As you may have guessed from my blog / social media accounts, I do like to take a million and one photographs. Whether it’s of my gorgeous family, a breathtaking view or snapping a moment in time to capture a ‘good times’ memory, I do love taking photographs. I was recently asked to review the Canon EOS 1300 DSLR camera for Mumsnet and have loved finding out what it can do.
I’m very much a beginner photographer and don’t really have much of a clue about ISO, aperture or shutter speed but I have loved some of the results that I have already had from using the camera and to the untrained eye, they’re quite decent photographs.
What’s in the box?
I was sent the Canon EOS 1300D DSLR camera with twin lens kit; 18-55mm DC III Zoom Lens and the EF 75-300 mm f/4.0-5.6 III Telephoto Zoom Lens in black. The camera also comes with an Eyecup Ef, Camera strap, Battery Pack LP-E10, Battery cover, Battery charger LC-E10, Power cable for battery charger, Interface cable IFC-130U and a user manual kit.
The camera doesn’t come with an SD memory card and this is a pretty vital piece of kit as you can’t use the camera and store your photographs without one. I bought a large SD card to make sure I could fit lots of photographs onto the memory card as there’s nothing worse than playing about with a camera and getting the hang of using it when the memory card tells you it’s full up.
What can it do?
The Canon EOS 1300D is a very clever camera. It has a range of standard features including being able to shoot in Auto or Manual.
As I said above, I’m not much of a technical photographer so my camera was mainly stuck in Auto but I did have a play around with Creative Auto mode which let me play around with some of the settings. I also loved using the Portrait mode, Close-Up mode and the Sports mode as the camera will automatically set some of the settings for you, taking out the guess work when it comes to the technical elements of shooting a photograph.
I loved taking the photograph through the optical viewfinder and then zooming in on the detail once I had taken the photograph. The 3″ LCD screen is brilliant and is also useful when setting the camera up for the photograph.
Not only can you take pretty brilliant photographs (in Creative Auto) but you can share those photographs easily with the WiFi and NFC function. Being able to share photographs from your DSLR straight to your smartphone is simply brilliant. I downloaded the Canon Camera Connect app for my iPhone and this enables me, when connected via WiFi, to remotely take a photograph and edit the settings from my iPhone.
This means I could (if I was brave enough) leave my camera on a ledge at the beach somewhere and take photographs using my iPhone remotely. If you’ve got an NFC enabled phone, you can just bump the two devices together to share photographs between the DSLR and the phone. How clever is that? I have loved playing around with the WiFi function on the DSLR, it’s a brilliant feature and will come in really handy over the next few years as I learn how to use the camera more effectively.
Another brilliant feature of the Canon EOS 1300D is that is has an integrated Feature Guide which gives you a bit more information about how to navigate the camera. This gives me a bit of reassurance as it lets me know what I can expect from a certain mode, i.e Creative Auto mode will create background blur, built-in flash and other settings.
Not content with just being an awesome camera, the Canon EOS 1300D can also help you record your own videos. It appears quite simple to use, just set the camera to Movie mode and press the button next to the red dot.
How I have found it?
A DSLR camera can be quite daunting to use when you first get your hands on it. There’s so many features to look at and fiddle with, you don’t really want to press the wrong thing to ruin the settings of a good photograph. But, that’s where the learning comes in. I’ve really enjoyed sitting playing with the settings and seeing what kind of photograph I can capture. I’ve made lots of mistakes and had to reset the settings many a time but I’ve learnt from that.
The creative filters in the camera are really good too. I’ve loved playing around with the Fish Eye, Grainy B/W and Toy Camera effects.
How much does it cost?
The Canon EOS 1300D with twin lens kit is currently priced at £399.00 with Currys and I personally think it’s a great price. It was selling at a much higher price back in May 2016 and for a camera with WiFi functionality and an additional lens, I think it’s really good value. I can’t wait to learn more from it over the next few months.
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