If you’ve used or seen the 1200D, the design and layout of the Canon EOS 1300D will be familiar to you – Canon doesn’t stray too far from the blueprint here.
When it comes to accessing standard cameras, it is smaller than the DSLR, but it is enough to attract those who switch from a forced camera. The handle is slightly adjusted and adjusted to fit the palm of your hand.
The dial button sits on top of the sensor, allowing you to easily switch between different display modes. In addition to text and semi-automatic modes (like opening first), there are also different modes and automatic modes, which is great if you are just starting with DSLR photography.
Several buttons on the back of the camera, but are all connected for easy adjustment. There are special keys for other settings, such as ISO, AF form, white balance, and exposure compensation, as well as the Q button for access to other commonly used methods, such as metering.
A scrolling dial is located near the shutter-release button and is used to adjust the aperture (when shooting in aperture priority mode) or the shutter speed When in manual mode, you’ll use the dial to control both, alternating between the two by keeping down the exposure compensation button.
The 1300D comes with an optical viewfinder. It provides a relatively bright and clear view, but it only displays 95% of the scene. That’s fairly standard for entry-level DSLRs, but it means you have to be vigilant during composition to ensure that nothing sneaks into the frame that you don’t see. This is one area where electronic viewfinders outperform their optical counterparts.
As compared to the 1200D, the addition of Wi-Fi and NFC is a significant improvement for this camera. Download the Canon Camera Link app, which is free on the App Store (iPhone) or Google Play Store, to use it (Android). The connection process is very simple and easy, and once connected, you can use your smartphone to take remote control of the camera or download images from the camera for uploading to social media.
· Canon EOS 1300D – Screen
The screen is a 3″ fixed 920 dot panel – an improvement to the 1200D’s 460 dot screen. This ensures that images in playback are more crisp and sharp, and menus and icons look better as well. It would be better if the screen could be rotated or articulated, but given that this camera is a steal for a DSLR (especially if purchased used), it’s not shocking.
You can also compose the viewer on the LCD panel with the Live View. This is activated by a button next to the viewfinder. It is useful for shooting macro and still-life subjects because it allows you to precisely check focus. However, since it slows down concentration, I wouldn’t suggest it for all subjects.
· Canon EOS 1300D – AF and Performance
When using the 1300D, there are only nine autofocus points to choose from – not that many by DSLR standards, and they are clustered near the center of the frame. Since the central point is the more sensitive cross-type, it is preferable when shooting in low-light conditions. To adjust the AF point, press the AF point selection button and use the directional keys to pick the desired point.
AF speeds depend largely on the lens but are usually very good if the lighting is sufficient. In low-light conditions, the camera can search back and forth to acquire focus, but false confirmation of focus is uncommon.
The image processor in the 1300D is the Digic 4+, as compared to the 4 in the 1200D. It’s a little out of date nowadays, considering the most recent edition – as found in the Canon EOS M50 and EOS R – is Digic 8. As a result, we only get 3fps continuous shooting and a buffer that can only handle six raw files at a time.
· Canon EOS 1300D Image Quality
JPEG images directly from the camera have great colors that are correct when using the automatic white balance setting in most conditions. Images are a little warm under artificial lighting, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing for certain subjects, but for full accuracy, you’ll be better off switching to a specific white balance environment.
When it comes to noise, the 1300D sensor performs admirably. There isn’t much present at ISO 1600, but there is a strong overall impression of detail when looking at shots at standard printing or websites. However, when you open the Raw files, it’s clear that the camera is using a lot of noise reduction. As a consequence, some fine detail in JPEG shots will be lost.
· Canon EOS 1300D – Video
To capture video on the 1300D, you should first turn the exposure dial to video – there is no dedicated movie button, which is inconvenient. This also ensures that the video is completely automatic, with no manual control over video settings provided by the camera.
· Is the Canon EOS 1300D a good buy?
Despite being replaced by the Canon 2000D, the 1300D is still a potentially good second-hand option if you’re looking for your first DSLR – though we’d prefer to wait for the upcoming Nikon D3500 or spend a little more on the Canon 200D.
The 2000D isn’t a major improvement over the 1300D, so if money is a problem, the 1300D could be the better option. However, there are now better budget DSLRs on the market, as well as good mirrorless alternatives such as Canon’s EOS M50 for a little more.