Canon PowerShot SD1300 IS Review

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Review posted 08/09/2010

Quick Take
Price
Pros
  • Good image quality for camera in the Sub $200 category
  • Captures nice VGA sized movies
  • Smart Auto shooting mode is accurate and makes the camera incredibly easy to use
  • Great battery life from the NB-6L Li-ion power source
  • Nice ultra-compact body, offers well-built feel
  • Great "bang for your buck"
  • Comes in various colors: Brown, Silver, Green, Pink and Blue
Cons
  • 640x480 max video resolution (No HD)
  • Higher amounts of noise than we'd like to see
  • Has trouble focusing accurately in lower lighting
Bottom Line
The PowerShot SD1300 IS Digital ELPH is a nice little ultra-compact with good performance, useful exposure modes Like Smart Auto, and decent image quality for a camera in its class. Our only gripes are increased noise, has trouble focusing in low light and no HD movie mode.  Read more in our Full Conclusion.
canon_sd1300is_brown_550.jpgOne of many PowerShot models for 2010, the SD1300 IS Digital ELPH is an affordable pocket camera that is packed with some appealing features for the price. These include 12-megapixels for large prints, a wide view (28mm) 4x optical zoom lens, Smart Auto exposure control to effortless picture taking, and Intelligent Contrast and Red-eye Correction technologies.

The SD1300 IS was designed for those who want a simple, yet effective little camera that can be easily  tucked into their pants pocket or purse. Thanks to five color choice options, the SD1300 is also quite stylish, which will appeal to teenagers and fashion conscious users alike.

Canon PowerShot SD1300 IS key features include:
  • 12-megapixel, 1/2.3-inch, CCD image sensor
  • 4x optical zoom lens with wide 28-112mm equivalent range
  • Canon's proven optical image stabilization system
  • Fast F2.8 maximum aperture at wide angle
  • DIGIC 4 processor
  • 2.7-inch wide view LCD screen with 230k pixels
  • Standard video at SD (640x480 or 320x240) resolutions with sounds
  • Low Light mode for blur free photos in poor lighting conditions
  • Motion Detection and Intelligent Contrast Correction technologies
  • Smart Auto exposure mode chooses from 18 pre-programmed shooting situations
  • Li-ion power source
  • SD/SDHC/SDXC/MMC Plus memory card slot (Eye-Fi compatible)
  • HDMI output

The SD1300 IS will be offered in Brown, Pink, Green, Silver, and Blue for an estimated price of $199 US.

What's in the box?:
  • PowerShot SD1300 camera
  • Wrist strap
  • AV cable
  • USB cable
  • Digital Camera Solution CD-ROM
  • Li-ion battery NB-6L
  • Battery charger CB-2LY

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