Summary: I bought this inexpensive model of Canon to take photos to send over the Internet. I am not a fancy photographer. I just want to take photos to send to friends. It is a Canon. That is a good reason to buy it.
Summary: I like the fact that this camera uses AA batteries instad of a rechargable battery. I just carry extra batteries along all the time. Remember that in digital photography, batteries are your film.
Summary: If you want a view finder, and don't want to spend a lot of cash, this will work. It's a pretty cheap camera, but you do get what you pay for. I would recommend it to someone that doesn't need a camera for work, just play!
Summary: I wanted a camera, I could keep with me and get those spur of the moments pictures. Overall it has done this job very well, the only thing I wish it did better was to shoot animals like deer at 50 yards and bring them closer, but I guess you can't have everything in an inexpensive point and shoot...
Summary: The A1200 is just what I wanted; a point-and-shoot with an optical viewfinder at a very reasonable price. I am not thrifty, but I wanted a camera that I can keep on hand without worrying about damage or loss. The pictures are pretty good--this is a point-and-shoot after all.
Excerpt: I just returned from 5 weeks overseas holidays. Took two cameras, Pentax K100D and a Canon A1200. Purchased the Canon for the holidays as I anticipated that the Pentax would be a bit bulky and heavy for a lot of the time.
Summary: As someone who takes a lot of photos of their artwork this definitely does the job, it's decent but at least it works. The good thing about it is that it's easy to use. It has a good flash and it doesn't take forever for the picture to load on the view screen.
good selection/purchase after looking at lots of reviews
Robert Gross, Amazon
30 April 2012
Summary: I have only had it for a few weeks, but wanted good resolution in close-up low light pics, which I find does the job well, despite the common complaint that the flash is set too near the lens, thus obstructing/blacking out a corner of the pic in very close object pics.
Summary: In the past using the rear digital display meant rapid battery death so you NEEDED a viewfinder. No more! This is the perfect all-around-do-everything camera. It's easy enough for snapshots but allows enough creative control to do seriously creative photography.