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PowerShot SD1200 IS

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PowerShot SD1200 IS

PowerShot SD1200 IS PowerShot SD1200 IS Digital ELPH Body Lithium-ion Battery Pack NB-6L Battery Charger CB-2LY Wrist Strap WS-DC7 Digital Camera Solution CD-ROM USB Interface Cable IFC-400PCU AV Cable AVC-DC400



Compact digital still camera with built-in flash, 3x Optical/4x Digital/12x Combined Zoom with Optical Image Stabilizer System


10.0 megapixel, 1/2.3-inch type Charge Coupled Device (CCD)

Total Pixels

Approx. 10.3 Megapixels

Effective Pixels

Approx. 10.0 Megapixels

Focal Length

6.2-18.6mm f/2.8-4.9 (35mm film equivalent: 35-105mm)

Digital Zoom


Focusing Range

Normal: 1.0 ft./30cm-infinity (W)
Macro: 1.2 in.-1.6 ft./3-50cm (W), 1-1.6 ft./30-50cm (T)
Digital Macro: 1.2-3.9 in./3-10cm (W)

Autofocus System

TTL Autofocus

Optical Viewfinder

Real-image optical zoom viewfinder

LCD Monitor

2.5-inch TFT color LCD widescreen with wide viewing angle (PureColor LCD II)

LCD Pixels

Approx. 230,000 pixels

LCD Coverage


Maximum Aperture

f/2.8 (W) - f/4.9 (T)

Shutter Speed

15-1/1500 sec.; Long Shutter operates with noise reduction when manually set at 1.3-15 sec.


Auto, ISO 80/100/200/400/800/1600 equivalent
(Standard output sensitivity. Recommended exposure index)

Light Metering Method

Evaluative*, Center-weighted average, Spot**
* Control to incorporate facial brightness in Face Detection AF
** Metering frame is fixed to the center

Exposure Control Method

Program AE, i-Contrast; AE Lock

Exposure Compensation

+/-2 stops in 1/3-stop increments

White Balance Control

Auto,* Daylight, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Fluorescent H, Custom* Control to incorporate facial brightness in Face Detection AF

Built-in Flash

Auto, Red-eye Reduction, Auto Red-eye Correction, Flash On, Flash Off; FE lock, Slow Synchro

Flash Range

1-14 ft./30cm-4.2m (W), 1-7.9 ft./30cm-2.4m (T) (when sensitivity is set to ISO Auto)

Recycling Time

10 sec. or less (battery voltage=3.7V)

Flash Exposure Compensation


Shooting Modes

Auto, Program, Portrait, Foliage, Snow, Beach, Sunset, Fireworks, Aquarium, Underwater, ISO 3200, Indoor, Kids & Pets, Night Snapshot, Digital Macro, Long Shutter, Movie

Photo Effects

My Colors
Vivid, Neutral, Sepia, Black & White, Custom

Self Timer

Activates shutter after an approx. 2-sec./10-sec. delay, Face Detection Self-timer

Wireless Control

Not available

Continuous Shooting

Approx. 1.4 fps

Storage Media

SD/SDHC Memory Card, MultiMediaCard, MMC Plus Card, HC MMC Plus Card

File Format

Design rule for camera file system, DPOF Version 1.1

Image Recording Format

Normal, Fine

JPEG Compression Mode

Still Image: Exif 2.2 (JPEG)
Movie: AVI (Image: Motion JPEG; Audio: WAVE (Monaural))

Number of Recording Pixels

Still Image: 3648 x 2736 (Large), 2816 x 2112 (Medium 1), 2272 x 1704 (Medium 2), 1600 x 1200 (Medium 3/Date Stamp), 640 x 480 (Small), 3648 x 2048 (Widescreen)
Movie: Standard Definition: 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps)
Available up to 4GB or 60 min. per clip

Movie data

Note: N=Normal F=Fine
Storage Capacity varies depending on camera settings. This data is estimated from Canon's standard shooting conditions. Figures for Movie Mode represent total capacity of the particular media.

Playback Modes File

Still Image: Single, Magnification (approx. 2x-10x), Jump, Auto Rotate, Rotate, Resume, Transition Effects, Histogram, Overexposure Warning, Index (9 thumbnails), Slide Show, Red-eye Correction, Resize, Image Inspection Tool, i-Contrast
Movie: Normal Playback, Special Playback, Auto Rotate, Resume

Erase Modes

Still Image: single image, all images
Movie: part of movie, all of movie

Computer Interface

USB 2.0 Hi-Speed (mini-B jack)

Video Out


Audio Out



Memory card slot; direct connection to Canon SELPHY Compact Photo Printers, PIXMA Photo Printers and PictBridge-compatible printers via camera's USB 2.0 Hi-Speed cable

Power Supply

1. Rechargeable Lithium-ion Battery NB-6L
2. AC Adapter Kit ACK-DC40 (optional) Still Image: approx. 260 shots* (LCD on)/700 shots (LCD off) Approx. 360 min. * LCD screen on. The above figures comply with CIPA testing standards and apply when fully-charged batteries are used.

Power Source

1. Rechargeable Lithium-ion Battery NB-6L
2. AC Adapter Kit ACK-DC40 (optional)

Shooting Capacity

Still Image: approx. 260 shots* (LCD on)/700 shots (LCD off)

Playback Time

Approx. 360 min. * LCD screen on. The above figures comply with CIPA testing standards and apply when fully-charged batteries are used.

Operating Temperature


Operating Humidity


Dimensions (W x H x D)

3.48 x 2.16 x 0.86 in./88.5 x 54.8 x 21.8mm


Approx. 4.23 oz./120g (camera body only)Note: 26 display languages provided (English, German, French, Dutch, Danish, Finnish, Italian, Norwegian, Swedish, Spanish, Simplified/Traditional Chinese, Japanese, Russian, Portuguese, Korean, Greek, Polish, Czech, Hungarian, Turkish, Thai, Arabic, Romanian, Ukrainian, Farsi)

All data are based on Canon's Standard Test Method. Subject to change without notice.

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