- 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
- Read full specs
- Size Comparison
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 #127 out of 261 in Small Sensor Compact cameras & overall #1001 out of 1459 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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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 Gallery
You can view the A1300 from various angles in the gallery below.
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.
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.Instagram's $20 billion Ad success
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.Photographer fined '$200,000' for failing to deliver photos
To get a sense of various aspect ratios, you can refer to the visual below.
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.400 Megapixel mode coming to Fujifilm GFX 100
The following is a visual of the Canon A1300 beside a soft drink so you're able to get a feel for its size.
The top view below will show the button design on the A1300.
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.
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.
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.
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.Handle those 8K RED files like a boss
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.
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.
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.
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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 35 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.
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.
Canon A1300 as a Sports photography camera
A subpar sports photography score of 34 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.
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.
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 34 for a landscape camera is just not good compared to its rivals.
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.
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.