Short post, big message! Seriously, the little Canon S120 is an absolute stunner. And with “little” I mean: it’s in your jeans pocket and you don’t even notice! For the size it’s quite heavy. Blame it on the outstanding build quality. The lens ring lets me keep my favorite 28mm focal length, but what’s really amazing is the intuitive menu and super smooth, responsive operation.
This camera is everywhere with me these days. It’s actually the first camera I’m exclusively shooting RAW with. Why? Makes the little stunner even more powerful. Rest assured some fine samples will follow, but to make this super nice camera even nicer I got myself DxOMark Optics Pro 9.
Why? Well once you’ve seen how this software handles noise you’re immediately sold. Meaning even the S120’s ISO 6,400 is absolutely usable whereas without Optics Pro I wouldn’t cross the ISO 1,600 barrier…
Optics Pro 9 offers specific modules for a wide range of cameras and lenses. Once you load a JPEG or RAW image in the browser you’re advised to download the module(s). As simple as that? And the rendition is really top-notch. And you’ll love the automatic lens distortion correction, just to name one of the many built-in goodies.
Right, am an absolutely happy these days. Just don’t use the Canon’s Wi-Fi, it sucks the battery dead within no time. And even though the video capabilities are no less outstanding than still images, you’d need a second if not third backup battery.
But just shooting RAW, with totally intuitive controls and high quality output, this ultra portable combo is a serious contender to much pricier, seemingly more serious gear… Even the built-in flash looks natural, and I usually try to avoid flash at all cost.
Talking small cameras, yes I looked at the Sony RX100 Mark II and the Lumix LF1. Forget the Pana’s pseudo viewfinder. Yes, the Sony’s a right up where it should be. It’s just… the Canon’s so much easier and faster to use with only negligible loss of image quality.
And it’s hard to beat the accuracy and genuineness of the Canon’s colors. Right, having a blast plus field day these days…
Absolutely no doubt whatsoever: this S120 combined with Optics Pro is the smallest, most powerful photography combo possible.