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Canon Powershot A1200 12.1 MP Digital Camera with 4x Optical Zoom (Silver)

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  • 12.1 megapixels, 4x wide-angle optical zoom (28mm), and optical viewfinder.It will zoom on the LCD as well as the viewfinder.
  • Smart Auto intelligently selects settings from 32 predefined shooting situations
  • Record movies with 720p HD video
  • AA battery power enables you to easily power up on the go
  • Discreet Mode disables the sound, flash and AF beam for use in quiet areas
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Technical Details

Color: Silver
  • Built-in Microphone
  • Built-in Flash
  • Video Capability
  • Mac Compatible

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Product Details

Color: Silver
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 3.8 x 2.5 inches ; 6.6 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B004HW73SO
  • Item model number: A1200 (Silver)
  • Batteries 2 AA batteries required. (included)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (381 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,934 in Camera & Photo (See Top 100 in Camera & Photo)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: January 1, 2011

Product Description

Color: Silver

From the Manufacturer

It’s Your Choice: LCD or Optical Viewfinder.
An Optical Viewfinder makes capturing images simple and easy.

WThe PowerShot A1200 digital camera gives you a choice that’s getting increasingly hard to find on digital cameras today. It’s equipped with an Optical Viewfinder in addition to the LCD screen. Many photographers prefer this classic, familiar option that lets you simply hold the camera to your eye and shoot.
The camera’s big, bright LCD screen gives you a wealth of important information about the shot. However, using it to compose and focus requires that you hold the camera away from your body. Many people do this with one hand, arms away from the body, effectively creating camera shake that can distort a shot. Using the Optical Viewfinder helps ensure that the camera is held steady.
The great thing is that from shot to shot, whether you use the Optical Viewfinder or LCD screen is your choice.


Everything’s Easy.
Smart AUTO intelligently selects the proper settings for the camera based on 32 predefined shooting situations.

Just set the Canon PowerShot A1200 digital camera 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 32 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.



Smart AUTO

The camera automatically selects the best shooting settings for optimal quality based on subjects and environmental factors to provide point-and-shoot simplicity.



P Program

Access advanced exposure compensation features while shooting mostly automatically.



Live View Control

Enables Brightness, Color, and Tone adjustments to your images using easy-to-understand controls.



Creative Filters

The Creative Filters mode dial setting provides easy access to special filter effect and scene modes.



Fisheye Effect

Add a classic photo distortion without a fisheye lens.



Miniature Effect

Give images a miniature look with an effect that emphasizes perspective by blurring the top and bottom of the image.



Toy Camera Effect

Simulates photos taken with “toy” or pinhole cameras, darkening the image at the edges to create a vignette effect.



Monochrome

Choose from three single-tone effects: Black-and-White, Sepia, or Blue.



Super Vivid

Super Vivid intensifies existing hues, saturating the scene with bright colors.



Poster Effect

Poster Effect combines several similar shades into one color, turning subtle gradations into eye-catching, scene-popping contrasts.



Easy

Keep the image quality as high as possible for fail-proof images.



Blur Reduction

Boosts sensitivity to enable faster shutter speeds, reducing the effects of camera shake and subject movement.



Portrait

The camera sets a large aperture, focusing the subject and artistically blurring the background to make your subject “pop.”



Landscape

For front to back sharpness, the camera sets a small aperture.



Kids & Pets

Reduced focusing time freezes fast-moving subjects, so you won’t miss those special shots.



Smart Shutter

The camera automatically takes the photo when people smile, wink, or get into frame.



Low Light

For high quality image capture in an amazing range of dimly-lit situations.



Beach

Get clear shots of people at a sunny beach without darkened faces.



Foliage

Capture brilliant shots of autumn foliage, greenery and blossoms.



Snow

Shoot clear snow scenes without darkened subjects or an unnatural bluish tint.



Fireworks

Grab brilliant images of skyrocketing fireworks.



Long Shutter

Use to blur moving subjects for artistic effect, ideal for urban night photography.



Discreet Mode

Disables flash, AF assist beam, and all camera sounds with one mode dial setting.


In Still Images or 720p HD Video, Every Detail is Beautifully Preserved.
Capture memories your way as either still images or in 720p HD video.

PowerShot A1200 digital camera puts you in charge when it comes to saving your memories. Canon technology lets you capture beautiful still images no matter what your level of photographic experience. Portraits of people posing or in motion, outdoor shots in various weather situations, nighttime shooting and more: the camera handles them all with ease when you shoot in Smart AUTO. High megapixel counts let you blow up and crop your still images just as you please, with no loss in resolution or quality.
Want to capture the good times in motion? Canon’s 720p HD video gives your memories the quality they deserve. If you’ve never shot video in high definition before, you’ll be amazed at the difference it makes. 720p HD delivers stunning realism, capturing every detail with a level of clarity that, in playback, will bring you right back into the moment. Easy high definition videos from a compact still camera – now that’s value!


Loaded with Features, Packed with Value.
This stylish, powerful A-Series camera has 12.1 Megapixels and 4x Wide-Angle Optical Zoom (28mm).

With the PowerShot A1200 digital camera, dramatic, personal pictures have never been easier to shoot and share. This 12.1 Megapixel camera lets you create impressive large photos of family and friends you'll be proud to display. The high-resolution images taken by the PowerShot A1200 can be enlarged up to 13" x 19". The PowerShot A1200 digital camera has a 4x wide Optical Zoom lens (35mm film equivalent: 28–112mm) that let you capture up-close and memorable images.


Get the Power Anywhere!
This AA battery-powered camera enables you to easily power up on the go!

Conveniently, you don't need to worry about running out or recharging of batteries with the PowerShot A1200 digital camera. Since AA-size batteries can be purchased at any store, simply get new ones locally.

Shoot without Distractions.
New scene mode: Discreet Mode disables the sound, flash and AF beam so you can still capture images in quiet areas.

How many times have you found yourself in a situation where you wanted to take a picture, but were reluctant (or simply not allowed) to disrupt the setting with noise or flash? New Discreet Mode makes picture-taking possible in museums, at performances, anywhere light and sound would not be welcome. Simply turn the mode dial to Discreet, and the camera’s sound, flash and AF assist beam will be disabled – without changing any other settings. If the camera senses low light, ISO speed will be automatically raised to get the best possible shot. You can even switch to playback mode to review still images or video, and the camera will remain muted.


Photographic Artistry That’s Easy for Anyone
Creative Filters offers fun and artistic ways to capture photos.

Creative Filters Mode gives you lots of fun, easy ways to make your photography more creative. The camera does all the work – you simply choose an effect and shoot!
Fisheye Effect imparts a fun, familiar curvilinear distortion to your image that’s ideal for kids and pets. Miniature Effect plays with perspective, giving any shot the look of a world created in much smaller proportions – great for landscapes and city shots. When you shoot in Toy Camera Effect, you get the vintage effect of a first-generation camera, ideal for giving portraits a slightly distorted, unevenly saturated look of a picture you’d come across in your attic. Monochrome lends a moody beauty to your photography, producing shots in Black & White, Sepia or Blue. Super Vivid saturates colors to heighten the intensity and impact of any shot. Poster Effect takes away transitions between objects in the frame to give your image the high-impact look of a hand-painted poster.


See the Image on a Big Screen.
Large, clear 2.7-inch LCD makes taking and viewing images a breeze.

The PowerShot A1200 digital camera has a large 2.7-inch LCD screen that gives you the big picture, whether you're shooting, reviewing or showing off your images. This high-resolution screen offers a crisp, clear and bright picture. It also features Night Display for easy viewing in low light.



2.7-inch LCD Screen

Product Description

Canon PowerShot A1200 12.1 MP Digital Still Camera with 4x Wide-Angle Optical Zoom (Silver)

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Customer Reviews

This little camera is not as little as some of the other offering on the market, but it packs a good lens…Picture quality is simply amazing for something this inexpensive. Read more ›
I bought this camera as a gift...it works awesome, the pictures are clear and it's very handy becuase it's small you can just put it in your pocket...pretty cool... Read more ›
It is easy to use and light weight. It is not for the serious photographer but is wonderful for getting shots of the grandkids. Read more ›
Having said that, I find the quality of the jpeg images are excellent. Read more ›
Even has a beginners feature in case you're new to digital cameras. Picture quality is crisp and clear. Lightweight and very easily portable. Read more ›
For an amateur recreational photographer, this is a terrific camera: easy to use, quality photos, and an economical price. I would have rated it 5-stars if color choices… Read more ›
They love them! Easy to use and they take them everywhere! I bought myself one and it works great! Read more ›
This is an easy to use camera, and lining up shots can be done from either the screen or with the view finder. It also allows for easy downloading onto a computer. Read more ›
I got this camera as a gift for a novice user. Very simple to use with the basic functions. Has lots of extra features, too. Read more ›
The camera has multiple settings, starting with a simple point and shoot. Very easy to use. Read more ›
Bought for m y wife and she loves it. Compact, easy to use and can get a good number of shots before batteries need recharged. I recommend re-chargeable batteries, as all… Read more ›
Everything you need in a Basic camera. VERY SIMPLE TO USE and Takes wonderful pictures and video. The 2 AA batteries last a long time, usually enough for 75-100 pictures. Read more ›
The quality of the pictures is terrific. The extra features are easy to use. She loves using the sepia feature. Read more ›
I love watching her with it, she has so much fun! The "heart" setting is great, it makes sure all the basic auto settings are on and locked. Read more ›
The files are huge--like 2-3 megabytes. The controls are easy to use. It has seven knob-selectable shooting modes, like "auto", "scenes" Read more ›
It's very compact, and easy to work. The menus are very easy to navigate, and taking pictures is essentially dummy proof. This camera truly is a point and shoot. Read more ›
Canon's scale for Superfine is 95 compression. While the Fine setting (which is the best the A1200 has) is 88 compression. Thats a decent amount more compression (5%… Read more ›
I loved the size and shape of it, as it made it easy to hold and take pictures even though its a…The buttons are also easy to use and the navigation and menu is simple. I… Read more ›
The price is so good that I am thinking of getting a spare, as finding a small P/S with an optical viewfinder is becomming more difficult. Read more ›
But once you know what works it takes really good pictures and videos (note for reviewers denigrating video quality: Buy a dedicated…And at a price that is very reasonable. Read more ›
In crowded spaces the viewfinder is essential, as well as almost always…Price is great and loaded with features, even though my wife will only use it in "Auto" mode. Read more ›
The sun is…Happily, I found the Canon Powershot, a great camera for the non-pros, who simply want great pictures of their outdoor adventures for a reasonable price. I… Read more ›
Nicest camera I've purchased and a great price. Takes great pictures and has the added advantage of a view finder. Read more ›
takes great pictures for a good price. dont expect this thing to take pictures like a $300 camera cause it wont. Read more ›
The controls and user interface is really easy to use and transferring photos to my computer is a…HD video option is really fun to use, takes great HD videos with ease. O… Read more ›
Love the ability to use a viewfinder. The video is nice too. Some people commented on the grainy display...this only happens in low light and it does not affect the pictures. Read more ›
I loved this camera. Very nice pictures and the video is good too. I would certainly recommend it to anyone. Read more ›
It has some features that are good for close-ups. Close-ups are very good, regular shots are good, and HD video is good. With a 12mp resolution you can crop heavily. Read more ›
The visual and audio quality of both photos and video is very good and I am very happy with my Canon A1200. Read more ›
I've blown my pictures up to poster size and even published one professionally. Takes decent videos, too, and good a recording sounds. Read more ›
The AA batteries are easy to replace anywhere. The viewfinder is easier to use than the photo display. Very sharp images. Read more ›
However, I have found that changing the megapixels and the ISO makes for better pictures if you are not planning on making large prints. The view finder is great! No… Read more ›
We use it on a construction site. It's pocket sized and the viewfinder is great for taking photos in full sun. The 2M setting allows for good definition and small file sizes. Read more ›
Finally, I wanted a…I use the LCD screen too, but in bright daylight, the optical viewfinder is simply easier and faster than trying to shade the LCD so I can see it. Read more ›
Light weight - easy to use - many features. Most of all I like the viewfinder when in the bright sunlight. Read more ›
The auto setting is brilliant so unless I have a special project, the camera chooses the best settings for me. I also love the viewfinder which is hard to find these days. I… Read more ›
So I figured hey maybe it's just that I'm in the house, took it out with me and this time the pic was less grainy but then the color…The color was too bright and just off. Read more ›
Compared with Panasonic S3 I tested before this, images at normal color are noticeably clearer and the style is beautiful to me, too (subjective opinion), but the sharpness… Read more ›
I believe this A1200 camera is underpriced for the quality you get. The colors are vivid, the pictures are crisp, and no blurr. Even the video is HD and good quality. Read more ›
I like that you can go automatic or Program or even manual. For a point and shoot, it really does have the best colors of any I have tried, and I have tried a lot. It is… Read more ›
Here in Arizona, I find that I cant see the screen when I am outside in the sun. This is a great little camera with good color and resolution. Glad I cam across it. Read more ›
The pictures have rich color to them. Optical zoom works well, plus there is additional digital zoom. Read more ›
The focus is great and macro works excellent when taking pics of very small things close up if that's something you feel is important, however, this camera is not the… Read more ›
I think now I know why. This camera worked great for 3 months -- crisp pictures, good focus and color, no graininess. Then it started taking blurry, pixelated,… Read more ›
Face priority button on back 4. Good infrared assist light good low light focusing. 5. Intuitive control set. Read more ›
The quality of the camera is a combination of lens quality, megapixels, the quality of the megapixels and the speed of the lens itself, meaning how well it functions at low… Read more ›
I read some of the reviews online and after reading through the instruction manual…Apparently having too many megapixels somehow makes it harder to get crystal clear focus. Read more ›
- Functional zoom and autofocus. They both can be a little slow and finicky, and the noises the camera makes reflect the cheap components, but they seem to work well enough… Read more ›
I am seriously considering buying another one just to have a back-up, I would not want to be…Here's a wonderful bonus: The battery life has been absolutely terrific! I… Read more ›
Takes brilliant pictures, and that was put to the test in New…Battery life is great, even on blinking "Replace Battery" light, it still takes days of light use to die. I… Read more ›
Light weight and fits in my pocket for handy use. Easy on the battery life. Read more ›
Then took to Yellowstone and Tetons, and no disappointments here either. Great on battery. Read more ›
Small enough to fit in my small handbag, adequate digital "muscle" for clear face…Great economy of battery need, ability to choose which type of file size to shoot with. Read more ›
The best part is no proprietary battery. It's really frustrating being out in nature and some funky battery runs out of power- no problem here! Grab a couple AA batteries… Read more ›
* It takes HD video. * Its size is compact and can easily fit in a pocket or purse. Years ago, I enjoyed taking photos with SLR's and wore out 3 of them (the film versions). Read more ›
Nice compact size and a pretty fair range of focal lengths. It has become my favorite "point and shoot" camera that I have owned. Read more ›
Really like the quality of the pictures this camera takes and especially for its compact size. I'm not a photo hobbyist so I don't know what all the special tricks and… Read more ›
This is a nice sized little pocket camera that has some features that are desirable such as an optical view finder and the ability to run on AA batteries. I bought it as a… Read more ›
The answer a good MICRO - mini tripod. They make super small ultra-light plastic tripods that fit inside a good belt size camera bag. (My current one folds up to 6" long x… Read more ›
I wanted a point and shoot camera hat…This is an inexpensive camera with some excellent features; optical viewfinder, standard interchangeable AA batteries, compact size. Read more ›
I keep this one in the Jeep all the time. The large screen is huge compared to the postage stamp size screen on the A80. The A1200 has a viewfinder and optical zoom which I… Read more ›
The A1200 has a viewfinder, which I'll never use because the thing is usually shooting photos right on the ground, and although I like the…The LCD screen is good enough. Read more ›
I…In any strong light the display screen on the back of any digital camera washes out and you can't see to compose your picture accurately - this solves that problem. H… Read more ›
The A1200, and it's…While most cameras offer only the screen display, which many people find more convenient, using the screen eats up batteries and washes out in the sun. Read more ›
The "more" part is the best. Wonder of wonders, it boasts a traditional camera-to-eye viewfinder as well as a screen, the only model in its price bracket to do so. What… Read more ›
This camera is a great value! There is a huge a screen for taking photos with a view finder too. It is also simple to use. Read more ›
Best of the Powershot cameras I've used. Perfect size to carry in pocket or purse. Just enough pixels to suit me; runs on two rechargeable AA batteries. Read more ›
The price is fantastic for what you get. It's lightweight and easy to carry around everywhere. The first camera amazon sent was defective, no image on the screen so I paid… Read more ›
The manual is ON/IN the camera displayed on the screen. So convenient to carry around like a cell phone. Already had a small carrying case that holds the camera and 2 extra… Read more ›
Love the color clarity, which can be adjusted by the number of pixels you choose to use. It's light weight and easy to carry along in a pocket or purse. I would recommend… Read more ›
I wanted an easy to carry alternative to my DSLR, and I wanted to keep it around $100. I take a lot of motorcycle trips, and wanted a small camera with a viewfinder that… Read more ›

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

427 of 435 people found the following review helpful By Chicagoan on March 12, 2011
Color Name: Black
The Canon A1200 has the features which we value most and as such, is our favorite digital camera. In particular,

* It can take wide angle photos - the equivalent of 28mm on the older film SLR's
* It uses 2 AA batteries which is great - especially when traveling overseas. In the past, we encountered too many occasions when a battery became exhausted in the middle of the day or could not be recharged at night. This was especially true when traveling overseas. So now we only consider cameras which use AA batteries because they can be purchased almost anywhere.
* It takes HD video.
* Its size is compact and can easily fit in a pocket or purse. Years ago, I enjoyed taking photos with SLR's and wore out 3 of them (the film versions). However, I missed many shots on vacation because I did not want to carry an SLR everywhere I went. The compact size of the A1200 allows us to carry it everywhere with ease. And it takes high quality photos.
* This camera does not offer as many options as some others. However, it gives you the options people use most of the time. I do not miss the other ones.

There are a few negatives. Cords to connect the camera to a TV or DVD recorder are sold separately. And it is difficult to force the camera to flash - it wants you to choose the mode and it will decide whether to use the flash. Also, this camera does not have the option to merge 2 or 3 shots into a panoramic picture. And it does not zoom in as close as some other cameras. All that said, we shopped around a lot and, in our opinion, the A1200 has the best combination of features and size.
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187 of 192 people found the following review helpful By Lonny D. Stark on April 26, 2011
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Like it's Powershot siblings, the Canon A1200 is a heck of a nice piece of equipment for shooting nature close-ups. I've taken this camera out twice now, and so far it has taken wonderful photos. I've posted some samples from a single hike.

Although the A1200 can't squeeze in on a subject as closely as the A480 (one of my all-time favorite cameras), this new Canon camera is capable of focusing just an inch and a half away from the subject in "Macro" mode. I usually carry one or two Pentax DLSR cameras as I hike through miles of woodland trails every weekend, and although they're great cameras, they simply can't beat Canon Powershots for capturing the tiniest nature subjects, in my opinion. If a subject is smaller than a quarter, out come the Powershots.

This camera takes photos that easily match or beat the quality of images you'll find in typical nature guides by Peterson or Simon & Schuster. Spend a year on the trail with it, and you could easily have a full set of quality publishable photos. Unlike more expensive point-and-shoots or DSLRs, this Powershot doesn't have camera raw or enough pixels to fill a wall, but the image quality and output is suitable for small posters, so who cares? Frankly, counting pixels and foaming over camera raw are not admirable traits, and neither of those things produces good pictures.

Image noise seems to be a bit improved since the A480s and A490s came out, especially when shooting in lower light. This camera has 12 versus 10 megapixels of its predecessors, so in theory you can get a larger photo now and still retain sharpness and detail. The controls will be familiar to anyone who has used a Canon point-and-shoot.
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142 of 145 people found the following review helpful By Nathan T. Stitt on April 12, 2011
Color Name: Black
I bought the Canon A1200 because I wanted a small point and shoot that I could take everywhere with me. Other selling points were the optical viewfinder which I don't really use much, as well as the AA batteries. I use Sanyo Eneloops in this camera and they work great. I don't know how many pictures I can take with them on a single charge because I end up recharging them before they die completely.

The biggest surprise for me has been how well this camera does in low lighting. I have sometimes had trouble with getting good exposures in the dim lighting in my house but not with this camera. The sensor seems to be tuned for low light performance and it is a consistent performer for birthday parties or just taking snapshots of my kids.

I uploaded a few of the artistic shots I've made with this camera and I can say that the A1200 has exceeded all of my expectations for a point and shoot camera at this price range. It is a great performer and with a little effort it will take great images. I've messed around with some of the preset options and they help a little bit, but the auto setting works well if you don't want to fiddle with things. Also, the Discreet Mode is great! I accidentally took a picture with auto-flash and interrupted a speaker, so now I always use this mode to disable the focus light and flash when needed.

On a final note, I bought a Lowepro Volta case and it's a perfect fit, though there is no room for spare batteries. I just wanted a slim package that I can fit in my pocket. It's a bit bulky but not an inconvenience. I highly recommend this camera if you are on a budget and want a solid performer at the hundred dollar price range.
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81 of 82 people found the following review helpful By Barb B on July 14, 2011
Color Name: Silver
I bought this camera while on vacation in Florida when my old HP 5MP camera suddenly died. That old camera took LOVELY, high quality photos. It had a viewfinder, and since I was taking many pictures on the beach in full sun I wanted a replacement with a viewfinder (because who can see the LCD display in bright light?). This was the only camera in the store that had one, so I bought it.

The instruction manual came on a CD and since I didn't have a computer handy, I just put the setting on "Automatic" and clicked away. After I got home and downloaded the pictures I was completely disappointed. They were all a tiny bit blurry, the colors were drab and I was very upset. They looked nothing like the beautiful pictures I had always gotten from my cheap HP camera - they looked like something taken with an old Kodak Instamatic!

I read some of the reviews online and after reading through the instruction manual decided to play with the settings to see if I could improve the image quality. Apparently having too many megapixels somehow makes it harder to get crystal clear focus. Since I am not enlarging these photos to poster size, I reset the megapixels to just 6. When outside in normal daylight, I set the ISO to 80 or 100, depending on brightness. Only then did I start getting some much better looking photos - nearly the same quality as my old camera.

So instead of writing a scathing review, I will say that I am happy with this camera now. I LOVE that it has a viewfinder. This alone allows you to really save on battery drain, since you can take all your pictures with the LCD turned off and it is the LCD that burns through the batteries.
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