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Canon EOS 1200D Review

Canon EOS 1200D Review
Review / 10/06/2014
Author: Photoleet avatarPhotoleet
recommendations 1, rating 4






The doubt that we expressed when presenting the smallest DSLR ever, the Canon EOS 100D, regarding the fact that the class 100D may cease to exist turned out to be incorrect. In fact, what turned out incorrect is the idea that that class would be dismantled; as for the question whether we have a genuinely new camera or not – well, not really. As a number of times so far, it has turned out that analyses that are a reflection of public opinion are almost entirely inconsequential to large corporations. The reasons for that are simpler than it may seem at first glance – ‘public opinion’ is primarily composed of competent individuals, professional thinkers and interested amateurs who, no matter how much importance they place on themselves, do not comprise the majority within a group of potential buyers and followers of events on the photographic scene. The undeniable truth, which we are all well aware of, receives its nth confirmation in a row precisely by introducing one such camera, a model whose purpose is very close to a reprint of worn-out billboards, after rain and the heat of the sun have washed away their glow.

Alfred Hitchcock, a famous British film director and producer, once stated: “Television is like the American toaster, you push the button and the same thing pops up every time”. There are definitely a substantial number of Hitchcock fans working in Canon. Or at least, the American toaster fans. Whichever of the two, from time to time, it looks like we are running a marathon with the additions of masochism. It is a fact that there are few of those who have not got tired of Canon Rebel class (in the most general sense) and persistent reheating and juggling with specifications, with only sporadic innovations, and only in some subclasses of this beginner category. It is enough to remind that once there was only one ‘Rebel’, while now there are at least three active and one vegetative (at this moment, that is the EOS 650D, which has been replaced by the newer EOS 700D, but still exists on the market, as it is the case with Canon in this class). We have no doubts that Canon’s marketing team (boys and girls who do their job superbly, no doubt about it) would find a way to demonstrate to us the necessity of its existence in that form, yet there are few of those who have not wondered: “What’s all this about?”

Let's get this straight – we have not said that even the worst camera today is ‘bad’ from the comparative point of view. For years, all of them have been above the minimum that is required so that an average user (let alone a layman) enjoys the primary purpose of such products – photographing. “So what is the problem then?” some will ask. Nothing particular! It is just that business recognizes as a proof of success only a form of stock exchange activities and their financial weight. However hard we tried to point out obvious logical inconsistencies and an arrogant technological downgrading of some products (or even whole classes of them, as it is frequently the case), the results prove us wrong with all their might. Don’t even let's with a nickel to spare!

Contrary to the expectations of the conversant, the camera the overture of which is this dark will probably turn out well on the market. Not because there are no arguments for these criticisms, but because the market definitely allows more freedom than each individual can imagine. How is it possible that a product is criticized so much, and that its market score is diametrically opposite to logic? The answer that is offered is simpler than the question – negative grades simply do not reach those who do not pay attention to such criticisms. While it is not unusual for the crowd psychology, which the globalized market has been susceptible to for quite some time, what makes us wonder is the absence of noticeable success of those who invested all their effort, money and knowledge in truly top-level products, whose only weak point is – poor marketing. Guess what, we think about direct competitors. Both those stronger and those weaker. No matter from what angle we observe the situation, it is impossible not to notice poor results of some quite good products in the photo industry – all that is in favor of those who do very little (sometimes, not even that much) to offer faithful buyers something truly new and better.

So, as Canon has been dealing for years now with additional stratification of questionably balanced products, others barely make ends meet, constantly gravitating in a limited space between break-even and a complete disaster. No, we will not shed tears over the tragic fate of other large corporations… we will only ask ourselves whether the cult of karma perhaps exists on the level of these conglomerates as well since a rational explanation is obviously impossible to find.

Oh, yes… the topic is the Canon EOS 1200D, on American soil known as the Rebel T5, and on Japanese as the Kiss X70. Let’s start one thing at a time…






The list of specifications reveals seemingly greater differences than they really are, while many of them definitely represent an improvement, yet not to the degree that can follow the direct competitors:



Canon EOS 1200D

(Rebel T5)

Canon EOS 1100D

(Rebel T3)

Announced February 11, 2014 February 7, 2011
Type DSLR (Digital Single-Lens Reflex)
Sensor 18 MP Canon CMOS, 3:2 aspect ratio;
APS-C 22.3 x 14.9mm (3.32 cm²)
Pixel density 4.42 MP/cm²;
Pixel size 4.31 µm
12.2 MP Canon CMOS, 3:2 aspect ratio;
APS-C 22.2 x 14.7mm (3.26 cm2)
Pixel density 3.74 MP/cm²;
Pixel size 5.19 µm
Formats RAW (CR2) and JPEG
Resolution RAW

5184 x 3456 (16MP)

4272 x 2848 (12.2MP)
Resolution JPEG 5184 x 3456 (16MP); 3456 x 2304 (8MP); 2592 x 1728 (4.5MP); 1920 x 1280 (2.5MP); 720 x 480 (0.35MP) 4272 x 2848 (12.2MP); 3088 x 2056 (6.3MP); 2256 x 1504 (3.4MP); 1920 x 1280 (2.5MP); 720 x 480 (0.35MP); 720 x 480 (0.35MP)
FOV (crop factor) 1.6x

Canon EF/EF-S

Kit Lens

Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS II

Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 III

Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS II

Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS II

Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 III

ISO range 100 - 6400 in 1 EV increments,
extended - H (12800)
100 – 6400 in 1 EV increments
Processor Canon Digic 4
A/D Convertor 14-bit
Color Space Adobe RGB, sRGB
In-body Stabilization N/A
Electronic Level System N/A
Dust Reduction

Software Dust Delete Data

AF System

Canon Multi-Basis TTL-SIR with 9 AF points;

central is cross-type;

operational range 0 to +18 EV for the center point, 1 to +18 for the peripheral AF points

AF Modes




AF Methods

9-point auto;

Single-point AF

AF-Assist Internal flash strobe, flashgun Internal flash strobe, flashgun IR
AF Micro Adjustment N/A
Internal flash Yes; GN9.2 at ISO 100, 17mm coverage
Wireless Flash Control N/A

e-TTL II hot-shoe; sync-speed 1/200;

compensation -3 to +1 EV

Light Metering

Dual-layer 63-zone RGB;

operational range 1 to 20 EV

Light Metering Modes Evaluative;
Partial (10% of the central part of the frame);
Center-weighted average
Min Shutter Speed 30 seconds, bulb
Max Shutter Speed 1/4000 s
Drive Modes

Single; Continuous;

Self-Timer 2 and 10s;

Burst 3 fps 3 fps JPEG; 2 fps RAW; 0.8 fps RAW + JPEG
Shutter 100,000 actuations
Buffer 6 RAW, 69 JPEG or 4 RAW+JPEG 5 RAW, 830 JPEG or 1 RAW+JPEG
Exposure Compensation -5 to +5 EV in 1/3 EV or 1/2 EV increments -5 to +5 EV in 1/3 EV or 1/2 EV increments
Viewfinder Optical, pentamirror, 95% frame coverage; 0.80x magnification factor; eyepoint 21mm; fixed focusing screen
Internal Processing

Active Lighting Optimizer; Highlight Tone Priority; HDR; vignettes correction


3“ TFT-LCD, 4:3 aspect ratio,

460,800 pixel resolution

2.7“ TFT-LCD, 4:3 aspect ration,

230,000 pixel resolution

Live View

Yes, 100% coverage;

Image sensor metering in Evaluative and Center-weighted mode

Live View AF

One-Point CDAF;

Face Detection; Quick Mode


Yes, H.264/MPEG-4 AVCHD;
1920 x 1080p @24/25/30 fps;
1280 x 720p @50/60 fps;
640 x 480p @25/30 fps;

Linear PCM mono audio (internal microphone)

Yes, H.264/MPEG-4 AVCHD;
1280 x 720p @25/30 fps;

Linear PCM mono audio (internal microphone)

Remote Control Yes; wired RS-60E3
Wi-Fi N/A
(Optional, GP-E2 receiver)
Storage Secure Digital (SD, SDHC, SDXC, EyeFi)

Combined USB/AV-out/GPS;

mini-HDMI Type-C; E3 remote

Combined USB/AV-out;

mini-HDMI Type-C; E3 remote

Weather and Dust Sealing N/A
Battery Canon LP-E10 Li-Ion, 7.4V, 860 mAh, 45g
Battery Endurance (CIPA) ~500 ~700
Grip N/A
Body Combination of plastics and composite materials, reinforced with metal structure;
130 x 100 x 78 mm; 480 g
Plastic body, reinforced with metal structure;
130 x 100 x 78 mm; 495 g

Technical characteristics: Canon EOS 1200D in comparison to 1100D


The sensor is one of those things that have not been upgraded in relation to the previous model, but in comparison to chief rivals, it represents nothing but a classic example of stagnating. The rest is more or less understandable for the class that the camera belongs to, yet one question arises: is such a model justifiable, bearing in mind what is offered within the Canon brand, but outside it, too? The buffer on the old model, which provoked a lot of criticism, the video mode, which is not at the expected level, as well as the display, were all improved, so in comparison to the EOS 700D, there is plenty to discuss concerning this model.




Over the years, Canon has little changed the appearance of the package (with the exception of the most expensive models), so it is no wonder that the EOS 1200D is very hard to spot among a sea of other Canon cameras:


Canon EOS 1200D, the content of the package with the EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS II lens


The content of the box, aside from the body itself and the EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS II lens, includes an LP-E10 battery with a cap, a corresponding charger LC-E10 (or the here pictured LC-E10E version with a cable), a standard wide shoulder strap, a mount cap, a USB cable for connecting with a computer, a short printed manual, a guarantee and three CDs that include free software and a manual in electronic form. The software, as until now, consists of a Digital Photo Professional application for developing RAW files, an EOS Utility tool for managing the camera, a Picture Styles Editor for creating color styles, a Photo Stitch intended for merging images in a panorama, as well as a Zoom Browser EX for organizing and viewing photographs. All the applications are available in versions for Windows and Mac OS.

Except in this combination, the Canon 1200D can be bought packaged with a cheaper EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 III lens, and for the first time, the so-called ‘double kit’ combination is available, which, apart from the optically stabilized version of the 18-55 lens, includes a well-known EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS II telephoto zoom lens. For some this is perhaps only trivia, yet we are sure that such a set will be at the very top of the wish list as it features quite solid optical performances at a very reasonable price. If we add to that the regular discount that is typical of kit sets, its popularity in the near future is not hard to predict.