Canon EOS 1300D review – first impression

Hello friends,

as promised, this is my review of my new DSLR camera that I purchased last week. To be honest I didn’t give it a lot of thinking before buying it, as I would usually do for similar price range products. I only wanted to upgrade from my point and shoot camera, have a canon product and not spend a lot of time (or money) choosing the camera body.

In all cases, there is a lot to explore with a DSLR and I will upgrade it later maybe, depending on what I want to do in the future. For the moment, I am focusing on learning the basics.

So the camera that I want to tell you about is the Canon EOS 1300D

and this review is from a point of view of someone who is upgrading from compact/phone photography to using a DSLR. This is my impression as a beginner photographer ^^

First, the EOS 1300D is a light weighted camera that’s very easy to use. I still did not even unpack the user guide. The user interface is completely different from my old compact canon camera and still really understandable and easy to navigate thru. Each time you select a parameter or go to a different mode, there is a help prompt message that appears for few seconds, which I really appreciate.


You can navigate between the different modes using the joystick on the upper right side of the camera body. The joystick is directly connected to the on/off switch and slightly next to them there is the flash release button, a scroll wheel for adjusting parameters or navigating thru your photos and finally the focus/shutter button. Other buttons on the back of the camera body are explained in the photo below.

On the top next to the viewfinder, there is the live view/video record button. Av button is used for exposure compensation and erasing photos. Q button is a control button used to select the setting you need to change. A Display button like on most cameras to choose what information to be shown on the LCD screen. Cross key buttons used to control ISO, timer, White Balance, and AF operation. On the bottom, there is the Menu button to navigate thru the camera advanced settings and a playback button. In the middle of the cross keys, there is the Set key used for selection and finally on the top right there is a reduce button and a zoom button also used for AF point selection.

The camera offers high-quality photos and can be connected to a smartphone via Wi-Fi. I think it also can be connected directly to internet but didn’t use this function yet. The grip on the camera is quite good and the overall handling feels right.

The camera doesn’t have an orientable screen but that doesn’t bother me that much because it can be controlled via the canon app Camera Connect. What I don’t really like on the EOS 1300D is the bad quality of the built-in flash and more specifically the fact that sometimes, when using some modes I can’t avoid it. Moreover, if I change the setting to no flash, this information is erased once I switch the camera off. One last drawback is about the viewfinder. Unfortunately, it doesn’t show the complete scene when looking thru it so I need to be very careful during composition and double check my photo borders.

My overall impression is that the Canon 1300D camera is still a great deal for a beginner photographer. For me, this camera body is perfect to start practicing photography basics without spending a lot of money on a high-end camera with a lot of options that I don’t even understand.

If you have the same camera, use the comment box below to tell me what do you think about it. You also can tell me what’s your current camera and what was your first one 😉

See you soon 🙂

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