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Canon Powershot A1200 12.1 MP Digital Camera with 4x Optical Zoom (Silver)

Canon Powershot  A1200 12.1 MP Digital Camera with 4x Optical Zoom (Silver)
Canon Powershot  A1200 12.1 MP Digital Camera with 4x Optical Zoom (Silver)


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Canon Powershot A1200 12.1 MP Digital Camera with 4x Optical Zoom (Silver)


Canon Powershot  A1200 12.1 MP Digital Camera with 4x Optical Zoom (Silver)

Canon PowerShot A1200 12.1 MP Digital Still Camera with 4x Wide-Angle Optical Zoom (Silver)

  • 12.1 megapixels, 4x wide-angle optical zoom (28mm), and optical viewfinder.It will zoom on the LCD as well as the viewfinder.
  • Smart Auto intelligently selects settings from 32 predefined shooting situations
  • Record movies with 720p HD video
  • AA battery power enables you to easily power up on the go
  • Discreet Mode disables the sound, flash and AF beam for use in quiet areas

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What customers say about Canon Powershot A1200 12.1 MP Digital Camera with 4x Optical Zoom (Silver)?

  1. 362 of 369 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Best Camera Of Its Type – Like The Wide Angle, March 12, 2011
    By 
    Chicagoan (Chicago, IL United States) –

    The Canon A1200 has the features which we value most and as such, is our favorite digital camera. In particular,

    * It can take wide angle photos – the equivalent of 28mm on the older film SLR’s
    * It uses 2 AA batteries which is great – especially when traveling overseas. In the past, we encountered too many occasions when a battery became exhausted in the middle of the day or could not be recharged at night. This was especially true when traveling overseas. So now we only consider cameras which use AA batteries because they can be purchased almost anywhere.
    * It takes HD video.
    * Its size is compact and can easily fit in a pocket or purse. Years ago, I enjoyed taking photos with SLR’s and wore out 3 of them (the film versions). However, I missed many shots on vacation because I did not want to carry an SLR everywhere I went. The compact size of the A1200 allows us to carry it everywhere with ease. And it takes high quality photos.
    * This camera does not offer as many options as some others. However, it gives you the options people use most of the time. I do not miss the other ones.

    There are a few negatives. Cords to connect the camera to a TV or DVD recorder are sold separately. And it is difficult to force the camera to flash – it wants you to choose the mode and it will decide whether to use the flash. Also, this camera does not have the option to merge 2 or 3 shots into a panoramic picture. And it does not zoom in as close as some other cameras. All that said, we shopped around a lot and, in our opinion, the A1200 has the best combination of features and size.

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  2. 155 of 159 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Excellent for close-up nature photography, April 26, 2011
    By 
    Lonny D. Stark
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    Like it’s Powershot siblings, the Canon A1200 is a heck of a nice piece of equipment for shooting nature close-ups. I’ve taken this camera out twice now, and so far it has taken wonderful photos. I’ve posted some samples from a single hike.

    Although the A1200 can’t squeeze in on a subject as closely as the A480 (one of my all-time favorite cameras), this new Canon camera is capable of focusing just an inch and a half away from the subject in “Macro” mode. I usually carry one or two Pentax DLSR cameras as I hike through miles of woodland trails every weekend, and although they’re great cameras, they simply can’t beat Canon Powershots for capturing the tiniest nature subjects, in my opinion. If a subject is smaller than a quarter, out come the Powershots.

    This camera takes photos that easily match or beat the quality of images you’ll find in typical nature guides by Peterson or Simon & Schuster. Spend a year on the trail with it, and you could easily have a full set of quality publishable photos. Unlike more expensive point-and-shoots or DSLRs, this Powershot doesn’t have camera raw or enough pixels to fill a wall, but the image quality and output is suitable for small posters, so who cares? Frankly, counting pixels and foaming over camera raw are not admirable traits, and neither of those things produces good pictures.

    Image noise seems to be a bit improved since the A480s and A490s came out, especially when shooting in lower light. This camera has 12 versus 10 megapixels of its predecessors, so in theory you can get a larger photo now and still retain sharpness and detail. The controls will be familiar to anyone who has used a Canon point-and-shoot. I like the general layout of buttons compared to other brands, but that may be just because I’m more familiar with Canon. The A1200 has a viewfinder, which I’ll never use because the thing is usually shooting photos right on the ground, and although I like the outdoors, I’m not sticking my face in the dirt and squinting through a viewfinder when I don’t have to. The LCD screen is good enough. I’ve banged and tortured the daylights out of one A480 and killed another one after multiple assaults due to clumsiness. So far, this camera has taken a little knocking around without a complaint.

    The A1200 shoots HD video, which isn’t nearly as good as even an inexpensive video camera, but nonetheless I was surprised that the movies looked as good as they did. When shooting video, you’ll get the best results if you stabilize the camera on a tripod, the back of a chair, a railing, or tree branch, depending on where you are. Video compression is a little cleaner that way, and you can avoid making people sick from zinging the camera around like a roller coaster.

    Here are some tips for taking good close-up nature photos with this camera. I usually shoot with the dial in “P” mode. Most importantly, always remember to set the camera on “Macro” (the flower icon button). That allows it to focus as close as 1.5 inches away. Since the camera resets when you turn it off, Arggh!, you have to turn “Macro” on each time you restart it. On this camera, macro focus becomes dysfunctional if you zoom in, so keep it zoomed all the way out. Next, go into the menu and change the general settings. AF Frame should be “Center” so you can pick the point to focus on, AF Frame Size should be “Small” so it doesn’t get confused as to where it should focus, and the Digital Zoom is garbage and should be banished forever. Unlike the “Macro” setting, these settings will NOT go away when you turn the camera off, fortunately. Since this is not an image-stabilized camera model, find some way to keep it still when shooting. When you’re focused on a close-up subject, even a tiny movement is enough to blur your photo. To keep my camera still, I swear by a monopod with an adjustable pivoting head. Basically it’s a one-legged tripod. A monopod can remove the worst of your hand jitters, and it doesn’t even need to be extended to the ground — just having your camera mounted to a stick helps stabilize your shot. Practice photographing coins or small subjects in your yard to get a feeling for macro photography. You’ll notice that the area of sharpest focus is not as deep as it is when subjects are father away. You have to make deliberate choices on the point of sharpest focus. Check the photos on a computer if possible, so you can really see how well you’re doing. And finally, shoot a million pictures. This is the digital age. You don’t have to pay for dud prints any more. Be vicious when culling out the duds, because believe me, nobody wants to see 75 views of the same buttercup flower.

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  3. 119 of 122 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Excellent camera for the price, April 12, 2011
    By 
    Nathan T. Stitt
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    I bought the Canon A1200 because I wanted a small point and shoot that I could take everywhere with me. Other selling points were the optical viewfinder which I don’t really use much, as well as the AA batteries. I use Sanyo Eneloops in this camera and they work great. I don’t know how many pictures I can take with them on a single charge because I end up recharging them before they die completely.

    The biggest surprise for me has been how well this camera does in low lighting. I have sometimes had trouble with getting good exposures in the dim lighting in my house but not with this camera. The sensor seems to be tuned for low light performance and it is a consistent performer for birthday parties or just taking snapshots of my kids.

    I uploaded a few of the artistic shots I’ve made with this camera and I can say that the A1200 has exceeded all of my expectations for a point and shoot camera at this price range. It is a great performer and with a little effort it will take great images. I’ve messed around with some of the preset options and they help a little bit, but the auto setting works well if you don’t want to fiddle with things. Also, the Discreet Mode is great! I accidentally took a picture with auto-flash and interrupted a speaker, so now I always use this mode to disable the focus light and flash when needed.

    On a final note, I bought a Lowepro Volta case and it’s a perfect fit, though there is no room for spare batteries. I just wanted a slim package that I can fit in my pocket. It’s a bit bulky but not an inconvenience. I highly recommend this camera if you are on a budget and want a solid performer at the hundred dollar price range.

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