“You don’t take a photograph, you make it.”
Ansel Adams was quite right when he gave these famous remarks as he not only underlined the most basic principle of photography but gave an underlying plan of action to help anyone, who tries to go beyond the realms of imagination, take a path to achieve wonders.
Then why does it matter which instrument we use as long as we have our imagination with us? It matters because to bring the imagination into a practical reality, you need an instrument capable of achieving such a feat.
In this ever-changing world, there are a plethora of cameras ( point-shoot, SLRs, D-SLRs, mobile camera etc.) to capture your vision into an everlasting memory. But not each and every one of the functions similar and that’s what makes them advantageous comparatively.
Canon, as prestigious as it is, offers a number of products ranging from D-SLRs to printers and many more. Canon EOS 1300d is one of their most basic DSLR cameras offered and this camera alone shows the standards company sets in the world of photography.
This review will cover everything a person wants to know about this DSLR camera and many things which are based on personal experience and practical usage.
Canon EOS 1300d has an 18-megapixel Advanced Photo System type-C (APS-C) CMOS sensor and a DIGIC 4+ image processor which simply means that it is good enough to give you a clear picture even in low light.
Further, it’s technical specifications cover a wide spectrum where it’s :
- ISO ranges from 100-6400 and is expandable to 12800.
- Shutter speed goes as low as 1/4000seconds and as high as 30 seconds, including bulb furthermore.
- Video can be shot in 1920×1080 (full HD)
- File sizes can be adjusted as per disk space available where photos range from RAW file to Smallest size available.
- Aperture varies from f/2.0-f/32
It apparently has 14 switch modes which can be toggled for a different kind of clicking whatsoever the mood. These modes range from Automatic setting, wherein the camera adjusts the basic settings and lets the user get the perfect shot possible. It is a great way for a beginner to get standard photos till the time they learn to control and stabilize the camera manually.
f/10: 1/250 seconds: ISO 400: Auto.
One of the settings includes Night portrait which is my personal favorite since crossing the light for a night picture becomes a nightmare. The camera automatically adjusts the light for a clear picture with as less grain as possible.
The Creative Auto performs according to the situations and tries to give best results, given the mood. In my first few days, I used to use this setting a lot since it gave effective colors which I couldn’t identify personally. The only downside is that it keeps using flash for the low light photos. Call me old-fashioned but low light can be useful in a lot of places but mode’s creativity runs out at some point.
The priority modes such as Shutter priority, Aperture priority, Program AE let you set the respective settings to make you learn the importance of those settings in such situations.
The video recording mode comes handy on the wheel bar and lets you shoot high-resolution videos on the go.
Manual mode interface.
Video recorder interface.
The Manual mode gives you the full freedom to experiment every possible scenario while adjusting every detail by yourself. It is a great way to test your limits while setting shutter speed, ISO, aperture length, white balance, manually focus on subjects etc.
The Canon EOS 1300d is a sleek and quite handy DSLR camera compared to Nikon or any other similar range camera. The body mount supports around 70 lenses covering all the IS series of Canon and going as far as Tamron.
In terms of in-camera filter effects, there isn't a huge selection to choose from, which may be a little disappointing to keen Instagrammers who are new to DSLRs. The tripod mount is on the bottom surface gives a good grip on the index finger to get a hold of the camera during excessive movement.The design is sleek and continuous use is sure to give a pretty good and fast movement while changing settings amid the shots.
Today’s active consumer demands only one thing i.e. Value for money. People often consider photography as a valuable hobby. Collecting lenses and cameras is an exclusive task but the true satisfaction lies in that piece of art you created using that expensive camera.
Canon EOS 1300d comes at various prices online and in retail. I bought the same in an offer from Amazon at ₹22000 or a US $330(approx.). It is a tricky deal when you hail from a middle-class family but using the camera, I have learned it has got quite the charm about it and the pictures say it all.
It is true I apply the art but machinery was what started the Industrial Revolution. The man is just the operator.
I have divided this segment into various techniques I used to show the varied ranges of photographs that can come from this camera.
I don’t own a tripod and most of my pictures from this camera are of light trails ranging from air graffiti to traffic lights. I generally use a surface area to stabilize the camera. It works effective enough to give a standard picture.
Following are the light trails I captured with this camera with basic settings set around at such settings as mentioned alongside the photo :
f/16: 5 seconds: ISO 100
f/10: 1.6 seconds: ISO 100
The framing remains important for such photos and its viewfinder gives a nice peek to frame anything.
The viewfinder can be shifted to LCD monitor too which gives a better look at the subject. But focusing too much on the viewfinder is often a strain on eyes.
High Shutter Speed
Shutter priority mode gives you the best results for clicking fast moving effects as shown below:
f/11: 1/4000 seconds: ISO 2000
f/10: 1/1000: ISO 400
High shutter speed takes a lot of light so it is advised to capture the photos either using ISO at Auto or giving enough light by yourself.
The focus has to remain constantly on the subject and move accordingly.
Panning and Silky Water
Panning is nothing more than following a subject in its journey between two points. The camera provides enough movability, not at the cost of stabilizing, to give away the best shot.
f/11: 1/40 seconds: ISO 100.
f/13: 1/40 seconds: ISO 100
Panning is not entirely dependent on camera as it is in practice. Still, the camera adds to it.
f/22: ½ second: ISO 100
Same goes with Silky water technique wherein stability again is the key importance. However, light is also important and determined the aperture length.
f/6.3: 1/50 seconds: ISO 1600 : ( Focus on manual)
Bokeh is quite a common technique and is followed a lot. Doesn’t mean it has to be boring every time. The wide range of light fixtures that this camera gives you, it becomes enlightening (pun intended) to try out various humdrum to get a unique shot.
What makes it unique?
A lot of things, actually. But I am going to focus on 2 important things which I found really exciting about it. That should sum up its uniqueness compared to a standard DSLR of two-three years ago.
The Canon EOS 1300d supports Wi-Fi which can be used to transfer images. That is a big relief for someone like me who wants his photos to be shared among friends the minute he shot it.
The camera can connect to any surrounding Wi-Fi network and a smartphone shall be connected to the same network. Then the user is to open the app Camera Connect by Canon (available on Play Store) and follow the setup to connect to a camera. Once the network is established all the photos of camera come on the phone screen(shown below) and the user can save them on the phone itself and even delete the clutter. The pics will be deleted from the camera as well.
A screenshot from camera monitor.
|A screenshot from the smartphone
The NFC function comes with select smartphone wherein such mobiles are able to air with the camera through a mere tap while NFC function is open on both platforms.
It not only eases the process of getting photos without having to carry the laptop around you on adventurous trips but it also eases the pressure of full memory cards after every 3-4 trips.
Time-saving as this function is, sometimes it can be quirky and patience-testing when the network is not strong enough or when you are in an out-of-coverage area.
Remote Live View Shooting
I haven’t used this feature that much but it is a technological advancement nonetheless. It works on the same principle of connected Wi-Di networks and using the same app on your smartphone. The remote live view shooting gives the controls of the camera in hands of the mobile phone. You can shoot pictures using your phone through the lens of the camera.
Screenshots showing the working of Remote live view shooting in the app.
What makes it the best entry level DSLR?
The paucity of its brilliant functions makes it better than Nikon or Sony at such a price range. Easy body mount makes it handy with a large number of lenses.
Furthermore, it’s easy handling paves the path for many aspirants who enter the world of photography and are not sure how to approach the different angles, trying new mixtures, taking new risks and such arduous aspects.
f/13: 1/200 seconds: ISO 400
f/16: 1/20 seconds: ISO 100: Manual mode
An uneven scenario looks so well framed and compiled up as the last result.
Well, of course, It has certain limitations as a machine is limited to its programmed thinking. The rest depends on the photographer on how to handle every situation and make the most of it. This camera will surely play its part in making the best out of a given mood.
In the overall context, my summation for this camera includes the advantages it gives you at this price along with the best possible entry into the realm of photography in today’s market. It may remain a “beginner’s DSLR” but I must say it is the best at what it does.
Further, using it for over a year now, I have realized that it’s out looking quaintness tells a different picture about it but the inside eloquence makes it a great companion to learn, strive and grow.
All photos clicked by and the blog is written by Salil Sharma for WPC project Canon EOS 1300D Review