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Canon PowerShot A1300 Digital Camera Review$119.99
Lens & Sensor
The small lens barrel feels sturdier than this camera's price tag lets on. It adjusts very quickly to user input, and we were able to lock focus very close to our subjects. The entire assembly is surrounded by a thick chrome band that makes this cheap camera look a little bit classier.
A rarity for this price range, the A1300 comes with an optical viewfinder. This certainly isn't the highest quality implementation we've ever seen, but it zooms in along with the lens, and coverage is moderately close to the final image. We're just happy to have the option at all.
The 2.7-inch display on the rear panel is of low quality. The viewing angle is narrow and the preview cannot be relied upon to display an image similar to the final shot. The onscreen display is also prone to lens flares, as well as flickering under non-natural light.
A flash bulb is located on the upper right corner of the front panel, and this presents a problem when shooting with both hands. The bulb is also fairly weak, maxing out at 9.8 feet. Charge and recycle speeds from the AA batteries are slow, and introduce a long delay before shooting. This means spur-of-the-moment photography is more difficult than it should be.
All connectivity is accomplished via a miniUSB port, housed underneath a rubber covering at the top of the right panel. This makes it easy to connect the camera to a PC if an SD card slot isn't available. In playback mode, it's possible to output composite video from this port, but the camera doesn't ship with the necessary cable, you'll need to buy that separately.