Canon EOS 1200D review – Dynamic range

The dynamic range of the Canon EOS 1200D performed well in a variety of situations, striking a pleasing balance between shadow and highlight detail throughout. When shooting a macro subject, I was impressed with the camera’s ability to retain highlight detail in the background while ensuring the foreground subject was also perfectly exposed.

Overall, the EOS 1200D preserves excellent detail in the shadow areas and I found that, providing the ISO sensitivity wasn’t set too high, I was able to maximise the dynamic range by shooting slightly underexposed and lightening the shadow in post-production.

Dynamic range optimisation is also possible in-camera by using Canon’s Auto Lighting Optimiser. This has low, medium and high settings, as well as off. Using it on low gives a subtle boost to darker shadow areas and even in high the results are good.

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