Written by Marjolein

Expert review of the Canon EOS 1300D

The Canon 1300D is known as a starter model SLR camera for novice photographers. That's why I'm expecting a simple camera that lets me easily take photos. Is this camera really as easy to use as I've read online? I've tested the camera extensively, checked the user-friendliness of various functions, and looked at other things.

In short

  • 18 megapixels, records Full HD 1080p video
  • With WiFi and NFC, without Bluetooth
  • Including 18-55mm lens
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  • The camera has a simple control panel.
  • The creative assistant helps you configure the camera.
  • Via WiFi and NFC, you can wirelessly transfer your photos to your smart device.
  • You can control the camera remotely using your smartphone via the Canon app.
  • The LCD screen has a high resolution.
  • The camera records in full HD 1080p.
  • The LCD screen isn't tiltable or rotatable.
  • The 18-55mm doesn't focus.
  • Shooting stable video images freehand is hard without a tripod.
  • You can't connect an external microphone to improve the sound quality.

First impression

As soon as I pick up the camera, I immediately notice how light it is compared to other SLR cameras. The camera feels comfortable in my hand thanks to the sturdy grip on its front. The settings dial shows that the camera is equipped with a variety of manual modes and scene modes. Plenty of options for a novice photographer who wants to learn photography and eventually switch to manual controls.

Controls

Operation of the Canon EOS 1300D

The camera has been designed for novice photographers and that can be seen from the simple controls. Turn on the camera and – in automatic mode – you'll take good-quality photos right away. The camera has different automatic modes in which the camera chooses the right settings itself. Once you've mastered the camera, you can switch to manual mode for more options. Finally, I noticed that the lens takes a long time to focus, so it's possible that you'll miss a moving subject.

LCD screen

LCD screen of the Canon EOS 1300D

The 3-inch LCD screen has a high resolution and that shows. If you're outside in direct sunlight, you can still see the image on the screen wel. Excellent! There's 1 but, though. The camera doesn't have a tiltable touchscreen. Does that mean the camera isn't as good? No, and if you're not used to it, you're unlikely to miss it. Still, a tiltable screen does make taking selfies, recording vlogs and shooting from difficult angles easier.

WiFi and NFC function

Wifi and NFC function of the Canon EOS 1300D

A big pro of this camera are its WiFi and NFC functions. These let you wirelessly transfer photos to your smart device and let you control the camera remotely using your smartphone. That's great for novice photographers who're active on social media. It's not uncommon for connecting a camera to a smartphone to be difficult, but I have to say that the 1300D is a positive surprise in this regard. After installing the Canon app, I quickly establish a connection and can start sharing photos on social media.

Recording video

Filming with the Canon EOS 1300D

The camera records Full HD 1080p video, which means high resolution with lots of detail. After testing this function – using the included 18-55mm lens – I noticed a few things. Firstly, it's pretty difficult to gat stable images if you hold the camera in your hands. This is really noticeable in the images if you walk when holding the camera. I prefer to record video using a tripod. The autofocus is pretty loud, so it's better to focus manually.

Canon Connect App

Canon connect app

Canon's app is very useful and offers a number of possibilities. Wirelessly transferring photos is 1 of them. It did so for me without any issues. The app has more to offer too. You can for instance control the camera remotely using your smartphone. You can change the settings on your smartphone and focus too. This works better than expected as well.

Irista app

Irista app

In addition to the Connect app, Canon offers a different service named Irista. By creating an account, you can benefit from 15GB of storage space in the Cloud. There's also an app available that lets you access your photos at any time. In addition, you can create your own photo album via this service and personalize it with collages and texts. Pretty neat and it works fine!

Conclusion

Time to take stock. The controls are pretty simple. The high-resolution screen is a good thing, though I don't like that it isn't tiltable. You can record Full HD video, although it's too bad that the included 18-55mm lens isn't silent. Another cool thing is that you can transfer photos to your smartphone via WiFi and NFC. In short: the Canon 1300D is clearly an SLR camera designed for novice photographers.


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