Canon 1300D vs Canon 1200D Review

Canon 1300D vs 1200D Review

Canon have announced the exciting release of the Canon EOS 1300D DSLR camera, which builds upon the features of their extremely popular entry-level Canon EOS 1200D model. Originally announced in February 2014, the Canon 1200D is a lightweight, portable, and affordable digital SLR camera that is easy to use and is ideal for beginners to photography, so in this article we take a look at how it compares to the new and improved Canon 1300D.

Go straight to our specifications comparison table.

Image processing engine

Canon 1300D Digic 4+ processor

The Canon EOS 1300D utilises Canon’s DIGIC 4+ image processor, where the 1200D used the DIGIC 4 version. The DIGIC 4+ processor offers a 60% speed increase over the DIGIC 4 at high ISO levels, and is 30% faster at processing and focusing.

LCD monitor

Canon EOS 1300D LCD Monitor

Both the Canon EOS 1200D and the Canon EOS 1300D feature a 3” (7.5 cm) TFT LCD monitor, but where the 1200D's had a resolution of 460k dots, on the 1300D this has increased to a generous 920k dots - almost doubling the resolution! This translates to sharp, clear images with a large amount of fine detail.

Continuous shooting

Canon 1300D Control Dials

The 1200D and 1300D both offer continuous shooting at 3 frames per second. The 1200D sustains this for around 69 JPEGs, but the 1300D can manage around 1,110, which is a significant and welcome improvement.

Wi-Fi and NFC

Canon 1300D vs 1200D Review

Where the 1300D perhaps most exceeds its predecessor is in its much-needed addition of Wi-Fi and NFC connectivity. This means you can instantly connect, transfer, and backup your images to compatible smart devices using near field communication (NFC)* or with the Canon CS100 Connect Station, as well as capture shots and control the camera remotely when using the Canon Camera Connect app.

*Connectivity to smart devices is possible with Android version 4.0-4.4/5.0-5.1 or iOS 7.1/8-8.3. 
NFC connectivity is possible only with compatible Android devices.

Weight and dimensions

Canon have slightly modified the dimensions on the 1300D to now measure 129 mm x 101.3 mm x 77.6 mm (W x H x D) as opposed to the 129.6 x 99.7 x 77.9 mm measurements of the 1200D. As such, there is a marginal difference in weight, with the 1300D weighing 485 grams - 5 grams more than on the 1200D.

Canon 1300D - Our Opinion

For current users of Canon entry-level DSLRs, the 1300D offers the much-needed Wi-Fi and NFC connectivity which was lacking across most of the range, so upgrading to it will be a no-brainer. The other various improvements mentioned above should help ensure that the Canon EOS 1300D is a go to digital SLR camera for novice and intermediate photographers on a budget. We anticipate it will be a huge hit, as it offers so many great features in a very affordable package.

The 1300 D is also available in the following kit:

Canon EOS 1300D with EF-S 18-55mm Lens

The IS lens kit version in particular is an excellent choice, as the 4-stop image stabilisation it provides allows you to use shutter speeds at up to 4 times slower than usual - with no noticeable increase in image blur. This makes is perfectly suited for shooting in low light conditions.

The following stylish new bags are also available:

...as well as numerous other accessories which can be seen on our Canon EOS 1300D page. 

Canon EOS 1300D Camera Strap Accessories

Canon 1200D vs 1300D Review - Specs Comparison

Canon EOS 1200D
Canon EOS 1300D
Image processing engine
ISO sensitivity
100-6,400 > 12,800
100-6,400 > 12,800
Video resolution
1080p up to 30fps
1080p up to 30fps
Focus points
9 AF points (f/5.6 cross type at centre)
9 AF points (f/5.6 cross type at centre)
EVF magnification / eyepoint
0.80x / 21mm (from eyepiece lens center)
0.80x / 21mm (from eyepiece lens center)
LCD screen resolution
460k dots
920k dots
Continuous shooting
3fps for approximately 69 JPEG images, 6 images RAW
3fps for approximately 1,110 JPEG images, 6 images RAW
Wi-Fi and NFC
480 g with battery and memory card
485 g with battery and memory card
Dimensions (W x H x D)
129.6 x 99.7 x 77.9 mm
129 mm x 101.3 mm x 77.6 mm

So, if you would like to learn more about the features of the Canon EOS 1300D, please contact our expert staff on 01444 23 70 70 or send an email to sales@parkcameras.com and they will be happy to help you.

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Lokesh said...

Can I flip the screen to take selfies ?

Also I feel that they should have increased continuous shooting to at least 5 frames per second which Nikon offers at the same price tag.

Park Cameras said...

Unfortunately it is not possible to flip the screen on this particular model. If you’re looking for an entry level DSLR where this is possible, the Canon EOS 700D does have this facility, so might be worth considering (please see www.parkcameras.com/p/1010849C/eos-700d). The EOS 700D does shoot at 5 frames per second, but we agree that the 1300D does only shoot at 3fps.

We hope this helps?

Anonymous said...

Does anyone know when the 1300 will be available in the UK?

Park Cameras said...

We should receive first deliveries in the first week of April all being well.

Adrian said...

It's good to see another entry-level Canon model. But PLEASE, when will big-name manufacturers stop patronising us old-timers, (who still like to use the best M42 lenses of 50 years ago and stop-down metering,) by suggesting we are beginners merely because the 1300D and (my newly-purchased)100D have all the features we require - e.g. high quality pentaprism and bright screen, manual over-ride capable of sharp well-saturated images. I now occasionally use a 5DS for its 50+ mega-pixel sensor for creating murals. Whilst it's great to have auto-focus and open aperture viewing and sophisticated metering facilities, some of my old lenses, focused manually with stop-down aperture priority metering, still take some beating. Having said that, my new 100D is as much a pleasure to use as the £3,000+ body, save for the fact that the 18mpxl images won't enlarge to mural size. Sincere thanks to Canon - and staff at Park cameras - for re-introducing an old fogy to the pleasures of photography after forty years' absence!

LifeAsYouGo said...

Hi ,
I am looking for DSLR to just take pics during family functions and when with friends. Please suggest should i go with 1200 D or 1300 D ?


Kishore said...

Do I really Need 55-250 lense kit? or 18-55 lense can do the job. I need this camera for product photography and home use only.

David Kyle said...

Hi Kishore, the 18-55 will be fine for home use, and as for product photography it will entirely depend on the type of products you will be shooting. If they are small, you might be better off purchasing a macro lens instead - but the 18-55 should be versatile enough for most requirements.

The 55-250 is ideal for telephoto shooting - so if you are taking pictures of things at a distance.

Unknown said...

Which will be a better buy? Nikon d3300 or canon 1300d.3300 being older still provides better iso range and fps.
The price is also same . Need help deciding ..

Unknown said...

Which is a better buy ? Nikon D3300 or a canon 1300D. 3300 being an older model still provides better fps and iso range . Both are available at same price . Need to decide.

David Kyle said...


It really is down to personal preference - if you are going to be doing low light shooting frequently you'll see the benefit in increased FPS and ISO range, but some of the 1300d advancements will be more beneficial to you too.

Also if you have a previous collection of lenses, it may be best to stick with 'your' brand, if you are starting out afresh it may be worth considering which lenses you will want in the future - both make astoundingly good glass, if in 10 years time you are at a level where you want to invest heavily, would you rather Canon or Nikon?

Hope this helps!


Unknown said...

Shall i buy 1200d over 1300d bcoz processor and wifi doesnt make a big difference.. And by cost it makes.. However this are entry level than buying the least price product getting touch with it is good i think.. Pls suggest me

Unknown said...

I need a camera for product (watches). Does the canon 1300D do the job? which lenses should I acquire, to take from 2-3 feet distance?

Unknown said...

I need a camera for product (watches). Does the canon 1300D do the job? which lenses should I acquire, to take from 2-3 feet distance?

Park Cameras said...

The 1300D would be fine to use for product photography. You could combine this with the Canon EF-S 60mm f/2.8 USM Macro lens which is currently available with £45 cashback (until the end of August 2016). Learn more at www.parkcameras.com/p/1240187/ef-s-60mm-f28-usm-macro. Hope this helps?

Unknown said...

I am a beginner and photogrophy is my hobby.. confused between 1200d 1300d and d3300.. price wise 1200d is the cheapest.. which one do.you suggest ??

Unknown said...

hi I am dentist by profession and need a camera for intraoral photography. does the canon 1300 or 1200 D will be good enough for the purpose.

Anonymous said...

I need a good DSLR for personal use as I travel often and would love to click some fine pictures. will Canon EOS 1200D DSLR Camera with 18-55 mm and 55-250 mm be sufficient

Mahesh said...

What is the price with dual lens(EF-S 18 - 55 mm IS II + EF-S 55 - 250 mm F4 5.6 IS)?

Park Cameras said...

Hi Malesh – We would be able to offer the Canon EOS 1300D + 18-55mm IS II + EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS STM at £568.00. This includes free delivery on a next working day basis to a UK mainland address.

Hope this helps?

Vipin said...

Hi i am new to dslr and i want to buy for my passion of photography. Which will be best for me as the cost must not increase 30K. Thanks

viki said...

i want to purchase camera for my personal use, still confused between NIKON D5200, NIKON D 3300 and CANON EOS 1300D.
Please suggest

Anonymous said...

Hi i need a budget camera for wildlife photography with flip screen n wifi connectivity .. being a beginner dnt want to invest heavily.. plzz suggest some good options..

Suryakant Sadu said...

Hi David
I have point and shoot camera. I took some photos and uploaded to shutterstock and they got downloaded too. So now i want to upgrade myself ☺️ . Now which camera should i buy?

Anonymous said...

Hi, which camera is best for short film making among canon 1200d and 1300d. Is there any other camera in budget for this purpose?

Unknown said...

I want to buy new camera please advise which is good canon 1200d or 1300d

Anonymous said...

Hi my query is can I use 55-250 eos 1200d camera lenses in 1300d

Anonymous said...

yes sure

Unknown said...

Photography is kind of art which needs timing and precision. It doesn’t matter what you want to capture with you camera you must have those skill. Thanks for sharing this review. This review can be very help for many photographers to decide which model to go with as per their requirements.

best dslr camera under 30000

Ashley Luke Laurence said...

James - patience can certainly be a virtue when it comes to mastering the art of photography. Happy to hear that you found this review useful

Anonymous said...

WHich one is better for wild life photography 1200D or 1300D???

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