Canon SD1200 IS

 
Canon PowerShot SD1200 IS front
 
  • 10MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 2.5" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 80 - 1600
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 640 x 480 video
  • 35-105mm (F2.8-4.9) lens
  • 160g - 86 x 55 x 22mm
  • Announced February 2009
  • Other Name is Digital IXUS 95 IS
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  • Alternatives
Portability
95
Imaging
34
Features
17
Overall
27

Canon SD1200 IS summary

Canon SD1200 IS is Canon's Small Sensor Compact digital camera originally released on February of 2009. The camera includes a 10MP, CCD 1/2.3" size sensor with a max resolution of 3648 x 2736. It is known as "Digital IXUS 95 IS" in other markets.

The SD1200 IS stands at #238 out of 261 in Small Sensor Compact cameras & over all #1183 out of 1422 for digital cameras in our list. You should test our Advanced camera filter to see camera results based on your personal requirements.

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Canon SD1200 IS history

The Canon SD1200 IS has a history of related digital cameras. Underneath, you can see all past and current models alongside important features.

ModelVisualizeLensResolutionSensor SizeReleased
Canon-PowerShot-SX740-HS front thumbnailCanon SX740 HS
SD1200 IS vs SX740 HS
24-960mm
F3.3-6.9
21MP1/2.3"2018
Canon-PowerShot-SX730-HS front thumbnailCanon SX730 HS
SD1200 IS vs SX730 HS
24-960mm
F3.3-6.9
20.3MP1/2.3"2017
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Canon-PowerShot-SX620-HS front thumbnailCanon SX620 HS
SD1200 IS vs SX620 HS
25-625mm
F3.2-6.6
20MP1/2.3"2016
Canon-PowerShot-SX720-HS front thumbnailCanon SX720 HS
SD1200 IS vs SX720 HS
24-960mm
F3.3-6.9
20.3MP1/2.3"2016
Canon-PowerShot-SX410-IS front thumbnailCanon SX410 IS
SD1200 IS vs SX410 IS
24-960mm
F3.5-5.6
20MP1/2.3"2015
Canon-PowerShot-SX710-HS front thumbnailCanon SX710 HS
SD1200 IS vs SX710 HS
25-750mm
F3.2-6.9
20MP1/2.3"2015
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Canon-PowerShot-SX610-HS front thumbnailCanon SX610 HS
SD1200 IS vs SX610 HS
25-450mm
F3.8-6.9
20MP1/2.3"2015
Canon-PowerShot-SX520-HS front thumbnailCanon SX520 HS
SD1200 IS vs SX520 HS
24-1008mm
F3.4-6.0
16MP1/2.3"2014
Canon-PowerShot-SX400-IS front thumbnailCanon SX400 IS
SD1200 IS vs SX400 IS
24-720mm
F3.4-5.8
16MP1/2.3"2014
Canon-PowerShot-SX700-HS front thumbnailCanon SX700 HS
SD1200 IS vs SX700 HS
25-750mm
F3.2-6.9
16MP1/2.3"2014
Canon-PowerShot-SX600-HS front thumbnailCanon SX600 HS
SD1200 IS vs SX600 HS
25-450mm
F3.8-6.9
16MP1/2.3"2014
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Canon-PowerShot-SX510-HS front thumbnailCanon SX510 HS
SD1200 IS vs SX510 HS
24-720mm
F3.4-5.8
12MP1/2.3"2013
Canon-PowerShot-SX170-IS front thumbnailCanon SX170 IS
SD1200 IS vs SX170 IS
28-448mm
F3.5-5.9
16MP1/2.3"2013
Canon-PowerShot-SX160-IS front thumbnailCanon SX160 IS
SD1200 IS vs SX160 IS
28-448mm
F3.5-5.9
16MP1/2.3"2013
Canon-PowerShot-SX270-HS front thumbnailCanon SX270 HS
SD1200 IS vs SX270 HS
25-500mm
F3.5-6.8
12MP1/2.3"2013
Canon-PowerShot-SX280-HS front thumbnailCanon SX280 HS
SD1200 IS vs SX280 HS
25-500mm
F3.5-6.8
12MP1/2.3"2013
Canon-PowerShot-SX500-IS front thumbnailCanon SX500 IS
SD1200 IS vs SX500 IS
24-720mm
F3.4-5.8
16MP1/2.3"2012
Canon-PowerShot-SX260-HS front thumbnailCanon SX260 HS
SD1200 IS vs SX260 HS
25-500mm
F3.5-6.8
12MP1/2.3"2012
Canon-PowerShot-SX150-IS front thumbnailCanon SX150 IS
SD1200 IS vs SX150 IS
28-336mm
F3.4-5.6
14MP1/2.3"2012
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Canon-PowerShot-SX240-HS front thumbnailCanon SX240 HS
SD1200 IS vs SX240 HS
25-500mm
F3.5-6.8
12MP1/2.3"2012
Canon-PowerShot-SX230-HS front thumbnailCanon SX230 HS
SD1200 IS vs SX230 HS
28-392mm
F3.1-5.9
12MP1/2.3"2011
Canon-PowerShot-SD4500-IS front thumbnailCanon SD4500 IS
SD1200 IS vs SD4500 IS
36-360mm
F3.4-5.6
10MP1/2.3"2011
Canon-SX220-HS front thumbnailCanon SX220 HS
SD1200 IS vs SX220 HS
28-392mm
F3.1-5.9
12MP1/2.3"2011
Canon-PowerShot-SX130-IS front thumbnailCanon SX130 IS
SD1200 IS vs SX130 IS
28-336mm
F3.4-5.6
12MP1/2.3"2010
Canon-PowerShot-SD4000-IS front thumbnailCanon SD4000 IS
SD1200 IS vs SD4000 IS
28-105mm
F2.0-5.3
10MP1/2.3"2010
Canon-PowerShot-SX210-IS front thumbnailCanon SX210 IS
SD1200 IS vs SX210 IS
28-392mm
F3.1-5.9
14MP1/2.3"2010
Canon-PowerShot-SD3500-IS front thumbnailCanon SD3500 IS
SD1200 IS vs SD3500 IS
24-120mm
F2.8-5.9
14MP1/2.3"2010
Canon-PowerShot-SD1300-IS front thumbnailCanon SD1300 IS
SD1200 IS vs SD1300 IS
28-112mm
F2.8-5.9
12MP1/2.3"2010
Canon-PowerShot-SD980-IS front thumbnailCanon SD980 IS
SD1200 IS vs SD980 IS
24-120mm
F2.8-5.9
12MP1/2.3"2009
400 Megapixel mode coming to Fujifilm GFX 100
Canon-PowerShot-SX200-IS front thumbnailCanon SX200 IS
SD1200 IS vs SX200 IS
28-336mm
F3.4-5.3
12MP1/2.3"2009
Canon-PowerShot-SD970-IS front thumbnailCanon SD970 IS
SD1200 IS vs SD970 IS
37-185mm
F3.2-5.7
12MP1/2.3"2009
Canon-PowerShot-SD960-IS front thumbnailCanon SD960 IS
SD1200 IS vs SD960 IS
28-112mm
F2.8-5.8
12MP1/2.3"2009
Canon-PowerShot-SD1200-IS front thumbnailCanon SD1200 IS35-105mm
F2.8-4.9
10MP1/2.3"2009

Canon SD1200 IS Pros and Cons

Here is a shortlist of advantages and disadvantages of the Canon SD1200 IS based on aspects which are usually considered important in a digital camera.

built in lens has zoom (35-105mm 3.0 x zoom)
flash built-in
has image stabilization (Optical)
supports face detection focus
very good minimum ISO (80)
cannot switch lenses (fixed lens mount)
cannot use external flash
doesn't have phase detect auto focus
doesn't have RAW format
lack of manual focus
low resolution screen (230 thousand dot)
low resolution sensor (10 megapixels)
max fps low (1.0 frames per second)
missing external mic port
missing HDMI port
missing headphone port
missing Time Lapse function
no aperture priority mode
no manual exposure
no shutter priority
screen is fixed
screen isn't selfie friendly
screen is somewhat small (2.5 inches)
sluggish at long end (f4.9)
small sensor size (1/2.3")
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
video res low (640 x 480 pixels)
wide angle not great (35mm)
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Canon SD1200 IS Sensor features

The measurement of the sensor on the Canon SD1200 IS is 6.17mm x 4.55mm (1/2.3"). The 28 mm² sensor can capture 3648 x 2736 pixels using aspect ratios of 4:3 and 16:9. The camera features Image Stabilization (Optical). Optical stabilization is superior than digital stabilization since the latter can lead to cropping.

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The CCD sensor has 10 megapixels and features a standard ISO range of 80 to 1600. Unfortunately, RAW photos are not supported so the user has less room to maneuver in post.

The graphic underneath shows the SD1200 IS's sensor size in comparison to other popular sizes. The SD1200 IS sensor has a crop factor of 5.8 and is pointed out in green.

Canon PowerShot SD1200 IS sensor size Control Profoto B10 & B10 Plus with your Android Phone

To get an understanding of various aspect ratios, you can refer to the graphic below.

Camera sensor aspect ratios

Canon SD1200 IS dimensions

Canon SD1200 IS has a weight of 0.35 lb (160 grams / 5.64 ounces) & has outside proportions of 86mm x 55mm x 22mm (3.4" x 2.2" x 0.9"). The weight of typical Small Sensor Compact camera is 174 grams and the Canon SD1200 IS is very much the same compared to its rivals.

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Here is a picture of the Canon SD1200 IS beside a soda to help you to get a sense of its size.

Canon PowerShot SD1200 IS dimensions scale

The top view underneath will illustrate the button layout on the SD1200 IS.

Canon PowerShot SD1200 IS topview buttons dials

Canon SD1200 IS Lens features

The SD1200 IS is equipped with an inbuilt lens offering a focal range of 35-105mm giving it a 3.0 x zoom which isn't exceptional nevertheless it will surely be valuable in a few conditions.

At it's widest 35mm, it features an aperture of f2.8 which is fairly sluggish and not good for low light events and you may find it hard to get a shallow depth of field. You could also need to boost your ISO which causes noisy images. Towards the long end, 105mm comes to f4.9 which is very slow and you might have to utilize slower shutter speeds.

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Canon SD1200 IS Connectivity

The SD1200 IS has the following connectivity:

  • USB Yes

Digital cameras that come with NFC and / or Bluetooth connectivity can easily be controlled wirelessly via smartphones. You will be able to transfer files and in some cases adjust camera settings with no need to connect straight with the camera.

Certain apps also give a Liveview and hit the shutter when you are not near the camera. If the camera provides a HDMI port, it could be attached to an external monitor. Virtually all cameras enable you to recharge the battery pack using the USB port.

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Canon SD1200 IS Video features

The max video quality on the Canon SD1200 IS is 640 x 480 and you can record in Motion JPEG file format. 480p is low for today's requirements. You should really shoot for a minimum 1080p quality for decent video. The body does not have a microphone and / or headphone socket so you have absolutely no control over the audio. It is perhaps best to shop for a different model if you want good audio for your videos.

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Canon SD1200 IS Weather Sealing

Canon SD1200 IS does not have environment sealing so wet conditions can easily ruin the camera.

Canon SD1200 IS Screen and Viewfinder

The Canon SD1200 IS includes a 2.5 inch fixed display screen having a resolution of 230 thousand dots.

Unfortunately the display screen isn't a touch screen.

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The ViewFinder details for Canon SD1200 IS are the following:

  • ViewFinder Optical (tunnel)

Viewfinders can be very helpful in sunny outdoor conditions which will make the camera screen washed out and very difficult to see.

Canon SD1200 IS Shutter features

Canon SD1200 IS can shoot continuously at 1.0 frames per second. The max shutter speed is 1/1500 seconds.

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Canon SD1200 IS Flash and Hot shoe features

Canon SD1200 IS features just built in flash with missing external flash support.

Canon SD1200 IS Autofocusing features

Canon SD1200 IS features only Contrast Detect Autofocus & does not have Phase Detect Autofocus. Phase Detection focusing is more quicker & precise as compared to Contrast Detect focusing. The camera includes Face detection which is useful for portrait photography.

It includes 9 focus points to choose from. Canon SD1200 IS has no manual focus. Manual focus option can be good in low light conditions or you want more exact control on focusing.

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Canon SD1200 IS Battery life

The battery pack (NB-6L) on the Canon SD1200 IS is made to last for 260 photographs based on the CIPA measurements making it about the same as it's competitors. The usual Small Sensor Compact camera battery life is 241. Fujifilm X30 offers the maximum (470) battery life in this category of cameras.

Here is a list of Small Sensor Compact cameras that come with the strongest battery life:

Canon SD1200 IS for various forms of photography

The following diagram presents a outline of the Canon SD1200 IS for various forms of photography. To understand more, go to the specific paragraph underneath.

Canon SD1200 IS as a Portrait photography camera

The Canon SD1200 IS gets a points total of 26 which is awful, and means the camera is just not acceptable for portraits. Photographing portraits favors greatly towards sensor dimensions, support for RAW files & option to work with off-camera flash.

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comes with face detect focus
manual focus not available
manual mode not possible
no external flash support
low MP (10MP)
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW format

Street photography with Canon SD1200 IS

Having a modest points total of 56, the Canon SD1200 IS is somewhat suitable for street photography. A good street photography camera has a good balance of image quality plus portability.

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has image stabilization (Optical)
screen does not articulate
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
no RAW format

Canon SD1200 IS Sports photography information

A awful sports photography rating of 25 indicates the Canon SD1200 IS is just not acceptable for shooting sports. A camera needs fantastic focusing plus continuous shooting for sports photography.

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has image stabilization (Optical)
max fps low (1.0 frames per second)
no shutter priority mode
MP count low (10 megapixels)
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
has no phase detect AF

Travel photography with Canon SD1200 IS

Portability is really crucial in selecting a travel camera. All things considered, the Canon SD1200 IS gets a decent 51 for a travel camera which makes it relatively suited to buy for your trips.

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flash built-in
does not have Time Lapse mode
resolution not great (10 megapixels)
doesn't feature selfie friendly display
wide angle not good (35mm)
sluggish max aperture (f2.8)

Canon SD1200 IS as a Landscape photography camera

If you find yourself looking to purchase a digital camera for landscape photos, the most critical factor will be image quality. The Canon SD1200 IS with it's awful grade of 27 for a landscape camera is just not acceptable among it's rivals.

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has image stabilization (Optical)
focusing manually not possible
can't change lenses (fixed lens mount)
wide angle not fantastic (35mm)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
screen is somewhat small (2.5 inches)
lack of manual exposure
megapixel count low (10MP)
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
lack of RAW files
doesn't have Timelapse mode

Canon SD1200 IS as a Vlogging camera

A camera for vlogging should posses a moving display, mic input and ideally image stabilization. Taking all things in to account, the Canon SD1200 IS is just not acceptable for vlogging as it delivers a awful rating of 28.

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has image stabilization (Optical)
comes with face detect focus
wide angle not great (35mm)
somewhat slow max aperture (f2.8)
screen isn't selfie friendly
low video resolution (640 x 480 pixels)
no microphone support

Canon SD1200 IS Alternatives

If you are interested in alternatives to the SD1200 IS, below is a collection of the highest rated cameras which fall within the family of Small Sensor Compact.

The diagram just below will give you an overview of the SD1200 IS versus it's highest rated rivals mentioned previously.

Following are several cameras you might look at as alternative options. To read a thorough comparison, simply click the "compare" link.

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Specifications

General Information
Brand Name
Canon
Model
Canon PowerShot SD1200 IS
Alternate name
Digital IXUS 95 IS
Class
Small Sensor Compact
Announced
2009-02-18
Body design
Compact
Sensor Information
Sensor type
CCD
Sensor size
1/2.3"
Sensor dimensions
6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor area
28.1mm²
Sensor resolution
10 megapixel
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio
4:3 and 16:9
Max resolution
3648 x 2736
RAW data
Max native ISO
1600
Minimum native ISO
80
Autofocusing
Manual focus
AF touch
Continuous AF
AF single
Tracking AF
Selective AF
AF center weighted
AF multi area
AF live view
Face detection AF
Contract detection AF
Phase detection AF
Number of focus points
9
Lens
Lens mount
fixed lens
Lens focal range
35-105mm (3.0x)
Maximum aperture
f/2.8-4.9
Macro focus distance
3cm
Crop factor
5.8
Screen
Screen type
Fixed Type
Screen diagonal
2.5 inches
Resolution of screen
230 thousand dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch functionality
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type
Optical (tunnel)
DXO scores
DXO Overall score
not tested
DXO Color Depth score
not tested
DXO Dynamic range score
not tested
DXO Low light score
not tested
Features
Min shutter speed
15 seconds
Max shutter speed
1/1500 seconds
Continuous shutter speed
1.0 frames per second
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Custom WB
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash range
3.50 m
Flash modes
Auto, Fill-in, Red-Eye reduction, Slow Sync, Off
Hot shoe
Auto exposure bracketing
White balance bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Video resolutions
640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps)
Max video resolution
640x480
Video file format
Motion JPEG
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
160 gr (0.35 lbs)
Dimensions
86 x 55 x 22mm (3.4" x 2.2" x 0.9")
Other
Battery life
260 images
Style of battery
Battery Pack
Battery model
NB-6L
Self timer
Yes (2, 10, Custom, Face)
Time lapse recording
Type of storage
SD/SDHC/MMC/MMCplus/HD MMCplus
Storage slots
1
Cost at release
$250