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CANON EOS 1300D Review: Should You Buy this Camera?

Key Features

  • 18MP APS-C CMOS sensor
  • 3-inch 920k dot LCD display
  • 9 AF points (f/5.6 cross type at centre)
  • ISO sensitivity 100-6400, expandable up to 12800
  • 3fps burst shooting
  • 1080p Full HD video recording at 24p, 25p and 30p with drop frame timing
  • 720p HD video recording at 60p and 50p
  • Digic 4+ image processor
  • Inbuilt Wi-Fi and NFC

 

Introduction

When Canon launched EOS 1200D in February 2014, it certainly became a huge hit, especially among the beginners. Now the company has launched its successor EOS 1300D (also known as Rebel T6 in North America) in March 2016 with some minor changes. Though Canon EOS 1300D carries over most of the features from its predecessor, the major upgrade is the addition of inbuilt Wi-Fi and NFC. Apart from this, the camera is packed with Digic 4+ image processor and a high-resolution 920k- dot LCD display.

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Design, Build, and Handling

The overall design of Canon 1300D is almost same as that of 1200D. As it is virtually identical to its predecessor, no doubt it would be absolutely easy to use for those who have used 1200D. The body is entirely plastic-built with a matte finish texture which makes it better for the grip issue.

CANON EOS 1300D Review build

EOS 1300D sports a more compact body and weighs at 440g. There is a microphone, a pop-up flash with a hotshoe mount for an external flash. The mode dial sits near the shutter-release button which makes it easy for the user to quickly switch between different exposure modes. There is also a Q button that lets the users access various settings. Apart from the semi-automatic and manual options, the camera includes various scene and automatic modes.

CANON EOS 1300D Review handling

All the buttons including the shortcuts for ISO, autofocus, drive mode and white balance are placed on the right of the LCD. On the left, there is an input for a Mini-USB port, a Mini-HDMI port and a wired remote. Just near the optical viewfinder, there is a button which can be used to switch to the live view. This can be extremely helpful for shooting still-life as well as macro subjects as the photographer can precisely check the focus. The optical viewfinder gives all the readings for ISO, exposure, shutter speed and aperture that are clear enough to read in sunlight. The company has also included a Wi-Fi signal LED flash that works when the device is connected to a smartphone.

 

CANON EOS 1300D Review

Coming to the screen, we get a 3-inch TFT display with a 920k-dot panel which is almost double when we compare it with 1200D. Owing to this, we get more sharp and crisp images. It would have been nice if we get a tilting screen but as 1300D is Canon’s entry-level series we should not ask for more.

Performance and Image Quality

The Canon 1300D has the same 18MP APS-C CMOS sensor as the 1200D but with a bit better Digic 4+ processor. In terms of performance, 1300D works quite similar to that of 1200D. The image quality is surprisingly good and at the given price range, it would certainly manage to please those who are new to DSLR photography.

We get nine AF points to choose from which we think is not much when it comes to a DSLR. These points are clubbed together towards the middle of the frame. Since the central point is more sensitive cross-type, we would recommend this to use in low-light conditions. The AF point can be changed by pressing the AF point selection button and then using the directional keys to choose the desired point. The AF speeds vary with the lens but are usually good in decent light. The users can also track moving subjects by switching to AI Servo AF mode. The camera works well with slow-moving subjects as compared to the faster ones. Needless to say, the sports enthusiasts would prefer something better than this.

CANON EOS 1300D Review performance

For recording video, the users need to set the exposure dial to video. 1300D can record Full HD videos. Sadly, we don’t have a dedicated movie button which means that the camera offers no manual control for video settings and is fully automated.

Upon our testing, we found the JPEG images to display great colours with some nice level of warmth and saturation while using the automatic white balance setting. However, the images taken under artificial light setting are a bit on the warmer side. Raw images are a bit more subdued as compared to the JPEGs with a little less contrast. This lets the user ample scope to process files according to his taste— Canon’s Digital Photo Professional software which comes bundled with 1300D can also be used.

When it comes to detail resolution, the 18MP sensor proves to be a pretty good performer. The detail in JPEG images is quite good from ISO100 to ISO3200. However, as you get to ISO6400, the quality gets a bit compromised. We would recommend the users to avoid the ISO12800 setting unless it’s necessary.

Coming to the noise, the sensor is quite a fair performer. There is not much noise at ISO1600. The overall impression of the detail is good when we looked at the pictures at normal printing or web sizes. However, while processing the raw files, the camera applies a good amount of noise reduction which leads to loss of some fine detail. But it is possible to bring back some of the lost detail if we balance it with noise reduction according to our preferences.

CANON EOS 1300D Review image quality

Canon EOS 1300D uses Canon’s iFCL metering system which produces quite accurate exposures. However, when we tried to bump up the exposure compensation while shooting in high-contrast scenarios, we got a more pleasing effect.

Canon EOS 1300D can be used with over 70 EF/EF-S lenses. The range includes zoom lenses suitable for travel, macro lenses for capturing tiny subjects, wide angled lenses for landscape and IS (Image Stabilizer) equipped lenses.

The biggest upgrade is the support for both Wi-Fi and NFC which makes it possible to connect the camera to other NFC-equipped devices just by placing them together. The battery life as quoted by the company is 500 shots which turn out be accurate. When we tested the battery, we were able to click pictures for several hours at ease without much dip in the displayed battery life.

Should You Buy the Canon EOS 1300D?

Priced at INR.29,995 ($449.99) (for Kit EF S18-55 IS II), INR 38,995 (for Double Zoom EF S18-55 IS II + EF S55-250 IS II) EOS 1300D offers a great value for money, especially for the beginners. At almost similar price range, the most obvious competition of 1300D is Nikon D3300 because of its enhanced features, battery, video and image quality and burst shooting. But D3300 does not have a support for Wi-Fi and NFC. So, we recommend our readers to set your preferences. The choice strictly depends on what features you want for your camera.

 

Pros

  • Wi-Fi and NFC connectivity
  • High-resolution screen
  • Textured coating
  • Good value for money
  • Bundled with 16GB card

Cons

  • Absence of touch screen
  • Fixed screen
  • Focuses slow in live view
  • Burst mode is not as effective as it should be
  • Slightly pricey as compared to the similar products in the given price range

 

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