When you think of getting your first DSLR, a beginner level DSLR is always the safest bet. It not only gives you the ability to play with the manual controls and accessorize it to your liking, but also doesn’t come as expensive as a full frame SLR.
Canon has brought in a new budget DSLR into the mix, the 1300D. This is the successor to the 1200D, and has lot of new things up its sleeve. Let’s get right on to it.
Info For Canon EOS 1300D
PROSGood build quality. Perfect ergonomics. Accurate color reproduction. WiFi and NFC are welcome additions.
CONSMemory card slot at the bottom leaves a sour taste. Mono microphone setup feels dated.
Body and Comfort Design
Canon is known to make ergonomically pleasing camera bodies, and the 1300D is no exception. The body is light and really easy to handle. It isn’t a magnesium alloy body, but at this price point, it’ll definitely be too much to ask for.
All buttons are aligned to the right side of the body, which is easily accessible. If you’re a Canon user, you’ll definitely feel at home. You’re greeted with a sharper 3 inch display which offers a good visibility. The display is sharper than its predecessor. And since the camera is so light, everything can be easily toggled and tweaked with just one hand, using your thumb.
The menu buttons are perfectly tactile as they’re supposed to be, the index finger switches comfortably from the shutter button to the toggle dial, making last minute changes really easy. There is also a thumb grip at the back, above the menu buttons which is like a cherry on top.
The dial comes with a few new modes now. You have the normal manual switch, shutter priority and aperture priority. You also have a full auto mode, a no flash mode, portrait mode, landscape mode. You get a Food mode which is meant for food photography, and a creative auto mode where you can set a few settings to improve your photo in auto mode.
To the left we have an HDMI port, microphone jack, and a micro USB port for data syncing. The camera comes with just one microphone at the front, which is really sad considering a stereo setup would’ve been way better for videos.
Sensor and Mount
The 1300D features an 4:3 18MP CMOS sensor, with DIGIC 4+ image processor. DIGIC 4+ is 60% faster at processing than the DIGIC 4 seen on the 1200D, and it surely feels like it. It was accurate, agile and delivered snappy shots. The camera comes with a total 9 focus points. The shutter can click up to 3FPS burst shots, which isn’t very impressive.
The sensor supports ISO ranging from 100 to 6400, which can be extended to 12800, as seen on the 1200D, but the end result is far from good, with a ton of noise ruining the shot. The mount supports over 70 EF and EF-S lenses, which is definitely a great addition, and adds to the versatility of the camera.
We got the 1300D with an EF-S 18-55mm kit with aperture ranging from 3.5 to 5.6, and an in-built image stabilizer. Canon is known to generate one of the best color reproductions on its DIGIC sensors and this camera is no different.
The colors delivered by the 1300D were bang on. I didn’t see any oversaturation on the images and the colors were natural and clean. The DIGIC 4+ delivered smooth color gradients and resulted in some really amazing shots.
Even on auto mode, the camera didn’t disappoint and gave some stunning images. The 18MP shots weren’t as detailed and sharp as we wanted them to be, but still it worked out pretty well. The Creative Auto mode was definitely my favourite, as it allowed you to play with your images, by making them vibrant, or adding cool filters etc.
While shooting in low lights, the 1300D started to feel like an entry level camera, as the low light images weren’t very good, and bumping up the ISO only made it worse, generating a ton of noise. We could see a clear loss of color accuracy and the sensor could definitely be seen breaking a sweat here.
The camera also supports recording FHD movies, and although it does shoot decent videos, it isn’t very ideal for videography.
This is a really fun camera, and its hand friendly ergonomics makes shooting on this camera really easy and convenient. The overall weight, button placement and the grippy texture at necessary places enhances the shooting experience.
One thing that definitely annoyed be was the fact that the memory card tray was at the bottom, with the battery. This isn’t a very ideal placement as if you’re resting your camera on a tripod mount, you’ll need to remove it every time you’re switching memory card. We would’ve definitely loved it to be on the side of the camera.
Moreover with the added benefit of Wi-Fi and NFC, instant sharing of files has become a breeze. It’s really easy to set up and share files to our smartphone.
Just download the Canon app from the Android Play Store or Apple App store, connect via a Wi-Fi connection, and pair the camera with the same wifi network. After that you’re good to go. It is a really handy feature for quickly sharing content on social media.
Powering the camera is a 860mAh battery pack. The battery took a mere 2-3 hours to fully charge and gave me a battery life of approximate 600 stills which is really decent.
If you’re a beginner, entering the world of photography, and are looking for a not so expensive yet versatile DSLR, Canon 1300D is the one you must go for.
It is easy to handle, delivers decent shots, it comes with a very potent DIGIC 4+ sensor, which gives you an array of lens options to explore from the EF and EF-S series of lenses. Although 18MP may be a low resolution, considering the competition, it does form a true value for money package, and with a price tag of Rs 29,995, it couldn’t get any better.