The Canon PowerShot SD1300 IS is a great ultra-compact camera, according to reviewers. In one test, it beats under-$180 competitors from seven different brands. Experts and users say it's simple to operate, and it takes good photos in most conditions, thanks to its 4x optical zoom lens (with an equivalent range of 28 mm to 114 mm for better wide-angle coverage) and 12.1-megapixel sensor. Measuring 3.5 inches wide by 2.2 inches tall and 0.8 inches thick, the Canon PowerShot SD1300 IS is not the smallest ultra-compact on the market, but there are no complaints about portability as it can easily slip into a pocket or purse.
Some reviewers are disappointed that the optical viewfinder has been eliminated in favor of a slightly larger, 2.7-inch LCD screen. However, others like the display, which Ken McMahon at CameraLabs.com says is "brighter and more contrasty than the screens on both the Nikon Coolpix S3000 and Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W310 and has a wider angle of view than the panels on those cameras." The Canon PowerShot SD1300 IS also gets high marks for its easy-to-use menu navigation. It features Smart Auto Mode, which selects from 18 preset scene options so that you can "point and shoot without thinking twice, and still come away with a stellar snapshot," editors at DigitalCameraHQ.com say. The camera also has face-detection technology to home in on as many as 35 faces. Canon's optical image-stabilization feature is "one of the most effective at reducing the effects of camera shake and enabling low-light exposures at much slower shutter speeds than would otherwise be possible," according to Ken McMahon at CameraLabs.com. The PowerShot SD1300 IS shoots 640-by-480-pixel (30 frames per second) AVI movies, but does not offer HD video. If you want HD video, experts recommend stepping up to the otherwise similar Canon PowerShot SD1400 IS (Discontinued).
Professional reviews with results on performance testing and sample photo galleries can be found on Imaging-Resource.com, CNET, DigitalReviews.ca and DigitalCameraHQ.com. CameraLabs.com gives a detailed comparison on how the Canon PowerShot SD1300 IS stacks up against similar models from Nikon and Sony, and DCResource.com pits the SD1300 IS against seven competitors in a head-to-head shootout. A good number of consumer reviews are available on Amazon.com.
The Canon PowerShot SD1300 IS wins this eight-camera shootout, beating under-$180 entries from seven other brands. Jeff Keller finds it stylish and fast, with "very good photo quality."
Review: DCRP Review: 2010 Budget Camera Shootout, Jeff Keller, Updated July 2, 2010
Smaller, simpler and more capable than its predecessors, the Canon PowerShot SD1300 IS captures a spot on this reliable website's top recommended list. Testers do point out a few shortcomings, including image quality in low light or when shooting into the sun, and the lack of HD video.
Review: Canon PowerShot SD1300 IS, Mike Pasini and Stephanie Boozer, May 14, 2010
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McMahon compares the Canon PowerShot SD1300 IS to the Nikon Coolpix S3000 and Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W310, which offer similar features to the PowerShot SD1300 IS. He says the PowerShot SD1300 IS comes up on top for producing a better flash portrait and offering a battery that can handle more shots on a single charge and a superior screen.
Review: Canon IXUS 105 / PowerShot SD1300 IS Review, Ken McMahon, May 2010
Goldman says the Canon PowerShot SD1300 IS "is a perfectly fine mid-range point and shoot" but has "nothing that makes it stand out in a very crowded space." He says photo quality is very good, but is not that much better than photo quality delivered by close rivals from Sony and Panasonic.
Review: Canon PowerShot SD 1300 IS (Silver), Joshua Goldman, April 12, 2010
McCabe praises the Canon PowerShot SD1300 IS for "superb" image quality, nice layout of controls and intuitive interface. He is, however, disappointed that there is no optical viewfinder and finds the PowerShot SD1300 IS to be not much of an upgrade from the earlier PowerShot SD1200 IS.
Review: Canon PowerShot SD1300 IS, Liam McCabe, Updated March 22, 2010
Editors recommend the Canon PowerShot SD1300 IS for consumers who want a "value priced take anywhere type of compact camera." They note, however, that this model has limited manual shooting options and does not have HD video. The review includes numerous sample shots with details on different shooting modes.
Review: Canon PowerShot SD1300 IS Digital Camera Review, Editors at DigitalReview.ca, April 1, 2010
Over 60 customers weigh in on the Canon PowerShot SD1300 IS, and the majority are very pleased with the camera's performance and ease of use. One reviewer notes they had to get used to using a camera without a viewfinder, while another comments on a visible "flare" in photos with a direct light source.
Review: Canon PowerShot SD1300 IS 12.1 MP Digital Camera with 4x Wide Angle Optical Image Stabilized Zoom and 2.7-Inch LCD (Silver), Contributors to Amazon.com