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Canon Powershot SD1200 IS
Canon Powershot SD1200 IS

Hey! You should know that Canon has released a newer version of this product: the Canon Powershot SD1300 IS.

Canon Powershot SD1200 IS

We've given the SD1200 IS a grade of B+.

Editor's Review

The Canon SD1200 was a typically excellent SD-series shooter from Canon, light on flashy specs but strong on image quality and performance. It was one of the last compact cameras to sport an optical viewfinder (though Canon has since brought that feature back on one new model) and was exceptionally popular throughout 2009. Alas, its time has passed, and has since been replaced. We'll miss this camera.


  • 10 megapixels
  • Movie mode with sound (60 minutes / 4GB)
  • JPEG file format
  • 3x optical zoom / 4x digital zoom
  • Lens-shift image stabilization
  • Face-detection auto focus
  • ISO 80-1600
  • 2.5-inch LCD display
  • Secure Digital memory card storage
  • Lithium-ion battery
  • Part Number: SD1200IS PK
  • UPC: 013803106442
  • Release Date: Apr 01, 2009

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Canon Powershot SD1200 IS Reviews

Canon Powershot SD1200 IS Reviews by Digital Camera-HQ Users

  • 5.0 out of 5
Love this camera! (Renee — 08/17/2010)
I've had so many issues in the past with point and shoot cameras. I had a Sony Cybershot that I really liked, but then all of the pictures were turning out blurry. After that I had a Kodak easy share, which I liked; however, it was so big and bulky. This camera has been amazing. It's tiny...very much a point and shoot camera. The pictures are clear and the camera is sooo easy to use. So far, I LOVE IT!
  • 4.0 out of 5
Good for now (spiz — 12/23/2009)

I just wanted a cheap, but fairly decent quality point-and-shoot for practice shots and fooling around. the last digital camera i owned only had 3.3mp and just died this year. while waiting for the tax return to get a professional dslr, i wanted something other than my cell phone to shoot around with.

yes, i'm getting the lens error message also, but it didn't bother me too much. i just restarted and it was fine, even though it happened a few times in one shoot. it does suck, but as long as your not going for those rare golden shots, you can survive.

however, the battery gave great performance, being that i was shooting in the snow for several hours. it stayed powered and ready even after i got home and reviewed all the shots before upload.

the shake factor was also incredible. i know a bunch of shots should have been blurred b/c of low light and natural camera shake, but they came out perfectly sharp!

i also like how you can change the exposure settings manually, but it got minorly quirky here and there. i'm sure fooling around more and perhaps reading the manual will help!
this definitely gives you bang for your buck!

  • 5.0 out of 5
Very Satisfied (Milind — 12/23/2009)

I owned an Olympus camera earlier and after losing it, bought the SD1200 after reading up all various aim and shoot models currently available.

Very satisfied with the choice I made. While the various features of this model have been described by the earlier reviewers, i wish to add that I am particularly impressed by the quality of videos I have shot with the camera. Sound quality is fabulous.

Auto focus in the still picture mode is very useful. however the camera is sensitive to even small movements of the suubject (resulting in blurred pictures) but that is only expected in a sensitive camera...

I love my camera!

  • 5.0 out of 5
Simply great image quality for its class (goldie_malhotra — 12/22/2009)

I am a sony fan (have owned P72 for 6 yrs) and was planning to buy the W220/290 till I came across this in the store.

The image quality in comparison with sony is simply huge. The colors look far more believable. Even when you compare with its sibling the A1100, there is a stark difference - no wonder its so popular.

Looks far better too than the current cybershot range. I got the dark grey one.

The only -ve would be the lack of AA batteries. Could do with more megapixels and higher zoom too.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Thank you Canon! (Melissa — 12/11/2009)

This is an excellent camera! It is very versatile and the image quality is great. It's so though too, I've dropped it outside several times and it's just like new. Soooooo glad I bought it!

  • 5.0 out of 5
Awesome Camera (Dave Bezemek — 12/10/2009)

Great Camera, I'm taking great pictures, right out of the box - great night pictures, neat video's with good sound. Astonishing colors. Just leave it on Auto, and shoot away!!

  • 5.0 out of 5
Canon SD1200IS is great bang for the buck (David Overcash — 11/03/2009)

Fast subject acquisition, excellent pics for a p&s. Pics look great at ISO 80, surprisingly good up ISO 400; ISO 800 not as bad as you might think. Definitely better than p&s cameras made just a few years ago. The camera has an expensive feel due to aluminum body, metal parts, smooth operation, clean styling. Good software supplied, too. A fun, high quality snapshooter.

  • 4.0 out of 5
Just right (Glenn — 10/17/2009)

As an ex pro with two Nikon DSLR's I was ready for another compact. My Fuji point & shoots are around 4 or 5 years old and a bit thick and bulky for trips and parties. I was going to buy a Lumix ZR1 or ZS3 but it would defeat the idea of an ultra compact. This little Canon is great, the menus are easy to work with, the picture quality seems fine for what I want it for and is half as fat as my last compact. I'd love a wider range zoom but size was my main criteria.

  • 3.0 out of 5
SIM Card Locked (Tony — 09/24/2009)

Look at the memory card and see if there is a plastic sliding tab on the side of the card. The SIM Card might be locked if the tab is in the "locked" position.

  • 3.0 out of 5
love the camera confused about the card (Gin — 09/03/2009)

Not sure why my new 4G SDHC keeps saying 'locked' and is brand new and isn't compatible. All reviews say a 4,6 or 10 should work. Any suggestions?

  • 4.0 out of 5
Still unsure (Paul Newman — 08/27/2009)

I have taken a few pictures and video's in the past couple of days with this camera and I am still up in the air about keeping it. I find the video very poor quality and the picture quality very inconsistant from great to 'eh'. I have only taken portraits of my little one and have yet to do any landscapes photo's so this review might be a tad premature. I did try to compare some pics on my computer to those from my daughters 8.1meg Sony and found that she had quite a few blurry pics (none yet with the Canon) but some of her pics were really sharp looking compared to mine. At this price point I also expected a few more features to the camera. This being said I still need to take a few more pictures and do some printing to really tell the quality.

  • 3.0 out of 5
Good (anu mishra — 08/25/2009)


  • 4.0 out of 5
very good (rosa — 08/22/2009)

i am very happy with this camera because it has a good video feature. pictures are great and the battery life is excellent.

  • 2.0 out of 5
Not what I wanted (Rob — 08/22/2009)

I did a lot of research, some would say too much. I though I was getting a great camera. I got an ok camera at the price of a great camera. The reviews are wrong - this camera has very poor auto Focus and the LCD dispay is not good enough to show how bad the focus was until you get home and open them on your computer. If you get this camera take a class on photoshop so you can fix every picture you take.

  • 2.0 out of 5
Autoflash and blurry issues (Milan — 08/11/2009)

Not sure whats going on here. I happily owned the Canon SD200 (3.2mp) for 3 years and it time for a new one. I bought the SD1200 blindly thinking I was buying the same camera I had before, only better in every way. Well keeping this short the camera has 2 issues that I see right away. The Automode doesnt turn on the flash when its needed, so indoor pictures are coming out blurry. The second issue is related. I feel this camera should be able to take those same photos in the light given and have it not become blurry. I know my iphone can do it. Everything else is nice. When I switch to manual, the pics are great—when I control the flash and everything else. Still I dont want to have to switch the settings all the time. Sorry, this one is going back, maybe Ill look for a better Canon model, or even Olympus.

  • 5.0 out of 5
"Canon SD1200 IS is very clear." (Nicole — 07/22/2009)

Canon SD1200 IS is very clear, and has full HD-like focus. I always use my Canon the most out of all of my cameras. I am a photographer, so I need my photos to have the clearest quality. I reccomend this to people who are in need of HD cameras. This is an exellent camera.

  • 2.0 out of 5
Returned it! (Vicki — 07/08/2009)

I read reviews of this camera and purchased it based on those reviews! After shooting miscellaneous shots, I reviewed the pics. Not one of the pictures provided an outstanding image. In fact, not one was even good. I continued to take pictures for a few more days, then took the camera back! I am looking for a better model.

  • 4.0 out of 5
Powershot 1200 SD is versatile (Emil Dominguez — 06/19/2009)

What I love most about the Canon Powershot 1200 is how compact it is. The second most important thing to me when buying a camera was clarity and focus. My powershot takes clear, sharp images with very little effort on my part. I have to actually try to make the picture come out blurry. I usually keep the setting on automatic, yet I have had a few great experiences taking pictures of my best friends' son's 1st birthday while using the kids and pets setting. Overall for the brief amount of time I have had the camera I am overjoyed.

  • 3.0 out of 5
Check out focus quality before you decide to keep it (Gerald Mucci — 05/29/2009)

I checked out the review on Imaging Resources web site ( ) Photo comparisons with other cameras in its category revealed out of focus problems from the center of the photos to the left edge. The test they conducted on it predecessor camera, the SD 1100 resulted in images much sharper than on this SD 1200.

I have one of these cameras on order and will be very careful to check out its focusing accuracy. These and other cameras are known to have alignment problems with their sensor or lens.

  • 4.0 out of 5
SD 1200 IS is very good outdoor camera! (Patrick Nguyen — 05/06/2009)


-DIGIC 4 Image Processor with Canon Face Detection Technology is much faster than DIGIC 3(from SD 790 IS)
-Excellent camera for outdoor
-Easy to use
-Simple controls/menu
-Nice features/settings
-Bright LCD
-Self-timer lets you get in your own pictures, you can take up to 3 times
-Excellent image quality
-Good battery life(Compact and lightweight battery charger with worldwide 100 ~220v compatability)

-Made in China:(
-2.5 LCD display
-Poor Low-Light Performance
-Somewhat Pricey(more than $200USD)

  • 5.0 out of 5
Love it! (jen — 05/05/2009)

I had a kodak easyshare before this one, it ate batteries, I could only take 12 pics and I had to put in new batteries, love this camera, I had it for 2 months before the rechargable battery died. Takes great pics, easy to use, nothing bad to say about it, except make sure when you buy it to get the extended warranty, I dropped mine and it broke and they replaced it, I bought it at Sams.