Nearly two years after Canon launched the EOS 1200D in India
; the company has announced its successor with the EOS 1300D. The new entry-level DSLR is priced at Rs. 29,995 for the body and a EF-S 18-55 IS II kit lens. You also have a choice of another package which will include a EF-S 55-250 IS II zoom lens for Rs. 38,995. Both variants will be available starting April.
The Canon 1300D is an incremental update to the 1200D. First on the list of upgrades is the faster DIGIC 4 powering the camera, which should allow for faster image processing and focusing speeds. The sensor is the same 18-megpaixel APS-C CMOS sensor while the ISO range stays at 100-6,400. The resolution of the 3-inch LCD screen has improved to nearly double at 920k dots, which should give you a sharper and clearer image.
The biggest change however is the addition of Wi-Fi and NFC connectivity, which now allows you to instantly transfer images to your smartphone or remotely frame a shot with Canon's Camera Connect app. Other Canon 1300D features include 1080p video recording, 9-point autofocus system and burst shooting up to 3fps. The camera weighs nearly the same as the older model too, at around 485g.
Andrew Koh, Vice President of Consumer Imaging and Information Centre, Canon India said, "Photography as a hobby and sporting a DSLR camera is quite the rage in India presently. So is social media, and everybody wants to share their images online with their friends immediately. With this a precursor, we are thrilled to launch the EOS 1300D - a DSLR camera with inbuilt Wi-Fi & NFC. The EOS 1300D creates great looking images and allows instantaneously sharing them as well - thus meeting the requirements of first time users, social media junkies and hobbyists alike."