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The Canon A1200 Review

Updated on August 5, 2014

The Recommended Camera for Starters

This is a review of my first digital camera and I would like to share some of its great features. If you're looking for a great camera to start with, I would suggest you to buy a Canon A1200 Powershot. It's a point-and-shoot camera that is great for all occasions and has a lot of great features. You won't find most of these features on other point-and-shoot cameras, or at least others with the same price rate.

I purchased this for long term usage and I found out that it has almost everything I need.

Optical Viewfinder
Optical Viewfinder

Main Features

Optical View Finder

Today’s point-and-shoot cameras rely on its LCD screen which gives you the look on what the image will appear. One advantage of having an optical viewfinder is that you can save power. It also enables you to shoot like a pro as if you’re using a bridge camera or a DSLR. Using the viewfinder can help you reduce handshake as you have to let it lean on your face. And you can’t do that without a viewfinder.

Manual Dial
Manual Dial

Manual Dial

This is a little wheel above the camera that lets you select different shooting modes. It usually speed things up as you can also choose something before turning your camera on.

Photo Quality

I give the photo quality and 8/10. You can take pictures up to 12MP, enough for making post cards and web photos. The camera is good especially at daylight. Shooting modes also lets you get the best out of a scene. You can choose different scenes, or if you’re a pro, manually adjust your exposure rate.

It doesn’t have an image stabilizer you better use other alternatives like a camera stand or your viewfinder.

Sample Photos

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Landscape scene in Tagaytay, PhilippinesShot using miniature modeThis is our pet Yuki. Taken using Kids and Pets mode. Note that he moves a lot but you can still see him clearlyUsing a scene mode for minimal lightMy cousin Jed tries to grab the moon like Gru in despicable me
Landscape scene in Tagaytay, Philippines
Landscape scene in Tagaytay, Philippines
Shot using miniature mode
Shot using miniature mode
This is our pet Yuki. Taken using Kids and Pets mode. Note that he moves a lot but you can still see him clearly
This is our pet Yuki. Taken using Kids and Pets mode. Note that he moves a lot but you can still see him clearly
Using a scene mode for minimal light
Using a scene mode for minimal light
My cousin Jed tries to grab the moon like Gru in despicable me
My cousin Jed tries to grab the moon like Gru in despicable me

Antel Grand Resort - Taken under Dark Clouds

Antel Grand Resort - Taken under Dark Clouds
Antel Grand Resort - Taken under Dark Clouds

Under Cloudy Condition (Storm Clouds Actually)

Under Cloudy Condition (Storm Clouds Actually)
Under Cloudy Condition (Storm Clouds Actually)

Power

The Canon A1200 runs on rechargeable AA Batteries. Batteries like these are economical. You can purchase batteries like these anywhere. You can be able make 450 shot on a fully charged NiMH and even up to 1100 shots with the LCD monitor off only using the viewfinder.

Video

It can also capture videos in HD Quality. You might not be able to find these features on other point-and-shoot cameras running on AA Batteries. Although you can only capture in HD for a limited time (20 mins) and you’ll capture another one again probably due to the internal memory.

Weakness

The Canon A1200 also has its own drawbacks. On major weakness it its slow shutter speed and it also takes a few seconds for the flash to recharge. Making it not fit for capturing things instantly as you see them. I tried the continuous shot but it seems to be slow.

Another problem is that the LCD screen seems to look fuzzy under low light environment. But it won’t affect shooting quality. According to the manual the non performing dots is not a malfunction. I guess the camera does not draw much power when it is being used in dark areas.

Now here's a question for you

Would you recommend a Canon A1200 for starters?

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Other Cameras

Before choosing this camera I came up to a few ones. They also sell in budget price and you can also have then for starters. These all run in AA batteries.

Canon Powershot A800 10 MP Digital Camera with 3.3x Optical Zoom (Black)
Canon Powershot A800 10 MP Digital Camera with 3.3x Optical Zoom (Black)

Just like the A1200 only without features like the viewfinder, HD video recording, and manual dial but it also has some scene modes the A1200 has.

 
Nikon Coolpix L22 12.0MP Digital Camera with 3.6x Optical Zoom and 3.0-Inch LCD (Red-primary)
Nikon Coolpix L22 12.0MP Digital Camera with 3.6x Optical Zoom and 3.0-Inch LCD (Red-primary)

One advantage of this camera is its good photo quality. It also has other features like built in memory. It also has 5x optical zoom. It even boasts to have better exposure than Canon A800

 
GE Smart C1433-SL 14 MP with 3 x Optical Zoom Digital Camera, Silver
GE Smart C1433-SL 14 MP with 3 x Optical Zoom Digital Camera, Silver

A much cheaper camera with lots of features. Picture resolution up to 15 MP

 

Bridge Cameras

Budget friendly bridge cameras

Now its time you review my review :)

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    • bossypants profile image

      bossypants 5 years ago from America's Dairyland

      I've always been a fan of Canon cameras and the A1200 looks like it has some nice features. I think you did a good job providing a balanced review that will help people make a choice for themselves.

      And Yuki is adorable!

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      Jethro 5 years ago from Philippines

      I'm still in a state of whether I buy my sister's cam (so that she will have a money) or buy a new one. Also, the brand of camera that I like is Canon. Anyway, I enjoy reading this review. Now I have an idea about canon a1200. :)

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Using a camera is all the same as long as you know how to tackle the advantage

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      Jereme Causing 5 years ago from Philippines

      @goo2eyes lm: thanks for the advice :)

      yeah too sad ur camera froze. what brand are u using? :)

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      goo2eyes lm 5 years ago

      the outcome of the photo is very nice and it is not pricey too. i have an old camera and last winter, i was trying to shoot the nice idyllic view of the snow-filled scenery, my camera froze to death. i lost all the photos that i stored there (i can still recover them with a software) and now, all the pictures are hazy. thanks for sharing this lens but i advise you to put more tags if you can. keep up the good work.