Test: Canon EOS 1200 D-Easy-to-Use Friend

Three years after that Canon’s entry-level camera Eos 1100 d was released will now have an update with the new Eos 1200 d. The Foundation is the same – an easy to use camera that’ll get you to develop yourself in your photography.

Buttons and switches can deter most who want to venture into the world of photography. Actually it is not so dangerous, and that’s exactly what Canon wants to convey with its new EOS 1200 d. The camera is designed as an entry-level camera for the whole family, with several smart organizer that lets you learn the camera from scratch.

The camera is designed in the classical Canon-design. On the inside we find a sensor 18 megapixel, the ability to record video in full HD and burst of three frames per second.

Simple execution

Canon EOS 1200 d has got a simple execution. If you look closely at the back we see some buttons, but it all feels yet simplistic and unadorned. The trade-off that Canon succeeded in good with the possibilities to get a light feature but still increased advanced options the more you develop as a photographer, which is very good. The buttons have a great set-up and is relatively comfortable and easy to use. The design also works very good, with a comfortable grip for hand.

Also the inside of the camera is easy to understand. Depending on which application you choose on the program selection knob changes the menus of the camera. Select, for example, a + as the camera takes control of all settings and select the best setting in a smart scene mode, but choose, for example, the manual mode, you can adjust the settings.

Between mode, however, is one of the things that are most interesting – the creative Auto mode. Here you can get help from the camera to photograph, but it is you who decide the final result. Smart from Canon’s hold is that you can easily adjust the settings in three different levels, and get, for example, an intense hue in the image. Do you want to go a step further in adjusting the image, you can use a creative filters like fisheye, monochrome, toy camera, or miniature landscapes.

In addition to this there are of course also the classic settings for portrait, night portrait, macro, sports and landscapes.

In Canon EOS 1200 d are all features that a beginner in photography may wish for, and it is not difficult to understand how the camera works. For adjustment of aperture and shutter speed are a front swivel wheels, and if you want to shoot in manual mode and adjust both aperture and shutter speed as you do it at the same snurreglage, press and hold a button. Less control, the same function, that is.

For the film, it is also very easy-there are no direct advanced adjustments to make, the camera takes care of the good itself. What you can do during recording is to change the exposure, which is a good thing if it gets too dark or light. In this way, even video part adjusted to not hamper with more settings than needed. The drawback is of course when you want more control, then you’ll have to rely on the camera instead.

Better screen, good focus

The screen has now also become better than its predecessor – the size has increased from 2.7 inch to 3 inches, which is a minimum standard in an SLR today. Also the resolution has been increased to 460 000 pixels. Overall, the screen is good, with sharp image.

Also the autofocus works really fast and good, especially in daylight. When shooting in darker environments, the camera takes longer to find focus, even though it usually manages to find the right to the end. Generally, it works okay.

Live view focusing on the screen during filming is no big shot, but takes his time to find focus. The reason is of course components such as the processor and autofocus module.

The viewfinder is not exactly great, compared to the higher models in the segment. However, the viewfinder is good, with few and clear figures for the settings you have on the camera the current aperture, shutter and iso value. Not more than necessary, and it can be quite nice not having to think about it all around to be able to concentrate on just the photograph.

Image quality, the camera performs really well, on a par with the higher model 700 d – which means a good balance of noise reduction in images taken at high iso, but at the same time the preservation of detail.

Video quality is performing also as with 700 d, which means good videos directly from the camera.

The camera is easy to handle, and actually has many functions, despite the fact that it is so easily constructed. The features we can find in the camera is targeted to those who want to develop their photography, and is also assisted by Eos Companion, Canon’s own Android and Iphone app that is specifically created to explain how different parts of the camera and the camera works. The app works as a guide for how to get the most out of your camera.

Easy to miss is that you really don’t need all the buttons and controls – much is about how you as the photographer choose to compose your picture. But you require quick checks and faster burst shooting than three images per second so maybe a faster camera is worth betting on.