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


Canon EOS 1200D review – Noise, resolution and sensitivity

Image: Shooting in raw and processing images using subtle noise reduction will achieve much crisper results than shooting JPEG files

Like most Canon DSLRs, the JPEG images from the EOS 1200D are noticeably softer than the raw files. This is partly due to the DIGIC 4 processor’s in-camera noise reduction blurring the image slightly in an effort to reduce noise. Interestingly, JPEG images shot higher than ISO 800 show signs of colour noise, mostly in the shadow areas. However, the raw files are cleaner, showing only signs of luminescent noise.

Improving the sharpness of the JPEG images is relatively easy. Picture Style has a default sharpness value of +3, but setting it to +5 improves the results. However, far more detailed images can be achieved by processing the raw files using the supplied software or Adobe Camera Raw.

The EOS 1200D’s native sensitivity range is ISO 100-6400, but this can be extended to ISO 128,000. At a sensitivity setting of ISO 100-200, I found both the JPEG and raw files to be almost completely free of any luminescent or colour noise, even when viewing at 100%. When pixel peeping, some noise is evident in the JPEG and raw files shot between ISO 800 and 1600, but this is minimal. As expected, after ISO 1600 there is increased luminescent noise, but the images are still very clean. Incredibly, even ISO 6400 images are perfectly suitable for printing at A4 size, especially when shooting in raw and the noise is reduced in post-production. The extended H setting is usable, but best kept as a last resort.

These images show 72ppi (100% on a computer screen) sections  of images of a resolution chart, captured using the 18-55mm f/3.5-f/5.6 IS III lens set to 35mm and f/5.6 . We show the section of the resolution chart where the camera starts to fail to reproduce the lines separately. The higher the number visible in these images, the better the camera’s detail resolution is at the specified sensitivity setting.

  • 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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