Canon EOS 1200D Review

April 7, 2014 | Mark Goldstein |


The Canon EOS 1200D / Rebel T5 is a solid, if unspectacular, upgrade of the 3-year-old 1100D / T3 camera, principally adding a new 18 megapixel sensor, bigger LCD screen, more control over movie recording, a point-and-shoot Scene Intelligent Auto mode, and a tougher body with a better handgrip. It still lacks a few things - integrated cleaning system, spot metering mode, slow 3fps burst shooting, only 9 AF points, low-resolution LCD screen - that may push you to consider the admittedly more expensive Nikon D3300, but the classic EOS 1200D / Rebel T5 DSLR undoubtedly offers a lot for the money.

Canon have significantly increased the megapixel count from 12 to 18, but thankfully it hasn't negatively affected image quality, with the camera continuing to offer a a very usable ISO range with only the fastest settings of 6400 and 12800 really suffering from objectionable levels of noise. Another major upgrade is 1080p video at 30/25/24fps, complete with full manual control over exposure and even continuous auto-focusing during recording. We also liked the surprisingly premium metal body and much better handgrip, two big improvements on the EOS 1200D / Rebel T5's predecessor.

The EOS 1200D / Rebel T5 is a well-built, easy-to use DSLR camera that delivers great image quality, and comes complete with a stabilised standard zoom lens for less than £450 / $550. Three years is a long time in the world of photography, so while it may not be the most exciting launch in camera history, the EOS 1200D / Rebel T5 does offer a lot of what its beginner target audience actually needs at a very attractive price-point.

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4.5 stars

Ratings (out of 5)
Design 4.5
Features 4
Ease-of-use 4.5
Image quality 4
Value for money 4.5