Canon PowerShot A1200 12 Megapixel Digital Camera with 4x Optical Zoom, 2.7" LCD, 720p HD, 28mm Wide Lens, Silver - 5031B001

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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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Best Camera Of Its Type - Like The Wide Angle

on 6/7/2011

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. Read More

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This is an awesome camera!

by pointam on 7/1/2011

I just bought this gem as a replacement of my trustworthy Canon SD400, which served me well for 4-5 years, and I felt I had to upgrade. This camera is wonderful, strongly built, attractive, shoots great pics and very very decent HD video (I am comparing to my HD camcorder HF20). You can shoot 1 hr of full (1080p) on a 16 GB SD card, 2hrs on a 32GB. Recording 720p (which is still super clear) gives you even more shooting time.. But of course this isn't a camcorder although the above is a major plus. The still pics are really nice. I always opt for auto as I am still an amateur photographer.. The elph 300HS seems like it has a couple more extra specs , but for me they weren't as important. This is a solid point and shoot with a very attractive exterior and pricetag.. 5 stars from me! Read More

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Product Overview

Shoot Your Way with this Easy, Affordable New Camera.
Sleekly redesigned in classic Black or Silver, the new PowerShot A1200 digital camera 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.

Specifications

Manufacturer Canon
Mfg Part# 5031B001
SKU 219837018
UPC 013803133677
UPC 14 00013803133677
Sales Rank 41724
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.
What's in the Box
PowerShot A1200 Body
2 AA batteries
Wrist Strap WS-800
USB Interface Cable IFC-400PCU
Digital Camera Solution CD-ROM
Tech Specs
Type: 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: 4x
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: Available
LCD Monitor: 2.7-inch TFT color wide viewing angle LCD
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)
Sensitivity: Auto, ISO 80/100/200/400/800/1600
Light Metering Method:
Evaluative*, Center-weighted average, Spot**
* Control to incorporate facial brightness in Face Detection AF
** Metering frame is fixed to the center
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
(*Facial color is evaluated in Face AiAF).
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)
Flash Exposure Compensation: N/A
Shooting Modes:
P, Live View Control, Auto, Easy, SCN1, Creative Filters2, Discreet, Movie3
1Blur Reduction, Portrait, Landscape, Kids & Pets, Smart Shutter4 Low Light, Beach, Foliage, Snow, Fireworks, Long Shutter
2Fish-eye Effect, Miniature Effect, Toy Camera Effect, Monochrome, Super Vivid, Poster Effect
3Standard, Miniature Effect
4Smile, Wink Self-timer, Face Self-timer
Photo Effects:
My Colors Off, Vivid, Neutral, Sepia, Black & White, Custom*
* Adjustment of contrast, sharpness and saturation available.
Self Timer:
Approx. 10-sec delay/approx. 2-sec. delay/custom
Shooting start time (0-15 sec (in one-second increments), 20/25/30 sec.) and number of shots (1-10 (in one-second increments)) can be specified.
Wireless Control: N/A
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
* Audio settings available in 5 levels.
** 5 levels (including normal playback), sound not available.
Erase Modes:
Still Image: single image, all images
Video: any video file
Computer Interface: USB 2.0 Hi-Speed (mini-B jack)
Video Out: NTSC/PAL
Audio Out: Monaural
Other: Memory card slot; direct connection to Canon SELPHY Compact Photo Printers, PIXMA Inkjet Photo Printers and PictBridge-compatible printers via camera's USB 2.0 Hi-Speed cable
Power Supply:
1. 2 AA batteries (Alkaline NiMH batteries NB-3AH x2)
2. Compact Power Adapter CA-PS800 (Used together with the DC Coupler DR-DC10) Approx. 200 shots Alkaline batteries: Approx. 8 hours
AA NiMH batteries: Approx. 11 hours
Power Source:
1. 2 AA batteries (Alkaline NiMH batteries NB-3AH x2)
2. 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°F/0-40°C
Operating Humidity: 10-90%
Dimensions (W x H x D): 3.84 x 2.46 x 1.21 in. / 97.5 x 62.5 x 30.7mm
Weight:
Approx. 6.53 oz./185 g (including the battery and memory card)
Approx. 4.83 oz. / 137g (camera body only)
Product Attributes
Aspect Ratio 16:9
Camera Megapixels 10 - 14 Megapixel
Camera Resolution (Megapixel) 12.1
Digital Zoom (x) 4
Focus Mode Auto
Maximum Still Frame Rate (fps) 30
Minimum Aperture f/2.8
Product Line PowerShot
Resolution 4000 x 3000
Viewfinder Type Optical
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