Canon has released details of its new entry level DSLR, the EOS 1200D, which replaces the popular EOS 1100D.


Angled front view of the Canon EOS 1200D, with the EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 III kit lens. (Source: Canon.)

Designed for first-time DSLR owners, the   EOS 1200D combines Canon’s acclaimed imaging system with a range of intuitive, easy-to-use controls and automatic shooting modes. It features an 18.0-megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor and Canon’s DIGIC 4 processor plus a

9-point AF system with points spread right across the frame. Continuous shooting is available at up to three frames per second. The Scene Intelligent Auto mode automatically selects the most appropriate combination of camera settings and the   EOS 1200D can also record Full HD video (1080p) and provide a wide range of easy-to-use controls. Video Snapshot mode allows you to record a series of short video clips and automatically joins them together in the camera for a summary movie of your occasion. In addition, the EOS 1200D provides a range of in-camera Creative filters, with five different popular artistic styles, such as Miniature effect, Fish-eye and Toy camera.


Back view of the Canon EOS 1200D. (Source: Canon.)

The native sensitivity range of ISO 100-6400 can be extended to ISO 12800 via a Custom menu setting. The optical viewfinder is a pentamirror type that provides approximately 95% frame coverage with a magnification of 0.80x and a 21 mm eyepoint. Dioptre correction of -2.5 to +0.5 dpt is available.   The built-in flash has a Guide number of 9.2 (ISO 100/metres) and coverage for lenses to 17mm wide-angle plus a recycle time of approximately two seconds. Output adjustment of +/- 2EV is available in 1/3 or 1/2 EV increments. The flash is compatible with Canon’s EX series Speedlites.


Top view of the Canon EOS 1200D with no lens fitted. (Source: Canon.)

Compact and lightweight, the EOS 1200D features a bright optical viewfinder and a 7.5cm (3.0”), 460k-dot   LCD screen for shooting in Live View mode and reviewing stills and movies straight after capture. The EOS 1200D is compatible with more than 70 Canon EF lenses.


The new Canon Macro Ring Lite MR-14EX II. (Source: Canon.)

Also announced with the EOS 1200D is the new Macro Ring Lite MR-14EX II, which is designed for macro photography. An update to the Macro Ring Lite MR-14EX, it features a range of new updates including independent flash head operation, increased responsiveness and enhanced custom functions. Key features include:
Ring-flash design for versatile lighting
Independently variable dual flash tubes
Powerful performance ““ guide number 14 (ISO 100)
Trigger other flashes wirelessly
LED modelling lamps improve low-light focusing
Easy-to-use controls
Fast, silent recycling .

The EOS 1200D will be available in retail stores across Australia from March and the MR-14EXII from April. For more information, visit