Canon EOS 1200D Review: Canon’s Entry Level Shooter Is Perfect For Beginners

Experts and novices alike agree that this camera is an excellent product and offers exceptional value for money.

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The Canon EOS 1200D Digital SLR Camera is the perfect member of the prestigious Canon family for the beginner photographer.

This camera, released just one year ago, is available at a competitive price and is backed by the quality Canon brand of excellence.

As an added bonus, the Canon EOS 1200D comes complete with a Companion app – the perfect learner’s guide to using all of the features and functions of the camera.

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Photo & Video Quality

The Canon EOS 1200D features major upgrades in comparison to its predecessor, the Canon 1100D, including an impressive 18mp sensor which increases resolution significantly from the 1100D’s 12.2mp.

Video capability is increased for the 1200D, allowing for 30, 25, or 24 fps footage at 1080p resolution. It can also produce video snapshots.


The 1200D does not come with built-in Wi-fi; however, it is compatible with Eye-fi memory cards, which allow wireless transfer of files to mobile devices.

Battery Performance

It should be mentioned that the 1200D’s battery is actually rated a bit below the performance of the battery of the 1100D, but it still produces an impressive 500 shots at temperatures as low as 23°C.


The popular Canon Digital Photo Professional editing software package is bundled with the 1200D along with Photo Stitch, EOS Utilities, Browser EX, and Picture Style Editor. This impressive group of editing tools makes the Canon 1200D even bigger value.

Other Highlights

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  • The 18mp images delivered by the 1200D are large enough to create clear prints in sizes up to A2+.
  • The screen has been resized from 2.7 inches to a full 3 inches.
  • The autofocus sensor features nine points withthe center point cross-typed to increase sensitivity.
  • The 8x magnification viewfinder matches the previous 1100D’s performance.
  • In lieu of the latest DIGIC5 processor, the 1200D is fitted with the DIGIC4. This means that chromatic aberrations are not automatically corrected for JPGs. There are also an impressive number of creative filters which can be applied in the playback menu and adjusted to different levels of intensity.
  • The 1200D is available complete with an 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS III, the equivalent of 28.8-88mm in 35mm terms.
  • It also features extensive image stabilization for clear, sharp shots.

Comfortable, Lightweight Design

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Consumers have indicated being pleased with the improved design of the Canon 1200D’s body, citing more comfort and better handling due to the textured grip as opposed to the previously smooth one.

Many users are impressed with the lightweight design, especially those who use various lenses with this camera, indicating that the weight of the camera makes it possible to shoot for extended periods of time.

The Canon EOS 1200D: An Affordable, High Quality, Easy To Use Camera


Even those who admit to being “photographically challenged” are singing the praises of the Canon 1200D due to its ease of use and excellent picture and video quality.

A major point among consumers is also the great price of the Canon 1200D package.

Rather than having to spend time and money shopping and searching the web for various editing tools, the 1200D comes complete with a wide variety of specialty tools to choose from.

Experts and novices alike agree that this camera is an excellent product and offers exceptional value for money.

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