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3

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

Canon EOS 1200D review – Metering

The Canon EOS 1200D features a 63-area iFCL colour-sensitive meter, which is the same one as that used in the EOS 1100D and the high-end EOS 7D. In use, it was very accurate and was only rarely fooled by a scene. For the most part it fared well, even in challenging, high-contrast conditions.

It is possible to change between the 1200D’s three different metering modes (evaluative, centreweighted and partial) using the quick menu and the LCD. Partial metering is much the same as spot metering, but it meters from around 10% of the scene rather than 3%.

By holding the dial marked AV next to the thumb grip, and tweaking the scroll wheel on the top of the camera, users can change the exposure compensation. This is a range of ±3EV in 1⁄3EV increments. This makes adjusting images that have been thrown by the metering very easy. In one example, I was photographing in woodland and was faced with a scene that exceeded the dynamic range capabilities of the sensor. Much of the highlight detail was blown and some detail in shadows was lost, so I set the EV to underexpose by 2 stops. As a result, I was able to bring back a lot of detail from the shadow areas in post-production from a raw file.

  • 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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