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Canon A1200 Digital Camera

Camera Labs Highly Recommended
12.1MP 4x CCD 1/2.3" Jan 2011
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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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23 Reasons For

One Industry Award

This digital camera was given a "Highly Recommended" award by Camera Labs who said that this camera was very good.

Average Expert Reviews

Based on fourteen expert reviews from sites including CNET.com, Camera Labs, Digital Versus and Cameras.co.uk this compact camera digital camera has an average expert rating of 71%.

Good Owner Reviews

A1200 owners on average rated this digital camera 81 out of 100.

Good Size

Some Canon PowerShot A1200 owners who reviewed it wrote that it was compact. Five years ago Cameralabs.com said on expert review site Camera Labs “The Canon PowerShot A1200 is a 12.1 Megapixel budget compact with a 4x optical zoom lens” in their review of this digital camera. 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 Canon PowerShot A1200 owner mentioned in their reviews that it was thin. Techtree.com said “Being very slim and light, you can easily carry it in your pocket” in their review of the Canon PowerShot A1200 and rated the product 80 out of 100.

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Good Quality Pictures

A number of customers wrote in their reviews that it was able to produce good images. Firstpost.com said “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. Mymobile.co.in said in their review of the Canon PowerShot A1200 “A good camera is the one that offers more value addition than just taking good pictures”.

One customer who bought it thought it had a good picture resolution. Cameras.co.uk scored it 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 Technical Features

Some people who purchased this digital camera wrote that it had good features. Expert website Cnet.com gave the product a rating of 4 stars and said in their review of the Canon PowerShot A1200 five years ago “The Canon PowerShot A3300 IS offers up nice features and excellent photos while staying simple”. Expert review site Cameras.co.uk said “The Powershot A1200 has a couple of features that may appeal to you that are not readily available elsewhere” and rated this digital camera 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

Several Canon PowerShot A1200 reviewers who bought the Canon PowerShot A1200 wrote that it had a good viewfinder. Expert website Digitalversus.com wrote in their Canon PowerShot A1200 review “The A1200 is one of the very few compact cameras currently on sale that has an optical viewfinder”. Digitalversus.com also mentioned “For hardcore optical viewfinder fans (believe us, they exists!), this can be a real selling point”. Five years ago expert review site Cameras.co.uk gave it a rating of 4 stars and said “These are a viewfinder and” in their review of the Canon PowerShot A1200.

Canon Has Good Digital Camera Reviews

Canon has good average reviews for its compact cameras as well as across its entire digital camera range compared to other brands.

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Easy to Use

Two Canon PowerShot A1200 reviewers who purchased it reckoned that it was easy to use. Digitalversus.com wrote in their review on expert website Digital Versus “The Canon PowerShot A1200 is an entry-level camera that's pleasant to use and which takes decent photos in good light”. Five years ago expert website Firstpost.com gave it a rating of 4 stars and 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 similar spec digital cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time 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 Compatible Memory Cards

This digital camera supports an MMC|SD|SDHC|SDXC compatible memory cards, which is typical of many compact cameras that have been available for around the same time as it. 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 Capability

supports video capability

The Canon A1200 supports video capability, unlike most of the other cameras of a comparable age and spec to the A1200 which do not support video capability.

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Has a Built-In Flash

has a built-in flash

The Canon A1200 has a built-in flash. Most of the other compact cameras that have been available for a comparable time to the A1200 also have a built-in flash.

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Electronic Camera Shutter Type

This digital camera has an Electronic|Mechanical camera shutter type, which is the most commonly found camera shutter type on cameras that have been around for around the same time as it.

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Has Six White Balances

The number of white balance modes found on the Canon A1200 is more than most digital cameras that are a comparable age to it. This camera has an Auto white balance, which is the most frequently found white balance found on similar spec cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the A1200. The white balances "Cloudy", "Custom modes", "Daylight", "Fluorescent" and "Tungsten" are also found on this Canon camera.

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Two Number of Batteries Supporteds

The Canon A1200 is a two number of batteries supported digital camera. Most of the other digital cameras of a comparable spec and age to the A1200 have between one and three number of batteries supporteds.

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Fairly Long Battery Life (max)

The battery life (max)s of digital cameras of a similar spec and age to the A1200 range from 0.83h to 520h, and the average battery life (max) is 21h. The Canon A1200 has one of the longer battery life (max)s (11 hours) amongst compact cameras of this age.

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Has Four Photo Effectss

The Canon A1200 has a greater number of photo effects than most compact cameras that are a comparable age to it. This Canon digital camera has a Black&White photo effects, which is the most frequently found photo effects found on similar spec digital cameras that were launched more than two years ago. The photo effectss "Neutral", "Sepia" and "Vivid" are also found on this digital camera.

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Has One Image Editing

The Canon A1200 has a greater number of image editing modes than most similar spec digital cameras that were released more than two years ago. The most commonly found image editing is Resizing, but this image editing is not found on this camera. The image editings rotating are also found on this Canon camera.

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MOV Video Formats Supported

This digital camera supports a mov video formats supported, which is typical of many digital cameras that were launched more than two years ago.

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1280 X 720 Pixels Video Resolutions

The Canon A1200 supports a maximum video resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels. That's over three times the video resolution of the most common video resolutions 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 similar spec cameras that were launched around the same time as the A1200 the worst video resolution is 320 x 240 pixels and the best is 1920 x 1080 pixels.

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Auto Focus Adjustment

This camera has an Auto focus adjustment, which is typical of many compact cameras that are a comparable age to it.

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Quite Small Minimum Aperture Number

At only 2.8, the Canon A1200 has a fairly small minimum aperture number compared to most of the other compact cameras that have been on the market for more than two years. Across all the cameras of this age and spec the minimum aperture numbers range from 1.3 to 6.9, and the average minimum aperture number is 3.2.

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18 Reasons Against

Does Not Have an Image Stabilizer

The Canon A1200 does not have an image stabilizer, unlike most of the other compact cameras that have been on the market for more than two years.

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Very Small Optical Zoom

At only 4 times zoom factor, the Canon A1200 has a quite small optical zoom compared to most of the other similar spec cameras that have been around for around the same time as the A1200. Across all the cameras that have been around for around the same time as the A1200 the optical zooms range from 3x to 63x, and the average optical zoom is 9.3x.

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Does Not Support Full HD Video

Most digital cameras of a similar type and age to the A1200 do not support Full HD video. The Canon A1200 is no exception to this as it too does not support Full HD video.

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Does Not Support Wi-Fi

The Canon A1200 does not support wi-Fi, although keep in mind that most of the other compact cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to the A1200 also do not support wi-Fi.

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Quite Small Display Diagonal

With a display diagonal of only 2.7 inches, the Canon A1200 has one of the smaller display diagonals amongst digital cameras of this age. The display diagonals of cameras of a comparable age and spec to the A1200 range from 1" to 4.8".

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Not 3D

Most similar spec digital cameras that have been available for more than two years are not 3D. The Canon A1200 is no exception to this as it too is not 3D.

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Does Not Have a GPS (satellite)

Most digital cameras of a similar age and spec to the A1200 do not have a GPS (satellite). The Canon A1200 is no exception to this as it too does not have a GPS (satellite).

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Not Waterproof

The Canon A1200 is not waterproof. Most of the other compact cameras that have been available for around the same time as the A1200 are also not waterproof.

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Very Small Digital Zoom

With a digital zoom of only 4 times zoom factor, the Canon A1200 has one of the smaller digital zooms amongst compact cameras of this age. Digital cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the A1200 have digital zooms of between 1x and 810x.

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Quite Low Motion JPEG Frame Rate

With a motion JPEG frame rate of only 24 frames per second, the Canon A1200 has one of the lower motion JPEG frame rates amongst compact cameras of this age. The motion JPEG frame rates of digital cameras of a comparable spec and age to the A1200 range from 15fps to 240fps.

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Very Small Combined Zoom

With a combined zoom of only 16 times zoom factor, the Canon A1200 has a fairly small combined zoom compared to most of the other compact cameras that have been available for around the same time as the A1200. Compact cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to the A1200 have combined zooms of between 3x and 1,600x.

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Very Few Total Megapixels

The Canon A1200 has one of the less total megapixelss (only 12.7 megapixels) amongst cameras of this age. The total megapixelss of compact cameras that have been on the market for more than two years range from 10MP to 48MP.

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Quite Low ISO Sensitivity (max)

At only 1,600, the Canon A1200 has a quite low ISO sensitivity (max) compared to most of the other cameras of this age and spec. The average ISO sensitivity (max) of compact cameras that were released more than two years ago is 4,800, and the ISO sensitivity (max)s range from 3 to 26,000.

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Very Short Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)

The Canon A1200 has one of the shorter maximum focal length (35mm film equiv)s (only 112 millimeters) amongst cameras of this age. Across all the digital cameras of a similar type and age to the A1200 the maximum focal length (35mm film equiv)s range from 18mm to 1,000mm.

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Quite Low Display Resolution (numeric)

With a display resolution (numeric) of only 230,000 pixels, the Canon A1200 has one of the lower display resolution (numeric)s amongst similar spec digital cameras of this age. Across all the compact cameras that came out more than two years ago the display resolution (numeric)s range from 230 pixels to 16,000,000 pixels, and the average display resolution (numeric) is 450,000 pixels.

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Only Supports Six Image Formats Supporteds

The Canon A1200 has a greater number of supported image formats than most comparable spec digital cameras that have been available for more than two years. This Canon digital camera supports a JPG image formats supported, which is the most commonly supported image formats supported supported by cameras of this spec and age. The image formats supporteds "EXIF", "JPEG", "Exif 2.2", "DPOF 1.1" and "mov (H.264)" are also supported by this camera.

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Quite Long Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)

With a minimum focal length (35mm film equiv) of 28 millimeters, the Canon A1200 has a quite long minimum focal length (35mm film equiv) compared to most of the other digital cameras that have been available for a similar time to the A1200. Cameras of this spec and age have minimum focal length (35mm film equiv)s of between 5mm and 39mm.

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Very Long Flash Recharging Time

The average flash recharging time of cameras of this age and spec is 6.1s. When compared to other digital cameras that have been available for around the same time as the A1200, the flash recharging time of the Canon A1200 of 12 seconds is one of the longest.

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4 Other reasons to consider the Canon A1200

Released Over Six Years Ago

It was over six years ago when Canon released the A1200.

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 comparable spec digital cameras that have been available for a similar time to it. 6.17 x 4.55mm.

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Average Weight

The Canon A1200 has a relatively typical weight (185 grams) compared to most of the other compact cameras that were launched more than two years ago.

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Average Megapixel

With a megapixel of 12.1 megapixels, the Canon A1200 has a pretty typical megapixel compared to most of the other digital cameras of a comparable age and type to the A1200.

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Specification

Picture Quality
Camera Type
Megapixel
Image Stabilizer
Sensor Type
Optical Sensor Size
Still Image Resolution(s)
Maximum Image Resolution
Image Formats Supported
Total Megapixels
Supported Aspect Ratios
Image Sensor Size
Design
Colour of Product
Lens System
Optical Zoom
Digital Zoom
Maximum Aperture Number
Minimum Aperture Number
Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
Focal Length Range (f-F)
Lens Structure (elements/groups)
Combined Zoom
Number of Aspheric Elements
Focusing
Auto Focusing (AF) Modes
Auto Focus (AF) Lock
Auto Focus (AF) Assist Beam
Closest Focusing Distance
Normal Focusing Range
Macro Focusing Range (wide)
Focus Adjustment
Focus
Normal Focusing Range (wide)
Normal Focusing Range (tele)
Light Exposure
Light Exposure Modes
ISO Sensitivity
ISO Sensitivity (max)
ISO Sensitivity (min)
Light Metering
Light Exposure Correction
Light Exposure Control
Shutter
Slowest Camera Shutter Speed
Fastest Camera Shutter Speed
Camera Shutter Type
Flash
Flash Modes
Flash Range (tele)
Flash Recharging Time
Flash Range (wide)
Flash Exposure Lock
Video
Full HD Video
Maximum Video Resolution
Motion JPEG Frame Rate
Video Formats Supported
Analog Signal Format System
Video Resolutions
Video Recording
HD Type
Audio
Built-In Microphone
Voice Recording
Memory
Compatible Memory Cards
Display
Display Diagonal
Display
Vari-Angle LCD Display
Field of View
Touchscreen
Display Resolution (numeric)
Viewfinder
Viewfinder Type
Ports & Interfaces
PictBridge
Camera
White Balance
Photo Effects
Self-Timer Delay
Album Organization
Histogram
Playback Zoom (max)
Custom Colour
Image Editing
Camera File System
Live View
Camera Playback
Direct Printing
Built-In Processor
Scene Modes
Languages Support
On Screen Display (OSD) Languages
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Weight (including Battery)
Battery
Power Source Type
Battery Technology
Number of Batteries Supported
Battery Type
Battery Life (max)
Battery Life (CIPA Standard)
Operational Conditions
Operating Temperature (T-T)
Operating Relative Humidity (H-H)
Operating Temperature (T-T)
System Requirements
Mac Compatibility
Packaging Content
Bundled Software
Other Features
Video Capability
Built-In Flash
USB 2.0 Ports Quantity
HDMI Ports Quantity
Interface
Dimensions (WxDxH)
Drive Modes
Data Compression
Compatible Operating Systems
Focal Length (35mm Film Equivalent)
Aperture Range (F-F)
Camera Shutter Speed
Additional Accessories
Video Memory Capacity
Digital SLR

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 18 March 2011 by ChrisP
(Verified Purchase)

Got this today and the test pics look really good and vivid. Video sharpness is impressive too. Looses a bit on extreme zoom and in darker pictures, but side by side agianst my old pentax optio... 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…

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Manufacturer Part Numbers a1200zwart, canon a1200, canon a1200b, pshota1200zwa, canon a1200bl, canon a1200bla, canon a1200blac, canon a1200black
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