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Canon EOS 1300D Review - Performance

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Canon EOS 1300D Performance

The performance section is where we look at the image quality performance of the camera. Additional sample photos and product shots are available in the Equipment Database, where you can add your own review, photos and product ratings.

Speed - We took a number of shots to test the camera's responsiveness, from switch on to first photo, shot to shot, focusing speed etc. We take a number of shots and then use the average to ensure accurate and consistent tests, making it easy to compare with other cameras.

Shutter Response 0.1secs
Wide - Focus / Shutter Response 0.25secs
Full zoom - Focus / Shutter Response  0.2secs
Switch on Time to Taking a Photo 0.4secs
Shot to Shot without Flash 0.45secs
Shot to Shot with Flash 0.55secs
Continuous Shooting - JPEG
(shots before slow down)
3fps (1110 shots according to Canon)
Continuous Shooting - Flash 2fps
Continuous Shooting - RAW 3fps (6 shots)

Focus and shot to shot times were both good, although the 3fps continuous shooting is looking a little dated, with competitors offering faster continuous shooting speeds. Tested with the EF-S 17-85mm lens.

Canon EOS 1300D (Rebel T6) Sample Photos

Sample Photos - The camera produces images with good colour and exposure. The portrait photo taken with flash shows no signs of red-eye. For better portraits you're likely to want a brighter lens than the standard kit lens for softer, blurred backgrounds (with "Bokeh"), and lenses like the 50mm f/1.8 or 50mm f/1.8 STM (£92), would make an excellent second lens. Dynamic range is reasonably good, although there is only the auto-lighting optimisation option to expand dynamic range recorded in JPEG images and to recover further highlight and shadow detail, you will need to process the raw files. 

Canon EOS 1300D (Rebel T6) Lens test images

Lens Performance - We tested the Canon EOS 1300D with the 17-85mm f/4-5.6 IS USM lens and the lens has a closest focus distance of 35cm, which is slightly better than some kit lenses. However, for better macro photos, a dedicated macro lens would be recommended. The lens does suffer from chromatic aberration. This lens gives the equivalent of 27-136mm in 35mm terms and is softer at the wide-angle end of the lens. The lens has image stabilisation (IS) and it is said to give up to 3 stops compensation and it makes a good general lens, with a better than standard zoom range compared to the normal kit lenses. However, it isn't very bright compared to some. Peripheral illumination correction is available in camera, based on whether there is data on the attached lens, but the camera doesn't offer as much correction as models higher up in the EOS range. 

Canon EOS 1300D (Rebel T6) ISO test images

ISO Noise Performance - Noise is well controlled up to and including ISO1600 and detail remains fairly good. At ISO3200 noise becomes more noticeable and colour saturation drops which means results are a little disappointing as other APS-C and Micro Four Thirds cameras can deliver better results at ISO3200. Things get worse at ISO6400 and above with higher noise and random white dots in images. The 18 megapixel Canon APS-C sensor is really beginning to show its age here in comparison to other DSLRs with different sensors.

Canon EOS 1300D (Rebel T6) White-balance test images

White Balance Performance - The camera has two options for auto white balance (AWB) one that retains ambient lighting conditions, and one that has a white priority. This option is designed to work under tungsten lighting, but also works with mixed lighting, and fluorescent lighting, so that you can choose what results you want, for example choosing warm results for portraits or white results for product shots. Thanks to this, it's possible to get very good results, even in mixed lighting.

Canon EOS 1300D (Rebel T6) Digital filters

Digital Filters - In playback there are options for Photobook Set-up and Creative Filters. You can also use Creative Auto to apply a number of different effects, with the camera guiding you through the settings. 

Video - Video quality is good recording FullHD at 1080p at 30, 25 or 24fps. You can also select from ISO100 to ISO6400 for movie shooting. The camera records mono sound, and there isn't a microphone socket on the camera. Video recording benefits from the use of a lens with image stabilisation, or alternatively a tripod or steady surface is recommended. 


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Photographs taken using the Canon EOS 1300D (Rebel T6)

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17 Feb 2017 12:39AM
Why on earth have you used the older 17-85mm Canon lens on this review...?
Surely a review with the most likely purchased lens ( the 18-55...) would be more appropriate- not least with regards AF speed/performance and IQ...!!

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