It was way back in 2003 that Canon had come out with the First DSLR, called the Canon EOS 300D. This camera became immensely popular and went on to become the #1 interchangeable camera. Following this legacy, the latest DSLR from the house of Canon is Canon EOS 1300D. This camera is known as one which is not too harsh on the pocket and yet provides an insight into professional photography.
In the world of smartphone photographers, owning even a base DSLR can help one stand out in the crowd by teaching them the basics of photography which can be explored at a greater level with a DSLR than a smartphone. With the Canon EOS 1300D, a person has the choice of using multitude of lenses and accessories to compliment their photography skills. Therefore, the Canon EOS 1300D is much more than its price tag; it represents the world of imaging which cannot be matched with smartphone photography.
Summary of Canon EOS 1300D Features:
- 18.0 Megapixel Canon CMOS (APS-C) image sensor
- DIGIC 4+ Image Processor
- ISO 100–6400 (expandable to H:12800)
- Built-in Wi-Fi and NFC connectivity
- 9-point AF system (including one center cross-type AF point)
- High-performance optical viewfinder
- Large, 3.0″ (75mm) TFT LCD monitor with 920,000 dots
- 1920 x 1080p Full HD video
- Scene Intelligent Auto mode
- Creative filters (Grainy B/W, Soft focus, Toy camera, Miniature effect, Fish-eye)
- Increased max JPG images captured in a burst (1,110 vs. the T5’s 69)
- Max frame rate: 3 fps
- Carbon fiber/glass fiber-reinforced polycarbonate resin body
- Rubberized grip surface
The notable upgrades in the Canon EOS 1300D, are the built-in Wi-Fi and NFC connectivity, increased LCD resolution and the increased JPEG buffer.
Sensor and Image Quality – Canon EOS 1300D
The main reason to move onto a DSLR camera is to get better image quality. The Canon EOS 1300D comes with a 18MP APS-C (1.6x) crop sensor. This means the sensor on the Canon EOS 1300D is bigger than point and shoot cameras, smartphones and 4/3rd cameras, giving you much better image quality. Here is a comparison of sensors on the Canon DSLR camera line up:
|Canon EOS 100D||1.6x||22.3 x 14.9mm||4.3µm||5184 x 3456||18.0||.87x||95%||f/6.8|
|Canon EOS 750,760D||1.6x||22.3 x 14.9mm||3.7µm||6000 x 4000||24.2||.82x||95%||f/5.9|
|Canon EOS 700D||1.6x||22.3 x 14.9mm||4.3µm||5184 x 3456||18.0||.85x||95%||f/6.8|
|Canon EOS 1300D||1.6x||22.3 x 14.9mm||4.3µm||5184 x 3456||18.0||.80x||95%||f/6.8|
|Canon 1200D||1.6x||22.3 x 14.9mm||4.3µm||5184 x 3456||18.0||.80x||95%||f/6.8|
|Canon EOS 1100D||1.6x||22.2 x 14.7mm||5.2µm||4272 x 2848||12.0||.80x||95%||f/8.3|
|Canon EOS 80D||1.6x||22.5 x 15mm||3.7µm||6000 x 4000||24.2||.95x||100%||f/5.9|
|Canon EOS 7D Mark II||1.6x||22.4 x 15.0mm||4.1µm||5472 x 3648||20.2||1.0x||100%||f/6.6|
While marketing departments are quick to start throwing off Megapixel counts at the buyer, not all megapixels are of the same quality. To give an example, the Canon EOS 1300D has a pixel size of 4.3µm while it was deemed revolutionary for the iPhone 6S to have 1.22µm pixel size.
All other factors kept constant, bigger is usually better when it comes to sensor size. Larger the sensor, better the details and light it can capture.All other attributes being the same, bigger is better when it comes to sensor size and how that size relates to image quality.
Compared to 1200D, the Canon EOS 1300D did not get an upgrade from its 18MP sensor, but we think it is more than ample. Bigger the MP count, better your image processor needs to be, to be able to process and save pictures on the memory card. Since the Canon EOS 1300D still works on the Digic 4+ processor, it makes sense not to have a high megapixel sensor which would affect the performance adversely.
Canon has made this very clear that for its EOS, a camera being an entry level one does not mean that there has been made a sacrifice when it comes to noise performance. The noise profile of Canon EOS 1300D is quite similar to that of other APS-C EOS DSLRs. Canon EOS 1300D allows up ISO 25600 count (even the newly launched 80D has the same max ISO count) but practically speaking there is so much noise at such an high ISO the picture comes out useless. Personally I try to constraint myself to a mximum of ISO 1600 or 3200. Try to avoid going higher as they will only result in pictures you will not be able to use, unless grains are appealing to you (Why would they be?).
Canon EOS 1300D gives nice pictures at ISO 1600, with some apparent noise which can be cleaned up in post processing. Move to ISO 800 and you have better images and much less noise, a step further to ISO 400 and the images suddenly start appearing much more detailed. But a total joy is to click at ISO 100, which is also the lowest allowed ISO setting for the Canon EOS 1300D. The image is quite detailed and without any visible grains. But keep in mind that a grainy-in-focus image is preferable than a non-grainy-out-of-focus image, so there are conditions in which one much crank the ISO.
Keep in mind that noise reduction (NR) is able to decrease the graininess of an image by smoothening the pixels. What this means is that there is a lot of loss of details and sharpness. So in-camera NR or in post processing, one should try to avoid it.
Another factor which can negatively impact image quality is sensor dust. The Canon EOS 1300D does have anti-stick Fluorine coating on the top surface of the imaging sensor filter but unlike more expensive EOS DSLRs, it doesn’t have a self-cleaning sensor system. Personally in a couple of weeks that I used the Canon EOS 1300D I did not find this to be a problem. But then again I am one of those people who would never expose the camera sensor unless in a closed dustless room. Also keep in mind that the Canon EOS 1300D does not have the mirror lockup feature.
Just like the 1200D, Canon EOS 1300D delivers impressive image quality for a APS-C sensor DSLR especially at such a low price tag.