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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!