Review Canon EOS 1300D
In March 2016, the Canon 1300D was introduced: a starter model SLR camera with few new features and a very attractive price. It’s the successor to the Canon 1200D (February 2014), which was sold in large numbers. Canon 1300D and 1200D have the same sensor and image processor. The appearance is also practically the same. Built-in Wi-Fi and Dynamic NFC, focused on sharing photos with your smartphone on social media, are the plus points of the 1300D relative to the 1200D. The screen—not a touchscreen—on the back is the same size, but the screen of the 1300D has twice as many pixels as the screen of the Canon 1200D. Before you continue reading, we’ll give you a tip: Do you want an inexpensive Canon SLR, and do you not need wireless connections for sharing files through social media? Then if you get the chance, buy a Canon 1200D, since that is now even less expensive than the 1300D, while the image quality of the two cameras does not differ. In the conclusion, we’ll give you a tip for another Canon camera as an additional alternative to the Canon 1300D.
SLR or mirrorless?
Every photographer, from beginner to professional, can choose from a large number of system cameras. System cameras are cameras with interchangeable lenses. They are for sale with a mirror (Canon, Nikon, Pentax) and without a mirror (Olympus, Fujifilm, Sony, Canon, Nikon, Panasonic, Sigma, Leica). It is often suggested that the image quality only depends on the sensor size, but that is not the case. The quality of the sensors differs between brands, so that a good camera with a small sensor can beat out a camera from another brand with a larger sensor in terms of image quality (signal-to-noise ratio, dynamic range and resolution). If you do not spend much time photographing in situations with low light, then the image quality of cameras with a 1-inch, micro-43 or APS-C sensor is more than sufficient for a great enlargement. For beginners, factors like ease of use, speed of focus and the amount of noise that a camera makes are more important than the image quality of the different cameras that you can choose. It’s not clear to see in the video below, but from our measurements, it appears that the system camera used in this video focuses twice as sharply on a still subject as the Canon 1300D. For fast-moving subjects, they do not differ much from each other as far as AF speed is concerned.
If you don’t like the size of this SLR camera and changing lenses, then look at a Canon Powershot G7 (with a 1-inch sensor). With an SLR camera, you have to put your eye up against the viewfinder when you want to take a picture. If you like to use the screen on the back of the camera for taking pictures, then don’t choose an SLR. When you use the screen on the back of the Canon 1300D ("Liveview") for taking pictures, then automatic focusing of the Canon 1300D is very slow. In addition, the mirror pops up after a short time, so that you don’t see anything on the screen. With automatic focusing during video, you clearly notice that this camera uses a sensor with a pre-2014 design: on this point, the 1300D loses out to all mirrorless system cameras that are currently for sale. If you are accustomed to photographing with a smartphone, then the switch to a mirrorless system camera can be a more logical choice for you. For those who like to shoot without being noticed, the choice of a mirrorless system camera might be smarter. The video above is a comparison between an SLR camera and a mirrorless system camera from Panasonic in the normal mode. The Panasonic in the normal mode is already much quieter, but it also has—like many other mirrorless system cameras—a ‘silent mode’ as well, in which the camera is practically silent. More expensive SLR cameras sometimes also have a silent mode, but because there is always a mirror popping up and down to take a shot, a mirrorless system camera wins the noise comparison with both hands tied behind its back.
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