With an insatiable need for the latest technology and increasing number of budding photographers, The DSLR market is growing stronger and more technologically handy every day. There is rapid increase in the number of new photographers, who not only experiment with their creative photographs/videos but ensure that reaches out to the world sharp and clear. With an ever upgrading DSLR market, Canon has recently come out with its new EOS 1200 D. Let’s explore this baby and find out why you should click plentiful pictures with this camera.
Canon is a strong and familiar player, introducing a lot of DSLR cameras to the budding, novice photographers. For its price, it certainly does manage to pull in an ebullient crowd. Adding to the price, there is another concurrent reason for buying this camera. The Companion app that was launched in lieu of the camera launch is designed to help learn the techniques and aspects of photography. This is surely going to help amateur photographers become professionals in a short stipulated time. It might raise a wee bit of concern for those who are concerned about buying a new DSLR. Let’s hope this article helps you decide better:
It started with the Canon 1100 D which was quite successful considering its price and features. But, the time has changed and so have the features. The EOS 1200 D might have new and better features while some features might seem just the same. Firstly, the change includes a paradigm shift from the 12.2 Mega Pixel Sensor to a higher resolution; 18 Mega Pixel sensor. Although this might seem like new pixels and higher resolution under the kit, there isn’t much significant difference between the both. The camera weighs in at 480 g with battery and car. Not too heavy is it?
What’s interesting is the new and improved video quality on the 1200D. With the capability of shooting 24/25 and 30 Frames per sec, the video resolution offered is 1080P which can also create video snapshots. Although, canon did not include a Wi-Fi (this might be a tad disappointing) you can use the Eye-Fi memory card which allows users to wirelessly transfer files to mobile devices without any trouble.
Although, the improvements aren’t too many, the 1200 D imports the Digic 4 processor from its previous cousin (1100D) Users can shoot at a middling 3 fps in continuous mode and shooting a total of 69 Jpegs (6 raw files) is possible at a time. The new battery backup is disappointing; the 1100 D offered 700 shots in a single go while, the 1200 D offers just 500 shots in a single charge. The EOS 1200D comes with a Professional Photo Editing Software, a RAW editor that allows adjusting the basic shots in a professional manner. The camera also comes with Image Browser EX, Photo Stitch, EOS utilities and Picture Style Editor Software.
For tech savvy people, the camera also offers a few Instagram Style filters to play around with creativity in a semi-professional way. You can apply the changes during post-editing easily. The 1200 D comes with a basic (18-55 mm ) lens with a f/3.5-5.6 IS III. Thankfully, this camera features extensive image stabilization helping attain clear images in low light conditions too.
Canon manages to do it again, with a carbon-fiber body; users cannot expect anything out of the ordinary. Even this camera feels like plastic and doesn’t give the user a camera feel, it would more or less feel like a toy in your hand. That being said, the build quality is pretty sturdy. Canon seems to disappoint users with the body materials. There is a perfect balance between durability and portability. Shooting images is a pleasure, it feels perfect in the hand but on the downside, users might face a little difficulty fidgeting with the controls and settings. There is a small thumb grip on the rear side that makes the camera comfortable to hold and operate.
Canon has stuck to the “minimum button maximum productivity” motto, new users might take a while figuring out the varied controls on the camera. Less yet friendly, the buttons are indicative and help users utilize them with ease. There are dedicated buttons for D-pad, AF-mode, ISO, drive mode, white balance, menu, quick menu, exposure compensation, payback and display.
The camera has a 406k dot resolution which seems a little low isn’t very satisfying. But, on the positive end, the refreshing rate of the camera is impressive; it is easy to use even under bright sunlight conditions.
There are 9 AF points which is pretty low considering the abundant AF points offered with the other canon DSLR’S. Out of the nine points, one point has a cross type sensor which helps in accurate focusing; this is positioned tight in the center of the frame.
The live view isn’t very essential, its usage is limited. There isn’t much that the live view is built to offer. The video quality remains one of the most satisfying factors, the 1080 P High Definition (1920X1080) video offers another shooting range of 720 P (HD) with 50-60 Frames per second. The camera lacks an external microphone, users might have to chip in a little more money to capture high quality audio with an external mic.
The most prominent feature is the specially designed app for the 1200D which is available for Andriod and iOS platforms, this is a bare necessity for those who are entering into the world of DSLR’S. It provides step by step guides on becoming a pro photographer.
Frankly, it isn’t quite an eye popping upgrade since the 1100D. However, with a few notably new features under the bonnet, you could perhaps steal this camera with a great festive deal.
Canon EOS 1200D with 18-55mm Kit Rivals:
Nikon D3100 with 18-55mm Lens Kit
Nikon D3200 with 18-55m Lens Kit
Nikon D5100 with 18-55mm Lens Kit
Nikon D7000 with 18-55 mm Lens Kit
|Screen Type||TFT LCD|
|Screen Size||3 inches|
|+ LENS & Focus|
|Optical Sensor Resolution||18 MP|
|Focal Length||18 - 55 mm|
|Lens Type||Canon EF Mount|
|Lens Kit||18-55 mm|
|Maximum Shutter Speed||1/4000 sec|
|+ SHOOT MODE|
|Continuous Shots||Yes, 3.0 Shots/sec, Maximum Burst: JPEG 69 Shots, RAW: 6 Shots, RAW + JPEG: 4 Shots|
|Self Timer||Yes, 2 and 10 sec|
|Built in Flash||Retractable, Auto Pop-up Flash|
|External Flash||EX-series Speedlite|
|White Balancing||Auto, Preset (Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Tungsten Light, White Fluorescent Light, Flash), Custom White|
|Image Display Resolution||460,000 dots|
|Image Format||JPEG, RAW, RAW + JPEG|
|+ AUDIO & VIDEO|
|Video Format||DCF 2.0,Recording: MOV, Movie: MPEG-4 AVC / H.264|
|Audio Format||Linear PCM|
|External Storage||SD / SDHC / SDXC|
|Microphone||Built-in Monaural Microphone|
|+ BATTERY & POWER SUPPLY|
|Battery Type||Li-ion Rechargeable Battery|