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Canon PowerShot A1200

12.1-megapixel digital camera with 4X optical zoom (Black)

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Item #: 280A1200K
 

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Our take on the Canon PowerShot A1200

by Meredith Krebs
Canon

Today's point-and-shoot cameras make great pictures easier than ever

From baby's first steps, to that dream vacation in the islands, these cameras make it easy to capture life's greatest hits. Today's cameras have helpful automatic features, like face detection and scene recognition that make shooting more foolproof than ever. And they all have plenty of megapixels for detailed photos that stay sharp, even when you enlarge and print them.

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Two ways to compose your photos
It's nice to have options. With the Canon A1200, you can compose your shots with your LCD screen or put your eye up to an optical viewfinder. The viewfinder is great to use on sunny days where the LCD screen is difficult to see.

Be discreet
If you've ever wanted to snap a photo during a very quiet moment — your child reading an essay in front of the auditorium, or the bride and groom taking their vows — but didn't want to disturb the silence, then discreet mode is for you. It'll turn off the flash, AF assist beam and sound on the 'A1200 so no one will be disturbed or lose their concentration while you take pictures. You also get Canon's handy smart auto mode for effortless shooting, and a host of other camera modes for different types of scenes.

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Get funky
Taking pictures should be fun. And if you're tired of the same old, same old, try a few creative filters like Fisheye, Miniature, or Monochrome. You'll see everything in a whole new way. And if you decide that photos just can't capture the moment, you can switch to HD movie mode and take a video clip instead.

    Specifications:
    • 12.1-megapixel effective recording
    • 4X optical zoom (4X digital/16X total zoom)
    • records photos and video onto optional SD, SDHC, and SDXC memory cards
    • 2-11/16" LCD screen
    • 35mm equivalent lens focal length: 28-112mm
    Special Features:
    • optical viewfinder
    • high-definition movie mode (up to 720p resolution)
    • face detection automatically sets focus, exposure, flash, and white balance for better portraits
    • smart shutter automatically takes a picture when someone smiles, winks or gets in the frame
    • 32 scene modes, including Beach, Snow, and Kids & Pets
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    Features and Specs
    General
    LCD Screen Size 2.7"
    Adjustable-angle LCD No
    Wi-Fi No
    Touchscreen No
    Waterproof No
    GPS-enabled No
    Lens 35mm Equivalent 28-112mm
    Optical Zoom 4x
    Digital Zoom 4x
    Filter Diameter N/A
    Manual Focusing No
    Manual Exposure No
    Built-in Flash Yes
    HDMI Output No
    Memory
    Internal Memory None
    Memory Media SD/SDHC/SDXC
    Image
    Effective Megapixel Count 12.1
    Total Megapixels 12.7
    Image Stabilization None
    Highest Resolution 4000 x 3000
    HD Video Recording 1280 x 720
    Dimensions
    Width (inches) 3-7/8
    Height (inches) 2-9/16
    Depth (inches) 1-1/4
    Weight With Battery (ounces) 6.53
    Warranty
    Parts Warranty 1 Year
    Labor Warranty 1 Year
    Product Research
    What's in the box?

    Download owner's manual

    • Digital camera (black)
    • 2 "AA" batteries
    • Wrist strap
    • Digital Camera Solution Disk Version 78.0 JE
    • 4' USB cable with in-line noise filter (IFC-400PCU) with Type A USB on one end and Mini-USB 2.0 on the other end
    • Getting Started booklet (English)
    • Warranty card
    • USB driver software sheet

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    Features
    Playback, Editing and Print Functions
    Battery Information
    Inputs and Outputs Notes
    Supplied Software

    Recording Features

    LCD Monitor: The Canon PowerShot A1200 has a 2.7" TFT LCD monitor, featuring 230,000 dots with approximately 100% picture coverage. The LCD display's brightness can be adjusted to one of five levels. The LCD display also features a Night Display feature that when shooting in dark conditions, the camera automatically brightens the LCD monitor to suit the brightness of the subject, making it easier to frame the subject.

    Optical Viewfinder: In addition to the 2.7" LCD monitor, the A1200 has a "real image" zoom viewfinder.

    Image Sensor/Processor: The camera is equipped with a 1/2.3" CCD image sensor with 12.7-million total pixels, and 12.1-million effective pixels. The A1200 uses the DIGIC 4 processor to give you clear photos with accurate colors and less noise.

    Face Detection Technology: The DIGIC 4 chip's Face Detection Technology finds and tracks the faces of moving subjects until you're ready to shoot, then delivers perfect focus. In addition, exposure, flash, and white balance are compensated, so that faces exhibit natural skin tones and backgrounds are properly exposed.

    Smart Shutter: Smart Shutter technology automatically takes a picture a short time after the camera detects a specific change in the scene. There are three Smart Shutter functions:

    • Face Self-Timer: The Face Self-Timer automatically detects an increase in the number of faces, and makes the appropriate adjustments. When the Face Detection Self-Timer is set, the camera waits for the photographer's face to get on-camera before it takes the shot. The camera will shoot, two seconds after the new face is detected.
    • Smile Self-Timer: The Smile Self-Timer captures smiles by tracking your subject's face and automatically releases the shutter as smiles are detected.
    • Wink Self-Timer: The Wink Self-Timer lets you set the camera in a "shooting standby" mode after the shot is composed. When a designated person in the frame winks, the camera takes a picture, two seconds after the wink is detected.

    Optics: The A1200 has a 4x optical zoom lens with a 5.0-20.0mm focal length (35mm equivalent is 28-112mm).

    Zoom: In addition to the 4x optical zoom, the camera features a 4x digital zoom. When used in combination, the total zoom is approximately 16x.

    Digital Teleconverter: The focal length of the lens can be increased by an equivalent of 1.5x or 2.0x through the use of the Digital Teleconverter. The equivalent focal lengths of the lens (35mm equivalent) are 42.0-168mm when using the 1.5x digital teleconverter, and 56.0-224mm with the 2.0x teleconverter. The digital zoom and digital teleconverter cannot be used simultaneously.

    Recording Media: The camera records still images or moving images with stereo audio on SD Memory Cards (2GB or less), SDHC Memory Cards (4GB to 32GB), SDXC Memory Cards (32GB and higher), MultiMediaCards, MMCplus Cards, and HC MMCplus Cards. Still images are recorded in JPEG format, and the movies are recorded in MOV format (Image data: H.264, Audio data: Linear PCM (stereo). No memory card is included with the camera, nor is there any internal memory in the camera.

    Still Image Resolution/Compression: The A1200 can record still images in 5 different resolutions: Large (4000 x 3000), Medium 1 (2816 x 2112), Medium 2 (1600 x 1200), Small (640 x 480), and Widescreen (4000 x 2248). For each resolution, you can set the compression to Fine or Normal. The estimated number of still images that can be recorded on SDHC Memory Cards is as follows:

    Still Image
    Resolution and Aspect Ratio
    Compression SDHC Memory Card Size
    4 GB 16 GB
    Large
    4000 x 3000
    Fine 1231 5042
    Normal 2514 10295
    Medium 1
    2816 x 2112
    Fine 2320 9503
    Normal 4641 19007
    Medium 2
    1600 x 1200
    Fine 6352 26010
    Normal 12069 49420
    Small
    640 x 480
    Fine 20116 82367
    Normal 30174 123550
    Widescreen
    4000 x 2248
    Fine 1630 6677
    Normal 3352 13727

    Movies: Movies can be shot in High Definition at 1280 x 720 at 24 fps with monaural audio. Standard definition movies can be recorded at 640 x 480 pixels or 320 x 240 pixels, with a frame rate of 30 frames per second and monaural audio. Recording will automatically stop when either the clip file size reaches 4 GB or the recording time reaches approximately 10 minutes for HD, and 1 hour for SD. SD Speed Class 4 or higher memory cards are recommended. The estimated length of movies that can be recorded on SDHC Memory Cards is as follows:

    Movie Quality 4 GB 16 GB
    1280 x 720, 24 fps 26 min 48 sec 1 hr 49 min 48 sec
    640 x 480, 30 fps 50 min 17 sec 3 hrs 25 min 54 sec
    320 x 240, 30 fps 3 hr 2 min 52 sec 12 hrs 28 min 47 sec

    Continuous Shooting Mode: You can use the continuous shooting mode to shoot successive frames while the shutter button is fully pressed. You can shoot continuously at approximately 1 image per second in Program Mode. In the Blur Reduction and Low Light modes, the rate increases to 3.6 shots per second.

    AutoFocus Frame Modes: The camera utilizes TTL (through-the-lens) automatic focusing with three focusing methods:

    • Face AiAF: The camera automatically detects the position of a face and uses the data to set the focus, exposure (evaluative metering only) and white balance (auto). When the camera is pointed at subjects, a white frame appears on the face the camera judges to be the main subject, and up to 2 gray frames will appear on other faces.
    • Tracking AF: You can choose the subject you want to focus on and shoot. Once the subject is selected, the camera will continue to track the subject within a certain range even when the subject moves.
    • Center: A single AF frame in the center of the frame is used.

    AF-Point Zoom: You can magnify the AF frame and check the focus. In Face Detect mode, the face selected as the main subject will appear magnified in the monitor. In Center mode, the contents of the center AF frame will appear magnified.

    Auto Focus Lock: If it becomes difficult to focus on the subject due to low contrast to the surroundings, close up and far away subjects in the same shot, or quickly moving subjects, you can choose to lock the focus or auto focus on an object at a similar distance, then shoot the picture after recomposing the shot.

    Focusing Range: The camera features the following focus ranges (from the end of the lens):

    • Normal: 1.2" to infinity (W), 2.6' to infinity (T)
    • Macro: 1.2" to 2.6' (wide)

    Shooting Modes: Using the mode dial on the top, you can switch between the following shooting modes:

    • Program AE: The camera sets both the aperture value and shutter speed, and you can choose the settings for various functions to suit your preferences. The focusing range in this mode is 2"-infinity (W), and 2.6'-infinity (T).
    • Live View Control (LIVE): You can easily change the brightness, color, and tone to match your preferences when shooting.
    • Smart Auto: The camera will automatically select the best settings for the scene, detect and focus on faces, and set the color and brightness to optimal levels.
    • Easy: The Easy mode allows beginners to take worry-free photos. Operational instructions are displayed on the LCD screen, while the camera is set so that only certain buttons and the zoom lever are functional.
    • Scene: Select from the following, according to the scene or effects desired: Blur Reduction, Portrait, Landscape, Kids & Pets, Low Light, Beach, Foliage, Snow, and Fireworks.
    • Creative Filters: Allows you to add various effects to images when shooting: Super Vivid, Poster Effect, Fish-eye Lens, Miniature Effect, Toy Camera Effect, and Monochrome.
    • Discreet Mode: In this mode, camera sounds are muted, and the flash and AF assist beam are disabled. Use for taking pictures in areas where you are reluctant, or not allowed, to disrupt the setting with noise or flash.
    • Movies: Record movies in High Definition or Standard Definition. You can record in Standard Mode or with Miniature Effect.
      • Miniature Effect: By effectively blurring upper and lower portions of the scene and slightly speeding up the playback speed, normal movies are made to look like moving miniature models. One minute clips are recorded and played back at 5x, 10x, or 20x normal speed.

    Metering Modes: You can select from the following metering modes:

    • Evaluative Light Metering: used for standard conditions. The area within the frame is divided into several zones and light is measured based on subject position, brightness, direct light and backlighting.
    • Center-Weighted Averaging: averages the exposure from the entire image, but places more weight on the subject at the center
    • Spot: meters the area within the spot AE point at the center of the LCD monitor or viewfinder.

    Exposure Compensation: If you are shooting against a bright background or strong backlight, you may need to correct the exposure so that the subject doesn't come out too dark. You can set the adjustments from -2 to +2 in 1/3-step increments.

    Locking the Exposure Setting (AE Lock): You can set the focus and exposure separately to shoot. When the exposure is set, you can lock the setting, then compose the scene and shoot. This is effective when the contrast is too strong between the subject and background, or when a subject is backlit. Flash Exposure Lock (FE Lock), just as with the AE lock, lets you lock the exposure for shooting with the flash.

    White Balance: You can choose from the following white balance settings:

    • Auto: the camera sets the white balance automatically according to shooting conditions
    • Daylight: for recording outdoors on a bright day
    • Cloudy: for recording under overcast, shady or twilight skies
    • Tungsten: for recording under tungsten and bulb-type 3-wavelength fluorescent lighting
    • Fluorescent: for recording under warm-white, cool-white or warm-white (3-wavelength) fluorescent lighting
    • Fluorescent H: for recording under daylight fluorescent, or daylight fluorescent-type (3-wavelength) fluorescent lighting
    • Custom: allows you to manually set the white balance and store the settings

    Flash Modes: The PowerShot A1200 has a built-in flash with a range of 1' to 13' in Wide Angle and 1.6' to 6.6' in Telephoto. You can select Auto (flash fires in low light), Slow-synchro, On (flash always fires), or Off (flash doesn't fire). In the menu, you can turn on the Red-Eye Reduction lamp for the flash, and apply Red-Eye Correction to the images that have been taken. As with Exposure Compensation, you can adjust the Flash Exposure Compensation +/- 2 stops in 1/3-stop increments when using the flash.

    ISO Speed: The ISO speed can be set Automatically (ISO Auto), or manually to ISO 80, 100, 200, 400, 800, or 1600. Lowering the ISO speed results in sharper images but there's a greater chance of subject or image blurring in certain shooting conditions. Raising the ISO speed results in a faster shutter speed, reducing blurred images. The images, however, will appear more coarse.

    My Colors: You can choose the look and feel of the photos you take by using My Colors to add the following effects to the image you are currently recording or have already recorded:

    • Vivid: Emphasizes the contrast and color saturation to record in bold colors
    • Neutral: Tones down the contrast and color saturation to record neutral hues
    • Sepia: Records images in sepia tones
    • B/W: Records images in black and white
    • Custom Color: Lets you adjust the contrast, sharpness, or saturation settings or the color balance between red, green, blue, and skin tones
    • My Colors Off: Records with no effect

    Display Overlay: You can customize the display with the following overlays:

    • Grid Lines: Displays gridlines dividing the monitor into 9 areas, allowing you to check the subject's horizontal and vertical alignment
    • 3:2 Guide: Gray bars appear on the top and bottom of the screen, indicating which areas will not print with printing on paper with a 3:2 aspect ratio.
    • Both: Both grid lines and the 3:2 guide appear.

    Self-Timer: The A1200 utilizes a 10-second, 2-second, and a custom self-timer to allow the photographer to be included in the shot, or to avoid camera shake when using a tripod. The custom self-timer allows you to set the time delay to 1-15, 20, 25, or 30 seconds for up to 10 shots.

    Playback, Editing and Print Functions

    Slide Show: Images stored on a memory card can automatically be displayed one-by-one using the Slide Show function. You can set the playback time for each image, and the transition effects when switching between images. If desired, you can repeat the slide show automatically.

    Index Display: This feature allows you to view 4, 9, 36, or 100 images at once on the LCD monitor so that you can search for an image quickly. Movies cannot be played in the index playback mode. You can view the index display by rotating the zoom lever toward wide angle while the camera is in playback mode.

    Filtered Playback: When there are many images on the memory card, you can filter and display them by a specified filter. You can also protect or delete all images at once while filtered. Available filters include:

    • Favorites: tag images as favorites and view, protect, or erase only those
    • Date: view images shot on a specific date
    • Category: categorize images as people, scenery, or events, or assign to custom categories
    • Type: filter by still images or movies
    • Number of Images: allows you to jump over 10 or 100 images at a time

    Playback Displays: You can choose from three types of displays:

    • Simple Information: screen includes basic information about the image
    • Detailed Information: screen include a histogram display as well as detailed information about the settings used when the image was captured.
    • Focus Check: magnifies the area of a recorded image that was inside the AF frame so you can check the focus.

    Red-Eye Correction: You can correct red eyes in already recorded images. However, red eyes may not be automatically detected in some images such as faces near the screen edge, faces that appear extremely small, larger dark or bright in relation to the overall image and faces turned to the side or at a diagonal and faces with a portion hidden which prevents the Red-Eye Correction from working. You can choose to overwrite the file with the corrected image, or store the image as a new file, retaining the original image.

    Resizing Images: You can save images a lower recording pixel setting than the original image, saving the resized image as a separate file.

    Trimming: You can cut out a portion of a recorded image and save it as a new image file.

    Protecting Images: The protect feature allows you to protect important images from accidental erasure. You can protect images by the image itself or select All Images.

    PictBridge/Direct Print: Using the supplied USB cable, you can connect this camera directly to a PictBridge-compatible printer of any brand, or a Canon printer that supports the Direct Print function. You can also connect the camera directly to certain Canon SELPHY compact photo printers and PIXMA inkjet photo printers. In this way, you can make prints directly from the camera without having to connect to a computer.

    Exif Print (Exif 2.3): The Canon PowerShot A1200 conforms to "Exif Print", a worldwide standard. Vital camera settings (such as: exposure mode, white balance, exposure time) and scene data are recorded to the image file when it is captured. Printers compatible with "Exif Print" are able to use this information to produce high quality photographs, exactly the way they were intended at the time of capture. This intelligent communication process also allows the printer to correct for poor lighting or mistakes, resulting in photos that can be even better than the originals.

    DPOF Print Settings: On your memory card, you can select which image or images you want to print and how many copies you want. This is convenient for printing images all at once on optional photo printers or at participating photo labs.

    DPOF Transfer Order: You can use the camera to specify settings for images that you wish to download to a computer. The settings used on the camera comply with the Digital Print Order Format (DPOF) standards. A maximum of 998 images can be selected per memory card, and are transferred in order from oldest to newest by shooting date.

    Battery Information

    Power Requirements: The Canon PowerShot A1200 IS powered by two "AA" batteries. You can use AA-size alkaline batteries (supplied) or optional Ni-MH batteries. For long periods of continuous use, or when connected to a computer, it is recommended that the camera be connected to the optional ACK800 AC adapter kit. The typical performance of the batteries are as follows:

      Alkaline Batteries
    (Supplied)
    NiMH Batteries
    (Optional)
    LCD Monitor On Approx. 200 shots Approx. 450 shots
    LCD Monitor Off Approx. 650 shots Approx. 1100 shots
    Playback Time Approx. 8 hours Approx. 11 hours

    Date/Time Battery: The camera uses a CR1220 backup battery for maintaining the date and time data. The life of this backup battery is approximately 7 years, and can be replaced when necessary.

    Power Saving Functions: The camera is equipped with the following power saving functions:

    • Auto Power Down During Shooting: The screen will turn off approximately 1 minute after the camera is last operated. You can "wake" the camera at this point by pressing the shutter button halfway to turn on the screen and continue shooting. After about 2 more minutes, if no buttons are pressed, the lens will retract and the power will turn off.
    • Auto Power Down During Playback: The camera power down approximately 5 minutes after the last control is accessed on the camera.

    Note: The Power Saving Function will not activate during a Slide-Show or while the camera is connected to a computer.

    Inputs and Outputs Notes

    Digital Terminal: The camera has a Mini-B Version 2.0 USB terminal to allow you to connect the camera to a compatible computer or compatible Canon printer via the supplied USB cable. This USB 2.0 Hi-Speed-compatible terminal allows you to rapidly download images to your computer or printer.

    A/V Output: The camera has a 3.5mm mini-jack A/V output. You can connect the camera to a TV or video monitor (composite video, monaural audio) with the optional AVC-DC300 A/V cable. You can set the video output to NTSC or PAL.

    Supplied Software

    Included Software: The PowerShot A1200 comes supplied with the Canon Digital Camera Solution Disk Ver.78.0 JE CD-ROM. It contains the following programs:

    • Canon Utilities:
      • Windows:
        • ZoomBrowser EX 6.7: manage images transferred to a computer (view, edit, and print)
        • CameraWindow DC 8.4: transfer images to and from camera, organize images on the camera, and upload movies on the camera to web services
        • PhotoStitch 3.1: use to merge still images to make panoramas
      • Macintosh:
        • ImageBrowser 6.7: manage images transferred to a computer (view, edit, and print)
        • CameraWindow DC 8.4: transfer images to and from camera, organize images on the camera, and upload movies on the camera to web services
        • PhotoStitch 3.2: use to merge still images to make panoramas
    • User Guides: Camera User Guide, Software Guide

    Minimum System Requirements:

      Windows Macintosh
    Operating System
    (OS)

    Windows 7
    Windows Vista (Service Pack 1 and 2)
    Windows XP (SP 3)

    Mac OS X (v10.5-v10.6)

    Computer Model

    OS should be pre-installed on computers with built-in USB ports

    OS should be pre-installed on computers with built-in USB ports

    CPU Still Images: Pentium 1.3 GHz or higher
    Movies: Core2 Duo 1.66 GHz or higher
    Still Images: Intel Processor
    Movies: Core Duo 1.66 GHz or higher
    RAM Windows 7 (64-bit): 2 GB or more
    Windows 7 (32-bit)/Windows Vista 64-bit/32-bit): 1 GB or more
    Windows XP: 512 MB or more (still images), 1 GB or more (movies)
    Mac OS X v10.6: 1 GB or more
    Mac OS X v10.5: 512 MB or more (still images), 1 GB or more (movies)
    Interface

    USB

    USB

    Free Hard Disk Space    ZoomBrowser EX: 200 MB or more
       CameraWindow: 150 MB or more
       Movie Uploader for YouTube: 30 MB or more
       PhotoStitch: 40 MB or more
       ImageBrowser: 250 MB or more
       CameraWindow: 150 MB or more
       Movie Uploader for YouTube: 30 MB or more
       PhotoStitch: 50 MB or more
    Display

    1,024 x 768 pixels or higher

    1,024 x 768 pixels or higher

     
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    5 out of 5

    canon power shot A1200

    Written By GG75@ROADRUNNER.COM, augusta maine on Monday, May 14, 2012
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    SO FAR I AM VERY PLEASED WTH THE PURCHASE
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    4 out of 5

    Canon A1200

    Written By BWB, Afton, NY on Tuesday, May 08, 2012
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    I just got the camera and still learning how to use it. I have never had one so involved. From what I have done so far I think I am going to enjoy this camera.
    Pros:
    takes great pic
    Cons:
    a little too much to do to learn it all
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    5 out of 5

    Near the top notch on image quality

    Written By theQuicker1, Riverside, CA on Wednesday, March 28, 2012
     
    In short, I would recommend this camera to anyone looking for good quality pictures, but a cheaper camera that doesn't have all the latest bells and whistles. I really liked it while I had it. Now I have the more expensive ELPH 100HS as my secondary camera and a Canon 40D SLR as my main camera.
    Pros:
    AA Batteries, Viewfinder, HD Video
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    5 out of 5

    Canon A1200 digital camera

    Written By asian51, whittier, CA on Monday, February 13, 2012
     
    This camera is jsut great for the price. This is a good camera for traveling taking pics wiht the family. It's a rly good starter camera to take basic photos. Canon is a really recomended camera company you won't b dissapointed wiht this camera
    Pros:
    lightweight great starter camera takes nice pics easy options pretty good battery life optical view finer
    Cons:
    none
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    4 out of 5

    Canon PowerShot A1200

    Written By NB, Ohio on Friday, February 03, 2012
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    The camera was purchased as a gift for child's first "adult" camera. The Canon PowerShot A1200 fit our requirements. I have an older version Canon Powershot and was happy to see that Canon was still making a camera that uses AA batteries and has a viewfinder. Our younger child has not had any difficulty using it. If you are looking for a simple to use, reliable camera, this maybe the one for you. Also,the Crutchfield staff was very helpful in our purchase.
    Pros:
    - Uses AA Batteries - View Finder - The shape where you can grip the side easily - Sharp pictures - HD movies
    Cons:
    - The selection dial at the top is a bit tight to slide/select - The speed, but you trade that off with the convenience of using AA batteries - No option to make panoramics
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    5 out of 5

    Terrific small camera

    Written By Busy Traveller, Redwood City, CA on Tuesday, January 24, 2012
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    LOVE this camera - we needed viewfinders in Egypt given the bright sun and glare; took 3 cameras and this one took the most photos, with the least battery use and the sharpest, highest contrast photos. It did fine in strong sun, very well in dimly lit corners of temples and indoors. However, it's a light pocket camera - not appropriate for high-speed shots or telephoto. I did get good shots as we drove along at slower speeds, even though windows. It withstood the antics of active boys and desert conditions and took a memory card holding nearly 1K photos. It far out performed more expensive cameras and the viewfinder saved us many times. Thank you, Canon!
    Pros:
    Viewfinder!! Light and compact, good color, flexibility, good battery life
    Cons:
    Telephoto ok, but not like SLRs
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    5 out of 5

    Great camera

    Written By Larry, Lakeland, FL on Monday, January 02, 2012
     
    Great little camera especially for the price. Took it on our last cruise and love being able to see the pictures I was taking in the sun, which I was unable to do with just an lcd screen. The only problem was the batteries only lasted for about 200 shots. Picture quality was very good and I would recomend this camera to a friend.
    Pros:
    Optical View Finder
    Cons:
    Battery Life
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    5 out of 5

    Good travel / backup camera

    Written By KC, NY, NY on Thursday, November 10, 2011
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    I need a small camera as a backup to my DSLR. The Canon A1200 meets my need nicely. It is light and small but not flimsy. The image quality is excellent for this price range. Its optical viewfinder is great when panning or shooting outdoor in bright sunlight. It uses AA batteries, which one can find in most any places. Although it does not have many bell and whistle, it gets the job done and done well.

    Note: Originally, I ordered for an open box A1200. The next day I found the price on brand new A1200 dropped. I sent an e-mail to Crutchfield and requested an order change for a new one. Within 10 minutes on a Sunday afternoon, I received a confirmation from Crutchfield. Crutchfield deserves five stars.
    Pros:
    It has optical viewfinder and uses AA batteries
    Cons:
    It has no image stablization but no big deal.
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    4 out of 5

    Lacks just one feature

    Written By KS, Wenatchee, WA on Tuesday, October 04, 2011
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    My only complaint is that it doesn't have photo stitch assist. I like that it has a view finder and can take high density SD cards. I miss the ability to take panorama shots, though. If I didn't already have an underwater box for my Canon A520, I would complain that I can't buy one of those from Canon. My A520 can do panoramas, but after several years of use, moisture gets inside even when not in wet environments.
    1 out of 1 people found this helpful
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    5 out of 5

    Love it so far!

    Written By flojo93, Brooklyn, NY on Saturday, August 20, 2011
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    Bought this to replace another Canon which I loved but unfortunately lost. I've only had it six weeks but brought it on a trip to Glacier National Park and it took fabulous photos. Compact and lightweight enough to carry in a pocket. Still haven't played with all the features like video.
    3 out of 3 people found this helpful
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    5 out of 5

    Perfect for Travel

    Written By DustyD, New York, NY on Friday, April 29, 2011
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    I wanted a camera that had a viewfinder and AA batteries as I was traveling
    overseas. This camera is perfect for that. Lightweight, comfortable and easy to
    use. Pictures are beautiful. The camera provides simple features without too
    many bells and whistles that often aren't used or necessary for a novice.
    Crutchfield is terrific. I would definitely order from them again. The camera arrived
    safely, intact, and on time!! Thank you!!
    6 out of 6 people found this helpful
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    4 out of 5

    Had an optical viewfinder

    Written By Petetx, Richmond, TX on Thursday, April 28, 2011
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    Excellent little camera. Bought it for my wife because she likes to use the optical
    view finder instead of the LCD display.
    6 out of 6 people found this helpful
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    4 out of 5

    Very good value at the price

    Written By Gary, Wisconsin on Monday, April 25, 2011
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    Bought the A1200 to replace a 4 year old digital I gave to a family member.
    So far it's been great, not a fancy camera with tons of features, but a very nice
    camera with all I needed. Great pictures and easy to use. I'd buy another if I
    needed one.
    6 out of 6 people found this helpful
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    5 out of 5

    Canon PowerShot A1200

    Written By grove62, Dallas Tx on Thursday, March 17, 2011
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    Very good performance from the camera so far. Finally another camera with a
    viewfinder...! Canon is on the ball and listening to the reviews evidently. Everyone
    seems obsessed with the digital display which can't be seen properly in the sun.
    Five stars to Canon on this one.
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