Page 2Canon EOS 1300D – Performance, image quailty and conclusion
Canon EOS 1300D – AF and Performance
There are just nine autofocus points to choose from when using the 1300D – not many by DSLR standards, and they’re grouped towards the middle of the frame. The central point is the more sensitive cross-type, so it’s better to use this one when shooting in low-light conditions. To change the AF point, press the AF point selection button and use the directional keys to choose the point you need.
AF speeds vary depending on the lens you’re using, but are generally very good if the light is decent. In low-light conditions, the camera may hunt back and forth to acquire focus, but it’s unusual for a false confirmation of focus to be presented.
The 1300D uses the Digic 4+ image processor versus the 4 in the 1200D. It’s a bit long in the tooth nowadays when you consider the most recent version – as found in the Canon G7X II – is up to Digic 7. As a result, we have just 3fps continuous shooting on offer, and a buffer that can only cope with six raw files at a time.
Still, this is a value camera that is unlikely to be on the shopping list of any professional sports photographers. However, it’s worth remembering those speeds if you’re thinking of grabbing a 1300D to be a back-up camera, and you regularly shoot action or fast-moving subjects.
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Canon EOS 1300D – Image Quality
Make no mistake, if you’re jumping from a compact camera or mobile phone, then the quality of the 1300D’s images will impress. However, if you’re coming from the 1200D and are considering an upgrade, it probably isn’t worth it.
Directly from the camera, JPEG images display great colours, which are accurate when using the automatic white balance setting in most conditions. Under artificial lighting, images are a little on the warm side – while that isn’t necessarily a bad thing for some subjects, for complete accuracy you’ll be better off switching to a specific white balance setting.
All-purpose metering generally works well to produce accurate exposures. However, you may find that in some high-contrast shooting scenarios bumping up the exposure compensation a little helps to create a more pleasing effect.
When it comes to noise, the 1300D’s sensor is a reasonable performer. At ISO 1600, there isn’t too much present, while there’s a good overall impression of detail when looking at shots at normal printing or web sizes. However, if you open up the raw files, it’s obvious that the camera is applying a fair amount of noise reduction. As a result, some fine detail will be lost in JPEG shots.
If this should happen, it will be possible to use the raw files to bring back lost detail, balancing it with noise reduction as suits your preference. At ISO 3200 and ISO 6400, images are still good – certainly usable at A4 or below, but it’s worth avoiding ISO 12800 unless you’re really desperate.
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Canon EOS 1300D – Video
To record video on the 1300D, you’ll first have to set the exposure dial to video – annoyingly, there’s no dedicated movie button. This also means that video is fully automated, with the camera offering no manual control over video settings. That will be disappointing to potential videographers, but it perhaps isn’t surprising for a value camera such as this.
The camera can shoot Full HD video, and it’s capable of producing some good footage. However, video functionality is very much a supplement to being a stills camera, rather than a reason in itself to buy the 1300D.
Should you buy the Canon EOS 1300D?
There’s plenty to like about the 1300D, chief of which is its incredibly reasonable price.
While this isn’t a phenomenal camera that’s likely to blow you away with its performance, it’s a solid little DSLR that’s a great option for beginners, as well as a good backup for enthusiasts.
Image quality is more or less on a par with its predecessor, so if you already own a 1200D then there isn’t much here to tempt you to upgrade – unless you’re desperate for Wi-Fi or NFC connectivity, that is.
If budget is the main concern – or you’re just not yet ready to invest greater sums of money into a hobby – then the 1300D is a great first-time option, providing plenty of scope to learn and grow before moving on to a more advanced camera.
A decent performer, the 1300D is ideal for DSLR newbies. For those who have a 1200D, it isn’t really worth the upgrade – but otherwise, the low price makes the 1300D a very attractive proposition indeed.