Canon EOS 1200D Digital SLR Camera

1200D-2Some people may already know that I bought my first digital SLR a few years ago and then last year I bought a snazzier version and enrolled on a photography ‘summer school’ run by my local photography club.

Ever since I’ve paid a bit more attention to reviews of the ‘older’ models. You know the ones, the ones who held the limelight for 6 months before the same manufacturer made an even greater version of their greatest camera!

I tend to post camera and accessory reviews over on DSLR Corner so if you’re interested in some of my shopping suggestions have a look there. If you’re interested in some of my learning to learn photography ramblings visit Fundamentals Of Photography and why not check out my Digital Photography Guide?

Right, I think I’ve plugged my photography themed sites enough… Here are some of my thoughts on the Canon EOS 1200D!

1200D-1Embrace every opportunity and capture the emotion of the moment, with a DSLR camera that’s easy to use and delivers results you’ll love.

That’s what Canon would have you believe the 1200D is, the camera that will deliver results you’ll love. I hope it’s not just me but I’m quite content to let the emotions of the moment run free?! I’m too tired from life to embrace *every* opportunity, aren’t you?! Am I just getting old? [rhetorical question alert!]

Canon will tell you that you can shoot photos and video with a quality and character all of their own. They’ll also happily tell you that the 18-megapixel images from the EOS 1200D will be packed with detail and are large enough to be printed at sizes up to A2+. What’s more, you’ll walk away assured that your videos will have a professional look and feel that looks great played back on your home HDTV.

Is the Canon 1200D worth your hard earned cash? Does the hype live up to the reality? Well from what I can garner, it’s hard to find anyone with a bad thing to say about this currently sub £250, DSLR camera.

A few recurring comments are the controls are a bit confusing, that’s the problem with Canon loading it up with features. remember, this was a £400 camera when it launched so wasn’t aimed at absolute beginners to SLR cameras. So I say either read the manual or get used to not knowing how to get the best out of your investment if that’s the most you can gripe about.

It’s not top of the range but if you have been waiting to make the switch from an SLR to it’s digital younger sibling, this is an ideal camera to do it with. Likewise, if you’ve never owned a DSLR before and you’re upgrading from your phone or compact, this is an excellent first DSLR camera

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  1. 288 of 299 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    A modest update to the EOS 1100D, but excellent value, 15 Mar. 2014
    Mr Baz
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    I quite liked the EOS 1100D (but felt it was a bit dated despite being a bargain price) so was quite keen to try this to see what improvements Canon had made.
    The answer is some, but probably not as many as I expected.
    I’ll list out the key areas where the EOS 1200D is improved over the 1100D

    + 18mp CMOS sensor (same as many other Canon’s) up from the 12mp CMOS
    + Build does feel a bit better in the hand, the grip is now textured v the smooth one on the older model
    + The rear LCD is now 3″ 460k dots v the 2.7″ 230k EOS 1100D, quite a bit better, and sharper but not up to the 600d’s high res
    + You now have full HD video 1920 x 1080 at 30/25fps v 1280 x 720 (mono no mic socket) sound levels can be adjusted, and movie length is now 29:59 secs rather than the 17 minutes on the older model
    + Raw can now be shot at 3fps v 2fps, the raw buffer is 6 frames
    + You have various creative filter “effects” you can apply to images, soft focus/toy camera etc etc

    In other areas, the EOS 1200D is basically the same as the EOS1100D
    Same Digic 4 processor
    Same 9 point AF and CFL metering (with one cross type central AF sensor)
    Spec is identical in other ways max shutter of 30 seconds to 1/4000 sec, 0.80x viewfinder the same too
    **Note there is no AF for the video mode manual focus only** but you do have manual controls like exposure and white balance
    SD card slot also sits in the main battery compartment as previous models (note tripod users), a minor niggle probably done for cost saving measures.

    In the hand the AF via the viewfinder felt a touch more responsive v the 1100d, live view AF was still pretty slow and no obvious improvement seen here. (takes a few seconds for live view contrast AF to lock) This is ok for static subjects like landscapes, for normal shooting the viewfinder is a better bet.

    So you get a 6mp bump in sensor resolution, and a better video mode and nicer LCD.
    If you’re looking for a bargain this hits the spot nicely and the 1200d is now a better buy than the 1100d brand new, though if you own the 1100d it’s not really a big jump up. If you are willing to spend a little more and want something a bit higher up, look around for some clearance deals on the 650/700d. If you want the swivel LCD both have that, more features, better controls, somewhat larger viewfinder, and the ability to use dedicated wireless flash. Image quality is basically the same.

    Canon have been fairly conservative with their update here, still it does have most of what a user would want at this price point. It’s easy to use and a great camera for learning on. Like the 1100D HSS is supported with dedicated flashes (high speed sync for fill flash outside with a dedicated flash that supports this you can fill flash at all shutter speeds, useful in brighter light and at faster apertures), wireless flash is not built into the on-board flash. You also have full control over the camera as well as aperture, shutter, manual modes and of course raw capture. I could nit-pick a few areas the build is fine for the price you get what you pay for of course, viewfinder is a bit on the small side too would have liked to see an improvement there. However the price is low and you have to take that into consideration, and the bottom line is the camera is capable enough for most users needs.

    If you’re getting into photography a bit more a DSLR offers new users more control, the ability to change lenses, as well as better image quality and more depth of field control (ie blur backgrounds for portraits etc), over smaller sensor cameras. There is a significant difference here, but consider where you want to go with your picture taking, a system camera isn’t for everyone and many DSLR users also use some of the better premium compacts for times they don’t want to carry an SLR around. Some folks might be better served with a bridge model which has a big zoom range and no need to change lenses, and some prefer the compact mirror less models, so think about what you want. You’re buying a more flexible tool here no question, and Canon’s system is huge in terms of lenses available, but it’s not for everyone nor does it guarantee you’ll instantly get better photos.

    Take note with the kit lens the EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 III does not have stabilisation, the IS II version kit bundle does
    The good news is that the improvements do bring a few lagging areas on the 1100D more up to date (LCD screen, higher res sensor and a full HD video) It’s an excellent way to start your DSLR journey, and the price is only going to go down even more over time.


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  2. 52 of 54 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Fantastic, affordable DSLR., 14 Mar. 2015
    Sean B.

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    This review is from: Canon EOS 1200D Digital SLR Camera with EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 III Lens (Camera)
    This was my first DSLR camera purchase and I’m having great fun with it. Already had it out on two occasions shooting local wildlife. For an amateur like myself, I’d definitely recommend this camera for a first timer.


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  3. 11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Excellent specification and takes Canon, 18 Dec. 2014

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    Exactly what I wanted which was a starter SLR for my daughter.
    Excellent specification and takes Canon lenses


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