Summary Canon A1200

Prices Price
Camera only
$246
Score Snapsort rank
Within its price range
#n/a of 47
Among similar cameras
#n/a of 80
Specifications Key specs
Zoom
Help 4x
Screen size
Help 2.7"
Aperture
Help f/2.8
Screen resolution
Help 230k dots
Wide angle
Help 28 mm
Movie format
Help 720p @ 24fps
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Canon PowerShot A1200Canon PowerShot A1200

Replacement

Canon has replaced the PowerShot A1200 with the A1300.

Canon PowerShot A1300
Canon PowerShot A1300 announced February, 2012
Size Smaller
Weight Slightly lighter
Lowest price Cheaper

Compare the new Canon A1300 vs the A1200

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Pros

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The Canon A1200 vs other recent compacts

Aperture Wide aperture Help
f/2.8
Supports 24p 24p movies Help
For that film look
Viewfinder Doesn't use battery, see more detail Help
Tunnel

Cons

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The Canon A1200 vs other recent compacts

Movie format HD movies Help
720p @ 24fps
Screen size Below average sized screen Help
2.7"
Screen resolution Low resolution screen Help
230k dots
Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
1,600 ISO
Sensor type Sensor type Help
CCD
Shutter lag Poor shutter lag Help
550 ms shutter lag
HDR Lacks in-camera HDR Help
You could do HDR manually
Announced Old Help
January, 2011
Light sensitivity (boost) Lacks boost light sensitivity Help
None
Zoom Below average zoom Help
4x
Wide angle Very poor wide angle lens Help
28 mm
Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
Risk of blur
Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
1 fps
Screen flips out Fixed screen Help
Less flexible
Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramas Help
You could stitch photos in post
Waterproof Not waterproof Help
Stay on land
Fastest shutter speed Slow shutter speed Help
1/1600 of a second
Popularity Not so popular Help
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Discussion

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Avatar for Richard Lee Fulgham Richard Lee Fulgham (2:32 PM, February 18, 2014)
Studies at Yale have proven that human beings can literally love inanimate objects, like cars, German knives, etc. Well, I am in love with this camera, though I have 145 other cameras in my collection - I mean serious cameras . . . . IMHO this is the camera to keep on you at all times. You'd be astonished how much detail and lovely bokeh you can get from it's tiny sensor.
 
Ladanaspak (2:51 PM, February 27, 2012)
So, image quality, focus, lens issues, are all like they are to be expected in this price range. But something that is apparently always overlooked, and also always getting worse with all those cameras, is that the A1200 has large buttons, which makes a huge difference if you have large hands or want to gift that camera to your 60 year old mother who has already given up on normal mobile phones. I do not know what it is that is riding recent camera designs (Sony is one of the worst offenders here), but does no one care about usability anymore?