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Canon Powershot SD1200 IS Indoor Crops

10 Megapixels10 MegapixelsStabilization: Compensates for tiny involuntary movements of the camera.Stabilization: Compensates for tiny involuntary movements of the camera.VGA Video: 640 x 480 or more but less than 1280 x 720.VGA Video: 640 x 480 or more but less than 1280 x 720.Custom White-Balance: Specifies exactly what should be white to the camera.Custom White-Balance: Specifies exactly what should be white to the camera.Action Photography: Shutter speeds of 1/1500 or more.Action Photography: Shutter speeds of 1/1500 or more.Night Photography: Reaches shutter-speeds longer than 4 seconds.Night Photography: Reaches shutter-speeds longer than 4 seconds.Spot MeteringSpot MeteringAccepts Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) and SD memory.Accepts Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) and SD memory.Neocamera detailed reviewNeocamera detailed reviewDiscontinued: No longer produced by the manufacturer. May still be in stock or found used.Discontinued: No longer produced by the manufacturer. May still be in stock or found used.

Indoor Crops

The crops below show the performance of the Canon Powershot SD1200 next to the same ISO for the Fuji Finepix F200 EXR. For point-and-shoot cameras such as these, getting shots of a scene under fixed lighting conditions at all ISO settings is exercise in tricking the cameras. As can be seen below, such low-lit scene could not always be properly exposed at all ISO settings. Outside of camera testing, this is not really an issue as you only need to get the right exposure at a reasonable ISO.

All crops below are 100% from their respective camera taken at the highest image quality setting available. Aside for the scene-mode used for the Fuji's ISO 100 shot, all other settings were left on automatic or on their default values. These crops help determine which ISO settings can be acceptably used on these cameras. As noise increases, most cameras compensate with noise reduction which introduces softness. The point at which a print become unacceptably noisy is a matter of personal taste.

Canon Powershot SD1200 Fuji Finepix F200 EXR
Canon SD1200 - ISO 80 Crop
ISO 80
Canon SD1200 - ISO 100 Crop
ISO 100
Fuji F200 - ISO 100 Crop
ISO 100
Canon SD1200 - ISO 200 Crop
ISO 200
Fuji F200 - ISO 200 Crops
ISO 200
Canon SD1200 - ISO 400 Crop
ISO 400
Fuji F200 - ISO 400 Crop
ISO 400
Canon SD1200 - ISO 800 Crop
ISO 800
Fuji F200 - ISO 800 Crop
ISO 800
Canon SD1200 - ISO 1600 Crop
ISO 1600
Fuji F200 - ISO 1600 Crop
ISO 1600

The Canon Powershot SD1200 struggles with keeping details and low noise as ISO increases. Each ISO gets progressively softer and this is even noticeable at ISO 100. Canon manages to keep images smooth like this until ISO 400. By 800 noise dominates.

Comparatively, the Fuji's performance is stellar with at least 2 stops advantage over the Canon. With the F200, even ISO 800 is usable for most print sizes, something that cannot be said for the SD1200.

Fuji F200 - ISO 1600 Crop
ISO 3200
Canon Powershot SD1200 IS
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By on 2009/05/13
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Canon SD1200 IS Facts

Ultra-Compact digital camera
10 Megapixels Ultra CompactISO 80-1600
3X Optical ZoomShutter 1/1500-15s
Built-in StabilizationCustom white-balance
1.4 FPS Drive, Unlimited ImagesSpot-Metering
640x480 @ 30 FPS Video RecordingLithium-Ion Battery
2.5" LCD 230K PixelsSecure Digital High Capacity
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