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 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.
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
3cm minimum focusing distance
Several creative modes
Available in black, silver, pink and blue
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 600during 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.
Wide - Focus / Shutter Response
Full zoom - Focus / Shutter Response
Switch on Time to Taking a Photo
Shot to Shot (without flash)
Shot to Shot with Flash
Continuous Shooting (with Flash)
Continuous shooting records at full 16 megapixel resolution.
Canon PowerShot A1300 Performance
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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.
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
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