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Canon PowerShot A1200

alaTest has collected and analyzed 506 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers really like the viewfinder and usability. The image quality and value for money also get good reviews. The reliability and focus get critical opinions, while opinions are divided on the responsiveness.

portability, value for money, image quality, usability, viewfinder

shutter, flash, features, focus, reliability

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Canon PowerShot A1200 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 89/100 = Very good quality.

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Canon PowerShot A1200 Review


So you have been contemplating a digital camera, but are afraid that all the cameras in the market are complicated to use. Which is the ideal camera one should buy if you're a beginner in photography? This is the question on most minds, when it comes...

The Canon PowerShot A1200 sells in India for a street price of Rs. 5,800. This is a good option to go for, if you are just getting into photography or just want to use this camera for casual purposes.

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Canon PowerShot A1200 (Silver)


Editors' note: Several of the design, features, and shooting options are identical between the Canon PowerShot A1200 and the PowerShot A3300 IS we reviewed earlier, so readers of the earlier review may experience some deja vu when reading the same...

The Canon PowerShot A1200 IS is inexpensive while still offering very good features and photo and video quality.

The camera's shooting performance is slow.

As long as you're not in a hurry and your subject is stationary, the Canon PowerShot A1200 is an excellent little camera for the money.

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Canon A1200: Take A PowerShot Using Your LCD or Viewfinder


Need a compact digital camera that packs a nice 12 Mega pixel resolution? Well look no further. The Canon PowerShot A1200 is a 12 Megapixel camera that is loaded with some nice features and is even equipped with a viewfinder in addition to its LCD...

Given all of what you have read above, you are probably still not sure whether or not you should get one of these cameras. If you are looking to take professional cameras on a play-by-play basis, then keep looking. If you are simply looking for a...


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Canon PowerShot A1200


Announced in January 2011, the Canon PowerShot A1200 is a 12.1 Megapixel budget compact with a 4x optical zoom lens and 2.7 inch LCD screen. Unusually for a compact camera these days, the A1200 is also equipped with a small optical viewfinder. In...

720p HD video ; 28mm wide angle ; Live Control view and other fun modes ; Optical viewfinder

No image stabilisation ; Poor high ISO performance ; No AV cable included for TV viewing

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"Good camera until it says lens error within 29 months."


Would not advise to buy this camera because of battery usage and early lens failure. Batteries don't last very long. and low battery message appears even when batteries are not low yet, some fiddling with the batteries makes it work again. Apart from...

I chose it because of the optical viewer and standard AA batteries. Works well, optical viewer is nice, though I used it less than I anticipated. Automatic exposure works well.

Failure of lens moving renders camera unusable after 29 months of normal use. I never dropped it and was careful with it.

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"A Perfect Traveler's Camera"


This is the kind of camera you stash in a glove compartment or in the pocket of your backpack, ready for a spontaneous scene that's better preserved by a camera than a camphone. It's cheap enough for you not to cry if it breaks and it takes great...


Grainy pictures on low light scenes

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"Nifty little camera!"


This is a great little camera for the price. I got this as a gift to replace my very old 7.1 MP Sanyo digital point-and-shoot camera. At first, I was disappointed with the quality of pictures taken with this camera, but I was only using the Auto mode....

Price, Batteries, Size, Weight, Viewfinder

Automatic Mode

Consumer review by:

"Great little camera"


Super for your first or backup camera

Good price, lots of functions, good resolution

Flash could be better

Consumer review by:

"Best Dual Purpose camera under $300"


Be sure to get at least an 8GB SD card to go with it.

Great photos and outstanding HD video with sound. Lots of optional settings, if you want to make adjustments, or, the fully automatic setting takes great pictures.

Very small and slippery. Be sure to attach the safety strap.

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"Broke almost immediately"


I bought this camera when our aging point and shoot started to leak light. I like having an inexpensive camera around for the kids to use. I tried it out twice before a trip and it worked OK. Picture quality as pretty good for an inexpensive camera. We...

Low Price

Poor reliability

Product Specifications


Autofocus: Yes
Built-in Flash: Yes
Changeable Lens: No
Image Stabiliser: No
Integrated GPS Module: No
Touchscreen: No
View Finder Type:Optical / Electronic Viewfinder / Optical / Electronic Viewfinder + LCD


Bluetooth: No
HDMI Interface: No
PictBridge: Yes
WiFi Connectivity: No

General Features

3D: No
Bridge Camera: No
Chip Type:CCD
Product Type:Compact Camera
Sensor Size:1/2.3''
SLR / Compact:Compact Camera


Longest Shutter Speed in s:15
Shortest Shutter Speed in s:1/1600


Compact Flash Card: No
Memory Stick / Memory Stick Pro: No
Memory Stick Duo / Duo Pro: No
Memory Type:External
Micro Drive: No
Multimedia Card: Yes
SDXC Card: Yes
Secure Digital Card: Yes
Secure Digital High Capacity Card: Yes
XD Card: No

Power Supply

Battery Model:2x AA (LR6/MIGNON)
Battery Type:2x AA (LR6/MIGNON)


Aperture Priority: No
Face Detection Mode:Face + Smile Detection
Movie / Voice Recording:Movie + Voice
RAW Format: No
Serial Shot Mode: Yes
Shutter Priority: No