Canon PowerShot A1200 12.1 MP Digital Camera - Black

The PowerShot A1200 digital camera is all about capturing your memories your way. An optical viewfinder gives you an easy, familiar alternative to composing shots with an LCD screen. Smart auto takes care of all the details while you focus on getting the shot you want, by intelligently selecting the proper settings for the camera based on 32 predefined shooting situations. And now you can preserve your memories exactly the way you see them in incredibly true-to-life 720p HD. With 12.0 megapixels, you'll be able to blow up your shots without losing a single detail, and the 4x wide-angle (28mm) optical zoom gets you close to the action quickly. The camera uses AA batteries, so you'll have power anytime, anywhere. Discreet mode lets you shoot where you never could before, by disabling sound, flash and AF beam. Looking to put a little artistry in your photography? Creative filters mode makes it easy with appealing options like fisheye effect, miniature effect, monochrome and more.

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Canon PowerShot A1200 Compact Digital Camera

byASourdough4 Jan 1, 2012
30 Helpfuls 31 Helpfuls Was this review helpful?
Pros Low light capabilities, Uses most SD Cards, Customer Service, LCD and Optical viewfinders
Cons Cheap USB 1.1 cable, Alkaline AA Batteries, Slick (wet fish) Finish
Recommended it? Yes

Canon PowerShot Compact Digital CameraA1200 .

One of Four* new “A” Series introduced January 5, 2011, Canon has rubbed its magic lamp and its Genie has brought forth more variations of the film-free Point and Shoot camera theme.

In its PowerShot A1200... Read full review »


Great camera for general use.

bykshorting Aug 27, 2011
13 Helpfuls 14 Helpfuls Was this review helpful?
Pros Takes AA batteries. Has a viewfinder. Light. Easy to use. Good pictures. 720p HD video.
Cons Good lighting is required. Flash is mediocre. Prone to lens failure.
Recommended it? No

I bought this camera as a replacement for the Canon SX130 that I accidentally dropped from a 3rd floor balcony. The SX130 is a great camera, but it is a bit heavy and hard to grip on to. So I didn't want to buy it again. I bought the SX130 because I wanted to take great photos. It takes very good... Read full review »

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Product Details and Features


Shooting Programs Landscape
White Balance Tungsten (Preset) • Fluorescent (Preset) • Daylight / Sunny (Preset) • Cloudy (Preset) • Auto • Manual
Continuous Shooting Speed 1 frame per second

Other Features

Shooting Modes Frame Movie Mode
Additional Features Motion Detection • Brightness Control • AF Lock • Digital Tele-Converter • Safety Zoom • Resizing an Image • Exif Print Support • RGB Primary Color Filter • Wink Self-Timer • Digital Image Rotation • Face Detection Self-timer • Not Interchangeable Lenses • USB 2.0 • Orientation Detection • DPOF Support • Smile Capture • USB 2.0 Compatibility • i-Contrast system (Intelligent Contrast Correction) • Histogram Display • Automatic Face Tracking • Direct Print • 720p HD Movie Recording • AE/FE Lock • PictBridge Support • Scene Detection Technology • Red eye Fix • Built-In Speaker
Face Detection Yes

Environmental Parameters

Min Operating Temperature 0 °C
Max Operating Temperature 40 °C


Max Video Resolution 1280 x 720

File Format

Digital Video Format HD (High Definition) • QuickTime • H.264


Battery Form Factor Standard form factor

System Requirements for PC Connection

Operating System Supported MS Windows XP SP3 • MS Windows 7 • Apple Mac OS X 10.5 - 10.6 • MS Windows Vista


Expansion Slot 1 x SD Memory Card
Connector Types 1 x composite video/audio output


Microphone Type Microphone - built-in - mono
Microphone Operation Mode Mono


Screen Details LCD display - TFT active matrix - 2.7" - color
Display Rotation Built-in
Screen Size 2.7"
Display Type LCD


Depth 1.21 in.
Width 3.84 in.
Height 2.46 in.
Weight 4.83 Oz.


Viewfinder Type Optical
Optical Viewfinder Type Real-image zoom

Memory / Storage

Supported Flash Memory SDXC Card • SDHC Card • SD Card • MultiMediaCard (MMC) plus High Capacity • MMC Plus • SDXC Memory Card • MultiMediaCard • SDHC Memory Card • MultiMediaCardplus • SD Memory Card

Camera Flash

Red Eye Reduction Yes
Flash Type Built-in flash


Exposure Metering Center-Weighted • Evaluative • Spot
Max Shutter Speed 1/1600 sec
Min Shutter Speed 15 sec
Exposure compensation ±2 EV range, in 1/3 EV steps
Light Sensitivity ISO auto
Light Sensitivity Max 1600
Exposure Modes Automatic • Program

Lens System

Auto Focus type TTL contrast detection
Focal Length Equivalent to 35mm Camera 28 - 112mm
Macro Focus Range 3-50cm
Focus Adjustment Automatic

Optical Sensor

Sensor Size 1/2.3"

Key Features

Optical Zoom 4x
Type Point & Shoot
Digital Zoom 4x
Megapixels 12.1 MP

Product Identifiers

Model A1200
UPC 0013803133752
Brand Canon

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