Canon Powershot SD1300 IS Digital Elph Camera, 12.0 Megapixels, 4x IS Optical Zoom, 2.7" LCD Display, Pink

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Canon SD1300 IS: Picture 1 regular

About Canon SD1300 IS

Layers of Color, Layers of Beauty.
It's all about the power of contrast. Color that defies convention. Sleek, gentle curves that merge art and technology into a camera designed to inspire.

The PowerShot SD1300 IS Digital ELPH camera captures your world as much as it expresses your originality, with bold innovations that include remarkable Low Light performance. Everything looks right. Hold it...and everything feels right,too.

High Performance Leads the Way.
Capture each one of your family and friends in every shot with a 28mm Wide-Angle Lens, 4x Optical Zoom and Optical Image Stabilizer.

The Canon commitment to innovation defines the excitement of the PowerShot SD1300 IS Digital ELPH with its 28mm Wide-Angle Lens and 4x Optical Zoom that makes it easy to get the inspiring, emotive close-ups that will make your images lasting keepsakes. This magnificent lens gives you the power to shoot distant subjects with razor-sharp precision and stunning lifelike color. So you can brilliantly capture a closer shot of a landscape, or a child's big smile.

Capture Your Best Shots Easily.
Smart AUTO mode intelligently selects the proper settings for the camera based on 18 predefined shooting situations.

Just set the Canon PowerShot SD1300 IS to Smart AUTO and you're ready for maximum enjoyment from your picture-taking every time. It's a relaxing and satisfying way to shoot because you can completely concentrate on your subject knowing that the camera has the technical details covered. Advanced Canon technology intelligently analyzes your situation and shooting conditions. Then it automatically selects an appropriate setting from 18 specially defined settings. So whether you're photographing flowers, a captivating sunset, or your friends at the park, you can be confident that you're getting dramatic, memorable images.

By Daylight or Candlelight.
Shoot in Low Light mode for dimly-lit situations.

With an ISO of 400 - 6400, the Low Light mode takes the Canon PowerShot SD1300 IS boldly into the shadows! Now even scenes notoriousfor having insufficient light, such as those lit by candles, fire, or street lamp, come through in fantastic color and clarity, withless noise. You can keep the feel of the scene intact without adding additional light, so the result will be scenes with the visual accuracy, depth and clarity you expect from a Canon camera.

Canon SD1300 IS Features

  • Capture each one of your family and friends in every shot with a 28mm Wide-AngleLens, 4x Optical Zoom and Optical Image Stabilizer.
  • Smart AUTO mode intelligently selects the proper settings for the camera based on 18 predefined shooting situations.
  • 12.1 Megapixel resolution makes it a breeze to print large size images with clarity and detail.
  • Bright, clear 2.7-inch PureColor System LCD for taking and reviewing pictures.
  • Cool, crisp colors to match any personality.
  • Shoot in Low Light mode for dimly-lit situations.

Canon SD1300 IS Specifications

Type of Camera
Compact digital still camera with built-in flash, 3x Optical/4x Digital/12x Combined Zoom with Optical Image Stabilizer System
Image Capture Type
1/2.3-inch type Charge Coupled Device (CCD)
Total Pixels
Approx. 12.7 Megapixels
Effective Pixels
Approx. 12.1 Megapixels
Focal Length
5.0 (W) - 20.0 (T) mm (35mm film equivalent: 28 - 112mm)
Digital Zoom
Focusing Range
Normal: 1.2 in. (3 cm) - infinity (W), 2.6 ft. (80 cm) - infinity (T)
Macro: 1.2 in - 1.6 ft (3 - 50 cm) (W)
Autofocus System
TTL Autofocus
LCD Monitor
2.7-inch TFT color LCD widescreen with wide viewing angle (PureColor System LCD)
LCD Pixels
Approx. 230,000 pixels
LCD Coverage
Maximum Aperture
f/2.8 (W) - f/5.9 (T)
Shutter Speed
15-1/1500 sec.
15-1/1500 sec. (Total shutter speed range);
Shutter speeds differ depending on the shooting mode.
Shutter speeds available in Long Shutter: 15, 13, 10, 8, 6, 5, 4, 3.2, 2.5, 2, 1.6, 1.3, 1 (Unit: sec)
ISO Sensitivity
Auto, ISO 80/100/200/400/800/1600 equivalent (Standard Output Sensitivity. Recommended Exposure Index)
Light Metering Method
Evaluative, Center-Weighted average, Spot
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Exposure Control Method
Program AE, i-Contrast; AE Lock
Exposure Compensation
±2 stops in 1/3-stop increments
White Balance Control
Auto, Daylight, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Fluorescent H, Custom
Built-in Flash
Auto, Red-eye Reduction, Auto Red-eye Correction, Flash On, Flash Off; FE lock, Slow Synchro
Flash Range
12 in. - 13 ft (W) 1.6 - 6.6 (T) / 30 cm - 4.0 m (W), 50 cm - 2.0 m (T)
Recycling Time
10 sec. or less (battery voltage=3.7V)
Shooting Modes
Auto*, P, Portrait, Night Snapshot, Kids & Pets, Indoor, Face Self-Timer, Low Light, Beach, Underwater, Foliage, Snow, Fireworks, Long Shutter, Movie
*Automatically detects shooting scene
Photo Effects
My Colors Off, Vivid, Neutral, Sepia, Black & White, Custom Color*
*Adjustment of contrast, sharpness and saturation available
Approx. 10-sec. delay/approx. 2-sec. delay/custom*
* Shooting start time (0-10 sec. (in one-second increments), 15/20/30 sec.) and number of shots (1-10 shots (in one-second increments)) can be specified.
Continuous Shooting
Approx. 0.9 shots/sec. (Approx. 2.6 shots/sec. in Low Light)
Storage Media
SD/SDHC/SDXC Memory Card, MultiMediaCard, MMC Plus Card, HC MMC Plus Card
File Format
Design rule for camera file system, DPOF (Version 1.1) compliant
Image Compression
Normal, Fine
JPEG Compression Mode
Still Image: Exif 2.2 (JPEG)
Movie: AVI (Image: Motion JPEG; Audio: WAVE (Monaural))
Number of Recording Pixels
Still Image: 4,000 x 3,000 (Large), 3,264 x 2448 (Medium 1), 2,592 x 1,944 (Medium 2), 1,600 x 1,200 (Medium 3/Date Stamp), 640 x 480 (Small), 4,000 x 2,248 (Widescreen), 1,600 x 1,200 (Low Light)
Movie: 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps) up to 60 min. or 4GB per clip
Playback Modes File
Auto Rotate (Automatic vertical/horizontal detection), Resume Playback, Image Advance (Operation Tools, Transition Effects), Rotate, Jump, Slide Show (Playback Interval, Repeat, Effect, Playlist).
Still Image: Single, Magnification (approx. 2x-10x), Jump, Auto Rotate, Rotate, Resume, Playback, Transition Effects (2 types), Histogram, Overexposure Warning,Index (4 - 130 thumbnails), Red-eye Correction, Resize, i-Contrast
Erase Modes
Still Image: single image, all images
The image data in the memory card stored with the Design rule for Camera File systems format can be erased (however, protected images cannot be erased) Movie:Movies can be erased one at a time
Computer Interface
Hi-speed USB (dedicated connector (female) with unified type of digital video*)
* 2 mini-B compatible
Video Out
Audio Out
SD Memory card slot; direct connection to Canon SELPHY Compact Photo Printers, PIXMA Photo Printers and PictBridge-compatible printers via camera's USB 2.0 Hi-Speed cable
Power Source
1. Rechargeable Lithium-ion Battery NB-6L
2. AC Adapter Kit ACK-DC40 (optional)
Shooting Capacity
Still Image: approx. 240 shots (LCD on)
Playback Time
Approx. 7 HOURS (LCD on)
Operating Temperature
Operating Humidity
Dimensions (WxHxD)
3.56 x 2.20 x 0.83 in. (90.5 x 55.8 x 21.2 mm)
Approx. 4.94 oz./140g (including battery and memory card))
Canon 1 year limited warranty
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Most Liked Positive Review


Wonderful Camera!

I love this camera. It works incredibly well for what I need, it has a great color, and it gives me good quality pictures. I carry it with me at all times. I'd prefer if it had a veiwfinder, just because that's what I've gotten used to, but the digital screen works wonderfully.


Most Liked Negative Review


Just OK

Was let down by all of the good reviews. My old 4 mega pixel Kodak takes better pictures and the movie mode picks up a very visible streak in the middle from lamps and lights. Also, overexposes. Will try to tweak it to see if I can get better performance.

Reviewed by 82 customers


Love it!


I am so glad I found this camera! I had received this exact model as a gift a year ago and then had my apartment burglarized and it was stolen. Every other point-and-shoot I looked at just didn't quite get me everything this camera does. I have a DSLR but wanted another, smaller camera for those times that lugging around my big camera wasn't practical. The controls on this camera are easy to use and it provides manual controls for those that want to get creative - the main reason I loved it! I was thrilled when I finally found it again on this site. You can't go wrong with this camera!


Great camera!


This was a Christmas gift for my (now ten year old) son last year. He has made some really nice images with this little camera!! He also enjoys the video capability. I found that it shoots better images by setting the exposure compensation to -1/3 stop and leaving that as the default... I would recommend this camera for kids or for anyone who wants a great little camera for a really low price. I paid under $100.00 for it at Adorama before last Christmas. AND, it was the one present he was most excited about and is still using!! ;-)

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


Survived ATV Drive-Over!


Rec'd this, 1st digital camera, as a gift in Dec '10. Thought I'd never find something good enough to replace my Canon Elph--but I was wrong, this has been it! It's obviously small, and it takes very good pic's (esp compared to lesser 10- & 12-megapix cameras some friends own). BEST part: While 4-wheeling in Tucson's Box Canyon this past weekend, my camera slid out of my pocket & onto the dirt. Didn't realize it until approx 10 mins later...I turned around & trailed back until I found it--laying in the sand/dust/dirt/pebbles, pressed down HARD so that it was flush w/the surface. It had obviously been driven over per it's position & abrasions on the exposed top--the shutter side of the camera was up. (Either I or my husband who followed me had driven right over it!) I blew off the dust, opened the shutter, took a picture, and voila! WORKED PERFECTLY! I'm THRILLED about this. Thanks!

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


So Disappointed.


We had an awesome compact digital camera by Canon, and then we dropped it. And the lens messed up. I figured by the time we paid someone to fix it, we could almost buy a new one. I thought, since we were upgrading to a newer model, I would be even happier with this (newer, upgraded) camera. I should have just paid to have the old one fixed. This new one is so grainy, I can never get a good photo. It takes me hours of editing before I can even post them to facebook because they come out so dull/grainy/blurry/all of the above. I miss my old camera. And the money I spent on this one!

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)


Broke Two Of These In Four Months!


I got this camera about four months ago. Seemed pretty good at first...nice, portable, fairly good image quality, easy to use. However, about 2 1/2 months later, it broke. The lens refused to open, therefore not allowing you to take pictures. I sent the camera in, a little frustrated, seeing as how I didn't do anything unusual or wrong. However, customer service was very plesant and the next week I recieved a new camera, the same kind. This time I noticed how awful the zoom is--it barely zooms at all! Still, it's a camera and I'll use it. Then tonight I was using it like normal, and it did the same thing! First the lens wouldn't go all the way in, and now it won't go out at all. I am super frustrated. Don't waste your money on this camera!!!!

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)


Great compact camera


Recently our SD790 camera was damaged while on vacation, so purchased the 1300. Very similar to the old one except much better indoor photos, and the dial to change settings is much easier to use.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)


Enjoying My Camera


I've had my Canon PowerShot SD1300 camera for about a month now and have enjoyed using it. I recently took it on a trip and shot many pictures. It was easy to use and the photos turned out very nicely. I wish there were a printed manual to use while learning about the features instead of a 165 page manual to read on the computer. It would be much more useful.

(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)


Great little camera


Just got back from a two week vacation and used this camera for the first time. I loved it because it is so easy to use and and takes really great pictures. The color is true and focusing was easy even when taking pictures out my car window going at 70 mph. The subject was always very sharp and clear. This was lightweight so I could carry it everywhere in my purse. I highly recommend this camera.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


Inadequate Instruction Manual


I like the camera and quality of pictures. What I don't like is that the instruction manual is inadequate. The camera has MANY other functions and DISPLAYS on the screen. I don't know what all of the symbols stand for. Or how to use all of the functions. NO INSTRUCTIONS OR EXPLANATIONS. Manuevering between screens is not always easy.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)


Not my favorite Canon


I have only used Canon Powershot cameras since I first bought a digital camera. I was excited to upgrade to the Powershot SD1300is. The first day I used the camera extensively (at a wedding) it kept producing hoorrible blurry shots. I switched to manual which worked better but not great. After the wedding I went back to the local camera shop and brought my camera and my images. They thought there was something wrong with the autofocus and replaced it with the same model. Next weekend I was at another wedding and I had the same issues with the new camera. After a few months I realized that the feature that automatically switches the functions was slow to adjust. For instance, if you are holding your camera at your side it switches to the macro mode and when you quickly return it to take a picture of somebody it's slow to adjust back to automatic. While this function is something I was excited for, it has made this camera virtually impossible to use to capture unexpected moments. While I will still buy Canon (the Powershot s95---wonderful) I wouldn't recommend this model. After I realized the issue it was too late to return the camera.

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