On paper, the Canon PowerShot A1200 looks more or less like a typical budget point-and-shoot camera, but PowerShot A1200 reviews find its performance impressive. A CNET reviewer likes the fact that this cheap digital camera includes a lot of options. More important, photos taken in bright light have very good color and sharpness, as well as crisp detail. In lower light, photos start to look washed out and reveal more graininess, but that's a common phenomenon among cameras in this price range, according to review. Camera Labs points out that this budget camera includes HD-quality video recording and 4x optical zoom, and reports that photos display top-notch white balance and vibrant colors. However, this review calls the camera's lack of image stabilization a disappointment.
The resolution of 12.1 megapixels is a little lower than on most new budget cameras, which tend to have around 14MP. The Canon PowerShot A1200 has 4x optical and digital zoom and a 2.7-inch LCD. It can use a wide variety of memory cards, including SD, SDHC, SDXC, MMC, and MMC Plus. A user who posted a PowerShot A1200 review on Amazon likes that the camera runs on two AA batteries. If you run out of juice when you're out and about, all you have to do is switch out the batteries, rather than hunt down an outlet -- or carry an adapter when you're overseas.
The Canon PowerShot A1200 is a good, though perhaps not great, camera, according to the Canon PowerShot A1200 reviews we read. The fact that it lacks image stabilization of any kind is a definite drawback, but it does produce clean, crisp photos and can capture HD video clips as well.