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CanonPowerShot SD1300 IS Digital ELPH Camera (Blue)
 
4.4

(based on 306 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (153)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (135)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (11)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (2)

97%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (227)
  • Good image quality (206)
  • Compact (193)
  • Nice body color (190)
  • Image stabilization (170)

Cons

  • Lag / shutter delay (37)
  • No viewfinder (35)
  • Limited zoom (26)
  • Short battery life (11)
  • No image stabilization (10)

Best Uses

  • Family photos (236)
  • Travel (200)
  • Landscape/scenery (159)
  • Low light (115)
  • Weddings (79)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Casual photographer (171), Photo enthusiast (79), Semi-pro photographer (37), Pro photographer (9)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (162), Yes (71)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

IT IS CLASSY AND IT TAKES GREAT PICTURES

I am going to try to share what I have discovered about this camera. These are just my thoughts. Some things I am compairing to a canon SD1200 and the SD940. The flat...Read complete review

I am going to try to share what I have discovered about this camera. These are just my thoughts. Some things I am compairing to a canon SD1200 and the SD940. The flat button arangement is the same as the SD1200 all but the power button on top is larger and easier to turn off and on,I like that but be carefull it does not come on in your pocket. I have not had any trouble using any of the buttons even with my big old hands. I like that the mic for the video is in the frount of the camera instead of being on the top like the canon SD940,it picks up less noise being in the frount. I like the func menu(where you set iso, white ballance, my colors) better than the SD940 because it lets you set things with one less step like the SD1200 and it has a better color skeem(the color of the menus) than the canon 1200, that just me though. I can not tell any differnce in shot to shot or flash shot to shot times between the SD1300 and the SD1200 which is 1 and 1/2secs to 2secs with out flash and 3 to 4secs with flash on(up to 6secs for full flash recharge). Shutter lag is good for a canon point and shoot but if you prefocas that will help even more. I never tested the continuous shooting( but see my battery test) but canon says it is 0.9 per sec where the sd 1200 is 1.4 shots per sec, if that is important to you. I did test the battery by using continuous shooting with the flash on and got well over 400 pictures and still had 3 bars left on the battery icon and it was taking 1 picture every 2 seconds or less if that helps you out on the continuous shooting part and when I turned the flash off it seemed to be very fast. I am getting about the same image quality as the SD 1200 which is very good for this size point and shoot camera and getting a 2.7inch very clear LCD screen and a 28mm x 112mm lens a little better (than the 35 x 105 on the SD1200). This is just me but I would stay away from the auto mode indoors(it works good outdoors in bright light though), it seems to want to use a very high iso which makes your picture look grainy or snowing looking, it would be ok for 4x6x prints?. I use program mode and set the iso to 100 or 200 iso (if possable).For some reason canon has done this wih all thier newer point and shoot cameras the last year or two, I know (it is a bummer)... With the SD1200 and SD940 I would use program mode and auto iso but when trying to do that with the SD1300 it wants to go to 500iso some times where the 1200 and 940 would go to 250iso ,go figure? A lot of the review sites blow thier pictures way up and look for defects,your likely to only make 5x7 or 8x10s and not see (what they see). If you are going to make larger prints you could go to a canon S90 or the bigger G11, but much more money I know!>Just keep the iso down and you will do good...) Just a thought I wish they would of stayed at 10 megapixles because of the small sensor... The SD1300 has a touch more style, larger LCD and a little more virsatle lens, but the 1200 is also a very good camera. Try (neutral) in (my colors menu) and see what you think with your indoor shots of the kids if your not happy with the default color? I posted some pictures on this site for the SD1300, theirs just not much color her yet but they will give you some idea untill some one can post some good pictures. I mostly take pictures of bear in the smokey mountians (CADES COVE) and love chaseing the grand kids around taking their pictures

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Poor Photos... agree with below poster

Bought this for my wife for Christmas. She tried it and got poor quality photos. I told her she must be doing something wrong, so I tried it and got the same results. ...Read complete review

Bought this for my wife for Christmas. She tried it and got poor quality photos. I told her she must be doing something wrong, so I tried it and got the same results. (of course i'm used to the D90) I [...] will try the Lumix DMC-ZR3 and see if I can get a better quality photo with it. We may have just gotten a bad one, but the photos were blurry and grainy no matter what settings we tried.

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5.0

Love this camera

By LA

from NYC

About Me Casual Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Fast/accurate auto-focus
  • Good Image Quality
  • Good Image Stabilization
  • Great Zoom
  • Large Clear LCD
  • Nice Body Color
  • Small / Compact

Cons

  • Lag / Shutter Delay

Best Uses

  • Family Photos
  • Landscape/Scenery
  • Sports/Action
  • Travel
  • Video
  • Weddings/Events

Comments about PowerShot SD1300 IS Digital ELPH Camera (Blue):

I have used this camera for all of my vacations this year and it has provided me with gorgeous memories of each place!The pictures are clear with just enough zooming capabilities.

  • Was this a gift?:
  • No

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4.0

Great tool for my parents

By micemali

from New York

About Me Photo Enthusiast

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Good Image Quality

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about PowerShot SD1300 IS Digital ELPH Camera (Silver):

      Very good point and shoot for money you spend on it...

      • Ease of Operation:
      • 9
      • Was this a gift?:
      • Yes

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      5.0

      PowerShot SD 1300 digital camera by Cano

      By Doug the retiree

      from Orange, CA

      About Me Casual Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Good Image Quality
      • Good Image Stabilization
      • Great Zoom
      • Nice Body Color
      • Small / Compact

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Family Photos
        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Travel
        • Weddings/Events
        • Wildlife photos

        Comments about PowerShot SD1300 IS Digital ELPH Camera (Silver):

        We use this camera for family events such as birthdays, Christmas and other holidays. We also rely on this camera for recording our travels, both domestic and foreign.
        The camera is lightweight and very slim. It is so easy to carry in its case or in my pocket.
        There is really nothing about the camera that I do not like.

        • Ease of Operation:
        • 9
        • Was this a gift?:
        • Yes

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        5.0

        Great Product!

        By BR

        from Far Rockaway, NY

        Verified Buyer

        Comments about PowerShot SD1300 IS Digital ELPH Camera (Silver):

        I am enjoying this product!

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        5.0

        Fantastic Camera

        By Cindy

        from Pennsylvania

        About Me Casual Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Fast/accurate auto-focus
        • Good Image Quality
        • Good Image Stabilization
        • Good in Low Light
        • Great Zoom
        • Large Clear LCD
        • Small / Compact

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Family Photos
          • Indoors/Low Light
          • Sports/Action
          • Travel
          • Weddings/Events

          Comments about PowerShot SD1300 IS Digital ELPH Camera (Silver):

          My old camera took really dark pictures. Even with the zoom-in feature. This Power Shot is super. As it sayd - just "Point and Shoot"!!!

          • Ease of Operation:
          • 10
          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

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          4.0

          I bought this once before

          By Squinty

          from Oregon coast

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Good Image Quality
          • Good Image Stabilization
          • Good in Low Light
          • Great Zoom
          • Large Clear LCD
          • Small / Compact

          Cons

          • No Viewfinder

          Best Uses

          • Family Photos
          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Travel

          Comments about PowerShot SD1300 IS Digital ELPH Camera (Silver):

          I loved the compact size and great quality pictures with my SD1200. Too bad I dropped it out of my car. This next generation is better with more pixels and telephoto. Wish it had a viewfinder, but most cameras this size and price don't have one.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

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          4.0

          Great camera for the price

          By pczaban

          from Upstate, NY

          About Me Casual Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Fast/accurate auto-focus
          • Good Image Quality
          • Good Image Stabilization
          • Small / Compact

          Cons

          • Low light not the greate

          Best Uses

          • Family Photos
          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Sports/Action
          • Travel
          • Video
          • Weddings/Events

          Comments about PowerShot SD1300 IS Digital ELPH Camera (Silver):

          easy use! nice little camera

          • Ease of Operation:
          • 8
          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

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          5.0

          I would buy this product again

          By CPC

          from New York

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about PowerShot SD1300 IS Digital ELPH Camera (Blue):

                I use the camera daily to take photos of my family. It is easy to use and the pictures have a lot of clarity.

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                • No

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                5.0

                Great point and shoot for the $$

                By Jo

                from Colorado Springs, CO

                About Me Casual Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Fast/accurate auto-focus
                • Good Image Quality
                • Good Image Stabilization
                • Good in Low Light
                • Great Zoom
                • Large Clear LCD
                • Short Lag Time
                • Shutter speed auto adjust
                • Small / Compact

                Cons

                • Can't do film stills

                Best Uses

                • Family Photos
                • Indoors/Low Light
                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Sports/Action
                • Travel
                • Video
                • Wildlife photos

                Comments about PowerShot SD1300 IS Digital ELPH Camera (Silver):

                Had this camera for about two weeks and we use it nearly every day for family pictures and nature shots. The pictures are crystal clear even when zoomed in all the way. There seems to be no blur from shaking a little. Also, the camera works fabulous in low light without the flash. We took pictures while we were camping just at dusk. With the flash, it looks like it's pitch black outside and only the subject is in focus, but with no flash it looked like we took a picture in the early afternoon with the subject and background clearly in focus. Very pleased with this camera so far, and no complaints.

                • Ease of Operation:
                • 10
                • Was this a gift?:
                • Yes

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                4.0

                good camera, great price!

                By tom the man

                from Port Carling, Ontario

                About Me Casual Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Nice Body Color
                • Small / Compact

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Family Photos
                  • Travel

                  Comments about PowerShot SD1300 IS Digital ELPH Camera (Blue):

                  Good for general home use. Light, sleek and classy.

                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • No

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                  4.0

                  [...]

                  By The Warden

                  from Concord, CA

                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use
                  • Fast/accurate auto-focus
                  • Good Image Quality
                  • Good Image Stabilization
                  • Large Clear LCD
                  • Short Lag Time
                  • Small / Compact

                  Cons

                  • No Viewfinder

                  Best Uses

                  • Family Photos
                  • Landscape/Scenery
                  • Travel

                  Comments about PowerShot SD1300 IS Digital ELPH Camera (Silver):

                  We bought 3 of the cameras for our real estate appraisal office. We need cameras that take a beating since we use them all day every day. So far these SD1300's are hitting the spot. They're simple to use and have just the right amount of features. You have the auto mode which is great for everyday use and then the program mode with just the right amount of shooting modes. I can't stand the cameras with 40 different shooting modes. I don't think there is a reason to have 4 underwater modes and 3 different portrait modes... that's overkill. The only complaint I really have is the lack of a view finder, which was scrapped for the larger LCD screen. I know it's not as popular as it used to be, but the screen is not bright enough to out shine direct sunlight, so a viewfinder would come in handy. Basically, if you're looking for something to get the job done and don't want to read a dostoevsky novel to understand how to use it, then this is the camera for you.

                  • Ease of Operation:
                  • 9
                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • No

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                  4.0

                  Great camera for the price

                  By Crafty-Lady

                  from Fenwick Islan, DE.

                  About Me Casual Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use
                  • Fast/accurate auto-focus
                  • Good Image Quality
                  • Small / Compact

                  Cons

                  • Short Battery Life

                  Best Uses

                  • Landscape/Scenery
                  • Travel
                  • Wildlife photos

                  Comments about PowerShot SD1300 IS Digital ELPH Camera (Silver):

                  For the quick shots because it's so small and handy, it was a present for my wife and she loves it. Her photos are clean and sharp.

                  She also used camera video to shoot humming birds feeding from our garden deckand placed the video on her FB page.

                  Have not heard any negatives about her camera to date. She has been using her camera for 3 weeks now.

                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • Yes

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                  5.0

                  great buy

                  By red head

                  from elizabeth, nj

                  About Me Casual Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use
                  • Good Image Quality
                  • Small / Compact

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Family Photos
                    • Video

                    Comments about PowerShot SD1300 IS Digital ELPH Camera (Blue):

                    very clear photos

                    light weight

                    cute looking

                    • Ease of Operation:
                    • 10
                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • No

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                    4.0

                    Good camera for everyone

                    By gaioga

                    from Italy

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Use
                    • Good Image Quality
                    • Large Clear LCD
                    • Nice Body Color
                    • Small / Compact

                    Cons

                    • Limited Zoom

                    Best Uses

                    • Landscape/Scenery
                    • Travel
                    • Weddings/Events
                    • Wildlife photos

                    Comments about PowerShot SD1300 IS Digital ELPH Camera (Blue):

                    I usually use my camera when I'm on holiday, at parties or events. On a beach, in a garden...It's great because it is easy to manage even if you're not a pro.

                    • Ease of Operation:
                    • 8
                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • No

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                    4.0

                    Love the look!

                    By Mim

                    from Lakewood, NJ

                    About Me Casual Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Use
                    • Fast/accurate auto-focus
                    • Fast time reviewing pics
                    • Great Zoom
                    • Large Clear LCD
                    • Short Lag Time
                    • Very good battery life

                    Cons

                    • Easily got scratcherd
                    • Poor Image Quality
                    • Poor Image Stabilization

                    Best Uses

                    • Family Photos
                    • Friends

                    Comments about PowerShot SD1300 IS Digital ELPH Camera (Silver):

                    I thought this CANON camera would take clearer pictures as my other CANONs did but I was mistaken. This camera just took regular pictures, not especially sharp.
                    I loved the external look- very sleek!!

                    • Ease of Operation:
                    • 10
                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • No

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                    5.0

                    Awesome camera! Very easy to use!

                    By Leah

                    from Minnesota

                    About Me Casual Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Use
                    • Fast/accurate auto-focus
                    • Good Image Quality
                    • Large Clear LCD
                    • Nice Body Color
                    • Short Lag Time
                    • Small / Compact

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Family Photos
                      • Landscape/Scenery
                      • Weddings/Events

                      Comments about PowerShot SD1300 IS Digital ELPH Camera (Blue):

                      This camera works great...and is very user-friendly. Haven't had any problems with it. I had the same exact camera (diff color) for about 6 months, before ruining the screen. Decided to buy the exact same one because I've had such good experience with it. Takes great photos and has lots of different settings if desired. I use it all the time...at sporting events, weddings, and other events. Definitely recommend. Also great battery life.

                      • Ease of Operation:
                      • 9
                      • Was this a gift?:
                      • No

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                      5.0

                      Excellent

                      By Avy

                      from Passaic, NJ

                      About Me Casual Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy To Use
                      • Fast/accurate auto-focus
                      • Good Image Quality
                      • Good Image Stabilization
                      • Nice Body Color
                      • Short Lag Time
                      • Small / Compact

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about PowerShot SD1300 IS Digital ELPH Camera (Silver):

                          Reliable, user friendly, great quality

                          • Was this a gift?:
                          • No

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                          4.0

                          Great camera for my teen daughter!

                          By LG

                          from UK

                          About Me Casual Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Easy To Use

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                              Comments about PowerShot SD1300 IS Digital ELPH Camera (Blue):

                              Compact, easy to use, producing nice quality photos...all at a reasonable price!

                              • Was this a gift?:
                              • Yes

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                              4.0

                              Good Low Price Point & Shoot

                              By Northern IL Camera User

                              from Zion, IL

                              About Me Photo Enthusiast

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Easy To Use
                              • Fast/accurate auto-focus
                              • Good Image Quality
                              • Good Image Stabilization
                              • Good in Low Light
                              • Nice Body Color
                              • Small / Compact

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Family Photos
                                • Indoors/Low Light
                                • Landscape/Scenery
                                • Travel

                                Comments about PowerShot SD1300 IS Digital ELPH Camera (Blue):

                                Already had an SD 1400, also a good camera, but in the quest for small, I found the SD1400 to be too small, and the 14 mp versus 12 mp makes not a bit of difference. Grab one of these while you still can, it's a good camera, more than small, but you can access all controls easier, and it takes a good a photo as the SD1400, and likely all the newer Canons!

                                • Ease of Operation:
                                • 10
                                • Was this a gift?:
                                • No

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                                4.0

                                Great pocket camera

                                By Pat

                                from Tampa, FL

                                About Me Casual Photographer

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Easy To Use
                                • Fast/accurate auto-focus
                                • Good Image Quality
                                • Good Image Stabilization
                                • Great Zoom
                                • Large Clear LCD
                                • Nice Body Color
                                • Small / Compact

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Family Photos
                                  • Indoors/Low Light
                                  • Landscape/Scenery
                                  • Travel

                                  Comments about PowerShot SD1300 IS Digital ELPH Camera (Blue):

                                  Taking outdoor pictures
                                  Taking family pictures

                                  • Was this a gift?:
                                  • No

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