• SPECIFICATIONS
  • Sensor: 18.0MP CMOS Sensor
  • Display: 3.0-inch wide-type TFT
  • Processor: Canon DIGIC 4
  • Video Recording: 1080p
  • Storage: SDHC, SDXC
  • Connectivity: HDMI, USB
  • Pros:
  • Good camera for photography newbies
  • Cons:
  • Obvious noise and discoloration at higher ISOs

Great For Learning

We’ve seen quite a number of cameras of all shapes and sizes launched over the past few months, and this time around, Canon has been generous enough to send us a DSLR that is meant for photography newbies, or if you’re just looking for an affordable camera for travel and casual use, in the form of the Canon EOS 1200D.

Housed in a chassis that is reminiscent of the EOS 1100D, the 1200D has an 18.0MP CMOS sensor, which does help in taking some pretty good photos, and comes packaged with an EF-S 18-55mm IS II kit lens which features improved stability when it comes to taking sharper shots, even when your hands might not be steady enough. As for storage, you can opt to use either a SDHC or SDXC card to store your photos and videos.

The buttons on the Canon EOS 1200D are pretty straightforward  and can be easily accessed by the user. Some options however need to be accessed via the menu

The buttons on the Canon EOS 1200D are pretty straightforward and can be easily accessed by the user. Some options however need to be accessed via the menu

At the back is a 3.0-inch LCD screen, and despite its price, it’s quite unfortunate that the display can’t be flipped or tilted, which would’ve made for a great camera that can take decent enough photos even in more awkward positions.

The ISO count on the 1200D goes up to ISO 6,400 and can be boosted to go up to 12,800. During our tests however, we don’t recommend going past ISO 3,200 as pixel noise is very obvious past that point, and photos will appear to be very washed out.

If you’re thinking of shooting some videos with the 1200D, you will also be happy to know that the camera is capable of recording at 1080p 30fps or 720p 60fps, depending on your choice. The videos turn out to be sharp and vibrant enough, and although the focusing during recording could be a tad bit faster, it is not a deal-breaker.

The mode dial can also be easily accessed with your thumb

The mode dial can also be easily accessed with your thumb

As for photo-taking, the 1200D’s 9-point cross-type AutoFocus ensures that the shots you framed come into focus quickly, not letting you miss any moment that you aim to capture. With the right settings and in the right lighting conditions, photos can turn out to be pretty good, beautiful and vibrant.

For those who want to take more creative photos, the 1200D also comes with creative filters, including Grainy Black and White, Soft Focus, Fish-eye Effect and others that makes photography a lot more fun.

CHIP CONCLUDE: The Canon EOS 1200D may not come with too many bells and whistles, but it’s a great newbie-friendly DSLR that gets the job done. Regardless if you’re thinking of taking photos or shooting videos, this camera has all that one needs in one affordable package.

(previously published in issue December 2014)

Canon EOS 1200D