Conclusion: The Canon PowerShot SD1200 IS Digital ELPH aka Digital IXUS 95 is a small, stylish digital camera that offers a nice feature set for not a lot of money. Like the preceding SD1100 of last year, 2009â€™s SD1200 Digital ELPH has a 3X optical zoom lens with image stabilization, a 2.5 inch LCD, VGA movie mode and a similar ultra-compact design. The LCD is nicely viewable both in low and bright light and thereâ€™s even an optical viewfinder at your disposal too.
Pros: Ultra-compact design; comes in your choice of six colors, Good battery life; very good using viewfinder, Above average flash power, Speedy camera performance, Good LCD visibility in variety of conditions; thereâ€™s an optical viewfinder too, Very good image quality in general; effective redeye removal tool
Cons: Lacks manual controls and a live histogram, Flimsy memory/battery door, Edge softness with a little color fringing
Summary: The Canon Powershot SD1200 IS, despite having the highest model number of all SD-series, is quite simple in terms of specifications: a 10 megapixels sensor, ISO up to 1600 and a minimal 3X optical zoom lens. Perhaps this makes it less interesting, but thinking this way, you would miss the point of the SD1200. This ultra-compact sticks with Canon's winning formula for easy-to-use and intuitive ultra-compact digital cameras.
Pros: Low image noise, Natural rendition of image colors, Above average white-balance performance, Corner-to-corner image sharpness, Very fast and responsive, Excellent LCD visibility, Excellent build quality
Cons: Tendency to overexpose, Loss of details starts at ISO 400, Limited use ISO 800 and 1600, Shutter lag when flash is on is too long, Limited dynamic-range, Too few zoom steps, Difficult to hold securely
Excerpt: If you're a sucker for slender, sexy looking compact cameras, Canon's all set to entice you with the Canon Digital IXUS 95 IS. This petite beauty measures a mere 86 x 55 x 22 mm and weighs 120-grams. The camera's built for the style conscious, a fact that's accentuated by the colors it's available in – silver, orange, gray, blue and pink. The camera's body's ergonomically curved to make it convenient to carry, and look sleek at the same time.
Summary: If you're hunting down an entry level compact camera, then the Canon IXUS 95 IS could well be just what you're looking for. With Smart Auto mode for shooting top notch images in all conditions, the exposures are always on form and the auto flash is one of very few to accurately expose and fill-in (even in daylight) with no faffing around whatsoever.
Canon Digital IXUS 95 IS / PowerShot SD1200 IS ELPH
1 November 2009
Summary: The Canon Digital IXUS 95 IS / PowerShot SD1200 IS is a 10 Megapixel compact with a stabilised 3x zoom lens, 2.5in screen, and an optical viewfinder. The latter is something of a rarity on modern compacts, and while the view is tiny, it can be invaluable when shooting in bright sunlight or for conserving battery power.
The IXUS 95 IS / SD1200 IS has no manual controls, but in Program mode provides access to some settings including image size, ISO and white balance.
Pros: Compact, light and stylish., Decent picture quality., Small but useful optical viewfinder., Scene recognition make it easy to use.
Cons: Basic 3x zoom range., Tiny optical viewfinder., Red-eye sometimes a problem, No optical zoom while filming.
Excerpt: The Canon PowerShot SD1200 IS is an affordable answer to a need for a lightweight, responsive camera that is easy for the amateur to use, but has enough features for the more knowledgeable photographer to get a precise shot.
Pros: Small and sleek, Many color options, Great Autofocus performance, Good megapixel-to-CCD range, ISO settings perform well
Cons: Still has an optical viewfinder, sacrificing space, Mode picking is hard to find within interface, LCD screen does not repel scratches and smudges as advertised, Magnified images show graininess and noise
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Pros: - Compact, - Stylish metal body, - Large buttons considering the compact size, - Good value for money, - Optical viewfinder (rare in a compact), - Excellent macro mode, - Good image quality, - Quick performance (and flash recharge time), - Good battery life for a compact
Cons: Lacks 720p HD video, Lacks wide-angle lens or longer zoom, Prefers to over-expose / lose highlight details on default settings (can be fixed with exposure compensation), Can make some colours look luminous (green particularly), Multiple names depending on location (Canon PowerShot SD1200 IS Digital ELPH, IXY… etc), Red-eye in photos