Canon PowerShot SD1200 IS Review

Overall 43
Imaging 5
Features 24
Size 92
Price 100

Main Features

  • 10.0 MP 1/2.3" CCD sensor
  • ISO 80 - 1600
  • Image Stabilization: Yes
  • ViewFinder: Yes
  • 1.0 fps Continuous Shooting
  • Video: 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps)
  • Built-in Wireless: No
  • Dimensions: 86 x 55 x 22 mm
  • Weight: 160 g
  • Environmental Sealing: No
  • Built-in GPS: No
  • Also known as Canon Digital IXUS 95 IS

Canon PowerShot SD1200 IS Summary

This review is devoted to PowerShot SD1200 IS that Canon has first introduced to the public in Feb 18, 2009. This model is a Small Sensor Compact camera with a resolution of 10.0 MP and a 1/2.3" (6.17 x 4.55 mm) sized CCD sensor.

In Small Sensor Compact cameras (Top 10 Compact Cameras) this model has taken rank #246 out of 472. Its Overall Score has reached 43/100 and it takes a rank of #592 out of 1174 in all Cameras.

Canon PowerShot SD1200 IS Compared to other Compact Cameras

Now let's delve into more details of our Canon PowerShot SD1200 IS review by assessing its features and specs, as well as checking what pros and cons it has compared to other average products in this category.

PROs

  • Min Native Iso: 80
  • AutoFocus Face Detection: Yes
  • Viewfinder: Optical (tunnel)
  • Image Stabilization: Yes
  • Built-In Flash: Yes
  • Weight: 175 g

CONs

  • Screen Type: Fixed Type
  • Screen Size: 2.5″
  • Touch Screen: No
  • Viewfinder Coverage: No
  • Viewfinder Magnification: No
  • External Flash: No
  • Sensor Resolution: 10.0 MP
  • Max Native Iso: 1600
  • Number Of Focus Points: 9
  • Af Phase Detection: No
  • Microphone Port: No

Complete Comparison of Canon PowerShot SD1200 IS With Other Cameras in Small Sensor Compact Category

In this part of our review, we are going to take a closer look at the technical specs and features presented in Canon PowerShot SD1200 IS. In addition, we are going to define the main pros and cons of this model and, based on this info, compare it to other average Small Sensor Compact cameras.

Physical Characteristics Of Canon PowerShot SD1200 IS

Canon PowerShot SD1200 IS has the following external dimensions 86 x 86 x 22 mm (33.86 x 21.65 x 8.66″) with the weight of 160 g.

The typical weight for average Small Sensor Compact type cameras is 175g. If we compare the average indicator of the weight of Canon PowerShot SD1200 IS, we can conclude that this model is lighter than many other similar products.

Talking about the camera’s thickness, it is worth saying that Canon PowerShot SD1200 IS is thinner than other average cameras from this class. Its thickness is 22mm.

Look at the pictures below to see the front and top view of Canon PowerShot SD1200 IS with the indication of this model’s dimensions:

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If you want to have a better idea of how big the Canon PowerShot SD1200 IS is, look at the pictures below to see how big it is compared to a credit card and a AA type battery.

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Finally, let's check how different are the weight and thickness of the Canon PowerShot SD1200 IS compared to other models from this class of cameras presented by the brand’s competitors:

Battery

Canon PowerShot SD1200 IS — 260 shots
Min: 140 shots
Average: 241 shots
Max: 470 shots

Thickness

Canon PowerShot SD1200 IS — 22 mm
Min: 10 mm
Average: 26 mm
Max: 60 mm

Weight

Canon PowerShot SD1200 IS — 160 g
Min: 103 g
Average: 175 g
Max: 423 g

Unfortunately, Canon PowerShot SD1200 IS comes without a waterproof feature, so if you want it to serve well and last longer, you will have to use it very carefully and avoid water.

Unfortunately, Canon PowerShot SD1200 IS comes without a dustproof feature, so if you want it to serve well and last longer, you will have to use it very carefully and protect your camera from external threats such as dust.

Canon PowerShot SD1200 IS Photo and Sensor Features

Canon PowerShot SD1200 IS boasts of a resolution of 10.0 MP and is equipped with a 1/2.3" (6.17 x 4.55 mm) sized CCD sensor.

The base of Canon PowerShot SD1200 IS has the following ISO range 80 - 1600 .

Unfortunately, the support of the RAW file is not included in Canon PowerShot SD1200 IS. However, if you are looking specifically for a Compact camera with a RAW file support, you should check out one of the following models from the same class and within similar price range .

Canon PowerShot SD1200 IS features a 10.0 MP 1/2.3" sensor, which is not a good pick for high-quality and detailed pictures. However, we have an alternative option for you if you were looking for higher resolution.

Anti-Aliasing Filter

Canon PowerShot SD1200 IS is known for the lack of anti-alias (Low-pass) filter. It is one of its essential features of the sensor built in this model. The absence of this filter contributes to a higher level of details and sharpness in the pictures you take. Yet, the lack of an anti-alias filter also enhances the possibility of more occurring in certain conditions.

Now let’s check how we can compare the size of 1/2.3" sensor featured in Canon PowerShot SD1200 IS with other standard sensor sizes.

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Other Characteristics And Features of Canon PowerShot SD1200 IS

LCD and ViewFinder

Canon PowerShot SD1200 IS is equipped with a Fixed Type 2.5" LCD screen. The resolution of this model’s screen reaches 230k dots.

In addition, this model comes with a built-in Optical (tunnel) ViewFinder.

Max Shutter speed

Some of the other highlights of Canon PowerShot SD1200 IS are its 1.0 fps max speed and 1/1500 sec max shutter speed, which allow you to shoot continuously.

Flash

Unlike some other cameras from this category, PowerShot SD1200 IS unfortunately, is not equipped with a built-in flash.

Focusing

In addition, PowerShot SD1200 IS has a Face detection AF feature that quickly finds the faces that appear within the frame range and locks the focus on them automatically.

Video Features

As for the video quality characteristics of Canon PowerShot SD1200 IS, it gives you a possibility to shoot videos at the highest resolution of 640 x 480 You also have enough flexibility in terms of how you can save your files. Namely, Canon PowerShot SD1200 IS allows you to save files in Motion JPEG formats.

Canon PowerShot SD1200 IS is not equipped with any ports that would allow you to connect external headphones and microphones to it.

Connectivity and Storage

You can connect PowerShot SD1200 IS to compatible devices via USB 2.0 port.

Battery Life

In concordance with generally accepted CIPA standards, the battery featured in Canon PowerShot SD1200 IS provides a shooting life of 260, while the average battery life of cameras in this class is 241 shots.

Compared to all models in the Small Sensor Compact category, Canon PowerShot SD1200 IS offers the highest battery life that reaches 260 shots.

How Good is Canon PowerShot SD1200 IS for Different Types of Photography?

In this part of our review, we are going to focus on Canon PowerShot SD1200 IS’s performance in various fields of photography. Each sub-section stands for a specific photography area. In every part, we will review Canon PowerShot SD1200 IS’s name performance and give it an overall score. This first spider web graph indicates how we can compare the PowerShot SD1200 IS to the average Compact camera.

Hover your mouse over the points to see the score details for each photography type.

Canon PowerShot SD1200 IS for Portrait Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Canon PowerShot SD1200 IS performs Portrait Photography, we gave it a score of 77. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Canon PowerShot SD1200 IS can be called a Strong model for this type of photography.

If the score of this model doesn’t impress you and you are still looking for a model that is better suited for Portrait Photography, we recommend you to check out our Top 10 Cameras for Portrait Photography.

Advantages:

  • Canon is famous with its skintones
  • Image Stabilization
  • Face Detection Focusing

Disadvantages:

  • Small 1/2.3" (6.17 x 4.55 mm) sensor

Canon PowerShot SD1200 IS for Street Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Canon PowerShot SD1200 IS performs Street Photography, we gave it a score of 69. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Canon PowerShot SD1200 IS can be called a Strong model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

  • Small size (86 x 55 x 22 mm)
  • Built-in View Finder
  • Live View
  • Image Stabilization

Disadvantages:

  • Small 1/2.3"(6.17 x 4.55 mm) sensor
  • Small Number of autofocus Points (9)

Canon PowerShot SD1200 IS for Sports Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Canon PowerShot SD1200 IS performs Sports Photography, we gave it a score of 49. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Canon PowerShot SD1200 IS can be called a 49 model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

No Significant Advantages

Disadvantages:

  • Slow Continuous Shooting (1.0 fps)
  • No Environmental Sealing
  • Slow Max Shutter Speed (1/1500s)
  • Smal Number of autofocus Points (9)
  • Bad Max Native ISO (1600)
  • Small battery life (260 shots)
  • Small size (86 x 55 x 22 mm)

Canon PowerShot SD1200 IS for Daily Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Canon PowerShot SD1200 IS performs Daily Photography, we gave it a score of 1. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Canon PowerShot SD1200 IS can be called a Underclass model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

  • Small weight (160 g)
  • Small size (86 x 55 x 22 mm)
  • Built-in Flash
  • Built-in View Finder
  • Live View
  • Video is available

Disadvantages:

  • Small 1/2.3" (6.17 x 4.55 mm) sensor

Canon PowerShot SD1200 IS for Landscape Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Canon PowerShot SD1200 IS performs Landscape Photography, we gave it a score of 16. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Canon PowerShot SD1200 IS can be called a 16 model for this type of photography.

If the score of this model doesn’t impress you and you are still looking for a model that is better suited for Landscape Photography, we recommend you to check out our Top 10 Cameras for Landscape Photography.

Advantages:

  • Live View

Disadvantages:

  • Small 1/2.3" (6.17 x 4.55 mm) sensor
  • Low resolution sensor (10 MP)
  • No Environmental Sealing
  • No RAW Support
  • Bad Max Native ISO (1600)

Canon PowerShot SD1200 IS Detailed Specs

General
Brand Canon
Model PowerShot SD1200 IS
Announced Feb 18, 2009
Body Type Compact
Lens
Manual Focus No
Lens Mount Fixed lens
Number of Lenses n/a
Focal Length Multiplier n/a
Macro Focus Range 3
Screen
Screen Type Fixed Type
Screen Size 2.5″
Screen Resolution 230k dots
Live View Yes
Touch Screen No
ViewFinder
ViewFinder Optical (tunnel)
ViewFinder Resolution 0k dots
ViewFinder Coverage %
ViewFinder Magnification
Photography Features
Min Shutter Speed 15 s
Max Shutter Speed 1/1500 s
Continuous Shooting 1.0 fps
Shutter Priority No
Aperture Priority No
Manual Exposure Mode No
Exposure Compensation No
Custom White Balance Yes
Image Stabilization Yes
Built-in Flash Yes
Flash Range 3.5
Flash Modes Auto, Fill-in, Red-Eye reduction, Slow Sync
External Flash No
AE Bracketing No
WB Bracketing No
Exposure Modes
Multi-Segment Yes
Average No
Spot Yes
Partial No
AF-Area No
Center Weighted Yes
Sensor
Sensor Type CCD
Sensor Size 1/2.3"
Sensor Dimensions 6.17 x 4.55 mm
Sensor Area 28.07 mm2
Sensor Resolution 10.0 MP
Max Image Resolution 3648 x 2736
Max Native ISO 1,600
Max Boosted ISO n/a
Min Native ISO 80
RAW Support No
AutoFocus
AF Touch No
AF Continuous No
AF Single Yes
AF Tracking No
AF Selective No
AF Center No
AF Multi Area Yes
AF Live View Yes
AF Face Detection Yes
AF Contrast Detection Yes
AF Phase Detection No
Number of Focus Points 9
Number of Cross Focus Points n/a
Video Features
Video Resolutions 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps)
Max Video Resolution 640 x 480
Video Formats Motion JPEG
Microphone Port No
Headphone Port No
Connectivity
Wireless Connectivity No
HDMI No
USB USB 2.0
Physical
Environmental Sealing No
Water Proof No
Dust Proof No
Shock Proof No
Crush Proof No
Freeze Proof No
Weight 160 g
Physical Dimensions 86 x 55 x 22 mm
Battery Life 260 shots
Battery Type 260 shots
Battery Model NB-6L
Other Features
Self Timer Yes
Timelapse Recording No
GPS
Storage Type SD/SDHC/MMC/MMCplus/HD MMCplus
Storage Slots 1

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