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Overview of the PowerShot SD1200 IS
Capturing memories has never been easier with the Canon PowerShot SD1200 IS digital camera. Whether you're an amateur photographer looking for a high-quality camera for special events or a professional looking for a backup camera, the SD1200 IS is an excellent choice. With its compact size, easy-to-use interface, and impressive list of features, this camera is perfect for beginners and experts alike. Plus, it's affordable for the frugal-minded photographer. In this review, we'll cover all the bases, from design to functionality, so you can decide if this camera is the right fit for you.
Canon PowerShot SD1200 IS Pros and Cons
Now, we will look more closely at our review of the Canon PowerShot SD1200 IS camera. We will see what it can do and compare it to other cameras like it. We will tell you what's good about it and what's not so good. This way, you'll know if it's the camera for you!
Build and Construction
Body and dimensions
Canon PowerShot SD1200 IS
|Dimensions||86 x 55 x 22mm|
The Canon PowerShot SD1200 IS is not sealed against water and dust, so it's important to be careful when using it in such conditions. If you often shoot in environments with water or dust, it's recommended to check out another camera with weather sealing.
Design and Handling
Main design features
|View Finder||Optical (tunnel)|
|Screen Type||Fixed Type|
|Screen Resolution||230k dots|
This camera has a fixed type 2.50" screen, with a display resolution of 230k dots. This makes the Canon PowerShot SD1200 IS not as suitable for those looking for a vlogging camera as you cannot view yourself while shooting selfies easily. Unfortunately, the camera does not have a touch screen, which may make it less user-friendly.
PowerShot SD1200 IS includes a optical (tunnel) viewfinder with no electronic viewfinder of resolution with a coverage of n/a and a magnification of n/a. This feature enhances the camera's suitability for outdoor photography in bright conditions.
Canon PowerShot SD1200 IS has a 10MP sized CCD sensor. You can shoot at maximum resolution of 10 pixels. Canon PowerShot SD1200 IS has a native ISO range of 80 - 1600 which can be boosted to null - null.
Feb 18 2009
80 - 1600
|Extended ISO||null - null|
|Max resolution||3648 x 2736 pixels|
DXO Sensor Scores
Low Light ISO
DXO mark sensor scores
The DXOmark rankings indicate that the Canon PowerShot SD1200 IS camera has excellent color depth performance, which refers to the number of colors the sensor can distinguish. Additionally, its dynamic range is also excellent, allowing it to retain high amounts of details in both bright and dark areas of a scene. The camera's low light ISO performance is excellent, which is an important factor to consider if you plan to use it in dimly lit indoor environments or at night. Overall the image quality of the PowerShot SD1200 IS is excellent
Camera crop factor (or focal length multiplier) refers to how a camera's sensor size affects the apparent field of view of a lens. Crop factor is determined by comparing the size of a camera's sensor to that of a full-frame sensor, which is a standard reference size for camera sensors.
Crop factor calculator
Full frame equivalent
This camera: 1/2.3-inch
Connectivity, storage, battery
|Battery Life||260 shots|
The Canon PowerShot SD1200 IS supports SD/SDHC/MMC/MMCplus/HD MMCplus with 1 slots for storage. This may suffice for everyday use. However, for professional applications such as wedding photography, it is not recommended as a memory card malfunction could lead to the loss of all footage.
The Canon PowerShot SD1200 IS uses the NB-6L model of battery pack. This is rated for 260 shots shots which is high. If you intend to take photos or record videos for an extended period, it might be a good idea to bring along additional batteries.
The Canon PowerShot SD1200 IS has built in flash which is great for event photography and in low light situations. However it lacks an external flash shoe, which limits you to using the built-in flash.
The Canon PowerShot SD1200 IS boasts a maximum mechanical shutter speed of 1/1500s, which is ideal for shooting fast-moving subjects in bright environments, such as in sports photography. Faster shutter speeds enable you to freeze the action and capture every detail, making it easier to get the perfect shot.
With a continuous mechanical shutter speed of n/a or an electronic shutter speed of n/a, this camera is not capable of capturing the perfect moment more easily, making it not as suited for wedding, sports, and wildlife photography. Higher shutter speeds make it easier to capture fast-paced action, ensuring that you never miss the perfect shot.
The Canon PowerShot SD1200 IS includes contrast detection autofocus (AF), with 9 number of focus points.
While contrast detection is generally more accurate and precise, phase detection autofocus is faster and more effective in most situations, particularly when photographing moving subjects.
Phase detection autofocus works by dividing the incoming light into pairs and then analyzing how they intersect on the camera's sensor. This method allows the camera to determine not only if a subject is in focus but also the direction and distance needed to adjust the focus to achieve perfect sharpness.
On the other hand, contrast detection autofocus works by analyzing the contrast of an image and adjusting the focus until the highest contrast is detected. While this method is very accurate, it can be slow, especially in low light conditions or when photographing moving subjects.
The Canon PowerShot SD1200 IS features a CCD sensor
No the PowerShot SD1200 IS does not have weather sealing.
The Canon PowerShot SD1200 IS was announced on Feb 18 2009
Yes the PowerShot SD1200 IS does have in-body image stabilization that can compensate for camera shake, making it easier to shoot handheld in low light conditions.
The PowerShot SD1200 IS has a native ISO range of 80-1600, which can be expanded to ISO null-null for even greater sensitivity in low light conditions.
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