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Canon EOS 1200D

Canon EOS 1200D

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GENERAL

The EOS 1200D was introduced by Canon in February 2014. It belongs to the Beginner DSLRs category.

Canon is well-known and shouldn't require further introduction, please see our manufacturer's page for more digital cameras by Canon.

ManufacturerCanon
CategoryBeginner DSLR
Introduced02/2014
SENSOR

The EOS 1200D features a CMOS sensor in APS-C size that has an area of approximately 22 x 15 mm² (0.88" x 0.59").

This infographic compares the EOS 1200D's sensor to other common formats:

Infographic: EOS 1200D comparing sensor sizes

(The 1-Euro coin used for scale has a diameter of 23.25mm, slightly smaller than a US quarter.)

The EOS 1200D's image sensor has an effective resolution of around 18 megapixel. That's roughly average and will be sufficient for most purposes. Photos with this resolution can easily be printed to A3 or A2 size.

The Canon supports taking images in RAW. RAW images are stored as they come from the sensor, without any in-camera processing or sharpening. Converting to JPEG or other formats takes place on the computer, using software like Adobe Lightroom or Canon's RAW converter. This involves one extra processing step but almost always results in superior image quality. Some filters, like converting to monochrome (black and white) will only yield decent results when used with RAW images.

The EOS 1200D does not have a mechanism for automatic sensor cleaning. Dust that collects on the sensor has to be removed with a blower or brush.

FormatAPS-C
Sensor area22.30 x 14.90mm²
(0.88" x 0.59")
TypeCMOS
Resolution (physical)18.70 megapixel
Resolution (effective)18.00 megapixel
Pixel size18.50 µm²
Sensor cleaning
RAW support
Continuous 3 frames/second
LENS

All compatible EF, EF-S lenses can be mounted to the EOS 1200D.

Currently, approximately more than 220 EF, EF-S lenses are available, not counting lenses by third-party manufacturers. Further lenses can be connected via suitable adapters.

Interchangeable lens
MountCanon EF, EF-S
VIEWFINDER

The EOS 1200D uses an optical viewfinder with a penta mirror. Viewfinders with a penta mirror are typical for entry level cameras. The viewfinder covers 95% of the field of view and has a magnification of 0.50x, an average value for a viewfinder like this.

Simulated viewfinder EOS 1200D

The infographic illustrates the viewfinder magnification of the EOS 1200D. The black area represents a magnification of 1x, corresponding to natural size. The red frame indicates the largest viewfinder magnification in any digital camera on the market today (0.85x).

Tip: If the viewfinder image of the EOS 1200D is fuzzy, us the little wheel next to the viewfinder to adjust the sharpness.

TypeOptical (Penta mirror)
Coverage95%
Magnification0.50x
Dioptric correction
SHUTTER

The EOS 1200D's shutter speeds range from 1/4000s to 30s.

Max. shutter speed1/4000s
Min. shutter speed30s
SENSITIVITY

The EOS 1200D's sensitivity goes from 100 ISO und 6400 ISO, a very useful and practical range.

Additionally, the Canon's sensitivity can be boosted to 12800. However, ISO boosting will almost always lead to an increase in noise.

Automatic
Min. sensitivity100 ISO
Max. sensitivity6400 ISO
Boost12800 ISO
METERING

The EOS 1200D supports all common metering modes.

Multi
Center weight
Partial
Spot
AUTO FOCUS

The EOS 1200D's auto focus processor uses 9 AF points (or sensors). A basic rule of thumb says that the more AF points you have, the better. More AF points mean a better chance to have a point at the location of interest in a scene, a big plus in challenging situations (e.g. when picking a single face in a crowd).

Manual focus is also possible with the Canon, a plus in tricky situations or for some creative freedom.

TypePhase Detection
AF points9
Manual focus
FLASH

The EOS 1200D features a built-in flash with a range of up to 9m (31 ft.). That range will work for most situations.

A flash or a trigger for remote flashes can be attached to the Canon's hotshoe. Very useful for indirect flashes or for trigggering remote flashes.

Built-in
Range9.20m
(31 ft.)
Hot shoe
DISPLAY
EOS 1200D display

The EOS 1200D features a monitor with a diagonal of 76.00mm (3.0 in.) and a resolution of c. 0.46 megapixel. That rather low resolution is no longer state of the art and will make it difficult to evaluate images on the display.

Unfortunately, the EOS 1200D's monitor is not articulated. That can make it tricky to frame your subject in some situations, e.g. when taking selfies.

The EOS 1200D does not feature a touch screen.

Display characteristics at a glance:

TypeLCD
Size76.00mm (diagonal)
(3.0 in.)
Resolution0.46 megapixel
Articulated
Touch screen
VIDEO

When recording videos with the EOS 1200D, the highest supported resolution is 1920 x 1080 pixel, in other words Full HD Video. 4K videos are not supported by the Canon.

A connector for an external microphone is missing from the Canon. A built-in mike will usually record everything in front and to the sides of the camera which is not always what the film maker wants. Internal microphones also tend to record camera sounds like focus beeps.

Videos with the Canon EOS 1200D at a glance:

Max. resolution1920 x 1080 pixel
...with frame rates24 frames/second
25 frames/second
30 frames/second
External microphone
CONNECTIVITY & WIRELESS

Built-in wireless connectivity is not available with the Canon. You will need appropriate accessories to wirelessly transfer images between camera and smartphone.

However, the camera can be controlled over a wired connection.

Connect the Canon to a monitor or TV set over HDMI.

The Canon connects to your PC over USB 2.0.

The Canon's connectivity at a glance:

WiFi
Bluetooth
NFC
Remote (wired)
Remote (infrared)
Apps
HDMI (standard)
HDMI (mini)
HDMI (micro)
USB 2.0
USB 3.0
USB Micro
USB Mini
USB-C
Custom
STORAGE

What memory cards can be used with the Canon EOS 1200D?

The camera will accept all common SD HC and SD XC cards.

With an average image size of 8 megabytes (JPEG, fine) a 32 GByte memory card would hold up to 4000 images.

Supported memory cards at a glance:

Slots1
Memory cardsSD
SDHC
SDXC
MISC. FUNCTIONS

Let's have a look at some other features of the Canon EOS 1200D. That's a bit of a letdown:

The EOS 1200D doesn't have a built-in GPS receiver. If you want to add coordinates to your photos, you'll have to do so in 3rd party software like Adobe Lightroom.

The EOS 1200D doesn't have a built-in stabilizer. That would have been a plus when using legacy zooms or tele lenses without stabilizer. When buying a kit with lens, make sure that the lens is stabilized.

If you are into HDRs, the camera won't create those automatically. You will have to manually create image sequences and later assemble those sequnces in third-party software.

The EOS 1200D is not environmentally sealed against dust and moisture; keep that in mind in the rain and on the beach.

The Canon's features in a handy table:

GPS
Image stabilizer
Level indicator
Panoramas
HDR
Environmentally sealed
BATTERY

The Canon EOS 1200D works with a LP-E10 LiIon battery. The battery lifetime is a generous 500 shots. Usually enough for a full day or more.

The battery can not be charged while in camera. Instead you have to take it out of the camera and put it into the supplied dedicated charger.

The EOS 1200D's battery at a glance:

TypeLP-E10 LiIon
Removable
In-camera charging
Battery life500 photos
DIMENSIONS

The Canon EOS 1200D's dimensions are 129.6 x 99.7 x 77.9mm³. (5.1" x 3.9" x 3.1"). That's the body only, without lens. The camera's weight is a reasonable 480 grams (15.5 oz.). Add to this the weight of the lens.

Front and top view of the EOS 1200D with dimensions:

Canon EOS 1200D Dimensions (Width / Height)
Canon EOS 1200D Dimensions (Width / Depth)
SIZE COMPARISON

To put the size of the camera in context, here it is next to a typical ID card (c. 86mm x 55mm, about the size of a credit card).

The EOS 1200D is clearly bigger:

Canon EOS 1200D size comparison
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