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CanonPowerShot A1300 Digital Camera (Black)
 
4.3

(based on 53 reviews)

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    (24)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (25)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

98%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (50)
  • Good image quality (44)
  • Compact (41)
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (35)
  • Image stabilization (26)

Cons

  • Lag / shutter delay (8)
  • Limited zoom (4)
  • No image stabilization (4)

Best Uses

  • Travel (32)
  • Family photos (31)
  • Landscape/scenery (31)
  • Low light (15)
  • Wildlife (11)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Casual photographer (25), Photo enthusiast (20), Semi-pro photographer (7)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (44), Yes (8)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Superb Image Quality for a [$] camera

I bought this as a travel camera for my wife to use. I found that the image quality is BETTER than my Canon G10 so now I am using it myself! I deliberately chose...Read complete review

I bought this as a travel camera for my wife to use. I found that the image quality is BETTER than my Canon G10 so now I am using it myself! I deliberately chose this one because of 3 features: the optical viewfinder, the "Instant Movie" button, and the use of AA batteries so you can get them all over the world and no worries about rechargers. The 300 shot estimate is about right for alkaline batteries, I recommend the lithium for longer use. The HD video is not great but for [$] you really do get your money's worth - very highly recommended if this is all you can afford - you will love it. I am NOT getting paid to write this - I just think the camera rocks for under $120.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Simple and very versatile

I use this product mainly for taking pictures at special family events and when I travel. I have yet to use it on my next vacation, but I am looking forward to exploring the...Read complete review

I use this product mainly for taking pictures at special family events and when I travel. I have yet to use it on my next vacation, but I am looking forward to exploring the many different settings.

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4.0

Good point and shoot

By Rob Dobbs

from Phoenix AZ

About Me Casual Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Family Photos
    • Landscape/Scenery
    • Sports/Action
    • Travel

    Comments about PowerShot A1300 Digital Camera (Black):

    They say your best camera is the one you use the most; this camera fits that bill for me. The A1300 is intuitive, not too much of a battery hog, and takes very good pictures for a compact point and shoot. I selected this camera because of the viewfinder; we'll see this summer if that pays off.

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

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    5.0

    1 good camera for one so small.

    By Bill

    from Fairmont, WV

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about PowerShot A1300 Digital Camera (Black):

        Fits in my jean pocket, great for my every day walks or hiking in the hills with my dog. Took it out in the snow storm, no problem.

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

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        5.0

        Great camera at a great price

        By Don

        from Costa Rica

        About Me Casual Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Fast/accurate auto-focus
        • Good Image Quality
        • Large Clear LCD

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Travel

          Comments about PowerShot A1300 Digital Camera (Black):

          I am outside most of the time and it is difficult in the sun to see the screen on the camera. I loved my old Canon because it had a view finder and found that I was using it way more than the Casio camera that was technically superior. Thing is the Canon can take better photos because in bright light you can use the view finder.

          I like using AA batteries because other cameras do not provide sufficient indication of life before quitting. Climb a bell tower in Bordeau France and get ready for some great shots only to have the battery die on the second shot! With aa batteries in your pocket, you are good to go. Lesson learned.

          Canon has eliminated some of the flash options that I liked and I do not know how the camera will do in auto mode.

          The camera looks bigger in the photos than it is and the grip on the camera is really nice. It is a compact size and easy to carry and use.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

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          5.0

          I like this camera

          By BJ The Photographer

          from Mendocino, CA

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          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

          • Short Battery Life

          Best Uses

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

          Comments about PowerShot A1300 Digital Camera (Silver):

          It's easy to work and small too. I like having a viewfinder as well as the LCD. Video is easy and is good quality. Also the price is great.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

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          4.0

          Old meets New

          By bud33

          from WNC

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Fast/accurate auto-focus
          • Good Image Quality
          • Good Image Stabilization
          • Good in Low Light
          • Great Price
          • Great Zoom
          • Large Clear LCD
          • Nice Body Color
          • Short Lag Time
          • Small / Compact

          Cons

          • Flimsy battery door

          Best Uses

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

          Comments about PowerShot A1300 Digital Camera (Silver):

          This is a good choice for a compact pocket camera.I retired an almost new Kodak M575 due to the buttons being all grouped together,short battery life,and poor available light performance. This Canon A1300 cures all of my complaints,adds a viewfinder,and uses AA batteries.I first thought I was buying an older model because of these features,but it appears Canon is committed to building viewfinder camera's for those of us that want one.The ease of use because of the large,well spaced control buttons,and a great price point,are reason enough to buy an A1300,with the bonus being the really good images it takes.My only regret is not buying 2 while they were on sale. Discounted or not,for a good point and shoot to stash in your pocket or purse,you really can't go wrong!One word of caution,the battery/SD card access door is easily twisted,take it easy when closing it!!

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

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          4.0

          Little Mule! features I need in a small.

          By Gary Zito

          from Hammonton, New Jersey

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Fast/accurate auto-focus
          • Good Image Quality
          • Good in Low Light
          • Short Lag Time
          • Small / Compact

          Cons

          • No Viewfinder

          Best Uses

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

          Comments about PowerShot A1300 Digital Camera (Silver):

          Great go to Camera for quick point and shoot shots without worrying about battery dying all the time,

          • Ease of Operation:
          • 8
          • Was this a gift?:
          • Yes

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          5.0

          Great little camers

          By greg

          from santa cruz, ca

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          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
          • Nice Body Color
          • Short Lag Time
          • Small / Compact

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Family Photos
            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Travel
            • Video

            Comments about PowerShot A1300 Digital Camera (Black):

            I've owned many cameras over the years but this one is one of the most useful. The reason I bought this Canon is the view finder. It's hard sometimes during the day to see my subject on the rear screen. The view finder resolves this problem. I also like this cameras size. Some people mite not like the fact that the camera isn't rechargeable but I prefer the AA batteries. They're always available. I don't have to worry about having a dead battery. Most cameras take great pictures and this one does too, plus the price was great. This is a great addition to my camera collection and the one I think I will use the most except for my iPhone.

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

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            4.0

            Canon A1300 camera

            By rich shutter

            from meadowlands,N.J.

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

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

              Comments about PowerShot A1300 Digital Camera (Black):

              well made easy to use pocket camera

              • Was this a gift?:
              • Yes

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              5.0

              great camera

              By Lifeson

              from Columbus,Ohio

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about PowerShot A1300 Digital Camera (Black):

                  I found it easy and fun to use!!

                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • No

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                  4.0

                  PowerShot A1300 Digital Camera

                  By Bear42

                  from Troy, ID

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Family Photos
                    • Travel

                    Comments about PowerShot A1300 Digital Camera (Silver):

                    So far a great "pocket" camera to carry at all times. Controls are straightforward and pretty much intuitive. Picture quality is great for such a compact camera.

                    The zoom is easier to control compared to the previous A1100 Canon.

                    My wife loves the viewfinder (hard to find in a pocket camera), but the screen works well in bright light as well. We also like the fact that it uses AA batteries, available in any backwoods store/bar/post office.

                    • Ease of Operation:
                    • 7
                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • No

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                    4.0

                    Easy to use.

                    By suzeq

                    from Grass Valley, CA

                    About Me Casual Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Use
                    • Fast/accurate auto-focus
                    • Great Zoom
                    • Large Clear LCD
                    • Small / Compact

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Landscape/Scenery
                      • Wildlife photos

                      Comments about PowerShot A1300 Digital Camera (Black):

                      Easy to use, nice and small but the buttons are big compared to some others. I take a lot of pictures of dogs & horses. Haven't had it a long time yet.

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

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                      4.0

                      great camera!

                      By shutterbug

                      from Aurora, IL

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

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

                      Cons

                      • Lag / Shutter Delay

                      Best Uses

                      • Family Photos
                      • Landscape/Scenery
                      • Travel
                      • Video
                      • Wildlife photos

                      Comments about PowerShot A1300 Digital Camera (Black):

                      Just after buying this camera, I took it with me on vacation. I took some test shots at home to see if it worked and left on the trip. I just used AUTO mode most of the time. This was a hiking trip with closeups and pictures of mountains. For an inexpensive little camera, it did a great job. Colors were great and it even provided depth of field in some photos.

                      The buttons are fairly intuitive and will become much easier when I have time to fully read the online manual. I would definitely recommend this camera to someone. Just bought a second one for my girlfriend.

                      • Ease of Operation:
                      • 7
                      • Was this a gift?:
                      • No

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                      5.0

                      Big things in small packages

                      By The Badge Maker

                      from Spanaway, WA

                      About Me Casual Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

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

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Indoors/Low Light

                        Comments about PowerShot A1300 Digital Camera (Black):

                        We love the size of this camera, small and slim design makes for ease of carrying. It is easy to operate. Our main use for it is in our HR department to take photos for employee badges. We have many levels of "photographers". Everyone can use this camera. The image quality is perfect for our needs.

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

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                        4.0

                        Good camera for the price

                        By mary

                        from hayward CA

                        About Me Casual Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy To Use
                        • Good Image Quality
                        • Good in Low Light
                        • Small / Compact

                        Cons

                        • Lag / Shutter Delay
                        • Poor Image Stabilization

                        Best Uses

                        • Family Photos
                        • Indoors/Low Light
                        • Landscape/Scenery
                        • Travel
                        • Video
                        • Weddings/Events
                        • Wildlife photos

                        Comments about PowerShot A1300 Digital Camera (Silver):

                        There is no "action" setting so it is a bit hard to get non-blurry pictures of the kids (who never sit still). The flash takes a few seconds to re-charge so you can not take back to back pictures.

                        Great camera for the price. Fits in my pocket so I will use it all the time. Takes regular AA batteries. Easy to get pics off the computer (no special software needed).

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

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                        5.0

                        A Lot of Camera for the $

                        By Bobbycam

                        from Scotch Plains, NJ

                        About Me Casual Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

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

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

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

                          Comments about PowerShot A1300 Digital Camera (Silver):

                          Great camera for the money with many features and takes great pictures. I use it to take pictures for my work as an Insurance Adjuster. After Hurricane Sandy I had to go out and take photos all day of the damage. It worked out nice that I could keep AA batteries in the car and never worry about running out of power.

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

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                          5.0

                          Great camera for travel and family

                          By Patti H.

                          from Conway, AR

                          About Me Semi-pro 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
                          • Nice Body Color
                          • Short Lag Time
                          • Small / Compact

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

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

                            Comments about PowerShot A1300 Digital Camera (Black):

                            This camera is excellent to use for everyday photos as well as the ones you zoom in 140mm on as well. Very simple and easy to figure out.

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

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                            4.0

                            A Very Good Value for the Price

                            By Canon Fan

                            from Arlington, VA

                            About Me Casual Photographer

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Easy To Use
                            • Fast/accurate auto-focus
                            • Good Image Quality
                            • Good in Low Light
                            • Good Value For The Price
                            • Large Clear LCD
                            • Small / Compact

                            Cons

                            • No Shoot Slide Switch

                            Best Uses

                            • Family Photos
                            • Landscape/Scenery
                            • Travel

                            Comments about PowerShot A1300 Digital Camera (Black):

                            A nicely designed compact digital point-and-shoot for the price. I haven't used it much yet, but am satisfied so far. It has an optical view finder too, that is getting harder to find in smaller cameras now. The only detail I would have preferred is to have a slide switch between shoot & review modes near the top, instead of a push button near the base. I have used many Canon cameras in the past, and hope this one will be good for a few years too.

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

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                            4.0

                            Great starter camera!

                            By Boomer

                            from Reno. NV

                            About Me Photo Enthusiast

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Easy To Use
                            • Good Image Quality
                            • Optical ViewFinder
                            • Small / Compact
                            • Uses AA batteries

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

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

                              Comments about PowerShot A1300 Digital Camera (Black):

                              An affordable, flexible camera with an optical VIEWFINDER! Great for kids and for the occasional snapshooter. Incldes many features available on more expensive, advanced digital cameras. Uses AA batteries which are available everywhere. A terrific way to get into digital photography.

                              • Ease of Operation:
                              • 8
                              • Was this a gift?:
                              • Yes

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                              4.0

                              Consider Carefully

                              By Nickname

                              from Atlanta, GA

                              About Me Casual Photographer

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

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

                              Cons

                              • Lag / Shutter Delay

                              Best Uses

                              • Family Photos
                              • Travel

                              Comments about PowerShot A1300 Digital Camera (Silver):

                              The A1300 is inexpensive and versatile, a good choice for the occasional user. Operating instructions - accessible on camera's view screen - are intuitive and excellent. The zoom and autofocus functions are quite remarkable. Picture quality fully meets expectations. The negatives are minor: batteries and SD card exit from the same port - a poorly constructed nuisance if you need frequent access to the SD for using, say, drugstore kiosk printing. Loading Canon's instruction manual CD on my computer's ML OS 10.8 was unsuccessful, so a manual must be downloaded from other sources (while Canon has no control over OS compatibility, a paper copy manual would have been nice.)
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                              • No

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                              4.0

                              Basic But Effective.

                              By Doug

                              from Cork, Ireland

                              About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

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

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Family Photos
                                • Travel
                                • Video

                                Comments about PowerShot A1300 Digital Camera (Silver):

                                Bought this for my daughter (She's a wheelchair user with limited mobility)
                                Nice clear easy to read buttons on the rear, which is the main reason I bought it. Some of her previous cameras have been almost impossible to read the buttons, something to bear in mind when buying for the elderly or otherwise incapacitated or infirm.
                                Simple one touch video recording and intuitive to use. A bit plasticky for my liking but seems quite solid so far. Results are decent enough as well. She's happy so I'm happy!!

                                • Ease of Operation:
                                • 8
                                • Was this a gift?:
                                • Yes

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