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Canon Digital IXUS 120 IS Review

The Canon Digital IXUS 120 IS Digital Camera - Black (12.1 Megapixel, 4x Optical Zoom) 2.7 inch LCD (Amazon link - best price) has an RRP of £299 but can be found for under £200 on Amazon. What a bargain this is! The camera itself is a mere 2cm deep and houses a 4x optical zoom lens. It also has a very wide angle shot at 28mm which is suitable for taking panoramic shoots and for getting everyone in the same group pic, making you can get the whole of the year group in one school pic without needing to take steps backwards.

The mainly metal housing of the case means that the camera feels very robust and it is a great sized pocket camera for putting in your pocket. It has a power up time of just under 2 seconds which we felt was reasonable and has a "Smart Auto" feature which changes its settings to one of many different presets and analyses locations and faces to get the best image for you. Noise wasn't a big problem until we used the camera in very-low light conditions with the light-sensitivity settings cranked all the way up.

The camera has no optical viewfinder which means that shots must be composed on the 2.7in screen.
It has face detection which worked well, blink detection which worked well too and finally it also has the ability to record 720p HD video. The battery lasts for about 220 shots should be enough for most people but if you think you'll be taking thousands of shots on a single charge (and have memory cards to store all of them) then you might want to opt for a different camera. For the traveller who doesn't plan on taking more than about 220 shots at a time, it should be fine.

It looks cool, is packed with features and amazon has a great price for it - with £100 off the RRP. All we can say is that for a compact camera this camera is truly recommended. Buy it now!

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