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PowerShot SX120 IS

PowerShot SX120 IS

PowerShot SX120 IS

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Marketed August 2009

The PowerShot SX120 IS, which succeeds the SX110 IS released in September 2008, features a 10x zoom lens and an Easy Mode to ensure worry-free use even for entry-level users. The model also incorporates a variety of shooting modes to appeal to a wider range of users, including a Manual Mode that can be used to finely adjust shooting parameters.

Camera Effective Pixels Approx. 10.0 million
Image Sensor 1/2.5-inch type CCD (Total number of pixels:
Approx. 10.3 million)
Lens 6.0 (W) – 60.0 (T) mm
35mm film equivalent: 36 (W) – 360 (T) mm
f/2.8 (W) – f/4.3 (T)
Digital Zoom Approx. 4.0x (Up to approx. 40x in combination with
the optical zoom)
LCD Monitor 3.0-inch type TFT LCD color monitor
Approx. 230,000 dots, Picture coverage 100%
AF Frame Mode Face Detect/Center
Focusing Range (from end of lens) Auto, Easy: 5 cm (2.0 in.) – infinity (W)/
1 m (3.3 ft.) – infinity (T)
Normal: 50 cm (1.6 ft.) – infinity (W)/
1 m (3.3 ft.) – infinity (T)
Macro: 1 – 50 cm (0.4 in. – 1.6 ft.) (W)
Manual Focus: 1 cm (0.4 in.) – infinity (W)/
1 m (3.3 ft.) – infinity (T)
Shutter Mechanical shutter and electronic shutter
Shutter Speeds 1 – 1/2500 sec.
15 – 1/2500 sec. (Total shutter speed range)
Image Stabilization Lens-shift type
Metering System Evaluative, Center-weighted average or Spot
Exposure Compensation ±2 stops in 1/3-stop increments
ISO Speed (Standard Output Sensitivity, Recommended Exposure Index) Auto, ISO 80/100/200/400/800/1600
White Balance Auto, Day Light, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent,
Fluorescent H, Custom
Built-in Flash Auto, On, Slow Synchro, Off

* Flash exposure compensation/Flash output/Red-eye
reduction/Red-eye correction/FE lock/Safety FE
settings available

Built-in Flash Range 50 cm – 4.0 m (1.6 – 13 ft.) (W)/
1.0 – 2.5 m (3.3 – 8.2 ft.) (T)
Shooting Modes M, Av, Tv, P, Auto, Easy, Portrait, Landscape, Night
Snapshot, Kids & Pets, Indoor, SCN*, Movie

*Sunset, Night Scene, Fireworks, Beach, Aquarium,
Foliage, Snow, ISO 3200

Continuous Shooting Continuous: Approx. 1.3 images/sec.
Continuous Shooting AF: Approx. 0.9 images/sec.
Continuous Shooting LV: Approx. 0.9 images/sec.
Self-timer Approx. 10-sec./Approx. 2-sec. delay, FaceSelf-Timer,
Custom Timer
i-Contrast Auto/Off
Recording Media SD memory card, SDHC memory card,
MultiMediaCard, MMCplus card, HC MMCplus card
File Format Design rule for Camera File system and DPOF
Data Type Still images: Exif 2.2 (JPEG)
Movies: AVI (Image data: Motion JPEG, Audio data:
WAVE (Mono))
Compression Fine, Normal
Number of Recording Pixels Still images
Large: 3648 x 2736 pixels
Medium 1: 2816 x 2112 pixels
Medium 2: 2272 x 1704 pixels
Medium 3: 1600 x 1200 pixels
Small: 640 x 480 pixels
Widescreen: 3648 x 2048 pixels
640 x 480 pixels (30 frames/sec.)
640 x 480 pixels (30 frames/sec. LP)
320 x 240 pixels (30 frames/sec.)
Number of Possible Shots Approx. 130 images (Based on CIPA standardized
Playback Function Single Image, Easy, Movie, Index, Jump, Magnified
Focus, Magnified, Slideshow
Editing Function Erase, Protect, Rotate, Resize, i-Contrast, Red-Eye
Direct Print Type PictBridge capable
Interface Hi-Speed USB (Dedicated connector with unified type of digital, audio and video*)

* mini-B compatible

Video/Audio output (NTSC and PAL capable, mono

Communication Settings MTP, PTP
Power 2 AA-size alkaline batteries
2 AA-size NiMH batteries (NB-3AH sold separately)
AC adapter kit ACK-800 (sold separately)
Operating Temperatures 0–40°C (32–104°F)
Operating Humidity 10–90%
Dimensions (excluding protrusions) 110.6 x 70.4 x 44.7 mm (4.35 x 2.77 x 1.76 in.)
Weight (camera body only) Approx. 245 g (8.64 oz.)