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.
In some other areas, improvements are less spectacular. The Canon 1200D imports its Digic 4 image processor wholesale from the 1100D (which came out back in 2011). It's capable of shooting at a rather middling 3fps in continuous mode, for a total of 69 Jpegs or six raw files at a time.
It's also worth noting that the battery is actually rated a little lower than that of the 1100D. Canon reckons it'll let you crank out approximately 500 shots at 23ºC, far fewer than the 700 or so that the 1100D could manage.
Canon's Digital Photo Professional editing software is bundled with the 1200D – a nifty raw editor that allows for a wealth of adjustments. Also packaged along with the camera are Image Browser EX, Photo Stitch, EOS Utilities and Picture Editor.
There's also a host of Instagram-style creative filters for users to play around with, as is more or less obligatory on new cameras these days. These can be applied post-capture in the playback menu and applied with varying intensity.
The 1200D is available as a kit with an 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS III (28.8-88mm in 35mm equivalent terms) lens. It features extensive image stabilisation, which Canon claims can provide images as effective as ones taken with four stops worth more light.