Canon EOS 1200D sensor review: Rebel with a cause?

By Kevin Carter - Friday March 21 2014

Camera Review
Introduction | Canon EOS 1200D: Good performance for current Canon 18-Mpix sensors | Canon EOS 1200D Versus competition | Conclusion
Canon EOS 1200D sensor review: Rebel with a cause?

With an 18-Mpix CMOS sensor the Canon EOS 1200D, otherwise known as the Rebel T5 in the US and Kiss X70 in Asia, is the latest entry-level model DSLR from the maker. Read on to find out how this newly updated model performs.

While Canon has regularly updated the upper entry-level EOS XXXD (Rebel TXi) model, the maker has only periodically upgraded its entry-level model. As a result the 18-Mpix EOS 1200D (Rebel T5) is an upgrade of the 12-Mpix EOS 1100D (Rebel T3) introduced back in 2011.

As well as adopting the higher-resolution sensor found in the maker’s past and present EOS XXXD (Rebel TXi) models, the EOS 1200D (Rebel T5) also features the older-generation Digic 4 level image processor rather than the latest more capable Digic 5. Still, this means the camera adds the ‘cinematic’ 24fps frame rate to the Full HD 1080p video recording  of 30/25 fps of the earlier model and gains a new expanded maximum ISO sensitivity option equivalent of ISO12,800. The old maximum ISO 6,400 remains the same, however, which is the highest setting used for the Auto ISO option and movie modes.

While the headline news is the adoption of the 18-Mpix sensor, other improvements are really only slight over its predecessor. It gains a larger 460k-dot 3.0” rear LCD (up from 230k dot, 2.7”) and a range of five new filter effects plus it adopts the firm’s new menu layout but this upgrade is clearly aimed at keeping the price competitive. As a result the Canon EOS 1200D (Rebel T5) is one of the most accessibly priced DSLRs and is available at around $549, including EF-S 18-55mm IS II f3.5-5.6 kit zoom.

Key specifications

  • 18-Mpix APS-C CMOS sensor
  • Digic 4 Image Processor
  • 3.0" 460k-dot LCD
  • Continuous shooting at 3 fps
  • Full HD 1080p Video Recording at 30/25/24 fps
  • 9-point viewfinder PD AF System
  • ISO 6400 (new 12800 extended option)
  • Built-in flash

Canon EOS 1200D: Good performance for current Canon 18-Mpix sensors

Canon EOS 1200D Versus competition

Conclusion