This is my second Powershot, the first being an A95
The A1200 is certainly a compact digital camera. The build quality and general feel
of the camera is nowhere as good as my old A95, although the picture quality is slightly
better. The Video quality is very good, unlike my previous camera. It is rather easy to press the wrong buttons if you are in a hurry to take a picture, although on balance it's not too bad to use. I went for a cheaper camera this time, as along with most electronic devices these days, they are a throw away item, and I don't see the point in spending £200+ on something I will replace in three years time.
One disappointment is the battery life. It's ok if you are just snapping away, but once you start using the menus to any extent, they run down very quickly, and I do use good quality rechargeables. Unlike the A95, which would run all day on it's 4 batteries.