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Canon PowerShot A1200

Digital Compact Cameras


    Canon PowerShot A1200

    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.

    • 12.1 Megapixels
    • 28mm wide, 4x zoom lens
    • 6.8 cm (2.7") LCD plus optical viewfinder
    • Smart Auto, Easy mode and Hints & Tips
    • HD Movies (720p)
    • Blur Reduction Mode
    • Live View Control and Creative Filters
    • Face Detection, Auto Red-Eye Correction
    • DIGIC 4
    • AA Batteries
    • 12.1 Megapixels 12.1 Megapixels
    • 4x optical zoom with wide-angle 4x optical zoom with wide-angle
    • Optical Viewfinder Optical Viewfinder
    • Mode for reduced blur Mode for reduced blur
    • Powerful DIGIC processing Powerful DIGIC processing
    • 6.8cm (2.7 6.8cm (2.7") LCD
    • Auto mode with 32-scene detection Auto mode with 32-scene detection
    • Simple controls Simple controls
    • 720p movies 720p movies
    • Easy image adjustment Easy image adjustment
    • Optimises people shots Optimises people shots
    • Convenient power Convenient power

    12.1 Megapixels

    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.

    28mm wide, 4x zoom lens

    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.

    6.8 cm (2.7") LCD plus optical viewfinder

    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.

    Smart Auto, Easy mode and Hints & Tips

    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

    HD Movies (720p) with Miniature Effect in Movie

    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.

    Blur Reduction Mode

    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 and Creative Filters

    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, Auto Red-Eye Correction

    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.

    DIGIC 4

    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.

    AA Batteries

    For ultimate convenience, the PowerShot A1200 uses two AA batteries which are widely available all over the world.

    Product Specification


    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))


    Type TTL
    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)


    Type TTL
    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
    Coverage Approx. 100%
    Brightness Adjustable to one of five levels.


    Modes Auto, Manual Flash On / Off, Slow Synchro
    Slow Sync Speed Yes. Fastest speed 1/1600 sec.
    Red-Eye Reduction Yes
    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)
    Compression Fine, Normal
    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)
    PictBridge Yes


    Red-Eye Correction Yes, during shooting and playback
    My Category Image tagging feature
    Intelligent Orientation Sensor Yes
    Histogram 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
    Other PhotoStitch


    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.
    AF Modes ¹ Some settings limit availability
    Continuous Shooting ¹ Under conditions where the flash does not fire.
    ² Depending on memory card speed / capacity / compression setting.
    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.
    Battery life ¹ Using the batteries and memory card format supplied with the camera (where included), except where indicated.
    Operating Environment ¹ 0 – 35 °C when NB-3AH is used.
    • * Standard Output Sensitivity / Recommended Exposure Index.
    • According to ISO 12232:2006 (20th April 2006) which specifies the method for assigning and reporting ISO speed ratings for digital still cameras.
    • All data is based on Canon standard testing methods (according to CIPA Standards) except where indicated.
    • Subject to change without notice.
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