Canon PowerShot A1200

PowerShot and IXUS digital compact cameras

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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.

Benefits

  • 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
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  • 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

IMAGE SENSOR

Type 1/2.3 type CCD
Effective Pixels Approx. 12.1M
Colour Filter Type Primary Colour

IMAGE PROCESSOR

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))

FOCUSING

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

EXPOSURE CONTROL

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)

WHITE BALANCE

Type TTL
Settings Auto (including Face Detection WB), Daylight, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Fluorescent H, Custom

VIEWFINDER

Viewfinder Real-image zoom, optical viewfinder

LCD MONITOR

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

SHOOTING

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

RECORDING PIXELS / COMPRESSION

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

FILE TYPES

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)]

DIRECT PRINT

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

OTHER FEATURES

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

INTERFACE

Computer Hi-Speed USB (MTP, PTP) dedicated connector (Mini-B compatible)
Other A/V output, dedicated connector (PAL/NTSC)

MEMORY CARD

Type SD, SDHC, SDXC, MMC, MMCplus, HCMMCplus

SUPPORTED OPERATING SYSTEM

PC & Macintosh Windows 7/ Vista SP1-2/ XP SP3
Mac OS X v10.5 – 10.6

SOFTWARE

Browsing & Printing ZoomBrowser EX / ImageBrowser
Other PhotoStitch

POWER SOURCE

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

ACCESSORIES

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

PHYSICAL SPECIFICATIONS

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.
  • * 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.