Hello guys, Today I’m taking a look at the best video camera for vlogging, The Canon Powershot S120. Back in 2009 Canon practically invented the prosumer compact segment, with the Powershot S90. Over the past few years we’ve seen a number of changes and updates to the line, eventually leading to the newest member of the s-series family the Powershot S120.
The key to the S series is the pairing of a large sensor with a fast lens, all while maintaining a compact body. Like last year’s S110 vs S120 features of 5x optical zoom lens, but with a wider aperture of f 1.8 this year’s lens is even brighter. The sensor is still a 1 or 1.7 inch CMOS which has gone unchanged for a while now, but the S120 still has it when it comes to performance.
This camera is really lightweight point-and-shoot, that could fit in your pocket. It’s got full 1080 HD recording capabilities, a touch screen and also Wi-fi enable. The camera did a great job with white balance, it has an excellent burst mode and it’s video sharpness has been greatly improved, shallow depth of field shots are made easy using. The cameras aperture priority mode and the camera is no stranger to advanced controls.
The buttons on the back of the camera are well sized. The thumb rest is strong and the control ring is fantastic the ring even changes functions depending on what mode you’re in and best of all it’s customizable. The screen itself is a huge upgrade, featuring a 922 thousand pixel display, that is twice the resolution of last year’s S110.
The touch-sensitive controls also give you access to swipe menus and tap to focus options making the S120 a perfect option for those who are looking to make the jump from their smartphone camera or start making youtube videos and Vlogging.
Image-quality also remains outstanding, luckily, with a completely usable ISO selection of 80-1600 and quickly f/1.8 maximum aperture, albeit only in the 24mm wide-angle lens setting, creating the S120 well-suited to low light, handheld photography.
It’s also possible to recapture the blurry backgrounds and sharp issue that a lot of compacts struggle to accomplish, as the 5x zoom offers a longer reach than some competitors, albeit with a fairly expected increase in the maximum aperture to your rather sluggish f/5.7 at 120mm.
Full 1080p video at 60fps with continuous auto-concentrating, stereo sound and full use of the focus will be the sugar to the imaging cake. The Canon PowerShot S120 is just a fairly small update of last-year’s S110 camera, principally making things faster and incorporating a couple of new capabilities and shooting modes to the now familiar mix.
We like the faster auto-focus and burst firing rates, whilst the somewhat faster maximum aperture of f/1.8 helps in low light situations, but there is not too much to provoke S110 entrepreneurs to upgrade to this new model. This new style lacks an useful hand grip, the battery life continues to be pretty surprising, GPS is only available via pairing using a smartphone.
The S120 isn’t quite at the top of them when it comes to high-performance compacts. Sony RX 100 and Nikon Coolpix A, have larger sensors and better performance, but the S120 is smaller and thinner so it will fit much more comfortably in your pants pocket. The S120 also hold an edge in price lists are around 450, but you can find it as low as 400 online. Now there’s no denying the RX100 is the better camera, but if you’re looking for a best video camera for vlogging and you want to keep your spending under five hundred dollars, The powershot S120 is the camera to get.