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Canon Powershot A1200 12.1 MP Digital Camera with 4x Optical Zoom (Black) by Review Summary ,  Aug 3, 2015

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Canon Powershot A1200 12.1 MP Digital Camera with 4x Optical Zoom (Black)
Report Date: 12/31/2015
Based on 412 customer reviews
Overall satisfaction: 4.0
Returned or considering to return: 6.6%

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Individual Feature Rating
Fit5.0   above average
Simple5.0   above average
Size4.7   above average
Price4.6   average
Setting4.6   above average
Video4.6   above average
Photo4.3   average
Quality4.3   average
Compact4.2   below average
Light4.2   average
Viewfinder4.0   above average
Image3.9   average
Speed3.8   average
Battery3.7   above average
Color3.7   below average
Button3.6   above average
Zoom3.6   below average
Flash2.8   below average
Screen2.6   below average


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Battery

Battery:
"However, it quickly became apparent that this camera has a serious flaw -- for some reason it fails to recognize charged batteries and is constantly giving a change batteries warning, even after new, fully charged batteries are inserted."
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"I like that I could use AA re-chargeables in it, but it can be a negative for some people who prefer a build-in battery."
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"It started to reject all batteries placed in it about a month ago after some intermittent problems."
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"This allows you to turn off the screen, saving batteries, when the sun is behind you and making it hard to see the screen."
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"I thought I had bought faulty batteries so I checked them on other electronics and they showed to be in full capacity."
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"Only downside I found in the camera is that it takes AA batteries, a rechargeable battery is better for me but that is just my opinion."
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"Takes wonderful pictures and uses only 2 AA Batteries."
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"Easy on the battery life."
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"It works nice as it should be the camera is sturdy and its consumption for batteries is adequate."
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"Compact, easy to use and can get a good number of shots before batteries need recharged."
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"I recommend re-chargeable batteries, as all digital cameras are hard on batteries."
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Button

Button:
"Does not take good pictures at all.....too slow when you press the button....miss shots all the time."
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"Important to me, as many P&S now have very annoying, time consuming ways to flip thru a menu button in order to change, not good if you don't have the time to get the shot."
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"Nice picture....Take some getting use to because you have to hold down button hard to take pix."
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"One negative thing: You have to hold the button to take the picture for a few seconds, so it's definitely the kind of camera where you'll ask a stranger to take your picture, and they'll press the button without holding it and they won't actually take your picture, but they'll think they did."
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"The simple point and shoot setup means she can easily zoom in and out and press the button and the camera does the rest."
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"-- so the investment in the time it takes to read the manual and try all of the dials and buttons will be well worth it."
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"Well the A1400 is pretty much the same camera with a dedicated Movie button on the back."
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"Since timer shares this button, it is easy to set timer, and not realize it."
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"Easy to operate, but the buttons and connectors are a bit small for a senior to operate."
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Color

Color:
"This camera might be okay for casual snapshots but the color will usually come out wrong, the sides with be distorted, and you can't figure out what to do."
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"I'm still playing with color saturation levels as I have been a bit disappointed in that regard."
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"I tried different settings, I tried every setting and all the pictures came out either grainy, blurry or the colors were just terrible."
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"Way too much noise at ISO greater than 200, slow performance, annoying color aberrations - both purple and green, soft photos."
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"They were all a tiny bit blurry, the colors were drab and I was very upset."
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"Color rendition's good; the lens is sharp enough, etc."
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"For a point and shoot, it really does have the best colors of any I have tried, and I have tried a lot."
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"The colors are true and it has lots of fun extras."
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"If u only pull out your camera a few times a year for holidays & to take pics which u don't care if the colors r accurate, this cheap camera may work 4 u just fine."
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"This camera worked great for 3 months -- crisp pictures, good focus and color, no graininess."
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Compact

Compact:
"Cons: like most compact point-and-shoots, the sensor is small so it is not good in low light."
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"It is hard to find an inexpensive compact camera with a viewfinder you can look through."
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"Easy, compact, good pics"
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"Nice compact size and a pretty fair range of focal lengths."
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"Compact, easy to use and can get a good number of shots before batteries need recharged."
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"It's very compact, and easy to work."
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"it should work well due to it's compact size & ease of use."
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Control

Control:
"The controls are located in a different orientation from the A1000IS so we are constantly pressing or moving the wrong controls."
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"It fits in your shirt pocked, has super resolution, a big view screen, a flash, easy natural interface with the human, easy on the batteries, all of the photo variables control, and an optical viewfinder"
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"Everything else about this camera exceeded my expectations for versatility and control."
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"The controls and user interface is really easy to use and transferring photos to my computer is a breeze."
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"The controls are easy to use."
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"2: allows a decent amount of manual control 3."
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Fit

Fit:
"This little camera fit easily into my pocket, or hangs from my belt."
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"Lightweight and fits easy into a shirt or pants pocket."
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"For the price and the results, either one is a perfect fit in my pocket."
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"A pro of this camera is it easily can fit in your purse."
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"Good quality images, enough magnification, fits in my pocket, macro etc."
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Flash

Flash:
"I really don't want to be holding my camera up at arms length and it's really easy to see what you are going to get in motion or Sunlight.3) Built in flash (not a pop up)4) Takes nice pictures, offers some interesting settings, One I use most often after P is Discreet, which is actually No Flash easy enough to figure that out?"
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"I have only had it for a few weeks, but wanted good resolution in close-up low light pics, which I find does the job well, despite the common complaint that the flash is set too near the lens, thus obstructing blacking out a corner of the pic in very close object pics."
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"So far, I have not been happy with the pictures I have taken with the flash."
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"Doesn't take great pics and flash takes a little long to charge but pretty good for the price point."
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"If you are looking to have the camera make decisions about ASA and flash, you might be disappointed."
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"This is good for some low-light situation when you wouldn't want to use a flash, but not good in many others."
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"The indoor flash pictures are very good quality, very detailed and clear pictures inside and outside."
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"It fits in your shirt pocked, has super resolution, a big view screen, a flash, easy natural interface with the human, easy on the batteries, all of the photo variables control, and an optical viewfinder"
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"Flash seems basic (good for about 15 feet indoors depending on existing lighting)."
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"Also, auto flash feature works well."
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"Generally good point-and-shoot camera, but the flash is next to worthless."
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Focus

Focus:
"Auto Focus is also erratic, with no evident override."
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"That can be awkward (and disappointing).Sometimes it's hard to get the camera to focus on the right thing."
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"Captures good pictures when the photographer focuses well."
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"Several of the features that make it particularly good for me are the fact that it will acquire it's point of focus quickly."
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"This camera worked great for 3 months -- crisp pictures, good focus and color, no graininess."
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"The pictures are clear and the automatic focus (day or night light) is great."
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"Good infrared assist light good low light focusing."
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Image

Image:
"Its not good for capturing objects in motio (the images turn out blurry) or in dimly lit settings."
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"Often the image is not well seen on the screen when the outside lighting is bright, and I would need to put on my reading glasses to see it."
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"If I was a real photo enthusiast, I would have sent it back, but it really was my mistake, and I've gotten a lot of great photos with it."
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"You zoom at all & it is ridiculous how fuzzy the image becomes."
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"Three trips to Europe between October 2012 and April 2013, and one eleven day cruise (just returned): to upload pics from this camera you have to edit them and it isn't easy."
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"I've tired of having my lithium ion battery fail when I want a photo."
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"Good pictures with adjustable pic size in the camera menu, and it has one feature that sets it apart."
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"It has a very good image quality."
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"Easy to transfer pics to computer."
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"Easy, compact, good pics"
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"It fits in your shirt pocked, has super resolution, a big view screen, a flash, easy natural interface with the human, easy on the batteries, all of the photo variables control, and an optical viewfinder"
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Lens

Lens:
"Doesn't seem to have a very good lens."
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"I have only had it for a few weeks, but wanted good resolution in close-up low light pics, which I find does the job well, despite the common complaint that the flash is set too near the lens, thus obstructing blacking out a corner of the pic in very close object pics."
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"Lens is sub-average, while sensor and JPG engine are the worst in any Powershot i know of ... way worse than my old A620."
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"I guess the selection was forced by the rather small sensor and the tiny lens, but I can't believe this is the best in the entry level P&S department as some reviews suggest."
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"Color rendition's good; the lens is sharp enough, etc."
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"This little camera is not as little as some of the other offering on the market, but it packs a good lens a good sensor and a good picture processor."
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"The quality of the camera is a combination of lens quality, megapixels, the quality of the megapixels and the speed of the lens itself, meaning how well it functions at low light and how well and fast it focuses when your shooting a moving object."
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"It has excellent Optics (Cannon has always used excellent optical glass for it's lenses) readily available AA batteries (A big plus over the more expensive and not always available prismatic batteries that many cameras are now using)and a host of features too nomerous to mention."
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"Net: Noisy sensor (2x over its decent density) and partly fuzzy lens."
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Light

Light:
"Cons: like most compact point-and-shoots, the sensor is small so it is not good in low light."
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"And low light performance is OK, but not great."
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"Cons:Some low light pics don't come out as well as I would like."
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"Not unexpectedly, the camera doesn't do a great job under low light conditions; however, I wouldn't hold that against this little camera given it's model type, market niche, and pricepoint."
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"It's not great in low light with no flash, somewhat noisy and sometimes hunting for focus, but low light noise is still acceptable for small prints."
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"If you hold it steady you can get still a good picture in low light."
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"(Full disclosure: I use a Canon T4i for my shooting, which is way out of this camera's league).When used outside in bright light it does perform well."
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"If you are looking for something simple and light to carry around this is a very good choice."
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"It is easy to use and light weight."
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"I love this camera - it's simple to use, and light weight, and takes AA batteries (which can be purchased in any country, and no need to travel with a battery recharger)"
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Photo

Photo:
"not very good quality photos"
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"I needed no charger and could buy double A batteries everywhere so it was useful when I had to pack very light for a 2 week plant hunting and hiking trip, but the closeup photos I took of the plants were disappointing."
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"If I was a real photo enthusiast, I would have sent it back, but it really was my mistake, and I've gotten a lot of great photos with it."
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"But good menus and bad photos are not a good trade."
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"Takes clear and crisp photos, which sometimes in the past has been a problem for this novice photographer."
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"I can't believe how nice these photos are!"
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"Take great photos! "
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"if you need a moderately priced camera that takes decent photos then this a good option."
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"It has taken many memorable photos and was reliable."
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"There isn't much focusing options and dark lit photos are very bad, but it was great."
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"Uploading photos was simple and easy, and the recording was decent."
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Point-and-shoot

Point-and-shoot:
"Cons: like most compact point-and-shoots, the sensor is small so it is not good in low light."
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"I've signed up for an online point-and-shoot course, so I'm hoping that the problem is just me and not the camera."
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"After all that, I'm disapointed by this point-and-shoot's optical quality."
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"For reasons I can't fathom, camera makers insist on making point-and-shoot cameras that force you to use the LCD, which I hate and refuse to use."
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"Overall, a pretty average point-and-shoot."
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"I definitely recommend this camera for anyone interested in a point-and-shoot."
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"Combines best aspects of point-and-shoot and SLR."
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"I am satisfied with the camera and would recommend it to a friend who wanted a point-and-shoot."
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"The pictures are pretty good--this is a point-and-shoot after all."
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Price

Price:
"These cameras are durable enough to take banging around, but are cheap enough that when one gets broken in the field, it is not big loss."
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"It is hard to find an inexpensive compact camera with a viewfinder you can look through."
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"Maybe because my expectations were lower and didn't expect this great camera for such a low price?"
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"I bought it because it has a view-finder which seems hard to find these days in inexpensive cameras, but it's very helpful with sunny shots."
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"Use energizer or duracell and NO CHEAP AA batteries or you will be very disappointed."
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"I also wanted a smaller sensor for its DOF, expecting poor AF in the $100 price range (validated, very poor and slow)."
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"I love the price and it's the only camera I can find with an actual view finder for those sunny days when you can't see diddly on the screen."
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"Happily, I found the Canon Powershot, a great camera for the non-pros, who simply want great pictures of their outdoor adventures for a reasonable price."
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"These cameras are durable enough to take banging around, but are cheap enough that when one gets broken in the field, it is not big loss."
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"If you like the look of 16mm movie film and don't want to spend a lot of money in developing and transfers, the A1200 is the next best thing."
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"But for the price: A great deal."
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Quality

Quality:
"not very good quality photos"
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"This camera takes only mediocre fotos, not as good quality as a previous camera of fewer megapixels."
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"I a little dissapointed with the quality of the pictures but I only use this camera when we are doing other things and I just want to have a camera on hand incase we want a photo of someting or someone special"
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"The pictures take more space and time to load,and the overall quality was not as good."
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"After all that, I'm disapointed by this point-and-shoot's optical quality."
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"My only issue with the Nikon is that the camera was difficult to use and the picture quality was not good."
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"Tons of functions and great picture quality."
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"It has a very good image quality."
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"The indoor flash pictures are very good quality, very detailed and clear pictures inside and outside."
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"The pictures are of excellent quality"
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"Picture quality is simply amazing for something this inexpensive."
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Screen

Screen:
"Viewfinder was lousy the lcd screen had problems the was just something wrong with the electronics."
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"Often the image is not well seen on the screen when the outside lighting is bright, and I would need to put on my reading glasses to see it."
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"This allows you to turn off the screen, saving batteries, when the sun is behind you and making it hard to see the screen."
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"In bright sunlight it can be hard to frame your picture on the LCD viewing screen."
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"This is a great camera..the only problem is the screen is not clear (not big deal for me) but it takes good picture.."
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"The wholesale replacement of viewfinders with these absurd screens is a case in point."
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"It fits in your shirt pocked, has super resolution, a big view screen, a flash, easy natural interface with the human, easy on the batteries, all of the photo variables control, and an optical viewfinder"
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"I also like that it has an optical viewer for sunny days that wash out the digital screen and I like that it uses easily replaceable batteries."
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"Being able to turn off the view screen really saves on batteries too."
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"The view finder helps in bright conditions where you can't see the screenBigger screen makes reviewing pics easier."
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"I hate my wife's Olympus point and shoot because half the time you can't see the screen well enough to figure out what you are pointing at."
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Setting

Setting:
"In conclusion, for a camera that lacks almost any manual control, the settings automatically selected by the camera are not good."
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"Unfortunately, none of these settings fully compensate for the shortcomings of the image sensor."
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"And as I said before, it is very easy to use and default setting produce adequate results."
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"This camera is very easy to use, the settings are straight forward, it takes very nice, crisp pictures, it is nice and small, overall very happy with this camera."
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"The auto setting is brilliant so unless I have a special project, the camera chooses the best settings for me."
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"Pros:--Lightweight (as are many other P&S cameras now)--Has a settings wheel to easily navigate change of settings."
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Simple

Simple:
"Uploading photos was simple and easy, and the recording was decent."
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"The simple point and shoot setup means she can easily zoom in and out and press the button and the camera does the rest."
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"Love the simple adjusting feature for novice users."
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"If you are looking for something simple and light to carry around this is a very good choice."
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"VERY SIMPLE TO USE and Takes wonderful pictures and video."
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Size

Size:
"Cons: like most compact point-and-shoots, the sensor is small so it is not good in low light."
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"The one small drawback is the short battery life."
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"Good pictures with adjustable pic size in the camera menu, and it has one feature that sets it apart."
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"Nice compact size and a pretty fair range of focal lengths."
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"I bought this camera as a gift...it works awesome, the pictures are clear and it's very handy becuase it's small you can just put it in your pocket...pretty cool..."
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"This camera is very easy to use, the settings are straight forward, it takes very nice, crisp pictures, it is nice and small, overall very happy with this camera."
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"Honorable Mention: 720p HD video which if you think about it, beats Hi-8mm tape for reliability and easy grabbing a small unit."
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Speed

Speed:
"Does not take good pictures at all.....too slow when you press the button....miss shots all the time."
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"My last complaint is that it seems to blow through batteries way too fast."
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"Way too much noise at ISO greater than 200, slow performance, annoying color aberrations - both purple and green, soft photos."
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"Charged pretty fast too."
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"This gift was perfect and shipping was fast!"
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"What I loved about it: The shipping was really fast, which was nice."
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"The quality of the camera is a combination of lens quality, megapixels, the quality of the megapixels and the speed of the lens itself, meaning how well it functions at low light and how well and fast it focuses when your shooting a moving object."
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Value

Value:
"I do not recommend this camera & would put its value more in the $40-$50 range."
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"Good value for money but it is an entry level knock about camera in my estimation."
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"SUPER VALUE, WELL PLEASED, EASY TO OPERATE, QUALITY PHOTOS, BUY ONE!"
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"The A1200 is a good value and should give great service."
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"At the price it seems like a great value!"
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"This is an excellent value camera for a new user or second,third camera - for those of us who take snapshots."
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Video

Video:
"To upload videos is now impossible, the software is failing."
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"I got an Sony Cybershot and not only is the video good, but it also takes great pictures which is what I wanted."
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"The A1200 shoots HD video, which isn't nearly as good as even an inexpensive video camera, but nonetheless I was surprised that the movies looked as good as they did."
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"Good stills and videos."
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"In conclusion, this is good starter camera that does take pictures and video and the quality is high enough to keep a child excited about photography."
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"She really likes it and enjoys taking pictures and movies and then looking at them later."
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"Takes decent videos, too, and good a recording sounds."
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"VERY SIMPLE TO USE and Takes wonderful pictures and video."
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Viewfinder

Viewfinder:
"Viewfinder was lousy the lcd screen had problems the was just something wrong with the electronics."
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"Unfortunately, the optical viewfinder has almost totally disappeared from point and shoot cameras."
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"It is so hard to find one with a real viewfinder unless you go high end (like G15)."
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"I also love the viewfinder which is hard to find these days."
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"It is hard to find an inexpensive compact camera with a viewfinder you can look through."
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"Time exposures up to 15 seconds (for tripod shots of course) Syncro-flash mode - allows flash and extra time for exposure of background (a city skyline at night) The display screen mode allows a check of autofocus in half press pre-shoot mode (gives a rear panel close up)Cons: Viewfinder & zoom are frustrating to use together."
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"The viewfinder is easier to use than the photo display."
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"Canon quality, easy to use, and best of all IT HAS A SEE THROUGH VIEWFINDER for those super bright beach days when the screen is invisible."
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"It has a viewfinder (hard to find on most models), it takes great pictures, and is so simple to use! "
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"Also, easy to use and the viewfinder helps greatly in bright sunlight."
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"I also love the viewfinder which is hard to find these days."
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Weight

Weight:
"Lightweight and fits easy into a shirt or pants pocket."
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"It is easy to use and light weight."
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"I love this camera - it's simple to use, and light weight, and takes AA batteries (which can be purchased in any country, and no need to travel with a battery recharger)"
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"Lightweight and very easily portable."
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"Light weight - easy to use - many features."
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Zoom

Zoom:
"You zoom at all & it is ridiculous how fuzzy the image becomes."
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"the zoom is a little disappointing but pictures taken outdoors look beautiful."
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"I didn't need an impressive Megapix or zoom and I definitely didn't want to rely on a charger!"
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"Time exposures up to 15 seconds (for tripod shots of course) Syncro-flash mode - allows flash and extra time for exposure of background (a city skyline at night) The display screen mode allows a check of autofocus in half press pre-shoot mode (gives a rear panel close up)Cons: Viewfinder & zoom are frustrating to use together."
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"I do notice the live lcd image degradation when using the digital zoom."
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"The simple point and shoot setup means she can easily zoom in and out and press the button and the camera does the rest."
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"Love the zoom and other features."
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"The 4x optical zoom is adequate for me!"
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"This Canon Powershot A1200 12.1 MP Digital Camera with 4x Optical Zoom is great for kids to user."
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"The zoom is easy to operate."
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