Price: €450 (body only); €550 (with 18-55mm lens) from Conn's Cameras. Rating: HHHH
FOR those who want to take a tentative step in the direction of 'quality' photography, the term 'entry-level' is a bit of a misnomer when it is applied to camera bodies.
Canon's new 1200D is a good illustration of why.
It has an 18-megapixel sensor with Canon's Digic 4 processor.
This is the same firepower that Canon's high-end cameras were sporting three or four years ago.
So it's arguable that anything more means you're simply chasing fine margins that only a more advanced photographer would truly be able to exploit.
(There is no significant redesign of the camera, either: it has the same basic shape and functionality as Canon cameras four times its price.) It's not as weather-sealed as pricier models and you don't get some handy features such as Wi-Fi (which lets you share from your phone immediately).
But if you're taking your first steps and weighing up your options, get this camera (body only for €450) and spend your residual budget on two lenses: a 50mm (€120) and an 18-135mm, at €400.