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The Canon powershot SX120 S is a digital camera...no sh Sherlock!
However, it is a darn good digital camera. Having had a compact digital as my prevu=iuos camera, this was a big step up. Whan I say big step up...I mean in terms of spec and also in size. One thing to note about thsi camera is it is large...not small and easily pocketable...just bear this in mind before you buy. Don't get me worng, it will fit in a decent sized pocket, but it will really stick out.
The size is a slightly bad thing as mentioned above, but it also a good thing. The unit feels solid and has a hand grip on the right that protudes the same distance as the lens when fully retracted. The zoom lens is great, allowing a 10x zoom functionality. This sounds liek a lot and is actually great for distance shots. I have only been used to 3Mp 5x zoom, and thsi 10Mp 10x zoom really makes my old camera seem dated. THe zoom does make a fair bit of noise on moving in and out though.
The quality of the pictures is decent, though in lower light, the pictures do appear a little grainy. If you start increasing ISO speeds, the pictures do appear to become slightly more grainy. Ther can be occasions where some pictures get a purple tinge in some of the revirews I had read, but I have not found this to be a problem. Ther are tons of settings to play with and an auto mode for point and shoot, which means you can have hours of fun playing with the different modes. I do find that the auto focus can be a little slow, though you can manually focus in readiness for that quick shot. As to be expected, it is nowhere near as fast as a DSLR, but is more comparable to a comact, though it has a decent processor inside.
It is powered by 2 AA batteries and I have opted for rechargebale ones as it will go through batteries like nobodies business. This could be an advantage as it is alot easier to have spare rechargeable AA batteries than a spare battery pack. Use of the zoom lens will drain your battery really fast, as will the constant focus feature, which tries to focus constantly as you move the camera whilst it is on (to try and assist you in getting that shot a bit faster).
The flash is pretty good, but has to be popped up manually if you need it (I had hoped it would be auto pop up like on the old skool sports cars, but alas, it was not!). The 3 inch screen is a good size but is probe to being scratched easily.
The video mode does not have HD recording and records sound in mono, which is fine is you dont need HD video recording, though this feature is available in the newer models.
Overall, I love this camera and spent many moments snapping away during the recent snow period.