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REVIEW: Canon Prima Super 120

Posted by Bengt Köhler Sandberg 2013-10-02

Canon Prima Super 120

This camera also go under the name Canon Sure Shot Classic 120 or Autoboy 120
Introduced: 1999


Lens: Canon 38-120mm f/4.5-10.9
(7 elements in 6 groups)
Closest Focus: 0.6m (0.43m in close-up mode)
Aperture: f/4.5 - 10.9 to ??
Shutter: 1/770s-2s (4s in night mode)
Leaf shutter
Light meter: Yes - Center weight and Spot
Battery: Two 3v CR2 6V (or similar)
Flash: Yes, built in only
Weight: 260g (without battery)

Auto focus and exposure
Exposure comp + or - 1.5

Takes 135 film (DX coded with range 25-3200 ISO)
24×36 mm negative size


Quite small but bright and work well.

Image quality

Analogue B&W film
Canon Prima Super 120
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38mm - about 80mm - 120mm

Canon Prima Super 120
Canon Prima Super 120
Canon Prima Super 120
Canon Prima Super 120
Canon Prima Super 120
Canon Prima Super 120
Canon Prima Super 120
Canon Prima Super 120
Canon Prima Super 120


Canon Prima Super 120

Canon Prima Super 120
Canon Prima Super 120

Canon Prima Super 120

Flare / Backlight
Canon Prima Super 120
Canon Prima Super 120

Build quality

This have quite the nice build quality, are solid and have a nice feel to it.
Some parts are some sort of metal while others are plastic.
The plastic parts do still fell quite nice exept for the battery door which is made of some cheap plastic.

Canon Prima Super 120


One of the nicer modern analogue zoom compacts I have tested so far.

Image quality looks well and have quite good sharpness for a long zoom lens.
Renders very nice with good bokeh and flare.
Some cases feel it to have a little flat contrast but in other cases looks great.

Operating the camera is very easy and works very well.
Light meter is great and it has a spot metering which is very handy.
This spot metering makes it possible to get a much more accurate exposure in difficult light condition like in backlight etc.
And this have worked great in most of the cases but not all.

AF system is accurate and fast to work with.
It also have a Ai AF system which is a continuous AF system much like servo AF which most SLRs with AF have.
This can be used under the sport mode in the camera.

So I must say that this is a great one for the most parts and are fairly pocket friendly.
Would rather have seen a lens which is wider and hopefully a bit faster and don't need to have that much tele.
It also have a quite noisy motor for the film advance and zoom.
This is however better than most of the similar cameras I have tested but I would not call is quiet.

Thumbs up:
Image quality
Build quality and Feel
AF system
Size and lightweight
Fast and easy to work with

Thumbs down:
Slow lens

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