Aim, frame and shoot
The versatile PowerShot A1200 makes Canon quality photo-taking easy and fun. With optical viewfinder, a wide-angle 4x zoom, HD movies and Smart Auto it’s perfect for capturing life's best moments.
A high resolution sensor captures every detail in your subject, giving you the freedom to produce very large prints or crop in for a perfect composition.
A 4x optical zoom lens with a 28mm wide-angle view allows you to capture the vastness of distant subjects such as landscapes and get wider coverage when shooting in confined areas such as indoors at parties.
A large and sharp screen makes it easy to frame and share shots with friends. The PowerShot A1200 also features an optical viewfinder allowing you to frame your subjects with ease even in very bright conditions.
With Smart Auto, you can take great photos with the press of a button. The camera automatically selects the most appropriate scene from a possible 32 and applies the best settings for a perfect picture. Easy mode prevents you from accidently changing settings, while Hints & Tips provide a brief explanation of the camera’s features
720p video capture allows you to record scenes in high definition quality. Miniature Effect in movie makes landscape scenes look like time-lapse movies of miniature scale models.
When shooting subjects in motion or in low light where blur could easily occur, Blur Reduction mode works to ensure clear results free from blur
Live View Control allows you to easily adjust various picture settings while framing the shot. 6 Creative Filters including Miniature and Toy Camera Effect produce impressive results to spark your imagination
Face Detection Technology detects up to 35 faces in a single frame and ensures that people remain in focus and with optimum brightness. Red-eye is automatically removed immediately after the shot is taken or during playback.
Canon’s DIGIC 4 processor drives responsive operation, superb image quality and colour reproduction. Advanced Noise Reduction ensures richly detailed, cleaner images, even at high ISO speeds.
For ultimate convenience, the PowerShot A1200 uses two AA batteries which are widely available all over the world.
|Type||1/2.3 type CCD|
|Effective Pixels||Approx. 12.1M|
|Colour Filter Type||Primary Colour|
|Type||DIGIC 4 with iSAPS technology|
|Focal Length||5.0 – 20.0 mm (35 mm equivalent: 28 – 112 mm)|
|Zoom||Optical 4x. Digital Approx. 4x¹ (with Digital Tele-Converter Approx. 1.5x or 2.0x and Safety Zoom²)¹. Combined Approx. 16x|
|Maximum f/number||f/2.8 – f/5.9|
|Construction||6 elements in 5 groups |
(1 double-sided aspherical lens (including 1 UA lens), and 1 single-sided aspherical lens (including 1 UA lens))
|AF System/ Points||AiAF (Face Detection / 9-point), 1-point AF (fixed to centre or Face Select and Track)|
|AF Modes||Single, Continuous (Auto mode only), Servo AF/AE¹, Tracking AF¹|
|AF Point Selection||Size (Normal, Small)|
|AF Lock||On/Off Selectable|
|AF Assist Beam||Yes|
|Closest Focusing Distance||3 cm (W) from front of lens in macro|
|Metering modes||Evaluative (linked to Face Detection AF frame), Centre-weighted average, Spot (centre)|
|AE Lock||On/Off Selectable|
|Exposure Compensation||+/- 2 EV in 1/3 stop increments. |
Enhanced i-Contrast for automatic dynamic range correction
|ISO sensitivity*||AUTO, 80, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600|
|Speed||1 – 1/1600 sec. (factory default) |
15 – 1/1600 sec. (total range – varies by shooting mode)
|Settings||Auto (including Face Detection WB), Daylight, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Fluorescent H, Custom|
|Viewfinder||Real-image zoom, optical viewfinder|
|Monitor||6.8 cm (2.7") TFT, Approx. 230,000 dots|
|Brightness||Adjustable to one of five levels.|
|Modes||Auto, Manual Flash On / Off, Slow Synchro|
|Slow Sync Speed||Yes. Fastest speed 1/1600 sec.|
|Flash Exposure Compensation||Face Detection FE, Smart Flash Exposure|
|Flash Exposure Lock||Yes|
|Built-in Flash Range||30 cm – 4.0 m (W) / 50 cm – 2.0 m (T)|
|External Flash||Canon High Power Flash HF-DC1|
|Modes||Auto*, Easy*, P, Live View Control, SCN (Blur Reduction (2.0MP), Portrait, Landscape, Kids & Pets, Smart Shutter (Smile, Wink Self-Timer, FaceSelf-Timer), Low Light (2.0MP), Beach, Foliage, Snow, Fireworks, Long Shutter), Creative Filters (Fish-eye Effect, Miniature Effect, Toy Camera Effect, Monochrome, Super Vivid, Poster Effect), Discreet, Movie |
*with Scene Detection Technology and Motion Detection Technology
|Photo Effects||My Colors (My Colors Off, Vivid, Neutral, Sepia, Black & White, Custom Color (limited))|
|Drive modes||Single, Continuous, Self-Timer|
|Continuous Shooting||Approx. 1.0 shots/sec.¹ (until memory card becomes full)²|
|Image Size||(L) 4000 x 3000, (M1) 2816 x 2112, (M2) 1600 x 1200, (S) 640 x 480, (W) 4000 x 2248. |
Resize in playback (M2, S, 320 x 240)
|Movies||(HD) 1280 x 720, 24 fps, (L) 640 x 480, 30 fps, (M) 320 x 240, 30 fps |
Miniature Effect (HD, L) 6fps, 3fps, 1.5 fps
|Movie Length||(HD) Up to 4 GB or 10 min. 00 sec.¹ |
(L and M) Up to 4 GB or 1 hour²
|Still Image Type||JPEG compression, (Exif 2.3 [Exif Print] compliant) / Design rule for Camera File system, Digital Print Order Format [DPOF] Version 1.1 compliant|
|Movies||MOV [H.264 + Linear PCM (monaural)]|
|Canon Printers||Canon SELPHY Compact Photo Printers and Canon Inkjet Printers supporting PictBridge (ID Photo Print, Fixed Size Print and Movie Print supported on SELPHY CP & ES printers only)|
|Red-Eye Correction||Yes, during shooting and playback|
|My Category||Image tagging feature|
|Intelligent Orientation Sensor||Yes|
|Playback Zoom||Approx. 2x – 10x|
|Self Timer||Approx. 2 or 10 sec. or Custom|
|Menu Languages||English, German, French, Dutch, Danish, Finnish, Italian, Norwegian, Swedish, Spanish, Simplified Chinese, Chinese (traditional), Japanese, Russian, Portuguese, Korean, Greek, Polish, Czech, Hungarian, Turkish, Thai, Arabic, Ukrainian, Romanian, Farsi, Hindi|
|Computer||Hi-Speed USB (MTP, PTP) dedicated connector (Mini-B compatible)|
|Other||A/V output, dedicated connector (PAL/NTSC)|
|Type||SD, SDHC, SDXC, MMC, MMCplus, HCMMCplus|
|PC & Macintosh||Windows 7/ Vista SP1-2/ XP SP3 |
Mac OS X v10.5 – 10.6
|Browsing & Printing||ZoomBrowser EX / ImageBrowser|
|Batteries||2x Size-AA Alkaline or Ni-MH Batteries (Alkalines supplied)|
|Battery life||Approx. 200 shots¹ (with supplied batteries) |
Approx. 450 shots (with optional Canon NB-3AH batteries)¹
Approx. 480 min. playback (with supplied batteries)
Approx. 660 min. playback (with Canon NB-3AH batteries)
|A/C Power Supply||Optional, AC Adapter Kit ACK800|
|Cases / Straps||Soft Case DCC-490|
|Flash||High Power Flash HF-DC1|
|Power Supply & Battery Chargers||Battery Charger Kit CBK4-300, Ni-MH Batteries NB4-300, AC adapter kit ACK800|
|Other||Canon AV Cable AVC-DC300|
|Operating Environment||0 – 40 °C¹, 10 – 90% humidity|
|Dimensions (WxHxD)||97.5 x 62.5 x 30.7 mm|
|Weight||Approx. 185 g (including battery/batteries and memory card)|
|Zoom||¹ Digital zoom available for still image and standard movie modes only. Optical zoom may not be available during movie recording.
² Depending on the image size selected.
|Continuous Shooting||¹ Under conditions where the flash does not fire.
² Depending on memory card speed / capacity / compression setting.
|Battery life||¹ Using the batteries and memory card format supplied with the camera (where included), except where indicated.|
|AF Modes||¹ Some settings limit availability|
|Movie Length||¹ The following Speed Class memory cards are required for maximum record time: (HD) 1280 x 720 Speed Class 4 or above. (Full HD) 1920 x 1080 Speed Class 6 or above.
² Depending on memory card speed / capacity / compression setting.
|Operating Environment||¹ 0 – 35 °C when NB-3AH is used.|