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Canon PowerShot A1300 Review

A remarkable amount of power and functionality is packed into a tiny and simple-to-use container with the Canon PowerShot A1300 Digital Camera, making it a fantastic all-around camera.

Despite the fact that it is less than 2.5″ tall, the A1300 is capable of shooting images with a 16-megapixel resolution which is the 35mm equivalent of a 28 – 140mm lens. This means that you can catch the entire family in a group shot or zoom in on your child’s beaming face from across the room with relative ease.

With its 16-megapixel picture sensor, this little camera is nonetheless capable of capturing photos as large as a poster at a maximum resolution of 4608 by 3456 pixels. This provides you with the freedom to expand or crop any area of your photograph for printing or sharing on the internet without losing quality.

With Digital Image Stabilization, you can guarantee that your photographs are as clear as possible and that they are not blurred by low lighting, holding the camera away from you, or shooting at a moving subject.

In addition to powering the camera’s sophisticated systems and functions, the DIGIC 4 Image Processor also ensures that you receive quick, dependable performance with little battery use.

The A1300 can benefit from its improved image quality, as well as capabilities such as HD video, high-speed continuous shooting, and a Face-Detection Self-Timer while using this lens.

With its 720p HD video resolution, the A1300 may also be used as a high-definition camera that can be carried in your pocket. Capture more than just a picture of your memories by capturing them all in stunning high-definition (HD) resolution.

The A1300 is a feature-packed camera that takes up about the same amount of space as your mobile phone, thanks to its video capabilities as well as its hundreds of photographic options.

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Ease of Operation

The Canon PowerShot A1300 is one of the most interesting happy snapper compacts that we’ve seen in recent times, despite the fact that it has a quite ordinary design. It contains all of the standard features that you would expect on a camera that costs less than one hundred pounds, including an intuitive design, large buttons, a help guide, and compatibility with AA batteries.

On the other hand, the A1300 features an optical viewfinder that may be used for taking photographs. You are able to physically hold the camera up to your eye, similar to how older models of cameras were used. As if you were some sort of ancient caveman. Perhaps you believe that we are exaggerating the situation.

After all, even modern cameras like the Canon PowerShot G15 come with a traditional optical viewfinder. The main idea is that low-cost cameras no longer have this feature, but here’s one that’s still available. This is a fascinating throwback to the glory days of photography, which makes it appealing to photographers.

However, our excitement did not last for very long. When we use the viewfinder, it brings us to recall the reasons why they became extinct. Because of the microscopic size of the camera, the hole is extremely small, which means that there is not a great lot that can be seen through it. Additionally, when we were snapping shots, we noticed that our hands began to obscure the viewfinder.

But before you rip it to shreds and dismiss it as just another throwback to the past, you should know that it does make it possible to get crisper photographs. The reason for this is that while using an optical viewfinder, the camera and its arms must be tucked within the body of the camera. This results in a sturdy trunk, which in turn results in a more stable camera.

When you zoom all the way out to full telephoto or when the light is dim and the camera needs to utilize a slower shutter speed, holding the camera at arm’s length makes it more unsteady and prone to camera shake. Holding the camera at arm’s length also increases the risk of dropping the camera.

The optical lens with a 5x magnification is a typical Canon zoom type. Even if you purchase the Canon PowerShot A1300 in silver, the lens will still be black because it is black in color. Both the power button and the button that releases the shutter are located on the top of the device. Everything is quite conventional, with the notable difference being that the buttons on the A1300 are far larger than those seen on other devices.

It is helpful if you have large hands or if you are an older person and you are unable to fiddle around with buttons and switches that are too small. At least three-quarters of the available space on the back has been taken up by the navigation pad and the buttons that surround it. This design motif has been carried over from the front.

The icon to record videos is located at the very top, right next to the Help guide. This helpful tutorial section will walk you through the meaning of the camera’s modes and programs as well as the locations on the camera where you can access each one.

When the function button in the middle of the pad is labeled FUNC. is pressed, a compact menu with various shooting modes, including ISO, white balance, continuous shooting, self-timer, and resolution, is displayed. These are the most common settings that you’ll want to switch between, whether only for a little while or on a regular basis.

Quality of the Image

The Fine JPEG setting at 16 megapixels was used to capture each of the sample photographs included in this review. This setting results in an image that is around 4 megabytes in size on average.

Noise

At low ISO, the image quality is already extremely good, with clean and smooth edges and no noticeable symptoms of color invasion in dark areas, which is where these problems typically begin to manifest themselves first. Unfortunately, while examining the images at the highest possible magnification, there is evidence of color noise entering into the photographs, particularly in the portions of the images that are dark and shadowy.

The edge definition seems to have been preserved well, and the noise does not appear to be affecting any other aspect of the picture. The problem gets progressively worse as we move through the subsequent steps, reaching ISO 800 with artifacts and salt-and-pepper noise already present in the mid-tones. The decision to stop the sensitivity at ISO 1600 was made by Canon.

If you truly don’t want to utilize the flash, then the only time you should use this setting is when there is very little light. The flash on the A1300 is quite sophisticated, and unless the subject is extremely close, it won’t cause them to appear white. The usage of the flash in conjunction with a low ISO setting is going to be your best choice while taking pictures during normal hours.

Canon PowerShot A1300 Specs

Body typeCompact
Max resolution4608 x 3456
Other resolutions4608 x 2592, 3264 x 2448, 1600 x 1200, 640 x 480
Image ratio w:h4:3, 16:9
Effective pixels16 megapixels
Sensor size1/2.3″ (6.17 x 4.55 mm)
Sensor typeCCD
ISOAuto 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600
White balance presets6
Custom white balanceYes (1)
Image stabilizationNo
Uncompressed formatNo
Focal length (equiv.)28–140 mm
Optical zoom
Maximum apertureF2.8–6.9
AutofocusContrast Detect (sensor)Multi-areaCenterTrackingSingleContinuousFace Detection
Digital zoomYes (5x)
Manual focusNo
Macro focus range3 cm (1.18″)
Number of focus points9
Articulated LCDFixed
Screen size2.7″
Screen dots230,000
Touch screenNo
Live viewYes
Viewfinder typeOptical (tunnel)
Minimum shutter speed15 sec
Maximum shutter speed1/2000 sec
Aperture priorityNo
Shutter priorityNo
Manual exposure modeNo
Subject/scene modesYes
Built-in flashYes
Flash Range3.00 m
External flashNo
Flash modesAuto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync
Continuous drive0.8 fps
Self-timerYes (2 or 10 sec, Custom)
Metering modesMultiCenter-weightedSpot
Exposure compensation±2 (at 1/3 EV steps)
WB BracketingNo
Resolutions1280 x 720 (25 fps) 640 x 480 (30 fps)
FormatH.264
Videography notesMiniature Effect (HD (5, 2.5, 1.25 fps) or L (6, 3, 1.5 fps))
MicrophoneMono
SpeakerMono
Storage typesSD/SDHC/SDXC
USBUSB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
HDMINo
Remote controlNo
Environmentally sealedNo
BatteryAA
Battery description2 x AA batteries
Battery Life (CIPA)220
Weight (inc. batteries)174 g (0.38 lb / 6.14 oz)
Dimensions95 x 62 x 30 mm (3.74 x 2.44 x 1.18″)
Orientation sensorYes
Timelapse recordingNo
GPSNone

Conclusion

The Canon PowerShot A1300 was created with the sole intention of being a camera that is incredibly simple to operate. From the huge controls to the simplicity of “point and shoot,” this camera has it all. When you take into account that this camera has an optical viewfinder, it’s not hard to imagine that it was created with people of a more mature age in mind. It’s possible that this will be the last digital nail that Canon drives into the film coffin.

If this is the case, and if they are aiming to imitate a film camera in order to make the Passover as simple and straightforward as possible, then they have succeeded – for lack of a more appropriate expression. If what we believe is incorrect, then the A1300 is a straightforward point-and-shoot camera designed for folks who have large hands and a subpar optical viewfinder.

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Pros & Cons

Good For
  • Putting a Focus on Face Detection
  • Integrated Optical Viewfinder Within the Camera
  • Fast 2.80 Lens at Wide
  • 174 grams for a Light Body
Need improvements
  • No Image Stabilization
  • No wireless connection was established.
  • There is not external flash shoe.
  • Lack of a Screen That Articulates

REVIEW OVERVIEW

Imaging
Features
Value
Portability

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A remarkable amount of power and functionality is packed into a tiny and simple-to-use container with the Canon PowerShot A1300 Digital Camera, making it a fantastic all-around camera. Despite the fact that it is less than 2.5" tall, the A1300 is capable of shooting...Canon PowerShot A1300 Review