Canon EOS 1200D review

April 30, 2014

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Canon EOS 1200D

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The Canon EOS 1200D is an entry-level DSLR that joins a very crowded market, so what are the features that distinguish this model from all the others? Read the Canon EOS 1200D review to find out

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Canon EOS 1200D review – Our verdict

When compared with the Canon EOS 100D, Nikon D3300 and Pentax K-5, the Canon EOS 1200D does not exactly overwhelm in terms of specification, and neither does it excel in any given area. However, the current RRP of this camera is £349.99 body only, so it is expected that the street price will make the EOS 1200D a more affordable option in the future compared with its competitors. Also, while the specification of the EOS 1200D doesn’t dazzle, it should be perfectly adequate for the first-time user. It would have been great to see more than nine AF points, to shoot more than 3fps and to have a higher resolution screen, but these are not essential to many amateurs.

The best thing about the EOS 1200D is that the important things are right. The AF system offers both accuracy and speed, even in low-light situations. Equally impressive are the high ISO sensitivity capabilities. Unlike many cameras, I would be happy to use the EOS 1200D through its entire native sensitivity range (ISO 100-6400). Its construction is durable and overall the EOS 1200D is very easy to use for the beginner.

Canon EOS 1200D – Key features

Canon hotshoe
As well as a pop-up flash, the EOS 1200D also features a hotshoe. This allows users to attach any of Canon’s current flashguns as well as third-party alternatives.

Zoom button
This button is used for zooming into images during playback, but it can also be used to enlarge and area when in live view using manual focus.

Under a small rubberised flap is the HDMI, Micro USB and cable release port.

Exposure compensation
In program, AV, TV and video mode, holding this button down and using the scroll adjusts the exposure compensation by ±3 EV in 0.3EV increments.

Q button
This button will take users onto the back of the LCD and allow them to navigate and change different settings using the D-pad and the scroll wheel.

  • Memory Card: SD, SDHC, SDXC
  • Shutter Type: Electronically controlled focal-plane shutter
  • Viewfinder Type: Pentamirror
  • Dioptre Adjustment: -2.5 to +0.5 dioptre, 21mm eye point
  • Built-in Flash: Yes – GN 9.2m @ ISO 100
  • LCD: 3in LCD with 460,000 dots
  • Output Size: 5184 x 3456 pixels
  • Field of View: Approx 95%
  • AF Points: 9 (with centre-cross sensor) individually selectable points, auto or manual selection possible
  • White Balance Bracket: Yes, over 3 images
  • Max Flash Sync: 1/200sec
  • Sensor: 18-million-pixel CMOS sensor
  • Focal Length Mag: 1.6x
  • Exposure Modes: PA,S,M, scene intelligent auto, no flash, creative auto, 5 scene modes and movie mode
  • File Format: Raw, JPEG, raw + JPEG simultaneously
  • Power: Rechargeable Li-Ion LP-E10 battery
  • Weight: 480g including battery and card/s
  • Shutter Speeds: 30-1/4000sec in 1⁄3EV steps plus bulb
  • Colour Space: Adobe RGB, sRGB
  • Drive Mode: 3fps for approx 69 JPEG images or 6 raw images
  • Connectivity / Interface: USB 2.0 Hi-Speed, HDMI
  • Compression: 2-stage JPEG
  • Exposure Comp: ±5EV in 1⁄3EV or 1/2EV steps
  • RRP: £349.99 (body only)
  • Lens Mount: Canon EF-S (compatible with EF)
  • ISO: ISO 100-6400 (expandable to 12800)
  • DoF Preview: Yes
  • Focusing Modes: Manual, AI focus, one-shot, AI servo
  • Dimensions: 129.6 x 99.7 x 77.9mm
  • Metering System: 63-zone evaluative metering (linked to all AF points), centreweighted, and partial (10%)
  • Tested as: Entry-level DSLR
  • White Balance: AWB, daylight, shade, cloudy, tungsten, whitefluorescent light, flash, custom
  • External mic: No
  • Video: 1920 x 1080 (29.97, 25, 23.976 fps) MOV files

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