Canon IXUS 120 IS / Powershot SD940is reviews and prices: Compact camera

58 customer reviews

This digital camera is a good all rounder.

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8.8 out of 10 based on 58 reviews.
Canon IXUS 120 IS / Powershot SD940is: 12.1 MP (Megapixels), 4x optical zoom, SD Card storage, Optical Image Stabiliser image stabiliser digital Compact camera. See full product description

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Confirmed purchaser Point & shoot

Score 10.0/10
Good points:
It's small which is great for me a I have small girly hands.
Bad points:
Not so good for someone with big hands
Overall rating 10.0
Ease of use 10.0
Image quality 10.0
Features 10.0
Build Quality 10.0
Value for money 10.0
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Confirmed purchase: 28 Jun 2010

Ahmed, Warrington

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
handy size, easy to use, everything I need in a camera
Bad points:
Reviewer left no comment
Overall rating 9.0
Ease of use 9.0
Image quality 9.0
Features 9.0
Build Quality 9.0
Value for money 10.0
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Confirmed purchase: 28 Jun 2010

Jon, London Experienced amateur

Score 10.0/10
Good points:
I use this camera when I don't want to lug around my DSLR, so size and image quality were my main considerations.

As my third Ixus (previous ones were the 40 and 75), I knew what to expect, but have been really impressed with this one. It is by far the most 'pocket friendly' version to date. By this, I mean that the buttons do not catch when taking it in and out of your pocket. I was for ever trying to take out my old Ixus’ out of my pocket to quickly take a photo, only to find that I had inadvertently switched the camera to video or play mode, by which time it was too late to take the photo. On that note, this camera powers up noticeable quicker than previous versions.

Image quality is good; however, as noted by others, it performs best when not on “Auto” – I always use “P” mode. This does not mean you have to muck about with settings every time you use the camera, it just means you just have to spend a minute having a look through the options and deciding which setting you like best and leave it at that if you want.

The HD video is a nice new feature, just be warned that the video can eat up memory pretty quickly.

At the sale price, this camera is an absolute steal. I have always had a preference for Canon point and shoot cameras (although, I would not consider myself a Canon ‘fanboy’ as my SLRs are Nikon).

There really is very little reason not to buy this camera if you are looking for a high quality point and shoot. It also looks pretty stylish.
Bad points:
I have no complaints to date.

The only potential (and I stress potential) downside, is the dreaded Canon E18 lense error, which affected my Ixus 75. I have not had this problem with this camera, but it is still pretty new. If you are unaware of the issue, have a quick search on google and you will see a lot of discussion about it. I would not let it stop you making a purchasing decision, but it is something you should be aware of.
Overall rating 10.0
Ease of use 9.0
Image quality 10.0
Features 9.0
Build Quality 10.0
Value for money 10.0
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3 of 3 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 24 Jun 2010

Martin , Barnet, Herts Point & shoot

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
It looks great, the controls are easy to use and well laid out, changing settings is straightforward and it easily slips into a pocket. Picture quality is very good and it takes HD video.
Bad points:
The burst shooting mode results in blurred images but taking shots manually is only slightly slower.
Not much in the way of bad points really...
Overall rating 9.0
Ease of use 10.0
Image quality 9.0
Features 9.0
Build Quality 10.0
Value for money 9.0
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Confirmed purchase: 21 Jun 2010

Tda, London Experienced amateur

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
It is a perfect size, can fit in my pocket comfortably. Has a great matte finish rather than glossy, so looks good. Big screen to view photos. Excellent camera!
Bad points:
The black does scratch off easily. I've only had it about a month and there is a small bit of metal showing, but hasn't peeled much more than that.
Also there is no viewfinder, which is quite common in these small ones, but I quite liked that about the older version (which I also have)
Overall rating 9.0
Ease of use 9.0
Image quality 10.0
Features 7.0
Build Quality 7.0
Value for money 9.0
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2 of 2 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 14 Jun 2010

Confirmed purchaser Keen amateur

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
I am currently on hoiliday in Cambodia and this camera is the envy of all the people on my tour! The pics are great!
Bad points:
Reviewer left no comment
Overall rating 9.0
Ease of use 9.0
Image quality 10.0
Features 9.0
Build Quality 9.0
Value for money 8.0
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2 of 2 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 13 Jun 2010

Confirmed purchaser Point & shoot

Score 10.0/10
Good points:
Excellent camera, fantastic image quality
Bad points:
No bad points
Overall rating 10.0
Ease of use 10.0
Image quality 10.0
Features 10.0
Build Quality 10.0
Value for money 10.0
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1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 04 Jul 2010

Product Features

Camera Type Compact
Optical zoom ratio 4
Screen size (Inches) 2.7
Digital zoom ratio 4
Type of image stabiliser Optical Image Stabiliser
Touchscreen No
3D No
Media format MMCplus Card
Media format SDXC Card
Media format SD Card
Media format SDHC Card
PictBridge Yes
Video recorder Yes
Manual Focus No
Timer Yes
Weight (g) 120
Flash Yes
WiFi No
Shortest shutter speed (Fractions of a second) 1/1
Longest shutter speed (Fractions of a second) 1/15
Waterproof Yes
Viewfinder LCD Monitor
Viewfinder Yes
Dimensions (mm) 89.5x54.9x20
RAW Format No
GPS Receiver No
Release date 2009-08-25
Height in mm 54.9
Width in mm 89.5
Depth in mm 20
Serial Shot Mode Yes
Bluetooth No
Autofocus Yes
Changeable Lens No
Highest focal length (Millimetres) 112
Lowest focal length (Millimetres) 28
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Manufacturer's Description

The thinnest wide-angle IXUS ever. The 12.1 MP Digital IXUS 120 IS conceals a 28mm wide-angle lens, a 4x optical zoom with optical IS and a 2.7 inch PureColor LCD II display in a stylish metal body.


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