PowerShot SD1300 IS
PowerShot SD1300 IS
Timing Test Results
|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. |
Pick This Up If...
|You're in the market for an affordable, fun and easy to use compact digital camera to take with you, whether on vacation or an adventure in your living room. |
Using the SD1300 couldn't be easier, thanks in part to Canon's intelligent "Smart" Auto exposure program. Like most all other intelligent auto modes, it not only selects the appropriate exposure settings for your, but also chooses from preset Scene mode settings that best fit the subject being framed. This is all accomplished in milliseconds, which allows you to simply point, then shoot. There are also several (12) Scene modes you can set manually, or Program AE. While still mostly automatic, you do have access to more advanced camera settings for Focus, Metering, ISO, White Balance, etc.
When you pick up the SD1300, it offers that classic Digital ELPH look and feel; tiny, yet stylish and somewhat comfortable to hold. I'm glad to see Canon has kept the zoom control mounted around the shutter release, which in my opinion makes zooming the lens much more comfortable on a camera this size. The rest of the controls are well labeled, and easy to operate. While room on the back of the camera is limited, Canon did a great job of spacing the buttons out so you don't accidentally hit more than one at a time. Framing pictures or video, navigating the menus and viewing your captured files is accomplished on the 2.7-inch LCD. This screen worked well in most lighting, however the anti-reflective coating still allows some reflections when in bright sunny conditions.
The SD1300 utilizes a wide 4x optical zoom, which covers a 35mm equivalent zoom range of 28-112mm and uses optical image stabilization to help steady the camera. The wide end of the zoom is good for nice outdoor photos, like group shots, landscapes, etc. The telephoto end won't bring that distant subject up close, but will help you zoom in tight for macro and portrait style photography.
Recording video clips on the SD1300 is as easy as flipping the mode switch down to the Movie position. Note that the camera only records video at VGA (640x480) and QVGA (320x240) resolutions with mono sound; there is no HD video option. While some may feel this is disappointing as HD is pretty much standard now, we feel this is not that big of a deal. The camera was designed to take photos while being able to slip into your pocket easily; which is accomplishes quite well. Our sample videos play back smoothly, and show minimal noise when in good lighting (whenever you get indoors you may start to see some graininess, which is normal for compact digicams). The microphone is Very sensitive, and not only picks up background noises but even the slightest breeze as well.
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