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5.0 out of 5 stars Best Camera Of Its Type - Like The Wide Angle, March 12, 2011
This review is from: Canon Powershot A1200 12.1 MP Digital Camera with 4x Optical Zoom (Black) (Camera)
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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Initial post: Mar 16, 2011 6:01:57 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Mar 16, 2011 6:05:33 PM PDT
Thanks for the detailed review. Are you saying the flash is impossible to turn on for fill use or whatever? I would assume with the flash mode chooser on the right of the "daisy wheel" or whatever you call it, there would simply be a force-on choice?

Posted on Mar 17, 2011 8:06:49 AM PDT
Abhimukta says:
Flash can be forced. Click on the Flash button and "do not select" Auto

Posted on Mar 20, 2011 5:59:07 PM PDT
C. Farrow says:
Can it do multishot??? 3/sec? 6/sec?

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 27, 2011 1:03:41 PM PDT
C. L. Stagg says:
looks to me like you either select auto or off - what am I missing?

In reply to an earlier post on May 5, 2011 9:30:38 AM PDT
In 'Auto' mode, only automatic flash or no flash are available. In 'P' (Program) mode, you have more options, including forcing the flash to fire no matter what. Set the mode with with large dial on the top of the camera next to the shutter button.

Posted on Jun 10, 2011 9:13:11 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jun 10, 2011 9:16:24 AM PDT
Neil H. says:
The reviewer says: "Also, this camera does not have the option to merge 2 or 3 shots into a panoramic picture."

Actually, that is something done in software and not the camera anyway. Most point-and-shoot cameras have a "panorama assist" mode somewhere in the settings, and many Canon cameras have a setting for it right on the mode dial. Perhaps that's what you're thinking of. Basically what that does is provide an aid for aligning the successive shots properly, and then keeps the same exposure for each shot in the series so that they match properly. But you might be able to do all that yourself without the assist mode, and then use the panorama "stitching" program that comes with your camera, or any similar stitching software for that matter. Downloading the user manual for this camera just now, I see it mentions the PhotoStitch program but no instructions for using it, so you may have the software on the disc that came with the camera, even if the camera itself doesn't offer any sort of assist.

Posted on Jul 18, 2011 5:37:17 PM PDT
Does the HD video also include sound?

Posted on Aug 2, 2011 5:50:00 PM PDT
Blair says:
Well written, detailed, helpful review. Thanks for taking the time to write it!

Posted on Aug 16, 2011 3:25:09 AM PDT
J. Frazier says:
A well written review.
I wonder, can you or any other user tell me how it does on close up photos. I am looking for a camera with an optical viewfinder, and they are almost non-existent.
Thank you.

Posted on Aug 21, 2011 5:23:33 AM PDT
what did it come with? ie, batteries, case etc? thanks for your great review
fred from nashville
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