Canon 1200D

 
Canon EOS 1200D front
 
  • 18MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 100 - 6400 (Bump to 12800)
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • Canon EF/EF-S Mount
  • 480g - 130 x 100 x 78mm
  • Introduced February 2014
  • Alternate Name is EOS Rebel T5 / EOS Kiss X70
  • Superseded the Canon 1100D
  • Successor is Canon T6
  • Read full specs
  • Alternatives
Portability
68
Imaging
63
Features
54
Overall
59

Canon 1200D summary

Canon 1200D is Canon's Entry-Level DSLR camera initially released on February of 2014. The camera has a 18MP, CMOS APS-C size sensor with a full resolution of 5184 x 3456. It is also known as "EOS Rebel T5 / EOS Kiss X70" in other countries.

Canon released this camera as a way to replace the earlier Canon 1100D (Read Full Comparison) and then brought out the updated Canon T6 (Read Full Comparison) in an effort to update this model.

The 1200D comes in at #41 out of 79 in Entry-Level DSLR cameras and over-all #302 out of 1422 for digital cameras in our database. Please try out our Smart camera filter to see camera rankings based on your customized requirements.

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Canon 1200D family

The Canon 1200D is part of a family of products. You can see the detailed list underneath.

ModelVisualizeResolutionSensor SizeMax fpsReleased
Canon-EOS-T6 front thumbnailCanon T6
1200D vs T6
18MPAPS-C3.0 fps2016
Canon-EOS-1200D front thumbnailCanon 1200D18MPAPS-C3.0 fps2014
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Canon-EOS-100D front thumbnailCanon 100D
1200D vs 100D
18MPAPS-C3.0 fps2013
Canon-EOS-1100D front thumbnailCanon 1100D
1200D vs 1100D
12MPAPS-C3.0 fps2011
Canon-EOS-1000D front thumbnailCanon 1000D
1200D vs 1000D
10MPAPS-C3.0 fps2008

Canon 1200D Pros and Cons

Here is a checklist of positives and negatives of the Canon 1200D based on features which are oftentimes regarded as crucial in a camera.

comes with HDMI port
delivers RAW files
good MP (18 megapixels)
has built in flash
has face detect focusing
has manual focus
high quality video (1920 x 1080 pxls)
interchangeable lenses (Canon EF/EF-S mount)
screen is a good size (3 inches)
sensor size is nice (APS-C)
supports phase detect AF
very good minimum ISO (100)
doesn't have headphone port
doesn't have mic port
doesn't have Time Lapse recording
does not contain selfie friendly display
lack of image stabilization
no moving screen
not so great battery life (500 CIPA)
painfully slow continuous shooting (3.0 frames per second)
pixelated screen (460 thousand dot)
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Canon 1200D Sensor specs

The Canon 1200D houses the Digic 4 processor. The sensor size on the Canon 1200D is 22.3mm x 14.9mm (APS-C). The 332 mm² sensor has the capability to capture 5184 x 3456 pixels using aspect ratios of 3:2.

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The CMOS sensor boasts 18 megapixels and has a native ISO range of 100 to 6400. The ISO can also be widened digitally to a maximum of 12800. RAW files are saved which means that you have more margin for error.

The graphic underneath displays the 1200D's sensor size compared to other common sizes. The 1200D sensor comes with a crop factor of 1.6 and is presented in green.

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To get a sense of various aspect ratios, you should refer to the visual below.

Camera sensor aspect ratios

Canon 1200D dimensions

Canon 1200D weighs about 1.06 pounds (480g / 16.93 oz) and the dimensions of the camera is 130mm x 100mm x 78mm (5.1" x 3.9" x 3.1"). The weight of average Entry-Level DSLR camera is 538g and the Canon 1200D is less heavy as compared to various rivals.

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Here is a picture of the Canon 1200D beside a softdrink so you're able to have a feel for its size.

Canon EOS 1200D dimensions scale

The top view underneath will show you the button layout on the 1200D.

Canon EOS 1200D topview buttons dials

Canon 1200D Lens details

The 1200D works with the Canon EF/EF-S mount and has 324 lenses available to buy. Here is some of the lenses we have in our database that will fit the 1200D.

ModelVisualizeFocal LengthApertureStabilizedWeight
Canon-EF-75-300mm-f4.0-5.6-III lensCanon EF 75-300mm f4.0-5.6 III75-300mmf/4.0-5.6 480g
Canon-EF-11-24mm-F4L-USM lensCanon EF 11-24mm F4L USM11-24mmf/4.0 1165g
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Zeiss-Milvus-35mm-F1.4-Canon-EF lensZeiss Milvus 35mm F1.435mmf/1.41174g
Tamron-AF-28-300mm-F3.5-6.3-XR-Di-LD-Aspherical-IF-Macro-Canon-EF lensTamron AF 28-300mm F3.5-6.3 XR Di LD Aspherical IF Macro28-300mmf/3.5-6.3 420g
Sigma-300mm-F2.8-APO-EX-DG-HSM-Canon-EF lensSigma 300mm F2.8 APO EX DG HSM300mmf/2.8 2400g
Hartblei-Superrotator-80mm-F2.8-IF-TS-Canon-EF lensHartblei Superrotator 80mm F2.8 IF TS80mmf/2.8 850g
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Tamron-SP-AF-17-35mm-F2.8-4-Di-LD-Aspherical-IF-Canon-EF lensTamron SP AF 17-35mm F2.8-4 Di LD Aspherical IF17-35mmf/2.8-4.0 440g
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Canon 1200D Connectivity

The 1200D has the following connectivity:

  • USB Yes
  • HDMI Yes

Digital cameras that feature NFC and Bluetooth connectivity can be controlled wirelessly with smartphones. You can copy pictures and oftentimes change settings with no need to connect directly with the camera.

Many apps also enable a Liveview and release the shutter when you are not close to the camera. If the camera boasts a HDMI out, it can be hooked up to an external display. Virtually all cameras enable you to charge the battery pack using the USB socket.

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Canon 1200D Video details

The highest possible video quality on the Canon 1200D is 1920 x 1080 and it can record in H.264 format. 1080p quality can provide a good balance in quality versus file size but 1080p will not give you much room to crop. The body does not offer a mic and headphone port which means you get absolutely no control over your audio. It is probably a better idea to look at another model if you require decent audio in your video clips.

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Canon 1200D Weather Sealing

Canon 1200D does not have environment proofing so damp conditions could ruin the camera.

Canon 1200D Display and Viewfinder

The Canon 1200D has a 3 inch fixed display screen having a resolution of 460 thousand dots.

Please note that the display offers no touch support.

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The ViewFinder details regarding Canon 1200D are the following:

  • ViewFinder Optical (pentamirror)
  • ViewFinder Coverage 95%
  • ViewFinder Magnification 0.5x

Viewfinders are rather handy in sunny outdoor conditions which can easily make the camera display washed out and hard to view.

Canon 1200D Shutter details

Canon 1200D has the capability to shoot continuously at 3.0 frames per second. The highest shutter speed is 1/4000 seconds.

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Canon 1200D Flash and Hot shoe details

Canon 1200D has got both inbuilt flash plus external flash support. The maximum flash sync is 1/200 seconds.

Canon 1200D Autofocus details

Canon 1200D has got both Phase Detect AF along with Contrast Detect AF. Phase Detection autofocusing is more snappier & precise as compared to Contrast Detect autofocusing. The camera has Face detect which makes it helpful for portraits.

It has 9 focus points to select from. Canon 1200D includes manual focus if required in low light scenarios or you need to have more precise control on focus.

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Canon 1200D Battery life

The battery life (LP-E10) on the Canon 1200D is designed to last for 500 clicks with respect to the CIPA specifications which is lower in comparison with its competition. The average Entry-Level DSLR camera battery life is 592. Pentax K-x has got the best (1900) battery life in this kind of cameras.

Below is a list of Entry-Level DSLR cameras with the best battery life:

ModelVisualizeBattery LifeRAWNFCBluetooth
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Canon-EOS-Rebel-SL3 front thumbnailCanon SL3
1200D vs SL3
1070 yesnoyes

Canon 1200D for different forms of photography

The following diagram displays a summary of the Canon 1200D for different forms of photography. To understand more, browse to the specific section underneath.

Canon 1200D Portrait photography info

The Canon 1200D receives a rating of 77 which is fantastic, meaning that it is a fantastic fit for portrait photos. Taking portraits leans heavily to sensor specs, RAW support plus the option to use external lighting.

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manual focus
megapixel count good (18 megapixels)
decent sensor size (APS-C)
features face detect focus
saves RAW formats

Canon 1200D Street photography details

Coming in at a reasonable score of 60, the Canon 1200D is somewhat appropriate for street photography. A good street photography camera comes with a good balance of image quality and portability.

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sensor size is decent (APS-C)
delivers RAW files
no moving screen
no image stabilization

Canon 1200D as a Sports photography camera

A decent sports photography points total of 56 means the Canon 1200D is fairly suitable for shooting sports. A camera needs to have great autofocus and fast continuous shooting for sports photography.

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good MP (18MP)
sensor size is nice (APS-C)
supports phase detect autofocus
painfully slow continuous shooting (3.0 frames/s)
does not have image stabilization
terrible battery (500 per charge)

Canon 1200D Travel photography details

Size is super crucial when buying a camera for travel. On the whole, the Canon 1200D gets a decent 55 as a travelling camera which is fairly acceptable to take on your journeys.

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good MP (18MP)
flash built-in
missing Timelapse mode
terrible battery (500 shots)
doesn't posses selfie friendly display

Canon 1200D Landscape photography features

For those who are planning to pick a camera for landscape photography, the most essential aspect will no doubt be image quality. The Canon 1200D with it's very good score of 65 as a landscape camera is a respectable fit within the current market.

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focusing manually
switch lenses (Canon EF/EF-S mount)
pretty good screen size (3")
good megapixels (18MP)
sensor size is good (APS-C)
saves RAW formats
no image stabilization
bad battery (500 shots)
does not have Time Lapse mode

Canon 1200D Vlogging highlights

A camera for vlogging should offer a moving display screen, microphone input and ideally image stabilization. Taking all things in to account, the Canon 1200D is not really suitable for vlogging as it gets a bad rating of 27.

400 Megapixel mode coming to Fujifilm GFX 100
comes with face detection focusing
video resolution high (1920 x 1080 resolution)
screen isn't selfie friendly
lack of image stabilization
missing external microphone socket

Canon 1200D Alternatives

If you want alternatives to the 1200D, below is a collection of the top scored cameras which fall in to the class of Entry-Level DSLR.

The chart underneath offers you an overview of the 1200D vs it's top scoring competitors shown earlier.

These are various other cameras you might take a look at as alternate options. To look at a complete comparison, simply click the "compare" link.

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Specifications

General Information
Manufacturer
Canon
Model
Canon EOS 1200D
Also Known as
EOS Rebel T5 / EOS Kiss X70
Category
Entry-Level DSLR
Introduced
2014-02-12
Body design
Compact SLR
Sensor Information
Sensor type
CMOS
Processor
Digic 4
Sensor size
APS-C
Sensor dimensions
22.3 x 14.9mm
Sensor surface area
332.3mm²
Sensor resolution
18MP
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio
3:2
Highest Possible resolution
5184 x 3456
RAW support
Maximum native ISO
6400
Maximum enhanced ISO
12800
Min native ISO
100
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Touch focus
AF continuous
Single AF
Tracking AF
AF selectice
Center weighted AF
Multi area AF
Live view AF
Face detect AF
Contract detect AF
Phase detect AF
Number of focus points
9
Lens
Lens mounting type
Canon EF/EF-S
Available lenses
326
Crop factor
1.6
Screen
Display type
Fixed Type
Display diagonal
3 inches
Display resolution
460 thousand dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch friendly
Display technology
TFT color LCD, liquid-crystal monitor
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder
Optical (pentamirror)
Viewfinder coverage
95%
Viewfinder magnification
0.5x
DXO scores
DXO Overall score
63
DXO Color Depth score
21.9
DXO Dynamic range score
11.3
DXO Low light score
724
Features
Minimum shutter speed
30 secs
Fastest shutter speed
1/4000 secs
Continuous shutter speed
3.0 frames per sec
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation
Yes
Change WB
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash range
9.20 m (at ISO 100)
Flash settings
Auto, On, Off, Red-eye
External flash
Auto exposure bracketing
WB bracketing
Fastest flash sync
1/200 secs
Exposure
Multisegment
Average
Spot
Partial
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Supported video resolutions
1920 x 1080 (30, 25 fps)
Maximum video resolution
1920x1080
Video data format
H.264
Mic jack
Headphone jack
Connectivity
Wireless
None
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS
None
Physical
Environment seal
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight
480g (1.06 pounds)
Dimensions
130 x 100 x 78mm (5.1" x 3.9" x 3.1")
Other
Battery life
500 photos
Style of battery
Battery Pack
Battery model
LP-E10
Self timer
Yes (10 sec (2 sec with mirror lock-up))
Time lapse shooting
Storage media
SD/SDHC/SDXC card
Storage slots
Single
Retail pricing
$549