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Canon PowerShot SD1200IS 10 MP Digital Camera with 3x Optical Image Stabilized Zoom and 2.5-inch LCD (Silver)

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  • Compatible with SD/SDHC, MMC/MMC Plus/HC MMC Plus (not included)
  • Smart AUTO intelligently selects the proper settings
  • 3x optical zoom and 2.5-inch PureColor LCD II screen
  • 10.0-megapixel resolution captures enough detail for prints up to 13 x 19 inches
  • DIGIC 4 Image Processor with evolved Face Detection Technology , Face Detection Self-timer
  • 10.0-megapixel resolution captures enough detail for prints up to 13 x 19 inches
  • 3x optical zoom; 2.5-inch PureColor LCD II screen
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Technical Details

Color: Light Gray
  • Built-in Flash
  • Image Stabilization
  • Video Capability

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Product Details

Color: Light Gray
  • Product Dimensions: 3.5 x 0.9 x 2.2 inches ; 4.2 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 7 pounds
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B001SER48S
  • Item model number: SD1200IS Light Gray
  • Batteries 1 Lithium ion batteries required.
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (792 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,033 in Camera & Photo (See Top 100 in Camera & Photo)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: February 17, 2009

Product Description

Color: Light Gray

From the Manufacturer

When a camera puts a smile on your face the moment you hold it, imagine how great you’ll feel when you see your first pictures! The PowerShot SD1200 IS Digital ELPH has everything going for it--exuberant color, the sculptured style of Canon’s famed ELPH series--and the innovative know-how that takes you to a whole new level of picture-taking accomplishment. Fun, smart and a style that follows you everywhere.

PowerShot SD1200 IS Highlights

10.0-megapixel resolution makes it a breeze to print large size images

Canon PowerShot digital camera highlights
With the PowerShot SD1200 IS Digital ELPH, dramatic, personal pictures have never been easier to shoot and share. This 10.0-megapixel camera lets you create impressive, large photos of family and friends you’ll be proud display. The high-resolution images taken by the SD1200 IS Digital ELPH can be enlarged up to 13 x 19 inches.

The PowerShot SD1200 IS Digital ELPH is equipped with Canon’s acclaimed Optical Image Stabilizer Technology that automatically detects and corrects camera shake--one of the leading causes of fuzzy or blurred shots. Even when zoomed in, you can get the steady, crisp, brilliant images you’ll be proud to shoot and share. And Canon’s Optical Image Stabilizer Technology is so convenient to use. It functions perfectly with or without a flash.

Canon PowerShot digital camera highlights
Large, crisp 2.5-inch PureColor LCD II and wide viewing angle
The PowerShot SD1200 IS Digital ELPH gives you a large 2.5-inch LCD screen for excellent control when framing your shots. Canon’s PureColor LCD II offers spectacular color, resolution and contrast even when viewed at an angle. The screen is highly durable and easy to see in any light with a scratch-resistant, anti-reflective coating. It also features Night Display for easy viewing in low light--a perfect feature for gathering friends and family around to see your images.

Smart AUTO intelligently selects the proper settings
Just set the Canon PowerShot SD1200 IS Digital ELPH to Smart AUTO and you’re ready for maximum enjoyment from your picture taking every time. It’s a relaxing and satisfying way to shoot because you can completely concentrate on your subject knowing that the camera has the technical details covered. Advanced Canon technology intelligently analyzes your situation and shooting conditions. Then it automatically selects an appropriate setting from 18 specially defined settings. So whether you’re photographing flowers, a captivating sunset, or your friends at the park, you can be confident that you’re getting dramatic, memorable images.

Shooting Modes
Advanced presets for the best possible photos under certain conditions. With 17 Shooting Modes, you’re ready for whatever shot comes your way.

A World of Advantages with Canon’s Technology

Canon PowerShot digital camera highlights
The DIGIC 4 Image Processor has evolved Face Detection Technology that tracks the faces of moving subjects and lets the shooter enter the frame seamlessly with the Face Detection Self-Timer.

DIGIC 4 Image Processor
Canon’s most advanced image processor, DIGIC 4, delivers evolved Face Detection Technology that keeps every face in every photo looking its very best. The technology finds and tracks the faces of moving subjects until you’re ready to shoot, then delivers perfect focus. In addition, exposure, flash and white balance are compensated, so that faces exhibit natural skin tones and backgrounds are properly exposed.

iSAPS Technology is an entirely original scene-recognition technology developed for digital cameras by Canon. Using an internal database of thousands of different photos, iSAPS works with the advanced DIGIC 4 Image Processor to improve focus speed and accuracy, as well as exposure and white balance.

A Face Detection Self-Timer automatically detects an increase in the number of faces and makes the appropriate adjustments. For instance, to include the photographer’s face in a group shot, there’s no need to rush in. Just put the camera on a stand or tripod, specify Face Detection Self-Timer, and the camera will wait for the photographer’s face to get on-camera before it takes the shot. Motion Detection tracks moving subjects in a much larger range--allowing you to wait for the perfect shot without refocusing.

Canon PowerShot digital camera highlights
Intelligent Contrast Correction
DIGIC 4 also makes possible the i-Contrast (Intelligent Contrast Correction) system, which controls the compensation level in pixel units to brighten dark areas while leaving bright areas unchanged for better images where the main subject is dark, and more natural transition. The PowerShot SD1200 IS Digital ELPH can even use i-Contrast in playback mode to adjust images that were shot without the setting activated.

Red-eye Correction provides three options for removing red-eye from subjects in flash pictures. 1) Red-eye Correction during shooting actually identifies and corrects red-eye in human subjects as pictures are taken. 2) The PowerShot SD1200 IS Digital ELPH can be set to automatically detect and correct red-eye during image playback. 3) You can manually locate any red eyes in a scene during image playback on the LCD screen, and command the camera to remove them.

Canon PowerShot digital camera highlights
Life doesn’t give you second chances to capture special times. That’s why the PowerShot SD1200 IS Digital ELPH features an ISO 1600 setting that reduces the effects of camera shake and sharpens subjects in low-light situations, giving you greater shooting flexibility. ISO can be expanded to 3200 when you select ISO 3200 Special Scene mode.

What's in the Box

  • PowerShot SD1200 IS Digital ELPH body
  • Lithium-ion battery pack (NB-6L)
  • Battery charger (CB-2LY)
  • Wrist strap (WS-DC7)
  • Digital Camera Solution CD-ROM
  • USB interface cable (IFC-400PCU)
  • AV cable (AVC-DC400)

Product Description

When a camera puts a smile on your face the moment you hold it, imagine how great you’ll feel when you see your first pictures! The PowerShot SD1200 IS Digital ELPH has everything going for it--exuberant color, the sculptured style of Canon’s famed ELPH series--and the innovative know-how that takes you to a whole new level of picture-taking accomplishment. Fun, smart and a style that follows you everywhere.

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Customer Reviews

my first one was stolen and didn't think twice when i went to replace it. they take great shots and are really easy to use. the size is also extremely convenient. Read more ›
This camera takes awesome pictures and is really fast. Like it doesn't take long to start up when you turn it on, and it takes pictures almost immediately after you hit the… Read more ›
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Selling point for me was that it had a view finder as well as the LCD display, as no compacts do…Most of my pictures are in bright sun light rendering the LCD useless. T… Read more ›
I bought this camera because it turned on fast and I would not have to wait and miss the shot. works great. I dont use all the bells and whistles but I like it, and does… Read more ›
I bought this after my 5 year old kodak camera could no longer upload pictures onto the…Picture quality is great, read the instruction book to understand all the features. Read more ›
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I like Canon brand, this camera is good to use, and durable, I use this product for more than 3 years, it's still good Read more ›
This camera is so versatile: fast, easy to use, has good picture quality, lightweight and small. It even looks good. Read more ›
The batter lasts for a very long time. It is easy to use for those of us who suck at technology related items and the quality of the photos are pretty good. Read more ›
Small and compact. Easy to operate and carry in my pocket. Takes good pictues. Read more ›
This camera is pretty easy to operate. My favorite aspect is the big screen. Read more ›
We have had this camera for a long time now and it is so easy to use. Takes great pictures and the zoom function is great for a small camera. We download our pics on our… Read more ›
I haven't found one flaw yet and doubt that I ever will. The features are awsome, the picture quality superb and ease of use was just what I was looking for. I highly… Read more ›
Camera is light and I can take it anywhere. The different functions are great, Macro for extreme close-ups and Infinity for distance. The only down side is that it doesn't… Read more ›
This camera delivers. The functions are awesome. the image stablization is fantastic and the photos are wonderful. Read more ›
The controls are easy, although I preferred the dial that allowed me to switch modes quickly on my previous camera. It just takes getting used to. Read more ›
Most of the times I used flash because pictures were blurry unless you used a tripod.. On the other hand, the MACRO mode is great. I love that the background is blurry but… Read more ›
On the rare times I get to shoot regular photo events this thing is simply marvelous…Battery time is wonderful when running it non-stop with video and a 4 GB card. This… Read more ›
Just need to experiment with it. The battery like is good, I can take photos several times or days before it runs out and I have this camera for years! I'm not a… Read more ›
The speed between pictures is not long and can still take good pictures with fast…The battery life was really good too, we only charged the battery once the entire week. Read more ›
the extra battery is like $60 with some gadgets included like a tripod, carrying case and other stuff. And the process of switching out the battery is quick and easy as well. Read more ›
Battery life is very good, optical zoom works smoothly and pictures are stable without a tripod. Still getting used to not having direct control over things like focus, but… Read more ›
Never had a problem and liked it overall. Easy to use, good picture quality and battery life was very good. Today however without any warning the lens doesn't open up and I… Read more ›
The picture quality is fantastic; much clearer than years before. The size is nice too; I can actually walk around with this in my pocket and not feel incredibly cramped. Read more ›
There have been a few times where I had forgotten to recharge and was able to take pictures 2-3 weeks later. The compact size is nice. It really does fit into your pocket… Read more ›
It's easy to use, which is good for the novice, and has some advanced features. The size is great, and battery life is good. I remain disappointed in low natural light… Read more ›
My only quibble is that it doesn't have a panoramic feature (unless it's hidden in there somewhere and I haven't…The size is very good and fits quite nicely in my hand. I… Read more ›
It was nice that we received a free memory card from Amazon since one does not come with the camera. The size is perfect, I can slip it into my pocket. We have only had it… Read more ›
I liked this camera as it takes very good quality of pictures. Its design is very attractive and the size is another good feature. The camera was delivered in time. Read more ›
I am still getting a feel for my new one, but I am very happy with it! The orange color is awesome! And the fact that you can recharge the battery appeals to my "green" side! Read more ›
Heartbroken but unwilling to spend $350 at this time to replace it I spent days comparing reviews, shopping in stores and decided this would be a…The orange color is great! Read more ›
Also, it's only about half as thick and fits a pocket even more easily. I got mine in the fun orange color. I'm just an amateur, but the ease of use and picture quality are… Read more ›
He pretty well has mastered the camera overnight. The pictures are so clear, the color balanced and we have absolutely nothing to complain about regarding picture quality. C… Read more ›
My daughter tried taking some pics and did have success, but only if she took them in pitch darkness with the flash on. They were clear and sharp with good color. They… Read more ›
I replaced it with the canon powershot sd1200is and have been very…The pictures are sharp with colors and exposure that look great even when I take shots without the flash. Read more ›
We needed this camera to replace my wife's last diaper bag camera. The price is good and the quality of the pictures is great. It focuses very quickly and has a nice… Read more ›
Perfect. The price was reasonable, as well. Read more ›
Good quality, easy to use and reasonably quick. For what I paid, I believe the value is good. Read more ›
The camera is very fashionable,easy to use and with high quality. Also, the price is quite reasonable, I think. It would be even better if the product can include a sleeve… Read more ›
For the price, this is an excellent choice for a digital camera. We wanted something smaller and lighter to replace our older Canon digital. Read more ›
FINAL THOUGHT: Buy this camera for your daughter, sister, mother, friend, wife- WHOEVER. Just get it while the price is nice and low. As soon as an undisclosed number of… Read more ›
I looked at a number of small point-and-shoot cameras for one with a viewfinder, and this was the only one which met that need as well as taking…The videos are good, too. Read more ›
This is a great disappointment and…I have another small digital point and shoot camera, the Kodak Easy Share C182 and both its pictures and videos are of excellent quality. Read more ›
it looks pink but says red in english and spanish but i just went with my gut and got it so its hot pink ,i love it it takes great pics weather someone is moving or not,… Read more ›
Pictures are clear, don't get wash out from the flash, even night photos come out well. Video works great - no complaints for the pricepoint of this camera! Read more ›
It also has optical image stabilization, which is better than digital stabilization. The video quality is decent, good for internet posting or emailing. This camera… Read more ›
The Canon Powershot SD exceeded my beloved A85 in…The video is crisp with excellent audio, ease of use can't be beat and best of all the battery life lasts in zero temps! Read more ›
This is something…I also like having a viewfinder for those bright sunny days where it is difficult to see the LCD screen, although the screen is great in most conditions. Read more ›
Colors come out clear and vivid. LCD screen is decent size. Videos are easy to take. Read more ›
I'll use it for almost a week straight without…-LCD is great, very vibrant, too vibrant I think, pics aren't as contrasted as it makes them look, but great nonetheless. Read more ›
With this Canon Powershot SD1200 IS I was taking pictures less than 2 hours after it arrived and the pictures were…The viewing screen is bright and has good image quality. Read more ›
It's a bit heavy for a small camera, but I guess that means that it is built well. The screen is pretty fast when turned on/off. The devices are very easy to understand,… Read more ›
I really do not need the increased megapixels but this is the trend for the industry. The screen size is great. I like the new button to move from picture to picture. Read more ›
The zoom works well, controls aren't hard to learn (well, it's only my 5th Canon), and 10 Mpix is a good working resolution (not too big, not too fuzzy), and a great first… Read more ›
I've never been unhappy with the quality of the pictures I take . It is easy to use & compact - I bring it everywhere, and the zoom feature is great. No complaints here… Read more ›
I had a pricier camera before and it was no…The pics are sharp & colorful, the quality of photos when zoomed in is great, and the camera is small and so easily portable. Read more ›
Each picture has been…The Zoom is great - I took some great pictures of all the snow from an upstairs window inside my home and they look like I was outside in the snow. Read more ›
Clear Pictures Zoom feature works great, I was able to zoom really close to an object and still get a clear picture Video is good too, you are able to zoom while in video… Read more ›
it has an optical viewfinder so the screen can be turned off to extend battery life. the zoom is a nice range. size is perfect to take hiking, skiing or hunting as it can… Read more ›
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Purchased this camera as a gift for my wife as she wanted a camera with a viewfinder rather than using the LCD screen. Camera is simple to use and easy to carry. Read more ›
After purchasing it at the price amazon was…It produces really clear pictures, it's very easy to use, takes pictures fast, and it's size makes it easy to carry with you. Read more ›
I bought this camera because of the size. My camera that I have been using for several years is much larger and not convenient to carry to the beach. This camera is very… Read more ›
Like the small size of camera and yet fairly large viewer. Good pictures and easy to carry around. Read more ›
This is an excellent camera to carry around on a trip due to it's compact size. It takes great photos and is so easy to use. Read more ›
I got this for my mom. It is super compact, sleek, good design, fits nicely in a snug case, not hard to use, and takes good pictures. My mom has been pleased with it. Read more ›
Wanted it back. easy to use and nice features. fits in hand and takes great pictures for such a simple cam. Read more ›
10 megapixels will be a high enough resolution to print out a very sharp photo to fit an 8X10 frame. Read more ›
The…All in all, I highly recommend this camera to any mom that needs a quality camera to throw in her purse (it's so tiny and perfect to fit in even the smallest ones!) t… Read more ›
This is probably not the camera for someone who needs something…I don't think any of the recent Canon compacts fit that bill, they all have the terrible Smart Auto Mode. Read more ›
It turns on very fast so you won't miss a shot. It's a perfect go everywhere, fit in your purse/pocket camera that takes great pictures. Read more ›

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1,662 of 1,693 people found the following review helpful By Omar Siddique TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on April 22, 2009
Color Name: Light Gray Verified Purchase
The SD1200 has some big changes over its predecessor SD1100, and is the smallest, best designed Elph I've used thus far.

I've owned many models of Elph, this is my 6th or 7th, so my review is aimed especially at other serial Canon owners. I mostly compare the SD1200 to the SD1100.

* The big changes: Digic4 and a larger CCD sensor. The slight increase in CCD size (1/2.3" vs 1/2.5") should make for "cleaner" photos. And Digic4 promises faster/cleaner shots also.

* You get 10MP vs 8MP on the SD1100, and "medium" (M1) size is now 6MP. JPG quality is down to 2 setting: Fine or Normal.

* SD1200 is only slightly smaller than the SD1100, but feels notably smaller by virtue of curved edges and the LCD being flush with the body (no bump-out).

* The 1200 now feels as small as this design can shrink. Good news: my average-sized male hands can still comfortably hold it, barely not covering lens, flash, or resting on the LCD. But the round power-button is now almost too small to press if you had big fingers and no fingernails.

* 1200's new battery is a higher capacity 1000mAh (vs ~760mAh for SD1100). There's also a new charger (not compatible with the old batteries), a glossy white-colored model to blend into your wall.

* The buttons and menus are streamlined. There's now a button for review mode, pressing it a 2nd time takes you back to the previous state. Handy. The slider has dedicated AUTO and Manual settings, no longer need to use menus for that switch.

* Continuous mode and ISO now are in the Function Menu (on the SD1100, they had dedicated buttons).

* A SD card is no longer included.
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452 of 466 people found the following review helpful By Sophster on December 20, 2009
Color Name: Dark Gray Verified Purchase
I don't typically bother reviewing products because I usually only buy things that already have a lot of reviews. I decided to throw in my 2 cents on this one in hopes someone can benefit from my experience. I primarily use my camera for family shots, mostly of my young children. I loved my old Canon A610 more that I can say and it has served me well for 4 years. Recently one of my children got a hold of it and bent up the little dealies that close over the lens cap to the point where I had to pull them off with tweezers just to use the camera. That's when I decided it was time to see what Canon now has to offer. I am by no means a photography expert. I just want a point and shoot that I can use to snap high quality family photos for prints, digital scrapbooks, etc.

The sale price on this camera seemed excellent for the features and a free memory card offer sucked me in so I took the plunge. I assumed it would be a major upgrade from my 5MP A610. Once I had the battery charged up I started taking photos of my kids in auto mode. I was *shocked* at the poor quality of the photos. Every photo I reviewed was terrible. Many were blurry, and the ones that weren't couldn't be cropped to the slightest degree without losing all detail. I couldn't believe it! Auto mode on my old Canon had never failed me before and I could crop all the way to the eyeballs without loss of detail. Determined not to give up, I did some research. Several people recommended "kids and pets" mode. I tried this and the blurry issue was solved. However, the cropping issue still remained. I dug deeper and started messing with ISO settings and a bunch of other stuff I don't really understand. I just couldn't solve the problem.
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401 of 416 people found the following review helpful By S. Craig on July 13, 2009
Color Name: Pink/Red Verified Purchase
I'm a professional photographer. I got tired of dragging my D3,D200 or other large cameras around, and worrying about it getting damaged. I decided to buy a camera just for fun that could fit in my purse and I wouldn't have a heart attack if it broke. Well I didn't hold that high of expectations of the camera, but after getting it, I've had a lot of fun with it. Not the most amazing pictures come from it (I am used to very high quality pictures), but they are good enough shots of my family. It's easy to use, really easy to set, FAST, and good low light. You don't always need the flash. It's very small, and can fit easily in my purse (that are all quiet small purses actually). This is a perfect camera if you just want some fun shots that are clear, and you want an easy to use fast camera. This is NOT good for "professional" type shots (why do people write reviews of these cameras and get all down on them for not being professional grade cameras? They never claim to be!).
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641 of 683 people found the following review helpful By Sidney G. Mcdaniel on May 17, 2009
Color Name: Light Gray Verified Purchase
I bought the SD110 (3.2MP) back in 2004 and decided it was time to upgrade this year as it was showing some age. The latest version of that same line is the SD1200. I have had it for a few weeks now and have a few observations. The SD1200 is much faster from the time you turn it on until it is ready to shoot as compared to the SD110. Next, the screen is far better than the one on the SD110. Very bright and readable even in sunlight. The camera itself is smaller than the SD110 as you might expect but does feel a little cheaper. So far I have taken the SD1200 to three main events. A birthday party, K-4 graduation, backyard play time. The birthday part pictures did not turn out well in automatic mode. We were indoors (Pump-it-up) and the lighting was probably not the best. The images were blurry for the most part. I had the same issue at the second event (K-4 graduation) but this time I switched to manual mode and used the "indoor" setting. This greatly improved the picture. Finally, the outdoor shots turned out looking wonderful in automatic mode. With the SD110 the automatic mode was always better than any of the manual settings. It seems with the SD1200 that is not the case. I will continue to explore the settings/features of the camera. I was expecting the SD1200 to be far superior to my 5 year old SD110 but so far the pictures themselves have not turned out markedly better.
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