Features & Controls

Canon has equipped the SD1300 IS with a wide view 4x optical zoom lens. This unit covers an equivalent zoom range of 28 - 112mm and features a fast f/2.8-5.9 maximum (wide-telephoto). This is an all-glass aspherical zoom lens with Canon's true 'Lens-Shift' Optical Image Stabilization system. Unlike electronic image stabilizer systems that typically cause degradation of image quality, Canon's Lens Shift Optical IS system is based on the advancements made in the development and refinement of Canon's EF and video lenses. Reduced in size to fit this model, this Image Stabilizer provides up to three stops of camera shake correction in shutter speed equivalent. When you power the camera down, the lens is retracted inside of the body and a built-in shutter closes to protect it.

A 9-point advanced TTL autofocus system permits the camera to automatically select the primary subject even when off-center.

The focusing range is:
  • Normal: 1.2 in (3cm) - infinity at Wide angle, 1.6 ft. (50cm) - infinity at Telephoto
  • Macro: 1.2 in. - 1.6 ft. (3 - 50cm) at Wide angle

In low light conditions the focus-assist lamp helps to illuminate the subject for accurate focusing. Mounted on each side of the lens are some pin-hole stereo microphones for use when recording video.

For indoor or other low-light shooting, Canon has included a tiny built-in flash unit. It offers modes for auto, auto with red-eye reduction, forced on, forced on with red-eye reduction, and forced off. FE lock and slow synchro modes are also available. Canon claims the flash recharge times is 10 seconds or less, depending on the amount of output required. .

Flash range at ISO Auto is:
  • 12 in.- 13 ft. (30cm - 4.0m) at Wide angle, or 1.6 - 6.6 ft. (50cm - 2.0m) at Telephoto


On the top of the SD1300 you will find only three controls. We have the Power button and Shutter release with the zoom controls mounted around it. During image review, the zoom controls also toggle the Index and Magnify playback options. You can also see the built-in speaker to the right of the zoom control symbols.


When you first look at the back of the camera, you will see a nice 2.7-inch LCD. This display offers 230,000 pixels, 100% frame coverage, and a nice wide viewing angle. This screen is the only viewfinder on the camera, and is used for framing images and video, reviewing files, and navigating the menus.


Here we can see the controls on the back of the SD1300 IS. At the top right you can see the Auto, Camera (aka Program), and Movie mode switch. Next is the playback button, with the 4-way controller mounted below. In record mode you press 'Up' to change exposure compensation (Jump in playback), press 'Right' to change flash modes, press 'Down' to toggle the self-timer and press 'Left' to change the focus mode. In the center is the FUNC./SET button, which accepts menu selections as well as gives you access to the Function shortcut menu. Lastly we have the DISPlay button for changing the amount of overlay information shown on the LCD and the MENU button for calling up or dismissing the main menu system.


Located on the right hand side of the camera is the I/O (Input/Output) port. This is a combination mini-B jack handles both standard definition (SD) audio/video output and USB 2.0 (high-speed) connectivity. The AV Out handles the monaural audio and video signal which can be connected to your TV set with the supplied cables, while the USB cable is used for image and movie download, direct printing, etc.

The SD1300 IS does Not feature a HDMI port.

The PowerShot SD1300 is equipped with a card slot that supports use of SD, SDHC, SDXC, MMC, MMC+, HC MMC+, and Eye-Fi memory cards. Shown here with a spacious Sandisk Ultra II (15MB/s) 4GB SDHC card.

Canon includes their NB-6L 3.7v, 1000mAh lithium rechargeable battery pack with the SD1300 IS. They claim this small battery can power the SD1300 for up to 240 still images or 420 minutes of continuous playback on a single charge (using CIPA Standard testing.) Canon also supplies a handy AC charger, which features fold-away prongs for easy portability. This unit will charge the battery out of the camera, which means you can charge one pack while using another.

Approx. Storage Capacities:

Image data
Large (L)Medium 1 (M1)Medium 2 (M2)Medium 3 (M3)
File Size (KB)3,0841,4742,0609801,395695558278

Small (S)Widescreen (W)
File Size (KB)150842,3111,105

Movie data

640 x 480320 x 240
30 fps*30 fps*
Movie size (KB/sec.)1,932672
4GB32 min. 26 sec.1 hr. 31 min. 25 sec.
16GB2 hr. 12 min. 50 sec. 6 hr. 14 min. 23 sec.

*Actual frame rate is 29.97

Note: N=Normal F=Fine
Storage Capacity varies depending on camera settings. This data is estimated from Canon's standard shooting conditions. Figures for Movie Mode represent total capacity of the particular media.

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