• 1/2.5 inch 24.7mm2
  • 8.0 megapixels
  • 35.00mm - 140.00mm (35mm eq.)
  • 1/2.3 inch 28.1mm2
  • 12.1 megapixels
  • 28.00mm - 112.00mm (35mm eq.)

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Differences

Canon A580 advantages over Canon A1200

  • More telephoto lens reach
    140 mm vs 112 mm
    Capture objects farther away
  • Longer stills battery life
    More info 500 vs 200 shots
    Capture more photos
  • Manual focus
    Yes vs No
    AF is for the weak. Real photographers focus manually.

Canon A1200 advantages over Canon A580

  • Less expensive
    $110 vs $150 (MSRP)
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • Larger sensor
    1/2.3 inch vs 1/2.5 inch
    More sensor area. Bigger is (generally) better.
  • Thinner
    30 mm vs 41 mm
    Thinner
  • Newer
    7 years vs 10 years old
    Newer cameras often support more advanced features
  • Shoots 24p video
    Yes vs No
    Gives your movies a big-screen feel
  • More dots on screen
    230k vs 115k dots
    Can mean greater resolution or a brighter screen
  • More pixels
    12.1 vs 8.0 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Wider angle lens
    28 mm vs 35 mm
    Capture more of the scene

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Both provide
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • 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
  • Tilt-swivel screen
    Neither provide
    Tilt and swivel the screen for maximum shooting flexibility
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Neither provide
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • Touchscreen
    Neither provide
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • In-camera panoramas
    Neither provide
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • Tiltable Screen
    Neither provide
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • RAW file ability
    Neither provide
    Gives you more flexibility to develop your photos later
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Neither provide
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • NFC
    Neither provide
    Simplifies pairing your camera with supported phones
  • 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
  • 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
  • Slow-motion videos
    Neither provide
    Shoot slow-motion videos

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The Competition

Compared to Canon A590 IS

Canon A580
Canon A590 IS
  • $150
  • 1/2.5 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Fast startup
  • $219
  • 1/2.5 inch
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • Less shutter lag
Canon A1200
Canon A590 IS
  • $101
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Larger sensor
  • $219
  • 1/2.5 inch
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • More telephoto lens reach

Compared to Canon E1

Canon A580
Canon E1
  • $150
  • 1/2.5 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Fast startup
  • $200
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Larger sensor
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
Canon A1200
Canon E1
  • $101
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Shoots 24p video
  • $200
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • More telephoto lens reach

Compared to Canon A1000 IS

Canon A580
Canon A1000 IS
  • $150
  • 1/2.5 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Fast startup
  • $200
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Larger sensor
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
Canon A1200
Canon A1000 IS
  • $101
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Shoots 24p video
  • $200
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • More telephoto lens reach

Compared to Canon A1100 IS

Canon A580
Canon A1100 IS
  • $150
  • 1/2.5 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Longer stills battery life
  • $200
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Larger sensor
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
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

Compared to Canon A3100 IS

Canon A580
Canon A3100 IS
  • $150
  • 1/2.5 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • $85
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Larger sensor
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
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
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