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Canon PowerShot A1200
Canon PowerShot A1200
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Canon PowerShot A1200

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We've given the A1200 a grade of A-.
This product is ranked
8th of 26 in $100 - $150
12th of 53 in Point and Shoot Digital Cameras
19th of 62 in 11 & 12 MP
21st of 59 in Canon Digital Cameras
20th of 78 in 10-12 Megapixels Digital Cameras

Editor's Review

It might seem odd that we're excited about a $100 entry-level camera, but the Canon PowerShot A1200 is exactly what we wanted to see in a cheap compact this year. Old-school shooters, rejoice: the A1200 has an optical viewfinder and takes AA batteries, a magical combination for many folks. Two years ago, in the wake of proprietary lithium-ion batteries and expansive LCDs, nobody thought that viewfinders and AA's would make a comeback. But LCDs are terrible in sunlight and proprietary lithium batteries are worthless without outlets; heaps and heaps of casual users would pay extra money for a viewfinder and AA power. Kudos to Canon for taking a step backward and giving them a camera they can get excited about. The lack of optical image stabilization is a let-down, but otherwise this PowerShot really deserves attention.

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Specifications

  • 12 megapixels
  • CCD sensor
  • 4x optical zoom
  • 28mm wide-angle
  • 720p HD video
  • Optical viewfinder
  • 2.7-inch LCD monitor
  • Captures to SD/SDHC memory cards
  • Powered by AA batteries
  • Release Date: Mar 07, 2011

Canon PowerShot A1200 Reviews

Canon PowerShot A1200 Reviews by Digital Camera-HQ Users

  • 5.0 out of 5
Includes: HD video, optical viewfinder, AA battery power, Wide angle lens (Tom Gilroy — 07/21/2011)
With some minor adjusting, it takes great photos and video. The best pocket camera on the market. Any camera without an optical viewfinder is a waste of money. I guarantee it.
  • 4.0 out of 5
viewfinder issue (bill — 03/23/2011)
To save battery power or for terribly high light levels or very low light, that's what the viewfinder is for. Add IS of some real type and charge a little more money, and some more manual control, this camera would be much better.
  • 4.0 out of 5
Viewfinders arent all good (nick harman — 03/16/2011)
I used to subscribe to the 'no viewfinder no use' school of thought, coming from analogue SLR world. I found with my Canon G10 though that I used the viewfinder less and less. They are not accurate in compacts for one thing and more importantly I found that composing on screen makes you use different and more creative viewpoints than the standard eye level the viewfinder tends to encourage. I think this is a retrostep from Canon.
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