Summary: I supposably purchased this camera brand new from amazon. NOT! My camera arrived in a new box with batteries still factory sealed and directions. What it did not arrive with was the protective film over the display panel. There were finger prints all over the display screen & the battery compartment was opened. Obviously a preowned item. Secondly I read the reviews & looked at the pictures of previous purchasers. I have a Nikon D7000 for "real" pictures.
Summary: Terrible camera. The camera on my phone takes far better pictures. I wanted something on the cheaper end to take while I was traveling. Right out of the box, I knew this was not going to work. It takes way to long to process between the time you take a picture and the time the shutter goes off. The photos are blurry. Don't waste your money, for ~$50 more dollars you can get something that actually works.
Summary: Viewfinder is a MUST for us (saves batteries when traveling in remote areas, essential for shooting in bright sun) so we had little choice on what to buy at the time. I see a lot of 5-star and 1-star reviews. I think now I know why. This camera worked great for 3 months -- crisp pictures, good focus and color, no graininess. Then it started taking blurry, pixelated, abstract-looking useless images. Then for no apparent reason, it would start working fine again.
Summary: OK, so I bought this camera for my teenager son after reading rave reviews and doing some research. It took ok pictures the first month Then 3 months later, I notice that the pictures get slightly blurry, like a handshake. At first I thought my son wasn't holding it steady when shooting.Then 6 months since we bought it, the images not only blur out, they bleed -- like they were sprayed with water and the images ran down like watercolor.
Summary: This is a nice sized little pocket camera that has some features that are desirable such as an optical view finder and the ability to run on AA batteries. I bought it as a backup for my wife to take to England but because of the problems she had with it it never got used. It constantly required batteries after taking only 4 - 6 pictures. I tried batteries out of different packages and by different manufactuers to no avail.
Summary: I am very disappointed in this camera. I have been a long-time Canon owner and have owned several of their point-n-shoot cameras over he years. The pics are really grainy for even a point-n-shoot. This is true even when using the flash in "auto" mode. The video quality is even worse. My old Elf SD100 out-performs this camera.
Summary: I purchased The Canon Powershot A1200 for a Christmas for this year. It was meant for an everyday carry around in my wife's purse camera, so she would have something besides her cell phone to grab a pic she wanted to capture. This camera is aweful, I really think the disposable cameras you can pick up at the drug store are better than this camera.
Summary: I ordered the Canon Powershot A1200 after reading all of the positive reviews it received however was quite dissapointed once I received the item. The photos were extremely grainy and the camera didn't seem to focus well. I also own a Canon Powershot A620 purchased several years ago that I absolutely love! With this recent purchase I was looking for something more lightweight and compact for general everyday use and thought the A1200 would be a good choice.
Summary: My experience with this camera is similar to that of "Frontman". I have used & liked multiple Canon cameras and was excited to find one this small and with a viewfinder. I bought a black 1200 two days ago and spent the afternoon taking many pictures in many situations & modes -- results were poor across the board. It was returned the next day.