Let’s admit it, smartphones have killed point and shoots and in the process have made entry level DSLRs the first camera many people buy these days. If you want a point-and-shoot then it is the one in your pocket, and if you want a top of the line clicker it has to be a DSLR.
Of late, camera manufacturers have also focused on advancing the technology behind digital SLRs. Canon launched EOS 1200D in 2014 and it was arguably the best entry level DSLR back then and with a dual kit lens option, it was an irresistible deal.
Two years later, it still works with host of EF lenses to choose from but Canon believes there is scope for improvement.
Canon EOS 1300D
Canon EOS 1300D is essentially an upgrade of the popular EOS 1200D. There are some changes though, but it took me well over a week to spot these.
So is the EOS 1300D a better entry-level option than the old yet trusted EOS 1200D? Let’s find out.
Specs: 18.0MP CMOS sensor | 3.0-inch 920k dot TFT-LCD | 1/4000 to 30 sec shutter speed | ISO 100 – 3200 | 9-point AF | Digic 4+ processor | 30 fps Full HD video recording | 485 gram
Price: Rs 29,995
What is good?
Let’s start with what has changed from EOS 1200D. Canon EOS 1300D features a 3.0 inch display with 920k dots resolution. This is the most critical difference from EOS 1200D. Canon EOS 1200D had a lower 460k dots resolution.
The better display makes for easy live view shooting even under bright sunlight and display brightness ranging to manual level 7 gives enormous flexibility.
The additional display brightness may not feel like a very big addition but it works as EOS 1300D would be picked by amateur photographers who would start with live view shooting and slowly graduate to using electronic viewfinder.
The second change is in the processor. Canon EOS 1300D’s brain is a Digic 4+ processor, a meaningful upgrade from the Digic 4 on EOS 1200D.
Canon’s Digic 4+ is not just a speed bumped image processor. First, Digic 4+ was designed to replace Digic 5 and offers nearly 60 per cent bump in speed.
Technically, EOS1300D may be just fraction of a second faster than Canon EOS 1200D but that same fraction of a second could give you a great picture, you would have missed otherwise.
The new Digic 4+ also processes high ISO shots faster than its predecessor, and integrates Dynamic image stabilisation.
Another addition this time around is WiFi and NFC capability. The added connectivity option works seamlessly and allows immediate sharing of images from camera to smartphones via Canon Connect app.
Everyone buys a DSLR to shoot great images, better than what their smartphone cameras can do. Be assured, the 1300D won’t disappoint you for a bit. The pictures look exactly the same as EOS 1200D, primarily because of that same image sensor.
The colours are perfect and sharpness is the best one can see in this price range. To put it in straight words, Canon EOS 1300D offers that trademark contrast, colours and sharpness we have come to expect from Canon cameras.
Though not the best when it comes to lowlight photography, it does offer manual controls so definitely there is scope for those who wish to learn (don’t forget the tripod).
HAT TIP: Use viewfinder as often as you can and jump right into aperture priority or shutter priority before moving up to full manual photography. The reward would be some really beautiful images.
Being a Nikon user, I just loved the way Canon places its controls and this is its biggest USP. The layout is same as EOS 1200D with a toggle wheel up top to access various modes and circular wheel in the front to access different photo parameters.
There are media access keys, focus shift D pad and other sets of controls near the display. All placed neatly and made accessible even when you are framing subject from the viewfinder.
What is not good?
There is very little to complain here but as we now know – no gadget is perfect and Canon EOS 1300D is not either. It’s 3.0-inch LCD display is not vari-angle type and composing shots like overhead, ground level or selfies becomes just too difficult here.
With a vari-angle display, you can shoot more odd angles than possible.
Another problem is while shooting in high ISO. At high ISO ranges, the images have noise and details are missing.
Should you buy?
Any camera’s three most important components are – lens, image sensor and image processor – in no particular order. Canon EOS 1300D has same image sensor, and same set of EF lenses, we saw with 1200D.
The only change is the processor, better display and new connectivity options to shoot and Snapchat immediately. While the camera might not make sense as an upgrade for those already on a 1200D, it comes across as a good entry-level option.