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 – Viewfinder, live view, LCD and video

The Canon EOS 1100D featured a 2.7in, 230,000-dot LCD which, by today’s standards, is very low resolution. Thankfully, this has been improved in the 1200D, which features a 3in TFT LCD display with a resolution of 460,000 dots. This still isn’t on a par with many of the EOS 1200D’s competitors, but for the type of user this camera is designed for it is sufficient. Also, as the EOS 1200D is designed to a budget, it doesn’t feature any touchscreen functionality or screen articulation, but that is to be expected.

The screen’s refresh rate is very fast and the viewing angle is equally as good. The screen isn’t too reflective, even in bright, sunny conditions, and all the settings are still readable on the LCD.

There is no proximity sensor to disable the LCD when looking through the optical viewfinder. Instead, users have a designated button located above the D-pad that turns the LCD screen on and off. This pentamirror-type optical viewfinder offers an approximate 95% field of view.

The video resolution of the EOS 1200D is a big improvement over its predecessor. It now boasts full 1080HD (1920×1080) at frame rates of either 29.97fps, 25fps or 23.976fps. In addition, there is a 720HD (1280×720) option that can be shot at either 59.94fps or 50fps. This higher frame rate is useful for making slow-motion video.

With no external microphone port, the EOS 1200D replies on its own internal microphone. However, it is possible to manually adjust the audio level in the menu.

  • 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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