Canon PowerShot SD1300 IS (Silver)
Manufacturer: Canon Part number: 4214B001
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price range: $223.81 - $312.28
- Reviewed by: Joshua Goldman
- Reviewed on: 04/12/2010
The good: Good looking, easy-to-use design; very good photo quality.
The bad: Basic feature set for its price.
The bottom line: If all you need or want is to point and shoot, the Canon PowerShot SD1300 IS does that well.
Another Home Run By Canon
by DavidCameraCrazy on February 21, 2011
Pros: + Picture quality is superb
+ Very easy to use
+ AutoFocus was pretty good for point and shoot
+ Battery is removed from the camera to charge in a wall adaptor
+ 12 MP and a decent image sensor
Cons: - Overexposure in Auto mode, sometimes
- No manual mode
- Static noise during video
Summary: Nobody does digital point and shoot as well as Canon in my opinion, and the SD1300IS is just another example of maximum feature/functionality in tiny little package. I have ...
Summary: Nobody does digital point and shoot as well as Canon in my opinion, and the SD1300IS is just another example of maximum feature/functionality in tiny little package. I have owned or still own the Canon S3IS, S5IS & Rebel XS. Those three cameras are Ginormous compared with the SD1300IS.
I bought this camera for my wife to carry in her purse so she can shoot pictures and video of the kids while they're out and about, or when she drops in on them at their school. No camera bag needed, this camera fits in a zipped interior pocket of her purse.
I gave it to her and she was able to successfully power it on/off, shoot pictures, shoot video, zoom, delete bad shots, and navigate the menu system without referring to the manual. The point here is if you currently own a Canon point and shoot and are looking for an upgrade, the learning curve on the SD1300IS is almost zero. If you've never owned a Canon point and shoot, you will figure this one out very easily.
The 12MP pictures are stunning, but to be honest I can't tell the difference between the ones that are 12MP and the ones that are 8MP on my Canon S5IS. The pictures the Rebel XS takes are a notch above the others, definitely a noticeable difference there.
The video quality is 30fps 640x480 (plenty), same as my S5IS. The image stabilization is a must for this to be of any use, and works like a champ. A 4GB SDHC card holds about 32 minutes worth of video, 8GB 64 minutes, 16GB more than 2 hours! The video is very easy to transfer to your computer and burn to a DVD or upload to Facebook using the included USB cable. There is also an included cable that allows you to play video on your TV via the yellow video cable port.
The appearance of the camera is so cool. I bought my wife the green one, and it looks great. I like how the lens completely retracts into the body and covers itself with a protective layer. A handy camera strap is also included, which is good because this thing is so small I could see it slipping out of your hands.
All in all, a very easy to use, functional, attractive camera that I have no hesitation recommending!
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12 out of 13 users found this user opinion helpful.
IT IS CLASSY AND IT TAKES GREAT PICTURES
by COWBELL on March 14, 2010
Pros: The SD1300 has a touch more style, a larger 2.7 LCD screen and a little more virsatle lens than the SD1200. But the 1200 is also a very good camera. It is very easy to use. The SD1300 has good battery life for a small unit also.
Cons: No camera is perfect
Summary: I am going to try to share what i have discoverd about this camera. these are just my thoughts, some things I am compairing to the canon SD1200 and the ...
Summary: I am going to try to share what i have discoverd about this camera. these are just my thoughts, some things I am compairing to the canon SD1200 and the SD940. The flat button arangement is the same as the SD1200, SD940 all but the power button on the top is larger and easier to turn on and off, I like that but be carefull it does not come on in your pocket. I have no trouble using any of the flat buttons even with my big old hands, thats just me though. I like that the mic for the viedo is in the frount of the camera instead of on top next to where your finger sets like the canon SD940 and SD1400, it picks up less noise (from your fingers) being in the frount. I like the func menu (this is where you set iso white balance,my colors) better than the SD940 because it lets you set things with one less step like on the SD1200. It also has a better color skeem (the color of the menus) than the canon SD1200, again thats just me though. I can not tell any differnce in shot to shot or flash shot to shot times between the SD1300 and the SD1200 which is 1 and 1/2secs to 2secs with out the flash and 3 to 4secs with the flash on(up to 6sec for a full all out flash recharge). Shutter lag is good for a canon point and shoot but if you prefocas that will help even more. I never tested the continuous shooting(but see my battery test) but canon says it is 0.9 shots per sec on the SD1300 where the SD1200 is 1.4 shots per sec, if that is important to you. I did test the battery by using the continuous shooting mode with the flash on and got well over 420 pictures on a freshly charged battery and still had 3 bars left on a the battery icon and it was taking 1 picture every 2secs or less if that helps you out on the continous shooting part any and when I turned the flash off it seened to be very fast for a small canon point and shoot. I am getting about the same image quality as the SD1200 which is very good for this size camera, your getting a larger 2.7inch very clear LCD screen and a 28mm x 112mm lens, a little better than the 35 x 105 on the SD1200. A lot of review sites blow their pictures way up and look for defects, your likely to only make 5x7 8x10s and you won't see what all they see. if you do want larger prints you could go to a canon S90 or the larger G11 and stay in a point and shot camera,( but they are much more money I know). I use program mode and keep the ISO to 80, 100 or 200 if i can, thats just me though. I mostly take pictures of bear in the smokey mountians(cades cove) and I love chaseing the grand kidds around taking their pictures.You do not get a SD card with the camera and if your new to this digital camera stuff remember to low level format the SD card. >((I carry my camera in a little phone case that has a belt clip not a loop for fast & easy on and off the belt)) I definitely recommend picking up a small camera case for protection. Some will miss the viewfinder that the SD1200 had.
Updated on Apr 2, 2010
4 out of 5 users found this user opinion helpful.
Best picture quality in sub-$200 compact market
by drotschmann on November 28, 2010
Pros: Excellent picture quality, small size, ease of operation, picture controls sufficient for point and shoot, flash excellent for fill flash in bright sunlight, colors
Cons: small size can be tricky to hold, photos rapidly get noisy above ISO 100
Summary: I am an amateur photographer and shoot with Nikon gear. I needed a simple point and shoot for my wife and didn't want to spend too much. This is ...
Summary: I am an amateur photographer and shoot with Nikon gear. I needed a simple point and shoot for my wife and didn't want to spend too much. This is an excellent choice for that purpose. The picture quality is excellent. There are a few tricks to get the best quality: Set picture size to "M" (5 MP), set color controls to "C" for custom and max. our sharpening, leave contrast alone, while maxing out "saturation". This will give you fantastically sharp and colorful pictures. I also set the cam to ISO 100 since it often early raises ISO beyond 100 even in bright light. Noise becomes a very limiting factor beyond ISO 100-200 and is already annoying at ISO 400. The fact many people overlook is that less pixels lead to sharper images, while more pixels will yield more detail when the picture is blown up to 100%.
Bottom line this camera fits the bill when you need a simple point and shoot and if you use the above settings you get excellent picture quality too...... all this for $129 too !!!!
2 out of 3 users found this user opinion helpful.
Great basic point and shoot.
by goodboy34 on August 25, 2010
Pros: Easy to use, good size LCD display, not too big/not too small
Cons: A bit slow.
Summary: Gave this camera to my Mom for her birthday. It's her 1st digital camera and she is not a techno anything and was clinging to her 35mm. After a ...
Summary: Gave this camera to my Mom for her birthday. It's her 1st digital camera and she is not a techno anything and was clinging to her 35mm. After a very brief "getting use to it" period she loves it. Takes good pics, not too complex, and the display is nice for the price. If you're looking for a good 1st digital camera that won't break the bank this is a good one.
2 out of 3 users found this user opinion helpful.
great bang for your buck
by cheftyler on June 13, 2010
Pros: its macro is great, its a canon, and it has both brains and brawn. Smart and quick.
Cons: when i find something ill let you know
2 out of 4 users found this user opinion helpful.
good cam for the price!
by ProDigit on December 26, 2010
Pros: Good quality pics,
easy menu structure,
good battery life!
Cons: less good quality photo's in low light (candle light dinner settings)
buttons are small,
the auto-program-video slider is harder to operate with big dry fingers
takes a while to shoot pics one after the other
Summary: Like because it's a simple cam, for simple people, and with the program is capable to offer small adjustments like the ones found in slr camera's (in case ...
Summary: Like because it's a simple cam, for simple people, and with the program is capable to offer small adjustments like the ones found in slr camera's (in case the auto mode does not do what you want it to do). modifictions like point to point focus, edit light settings and ISO settings etc...
The only cons are indeed you can not take spontaneous photo's with this cam, because it's a tad too slow (takes between .5 and 1 sec to take a photo, and continuous photo's may be even slower than 1.5 to 2 secs per photo).
But the battery life is really good, and for the price it's a must have!
Think about a $2000 digital camera of 2004-2005 now in 2010 gotten for ~$120
1 out of 2 users found this user opinion helpful.
Amazing photo quality for the price-point
by cbl802 on October 4, 2010
Pros: Amazing photo quality, easy to use, very high build quality, long battery life, small and light, good price
Cons: somewhat slow speeds, but usually goes unnoticed
Summary: I purchased this camera when it first came out back in April in preparation for a vacation that I was taking that summer to Greece and Turkey. I was extremely ...
Summary: I purchased this camera when it first came out back in April in preparation for a vacation that I was taking that summer to Greece and Turkey. I was extremely happy when I found out the top-notch picture quality that this camera has. Even in lower light settings, this camera's photo quality is way above competition. Canon is also the way to go if you want stunningly bright, vibrant colors taken by the camera. In this category, all Canon point and shoots beat out the competition hands down in this category. Build quality is also extremely high on this camera. Most of the body is made out of a metal, I think aluminum, and there is barely any plastic on it. I kept this camera in my shorts' front pockets for two weeks, 24/7, and it performed perfectly every time. I was also pleasantly surprised at the night quality, with or without the night mode on.
The photo quality for landscape or macro shots--in bright daylight--is comparable to the digital Rebel line's results. Compared at 8x10" size, you probably couldn't tell the difference in photo quality or color reproduction between the two. But for action or sports shots, thats a different story...
If your looking for a camera that does sports and action shots (kids' sports, wildlife, etc.) don't get any point and shoot. Only a dSLR does these shots well.
I strongly recommend this camera for macro shots, landscape, and portraits; but it isn't the best for action or low-light shots. It served me perfectly well. Get this camera if you want a solid, high quality, durable camera--just a camera--that doesn't have all the silly frills that some of the competition sells their camera with.
1 out of 2 users found this user opinion helpful.
Great shot for your money
by johneemi on November 24, 2013
Pros: great image quality, it's the best investment you can do in that range of price.It offers P function and it's so clear and friendly, so it has some tricks to achieve good sots at night (you'll need a tripod) or to stabilize your camera very well)
Cons: Battery charge ends so fast
Summary: My boyfriend suggest this camera and it was my first real connection with photography. Now I love photo and use Olympus PEN and Super zoom; but this one still working ...
Summary: My boyfriend suggest this camera and it was my first real connection with photography. Now I love photo and use Olympus PEN and Super zoom; but this one still working and I carry it everywhere I go.
"It smells like there are chives in here!"
by incredigit on April 9, 2012
Pros: + Simple
+ Novice skill level
+ Great photo quality
+ It is very easy to take a great shot
Cons: + It is very easy to take a not so great shot
Summary: Good little Camera, Powerful and believe me when I say durable.
Summary: Good little Camera, Powerful and believe me when I say durable.
Camera was bought in US on Jan 7, brought to India.
by Divvya8 on February 27, 2012
Pros: Before lens malfunctioned, which is a common problem with canon cameras, pics were okay. an HD, HS camera would obviously give better results.
Cons: Lens stopped working on 7th Jan. went same day to canon service centre in Kolkata, told that canon has revised its warranty policy and only cameras from India, Singapore are covered in warranty in India. had to pay 5K to replace lens.
- Manufacturer: Canon
- Part number: 4214B001
- Description: It's all about the power of contrast. Sleek, gentle curves that merge art and technology into a camera designed to inspire. The PowerShot SD1300 IS Digital ELPH camera captures your world as much as it expresses your originality, with bold innovations that include remarkable low light performance. Everything looks right. Hold it... and everything feels right, too.
- Packaged Quantity 1
- Product Type Digital camera - Compact
- Enclosure Color Silver
- Resolution 12.1 megapixels
- Optical Sensor Type CCD
- Total Pixels 12,700,000 pixels
- Effective Sensor Resolution 12,100,000 pixels
- Optical Sensor Size 1/2.3"
- Optical Zoom 4 x
- Digital Zoom 4 x
- Image Processor DIGIC 4
- Image Stabilizer Optical
- Auto Focus TTL contrast detection
- Digital Video Format AVI,
- Image Recording Format JPEG
- Max Video Resolution 640 x 480
- AV Interfaces Composite video/audio
Exposure & White Balance
- Light Sensitivity ISO 1600,
- Exposure Metering Evaluative,
- Exposure Modes Program,
- Shooting Programs Snow,
Kids & pets,
- Special Effects Vivid,
Black & White,
- White Balance Automatic,
- White Balance Presets Daylight,
Fluorescent light (daylight),
Fluorescent light (cool white)
- Max Shutter Speed 1/1500 sec
- Min Shutter Speed 15 sec
- Exposure Compensation ±2 EV range, in 1/3 EV steps
- Type 4 x x Zoom lens - 5 mm - 20 mm - F/2.8-5.9
- Focal Length Equivalent to 35mm Camera 28 - 112 mm
- Focus Adjustment Automatic
- Min Focus Range 1.2 in
- Macro Focus Range 1 in - 19.7 in
- Zoom Adjustment Motorized drive
- Lens Construction 5 groups / 6 elements
- Features UA lens,
Built-in lens shield
- Camera Flash Built-in flash
- Flash Modes Fill-in mode,
Flash OFF mode,
- Features AF illuminator
- Effective Flash Range 1 ft - 13 ft
- Continuous Shooting Speed 2.6 frames per second,
0.9 frames per second
- Self Timer Delay 2 sec,
- Additional Features Digital image rotation,
Display brightness control,
In-camera red-eye fix,
Scene Detection Technology,
Face Detection AF/AE/FE/WB,
Smart Flash Exposure,
Resizing an image,
I-Contrast (Intelligent Contrast Correction) system,
Face Detection Self-timer,
Smile Detection technology,
Exif Print support,
RGB primary color filter,
YouTube capture mode,
Motion Detection Technology,
Camera orientation detection,
USB 2.0 compatibility,
- Viewfinder Type None
- Type 2.7 in LCD display
- Resolution 230,000 pixels
- Display Features Built-in
- Microphone Operation Mode Mono
- Connector Type 1 x Hi-Speed USB,
1 x Composite video/audio output
- Software Canon ZoomBrowser EX,
System Requirements for PC Connection
- Operating System Support MS Windows 7,
MS Windows XP SP2,
Apple Mac OS X 10.4 - 10.6,
MS Windows Vista
- Peripheral Devices USB port,
- Microsoft Certifications Compatible with Windows 7
- Included Accessories Battery charger,
Audio / video cable
- Body Material Metal
- Supported Battery Canon NB-6L
- Supported Battery 1 x Li-ion rechargeable battery ( Included )
Memory / Storage
- Memory Card Slot SD card
- Supported Memory Cards SDHC Memory Card,
SD Memory Card,
SDXC Memory Card
- Image Storage Normal,
Fine JPEG 4000 x 3000,
JPEG 3264 x 2448,
JPEG 2592 x 1944,
JPEG 1600 x 1200,
JPEG 640 x 480,
JPEG 4000 x 2248
- Video Capture AVI - 640 x 480,
AVI - 320 x 240
Dimensions & Weight
- Width 3.6 in
- Depth 0.8 in
- Height 2.2 in
- Weight 4.9 oz
- Min Operating Temperature 32 °F
- Max Operating Temperature 104 °F
- Image stabilizer feature Optical stabilization helps prevent blurry pictures, especially for handheld cameras at slow shutter speeds or when using high optical zoom.