Canon EOS 1300D
Build / Design7.0/10
Value For money7.0/10
- Built-in Wi-Fi, NFC
- Decent construction quality
- High-resolution display
- 16GB card bundled
- Burst mode not effective
- Noisy images at ISO 1600 and beyond
- Average all-round performance
- A bit expensive compared to the competition
Two years after the launch of the 1200D, the Japanese manufacturer surprises with the launch of its successor, the Canon EOS 1300D, at a price that tries to get the market from those fans who are looking for a first digital camera and do not want to spend a lot of money. It is a SLR that is positioned as one of the cheapest in the market.
Within the SLRs of consumption, the Canon 1300D is one of the most humble in terms of benefits, is focused on a young user, without much purchasing power, amateur photography and looking for something more than a simple phone to share your photos on social networks.
TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS CANON 1300D
EFFECTIVE PIXELS: 18 Megapixels
FORMAT: 3: 2
PROCESSOR: DIGIC 4+
FOCAL LENGTH: Equivalent to 1.6x the focal length of the lens
AF SYSTEM: AF in 9 points (cross type points f / 5.6 in the center)
ISO: 100-6,400 ISO (in 1-point increments) The ISO setting can be extended to H: 12,800
SCREEN: 3.0 “TFT screen, approx. 920,000 pixels
SCREEN COVERAGE: Approx 100%
SPEED OF SHUTTER: Approx. 3 fps for approx. 1,110 JPEG images, 6 RAW images
VIDEO SIZES: 1,920 x 1,080 (29.97; 25; 23.976 fps) 1,280 x 720 (59.94; 50 fps) 640 x 480 (30; 25 fps)
CONNECTIVITY: Built-in Wi-Fi transmission Connection to Android devices version 4.0-4.4 / 5.0-5.1 or iOS 7.1 / 8-8.3 is possible. Only NFC connection with compatible Android devices is possible.
The EOS 1300D comes with the same CMOS sensor of APS-C size as its predecessor. The most important changes with respect to the previous model are focused on connectivity, as it comes with Wi-Fi and can connect to the phone through NFC. The processor, a Digic 4+, is the other novelty of this model that makes improve the number of shots in burst, that although it remains in a modest 3 fps improves from 69 JPEG to 1110, in RAW it remains the same, in 6 RAW.
Despite the emergence of 4K in virtually all devices that are released recently, the new SLR Canon does not have this system, is satisfied with a not inconsiderable Full HD video up to 30fps. It has a 3 “non-flip screen with a resolution of 920,000 pixels.
Design and Controls
Despite being a digital SLR, its weight makes it a compact camera. This is mainly due to the fact that the body is almost completely finished, in plastic. It has a rubber grip that allow a grip of the most comfortable and ergonomic. The access to the controls of mode, shot and video recording is quite fast and does not require doing silly things with the fingers as in other SLRs, with what its use is quite pleasant. Its full dimensions are 129.0 x 101.3 x 77.6 millimeters with a weight of 485 grams including battery and card.
The controls are the basics that we can find in any Canon SLR with this price range. On the back of the body we find the main dial to change the modes. We have the modes P, Tv, Av, M and of course the automatic mode, and the Auto Creative mode, which allows us, within what is an automatic mode, to select background blurs or the use of flash. We also have the video recording button and the exposure control dial on the back of the camera. At the top are the shutter speed and ISO adjustment controls in addition to the flash control, and the shutter-release button. The shutter button in photo mode can also be used to switch between the optical viewfinder and the view on the screen.
The screen is a 3-inch TFT whose resolution 920.ooo pixels, something in which pleasantly surpasses its predecessor. It is still a lower resolution than the average in this segment of cameras, but the results without pretending to be professionals are optimal. “<”
As we said at the beginning of the article, the sensor is the same as in the previous model, a CMOS APS-C 18 megapixels, the characteristic of Canon. This sensor, which can also be found mounted in the superior models, ensures image quality even if only in favorable light conditions and suffers from problems when facing a higher ISO value. If we look at the sensitivity, the settings offered by the new Canon SLR range from 100 to 12,800 ISO being forced.
A positive novelty incorporated in this camera is the Digic 4+ processor. The bursts make faster thanks to this processor, being able to reach 3 photographs (at most) per minute. There are very few changes considering that two years have passed between the two models, but the price reduction makes up for it.
Connectivities and Autonomy
We already said that one of the novelties that this camera included, unlike its predecessors, is Wi-Fi NFC connectivity. Thanks to this connection we can quickly move our photos to a device, including mobile phones. This feature falls within the idea that it is a camera for the amateur audience, because it greatly facilitates the exchange of images. The rest of connectivities are the usual ones, Hi-Speed USB and HDMI output to connect directly to the monitor. As for the battery, it has a rechargeable lithium-ion battery LP-E10 that maintains autonomy up to 500 shots, 410 if the flash is used.
Although the camera is modest, and we can not compare it with the last one we tested, the Sony A7 RII, the results have been approved with a note. It is true that the sensor is slow and that a touch screen is missing, but if what you are looking for is to start in photography, or simply go a little beyond the results offered by the phone, this camera is 100% recommendable. Its price is 375 euros only the body although it is on sale with a goal like the one we have tried (EF-S 18-55 mm) for 430 euros.