Canon EOS 1300D: A More Than Competent Entry Level DSLR

If you're looking for your first DSLR and don't want to break the bank, the Canon EOS 1300D is a good choice.

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This Canon camera is actually an update to the previous EOS 1200D model, which has a few improvements such as built-in NFC and Wi-Fi, as well as the brand new scene effects and modes.

We can say for this model that it’s more evolution than revolution, since there are not many new functions compared to its predecessors.

The updates over EOS 1200D are:

  • Built-in Wi-Fi and NFC
  • DIGIC 4+ processor
  • 3-inch 920K dot screen
  • Food scene mode
  • Grainy black & white effect

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What makes this camera so appealing to the customers is its affordable price. For the body-only, you should pay £299.99, while the bundle with 18-55mm III kit lens costs £344.99 or £384.99 with the advanced 18-55mm IS II lens.

What is the Canon EOS 1300D?

The Canon EOS 1300D (also known as the EOS Rebel T6 in North America) is a great DSLR with an 18-megapixel APS-C sensor that is perfect for the professional photographer. This small budget-friendly digital camera has a powerful DIGIC 4+ image processor as well as a broad ISO range of 100-6400 which can be extended up to 12800 when taking pictures in bright or low light.

canon-eos1300d3And that’s not all! It also features 3p fps burst shooting and an advanced 9-point AF system that comes along with a built-in cross-type sensor.

You can connect it to the Android and iOS devices by using the special Canon Connect application.

Main Specifications

Here are the main specs of the Canon EOS 1300D:

  • 18.0 Megapixel CMOS image sensor
  • DIGIC 4+ Image Processor
  • ISO 100-6400 which is expandable to 12800
  • Built-in Wi-Fi and NFC
  • 9 point AF system
  • Continuous Shooting Speed at 3 fps
  • Maximum Shutter Speed 30 seconds
  • 3in LCD monitor
  • 3x optical zoom

Image quality

As you might assume, this camera takes excellent photos and HD videos as well. Thanks to the 18.0 MP APS-C CMOS sensor, Digic4+ processor and other great features, the photos have great quality.

The sensor is capable of shooting three shots per second, which is quite enough for beginners. As for the ISO, its sensitivity goes up to 6400 and it is expandable up to 12800.

As already mentioned, it records Full HD videos and features 9 AF points.

Design

The first thing you’ll notice at this camera is a fairly light and smooth body, as this model doesn’t have a big processor and sensor.

It has a very comfortable grip and fits well in hand due to the small dimensions and textured surface.

The size is 5.4 x 8.7 x 6.5 inches and it only weighs 3.2 pounds.

Compared to the 1200D, it is more compact and slimmer. The body is produced from carbon fibre polycarbonate. Unfortunately, it’s not weather-sealed.

Easy manoeuvrability makes this camera convenient for beginners. All functions are easily accessible while the control buttons are well positioned.

In addition, there are also White Balance control buttons, Q button, video control button (next to the viewfinder on the back panel), and a dedicated ISO.

canon-eos1300d2The 3 inches LCD screen is much improved and has 920K dots as well as a higher resolution than EOS 1200D.

Battery

The camera requires a Lithium-ion battery to work. The battery enables 500 shots, which is a considerable number and that is enough to fill up an 8 GB SD card.

All in all, this is quite good when it comes to the Canon Digital SLR, however not in the first class like the Sony Alpha A58 and Nikon D3300 for example, which offer up to 700 shots on a single charge.

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