Canon PowerShot A1200 Digital Camera Kit with FREE; 1GB SD Card, Camera Case, Table Top Tripod - Silver

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Canon A1200: Picture 1 regular

About Canon A1200

Sleekly redesigned in classic Silver, the new PowerShot A1200 digital camera kit with 1GB SD Card is all about capturing your memories your way. An Optical Viewfinder gives you an easy, familiar alternative to composing shots with an LCD screen. Smart AUTO takes care of all the details while you focus on getting the shot you want, by intelligently selecting the proper settings for the camera based on 32 predefined shooting situations. And now you can preserve your memories exactly the way you see them in incredibly true-to-life 720p HD.

With 12.0 Megapixels, you'll be able to blow up your shots without losing a single detail and the 4x Wide-Angle (28mm) Optical Zoom gets you close to the action quickly. The camera uses AA batteries, so you'll have power anytime, anywhere. New Discreet Mode lets you shoot where you never could before, by disabling sound, flash and AF beam. Looking to put a little artistry in your photography? New Creative Filters mode makes it easy with appealing options like Fisheye Effect, Miniature Effect, Monochrome and more.

Canon A1200 Features

  • An Optical Viewfinder makes capturing images simple and easy
  • Smart AUTO intelligently selects the proper settings for the camera based on 32 predefined shooting situations
  • Capture memories your way as either still images or in 720p HD video
  • This stylish, powerful A-Series camera has 12.1 Megapixels and 4x Wide-Angle Optical Zoom (28mm)
  • This AA battery-powered camera enables you to easily power up on the go!
  • New scene mode: Discreet Mode disables the sound, flash and AF beam so you can still capture images in quiet areas
  • Creative Filters offers fun and artistic ways to capture photos
  • Large, clear 2.7-inch LCD makes taking and viewing images a breeze

Canon A1200 Specifications

Camera Type
Compact digital still camera with built-in flash
12.1 Megapixel, 1/2.3-inch type Charge Coupled Device (CCD)
Total Pixels
Approx. 12.7 Megapixels
Effective Pixels
Approx. 12.1 Megapixels
Focal Length
5.0 (W) - 20.0 (T) mm (35mm film equivalent: 28-112mm)
Digital Zoom
Optical Zoom
Focusing Range
1.2 in. (3cm) - infinity (W); 2.6 ft. (80cm) - infinity (T)
Macro: 1.2 in-1.6 ft. (3-50cm (W)
Autofocus System
TTL Autofocus
Optical Viewfinder
2.7-inch TFT color wide viewing angle LCD monitor
LCD Pixels
Approx. 230,000 dots
LCD Coverage
Approx. 100%
Maximum Aperture
f/2.8 (W) - f/5.9 (T)
Shutter Speed
1 - 1/1600 sec.
15 - 1/1600 sec. (Total shutter speed range)
Auto, ISO 80/100/200/400/800/1600
Light Metering Method
Evaluative, Center-weighted average, Spot
Exposure Control Method
AE Lock
Exposure Compensation
+/-2 stops in 1/30-stops increments
White Balance Control
Auto, Daylight, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Fluorescent H, Custom
Built-in Flash
Auto, On, Off, FE lock, Slow Synchro
Flash Range
12 in.-13 ft. (W), 1.6-6.6 ft. (T)/(30cm-4.0m (W), 50cm-2.0m (T))
Recycling Time
12 sec. or less (battery voltage=3.0V)
Shooting Modes
P, Live View Control, Auto, Easy, SCN, Creative Filters, Discreet, Movie
Photo Effects
My Colors Off, Vivid, Neutral, Sepia, Black & White, Custom
Self Timer
Approx. 10-sec delay/approx. 2-sec. delay/custom
Storage Media
SD/SDHC/SDXC Memory Card, MultiMediaCard, MMC Plus Card, HC MMC Plus Card
File Format
Design rule for camera file system, DPOF Version 1.1 complaint
JPEG Compression Mode
Still Image: Exif 2.3 (JPEG)
Movie: MOV (Image data: H.264; Audio data: Linear PCM (monaural))
Number of Recording Pixels
4000 x 3000 (Large), 2816 x 2112 (Medium 1), 1600 x 1200 (Medium 2), 640 x 480 (Small), 4000 x 2248 (Widescreen)
Playback Modes File
Easy, Auto Rotate (Automatic vertical/horizontal detection), Resume Playback, Image Advance (Operation Tools, Transition effects, Scroll Display), Rotate, Jump, Slide Show (Playback Interval, Repeat, Effect, Playlist)
Still Images: Single, Index, Magnification, Resize, i-Contrast, Focus Check, Histogram, Overexposure Warning, Red-Eye Correction
Movies: Normal Playback, slow motion, pause, first frame, last frame, next frame, previous frame, fast forward, fast rewind
Erase Modes
Still Image: single image, all images
Video: any video file
Computer Interface
USB 2.0 Hi-Speed (mini-B jack)
Video Out
Audio Out
Power Source
2 AA batteries (Alkaline NiMH batteries NB-3AH x2)
Compact Power Adapter CA-PS800 (Used together with the DC Coupler DR-DC10)
Shooting Capacity
Approx. 200 shots
Playback Time
Alkaline batteries: Approx. 8 hours
AA NiMH batteries: Approx. 11 hours
Operating Temperature
32-104 deg.F/0-40 deg.C
Operating Humidity
Dimensions (W x H x D)
3.84 x 2.46 x 1.21 in. / 97.5 x 62.5 x 30.7mm
Approx. 6.53 oz./185 g (including the battery and memory card)
Approx. 4.83 oz. / 137g (camera body only)
Mfr #
5031B001 A

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Reviewed by 43 customers

(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)


Good Camera


Had the A1200 since July, Not as good a camera as A1100. But a nice camera to have in your Pocket! It is slow taking pictures. But it nice to have a optical viewfinder. Along with the fact it takes AA batteries.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


Would not buy again


This camera appears to have a faulty CCD....can't get it repaired...owned for less than 6 months and it is a backup camera. I have used it less than 12 times. VERY DISAPPOINTED with this product!

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)


Optical finder big plus


Bought this model as had been looking for a camera with an alternate viewfinder. Using LCD screen in bright days has always frustrated me. The camera has plenty of features, more than I need. Having an optical VF is a big plus for us.

(14 of 14 customers found this review helpful)


Perfect travel camera


I have had this camera for a bit more than a year and take it with me on all my travels. It is small, easily fitting into my shirt and/or coat pockets. With a 16 gig card, it takes thousands of pictures at maximum pixel levels. The view finder enables me to take pictures in bright sunlight, plus by turning off the display I can triple battery life. And with 2AA battery power, I am never worrying about charging some odd equipment. I highly recommend as a regular part of anyone's travel kit


Great camera with nice features


Camera bought for outdoor & macro photos because of the optical viewfinder. Wish all manufacturers would include viewfinder on their smaller cameras. Nice extra features like the special effects selector mode (fish-eye etc). Just what I was looking for, just wish it had like an 8 or 10 times zoom. Great camera, great price, & great service from Adorama.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


Good P&S with a viewfinder


I had one that was my pocket camera that I usually took everywhere with me. I loaned it to my almost 9 year old granddaughter. She loves it so I bought this one for her birthday. It's being replaced by an A1300, but it's still a good camera and it's less expensive than the A1300. I bought the A1200 because it's the only P&S less than around $400 that has a viewfinder. The viewfinder is especially good for shooting in bright daylight when the LCD screen is hard to see. It lacks stabilization which is another reason to use the viewfinder which is more stable than holding the camera out in front of you. But even if you use the LCD screen to compose the camera usually sets a high enough shutter speed when you use Auto ISO to prevent blur. Using the flash indoors also helps prevent blur.


Good value


Nice to keep in car or in pocket.


Great camera for the price


I brought this camera for my wife. She wanted a small point and shoot camera that did everything for her. Our old camera was seven years old and it was hard for the wife to use. I showed my wife a few things about the camera and she started using it immediately. She loved the size and how easy it was to use. The picture quality was wonderful. My wife has used the camera outside and indoors. Shots with our old camers indoors, we would have to use the flash. With the cannon, we didn't have to. I think for my wife's needs, this camera is perfect. The only thing I found against the camera was the viewfinder. It is so small, it's hard to use. It's better to just use the LCD screen. Overall, I think this would be a good camera for anybody just getting into digital photography or for a backup camera.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


Awesome camera!


I have a Nikon SLR digital camera, yet wanted something small that would fit in my purse and take great pictures when my friends and I go out to lunch, etc. This is it! The picture quality is excellent, the size and weight is fabulous! One of my girlfriends wants to get one herself, even though she already has a small camera. This is easy to use, lightweight, just fantastic!


Good camera with viewfinder


Can use viewfinder to cut battery consumption to almost nothing.

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