Canon PowerShot A1300 Review

3.5
December 21, 2012 | Matt Grayson |

Image Quality


All of the sample images in this review were taken using the 16 megapixel Fine JPEG setting, which gives an average image size of around 4Mb.

Noise

Image quality starts off very well at low ISO with sharp, smooth edges and no visible signs of colour invasion in dark areas - the place they normally formulate first. Unfortunately, while viewing the pictures at full magnification, there's evidence of colour noise coming in to the dark and shadow areas of the pictures. Edge definition still looks good and noise doesn't seem to affect any other part of the picture. The problem slowly exacerbates through the next stages with artefacts and salt & pepper noise invading the mid-tones at ISO 800. Canon decided to halt the sensitivity at ISO 1600. This setting should only be used in low light situations if you really don't want to use flash. The flash on the A1300 is pretty smart and won't bleach people out unless they're really close. The best bet at normal times will be to turn on the flash and use a low ISO.

ISO 100 (100% Crop)

ISO 200 (100% Crop)

   

ISO 400 (100% Crop)

ISO 800 (100% Crop)

   

ISO 1600 (100% Crop)

 
 

Focal Range

The focal length of the Canon PowerShot A1300 is 5mm - 25mm. That's equal to a 28 - 140mm zoom lens in 35mm terms.

28mm

140mm

Sharpening

The pictures from the Canon PowerShot A1300 are sharp enough for everyday photography. Interestingly, we thought they looked soft enough to benefit from using the Sharpen tool in Adobe Photoshop but we found that in fact it simply accelerates any noise in the image and breaks up the image quality.

Original (100% Crop)

Sharpened (100% Crop)

   

Chromatic Aberrations

Chromatic aberration is an issue with the lens on the Canon PowerShot A1300. We found it happened worse on very high contrast sharp lines and especially out towards the edges of the frame.

Chromatic Aberrations 1 (100% Crop)

Chromatic Aberrations 2 (100% Crop)

Macro

The Canon PowerShot A1300 has a close focusing capability of 3cm which is perfectly respectable. This is at the wide-angle setting and the lens does see a lot of barrel distortion then. There's also a lot of image drop off as you move out to the edges of the frame.

Macro

Macro (100% Crop)

Flash

Without the flash in use, the Canon PowerShot A1300 does show a little vignetting around the edges at wide-angle. This leaves as the camera is zoomed in. Using flash only deepens the darkness around the edges of the frame and creates a very slight darkening of the corners at full zoom.

Flash Off - Wide Angle (28mm)

Auto Flash - Wide Angle (28mm)

ISO 64 ISO 64
   

Flash Off - Telephoto (140mm)

Auto Flash - Telephoto (140mm)

ISO 64 ISO 64

And here are some portrait shots. As you can see, both the Flash On setting and the Red-Eye Correction option caused a tiny amount of red-eye.

Flash On

Flash On (100% Crop)
   

Red-eye Correction

Red-eye Correction (100% Crop)

Night

There's a couple of different modes on the Canon PowerShot A1300 that you can use to get pictures in low light situations. Aside from simply turning the flash on, you can use the Low light mode in the scenes or (preferably) use the Long shutter mode. Low light reduces the amount of noise by decreasing the resolution to 4 megapixels. The Long shutter mode allows you to take control of the shutter speed. You can select how long the camera exposes for to a maximum of 15 seconds. This is great for car light trails or very low light.

We tried to get a picture in Program mode but the camera couldn't find focus on any attempt we made.

Night

Night (100% Crop)

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