Canon EOS 1200D Review - The Canon EOS 1200D follows on from a long line of successful entry-level Canon DSLRs

Product Overview

Overall rating:


Canon EOS 1200D (EOS Rebel T5)

Overall score:89%
Image Quality:90%


  • Good, lightweight design; Great value for money; Performance at higher ISO settings; EOS companion app


  • Lacking Wi-fi as standard; Could benefit from more AF points


Canon EOS 1200D (EOS Rebel T5) Review


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Want to know whether you should plump for the EOS 1200D or consider the EOS 100D as an alternative? Why not take a look at our Canon EOS 1200D vs Canon EOS 100D head to head.

Canon has a long heritage of producing some of the very best entry-level DSLR on the market, with a combination of ease of use and comprehensive functionality that made them a hit with those making the step up to DSLR photography.

In recent times, however, Canon’s entry level DSLRs have come under increasing competition – firstly from an increase in both quantity and quality of entry-level DSLRs from other manufacturers, but also from a growing number of compact system cameras which offer similar feature sets in increasingly smaller bodies.

On the whole Canon has held its position near the top of the entry-level tree thanks to continuous innovation, and the Canon EOS 1200D looks like being no different.

The model features an 18MP CMOS sensor and 1080p HD video capture, as well as debuting with Canon’s new EOS Companion app. But is it enough to cement the range’s impressive entry-level status?

Canon EOS 1200D Review - front view


Canon EOS 1200D (EOS Rebel T5) Review – Features

The camera’s predecessor, the Canon EOS 1100D, was – and still is – one of the most popular entry-level DSLRs going, although however good it was there were certainly areas for improvement.

One such area was the rear of the camera, with the 1100D featuring a 230k-dot 2.7in display that was dated even at the point of launch.

Canon has addressed this with a new 460k-dot, 3in TFT LCD now featuring. Unfortunately the LCD screen doesn’t feature touch functionality, nor vari-angle technology, although for a DSLR in this price range that’s not hugely surprising.

One of the major benefits of opting to go with Canon for your entry-level DSLR comes in the form on the accompanying optics. The 1200D forms a off-the-shelf kit with Canon’s 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 II lens complete with built-in image stabilisation.

The kit lens is just the start of the story, however, as the main benefit is the sheer amount of lenses in the Canon eco-system – from affordable ‘next-step’ optics, to second hand bargains, all of which will be available to you should you opt for Canon.

Canon EOS 1200D Review - sensor

Sensor improvements

Another area that sees the 1200D make a major improvement on its predecessor is with regards to the camera’s sensor. The model features a new 18MP chip that builds substantially on the 12.2MP count of the 1100D.

Although the megapixel count is higher, the physical size of the sensor remains the same, while the 1200D also retains the same DIGIC 4 image processor.

The processor facilitates continuous shooting of around three frames per second with a burst depth of around 69 JPEG files, although that does drop down to just six images when shooting Raw.

Talking of Raw files, as you would expect the 1200D offers full Raw shooting support. In terms of Raw processing software the Canon EOS 1200D ships with the manufacturer’s Digital Photo Professional capable of most editing adjustments.

The 1200D also ships with several other pieces of software, including Image Browser EX, Photo Stitch, EOS Utilities and Picture Style Editor.

Canon EOS 1200D Review - battery life

Battery life

One area in which the 1200D doesn’t improve on its predecessor – instead decreasing on the performance substantially – is battery life.

While the 1100D managed nearly 700 shots on a single charge, the 1200D is only capable of around 500 shots. Although that should be enough for general shooting, it’s a shame to lose that much capacity.

In terms of the camera’s video performance, this is another area in which the 1200D has received a performance boost. The model is now capable of shooting at either 30, 25 or 24fps at full 1080p resolution, while there’s also the option to take a full res snapshot whilst shooting video.

Unfortunately, although not unexpectedly for a camera at this price point, the 1200D doesn’t ship with Wi-fi functionality. It is, however, compatible with Eye-Fi memory cards and as such supports wireless transfer of images in conjunction with Canon’s smartphone and tablet app.

  1. 1. Canon EOS 1200D (EOS Rebel T5) Review - Features
  2. 2. Canon EOS 1200D (EOS Rebel T5) Review - Design
  3. 3. Canon EOS 1200D (EOS Rebel T5) Review - Performance
  4. 4. Canon EOS 1200D (EOS Rebel T5) Review – Image Quality
  5. 5. Canon EOS 1200D (EOS Rebel T5) Review - Verdict
  6. 6. Canon EOS 1200D (EOS Rebel T5) Review - Sample Image Gallery
  7. 7. First Look
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  • Bill Banyard

    Shut up fool. you are making a prat of yourself.

  • Dicky Lewis

    Gosh: isn’t Barney an angry chap? Having read his outbursts I went and bought a T5 just to how rubbish they were….. surprise, surprise.. angry Barney is full of it!

  • barney klingenberg

    I guess noobie photographers don’t need competive image quality. Decent burstspeed a proper rear lcd with enough pixels to judge your images. Or a kit-lens that actualy does a decent job that was again excluded from this model.

    No noobies deserve a better camera that they can grow with. Whether that’s a k500 with a really good optical viewfinder a d3300 with cutting edge better then 7d mk2 sensor or the a58 with 6fps burst speed for action.

    Whatever suits them the most but this camera is no good for anyone since it’s just rockbottom in every category.

  • Emmit

    I love it when the angry, diminished, Nikon fanboys come out of the woodwork. While it IS true that this camera incorporates a previously used lens, sensor and image processor, the features are mostly a step up from the wildly popular T3. Noobie photographers seem to love this camera, and the multiple things you are panning about will mean nothing to them. Canon is a coveted brand, they are the Apple to Nikon’s Android, and that’s simply the way it is.

  • barney klingenberg

    With regards to the sensor – it is in fact new in comparison to its predecessor, the 1100D (6MP higher resolution and slightly larger physically).

    They used a sensor that has been used in over 10 camera’s
    and it can be dated back to 2009. Even though it is a upgrade it still is a dated sensor.

    Various tests from Dxomark and Dpreview indicate that this sensor is long past it’s expire date. It’s a steam engine from a technology standpoint.

    Then looking at it’s predecessor for upgraders makes no sense at all. this is a beginners camera. If one upgrades they most likely go to a higher tier.

    Smartphone users willing to upgrade to a Dslr or mirrorless are always better of elsewhere. Since the competition simply offers a LOT more for your money.

  • Paul Nuttall

    Hi Barney,

    Thanks for getting in touch, and allow me to address your comments.

    Firstly, you’re right about the lens being described as new, and I have amended the text to reflect that the kit lens was available before the launch of the camera.

    With regards to the sensor – it is in fact new in comparison to its predecessor, the 1100D (6MP higher resolution and slightly larger physically).

    We often look to compare the new version of a camera with its predecessor as it helps the potential buyer or upgrader with their decision, hence the reference.

    Finally, the speculation that the 1200D looks to hold ‘its position at the top of the entry-level tree’ is made in the introduction. As a result, it’s not a definitive statement, rather a lead in to the further analysis in the review.

    It’s much more accurate to refer to the verdict for the definitive statement, in which we do in fact comment that ‘..compared to some competing models such as the Nikon D3300 and Pentax K-50 the Canon 1200D’s specification is somewhat underwhelming’.

    I hope that clears up any misunderstanding.

  • barney klingenberg

    The sheer amount of lies in this article.

    “The model features a new 18MP chip”

    This sensor is 5 years old. and comes without the small enhancement of on sensor phase-detect af points. Which means unlike the other Canon Dslr’s it will not autofocus during video. Besides that the image quality is poor compared to the competitive Nikon due to it’s age.

    The 1200D arrives with a new 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 lens featuring a newly developed image stabilisation system.
    It does NOT come with a new lens nor new IS system at all. It’s the rubbish IS lens with a noisy AF motor.

    The IS STM is good but does not get bundled here. again plain lies.

    “On the whole Canon has held its position near the top of the entry-level tree thanks to continuous innovation, and the Canon EOS 1200D looks like being no different.”

    Again a lot of blah blah. all the Canon innovations of past years shine by abscence here. Autofocus during video not here. touchscreen interface is not here. WiFi is not here. those were the field Canon has putted resources in with past models.
    All that innovation did NOT make it to this model. Now it’s the worst in class Dslr that offers nothing but old tech to the ones that buy it.

    Here by change the site name WhatCanonCamera. Since no other brand seems to exist if you recommend this pile of utter thrash to your readers.