• 1/2.3 inch 28.1mm2
  • 12.1 megapixels
  • 28.00mm - 112.00mm (35mm eq.)
  • 1/2.3 inch 28.1mm2
  • 16.1 megapixels
  • 28.00mm - 224.00mm (35mm eq.)

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Differences

Canon A1200 advantages over Canon N2

  • Less expensive
    $110 vs $300 (MSRP)
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Eye-level vs Rear display only
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • Bigger pixels
    ~ 1.54 vs 1.34 microns
    Better low-light and dynamic range (all else equal)
  • Shoots 24p video
    Yes vs No
    Gives your movies a big-screen feel

Canon N2 advantages over Canon A1200

  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Yes vs No
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • Touchscreen
    Touch vs No touch
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • Tiltable Screen
    Tiltable vs Fixed
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Wi-Fi vs None
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • More telephoto lens reach
    224 mm vs 112 mm
    Capture objects farther away
  • Newer
    4 years vs 7 years old
    Newer cameras often support more advanced features
  • More dots on screen
    461k vs 230k dots
    Can mean greater resolution or a brighter screen
  • Shoots 1080p video
    Yes vs No
    You'll want this if you shoot video
  • More pixels
    16.1 vs 12.1 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Slow-motion videos
    Yes vs No
    Shoot slow-motion videos
  • Higher extended ISO
    6400 vs 1600 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • Internal flash
    Both provide
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash

Common Weaknesses

  • Focus peaking
    Neither provide
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • In-camera panoramas
    Neither provide
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • RAW file ability
    Neither provide
    Gives you more flexibility to develop your photos later
  • Built-in Bluetooth
    Neither provide
    Always-on wireless connectivity
  • Built-in GPS
    Neither provide
    Geotag your photos
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Neither provide
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • Manual focus
    Neither provide
    AF is for the weak. Real photographers focus manually.
  • Integrated ND filter
    Neither provide
    Shoot in daylight with a large aperture or slow shutter
  • External Mic Jack
    Neither provide
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • HDMI out
    Neither provide
    Use an external screen to monitor or review video
  • Hot shoe
    Neither provide
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities
  • Headphone jack
    Neither provide
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video
  • Bulb shutter
    Neither provide
    Hold the shutter open manually for long exposures

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Compared to Canon A1100 IS

Canon A1200
Canon A1100 IS
  • $101
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Shoots 24p video
  • $200
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • More telephoto lens reach
Canon N2
Canon A1100 IS
  • $299
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Touchscreen
  • Tiltable Screen
  • $200
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Eye-level viewfinder

Compared to Canon A3100 IS

Canon A1200
Canon A3100 IS
  • $101
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • $85
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • More telephoto lens reach
Canon N2
Canon A3100 IS
  • $299
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Touchscreen
  • Tiltable Screen
  • $85
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Bigger pixels

Compared to Canon A3000 IS

Canon A1200
Canon A3000 IS
  • $101
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • $108
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • More telephoto lens reach
Canon N2
Canon A3000 IS
  • $299
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Touchscreen
  • Tiltable Screen
  • $108
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Bigger pixels

Compared to Panasonic SZ8

Canon A1200
Panasonic SZ8
  • $101
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • Bigger pixels
  • $226
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • In-camera panoramas
Canon N2
Panasonic SZ8
  • $299
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Touchscreen
  • Tiltable Screen
  • $226
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • In-camera panoramas
  • More telephoto lens reach

Compared to Samsung WB50F

Canon A1200
Samsung WB50F
  • $101
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • Bigger pixels
  • $295
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • In-camera panoramas
Canon N2
Samsung WB50F
  • $299
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Touchscreen
  • Tiltable Screen
  • $295
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • In-camera panoramas
  • More telephoto lens reach
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