Canon PowerShot SD1200/IXUS 95 IS

Last update (01 December’10):
– Review by MacWorld

Canon PowerShot SD1200 IS is a 10 megapixels point-and-shoot digital camera features 3x optical zoom (35mm film equivalent: 35-105mm) with optical image stabilization, ISO 80-1600, DIGIC 4 Image Processor, and a crisp 2.5-inch PureColor LCD II and wide viewing angle. The camera measures 3.48 x 2.16 x 0.86 in./88.5 x 54.8 x 21.8mm and weighs Approx. 4.23 oz./120g.
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Overall Rating: ★★★★☆ | Latest Price Info

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Canon PowerShot SD1200 IS Reviews

DigicamReview reviews the Canon PowerShot SD1200 and writes;
“The Canon Digital IXUS 95 IS looks good, is easy to use, and is a good price. Lacks wide-angle lens, and as much zoom as competitors, but overall it’s a good camera. You can tell it’s an older model due to this, and also the lack of HD video. If you can find one for a good price then it’s recommended, “
Rating: ★★★½☆

MacWorld reviews the Canon PowerShot SD1200 and writes;
“For the price, the SD1200 packs in the right amount of features for casual photographers. More-experienced photographers will be pleased with the image quality, but the lack of aperture and shutter priority, plus the limited zoom range, may leave them wanting a bit more. “
Rating: ★★★½☆

CameraLabs reviews the Canon PowerShot SD1200 and writes;
“Canon has got it right where it matters – style, portability, ease of use and great picture quality. The IXUS 95 IS / SD1200 IS is one of the best affordable compacts right now and comes Highly Recommended.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

ImagingResource reviews the Canon IXUS 95 IS and writes;
“Performance is generally good, though some distortion on the lens at wide-angle makes its way into a few shots, and anti-noise processing affects detail at all ISOs. However, overall performance is quite good, with believable color and good image quality. In short, though most enthusiasts should take a look up the price range in the PowerShot line, the Canon SD1200 is a great pocket camera for most consumers looking for quality at a low price, and merits a Dave’s Pick. “
Rating: N/A

TechRadar reviews the Canon PowerShot SD1200 and writes;
“The Canon Digital IXUS 95 IS is an attractive camera, but we found it a little too compact and awkward to use long-term. That said, while you won’t find any real surprises with the device, the image quality it delivers is great, but bear in mind the high price..”
Rating: ★★★½☆

CNET reviews the Canon PowerShot SD1200 and writes;
“The good: Attractive, ultracompact design; easy operation; well-rounded, basic feature set. The bad: Photo quality dips above ISO 200; flat buttons can be difficult to press accurately. The bottom line: Simple and stylish, the Canon PowerShot SD1200 IS is a fine back-pocket camera as long as your photo-quality expectations are reasonable.”
Rating: ★★★½☆

GoodGearGuide reviews the Canon IXUS 95 IS and writes;
“The Canon IXUS 95 IS digital camera is small and convenient. It’s useful if you just want to take quick snapshots when you’re at the pub or at a party, but don’t expect great image quality.”
Rating: ★★½☆☆

DCR reviews the Canon IXUS 95 IS and writes;
“the camera performs well at 80, 100, and 200, but past that the shot begins to introduce some serious noise. By the time 1600 and 3200 are used, the shots are very grainy. This graininess is to be expected with ISO, and this camera actually performs well for its class. The ISO 3200 setting did a very good job of capturing light in darker situations, although the graininess is a problem.”
Rating: N/A reviews the Canon IXUS 95 IS and writes;
“I would say that the Canon IXUS 95 IS offers the best value for money out of the three pocket models introduced by Canon in the spring of 2009. It offers very good all round picture quality and has a great start up time.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

PhotographyBlog reviews the Canon IXUS 95 IS and writes;
“If you’re truly looking for the most portable compact around, can I recommend also the IXUS 100 IS for its inoffensive loveliness, HD movies and HDMI out connectivity at just £50 more…It’s also a recent recipient of a Photography Blog Recommended award.”
Rating: ★★★★☆ reviews the Canon IXUS 95 IS and writes;
“Perhaps the best thing that can be said about the IXUS 95 IS is that it’s a competent range-filler — a routine but worthwhile update to a popular, lower-priced strand in the IXUS range. It’s a lovely thing to look at and use, but despite the sheen of technology the results are average”
Rating: ★★★½☆

NeoCamera reviews the Canon PowerShot SD1200 IS and writes;
“There is not much not to like about the SD1200, although its image quality does not approach the famous Fuji F-series’ high-ISO nor the F200 EXR‘s high dynamic-range, it produces images of good quality and performs admirably well in all areas..”
Rating: ★★★☆☆


Canon PowerShot SD1200 IS Samples

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Canon PowerShot SD1200/IXUS 95 IS Sample Photos @ ImagingResource
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Canon PowerShot SD1200 IS User Manual (PDF)

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Canon PowerShot SD1200 IS Press Release

Amstelveen, The Netherlands, 18 February 2009: Canon today strengthens its reputation for excellence in digital compact camera design with two new models: the slimmest ever Digital IXUS model, the 12.1 Megapixel Digital IXUS 100 IS, and the 10 Megapixel Digital IXUS 95 IS. Both models feature a new Smart Auto mode, which uses Canon’s Scene Detection Technology to help users take great shots with ease. The Digital IXUS 100 IS also includes the option to shoot HD movies (1280 x 720, 30fps) and HDMI connectivity.

Replacing the Digital IXUS 85 IS, the Digital IXUS 100 IS features a striking, 18.4mm wide stainless steel body, finished in a choice of silver, black, gold or red – making it ideal for the most prestigious of occasions. The Digital IXUS 95 IS, successor to the Digital IXUS 80 IS, offers an ultra-stylish, take-anywhere alternative in silver, grey, blue or pink. Both models offer framing flexibility via a 3.0x optical zoom, with consistently blur-free results provided by Canon’s optical Image Stabilizer.

Built for stunning images
Generous resolutions of 10.0 Megapixels and 12.1 Megapixels allow for huge A2+ size prints or the freedom to crop images to improve composition while retaining outstanding image detail. The addition of Canon’s DIGIC 4 processor allows both models to deliver ultra-fast operation, and rich, low-noise images with outstanding clarity and colour reproduction.

Beauty and brains
For incredible pictures with extreme ease, both models incorporate a new
Smart Auto mode. This uses Canon’s Scene Detection Technology to analyse the shooting scene in detail – checking subject brightness, contrast, distance and overall hue. The camera then instantly selects one of 18 possible modes, to ensure perfect settings for the scene.

Thanks to DIGIC 4 processing, Canon’s intelligent technologies are now more accurate than ever. Improved Motion Detection aids blur-free capture of moving subjects. i-Contrast brightens the dark areas of a photo without blowing out correctly-exposed areas. Face Detection Technology can register multiple faces in a frame and adjusts settings for better results; with the Digital IXUS 100 IS, this includes new Blink Detection, which helps avoid the disappointment of a mistimed portrait shot. FaceSelf-Timer simplifies group shots or self portraits by waiting until the user enters the frame before shooting. Auto Red-Eye Correction removes the unwanted red-eye effect caused by flash photography, either during or after shooting.

In addition, both models offer a smarter, newly improved User Interface – making functions even easier and more intuitive to access.

Movies and more
Despite its tiny proportions, the Digital IXUS 100 IS includes the ability to shoot pin-sharp, ultra-detailed video clips in High Definition (1280 x 720) – which can be played back on any HDTV via an HDMI connection. The Digital IXUS 95 IS offers fun movie capture at VGA resolution, with the option of Long Play movies for extended shooting.

One Response to “Canon PowerShot SD1200/IXUS 95 IS”

  1. Camera Junkie says:

    I don’t know why they discontinued this digital camera. Well the 95is actually. I have one and it gives me quality pics every time.

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