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Canon Powershot SD1200 IS Summary

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.

Canon Powershot SD1200 IS Assessment

The Canon Powershot SD1200 IS, despite having the highest model number of all SD-series, is quite simple in terms of specifications: a 10 megapixels sensor, ISO up to 1600 and a minimal 3X optical zoom lens. Perhaps this makes it less interesting, but thinking this way, you would miss the point of the SD1200. This ultra-compact sticks with Canon's winning formula for easy-to-use and intuitive ultra-compact digital cameras.

The pocket-friendly Canon SD1200 is well built and does cover all features expected of a point-and-shoot plus a few extras such as AE-L (Auto-Exposure-Lock) and the choice of 3 metering modes. This one one of the most easy to use ultra-compacts out there, definitely easier and simpler than the Fuji Finepix F200 EXR which was reviewed here last. The F200 does have unique modes and image-quality beyond any ultra-compact, including the SD1200, but this one is trivial to use compared to the F200.

Canon also has the Powershot SD780 IS which looks quite similar to the SD1200, except for a smaller body. The SD780 is slightly more advanced with a wider lens, 12 megapixels sensor and supports for 720p HD-movie recording, making it a tempting upgrade to the SD1200.

Read the full Canon Powershot SD1200 review here.

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PROS CONS
Low image noise Tendency to overexpose
Natural rendition of image colors Loss of details starts at ISO 400
Above average white-balance performance Limited use ISO 800 and 1600
Corner-to-corner image sharpness Shutter lag when flash is on is too long
Very fast and responsive Limited dynamic-range
Excellent LCD visibility Too few zoom steps
Excellent build quality Difficult to hold securely
GoodGood Good

Related Information

Sister Models
Canon Powershot SD780 IS - 12 Megapixels, Wide 3X Optical Zoom, 720p HD Movie-mode
Canon Powershot SD960 IS - 12 Megapixels, Wide 4X Optical Zoom, 2.8" LCD, 720p HD Movie-Mode
Previous Models
Canon Powershot SD1100 IS - 8 Megapixels
Canon Powershot SD970 IS - 12 Megapixels, 5X Optical Zoom, 3" LCD, 720[ HD Movie-Mode
Canon Powershot SD990 IS - 15 Megapixels, 3.7X Optical Zoom
Canon Powershot SD880 IS - Wide 4X Optical zoom, 3" LCD
Canon Powershot SX120 IS - 10 Megapixels, 10X non-wide zoom, VGA Movie mode, AA batteries
Canon Powershot SD1200 IS
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By Neocamera on 2009-05-13

Canon SD1200 IS Highlights


Ultra-Compact digital camera

Sensor-Size: 6 x 5mm

1/2.3" Sensor

Actual size when viewed at 100 DPI

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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