A Canon A1200 sample

Hazel Pascua from Manilla recently bought the Canon A1200, the cheapest 24p camera in the market (that’s actually capable of something good). Have a look at her macro shots.

Update: Upon downloading the uploaded file I discovered that it was exported as mpeg2, and the project was setup as 48 fps interlaced instead. Which means that if Hazel could re-export in h.264, having set the right project properties, and replace the video on vimeo with the fixed version, the video would have even better quality than what’s already there. Which says a lot about this small $109 camera.

Update 2: Video updated with higher quality! Download the originally uploaded video too on Vimeo to check it out!


Glenn wrote on April 29th, 2011 at 9:49 PM PST:

Video does not exist… Has she reposted it? Got another link?

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Eugenia wrote on April 29th, 2011 at 10:49 PM PST:

She removed the video. I emailed her, but I don’t know if she will repost it after re-encoding in h.264.

River662 wrote on April 30th, 2011 at 2:42 AM PST:

Hi Eugenia,
Have you ever tried the SD4000 is?
It’s a model from 2010 with 10MP CMOS sensor and 720p movie recording (with the ae lock – I’ve checked the pdf manual).
Since the exposure cannot be locked on the newer CMOS models (elph 300/500), is the SD4000 still a good buy?

zima wrote on April 30th, 2011 at 4:23 AM PST:

A2200 maybe ends up cheaper, sort of. In practice it’s only around 4€ more expensive at my place… but it comes with Li-ion battery and charger, doesn’t need the additional expense of NiMH batteries and their charger (which admittedly people often have; plus NiMH ends up handy for having another set or two in the bag, or even buying alkaline set in an “emergency”)

Of course, A2200 is 30p… but don’t you hope for “higher fps” in cinema, anyway? (wanting to shot your “the” movie like that? …blast @relatively quickly archived comments ;p )

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Eugenia wrote on April 30th, 2011 at 9:42 AM PST:

River662, why not go for the SX230 that has exposure lock and 1080p?

Zima, the A2200 is an ok buy, it depends if you want a 24p camera or not.

River662 wrote on April 30th, 2011 at 10:53 AM PST:

The SX230 is also nice but the reason I’m considering the SD4000 is it has a brighter f/2.0 lens (at 28mm) vs f/3.1 of the SX230. So I assume it should perform better in low light. Since I have no experience on these digicams, from your experience, do you think the differences will be significant?

Also, the SD4000 is $100 cheaper 🙂

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Eugenia wrote on April 30th, 2011 at 11:11 AM PST:

The lens on the SX230 is actually top notch, but just not as fast. Also, don’t forget that the SX230 also has full manual control for stills. But it’s as you like. Personally, I don’t like any of the current Canon digicams. The ones that have exposure lock are 720p, and the ones that don’t are 1080p. I’d personally wait for something that does both. Maybe the replacement for the S95.

David Zeno wrote on May 2nd, 2011 at 1:22 PM PST:

Hi Eugenia,

I have never understood 24p ( this means 24 fps ? ) and what is it exactly. If you shoot at 29.7 fps, the footage is smoother than 24 frames per seconds ? or is that a myth because the human eye can’t differentiate between the 2 ?

I have read numerous times that 24p is what you see when you go to the cinema, but I don’t see how just 6 frames per second less makes any difference.

Maybe you can briefly explain for me, and for others who may not understand what 24p means.

Thank you, David.

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Eugenia wrote on May 2nd, 2011 at 1:37 PM PST:

24p is only of interest for those who want the cinema look, not for people who shoot random family videos. For family users 30p or 60p is better. Yes, 24p in conjunction to 1/48th shutter speed, feels much different to 30p.

David Zeno wrote on May 8th, 2011 at 7:54 PM PST:

Hi Eugenia,

thank you for your reply. I guess I should do some hunting around for 24p video and see what it looks like.

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