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After 5 years of squinting at the glarey viewpane on our ageing Kodak, we decided to upgrade our digital camera.
Initially, we thought about getting a bridge camera; you know, one of those which looks like a professional camera, but isn't. However, we chanced upon the Canon A1200 in Sainsbury's and were immediately impressed.
Apart from the special offer price of £39.99 it has 12.3 megapixels, promising some pretty sharp piccies andd this was the first hook. Not forgetting that the name Canon bespeaks a quality product! But the real attraction was the optical viewfinder. Rare on point and shoot cameras, this facility is a godsend in bright conditions. No more squinting and trying to focus! You can also turn off the viewpane display to save power.
The camera contains the usual range of settings found on most compact digitals, including video, but they are better facilitated on this model. The monochrome setting with sepia and blue-tint options was particularly attractive to myself and there is also a variable ISO and long-shutter setting for some photo experimentation. And, of course, the beauty of digital photography
The kit includes a basic manual, which concentrates mostly on the Auto setting and there are two discs. One is the manuals disc, in PDF format. This takes some reading, but does go into fine detail regarding the various settings and options. The other disc is the Solutions disc, which contains, amongst other things, a link to upload your videos onto YouTube.
Additionally, if you register your product with Canon online, you get 10 gigs of free storage space to keep your photos on. What's not to like!
The 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. 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? Creative filters mode makes it easy with appealing options like fisheye effect, miniature effect, monochrome and more.
|Product Description:||Canon PowerShot A1200 - digital camera|
|Product Type:||Digital camera - compact|
|Memory Card Slot:||SD card|
|Image Processor:||DIGIC 4|
|Sensor Resolution:||12.1 Megapixel|
|Max Video Resolution:||1280 x 720|
|Lens System:||4 x zoom lens - 5 - 20 mm - f/2.8-5.9|
|Min Focus Distance:||3 cm|
|Digital Zoom:||4 x|
|Camera Flash:||Built-in flash|
|Viewfinder:||Optical - real-image zoom|
|Display:||LCD display - 2.7"|
|Supported Battery:||2 x AA alkaline battery ( included )
2 x AA NiMH rechargeable battery ( optional )
|AV Interfaces:||Composite video/audio|
|Microsoft Certification:||Compatible with Windows 7|
|Dimensions (WxDxH):||9.8 cm x 3.1 cm x 6.3 cm|