While large prints may be out of the question, the noise is suppressed just enough to make prints of 4 by 6 inches or smaller and Web use possible. Much of the credit for this goes to the 120's ability to produce photos with very good exposure, white balance, contrast and colour, especially if you like your colours vibrant, but not unnatural.
(Shorter bars indicate better performance)
There's some mild barrel distortion on the left side, which is typical of compact wideangle lenses. Chromatic aberration (purple fringing) is in good supply in high-contrast areas and, depending on the picture, is visible in prints of 8 by 10 inches or larger.
Just like the Digital IXUS 100 IS, the Canon Digital IXUS 120 IS is a fun camera to use. The combination of its incredibly small and attractive design, ease of use, and generally very good photos makes it a fairly irresistible ultra-compact. Its performance could be better and the amount of purple fringing in our test shots bugs us, but neither are real deal breakers in this class of camera.
Additional editing by Charles Kloet