The image quality delivered by the Canon PowerShot A1200 is above our expectations. It would be hard to find another digital camera with approximately the same low price that is able to offer better quality images. As we tested the A1200, it produces images with spot-on exposures and pleasing colors in the default shooting mode. The colors tend to look bright and vivid but they are still accurate. Unfortunately, just like other compact digital cameras in this price range, the A1200 will only deliver the best results when the photos are taken in bright lighting conditions. It is worth noting that the A1200 also has a Program mode, in which you will be able to control some shooting parameters, such as white balance and ISO.
The Canon PowerShot A1200 is capable of delivering perfect results up to ISO 200. Starting from ISO 400, images start to get softer and with noticeable noise, but they are still very useable for normal 4” x 6” prints. This is still good news, since most of indoor photos which are taken without flash are usually taken at ISO 400. The real problem starts at ISO 800, where noise increases significantly and the colors start to be inaccurate; however, you could still use them for web use. Speaking of ISO 1,600, we would not recommend using that sensitivity because the photos would be too noisy.
The Canon PowerShot A1200 is a very low-priced point-and-shoot digital camera that sets a new standard in the budget digital camera class. It is capable of delivering the best quality photos in its class and offers lots of impressive features which usually can only be found on higher-end digital cameras. One stand-out feature that the A1200 has to offer is the built-in optical viewfinder, which is a rarity these days, even by higher-end point-and-shoot digital cameras. We were not really satisfied with the A1200’s operational speed and low-light shooting performance, but still, given the very low price, such weaknesses are very acceptable. If you are looking for a point-and-shoot digital camera under US$100, the A1200 is definitely one of the bests. The A1200 is available now in matt black and silver for US$79.00.
Canon PowerShot A1200 specifications:
- 12.1-Megapixel 1/2.3” (6.17 x 4.55 mm) Charge Coupled Device (CCD) sensor
- Canon Digic 4 image processing engine with iSAPS technology
- Canon 4x 5.0-20.0mm (28-112mm equivalent) f/2.8-5.9 zoom lens
- 4x digital zoom
- 9-point autofocus system
- Shutter speed: 15 – 1/1600 sec
- Sensitivity range: ISO 80 – 1,600
- Exposure compensation: ±2 at 1/3 EV increments
- 0.7 frames per second continuous drive
- 1280 x 720 High Definition video recording at 24 frames per second
- Integrated optical viewfinder with approximately 80% frame coverage
- 2.7” 230k-dot resolution TFT LCD screen
- Mono microphone and speaker
- Built-in flash with approximately 4 m range
- Compatible with SD / SDHC / SDXC / MMC / MMCplus / HCMMCplus cards
- USB 2.0 connectivity
- Powered by 2 AA batteries
- Shooting capacity: approximately 200 shots
- Dimensions: 97.5 x 62.5 x 30.7mm (3.86 x 2.48 x 1.22 in)
- Weight: 185 g (6.53 oz) with battery and memory card