While compact cameras continue to suffer in the wake of the
ubiquitous smartphone, the DSLR market remains fairly strong. More and
more novice photographers are flocking to DSLRs as a means of stepping
up their game.
There’s long been a niche to exploit for a DSLR that’s got plenty of
imaging power but is affordable and also easy for the inexperienced
photographer to get to grips with. Others like Nikon and Pentax have
recently taken cracks at it, with the D3300 and K-5 respectively, and
now Canon has re-entered the arena with the EOS 1200D.
It’s great to see Canon making an effort to cater for new
photographers, and the 1200D is an exceptional attempt for two principal
reasons. The first is the price. £349 for a Canon DSLR? Yes please. The
second is the concurrent launch of the EOS Companion app, designed
specifically to be a learning aid for 1200D owners.
It may look an enticing prospect for beginners, but that all means nothing if the camera’s performance doesn’t stack up.. In relation to its predecessor, the Canon 1100D, the 1200D’s
specification is all over the place, with some features undergoing huge
improvements and others none at all. One of the main talking points of
the camera is its 18MP sensor, offering a significant resolution jump
from the 12.2MP of the 1100D.
Despite this higher resolution, the 1200D’s new sensor only
represents a very small increase in dimensions from that of its
predecessor, allowing Canon to keep the size of the camera to a minimum
(it weighs in at a pokey 480g with battery and card included).In some other areas, improvements are less spectacular. The Canon
1200D imports its Digic 4 image processor wholesale from the 1100D
(which came out back in 2011). It’s capable of shooting at a rather
middling 3fps in continuous mode, for a total of 69 Jpegs or six raw
files at a time.
It’s also worth noting that the battery is actually rated a little
lower than that of the 1100D. Canon reckons it’ll let you crank out
approximately 500 shots at 23ºC, far fewer than the 700 or so that the
1100D could manage.