll never be able to print on paper as thin as Canon can, and compact binding will still be a hassle for most people."
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"Great compact camera for travel!"
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"The s95 was simple to use, compact, and took great pictures."
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"It's compact and has been reliable."
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"Excellent compact camera."
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"On the whole, I think this is an excellent compact camera capable of great pictures."
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Control

Control:
"I also recommend, at some point, that you educate yourself about shutter speeds and apertures and take advantage of the manual controls."
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"Easy to use, simple but advanced controls and fits in my pocket very easily."
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"Solidly built camera with good manual controls."
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"This camera was so highly reviewed, and I did my research... but it came with almost no manual at all (only one with directions for how to connect to other devices via wifi to share images; nothing on how to use the settings offered) - and despite my best efforts, I cannot control the settings for which I purchased the camera."
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"The G16 is almost identical to the s120 in terms of controls and settings and I highly recommend the book to get to get the best results from the camera."
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Fit

Fit:
"If there's a better camera you can easily fit into a pocket, I wasn't able to find it reading reviews and specs online."
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"Small enough to comfortably fit in your pocket, without being too small to be comfortable in use."
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"Easy to use, simple but advanced controls and fits in my pocket very easily."
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"What brought me to this camera is the pocket size, just a nice fit to carry around with a small case."
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"It will fit in your jean pocket, but if you already have a phone in there, well."
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"Fits easily into a man's front pocket (but I use a case, just in case)."
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"I wanted a camera that can fit comfortably in my pocket."
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Flash

Flash:
"I really did not like the manual flash, but I suppose that resulted from complaints about the automatic pop-up flash from some customers."
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"(Many lenses require flash for pretty much any indoor scenario in order to achieve a quality photograph.)"
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"I tried everything (except looking on the internet).Because of my flash problem which wasn't a problem, I printed the return from Amazon."
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"Only major thing lacking is an external flash hot-shoe, but the included flash is not terrible and the sensor takes pretty good low-light pictures anyway."
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"Super pics, the manual flash works well, you control when the flash pops up."
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Focus

Focus:
"Focusing is excellent and spot on with no distortion and excellent speed."
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"When you tell me you shoot 1080p video, that does me no good if the auto focus stinks."
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"It almost makes up for not having a viewfinder since I can really see the focus on my shots, but the downside of course is that framing is so much harder without a viewfinder, but that's the tradeoff of a point and shoot."
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"Even the best photos I've taken with the S120 have a softer focus and colors that are noticeably less vivid than the S95.As to the S120 improvements:The image stabilization is reported as an improvement, but for photos taken from the car, it fares significantly worse than the S95.The auto-focus is reported to be faster, but it frequently doesn't focus."
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"One of the really nice advances on the S120 is that you can move the focusing square to anywhere in the composition shot simply by placing your finger on the capacitance LCD."
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"On the front there is a ring around the lenses for shortcuts and quick settings as well as manual focusing."
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"There is a setting on the touch screen that allows you to focus on whatever you want in the viewfinder and works great."
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"The auto focus is sluggish on a good day and by the time you're trying to focus on the reason you picked up the camera in the first place, the moment has passed."
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Image

Image:
"I seriously don't know how this gets 4 1 2 stars from people unless people are just now so used to crappy phone pics and video that they don't care about quality pictures anymore."
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"It seems to me with all of the technology we have now we should be able to have a camera that not only takes excellent pics but great video."
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"The result is a terrible photo."
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"I found the HDR function to be quite weak images captured using this function often did not look noticeably better than a single-exposure shot."
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"The image quality is fantastic for this small (pocket-size) camera."
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"Overall its a nice point and shoot that is perfect for keeping in your pocket and pulling out for a quick snap without much hassle needed to get a good photo."
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"The images are very good in daylight conditions - a tiny bit grainy in low lighting but still good."
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"One photo of the church came out clear, the best photo so far with this camera."
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"Reading the ads and specs and even some reviews, the S120 sounded like a clear winner in any comparison with the S95.In actual use though I've gone from about 90% decent images (ones I don't discard) with the S95 to about 20% with the S120 and even those are closer to cheap department store digital cameras I owned a decade ago."
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Lens

Lens:
"Google canon lens error."
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"Mine had a lens error and they said because there is a small scuff on the body of the camera this indicates mechanical damage and wanted to charge me 200$ to repair."
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"This is the 5th canon camera that has died on me in the last 5-7 years due to lens error."
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"(Some smudges inside the lens, and also the occasional card error were also wearing on me."
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"Shortly thereafter I started having problems with the lens freezing and a lens error message."
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"(Many lenses require flash for pretty much any indoor scenario in order to achieve a quality photograph.)"
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"Nonetheless, these are impressive specifications for a lens of this class."
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"The lens is relatively fast, meaning that when shooting in non-zoom situations, i. e. portraits, the lens is an F 1.8 lens, which is able to shoot, for example, portrait type shots without flash under some lighting conditions."
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"The lens on this camera is very good for a camera of this class."
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Light

Light:
"This is a great little camera that can make good quality images, has a good amount of features that will the more advanced photographer feel at home (because it's very frustrating being used to DSLR and then use a digital camera and not being able to make any setting), small, light and very easy to carry around (but do protect it), perfect for family pics on the go."
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"This can be a challenge to use the telephoto with the S120 in low light."
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"I shoot with pro-level Nikon equipment, but have no problem whatsoever with using my Canon S120 when I am traveling light or want to be a little lower profile with my cameras."
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"The lens is 1.8 wide open and shoots great in bright light, okay in dim light."
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"Low light performance is good."
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"Picture quality for the S120 is very good; remember its lens, light and location."
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Manual

Manual:
"I haven't been able to track down an ACTUAL manual for it, though that could be quite helpful, indeed! "
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"Also, a lot of people have complained about not getting a manual."
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"Well, I guess Canon heard the complaints, because mine came with a manual."
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"If you are feeling like fussing - you can go manual, which I have done getting full moon shots."
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"But printing the manual and shooting each page is not the best way to do that (a waste of color ink, loss of sharpness, etc.)."
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"I really did not like the manual flash, but I suppose that resulted from complaints about the automatic pop-up flash from some customers."
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"I also recommend, at some point, that you educate yourself about shutter speeds and apertures and take advantage of the manual controls."
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"I mainly shoot in Program mode with this camera, but the camera also offers an AUTO mode, which sets absolutely everything, as well as a manual, aperture-priority, and speed priority setting."
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"Ease of use with owner's manual and the wifi Canon Gateway gets 1 star."
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"Solidly built camera with good manual controls."
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"I love them small size and the full manual features."
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Photo

Photo:
"The rest have problems mentioned in each photos caption, but you can see and judge for yourself."
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"The wifi aspect of the camera is nice though, although I've actually used it much less than expected, mostly because I'm using my iphone to take more photos than the camera since the quality isn't amazing."
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"I am far from a pro but you couldn't tell from the fantastic photos I've been able to take!"
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"The camera takes great photos for the size."
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"Even the best photos I've taken with the S120 have a softer focus and colors that are noticeably less vivid than the S95.As to the S120 improvements:The image stabilization is reported as an improvement, but for photos taken from the car, it fares significantly worse than the S95.The auto-focus is reported to be faster, but it frequently doesn't focus."
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"I like the size of the S120 and the S95, easily pocketable and convenient for quick photos from the car on the road."
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"I bought this camera for my wife and she really enjoys the high quality photos that it takes."
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"Love the way the camera takes photos."
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Price

Price:
"I am looking for an underwater scuba dive housing for my S200 (the ones they have on see on all sites...look cheap and not well built for up to 130 Ft.....I need one for up to 130 ft as most are)Does any one know out there know if the underwater scuba dive housing for the S120 would also fit the S200 I have."
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"The price was not the best but when buying something this expensive I tend to stay away from the discount sites."
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"I had looked at the Sony DSC-RX100M II but was scared away by the very high price point."
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"Great for the price and small for travel."
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"Great picture quality for the price point and size."
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"Great camera; great price value."
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"Not using the wifi option, so no comments about that, and if you want to save some money, consider the S110 as a good alternative too."
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"This is a great camera and the price was very good compared to purchasing at big box stores."
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Quality

Quality:
"The wifi aspect of the camera is nice though, although I've actually used it much less than expected, mostly because I'm using my iphone to take more photos than the camera since the quality isn't amazing."
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"But the poor quality of this camera, the slippery customer service and the weakness of the warrantee have burned me."
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"The image quality is fantastic for this small (pocket-size) camera."
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"I bought this camera for my wife and she really enjoys the high quality photos that it takes."
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"Great picture quality for the price point and size."
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"Picture quality for the S120 is very good; remember its lens, light and location."
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"This said, it's not all bad:- I like that you can regulate the exposure, you can bracket and adjust precisely your white balance;- I like that you can shoot in raw;- and the actual quality of images isn't that bad after all, really, only you really need to find yourself in optimal light conditions or the quality will deteriorate quicklyOverall, it's a decent buy."
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Quick

Quick:
")That was irritating, but then I did a quick internet search of this lens error problem and got angry."
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"Overall its a nice point and shoot that is perfect for keeping in your pocket and pulling out for a quick snap without much hassle needed to get a good photo."
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"battery dies pretty quick, but other than that it works great."
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"I like the size of the S120 and the S95, easily pocketable and convenient for quick photos from the car on the road."
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"My old camera had a little slot across the door that your could put your fingernail in and made it quick and easy to pop that little door open."
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"On the front there is a ring around the lenses for shortcuts and quick settings as well as manual focusing."
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Screen

Screen:
"Well, it turns out that they said that because there is superficial damage (a crack on the LCD screen) on the outside of the camera, they would charge $300 dollars to fix both problems."
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"The touch screen is as accurate and easy to use as most smartphones."
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"The touch screen is a nice to have feature."
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"Since it is so new, I still don't know how strong the touch screen is, but it is really quite responsive and seems very durable."
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"The big screen is sharp and easy to use in daylight, and I really enjoyed using the touch-screen ability, especially to select exposure points and to review captured images."
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"Occasionally after taking a picture they look blurry on the screen, but when you look at them on the computer they are clear as can be and compete with DSLR camera."
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Sensor

Sensor:
"There are other drawbacks to a small sensor size, but depth of field is most noticeable to me."
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"The new lens sensor processor are awesome and it takes great photos for its size."
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"It's a good, small sensor that delivers very nice pictures."
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"Only major thing lacking is an external flash hot-shoe, but the included flash is not terrible and the sensor takes pretty good low-light pictures anyway."
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"Portable for hiking and with the new digic 6 sensor takes amazing photos."
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"No matter the price tag or sensor size or lens, you are the most brilliant aspect of any camera."
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Setting

Setting:
"Setting up the wifi to connect to my smartphone was a bit of a hassle, but once I got it, it is easy to use."
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"A simple iPhone will perform better from this point of view;- You can't freeze the AF point, an involuntary swipe on the screen (can happen) will just move your focus point around without you noticing it, which I found to be really annoying;- it's cool that you can change settings as if this was a reflex camera but obviously that really makes no difference, it obviously doesn't have the optics a reflex so simply put: the pictures that come out of this camera will never look as good as those you can take with a DLSR camera, you shouldn't really expect much similarity;- the paint on the outer body barely stays on."
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"I loved how many manual settings this had, and how small it was, but after a few weeks of using this I wasn't too happy with it:- the time that occurs between the moment you press the button and the moment the actual picture is takes is pretty long, you have to learn to adjust to it and even then, it's annoying."
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"This is a great little camera that can make good quality images, has a good amount of features that will the more advanced photographer feel at home (because it's very frustrating being used to DSLR and then use a digital camera and not being able to make any setting), small, light and very easy to carry around (but do protect it), perfect for family pics on the go."
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"It's not really a great camera for the Nikon shooter, though, I suspect - it's not really evident where certain settings are stored (though according to my Canon dSLR friends, it makes sense to them) and navigating the preset settings isn't as intuitive as I would have liked."
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"Granted I spent a lot of time playing around with settings and not shooting, but I could easily burn through a battery in an afternoon."
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"I saw the camera gives you a lot of settings to play with, but I found that the auto gave about the best pictures."
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"I mainly shoot in Program mode with this camera, but the camera also offers an AUTO mode, which sets absolutely everything, as well as a manual, aperture-priority, and speed priority setting."
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"This camera was so highly reviewed, and I did my research... but it came with almost no manual at all (only one with directions for how to connect to other devices via wifi to share images; nothing on how to use the settings offered) - and despite my best efforts, I cannot control the settings for which I purchased the camera."
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"On the front there is a ring around the lenses for shortcuts and quick settings as well as manual focusing."
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Size

Size:
"Mine had a lens error and they said because there is a small scuff on the body of the camera this indicates mechanical damage and wanted to charge me 200$ to repair."
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"I loved how many manual settings this had, and how small it was, but after a few weeks of using this I wasn't too happy with it:- the time that occurs between the moment you press the button and the moment the actual picture is takes is pretty long, you have to learn to adjust to it and even then, it's annoying."
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"This is a great little camera that can make good quality images, has a good amount of features that will the more advanced photographer feel at home (because it's very frustrating being used to DSLR and then use a digital camera and not being able to make any setting), small, light and very easy to carry around (but do protect it), perfect for family pics on the go."
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"There are other drawbacks to a small sensor size, but depth of field is most noticeable to me."
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"Hard to imagine that so much can be packed into such a small package."
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"The image quality is fantastic for this small (pocket-size) camera."
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"The S120 seems equally well made - quite small but with substantial feel."
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"The camera takes great photos for the size."
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"The star function also produces amazing shots for a camera its size."
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"I like the size of the S120 and the S95, easily pocketable and convenient for quick photos from the car on the road."
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Speed

Speed:
"Focusing is excellent and spot on with no distortion and excellent speed."
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"I also recommend, at some point, that you educate yourself about shutter speeds and apertures and take advantage of the manual controls."
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"Auto-focus speed is of no value if it fails to perform its intended function."
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"I mainly shoot in Program mode with this camera, but the camera also offers an AUTO mode, which sets absolutely everything, as well as a manual, aperture-priority, and speed priority setting."
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"The lenses on the camera is extremely fast and I have been able to take excellent action photos of my dog who seems to move everytime she sees the camera."
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"Low light performance was very good as well, although, the lens on the S120 is slow on the telephoto side with its 5.7 maximum aperture."
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Video

Video:
"My problem with the S120 is the firmware, primarily for video."
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"I seriously don't know how this gets 4 1 2 stars from people unless people are just now so used to crappy phone pics and video that they don't care about quality pictures anymore."
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"It seems to me with all of the technology we have now we should be able to have a camera that not only takes excellent pics but great video."
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"Video is ridiculous."
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"When you tell me you shoot 1080p video, that does me no good if the auto focus stinks."
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"The only hassle is you can't shoot video in underwater mode & have to switch back & forth."
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"The S120 is designed to satisfy most users from manual to automatic mode, with all the bells and whistles in between; aperture or shutter priority, macro and scene mode, program mode, creative filter mode and movie mode."
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"Takes great, clear videos."
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"The video is decent but I've seen better but the battery life, as many have said, is absolutely atrocious."
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"There is a dedicated video mode on the dial, but it offers zero advantages over shooting video in any other mode (Other than changing the preview to 16:9 while not recording."
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Wi-Fi

Wi-Fi:
"Setting up the wifi to connect to my smartphone was a bit of a hassle, but once I got it, it is easy to use."
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"But unless you run an IT department and enjoy spending a hour or more fussing with wifi and computer networks, forget the wifi set up."
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"Ease of use with owner's manual and the wifi Canon Gateway gets 1 star."
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"I also love the wifi ability, which I wasn't expecting to use."
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"The WiFi works very well and the camera takes great photos."
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"As far as amateur features go, the WiFi is the best part."
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"Wi-Fi function is very easy to use and I was able to download all my pictures quickly on the Internet."
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Zoom

Zoom:
"I recommend not using the zoom, and moving closer to the subject, because of slightly less resolution quality when the zoom is used."
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"Being used to having at least a 10 X zoom on my other cameras, I was pleasantly surprised to find the zoom was more than sufficient to take excellent distance photos."
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"I even tested the digital zoom and those photos came out clear and sharp despite knowing the limitations of the digital feature."
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"I was somewhat hesistant to buy it because I like a larger zoom, but the quality of the photos is excellent-very sharp, excellent and accurate color saturation and very little noise."
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