Canon EOS 1200D review
April 30, 2014
Canon EOS 1200D
Price as Reviewed:£349.00
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 – Build and handling
The outer body of the Canon EOS 1200D is made from a carbon-fibre reinforced polycarbonate. My initial thought when I first picked up the camera was that it has a plasticky feel, although this is fairly common with entry-level cameras. Thankfully, however, the overall construction does appear to be solid, which is only to be expected from Canon.
One major advantage of the body construction is that it weighs just 480g with battery and card included, so the camera is light and portable. This is 100g lighter than the EOS 700D and 15g lighter than the EOS 1100D. Measuring 129.6×99.7×77.9mm, the EOS 1200D is almost the same size as its predecessor, being just 0.3mm smaller along its width.
As the EOS 1200D is aimed at the novice user and is designed to be fairly basic in operation, there are few buttons on the camera’s rear. AF modes, ISO, drive modes and white balance all have their own designated button on the D-pad. Also, menu, quick menu, exposure compensation, playback and display have their own button close to the D-pad. These buttons are large and clearly labelled, which helps to make the picture-taking process more intuitive for the beginner.
The quick menu is used to navigate through the settings on the back of the LCD. This allows users to change most settings without going through complex menus.
The EOS 1200D sits snugly in the hand and its small size doesn’t prevent the user from achieving a firm purchase on the large front grip. The thumb grip on the rear is situated in the perfect position, making this camera very comfortable to hold.
- 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