While mainstream cameras continue to drop sales because smartphones, DSLRs continue to grow stronger than ever. One of them is the EOS 1200D Canon.
As a good product for those new to the world of photography, the EOS 1200D is designed to take advantage of the DSLR power and convenience required for "new" photographers. While both Nikon and Pentax are offering low-cost competitive products like the D3300 and K-5, Canon's return in this potential market segment will mark Canon's return to the low-end DSLR market.
Certainly, EOS 1200D (the name in the US is EOS Rebel T5 1200D) will make many people excited, because this is not just a new effort of Canon to attract new people to participate in taking photos but also for 2 reasons. Another reason: the price is too cheap (US $ 439, about VND 9.3 million; the original price in the US) and the accompanying EOS Companion application is capable of supporting "apprentice" users a lot.
Of course, these two strengths will not make any sense if the quality of the images taken by the EOS 1200D does not meet the expectations of the fans. Is the EOS 1200D a product worthy of its very cheap investment? Reviews from the page Trusted Reviews will help you get a better picture of this camera.
Perhaps, you will feel a little disappointed when holding the EOS 1200D on your hands for the first time. The case made of polycarbonate is covered with carbon fiber, while the relatively small size of the EOS 1200D makes it possible for users to mistake them for holding a toy in their hands.
Fortunately, the chassis of the EOS 1200D is quite solid. This cheap DSLR balances quite well between mobility and durability. Therefore, the shooting experience with the EOS 1200D will be very pleasant. It fits in the palm of your hand, and you don't need to worry about accidentally dropping the EOS 1200D. The grip on the right side of the camera body is positioned reasonably well, making it easy to hold the EOS 1200D for a long time.
Like other low-cost DSLRs, the EOS 1200D has very few buttons to avoid confusing new users of high-end cameras. The buttons are quite large in size and are remarkably well documented to increase user friendliness. All features such as AF mode, ISO mode, shooting mode, white balance are controlled by the D-Pad navigation keys, while menus, exposure levels, photo gallery and screen are controlled. Control by private button.
In general, except for the disappointing first hand feeling, the EOS 1200D is a compact DSLR model so that new users can take photos easily and conveniently.
Features of the EOS 1200D
From the predecessor generation 1100D to EOS 1200D is a series of valuable improvements interwoven with familiar elements. One of the most powerful improvements of the EOS 1200D is that the sensor of the machine has now been upgraded to 18MP instead of 12.2MP as above 1100D.
However, the sensor size of the EOS 1200D must not change much from its predecessor. Canon tried its best to help this cheap DSLR keep a decent weight (480 grams when the battery, memory card) and neat body were installed.
The ability to record videos on the EOS 1200D will make you satisfied. This DSLR can record Full HD 1080p videos at a speed of 30/25/24 frames per second and can also record and take pictures. While the EOS 1200D does not have a built-in Wi-Fi connection, you can add an Eye-fi card to your device to easily transfer files to mobile devices.
Like Canon 1100D, EOS 1200D uses Digic 4 image processor (which has a lifespan of up to 3 years). Therefore, Canon's new low-cost DSLR can only shoot for about 3 frames per second, up to 69 JPEG files or 6 RAW files.
The biggest weakness of 1200D compared to its predecessor is battery life: according to Canon's claims, at 23 degrees Celsius, EOS 1200D can take 500 shots per charge, while 1100D can capture up to 700 shots. image.
Canon provides Digital Photo Professional software with EOS 1200D including many options for editing RAW files. This cheap DSLR model also comes with Image Browser EX, Photo Stitch, EOS Utilities and Picture Style Editor.
Similar to many other low-price models, EOS 1200D also has many color filters like Instagram. You can use these filters after taking photos at different levels.
The lens of EOS 1200D is 18-55mm f / 3.5-5.6 IS III (equivalent to 28.8 – 88mm 35mm convertible). This lens has very good image stabilization: Canon claims that photos will be as sharp as if the light at f-stop is 4 levels higher than the currently used aperture.
The viewing angle on the EOS 1200D screen is quite wide, and even in direct sunlight you can still read the text on this screen.
The autofocus system on the EOS 1200D has only 12 phase-focusing points, of which only 1 is a cross-type focus type (2 sensors) to help focus more accurately. The cross-type focus point above is placed in the middle of the frame.
When used daily, the AF system on the EOS 1200D has unstable performance. For example, when using the viewfinder (ie when using phase focus) in good lighting conditions, this focusing system is not blame: fast and accurate even when the specimen changes quickly. You can use the EOS 1200D at sports events or to take photos of animals. The camera's ability to focus is particularly outstanding when the specimen is in the middle of the frame. In low light conditions, the AF system will be slower, but still sufficient to meet the needs of users.
However, when using the Live View screen (thus focusing in contrast), the AF system is extremely poor, unless you are shooting in the best possible light condition. In low-light conditions, the EOS 1200D is too slow and has a sharp release. When using Live View, you will almost be unable to capture moving objects.
This does not mean that the Live View feature on the EOS 1200D is completely useless. If you are shooting in the sun and your specimens are non-moving objects (such as a flower), you can use the zoom button to enlarge the frame about 5 – 10 times to get the picture The most accurate picture possible.
The EOS 1200D is capable of recording Full HD 1080p videos at a maximum speed of 30 frames per second. The ability to record 720p video at 60 or 50 frames per second will also be helpful for those who like slow movie making. However, EOS 1200D does not have an external microphone port for high quality audio recording.
EOS Companion application released with EOS 1200D will help iOS and Android users to learn to take photos faster. This application is designed to guide the basic features of the camera, as well as the basic concepts of photography. EOS Companion will help you overcome the first hurdles when stepping into this art: with detailed exercises, instructional videos and 3D charts, EOS Companion is not only very creative but also very useful.
EOS 1200D has a support level of 100 – 6,400, extending to 12,800. Image quality at low ISO levels is quite good, but from ISO 1600 and above the image will start to experience noise. Fortunately, even at ISO the maximum amount of noise on the image remains at an acceptable level. Photos taken at ISO 6400 are of very good quality when printed in A4 format. Using noise processing software will also help the image quality of the EOS 1200D exceed the expectations of many people.
The weakness of the impressive noise processing capabilities on the EOS 1200D is that JPEG images will be slightly smooth. However, the image quality is still commendable.
You can easily customize the white balance on the EOS 1200D, but this will be unnecessary. The auto white balance feature works very well, making the colors quite accurate. In test of Trusted ReviewThe colors are always vivid and vivid in various shooting conditions. Colors such as skin color and sky color on the EOS 1200D will definitely impress the user.
The light sensitivity range of the EOS 1200D will also not disappoint you in most scenes. The EOS 1200D is capable of balancing the dark and light detail details with almost absolute precision, and you can retain a lot of detail on the background while keeping the foreground in the focus area. for. Auto Lighting Optimiser feature will also help you recreate the dark areas better.
The EOS 1200D is equipped with a 63-zone color-sensitive iFCL metering system that once appeared on both the 1100D and the high-end EOS 7D model. The iFCL metering system proved exceptionally accurate and almost never misread, even in high contrast settings.
It is hard to deny that the EOS 1200D has many weaknesses: too few autofocus points, poor focus on Live View, continuous shooting of only 3 frames per second and screen resolution too low. However, it is important to remember that the EOS 1200D is a model for beginners. When viewed from this angle, the EOS 1200D is a really great product.
Canon has created a DSLR model that is very easy to use, has a lot of intuitive features and most importantly, high image quality. The sturdy body makes it possible to comfortably carry the EOS 1200D everywhere. The EOS Companion smartphone app makes it easy to experience DSLRs. At a price of $ 440 (about 9.3 million; original price in the US), you will hardly find any better option than the EOS 1200D.