Canon EOS 1200D – Digital Rebel T5

The Canon EOS 1200D (also known as the Digital Rebel T5) is the new entry-level model in Canon’s extensive range of digital SLR cameras, replacing the 3 year old 1100D camera. Aimed at first-time DSLR users, the Canon 1200D has an 18 megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor, Digic 4 processor, 3-inch LCD screen, 3fps continuous shooting, 9-point auto focus module, 63-zone iFCL exposure metering, ISO 100-6400 sensitivity, on-screen Feature Guide, stainless steel chassis and all-aluminium exterior, 1080p HD video capture with full control over exposure, focusing and sound levels, and a new EOS Companion smartphone app.

The Canon EOS 1200D / Rebel T5 is a small and lightweight DSLR camera with a stainless steel chassis and all-aluminium exterior, weighing in at 480g with the battery and memory card fitted and measuring 129.6 x 99.7 x 77.9 mm, which is commendably almost the same size and weight as the all-plastic EOS 1100D. In terms of build quality, the Canon EOS 1200D / Rebel T5 is a real surprise, feeling more than solid enough for a mid-range DSLR, never mind an entry-level one.

The Canon EOS 1200D / Rebel T5 has a much better grip than the previous EOS 1100D, too, feeling a lot more comfortable to hold thanks to a larger grip with a textured surface, with a similarly textured thumb-rest on the rear. The rest of the camera is finished in an appealingly matt black finish. Like all of Canon’s APS-C digital SLR cameras, the EOS 1200D / Rebel T5 is compatible with the manufacturer’s entire line-up of lenses, including both EF and EF-S glass. When changing lenses, EF lenses need to be aligned with the red dot on the lens mount, whereas EF-S lenses must be aligned with the white mark.

The 1200D’s control layout is very similar to the 1100D, with just a a couple of changes. Virtually all of the important controls are located together at the right-hand side of the rear of the camera, rather than more liberally scattered around the body, which allows for a straight-forward transition from compact camera to DSLR. Taking advantage of the extra room allowed by the fixed LCD screen, the buttons are also quite large, again another subtle and effective concession to the 1200D’s market. All of the buttons are clearly labelled but, with some of them being flush to the body, can be a little hard to press at times.

The EOS 1200D has a bigger 3-inch and higher-resolution 460k dot fixed LCD screen than the the older EOS 1100D, but it’s still one of the main ways that it achieves its budget price-point. The bright Pentamirror optical viewfinder is the same as the previous model, offering 95% coverage of the scene, 0.80x magnification and dioptre control for glasses wearers. Depth of Field Preview is available when assigned to the SET button via Custom Function 8-5.

 

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