Pre-IFA 2009: Canon has also launched the super-zoom PowerShot SX120 IS. Featuring the same 10x zoom lens (36-300mm equiv.) and 3 inch LCD of its predecessor (SX110 IS), but has seen the resolution increase to 10MP. The rest of the features are similar to the the SX110 IS including P/A/S/M shooting modes but with faster Face Detection that can detect up to 35 faces.

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Super power, super easy: The Canon PowerShot SX120 IS with 10x optical zoom lens

London, UK 19th August 2009: Canon today announces the PowerShot SX120 IS – a high quality, easy-to-use digital compact camera with a flexible 10x optical zoom lens which offers high resolution, DIGIC 4 image processing and Smart Auto Mode – making it easier than ever for everyone to capture superb-quality images.

The new PowerShot SX120 IS offers impressive power and usability features and builds on the success of its popular predecessor, the PowerShot SX110 IS, while the design incorporates ergonomic curved lines and a handsome, lightweight, black finish.

Advanced technology with a flexible zoom

The PowerShot SX120 IS is ideal for capturing a variety of scenes and activities. A 10x optical zoom lens is perfect for family holidays or school sports days, when you often need extra zoom.   For pin-sharp results, the PowerShot SX120 IS features technologies that dramatically reduce camera shake and image blur. Canon’s Image Stabiliser (IS), ISO Auto and Motion Detection Technology work together to form a complete Anti-Blur solution.

To capture every detail, the PowerShot SX120 IS includes a 10 Megapixel sensor with Canon’s powerful and intelligent DIGIC 4 processor – ensuring superb response times and natural colour reproduction. DIGIC 4 also takes care of difficult lighting conditions with i-Contrast – a technology which prevents highlight blowout, whilst retaining shadow detail.

Simplicity alongside advanced control
For trouble-free shooting the PowerShot SX120 IS includes Smart Auto and Easy modes with Scene Detection Technology. By analysing people, distance, brightness and colour in the scene, the camera automatically selects one of 18 scene variables to optimise settings for the best results - freeing the user to concentrate on picture taking, while the camera takes care of the technical details.

Framing and reviewing shots is simple too, thanks to a bright 3.0 inch LCD with wide viewing angle.

More experienced users can choose their settings with additional shooting modes such as Aperture Priority and Shutter Priority. A full manual control mode is also provided – perfect for users who wish to experiment with their shots.

The camera can also shoot VGA movies with sound, so users can film action as well as shooting beautiful stills. 

Perfect Portraits with Face Detection Technology
The PowerShot SX120 IS also comes with the latest DIGIC 4 Face Detection Technology which recognises up to 35 faces in a scene and automatically adjusts key focus and exposure settings to ensure everyone looks their best. 

This technology includes Auto Red-Eye Correction, Face Detection AF/AE/FE, and Face Self-Timer – a feature that is great for group shots and self-portraits as the camera waits until it detects a new face in the frame before taking the shot.  Faces can also be detected if they are at an angle to the camera so that the correct focus and exposure can be achieved without subjects facing the camera directly. 

Face Select & Track also allows the user to select a particular face to be the main subject of the photo.  This person is then tracked  as they move around the frame – making sure the chosen face is the favoured subject  and captured perfectly every time - ideal for shooting the important people in a crowded scene.  

Whatever your level of photography expertise, the PowerShot SX120 IS takes stunning images while being simple and easy to use.

Canon PowerShot SX120 IS specifications

Recommended price

• $249
• €269
• £229


• 1/2.5" Type CCD
• 10 million effective pixels

Image sizes • 3648 x 2736
• 3648 x 2048
• 2816 x 2112
• 2272 x 1704
• 1600 x 1200
• 640 x 480
• 320 x 240
Movie clips • 640 x 480 @ 30fps
• 320 x 240 @ 30fps
Maximum clip length Up to 4GB or 1 hour
File formats • Still: JPEG (Exif v2.2)
• Movie: AVI [Motion JPEG compression + WAVE (monaural)]
Lens • 36-360mm (35mm equiv)
• f = 6.0 - 60.0 mm
• 10x optical zoom
• F2.8-4.3
Image stabilization Yes (Lens-Shift)
Digital zoom up to 4x
Focus TTL
AF area modes

• Face Detection AiAF
• 1-point AF (center or Face Select and Track)
• Manual focus
• Single, Continuous

AF lock Yes (on/off selectable)
AF assist lamp Yes
Focus distance Closest focus distance 1cm
Metering • Evaluative (linked to Face Detection AF frame)
• Center-weighted average
• Spot (center)
ISO sensitivity • Auto
• ISO 80
• ISO 100
• ISO 200
• ISO 400
• ISO 800
• ISO 1600
AE lock Yes (on/off selectable)
Exposure compensation +/- 2EV in 1/3 stop increments
Shutter speed • Auto (1 - 1/2500 sec)
• 15-1/2500 sec

• Auto
• Program
• Shutter priority
• Aperture priority
• Manual
• Easy
• Portrait
• Landscape
• Night Snapshot
• Kids & Pets
• Indoor
• Movie

Scene modes

• Night Scene
• Sunset
• Foliage
• Snow
• Beach
• Fireworks
• Aquarium
• ISO 3200

White balance • Auto (including Face Detection WB)
• Daylight
• Cloudy
• Tungsten
• Fluorescent
• Fluorescent H
• Custom
Self timer 2 or 10sec, custom
Continuous shooting • Approx 0.9 fps until card is full (AF / LiveView)
• Approx 1.3 fps until card is full (LCD monitor off)
Image parameters My Colors (My Colors Off, Vivid, Neutral, Sepia, Black & White, Custom Color(Limited))
Flash • Auto, Flash On, Flash Off, Slow Sync, Red-eye reduction
• Slow Sync Speed : Fastest speed 1/500 sec
• +/- 2EV in 1/3 stop increments
• Face Detection FE compensation
• Safety FE
• Flash exposure lock
• Manual Power Adjustment
• Range (Auto ISO):50cm - 4.0m (wide) /1.0m- 2.5m (tele)
LCD monitor • 3.0-inch TFT
• 230,000 pixels
• 100% coverage
• 5 levels of brightness adjustment
Connectivity • USB 2.0 Hi-Speed
• AV out (PAL / NTSC switchable)
Print compliance PictBridge
Storage • SD, SDHC, MMC, MMCplus , HC MMCplus compatible
• 128 MB card supplied
Power • 2x AA Alkaline or NiMH batteries
• Optional AC adapter ACK800
Weight (no batt) 245g
Dimensions 111 x 71 x 45 mm

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