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Canon PowerShot A1200
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Canon PowerShot A1200 Digital Camera

Camera Labs Highly Recommended
12.1MP 4x CCD Aug 2011
Megapixel Count Optical Zoom Image Stabiliser Sensor Type Release Date
The versatile PowerShot A1200 makes Canon quality photo-taking easy and fun. With optical viewfinder, a wide-angle 4x zoom, HD movies and Smart Auto it's perfect for capturing life's best moments.... More
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24 Reasons For

One Industry Award

This Canon camera received a "Highly Recommended" from Camera Labs who thought that this compact camera camera was great.

Expert Reviews Are Average

Based on fourteen expert reviews from sites including CNET.com, Camera Labs, Digital Versus and Cameras.co.uk the average expert rating of this camera is 71 out of 100.

Good User Reviews

On average, people who bought this Canon camera rated it as 81 out of 100.

Good Size

Five Canon PowerShot A1200 owners said that this digital camera was compact. Expert website Cameralabs.com said five years ago “The Canon PowerShot A1200 is a 12.1 Megapixel budget compact with a 4x optical zoom lens” and gave it a rating of 4 stars. Cameralabs.com also wrote “Unusually for a compact camera these days”. Cameralabs.com also mentioned “Canon PowerShot A1200 verdict The Canon PowerShot A1200 is an affordable 12.1 Megapixel point-and-shoot compact with a 4x optical zoom starting at 28mm (equivalent)”.

One person said in their reviews that it was thin. Expert website Techtree.com mentioned “Being very slim and light, you can easily carry it in your pocket” in their review of this digital camera.

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Good Quality Pictures

A number of customers reckoned that the Canon PowerShot A1200 was able to produce good images. Expert website Firstpost.com wrote five years ago “This is a good option to go for, if you are just getting into photography or just want to use this camera for casual purposes” in their Canon PowerShot A1200 review. Expert website Mymobile.co.in said “A good camera is the one that offers more value addition than just taking good pictures” in their Canon PowerShot A1200 review.

One Canon PowerShot A1200 reviewer who purchased it thought it had a good picture resolution. Expert review site Cameras.co.uk gave the product a score of 4 stars and said in their Canon PowerShot A1200 review “It has 12 megapixels and a 4x optical zoom lens”.

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Good Brand

We checked 19,570 user and expert reviews for Canon cameras and found that on average Canon has good ratings compared to other brands. We also found that Canon has good ratings specifically for its compact camera digital cameras.

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Good Technical Features

A few Canon PowerShot A1200 reviewers who reviewed the product concluded that it had good features. Cnet.com mentioned in their Canon PowerShot A1200 review on CNET.com “The Canon PowerShot A3300 IS offers up nice features and excellent photos while staying simple”. Expert website Cameras.co.uk said in their review five years ago “The Powershot A1200 has a couple of features that may appeal to you that are not readily available elsewhere” and scored it 4 stars. Techmagnifier.com wrote “This is why companies have started coming up with models which have superior technology, provide good features”.

Good Screen / Viewfinder

A number of Canon PowerShot A1200 reviewers concluded that the Canon PowerShot A1200 had a good viewfinder. Digitalversus.com wrote in their review of the Canon PowerShot A1200 “The A1200 is one of the very few compact cameras currently on sale that has an optical viewfinder”. Digitalversus.com also said “For hardcore optical viewfinder fans (believe us, they exists!), this can be a real selling point”. Cameras.co.uk mentioned in their review of this digital camera “These are a viewfinder and”.

Easy to Use

Some Canon PowerShot A1200 reviewers wrote in their reviews that it was easy to use. Expert website Digitalversus.com said “The Canon PowerShot A1200 is an entry-level camera that's pleasant to use and which takes decent photos in good light” in their review. Firstpost.com mentioned “Are afraid that all the cameras in the market are complicated to use” in their Canon PowerShot A1200 review.

CCD Sensor Type

This camera has a CCD sensor type, which is the most frequently found sensor type on digital cameras of a similar age and spec to it. CCD sensors produce high quality, low-noise images but consume a lot more power than CMOS sensors. CCD is the most common image sensor type used in digital cameras.

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SD Memory Card

This camera supports an MMC|SD|SDHC|SDXC memory card, which is typical of many cameras of this age and type. SD cards are by far the most common type of memory card. They are compatible with the majority of digital cameras.

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Supports Video Recording

supports video recording

The Canon PowerShot A1200 supports video recording, as do most of the other digital cameras of this spec and age.

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Has an Image Stabiliser

Like most of the other compact camera digital cameras that were released around the same time as the PowerShot A1200, the PowerShot A1200 has an image stabiliser.

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Has a Built-In Flash

has a built-in flash

Like most of the other compact camera digital cameras that have been available for more than two years, the PowerShot A1200 has a built-in flash.

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Electronic Camera Shutter

This camera has an Electronic|Mechanical camera shutter, which is typical of many digital cameras of this age and type.

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Two Supported Batteries

Most compact camera digital cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the PowerShot A1200 have between one and three supported batteries, including the Canon PowerShot A1200 which has two supported batteries.

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Has Four Photo Effects

The PowerShot A1200 has a greater number of photo effects than most compact camera digital cameras that have been around for around the same time as it. This camera has a Black&White photo effect, which is the most frequently found photo effect found on cameras of a comparable type and age to the PowerShot A1200. The photo effects "Neutral", "Sepia" and "Vivid" are also found on this Canon camera.

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Fairly Long Maximum Battery Life

At 11 hours, the Canon PowerShot A1200 has a fairly long maximum battery life compared to most of the other digital cameras that have been around for a similar time to the PowerShot A1200. The shortest maximum battery life of compact camera digital cameras that were launched around the same time as the PowerShot A1200 is 0.83h, the longest is 680h, and the average maximum battery life is 25h.

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Has One Image Editing Mode

The number of image editing modes found on the PowerShot A1200 is more than most similar spec cameras that were released around the same time as it. The most frequently found image editing mode is Resizing, but this image editing mode is not found on this camera. The image editing modes rotating are also found on this Canon digital camera.

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Supports Six Image Formats

The number of supported image formats on the PowerShot A1200 is more than most comparable spec digital cameras that are a similar age to it. This Canon digital camera supports a JPG image format, which is the most frequently supported image format supported by compact camera digital cameras that came out more than two years ago. The image formats "EXIF", "JPEG", "Exif 2.2", "DPOF 1.1" and "mov (H.264)" are also supported by this camera.

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1280 X 720 Pixels Video Resolution

The PowerShot A1200 supports a maximum video resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels. That's over three times the video resolution of the most frequently found video resolution of 640 x 480 pixels (which is also supported by this digital camera). A video resolution of 1280 x 720 is classified as HD and TVs supporting this resolution are referred to as "HD Ready". However the resolution is not as detailed as Full HD (1920 x 1080). Across all comparable spec cameras that were launched more than two years ago the worst video resolution is 320 x 240 pixels and the best is 1920 x 1080 pixels.

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Features Five Auto Focus

The number of auto focusing (AF) modes featured on the PowerShot A1200 is more than most digital cameras that have been around for more than two years. The most frequently featured auto focus is Face detection, but this auto focus is not featured on this Canon camera. The auto focus Centre weighted Auto Focus, Continuous Auto Focus, Face tracking, Multi Point Auto Focus and Single Auto Focus are also featured on this camera.

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Quite Small Minimum Aperture

At only 2.8, the Canon PowerShot A1200 has a fairly small minimum aperture compared to most of the other cameras of a comparable type and age to the PowerShot A1200. Across all the compact camera digital cameras that were released more than two years ago the minimum apertures range from 1.3 to 6.6, and the average minimum aperture is 3.2.

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Quite Small Minimum ISO Speed

The Canon PowerShot A1200 has a fairly small minimum ISO speed (only 80) compared to most of the other cameras that have been on the market for more than two years. The smallest minimum ISO speed of compact camera digital cameras that were released around the same time as the PowerShot A1200 is 10, the biggest is 1,600, and the average minimum ISO speed is 99.

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18 Reasons Against

Very Small Optical Zoom

The PowerShot A1200 has a fairly small optical zoom (only 4 times zoom factor) compared to most of the other similar spec digital cameras that have been available for more than two years. Digital cameras that came out around the same time as the PowerShot A1200 have optical zooms of between 2.7x and 63x, and the average optical zoom is 9.6x.

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Quite Low Megapixel Count

The PowerShot A1200 has a fairly low megapixel count (only 12.1 megapixels) compared to most of the other cameras of this age and type. The average megapixel count of digital cameras of this spec and age is 14MP.

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Does Not Support Full HD Video

The Canon PowerShot A1200 does not support Full HD video, although it is worth noting that most of the other cameras of a comparable spec and age to the PowerShot A1200 also do not support Full HD video.

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Does Not Support WiFi Connectivity

Most digital cameras of a similar age and type to the PowerShot A1200 do not support WiFi connectivity. The PowerShot A1200 is no exception to this as it too does not support WiFi connectivity.

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Not 3D Compatible

The PowerShot A1200 is not 3D compatible, although it is worth noting that most of the other compact camera digital cameras that are a similar age to the PowerShot A1200 are also not 3D compatible.

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Does Not Have a GPS

The PowerShot A1200 does not have a GPS. Most of the other digital cameras of a similar spec and age to the PowerShot A1200 also do not have a GPS.

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Not Waterproof

The PowerShot A1200 is not waterproof, although it is worth noting that most of the other comparable spec cameras that came out around the same time as the PowerShot A1200 are also not waterproof.

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Very Small Digital Zoom

The smallest digital zoom of digital cameras that came out around the same time as the PowerShot A1200 is 1x and the biggest is 810x. The PowerShot A1200 has a fairly small digital zoom (only 4 times zoom factor) compared to most of the other compact camera digital cameras that are a similar age to the PowerShot A1200.

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Quite Low JPEG Frame Rate

With a JPEG frame rate of only 24 frames per second, the PowerShot A1200 has a fairly low JPEG frame rate compared to most of the other compact camera digital cameras that were released more than two years ago. Similar spec digital cameras that were released more than two years ago have JPEG frame rates of between 15fps and 240fps.

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Very Small Combined Zoom

Similar spec cameras that were launched around the same time as the PowerShot A1200 have combined zoom of between 3x and 1,600x. At only 16 times zoom factor, the PowerShot A1200 has a fairly small combined zoom compared to most of the other cameras of a comparable type and age to the PowerShot A1200.

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Very Few Total Megapixel Count

Digital cameras of this type and age have total megapixel counts of between 10MP and 48MP, and the average total megapixel count is 16MP. With a total megapixel count of only 12.7 megapixels, the Canon PowerShot A1200 has a quite few total megapixel count compared to most of the other compact camera digital cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the PowerShot A1200.

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Very Low Maximum ISO Speed

The PowerShot A1200 has one of the lower maximum ISO speeds (only 1,600) amongst compact camera digital cameras of this age. The average maximum ISO speed of cameras that came out around the same time as the PowerShot A1200 is 4,500.

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Very Short Maximum Focal Length

The shortest maximum focal length of cameras of this age and type is 0.28mm, the longest is 1,800mm, and the average maximum focal length is 250mm. At only 112 millimeters, the Canon PowerShot A1200 has a fairly short maximum focal length compared to most of the other compact camera digital cameras that are a similar age to the PowerShot A1200.

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Quite Low Display Resolution

Across all the compact camera digital cameras that were launched more than two years ago the display resolutions range from 230 pixels to 1,300,000 pixels, and the average display resolution is 400,000 pixels. With a display resolution of only 230,000 pixels, the PowerShot A1200 has one of the lower display resolutions amongst cameras of this age.

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Only Has One Playback Mode

The number of camera playback modes found on the PowerShot A1200 is more than most digital cameras of a similar type and age to it. This Canon digital camera has a Movie playback mode, which is the most commonly found playback mode found on digital cameras that have been around for around the same time as the PowerShot A1200.

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Only Has Six White Balance Modes

The Canon PowerShot A1200 has a greater number of white balance modes than most compact camera digital cameras that have been around for more than two years. This camera has an Auto white balance mode, which is the most frequently found white balance mode found on cameras that were launched around the same time as the PowerShot A1200. The white balance modes "Cloudy", "Custom modes", "Daylight", "Fluorescent" and "Tungsten" are also found on this digital camera.

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Quite Long Minimum Focal Length

Across all the cameras of a similar age and spec to the PowerShot A1200 the minimum focal lengths range from 5mm to 120mm. The PowerShot A1200 has one of the longer minimum focal lengths (28 millimeters) amongst digital cameras of this age.

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Very Long Flash Recharging Time

Across all the digital cameras that were launched around the same time as the PowerShot A1200 the flash recharging times range from 0.0005s to 15s. When compared to other digital cameras of a similar age and type to the PowerShot A1200 that we have assessed the flash recharging time of, the Canon PowerShot A1200's flash recharging time of 12 seconds is one of the longest.

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4 Other reasons to consider the Canon PowerShot A1200

Released Over Six Years Ago

Canon released the PowerShot A1200 over six years ago.

1/2.3"" Optical Sensor Size

This camera has a 1/2.3" optical sensor size, which is the most frequently found optical sensor size on digital cameras of a similar age and spec to it. 6.17 x 4.55mm.

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Average Weight

With a weight of 185 grams, the Canon PowerShot A1200 has a fairly standard weight compared to most of the other compact camera digital cameras that are a comparable age to the PowerShot A1200.

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Average Screen Size

At 2.7 inches, the PowerShot A1200 has a relatively standard screen size compared to most of the other digital cameras of this age and type.

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Specification

Picture Quality
Camera Type
Megapixel Count
Image Stabiliser
Sensor Type
Still Image Resolution
Maximum Image Resolution
Total Megapixel Count
Aspect Ratio
Image Sensor Size
Design
Colour
Lens System
Optical Zoom
Digital Zoom
Maximum Aperture
Minimum Aperture
Maximum Focal Length
Minimum Focal Length
Focal Length Range
Focusing
Auto Focus
Focus
Focus Mode
Light Exposure
Light Exposure Mode
ISO Speed
Maximum ISO Speed
Minimum ISO Speed
Light Metering Mode
Light Exposure Correction
Light Exposure Control
Shutter
Maximum Camera Shutter Speed
Minimum Camera Shutter Speed
Camera Shutter
Flash
Flash Mode
Video
Maximum Video Resolution
JPEG Frame Rate
Video Format
Analog Signal Format
Video Resolution
Video Recording
HD Type
Audio
Built-In Microphone
Memory
Memory Card
Display
Screen Size
Display
Field of View
Display Resolution
Viewfinder
Ports & Interfaces
PictBridge
Camera
White Balance Mode
Photo Effect
Self-Timer
Camera File System
Scene Mode
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Battery
Power Source
Battery
Supported Battery
Battery Size
Maximum Battery Life
Shot Per Battery Charge
Operational Conditions
Operating System/software
System Requirements
Packaging Content
Technical Details
Networking
Certificates
Other Features
Video Recording
Built-In Flash
USB 2.0 Port
HDMI Port
Special Features

1 Award

Camera Labs Highly Recommended

Expert Reviews

(20)
9 March 2012

What is a good camera? In this age of high-tech gadgets, a good camera is the one that offers more value addition than just taking good pictures. And if you are looking for one such device,... Read more…

19 December 2011

At PC World, we?ve checked out some of the top-specced digital compact cameras on the market. The PowerShot A1200 sits at the opposite end of the scale, proud in its position as Canon?s most... Read more…

3 October 2011

The Canon PowerShot A1200 sells in India for a street price of Rs. 5,800. This is a good option to go for, if you are just getting into photography or just want to use this camera for casual...

2 September 2011

The Canon PowerShot A1200 is a good point-and-shoot camera for casual use. Being very slim and light, you can easily carry it in your pocket. With the Canon UI, any inexperienced user using it...

Everyone desires to own a digital camera that would allow them to click good snaps but would be priced low. This is why companies have started coming up with models which have superior technology,... Read more…

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User Reviews

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Reviewed 10 April 2011 by AlanM
(Verified Purchase)

Thanks Canon for producing a compact digital camera with an OPTICAL VIEWFINDER. I live in Spain where we have a thing called Sunshine and this makes most cameras with only a view panel very... Read more…

Reviewed 2 October 2011 by E M Oge

The immediate attraction of this camera is that it has an optical viewfinder ~ not really a luxury but, these days, almost a surprise. The lcd screen is excellent but, in bright sun, the vf comes... Read more…

Reviewed 24 April 2011 by Alby Philip

This is my second Powershot, the first being an A95 The A1200 is certainly a compact digital camera. The build quality and general feel of the camera is nowhere as good as my old A95, although the... Read more…

Reviewed 23 August 2011 by Dr. K. M. Holton
(Verified Purchase)

We ordered this camera as one of the few we could find with an optical viewfinder. The viewfinder is small, but it works, including the zoom, and we are very satisfied. The camera itself produces... Read more…

Reviewed 2 October 2011 by Doodsta

As a canon dsl user of many years i was almost shocked to review my 1st images from this camera they are excellent! Well done canon for producing a very usable point and shoot with a viewfinder... Read more…

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers a1200zwart, a1200zilver, pshota1200zil, pshota1200zwa
Barcodes 00013803133677, 00013803133752, 03610170535430, 03610170537380, 04960999689579, 04960999689708, 08714574563824, 08714574563831, 08714574563848, 08714574563862, 08714574563916, 08714574563923, 08714574563930, 08714574563954
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