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Canon PowerShot A1300 Digital Camera Review

Canon PowerShot A1300 Digital Camera Review - Daniel Bell reviews the Canon PowerShot A1300.

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Category : Compact Cameras
Product : Canon PowerShot A1300
Price : £94
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Features
Handling
Performance
Verdict
Specification

Canon Powershot A1300 Lens Extended

The A1300 was launched in February 2012 as part of Canon's range of PowerShot cameras, as well as the A810, A2300, A2400 IS and A3400 IS. It is available in black and silver for around £94.

Canon Powershot A1300 Front 2

Canon PowerShot A1300 Features

The A1300 has a 16 megapixel sensor and 5x optical zoom lens, which is a 35mm equivalent of 28-140mm. It has Digital Image Stabilisation (IS) in order to combat camera shake to ensure photos and videos are as sharp as possible.

For the novice photographer there is Smart Auto which chooses the correct scene from 32 variables and adjusts the camera settings automatically. If you get stuck at any time there is a help button which gives guidance on using your camera and its different functions. The A1300 also have an optical viewfinder which is extremely unique for a budget compact camera.

There are a number of creative modes such as Fish-eye effect, Super Vivid, Poster, Toy Camera, Miniature and Monochrome. Live View Control allows you to experiment with picture settings like brightness and colour intensity, then preview the results while framing. Face Detection Technology detects up to 35 faces in a single frame making sure they remain in focus with optimum brightness. Face Detection White Balance ensures natural skin tones even in unusual lighting conditions with Auto Red-Eye Correction eliminating red-eye.

The A1300 records videos at 720p HD.

Canon Powershot A1300 Top

Key Features

  • 16.0 megapixel sensor
  • 5x optical zoom lens (35mm equiv: 28-140mm)
  • Digital Image Stabilisation
  • 2.7 inch touch LCD screen
  • Smart Auto (32 scenes)
  • 720p HD video recording
  • ISO 100-1600
  • 3cm minimum focusing distance
  • Optical viewfinder
  • Several creative modes
  • Available in black, silver, pink and blue
Canon Powershot A1300 Rear

Canon PowerShot A1300 Handling

The A1300 has a plastic body, with a chunky side where the batteries are which aids grip. The buttons are large, easy to press and fairly typical for a compact camera with dedicated movie and help placed on the rear. The camera also has an easy to use menu system which is cycled through using the d-pad and func set button. When it is switched off, the playback button can be pressed to view your pictures and videos. The screen is fairly small at 2.7 inches but is bright, clear, and easy to see.

The batteries have a CIPA rating of 220 shots, we managed nearly 600 during testing, the number of shots you get will depend on the quality of batteries purchased. We tested the camera's performance at focusing, shutter response, shot-to-shot time, continuous shooting etc. and have posted the results below. To test this we took 6 or more shots and calculated the average, so that consistent results were produced.

Shutter Response   0.125 secs
Wide - Focus / Shutter Response
  0.6 secs
Full zoom - Focus / Shutter Response   0.8 secs
Switch on Time to Taking a Photo   2.35 secs
Shot to Shot (without flash)   2.7 secs
Shot to Shot with Flash   6 secs
Continuous Shooting
  0.7 fps
Continuous Shooting (with Flash)
  0.3 fps

Continuous shooting records at full 16 megapixel resolution.

Canon Powershot A1300 Batteries And Memory Card

Canon PowerShot A1300 Performance

Additional sample photos and product shots are available in the Equipment Database, where you can add your own review and product ratings.

Canon PowerShot A1300 Sample Photos


Sample Photos - Images are well exposed with superb colour reproduction. Portraits have pleasant skin tones, but do have strong red-eye.

Canon PowerShot A1300 Lens test images


Lens Performance - Images are fairly well detailed, but there's not enough if you want really impressive large prints. With the impressive colour reproduction the images are great if you like to share them on the web on your favourite social networking site. Macros are fairly good, particularly as the lens has a minimum focusing distance of 3cm.

Canon PowerShot A1300 ISO test images


ISO Noise Performance - Images are free of noise at ISO 100 but there is a slight touch appearing at ISO 200. At ISO 400 there are some white dots appearing, but a decent, fairly sharp image is produced. There is a loss of detail in places at ISO 800, with a slight softening, ISO 1600 produces images which are even softer with black and white dots now appearing, but will still produce images which are good for web sharing.

Canon PowerShot A1300 White-balance test images


White Balance Performance - When using the AWB preset under the incandescent lights an orange cast is present, with the incandescent preset producing a good image. The AWB preset copes really well under the fluorescent lighting, with the fluorescent preset also doing a pretty good job.

Canon PowerShot A1300 Other sample images



Canon PowerShot A1300 Digital filters


Digital Filters - The A1300 doesn't have digital filters as such, but these are listed amongst the scene modes, which allow you to be more creative with your pictures.

Video - Below is a video shot at 720p HD, there is no optical zoom during recording but you can use digital zoom.



Value For Money

The Canon PowerShot A1300 is available for £94.00. Other cameras with a similar spec include the Pentax Optio LS465 at £89.95, Nikon Coolpix S3300 at £99.95, Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS45 at £109.95 and Sony Cybershot W630 at £119.00. You'll also need to buy a memory card and a case or bag to keep your camera safe and protected - have a look at our complete guide to camera bags.

Canon PowerShot A1300 Verdict

The A1300 is an easy to use, pocketable budget compact camera which even has an optical viewfinder. Images produced have excellent colour reproduction which will look great when sharing them on sites like Facebook. Detail isn't good enough for large prints, but there are a number of creative modes available to help you take unique pictures. The camera is also easy to use, with built-in help guides if you do get stuck.

Canon PowerShot A1300 Pros

Optical viewfinder
Built-in help guide
Available in a good range of colours
Good creative modes
Images have really good colour reproduction
Easy to use

Canon PowerShot A1300 Cons

Only 720p HD video recording
No fast continuous shooting
Image detail isn't sufficient for large prints

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Canon PowerShot A1300 Specifications

ManufacturerCanon
Lens
Max Aperturef/2.8 - f/6.9
35mm equivalent28mm - 140mm
Optical Zoom5x
Image Sensor
CCD pixels16Mp (Megapixels)
Pixels (W)4608
Pixels (H)3456
Sensor TypeCCD
Sensor Size1/2.3 inch
Sensor Size (width)No Data
Sensor Size (height)No Data
Aspect Ratio
  • 4:3
  • 16:9
LCD Monitor
LCD Monitor2.7in
Screen resolution230k
Touch ScreenNo
Focusing
Min Focus3cm
Focusing modes
  • Autofocus
  • Face Detection
Exposure Control
Shutter speeds shortest1/2000sec
Shutter speeds longest15sec
Exp modes
  • Program
  • Scene modes
Metering
  • Centre-weighted - Average
  • Spot
ISO sensitivity100 - 1600
White balance
  • Auto
  • Manual
  • Outdoors/Daylight
  • Cloudy
  • Incandescent
  • Fluorescent
Exposure Comp+/-2
Shooting Options
Continuous shooting0.8fps
Video
Movie modeYes
Video Resolution
  • 1280x720 720p
  • 640x480 VGA
Video FPS25
Stereo SoundNo
Optical Zoom with VideoNo
Other Features
Image StabilisationNo
Interface
HDMINo
USBUSB 2
Wi-FiNo
Storage
Card Type
  • SD
  • SDHC
  • SDXC
File Type
  • JPG
Power Source
Battery Type2x AA
CIPA Rating220
Box Contents
Box ContentsNo Data
Dimensions
Weight174g
Width94.7mm
Height61.7mm
Depth29.8mm

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Comments


20 Jul 2012 1:13AM
I recently purchased the Canon A1300, and I'd be REAL interested in learning just WHERE these features are located and how to access them :

There are a number of creative modes such as Fish-eye effect, Super Vivid, Poster, Toy Camera, Miniature and Monochrome. Live View Control allows you to experiment with picture settings like brightness and colour intensity, then preview the results while framing. Face Detection Technology detects up to 35 faces in a single frame making sure they remain in focus with optimum brightness. Face Detection White Balance ensures natural skin tones even in unusual lighting conditions with Auto Red-Eye Correction eliminating red-eye.

because the sure isn't anything about them in the user manual, nor have I been able to find them on my A1300 camera. If they are not there, this is a totally mis-leading review.Sad

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joshwa e2
3 594 United Kingdom
20 Jul 2012 8:21AM
Hi ssandim,

You press the AUTO button to switch between AUTO and one of the other modes, then you can press the FUNC button, at the top on the left will be P or one of the modes, make sure this is highlighted then press left or right to go through the different modes. You can tell that we tested these features with this camera, as we used them to shoot the "Digital Filters" section of the review.

Hope this helps,

thanks

Josh
14 Aug 2012 6:37AM
Canon USA website says camera has image stabilization

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