Canon Powershot Sx120 Is Manual

Canon Powershot Sx120 Is Manual

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Canon Powershot Sx120 Is Camera

  • Company Name: Canon
  • Model : PowerShot SX120 IS
  • Type : Camera
  • Specifications : PowerShot SX120 IS Specs
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Canon Powershot Sx120 Is Specifications


Product Specification


Type 1/2.5” CCD
Effective Pixels Approx 10.0M
Colour Filter Type Primary Colour


Type DIGIC 4 with iSAPS technology


Focal Length 6.0 - 60.0 mm (35mm equivalent: 36-360mm)
Zoom Optical 10x. Digital approx. 4x (with Digital Tele-Converter approx. 1.4x or 2.3x and Safety Zoom¹)². Combined approx. 40x
Maximum f/number f/2.8 - f/4.3
Construction 10 elements in 9 groups (1 aspherical element)
Image Stabilisation Yes (shift-type)


Type TTL
AF System/ Points Face Detection, 1-point AF (fixed to centre or Face Select and Track)
AF Modes Single, Continuous
AF Point Selection Size (Normal, Small)
AF Lock On/Off Selectable
AF Assist Beam Yes
Manual Focus Yes
Closest Focusing Distance 1cm (W) from front of lens in macro


Metering modes Evaluative (linked to Face Detection AF frame), Centre-weighted average, Spot (Centre)
AE Lock On/Off Selectable
Exposure Compensation +/- 2 EV in 1/3 stop increments.
i-Contrast for automatic dynamic range correction
ISO sensitivity* AUTO, 80, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600


Speed 1- 1/2500 sec (factory default)
15 - 1/2500 sec (total range - varies by shooting mode)


Type TTL
Settings Auto (including Face Detection WB), Daylight, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Fluorescent H, Custom


Monitor 3.0” TFT, approx. 230,000 dots
Coverage 100%
Brightness Adjustable to one of five levels.


Modes Auto, Manual Flash On / Off
Slow Sync Speed Yes. Fastest speed 1/500 sec
Red-Eye Reduction Yes
Flash Exposure Compensation +/- 2 EV in 1/3 stop increments. Face Detection FE. Safety FE.
Flash Exposure Lock Yes
Manual Power Adjustment 3 levels with internal flash
Built-in Flash Range 50cm-4.0m (W) / 1.0m-2.5m (T)
External Flash Canon High Power Flash HF-DC1


Modes Auto*, Program AE, Shutter priority AE, Aperture priority AE, Manual, Easy, Portrait, Landscape, Night Snapshot, Kids & Pets, Indoor, SCN (Night Scene, Sunset, Foliage, Snow, Beach, Fireworks, Aquarium, ISO 3200¹), Movie
*with Scene Detection Technology and Motion Detection Technology
Photo Effects My Colors (My Colors Off, Vivid, Neutral, Sepia, Black & White, Custom Color(Limited))
Drive modes Single, Continuous, Self-Timer, FaceSelf-Timer
Continuous Shooting Approx. 1.3 shots/sec.¹ AF/LV: Approx. 0.9 shots/sec.¹ (until memory card becomes full)²


Image Size (L) 3648 x 2736, (M1) 2816 x 2112, (M2) 2272 x 1704, (M3) 1600 x 1200, (S) 640 x 480, (W) 3648 x 2048.
Resize in playback (M3, S, 320 x 240)
Compression Fine, Normal
Movies (L)640 x 480, 30fps/30fps(LP)
(M)320 x 240, 30fps
Movie Length Up to 4GB or 1 hour¹


Still Image Type JPEG compression, (Exif 2.2 [Exif Print] compliant) / Design rule for Camera File system, Digital Print Order Format [DPOF] Version 1.1 compliant
Movies AVI [Motion JPEG compression + WAVE (monaural)]


Canon Printers Canon SELPHY Compact Photo Printers and Canon Inkjet Printers supporting PictBridge (ID Photo Print, Fixed Size Print and Movie Print supported on SELPHY CP & ES printers only)
PictBridge Yes


Red-Eye Correction Yes, during shooting and playback
Intelligent Orientation Sensor Yes
Histogram Yes
Playback Zoom Approx. 2x – 10x
Self Timer Approx. 2 or 10 sec. or Custom
Menu Languages English, German, French, Dutch, Danish, Finnish, Italian, Norwegian, Swedish, Spanish, Simplified Chinese, Chinese (traditional), Japanese, Russian, Portuguese, Korean, Greek, Polish, Czech, Hungarian, Turkish, Thai, Arabic, Ukrainian, Romanian, Farsi


Computer Hi-Speed USB (MTP, PTP) dedicated connector (Mini-B compatible)
Other A/V output, dedicated connector (PAL/NTSC)


Type SD, SDHC, MMC, MMCplus, HC MMCplus. 128MB memory card supplied


PC & Macintosh Windows XP SP2-3 / Vista (including SP1-2)
Mac OS X v10.4 - 10.5


Browsing & Printing ZoomBrowser EX / ImageBrowser
Other PhotoStitch


Batteries 2x Size-AA Alkaline or NiMH Batteries(NB4-300) (Alkalines supplied)
Battery life Approx. 130 shots¹ (with supplied batteries)
Approx. 370 shots (with optional Canon NB4-300 batteries)¹
Approx. 420 min. playback (with supplied batteries)
Approx. 540 min. playback (with Canon NB4-300 batteries)
A/C Power Supply Optional, AC Adapter Kit ACK800


Cases / Straps Soft Case DCC-750
Flash High Power Flash HF-DC1
Power Supply & Battery Chargers AC Adapter Kit ACK800, Battery Charger Kit CBK4-300, Ni-MH Batteries NB4-300


Operating Environment 0 – 40 °C¹, 10 – 90% humidity
Dimensions (WxHxD) 110.6 x 70.4 x 44.7 mm
Weight Approx 245g
Zoom ¹ Depending on the image size selected.
² Digital zoom available for still image and standard movie modes only. Optical zoom may not be available during movie recording.
Continuous Shooting ¹ Under conditions where the flash does not fire.
² Depending on memory card speed / capacity / compression setting.
Movie Length ¹ Depending on memory card speed / capacity / compression setting.
Battery life ¹ Using the batteries and memory card format supplied with the camera (where included), except where indicated.
Operating Environment ¹ 0 – 35 °C when NB-3AH is used
Modes ¹ Recording pixels fixed at 1600 x 1200 (ISO 3200 Mode) and 1824 x 1368 (Low Light Mode).
  • * Standard Output Sensitivity / Recommended Exposure Index.
  • According to ISO 12232:2006 (20th April 2006) which specifies the method for assigning and reporting ISO speed ratings for digital still cameras.
  • All data is based on Canon standard testing methods (according to CIPA Standards) except where indicated.
  • Subject to change without notice.


Note: This machine satisfies the test requirements for powder dust, ozone, TVOC, styrene and benzene emissions. Further information in relation to emissions data, return of spare parts or consumables or any specific further information regarding this product can be made available upon request from Customer Care on 13 13 83

PowerShot SX120 IS Technical Specifications

CCD / Image Processor

Effective Number of Pixels
Approx. 10.0 MP (CCD)
Size / Filter Array
1/2.5 inch / Primary colour filter (Bayer)
DiG!C 4


Focal Length (optical)
6.0 (W) – 60 (T) mm
35mm film equivalent
36 (W) – 360 (T) mm
f/2.8 - 8.0 (W) / f/4.3 - 8.0 (T)
Shutter Speed
15 - 1/2500 sec.
Optical approx 10x; Digital approx 4x
Image Stabilizer
Optical (Lens Shift Type) approx 3 steps

Shooting Functions

AF System
TTL Autofocus / Manual Focus
Focusing Frame
Face Detect1,2, Center3, Manual
Face Detection
Auto Focus, Auto Exposure, White Balance, Flash Exposure, Auto Red-Eye correction
Normal: 50cm – infinity (W) 1m – infinity (T). Macro: 1cm - 50cm (max. wide angle)
Continuous Shooting (Large/Fine)
Approx 1.2 shots/sec
Approx. 10 sec or 2 sec delay, or custom


Light Metering Method
Evaluative4, Centre-weighted average, Spot5
Exposure Control Method
Program AE, AE Lock available, Manual, Program Shift, Safety Shift
Exposure Compensation
± 2 stops in 1/3-stop increments
Sensitivity (Equivalent Film Speed)
Auto6, High ISO Auto7, ISO 80/100/200/400/800/1600
White Balance Modes
Auto, Daylight, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Fluorescent H, Flash, Custom
LCD Monitor


LCD Monitor
3.0 inch LCD monitor (approx 230,000 dots)


Flash Modes
Auto, on, off, Red Eye Correction, Red Eye Reduction, Slow Synchro, FE Lock, Safety FE
Flash Range
Normal: 50cm – 4.0m (W) 1.0m - 2.5m (T)
Flash Exposure Compensation
±2 stops in 1/3-stop increments

Selectable Shooting Modes

Shooting Modes
Intelligent Auto (with Scene Detection), P (Program), Tv (Shutter Priority), Av (Aperture Priority), M (Manual), Easy, Portrait, Landscape, Night Snapshot, Kids and Pets, Indoor, Special Scene (Night Scene, Sunset, Foliage, Snow, Beach, Fireworks, Aquarium, ISO 3200), Movie
My Colours
Vivid, Neutral, Sepia, Black & White, Custom Colour

Image Recording Format

Still image
JPEG Compression (EXIF 2.2 Compliant)
Colour Space and JPEG Compression
sRGB; Superfine, Fine, Normal
AVI (Image Data: Motion JPEG; Audio Data: WAVE monaural)

Recording Pixels

Still Images and Capacity on a 2GB card at Fine Image Setting
Large: 3648 x 2736 (749), Medium 1: 2816 x 2112 (1181), Medium 2: 2272 x 1704 (1707), Medium 3: 1600 x 1200 (3235), Small: 640 x 480 (10245), Widescreen: 3648 x 2048 (1007)
Movie Frame Rate and Capacity on a 2GB card
Large 640x480: 30fps (16min 47sec) 30fps LP (33min 2sec), Medium 320x240: 30fps (46min 33sec)

Other Operations

Playback Operations
Blink Detection, Red-eye Correction, Easy Mode, Slideshow, My Category, Index, Resize, Magnified, Image Inspection Tool, Advancing and Reversing through magnified images, Jump, Auto Rotate, Rotate, Histogram, Overexposure Warning, Auto Play, Transition Effect
File Operations
DPOF - Print Order/Image transfer; Movie - unnecessary scenes can be erased;
Direct Printing, PictBridge, Print/Share


Supported Operating Systems
PC: Windows XP SP2/SP3, Vista (inclu. SP1/SP2); Mac: OS X v10.4 - v10.5
Computer I/F
USB 2.0 Hi-Speed (mini-B compatible)
Video Output
PAL or NTSC selectable
Audio Output
Memory Storage
SD Memory Card, SDHC Memory Card, MultiMediaCard, MMCplus card, HC MMCplus card

General Features

Size AA Alkaline battery (x2) or Size AA rechargeable NiMH battery (x2) NB4-300/NB4-200
Optional Charger/AC Adaptor
AC Adaptor Kit ACK800 (contains CA-PS800)
Dimensions (W x D x H)
110.6 x 70.4 x 44.7 mm (ex. protruding parts)
Approx. 245g