Review Price £349.00
Canon EOS 1200D
Is the Canon EOS 1200D the new entry level DSLR to beat?Canon has today announced the latest addition to its comprehensive DSLR line-up in the shape of the entry-level Canon EOS 1200D.
The Canon EOS 1200D replaces the 1100D with a host of improvements to both its build and its specification.
We visited Canon HQ ahead of this morning’s launch and were lucky enough to go hands-on with a pre-production model to take a closer look at what promises to be a popular new DSLR.
Watch our hands-on Canon EOS 1200D video
Canon EOS 1200D: Specs and priceAt the core of the 1200D’s imaging functionality sits an 18MP APS-C CMOS sensor, paired with Canon’s DIGIC 4 processor. The resolution is a major jump from the 12MP chip found in the Canon EOS 1100D, showing that Canon still places importance on providing a high megapixel count.
The EOS 1200D features the same 9-point AF system as featured in the 1100D, and as a result it remains as simple and intuitive to adjust focus as before.
During our time with the camera we noted that the AF acquisition speed was prompt, similar to the AF system found on the Canon EOS 100D tested previously.
Canon states that the 1200D should deliver a continuous shooting speed of around 3fps, meaning it is about the same as the 1100D. That’s on par with competing models when you consider that the 1200D is aimed at the entry-level market.
The rear of the camera sees a welcome improvement in terms of the specification of the model’s LCD screen. Where the 1100D features a relatively sub-par 2.7-inch screen, the 1200D now offers a 3-inch, 460k-dot unit.
The screen itself is fixed to the rear of the camera and doesn’t offer touch functionality, although once again these are two features you’re unlikely to get in entry-level DSLRs.
Another nod to the entry-level pitching of the 1200D is the new accompanying EOS Companion app. The app serves as a kind of interactive manual for the new model, providing step-by-step shooting guides and tutorials for getting to know your camera.
Although the app is clearly laid out, it is lacking the extensive interaction we’ve come to expect from mobile apps these days. That being said, once again those new to DSLR photography are sure to find it incredibly useful.
The Canon EOS 1200D certainly impresses in the hand in terms of build and design. Gone is the plasticky feel of the 1100D – the new model feeling more akin to the EOS 700D than its predecessor.
Unfortunately the finish of the 1200D isn’t as smooth as that on the EOS 100D. Instead it is much rougher, while Canon has also opted to do away with the rubberised handgrip in favour of a coarse surface here as well.
Although this isn’t going to be a deal-breaker, it’s difficult to argue the merits of rough-finish handgrip ahead of the rubberised alternative.
Canon EOS 1200D: First ImpressionsOn first impressions, there’s no denying the potential of the EOS 1200D in the entry-level DSLR market. Canon has made several key improvements to the camera’s specification, while the accompanying EOS Companion app is sure to be a hit with those new to DSLRs.
The real deal-maker is the camera’s price. At £349 body only at launch, rising to just £449 with the image stabilised 18-55mm kit lens, Canon is clearly laying down a marker in the increasingly competitive entry-level market with the EOS 1200D.