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 #1191 out of 1431 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.
Canon SD1200 IS Gallery
You can look at the SD1200 IS from various angles in the gallery below.
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.
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.Google will print your 'Best' photos for $8 a month
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.Instagram's $20 billion Ad success
To get an understanding of various aspect ratios, you can refer to the graphic below.
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.Photographer fined '$200,000' for failing to deliver photos
Here is a picture of the Canon SD1200 IS beside a soda to help you to get a sense of its size.
The top view underneath will illustrate the button layout on the SD1200 IS.
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.
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.
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.
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.World's smallest camera makes it into Guinness Book of Records
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.