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The ultra-slim, stylish PowerShot SD1200 IS fits nicely in your handbag as well as in your hand. It keeps your memories fresh with detailed 10-megapixel pictures. Compose snapshots on the LCD screen, or use the viewfinder when you shoot in direct sunlight where glare can get in the way. Take eye-catching closeups of friends with this camera's 3X optical zoom. If your hand shakes a bit as you zero in, optical image stabilization compensates for the movement, so your photo has a better chance of turning out sharp.
This camera's face detection finds and focuses on the people in your frame, and adjusts exposure settings to capture realistic skin tones. Snap pictures of your child's performance in a school musical as you compose a shot that includes several cast members, you can prompt the SD1200 IS to set focus priority on your child's face. The camera tracks the face you've selected and continues to refocus as your child moves across the stage.
The icing on the cake? This camera comes in five cool colors.
The SD1200 IS doesn't have built-in memory and doesn't come with a memory card. You'll want to add an SD card to save your photos.
- 10-megapixel effective recording
- 2-1/2" LCD screen
- 3X optical zoom (4X digital/12X total zoom)
- optical image stabilization
- 35mm equivalent lens focal length: 35-105mm
- top JPEG resolution: 3648 x 2736
- DIGIC 4 image processor for advanced face detection, red-eye correction, and better contrast in your photos
- face detection automatically sets focus, exposure, flash, and white balance for better portraits
- 16:9 widescreen photo mode
- movie mode with audio (up to 640 x 480 at 30 frames per second)
- Print/Share button for easy downloading to computer or printing to compatible photo printer (not included)
- 9-point AiAF autofocus (with selectable 1-point autofocus mode)
- variable ISO (film speed equivalent) settings, including a high sensitivity setting for better low-light shooting
- custom white balance settings
- built-in flash
- 14 scene modes including Aquarium, Sunset, and Snow
- macro focus for subjects as close as 1.2 inches
- compatible with PictBridge-enabled printers
- high-speed USB interface
- audio/video output for connection to a TV
- accepts SD/SDHC memory cards and MultiMediaCard/MMC Plus/HC MMC Plus Cards
- 3-1/2"W x 2-3/16"H x 7/8"D
- weight: 4.2 oz. (without battery and media)
- warranty: 1 year
- Our 60-day money-back guarantee
- rechargeable lithium ion battery (NB-6L)
- AC battery charger (CB-2LY)
- audio/video and USB cables
- wrist strap
- software CD-ROM
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.
Canon PowerShot SD1200 IS Reviews
Average Customer Review:
Canon sd1200 a gem
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)
I'm not a sophiticated photo person, but my son-in-law is, and when he saw this camera I'd bought he said, "I see you did your homework. This is one of the best little cameras around!" I had done a fair amount of research, some of it through Crutchfield's excellent website, and after getting familiar with it I couldn't be more pleased. It takes great pictures at very close to medium distances, is easy to use, and fits in a shirt pocket. I can't wait to use it a lot on next summer's vacation to Europe, and in the meantime for various family functions. I got a 4 GB memory card at a great sale price (it doesn't come with one), so I can take many more photos than I probably will want to.
A FAST FUN CAMERA IN A SMALL PACKAGE
VERY GOOD IMAGE QUALITY, A GREAT CAMERA FOR TAKEING MOVIES,
CAMERA IS SMALL BUT EASY TO HANDLE AND USE I LIKE THE BUTTON
ARRANGEMENT ON THE BACK AND HAVE NO TROUBLE PRESSING THEM. BOOT
UP TIME IS 1sec, SHOT TO SHOT IS 1.5sec, WITH THE FLASH ON 3 secs..
ABOUT 400 PICTURES ON A BATTERY CHARGE..THEIR IS NO SD CARD THAT
COMES WITH CAMERA, A HIGH SPEED 2 gig SD CARD WILL GET YOU ABOUT
750 PICTURES AND IF YOU ARE TAKEING ALOT OF MOVIES A 4 gig CARD
WOULD BE GOOD.
Canon PowerShot SD1200 IS
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)
i was quite impressed with this camera. i bought it for my 18 year old daughter as a graduation present she looked at several other brands but one thing that stayed consistent was the color she wanted. i have purchased several items thru crutchfields and would recommend them to anyone, never have i had a bad experience or any problems with getting my products on time and getting exactly what i ordered.
keep up the good work
What's in the box?
- Dark gray digital camera
- NB-6L Lithium-Ion Battery (3.7V/1000mAh)
- Battery terminal cover
- CB-2LY Battery charger
- 48" USB cable with in-line noise filter (cable has a USB Type A connector on one end and a mini-USB Version 2.0 connector on the other)
- 52" A/V cable with in-line noise filter (cable has a male 3.5mm mini-plug on one end and a mono audio RCA and RCA composite video plug on the other)
- Wrist strap
- Canon Digital Camera Solution Disc Ver. 42.0
- Warranty card
- "Getting Started" booklet
Features and Specs
|LCD Screen Size||2.5"|
|Lens 35mm Equivalent||35-105mm|
|Effective Megapixel Count||1e+007|
|Highest Resolution||3648 x 2736|
|HD Video Recording||No|
|Weight With Battery (ounces)||4.97|
|Parts Warranty||1 Year|
|Labor Warranty||1 Year|
LCD Monitor: The Canon PowerShot SD1200 IS has a 2.5" low temperature polycrystalline silicon TFT color LCD monitor featuring approximately 230,000 pixels with approximately 100% picture coverage. This extra-durable, high-resolution screen with tough scratch-resistant coating on the anti-reflective, PureColor LCD II screen offers a crisp, bright, clear picture to make shooting, playback, and using the camera's menu functions convenient even at an angle. The LCD display's brightness can be manually adjusted. The LCD display also features an 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 LCD monitor, the camera has a "real image" optical zoom viewfinder. You can use the viewfinder while the LCD monitor is still on or turned off.
Note: The viewfinder has a field of vision that is typically smaller than the actual shooting image. You should use the LCD monitor for extreme close-ups.
Image Sensor: For optimal image quality, the camera uses a 1/2.5" CCD image sensor with approximately 10.3-million total pixels and 10-million effective pixels giving your shots added depth and detail.
DIGIC 4 Image Processor: The PowerShot SD1200 IS features the DIGIC 4 Image Processor. The DIGIC 4 chip has evolved Face Detection Technology that tracks the faces of moving subjects, and keeps every face in every photo looking its very best.
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.
Face Detection Self-timer: The Face Detection 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 take three shots in a row, two seconds after the new face is detected.
iSAPS Technology: The iSAPS (Intelligent Scene Analysis based on Photographic Space) technology uses an internal database of thousands of photographs to improve focus speed and accuracy, as well as exposure and white balance.
Optics: The camera features a 3.0x optical zoom lens and a 12.0x total digital zoom. You can select from the following digital zoom settings.
- Standard: enables shooting at zoom factors of up to 12x with digital and optical zooms combined at a focal length of 35mm to 420mm
- Off: enables shooting without digital zoom with a focal length of 35mm to 105mm
- Digital Teleconverter: The focal length of the lens can be increased by an equivalent of 1.4x or 2.3x, enabling faster shutter speed and less chance of camera shake
- 1.4x: digital zoom is fixed at the select zoom factor of 1.4x for a focal length of 49mm to 170mm.
- 2.3x: digital zoom is fixed at the select zoom factor of 2.3x for a focal length of 80.5mm to 241mm.
Note: The digital zoom cannot be used together with the digital teleconverter, or when the LCD monitor is turned off, in Date Stamp or Widescreen modes.
Safety Zoom: Based on the number of recording pixels set, the Safety Zoom feature calculates the maximum zoom factor beyond which image quality will begin to deteriorate. The digital zoom will then pause at this zoom factor for a moment until you want to zoom even closer.
|Safety Zoom Factor|
|Large (3264 x 2448)||3x optical|
|Medium 1 (2592 x 1944),|
|Medium 2 (2048 x 1536)||4.2x digital|
|Medium 3 (1600 x 1200)||6.8x digital|
|Small (640 x 480)||12x digital|
Image Stabilization: The Image Stabilization function allows you to minimize the camera shake effect (blurred images) when you shoot distance subjects that have been magnified or when you shoot in dark conditions without a flash. The digital camera offers the following Image Stabilization settings.
- Continuous: You can check the effect of the IS mode on image blur on the camera's LCD monitor since the IS mode runs continually. This makes it easier to compose images and focus on subjects.
- Shoot Only: IS mode is only activated when the shutter button is pressed, so subjects will be captured with reduced blur even if their movements on the LCD monitor are not smooth.
- Panning: This option only stabilizes the effect of up and down camera motions on the image. This option is recommended for shooting objects moving horizontally.
- Off: Image stabilization is not active.
Recording Media: The camera records still images or moving images with stereo audio on SD Memory Cards, SDHC Memory Cards , MultiMediaCards, MMCplus Cards and HC MMCplus Cards. Still images are recorded in JPEG, and the movies are recorded in AVI format (Image data: Motion JPEG, Audio data: WAVE (monaural)). No memory card is included with the camera.
Still Image Resolution/Compression: You can choose from the following still image resolutions: Large (3648 x 2736), Medium 1 (2816 x 2112 pixels), Medium 2 (2272 x 1704 pixels), Medium 3 (1600 x 1200 pixels), and Small (640 x 480 pixels). You can also select a Widescreen size (3648 x 2048). For each resolution, you can set the compression to Superfine, Fine or Normal. The estimated number of still images that can be recorded on SD Memory Cards is as follows:
Resolution and Aspect Ratio
|Compression||SD Memory Card Size|
|2 GB||8 GB|
3648 x 2736
2816 x 2112
2272 x 1704
1600 x 1200
640 x 480
3648 x 2048
Movies: Standard movies can be shot at 640 x 480 or 320 x 240 with a frame rate of 30 frames per second up to the capacity of the inserted memory card (up to 4GB or 1 hour). You can also shoot movies in the Compact Mode which are shot at 160 x 120 at 15 frames per second for up to 3 minutes. In addition, the Time Lapse mode allows you to shoot with 640 x 480 pixels at 1 or 0.5 frames per second up to a continuous recording time of 2 hours. All movies are shot in a 4:3 aspect ratio. The estimated length of movies that can be recorded on SD Memory Cards is as follows:
|Recording Pixels||Frame Rate||2GB||8GB|
|640 x 480||30 fps||16 min||1 hr 3 min 57 sec|
|30 fps LP||30 min 7 sec||2 hrs 0 min 23 sec|
|320 x 240||30 fps||40 min 58 sec||2 hrs 43 min 44 sec|
Continuous Shooting Mode: You can use this mode to shoot successive frames while the shutter button is fully pressed. The camera shoots approximately 1.4 shots per second (Large/Fine mode). The shooting interval varies depending upon the size of image, compression, and whether or not the flash is used. Images may be recorded in continuous mode until the SD Memory card is full. A special high speed memory card is recommended for best results.
AutoFocus Modes: The camera utilizes TTL (through-the-lens) automatic focusing with two 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.
- Center: camera fixes the AF frame at the center; this is recommended when the target subject is at the center of the composition
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:
- Auto: 1.2" to infinity
- Normal: 12" to infinity
- Infinity: 9.8' to infinity
- Macro: 1.2" to 1.6' (wide), 12" to 1.6' (tele)
- Digital Macro: 1.2" to 3.9'
- Kids&Pets: 3.3' to infinity
Shooting Modes: The Canon LCD digital camera features the following shooting modes:
- Program AE: camera selects the settings according to surroundings and conditions
- Portrait: blurs the background and makes the subject stand out
- Night Snapshot: allows you to take snapshots of people against twilight or dark backgrounds by reducing the effects of camera shake, even without using a tripod
- Kids & Pets: lets you capture subjects that move quickly without missing photo opportunities
- Indoor: prevents camera shake and maintains the subject's true colors when shooting under fluorescent or tungsten lighting
- Foliage: shoots trees and leaves in vivid colors
- Snow: shoots without a blue tinge and without making subjects appear dark against a bright white background
- Beach: shoots without making subjects appear dark near water or sand where reflected sunlight is strong
- Fireworks: captures fireworks in the sky sharply and at optimal exposure
- Aquarium: selects the optimal ISO speed, white balance and color balance to capture fish and other items in an indoor aquarium
- Underwater: use this setting for shooting images with Waterproof Case WP-DC29 (sold separately); records images with natural hue and with optimal white balance setting to reduce bluish tones
- ISO3200: sets the ISO speed to 3200 and lets you shoot without camera shake or subject blurring, even in low light conditions (1600 x 1200 only)
- Movies: When you press the shutter button, you can shoot movies in 640 x 480 pixels or 320 x 240 pixels at 30 frames per seconds.
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
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 exposure and focus separately. This is effective when the contrast is too strong between the subject and background, or when a subject is backlit.
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 SD1200 IS has a built-in flash. Using the control dial, you can select Auto (flash fires in low light), On (flash always fires), or Off (flash doesn't fire). The built-in flash has a range of 12" to 14' in Wide Angle and 12'' to 7.9' in Telephoto. In the menu, you can add the following flash functions when the flash is set to On or Auto:
- Red-Eye Reduction: When activated, the red-eye reduction lamp fires when the flash is used in dark areas. This reduces the light reflecting back from the eyes, making them appear red.
- Red-Eye Lamp: The red-eye reduction lamp lights orange before the flash fires. This feature reduces the effect of light reflecting back from the eyes, making them appear red.
- Slow-Synchro: The flash timing is adjusted to slow shutter speeds. This reduces the chance that only the background will appear dark when a person is photographed against a twilight background or night scene, or when an interior shot is taken.
ISO Speed: The ISO speed can be set to 80, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, Auto, or High ISO Auto to reduce the effects of camera shake or avoid blurry subject or to turn the flash off when shooting in a dark area..
Long Shutter Mode: You can set the shutter speed to a slower setting to make dark subjects appear brighter. During Long Shutter Mode the camera applies special noise-reduction processing to images shot at shutter speeds slower than 1.3 seconds, thereby producing high-quality images.
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 check a composition's horizontal and vertical alignment as well as a 3:2 aspect ratio print range on the LCD monitor by using a shooting guide while shooting. You can choose from the following display 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: allows you to check what can be printed in a composition using a 3:2 aspect ratio; the portion that will not print displays in gray
- Both: displays both the grid lines and 3:2 guide at thee same time
Histogram Display: The Histogram is a graph that allows you to check the brightness of the image. The greater the bias toward the left in the graph, the darker the image. The greater the bias toward the right, the brighter the image.
Self-Timer: The self-timer starts when the shutter button is pressed. The delay time can be set to 10 seconds, 2 seconds, or Custom Timer. The Custom Timer allows you to choose the timer delay setting: 1-10, 15, 20, or 30 seconds for up to 10 shots.
Auto Rotate Function: The PowerShot SD1200 IS Auto Rotate function uses an Intelligent Orientation Sensor to sense whether your images were shot horizontally or vertically. During playback, the camera automatically rotates the image to the correct viewing orientation in the display. Auto Rotate can be turned on or off in the menu.
Jump Images: When you have a lot of images recorded onto a memory card, you can use the Jump feature to speed up your search for the image you want to view. You can choose from the following Jump functions.
- Jump 10 Images: jumps over 10 images at a time
- Jump 100 Images: jumps over 100 images at a time
- Shot Date: jumps to the first image of each shooting date
- Movie: jumps to a movie
- Folder: jumps to the first image of each folder
Slide Show: Images stored on an SD Memory card can automatically be displayed one-by-one using the Slide Show function. Each image displays for approximately 3 seconds.You can choose between two transition effects or without transition.
Index Display: This feature allows you to view nine 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.
Image Magnification: When viewing a still picture in Single Image Replay mode, you can magnify the image up to 10x. You can also pan around the zoomed image to view a particular portion of the picture.
Rotating Images: You can rotate an image by 90 or 270 degrees clockwise in the LCD monitor.
Focus Check Display: Focus Check display allows you to check the focus of image taken and allows you to easily check facial expressions and whether a subject's eyes are closed. This feature can be set to allow you to check the focus of an image taken right after shooting the subject.
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.
Trimming: You can trim a required portion of a recorded image and save it as a new image file.
Resizing Images: You can save images a lower recording pixel than the original image. You can change high resolution images to 1600 x 1200, 640 x 480 or 320 x 240.
Protecting Images: The protect feature allows you to protect important images from accidental erasure. You can protect images by the image itself, by a specific date, a category or folder, 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 Bubble Jet printers. In this way, you can make prints directly from the camera without having to hook it up to a computer.
Exif Print (Exif 2.2): The Canon PowerShot SD1200 IS 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 SD 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 SD card, and are transferred in order from oldest to newest by shooting date.
Power Requirements: The Canon PowerShot SD1200 IS powered by the supplied NB-6L rechargeable Lithium-Ion battery pack (3.7V/760mAh). The battery pack can be charged in the supplied CB-2LY battery charger. Charging time is approximately 1 hour 55 minutes. For long periods of continuous use, or when connected to a computer, it is recommended that the camera be connected to the optional ACK-DC40 AC adapter kit. The typical performance of the batteries are as follows:
|Battery||Approximate Number of Images||Approximate
|LCD Monitor On||LCD Monitor Off|
|260 images||700 images||6 hours|
Power Saving Functions: The camera is equipped with the following power saving functions:
- Auto Power Down for Shooting Mode: Camera powers down approximately 3 minutes after the last control is accessed on the camera. The LCD monitor automatically turns off 1 minute after the last control is accessed even if Auto Power Down is set to off.
- Auto Power Down for Playback Mode and Connection to a Printer: 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.
A/V Output/Digital Terminal: The PowerShot SD1200 IS 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. Though the same USB jack, you can connect the camera to a TV or video monitor with mono RCA audio and composite video input jacks using the supplied audio/video cable. You can set the video output to NTSC or PAL.
Included Software: The PowerShot SD1200 IS comes supplied with the Canon Digital Camera Solution Disk Ver. 42.0 CD-ROM. It contains the following programs:
- Canon Utilities:
- ZoomBrowser EX 6.3: downloads, displays, organizes and edits your recorded images
- PhotoStitch 3.1: use to merge still images to make panoramas
- ImageBrowser 6.3: downloads, displays, organizes and edits your recorded images
- PhotoStitch 3.2: use to merge still images to make panoramas
- User Guides: Camera User Guide, Software Starter Guide, Personal Printing Guide
Minimum System Requirements:
Windows Vista (incl. Service Pack 1)
Mac OS X (v10.4-v10.5)
OS should be pre-installed with built-in USB port
Pentium 1.3 GHz or higher
|Power PC G4/G5 or Intel Processor|
|RAM||Windows Vista: 1 GB or more
Windows XP: 512 MB or more
|512 MB or more|
|Free Hard Disk Space||
ZoomBrowser EX: 200MB or more
PhotoStitch: 40 MB or more
ImageBrowser: 300 MB or more
PhotoStitch: 50 MB or more
1,024 x 768 pixels or higher
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