Best Compact Travel Camera.
I think—and i’m talking about personal experience here so you may or may not agree, it’s really no big deal—the title goes to Canon Powershot SX120 IS.
I don’t own one, but my best friend Shiel does, and i’ve used it for myself countless times. Well, with all the advanced compacts out there like the S95, G12, LX5, etc., you’d find yourself thinking if the SX120 is really worth it. I won’t claim that SX120 is better than those models ‘cause that would be an awful exaggeration, plus they’re in an entirely different league. But if you’re looking for a bang-for-the-buck type, then the SX120 might be the one for you.
WHAT”S TO LIKE:
- 10 MEGAPIXELS. I don’t really advertise the need for greater MPs because in reality we don’t need too much of ‘em unless we’re printing for tarps and billboards. But for MP-conscious peeps out there, you have nothing to worry about.
- 10X OPTICAL ZOOM. So, you’re out on a travel. You saw that lighthouse against the sun’s rays and you think it would make a nice backlit subject. With SX120’s 36-360mm telephoto lens equivalent, there should be no problem snapping the shot. (Just remember to keep it steady!)
- MACRO. When you’re tired going far, you can always go near—flowers, bubbles, leaves, take your pick. Plus the f/2.8 max aperture will make sure that your subject is really in focus.
- IMAGE STABILIZATION. Shaky hands don’t have to mean blurred pictures. Canon’s Image Stabilization technology is always, always reliable.
- SHOOTING IN MANUAL MODE. You can level-up your shooting mode by exploring Program, Aperture-priority (Av), Shutter-priority (Tv) or full Manual for more creativity Yes, DSLR-like modes.
- USER-FRIENDLY. It isn’t complicated to operate. I’ve always loved the simplicity of Canon’s controls and interface.
WHAT’S NOT TO LIKE:
I can only think of one: the size. SX120 is kinda bulky to fit in a shirt or jeans pocket. You can hang it in your neck or carry a bag. But really, with all the goods packed inside, not to mention the price (now only 8,200 pesos brand new online, or a bit over $180), i’m not counting this as an issue.
Mike Pasini, gadget reviews writer from my favorite camera review site The Imaging Resource, says:
If I were stuck on a desert island with just one camera (at my own expense), it would be the Canon SX120 IS. It’s a great deal and it doesn’t compromise on quality, either.
Read Mike’s full review HERE. Just a bit of help if ever you’re thinking of what travel compact to buy next. :)