Canon 1300D: Entry Level DSLR Even Pros Would Like to Test

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Whenever I am asked for a recommendation for a DSLR by someone starting out in photography, I usually recommend an entry level one. Why? The advancements in camera technology enable excellent pictures to be captured even with these. With Canon launching its EOS 1300D, the amateur could well be boasting of a powerful device in his or her hands.

The cool factor for the connected generation
Before getting into the imagery and optics, let us first explore features that even professionals like me would love in their 5Ds and 7Ds (the pro end of the DSLR range by Canon).

For reasons still to be fathomed, most traditional cameras have not been coming with features to instantly create and share photos. The 1300D addresses that: it facilitates seamless image transfer to smart devices through the Canon Camera Connect app (via Wi-Fi), or a simple tap between the camera and a compatible smart device to establish a connection for file transfer (via Near Field Communication, NFC). How cool would that be? Not only for those shooting for fun, it would be a boon for reporters, bloggers, the Twitterati, Instagrammers, Snapchatters and all those leading the instant update life.

Shoot remote
Imagine this: You connect the 1300D with a smart device, adjust adjust camera settings (like aperture, shutter speed, ISO etc.) through this device and even capture the shot on this handheld. Such remote handling has immense possibilities including taking group images via a tripod, shooting in tight spaces, going candid or for subjects (like birds and animals) where human presence would not be a good idea. I so miss these on my own cameras bodies – I am going to carry a 1300D in my bag from now on.

Creative controls
There is photography before-Instagram and there is photography after-Instagram. Bar the purists, we all want to apply filters to our images. The 1300D comes with five filters to deliver different creative expressions – soft focus, grainy black and white, toy camera effect, fish-eye effect, and miniature effect. I am sure firmware updates will add more in the future. With strength level, colour tones and focal point being customisable for some of the filters, you will have the freedom to express your artistic creativity. Of course, with the NFC feature, you can transfer images to your mobile and apply even additional effects.

The images…
Oh yes, the 1300D allows you to capture brilliant pictures even if you are not an expert on the subject. The technology does a lot of the thinking for you. To go a little geeky, it comes equipped with an 18.0 megapixel APS-C size CMOS sensor (approximately 25 times larger than a standard smartphone), and ISO speed expandable up to 12,800. This allows you store a lot of imaging data leaving you with ample resolution even after cropping, or to even shoot in extreme conditions like low light with minimal noise. The video features allows for full HD footage.

And a few extras…
The EOS 1300D comes with a high performance optical viewfinder, which enables faster framing and higher focusing precision, essential factors to capturing fleeting moments. This viewfinder also provides a more accurate representation of what the camera sensor sees for a better idea of the final image. With an enhanced 920,000-dot LCD monitor, you will find it easier to check on the focus during Live View shooting.

The EOS 1300D is equipped with a 9-point Auto-focusing system that allows fast and accurate auto-focusing on the subject. The camera’s AI Servo AF constantly tracks and focuses on moving subjects such as pets and children, even as the subject moves towards or away from the camera. With this AF system, every moment will be captured in picture-perfect clarity.

Let’s click together!

Some technical specifications:
* Dimensions: Approx. 129.0 x 101.3 x 77.6mm
* Weight: Approx. 440g (body only)
* Image sensor: 18.0-megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor
* Imaging processor: DIGIC 4+
* ISO speed: 100-6,400 (expandable to 12,800)
* Continuous shooting speed: 3 fps
* Maximum video quality: Full HD 1080p (30fps)
* AF: 9 AF points
* Wi-Fi: Yes
* NFC: Yes
* LCD: 3-inch (920,000 dots)

Pricing
The EOS 1300D will be available at a price point of INR 29,995 inclusive of the EF-S 18-55 IS II kit lens, while the double zoom variant (including EF-S 18-55 IS II & EF-S 55-250 IS II lenses) is priced at INR 38,995. Both variants will be available from April 2016 onwards.

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The Canon EOS 1300D can be controlled through a connected smart device

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Features of the Canon EOS 1300D highlighted at a launch event in New Delhi recently
Features of the Canon EOS 1300D highlighted at a launch event in New Delhi recentlyCanon

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