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The 1200D was announced in February 2014 as a follow on to the successful 1100D.In the US it gets the Rebel T5 name (skipping the ‘T4’)

The replacement 1300D was announced on March 10th 2016.

This page includes reviews, technical information and product updates, such as firmware.

Any new 1200D related info will appear here.

EOS 1200D/T5 – key features:

  • 18MP APS-C sensor
  • 3.0″ LCD (460k dot)
  • ISO range of 100–6400 (expandable to 12800)
  • Digic 4
  • Full HD video


Rebel T5 at Adorama and B&H

Canon 1200D

Information and Reviews

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1200D and Rebel T4 Latest

2015 March

10th The EOS1300D is announced

2014 October

1st A minor firmware update (V1.0.1) adresses the issues with exposure that (many???) people have found when using 17 & 24mm tilt/shift lenses [Canon]

“Fixes a phenomenon in which the captured image may exhibit uneven exposure when the camera is used with a TS-E 17mm f/4L or TS-E 24mm f/3.5L II lens which is shifted or tilted during shooting.”


18th The EOS 1200D (EOS Rebel T5 or EOS Kiss X70) is named European Consumer DSLR Camera 2014-2015 by EISA [Canon]


17th We hear that Park cameras in the UK now have this camera in stock.


12th The 1200D/T5 is announced. As ever, this page will be updated as more info becomes available.
It looks as if Canon hasn’t widely promoted this camera so far, so there is little actual testing to report, although someone at AP was allowed to hold one…

UK Press info

United Kingdom, Republic of Ireland, 12 February 2014

Canon today unveils the EOS 1200D – a new entry level DSLR that makes capturing beautiful photographs and Full HD movies easier and more enjoyable than ever before. Designed for first-time DSLR owners who want impressive results straight out of the box, the EOS 1200D will launch alongside an EOS Companion app[i] for mobile devices, which offers helpful tips and tutorials to help you get the most out of your new camera and other cameras in the EOS range. The EOS 1200D combines Canon’s world class imaging system with a range of intuitive, easy-to-use controls and automatic shooting modes, ensuring that no matter what your skill level, capturing images that always do your memories justice is simple.

With the help of the new EOS Companion app and easy to navigate quick start guide, you’ll be able to easily learn about the camera’s button layout and features, so you can take your first steps to shooting special moments more confidently. The app provides a range of expert tutorials and step-by-step exercises to take you through photography basics at a pace to suit you, with an ‘Inspire’ section suggesting combinations of popular subjects such as pets or people, with photographic instructions, such as information about speed or perspective. The app also features a troubleshooting guide to provide helpful tips on improving your photos and combating the most common type of problems, such as blurry or overexposed images, as well as tips on composition for groups and landscapes.

Images packed with detail

The EOS 1200D ensures that your special memories can be relived in vivid, beautiful detail and remembered for years to come. Colourful, high quality stills – perfect for creating large-scale prints as gifts or for showcasing proudly around the home – are captured using an 18.0 MP APS-C CMOS sensor and Canon’s DIGIC 4 processor. As light levels fade, the images you capture will look just as vibrant, thanks to the camera’s impressive low light capabilities. A 9-point AF system featuring points spread right across the frame ensures that no matter what you are shooting, the entire scene is captured in striking, detailed quality. With rapid continuous shooting you can also shoot a series of images at up to three frames per second – ideal for capturing bursts of fast moving action.

From birthday celebrations to holiday adventures, you can trust the EOS 1200D to always capture stunning results. Using the Scene Intelligent Auto mode, which automatically selects the most appropriate combination of camera settings, it’s easy to shoot with the right settings every time.

Moving memories – Full HD movie recording

For those moments that need to relived time and time again, the EOS 1200D also shoots impressive Full HD video (1080p). A wide range of easy-to-use controls gives you the freedom to get creative with movies as your skills develop – offering control of exposure, focus and sound levels so special moments are captured just as you enjoyed them. For a professionally edited feel, Video Snapshot mode allows you to record a series of short video clips and automatically joins them together in the camera for a summary movie of your occasion.

Artistic creativity, with just one touch

Adding a unique twist to each shot can be achieved with just a touch of a button, thanks to the EOS 1200D’s range of in-camera Creative filters. A choice of five different popular artistic styles, such as Miniature effect, Fish-eye and Toy camera, can be applied either before or after a shot is taken – allowing you to instantly add a creative feel to enhance the drama and atmosphere, or simply bring a completely different perspective to your images.

Designed for you

Compact and lightweight, the EOS 1200D can be carried with ease, ensuring you can embrace every opportunity to capture the moment. The camera’s layout of large, intuitively-placed controls is easy and instinctive to use, making it quick to get to grips with different settings when you’re shooting on the move. Designed to be flexible to suit your shooting style, the EOS 1200D features a bright optical viewfinder to help you frame your shots, and a 7.5cm (3.0’’) LCD screen for shooting in Live View mode. The sharp 460k-dot resolution LCD is the perfect way to review stills and movies straight after capture, or with groups of friends.

When you’re ready to take your photography to the next level, simply change the lens on your EOS 1200D to one of a selection of over 70 Canon EF lenses – each one giving you a different perspective that’ll help you to explore your creativity and take photos that really stand out. With the EOS Companion app you’ll find details on the EOS 1200D’s wide range of compatible lenses and accessories.

EOS 1200D – key features:

· Great quality from a large sensor

· Detailed images you can crop and print at large sizes

· Clear pictures even in low-light

· Easy-to-use Scene Intelligent Auto mode

· Built-in Feature Guide and Companion smartphone app

· Full HD movies with Video Snapshot

· Bright 7.5cm (3.0”) LCD screen

· Be artistic using Creative filters

Pricing and availability

The EOS 1200D will be available from March 2014 with the following SRPs:

· EOS 1200D body only – £349.99/€419.99

· EOS 1200D EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 DCIII – £399.99/€489.99

· EOS 1200D EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS II – £449.99/€539.99

US Press info

Ideal for Entry-level Digital SLR Users, the New EOS Rebel T5 Digital SLR Camera Helps Users Confidently Capture Outstanding Still and Video Images

MELVILLE, N.Y., February 11, 2014 – Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, today introduced the EOS Rebel T5 DSLR Camera – the latest model in the company’s popular EOS Rebel lineup. The new camera provides entry-level photographers with an affordable way to take their imaging skills to the next level. Incorporating an 18.0 megapixel CMOS (APS-C) image sensor and a high-performance DIGIC 4 image processor, the EOS Rebel T5 camera delivers improved functionality with the speed and high quality needed to create impressive images – even in low light.

The new EOS Rebel T5 DSLR camera offers users an extensive ISO range of 100–6400 (expandable to 12800) to accommodate shooting situations from bright natural outdoor lighting to dimly lit indoor settings. The camera can also automatically lock-in on moving subjects with ease using the EOS Rebel T5 camera’s nine-point AF system (including one center cross-type AF point). With help from the AI Servo AF, users can benefit from the camera’s outstanding autofocus capabilities. The new EOS Rebel T5 camera also offers a continuous shooting mode of up-to-three frames per second (fps) to help photographers capture the action at children’s activities, sporting events and more. Images can then be easily viewed on the camera’s large three-inch LCD monitor.

“The EOS Rebel T5 camera is designed for entry-level DSLR photographers looking to expand their creative options and advance their photography skills,” said Yuichi Ishizuka, executive vice president and general manager, Imaging Technologies & Communications Group, Canon U.S.A. “The improved functionality of this new EOS Rebel camera will help them do just that as it intelligently guides users on how to pinpoint their perfect shot and capture high-quality images and videos worth sharing.”

Detailed, High-Quality Images
Photo enthusiasts can capture high-quality images that are true-to-life in color, sharpness and contrast with the EOS Rebel T5 camera’s 18.0 Megapixel CMOS (APS-C) image sensor and DIGIC 4 image processor. Shooting is also made easy thanks to the EOS Rebel T5 camera’s Intelligent Auto mode that helps deliver expertly optimized photos and offers improved scene detection, especially useful for shooting at night.

The Canon Rebel EOS Rebel T5 camera is also compatible with the full line of Canon EF and EF-S lenses as well as other accessories like the new Macro Ring Lite MR-14EX II. Ideal for close-up photography with EF Macro lenses, the Macro Ring Lite MR-14EX II supports E-TTL wireless autoflash in conjunction with one or more Canon Speedlite 600EX-RT flash units.

Full HD Video Capture
The camera’s Full HD Movie mode helps make shooting high-quality 1080p movies simple. Capable of shooting in a number of recording sizes and frame rates, the EOS Rebel T5 enables easy manual control of exposure, focus and Live View features, as well as in-camera editing.

Intuitive Design and Full Creative Control
The new EOS Rebel T5 camera offers a full creative feature set – providing a variety of effects and settings to enhance photographs and video. Whether adding contrast for a more dramatic effect or boosting exposure for additional brightness, Canon’s EOS Rebel T5 camera will guide users on how to hone their photo editing skills and view their original photographs from a new visual perspective. The camera features fun, creative filters including Toy Camera, Fisheye and Miniature Effect enabling photographers to expand their creativity.

The EOS lineup is known for its easy-to-operate, intuitive camera models that deliver high-quality images. Canon’s latest DSLR camera offers advanced imaging features such as Basic+ and Creative Auto to direct entry-level photo enthusiasts through making camera setting adjustments. The camera’s built-in Feature Guide offers short descriptions of shooting modes, setting and effects for easy operation no matter what the shooting situation. This function is designed to guide and educate first-time users on the EOS camera settings, and will also intelligently provide recommendations while shooting in certain settings.

The Canon EOS Rebel T5 Digital SLR Camera bundled with an EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS II lens is scheduled to be available in March for an estimated retail price of $549.99.

1200D Full specifications

MSRP $549.99 (with 18-55 F3.5-5.6 lens)
Body type
Body type Compact SLR
Body material Composite
Max resolution 5184 x 3456
Other resolutions 3456 x 2304, 2592 x 1728
Image ratio w:h 3:2
Effective pixels 18 megapixels
Sensor photo detectors 19 megapixels
Sensor size APS-C (22.3 x 14.9 mm)
Sensor type CMOS
Processor Digic 4
Color space sRGB, AdobeRGB
Color filter array Primary color filter
ISO Auto, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, 6400
White balance presets 6
Custom white balance Yes
Image stabilization No
Uncompressed format RAW
JPEG quality levels Fine, Normal
File format JPEG
Optics & Focus
Autofocus Contrast Detect (sensor)
Phase Detect
Selective single-point
Face Detection
Live View
Digital zoom No
Manual focus Yes
Number of focus points 9
Lens mount Canon EF/EF-S mount
Focal length multiplier 1.6×
Screen / viewfinder
Articulated LCD Fixed
Screen size 3″
Screen dots 460,000
Touch screen No
Screen type TFT color LCD, liquid-crystal monitor
Live view Yes
Viewfinder type Optical (pentamirror)
Viewfinder coverage 95%
Viewfinder magnification 0.8×
Photography features
Minimum shutter speed 30 sec
Maximum shutter speed 1/4000 sec
Exposure modes Scene Intelligent Auto
Shutter Priority
Aperture Priority
Built-in flash Yes (Pop-up)
Flash range 9.20 m (at ISO 100)
External flash Yes (Hot-shoe, E-TTL II)
Flash modes Auto, On, Off, Red-eye
Flash X sync speed 1/200 sec
Continuous drive 3 fps
Self-timer Yes (10 sec (2 sec with mirror lock-up))
Metering modes Multi
Exposure compensation ±5 (at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV steps)
AE Bracketing ±2 (3 frames at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV steps)
WB Bracketing Yes (3 images at -/+ 3 steps)
Videography features
Resolutions 1920 x 1080 (30, 25 fps)
Format H.264
Microphone Mono
Speaker Mono
Storage types SD/SDHC/SDXC card
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
HDMI Yes (mini-HDMI)
Microphone port No
Headphone port No
Remote control Yes (E3 connector)
Environmentally sealed No
Battery Battery Pack
Battery description Lithium-Ion LP-E10 rechargeable battery & charger
Battery Life (CIPA) 500
Weight (inc. batteries) 480 g (1.06 lb / 16.93 oz)
Dimensions 130 x 100 x 78 mm (5.12 x 3.94 x 3.07″)
Other features
Orientation sensor Yes
Timelapse recording Yes (by USB cable and PC)
GPS None

2014 February Pre release rumours

canon kiss x7011th A very plausible set of specs was sent [thanks] and it looks as if we will get that 18MP sensor in the 1200D, and that Canon still have plenty of Digic 4 chips to use up (Digic 5 for the 100D)

18MP APS-C sensor

DIGIC 4 Image processing engine

Continuous shooting speed: 3 fps

ISO: 100-6400 ( 12800 extended )

Shutter speed: 1/4000 seconds to 30 seconds

Finder penta mirror . 95% field of view , 0.8 times magnification

3.0 inch LCD monitor 460,000 dot
Video: 1980 x 1080 30p. MOV format , MPEG-4 AVC/H.264

Scene Intelligent: Auto

Creative Filters: five

Final image simulation

Adopt a rubber grip

Media: SD / SDHC / SDXC

battery: LP-E10

129.6 x 99.7 x 77.9mm

435g Weight ( body only)

A new Kiss x70 is suggested for CP+ [PR ]

7th We’re told that Canon’s bottom end DSLR is getting a makeover and that it would be 15MP, not 18MP (it would not go to 18MP whilst other 18MP models were still on sale). Still no name…


17th A strong suggestion at CR that the upcoming camera from Canon will be a low end DSLR (more info on main Canon rumour page)
The 1100D is currently going for £209 in the UK (inc 20% VAT)

Given we were told that there ‘were no plans to update the 1100D’ will this be an entirely new model? 

Could this be the end of the optical viewfinder?

2013 December

20th We’re told (thanks) that the 1100D will continue ‘for some time’ until all the ‘current stocks and parts’ are used up and that there is no plan to update it.

UK Canon DSLR prices dec 2013

So, as yet no known plans for a 1100D successor, and no suggested model number…


21st A new 700D and smaller 100D are announced. What does this mean for the position of the 1100D?
Will we see a 15/18 MP 1200D in 2014, or are the 100D and EOS-M signifying the end of the xxxxD line?

2012 November

22nd It’s suggested that the 1100D and 60D lines will be discontinued next year [CR]

2011 February

8th The EOS1100D is announced

2010 December

11th Still the 1000D sells…


22nd The 1000D is still a current model – long past when people thought it would be renewed.
In fact 1000D replacement rumours have pretty much dried up.

1100D /Rebel T3/ – Full Specifications for comparison

Canon Rebel T3 (EOS 1100D) specifications
International naming US: Canon Rebel T3
Japan: Canon EOS Kiss Digital X50
Elsewhere: Canon EOS 1100D
Pricing US: $599.99 with IS II lens
UK: £419 body only
Body material Plastic (Stainless Steel chassis)
Sensor* 12.2 million effective pixels
12.6 million total pixels
22.2 x 14.7 mm CMOS sensor
RGB Color Filter Array
Built-in low-pass filter with fluorine coating
3:2 aspect ratio
Dust reduction Anti-static coating on sensor surfaces
Software based dust-removal (camera maps dust, removed later)
Image sizes* 4272 x 2848 (L)
3088 x 2056 (M)
2256 x 1504 (S1)
1920 x 1280 (S2)
720 x 480 (S3)
Output formats RAW (.CR2 14-bit)
RAW (.CR2 14-bit) + JPEG Large
JPEG (EXIF 2.3) – Fine, Normal
Movie recording * 1280 x 720 (29.97, 25 fps)
MOV (Video: H.264, Sound: Linear PCM)
Max duration 17min, Max file size 4GB
Image processor* DIGIC 4
Lenses Canon EF / EF-S lens mount
1.6x field of view crop
Focus modes TTL-CT-SIR with a CMOS sensor
Auto Focus
Manual Focus
Auto Focus 9-point CMOS sensor
Cross-type F5.6 at center
AF working range: 0 to 18 EV (at 23°C, ISO 100)
AF modes AI Focus
One shot
AI Servo
AF point selection Auto
AF assist Flash strobe
Shooting modes Auto
Program AE (P)
Shutter priority AE (Tv)
Aperture priority AE (Av)
Manual (M)
Auto depth-of-field
Night portrait
No Flash
Creative Auto*
Metering* TTL full aperture metering with 63-zone iFCL SPC*
Evaluative metering (linked to all AF points)
Partial metering at center (approx. 10% of viewfinder)
Center weighted average metering
Range : EV 1-20 (at 23°C with 50mm f/1.4 lens ISO100)
AE Lock Auto: In 1-shot AF mode with evaluative metering exposure is locked when focus is achieved.
Manual: By AE lock button in creative zone modes.
AE Bracketing +/- 2.0 EV
0.5 or 0.3 EV increments
Exposure compen. +/- 2.0 EV
0.5 or 0.3 EV increments
Sensitivity Auto (100 – 6400)
ISO 100
ISO 200
ISO 400
ISO 800
ISO 1600
ISO 3200
ISO 6400
Shutter Focal-plane shutter
30 – 1/4000 sec (0.5 or 0.3 EV steps)
Flash X-Sync: 1/200 sec
Aperture values Depends on lens used
White balance   Auto
White Fluorescent Light
WB Bracketing +/-3 levels
3 images
Selectable Blue/Amber or Magenta/Green bias
WB fine-tuning Blue (-9) To Amber (+9)
Magenta (-9) to Green (+9)
Color space sRGB
Adobe RGB
Picture style Standard
User 1
User 2
User 3
Drive modes Single
Continuous: 2 fps up to 5 RAW frames / 3 fps up to 830 JPEG
Self-timer (2 -10secs)
Self-timer continuous
Mirror lockup Yes (custom function)
Viewfinder Pentamirror
95% frame coverage
Magnification: 0.87x * (-1 diopter with 50 mm lens at infinity)
Eyepoint: 19 mm *
Dioptric adjustment: -3.0 to +1.0 diopter
Fixed precision matte
Proximity sensor disables LCD shooting mode information
Viewfinder info AF information (AF points focus confirmation light)
Shutter speed
Aperture value
ISO speed (always displayed)
AE lock
Exposure level/compensation
Spot metering circle
Exposure warning
Flash ready
High-speed sync
FE lock
Flash exposure compensation
Red-eye reduction light
White balance correction
SD card information
Monochrome shooting
Maximum burst
Highlight tone priority (D+)*
DOF preview Yes, (assign via custom menu)
LCD monitor * 2.7″ TFT LCD
230,000 pixels
Wide viewing angle (170° horizontal and vertical)
7 brightness levels
Up to 10x zoom playback
LCD Live view Live TTL display of scene from CMOS image sensor
100% frame coverage
30fps frame rate
Real-time evaluative metering using CMOS image sensor
Grid optional
Magnify optional (5x or 10x at AF point)
Autofocus: Quick mode, Live mode
Manual Focus
Remote live view using EOS Utility 2.0 (via USB or WiFi/Ethernet using WFT)
Flash * Auto pop-up E-TTL II auto flash
Guide number approx 9.2*
Modes: Auto, Manual Flash On/ Off, Red-Eye Reduction
X-Sync: 1/200 sec
Flash exposure compensation: +/-2.0 EV (0.3 or 0.5 EV steps)
Coverage up to 17 mm focal length (27 mm FOV equiv.)
External flash E-TTL II auto flash with EX-series Speedlites
Other features Orientation sensor
Auto rotation On (playback uses orientation data in file header)
Processing Highlight Tone Priority
Auto Lighting Optimizer (4 settings)
Long exposure noise reduction
High ISO speed noise reduction (4 settings)
Auto Correction of Lens Peripheral illumination
Basic+ (Shoot by ambience selection, Shoot by lighting or scene type)
Playback mode Single image
Single image with info (histogram brightness / RGB )
Magnified view (1.5 – 10x in 15 steps, browsable)
4 and 9 image index
Auto play
Image rotation
Custom functions * 10 custom functions with 32settings
Menu languages * English
Russian *
Romanian *
Ukrainian *
Turkish *
Arabic *
Thai *
Simplified Chinese
Traditional Chinese
Firmware User upgradable
Connectivity USB 2.0 (Hi-Speed) mini-B
Video out (PAL / NTSC)
HDMI mini output (HDMI-CEC compatible)*
Storage * SD / SDHC / SDXC card
Power * Lithium-Ion LP-E10 rechargeable battery
Optional ACK-E10 AC adapter kit
Direct printing Canon Selphy Printers
Canon Bubble Jet Printers with direct print function
Canon PIXMA Printers supporting PictBridge
Dimensions * 130 x 100 x 78 mm
Weight (no battery) * 495 g
Software Zoom Browser EX / ImageBrowser
EOS Utility (inc. Remote Capture; Windows & Mac except Mac Intel)
Digital Photo Professional (Windows / Mac)
Picture Style Editor

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