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This review is from: Canon PowerShot A1300 16.0 MP Digital Camera with 5x Optical Zoom 28mm Wide-Angle Lens (Black) (Electronics)Canon A1300 Sure Shot
Pros - Has an optical viewfinder !! - a must have in bright sunlight
Uses two AA batteries !! - can buy at almost any store
Confortable in your hand and fits nicely in shirt pocket or purse
Takes a very good still photo
Takes a very good HD Video with good single audio (non-stereo)
Can also take a fairly good standard video with single audio - good for saving SD Card space
Audio sounds fairly good when having to video in gusty wind conditions - as compared to some other brand cameras
Very easy to use and easy to switch back and forth from Auto to Low Light, etc and easy to switch back and forth from flash and no flash
Video button on back is separate from the still shot button on top- I like that because I take mostly videos
Very good camera for the price
Cons - The videos and still photos are occasionally very blurry and non-usable - as though the auto focus has failed
( I just turn the camera off and start over again (reboot) and then it is fine )
The optical viewfinder does not show the zoom in/out when videoing but the the LCD does show the zoom in/out while videoing
Does not come with an SD Card - Camera does not have any internal memory so you must buy an SD card
Standard AA batteries last only about one hour when videoing - I recommend using the rechargeable batteries to save money
Conclusion - I like this camera and I would give this camera at least a four star if it were not for the above listed cons - This camera is an
inexpensive point and shoot pocket camera and I recommend this camera.
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Initial post: Jun 30, 2012 3:08:15 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jun 30, 2012 3:08:46 AM PDT
Gaston S. Chan says:
Your demands for the A1300 as a video camera is unreasonable. Buy yourself a camcorder. The A1300 is an outstanding camera for still photography yielding excellent results.
Posted on Sep 6, 2012 9:40:09 AM PDT
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Gaston S. Chan says:
Alkaline batteries are certainly good but lithium batteries are much better. The ten-year shelf life alone may prove to be a good thing during those periods of inactivity. Lithium batteries will outlast alkaline batteries by a significant degree.
Posted on Nov 14, 2012 5:56:20 AM PST
S. R. Schnur says:
My 10 megapixel Cybershot has a Carl Zeiss lens. It takes very clear pictures. Going up to 16 megapixels should make them even better. I would love to be able to blow a photo up into a poster. I am finding nothing about the lens in these reviews. What kind of lens does the camera have?
Posted on Nov 21, 2012 8:17:41 AM PST
J. Bishop says:
Most cameras do not "come with" an SD card. Seriously, you can get good cards in the $10 range. BTW, I've had best luck with the Duracell "green" rechargeables (Japan).
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Ruby D. says:
In reply to S.R.Schnur:
5x Optical Zoom with 28mm Wide-Angle Lens
Despite its slim profile, the PowerShot A1300 houses a powerful Genuine Canon 5x Optical Zoom Lens that delivers outstanding optical Canon PowerShot A1300 Wide Angle at Amazon.comperformance and versatility. The zoom starts at 28mm wide-angle and extends to 140mm telephoto (35mm equivalent), covering a wide and highly useful range. The telephoto reach gives you the freedom to capture subjects from afar, while the 28mm wide-angle makes it easy to shoot sweeping landscapes, large groups of people and tall buildings.
Posted on Nov 25, 2012 11:58:14 AM PST
1) blurring -- even though it claims to have image stabilization, it's probably pretty weak, as this is not billed as an "IS" model
2) optical viewfinders will not show digital zooming
3) not coming with a tiny/cheap SD card is a good thing. I've got a drawer full of that sort of unusable crap
4) shooting video eats batteries and the quality of the cells you buy will have a noticeable effect
Posted on Nov 29, 2012 9:48:28 AM PST
Joanna Fleming says:
Great summary of pros and cons! Thank you for taking time to do it.