Canon EOS 1200D vs Nikon D4s

This is a full comparison between the cameras Canon EOS 1200D and Nikon D4s. We compare them by looking at the categories you see below.


Canon EOS 1200D is manufacturered by Canon but Nikon D4s is from Nikon. Both Canon and Nikon are well known brands though.

These two camera models were both released 2014.

Camera Released
Canon EOS 1200D 2014
Nikon D4s 2014

Type of camera

Both these cameras are DSLR cameras. No difference there.

Sensors / crop factor

These cameras have different sensors. Canon EOS 1200D has a "Canon APS-C"-sensor while Nikon D4s has a "Nikon FX"-sensor, and their difference in sensors will also affect the crop factor and experience focal length. See the table below.

Camera Focal length, 50mm f/1.8 **
Canon EOS 1200D 80 mm
Canon APS-C sensor
Crop factor/focal length multiplier by * 1.6
Nikon D4s 50 mm
Full-frame sensor
No crop factor/focal length multiplier

** Experienced focal length when using a lens such as a common "50mm f/1.8"

Learn more about crop factor and focal length multiplier here:
Camera selection can affect the focal length (Canon)
Camera selection can affect the focal length (Nikon)


Canon EOS 1200D has a 18 MP (Megapixels) resolution while Nikon D4s has 16 MP. If we break down this in more detail this is the data behind the numbers:

Camera Megapixels
Canon EOS 1200D 18 MP
17915904 pixels
5184 x 3456
Nikon D4s 16 MP
16163840 pixels
4928 x 3280

Canon EOS 1200D has a 11 % larger resolution than Nikon D4s. This could give you more details in the picture but also a possibility to crop more in the pictures, afterward while editing the pictures, if needed that is.

ISO range

Nikon D4s has a larger ISO-range than Canon EOS 1200D. Nikon D4s has an ISO range that stretches from 100 to 25600 while Canon EOS 1200D has 100 to 6400.

Camera ISO Range
Canon EOS 1200D 100-6400
Nikon D4s 100-25600

Autofocus and lens compatibility

Both of these cameras have a built-in autofocus motor. Some lenses, that support autofocus, do not have an autofocus motor of their own but this won't cause any problems with these two cameras.

Here is a complete overview of which lenses work with each camera:
Lens compatibility chart for Canon EOS 1200D
Lens compatibility chart for Nikon D4s

Pictures per second

Depending on what you are shooting the FPS, or frames/pictures per second, can definitely be of interest. Canon EOS 1200D can shoot up to 3 pictures per seconds and Nikon D4s can shoot up to 11 pictures per seconds.

Camera FPS (Frames per second)
Canon EOS 1200D 3
Nikon D4s 11

Ability to record movies

It is becoming more and more popular to record movies with digital cameras.

In this case, both Canon EOS 1200D and Nikon D4s can shoot movies.


The weight of the camera can be an extremely important factor, especially if the camera is about to be used, or carried around, for several hours at a time.

Nikon D4s weighs 1350 gr (equal to 2.98 lb) which is 181% heavier than Canon EOS 1200D and its 480 gr (or 1.06 lb).

Camera Weight
Canon EOS 1200D 480 gr
1.06 lb
Nikon D4s 1350 gr
2.98 lb

Canon EOS 1200D vs Nikon D4s Specs

Below you will find the complete and detailed technical specs for both Canon EOS 1200D and Nikon D4s, next to each other. Each category of data is a link to an article covering the subject, giving you a deeper understanding so you can better understand the strengths and weaknesses of the two camera models.

Canon EOS 1200D
Nikon D4s
Name Canon EOS 1200D Nikon D4s
Manufacturer Canon Nikon
Release Date and Price
Canon EOS 1200D
Nikon D4s
Release Year 2014 2014
Release Date 2014-02-12 2014-02-25
MSRP 549 USD 6499 USD
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Camera Type
Canon EOS 1200D
Nikon D4s
Camera Type DSLR DSLR
Canon EOS 1200D
Nikon D4s
Sensor Size APS-C (approx 22.3 x 14.9 mm) Full Frame (approx 36 x 23.9 mm)
Also known as "FX"
Sensor Type CMOS CMOS
Resolution 5184 x 3456 pixels 4928 x 3280 pixels
Megapixels 18 MP 16 MP
Image Processor DIGIC 4 EXPEED 4
Canon EOS 1200D
Nikon D4s
ISO Range 100 - 6400 100 - 25600
White Balance Presets 6 12
Custom White Balance Yes Yes
Image Stabilization No No
Image Stabilization CIPA Rating 0 stops 0 stops
Uncompressed format RAW RAW + TIFF
Optics & Focus
Canon EOS 1200D
Nikon D4s
Autofocus Motor Yes Yes
Autofocus Contract Detect (sensor)
Phase Detect
Multi Area
Selective Single Point
Face Detection
Contract Detect (sensor)
Phase Detect
Multi Area
Selective Single Point
Face Detection
Focus Points 9 51
Lens Mount Canon EF
Canon EF-S

See Compatible Lenses
Nikon F

See Compatible Lenses
Focal Length Multiplier APS-C Sensor
1.6x multiplier
24 mm becomes 38 mm
50 mm becomes 80 mm
100 mm becomes 160 mm
200 mm becomes 320 mm
FX (Full frame)
No multiplier
24 mm remains 24 mm
50 mm remains 50 mm
100 mm remains 100 mm
200 mm remains 200 mm
Screen & Viewfinder
Canon EOS 1200D
Nikon D4s
Articulated LCD Fixed Fixed
Screen size 3 3.2
Screen dots 460000 921000
Touch screen No No
Screen type TFT color LCD, liquid-crystal monitor TFT LCD with brightness and color adjustment
Live view Yes Yes
Viewfinder Type Optical (pentamirror) Optical (pentaprism)
Viewfinder Coverage 95% 100%
Viewfinder Magnification 0.8 (0.5 35mm equiv.) 0.7
Viewfinder Resolution N/A N/A
Photography features
Canon EOS 1200D
Nikon D4s
Frames per second 3 fps 11 fps
Minimum Shutter Speed 30 seconds 30 seconds
Maximum Shutter Speed 1/4000 seconds 1/8000 seconds
Built-in Flash Yes No
Built-in Flash Range 9 meters N/A
External Flash Yes Yes
Self-Timer Yes Yes
Time-lapse Yes Yes
Metering modes Multi
Center Weighted
Center Weighted
Exposure Compensation +/- 5 (at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV steps) +/- 5 (at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV, 1 EV steps)
Videography features
Canon EOS 1200D
Nikon D4s
Video recording Yes Yes
Video format H.264
Video resolution 1920 x 1080
1280 x 720
1920 x 1080
Built-in Microphone Yes Yes
Built-in Speakers Yes Yes
Canon EOS 1200D
Nikon D4s
Memory Card SD/SDHC
Compact Flash
Canon EOS 1200D
Nikon D4s
HDMI Output Yes Yes
Microphone Port No Yes
Headphone Port No Yes
Wireless No Yes
Optional via WT-5A or WT-4A
Remote Control Yes (E3 connector) Yes (wired or wireless)
GPS No Yes
Optional via GP-1A
Body & Dimensions
Canon EOS 1200D
Nikon D4s
Enviromentally sealed No Yes
Battery Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery Details Lithium-Ion LP-E10 rechargeable battery & charger
Lithium-Ion EN-EL18a rechargeable battery & charger
Battery Life (CIPA) 500 shots 3020 shots
Width 130 mm 160 mm
Height 100 mm 157 mm
Depth 78 mm 91 mm
Weight 480 gram 1350 gram