Canon A1300

Canon PowerShot A1300 front
  • 16MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 2.7" Fixed Display
  • ISO 100 - 1600
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 28-140mm (F2.8-6.9) lens
  • 174g - 95 x 62 x 30mm
  • Revealed February 2012
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  • Alternatives
  • Size Comparison
  • FAQ

Canon A1300 summary

Canon A1300 is Canon's Small Sensor Compact camera first released on February of 2012. The camera houses a 16MP, CCD 1/2.3" size sensor with a full resolution of 4608 x 3456.

The A1300 places at #137 out of 261 in Small Sensor Compact cameras & overall #1033 out of 1465 for digital cameras in our collection. Please check out our Smart camera filter to find camera rankings based on your custom factors.

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The following is a graph of various factors used in the rating system.

Canon A1300 family

The Canon A1300 is part of a family of products. You can read the full list below.

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Canon A1300 Pros and Cons

Here is a collection of benefits and drawbacks of the Canon A1300 based on aspects that are usually regarded as necessary in a camera.

built-in flash
decently wide (28mm)
good minimum ISO (100)
good zoom range (28-140mm 5.0 x zoom)
MP count good (16MP)
provides face detection focus
provides tracking autofocus
cannot use external flash
does not have selfie friendly display
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
lack of aperture priority mode
lack of image stabilization
lack of shutter priority mode
lacks phase detect auto focus
lacks RAW support
low fps (1.0 frames/s)
low quality video (1280 x 720 pixels)
max zoom aperture not good (f6.9)
missing external mic jack
missing HDMI support
missing headphone jack
missing Time Lapse function
no manual control
no manual focus
no moving screen
screen has low resolution (230 thousand dot)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
tiny screen (2.7 inch)
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
Photography Glossary

Canon A1300 Sensor information

The measurement of the sensor in the Canon A1300 is 6.17mm x 4.55mm (1/2.3"). The 28 mm² sensor has the capability to capture 4608 x 3456 pixels with aspect ratios of 4:3 and 16:9.

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The CCD sensor has 16MP and delivers a native ISO range of 100 - 1600. Sadly, RAW format is not supported so you have less room to maneuver in post.

The picture below shows the A1300's sensor size in comparison to other common sizes. The A1300 sensor has a crop factor of 5.8 and is showcased in green.

Canon PowerShot A1300 sensor size Body cameras now worn by bakery staff to deter stealing

To get a sense of various aspect ratios, you can refer to the visual below.

Camera sensor aspect ratios

Canon A1300 dimensions

Canon A1300 is 0.38 lbs (174g / 6.14 oz) & the overall size of the camera is 95mm x 62mm x 30mm (3.7" x 2.4" x 1.2"). The weight of average Small Sensor Compact camera is 174g so the Canon A1300 is similar compared with other competitors.

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The following is a visual of the Canon A1300 beside a soft drink so you're able to get a feel for its size.

Canon PowerShot A1300 dimensions scale

The top view below will show the button design on the A1300.

Canon PowerShot A1300 topview buttons dials

Canon A1300 Lens information

The A1300 offers a built in lens with a focal range of 28-140mm making it a 5.0 x zoom which won't be great however it is going to be invaluable in some cases.

At it's widest 28mm, the lens features an aperture of f2.8 making it quite sluggish and not great for low light situations and you will likely struggle to get a shallow depth of field. You will likely also need to increase your ISO causing noisy pictures. Towards the long end, 140mm comes at f6.9 making it very sluggish and you might have to choose slow shutter speeds.

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Canon A1300 Connectivity

The A1300 has the following connectivity:

  • USB Yes

Digital cameras which have NFC or Bluetooth connectivity can be controlled wirelessly with smartphones. You can easily send photos and usually change settings with no need to connect physically with the camera.

Several apps also provide a Liveview and release the shutter in case you are not close to the camera. If the camera features a HDMI port, it can be connected to an external monitor. A good number of cameras will allow you to charge the battery pack through the USB socket.

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Canon A1300 Video information

The highest possible video quality in the Canon A1300 is 1280 x 720 and you can save in H.264 format. 720p is awful for today's standards. You should aim for a minimum FUll HD quality for good video. The body does not offer a microphone or headphone jack so you have zero control over the sound. It is probably a better idea to order a different camera should you need better sound for your video clips.

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Canon A1300 Weather Sealing

There is no environment proofing on the Canon A1300 so you have to be careful in rainy or dusty conditions.

Canon A1300 Display and Viewfinder

The Canon A1300 is equipped with a 2.7 inch fixed display screen with a resolution of 230 thousand dots.

Please be aware that the display has no touch support.

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The ViewFinder details for Canon A1300 are as follows:

  • ViewFinder Optical (tunnel)

For bright outdoor conditions that make the camera displays washed out and difficult to see, viewfinders will be very useful.

Canon A1300 Shutter information

Canon A1300 continuous shooting speed is 1.0 frames/s. The highest shutter speed is 1/2000s.

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Canon A1300 Flash and Hot shoe information

Canon A1300 features just built in flash lacking external flash support.

Canon A1300 Autofocusing information

Canon A1300 features only Contrast Based AF & doesn't have Phase Detect AF. Phase Detection autofocusing is a lot more quicker & accurate than Contrast Based autofocusing. The camera supports Face detect which makes it handy for portrait photography.

The AF system supports 9 focus points to pick from. It also has Tracking AF for moving objects. Canon A1300 has no manual focusing. Manual focusing is good for low light situations or you want more accurate focus control.

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Canon A1300 Battery life

The battery life (2 x AA) on the Canon A1300 is designed to last for 220 clicks according to the CIPA benchmarks making it about average when compared to it's competition. The average Small Sensor Compact camera battery life is 241. Fujifilm X30 has the best (470) battery life for this class of cameras.

Below is a collection of Small Sensor Compact cameras having the best battery life:

Canon A1300 for various types of photography

The following diagram shows a summary of the Canon A1300 for various types of photography. To see more, scroll to the specific paragraph below.

Canon A1300 Portrait photography features

The Canon A1300 has a points tally of 34 which is subpar, and means the camera is just not good for portrait photography. Photographing portrait photos leans greatly towards sensor specs, support for RAW photos and potential to use off-camera lighting.

Photography Glossary
good megapixels (16MP)
provides face detection focusing
focusing manually not possible
manual exposure not available
cannot use external flash
small sensor (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW support

Canon A1300 Street photography factors

Having a reasonable points total of 47, the Canon A1300 is fairly adequate to use in street photography. A decent street photography camera offers a perfect balance of image quality plus portability.

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no moving screen
lack of image stabilization
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
has no RAW format

Canon A1300 as a Sports photography camera

A subpar sports photography score of 33 indicates the Canon A1300 is just not good for photographing sports. A camera should have very good focusing plus fast shutter speeds for sports photography.

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resolution is good (16MP)
features tracking focus
continuous shooting slow (1.0 frames per second)
no shutter priority
does not have image stabilization
small sensor (1/2.3")
lack of phase detect auto focus

Canon A1300 Travel photography details

Portability is super critical when picking a travel camera. Over-all, the Canon A1300 gets a nice 65 as a travelling camera which is a good fit to purchase for your trips.

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good megapixels (16 megapixels)
has built in flash
decently wide (28mm)
no Timelapse recording
display is not selfie friendly
slow max aperture (f2.8)

Canon A1300 as a Landscape photography camera

For anybody who is planning to buy a digital camera for landscape photos, the most significant factor will be image quality. The Canon A1300 at it's subpar grade of 33 for a landscape camera is just not good compared to its rivals.

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rather wide (28mm)
megapixel count decent (16MP)
no manual focus
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow max aperture (f2.8)
small screen (2.7 inches)
manual mode not available
lack of image stabilization
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
lacks RAW files
doesn't have Timelapse mode

Vlogging with Canon A1300

A camera for vlogging preferably should posses a articulating display screen, mic input and preferably IBIS. Considering everything, the Canon A1300 is just not good as a vlog camera as it delivers a subpar score of 28.

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fairly wide (28mm)
includes face detection autofocus
slow max aperture (f2.8)
does not offer selfie friendly display
no image stabilization
low quality video (1280 x 720 pxls)
missing external mic support

Canon A1300 Alternatives

If you are interested in replacements to the A1300, below is a list of the top placed cameras that fall within the class of Small Sensor Compact.

The line chart followed below offers you an overview of the A1300 vs it's highest scored rivals shown earlier.

Following are several cameras you may regard as alternative options. To read a complete comparison, click the "compare" link.

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General Information
Brand Name
Model type
Canon PowerShot A1300
Small Sensor Compact
Body design
Sensor Information
Sensor type
Sensor size
Sensor dimensions
6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor surface area
Sensor resolution
16 megapixel
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio
4:3 and 16:9
Max resolution
4608 x 3456
RAW support
Max native ISO
Min native ISO
Manual focusing
Autofocus touch
Continuous autofocus
Single autofocus
Autofocus tracking
Selective autofocus
Autofocus center weighted
Autofocus multi area
Autofocus live view
Face detect autofocus
Contract detect autofocus
Phase detect autofocus
Total focus points
Lens mount type
fixed lens
Lens zoom range
28-140mm (5.0x)
Highest aperture
Macro focusing range
Focal length multiplier
Range of display
Fixed Type
Display diagonal
2.7 inch
Resolution of display
230 thousand dot
Selfie friendly
Touch screen
Viewfinder Information
Optical (tunnel)
DXO scores
DXO Overall rating
not tested
DXO Color Depth rating
not tested
DXO Dynamic range rating
not tested
DXO Low light rating
not tested
Minimum shutter speed
15 seconds
Fastest shutter speed
1/2000 seconds
Continuous shutter speed
1.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Change white balance
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash distance
3.00 m
Flash modes
Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync
Hot shoe
AE bracketing
WB bracketing
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Supported video resolutions
1280 x 720 (25 fps) 640 x 480 (30 fps)
Max video resolution
Video file format
Mic input
Headphone input
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
Environmental seal
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
174g (0.38 pounds)
95 x 62 x 30mm (3.7" x 2.4" x 1.2")
Battery life
220 shots
Form of battery
Battery ID
2 x AA
Self timer
Yes (2 or 10 sec, Custom)
Time lapse feature
Storage media
Storage slots
Price at release