Canon EOS 1300D Double lens kitAugust 29, 2016
When I saw the shout out in the Mumsnet email looking for reviewers of the Canon EOS 1300D camera I jumped at the chance to get my hands on it. I am a huge canon fan and currently use a 100D to record our family memories, prior to this I used a Rebel XT (600D) which my hubby now uses instead. Now you could be wondering why I would want yet another Canon camera when we already have so many and the main reason I was interested is the built-in NFC function. In fact, I didn’t read much further than that until the camera actually arrived and I was soon amazed with the other features too.
The Canon EOS 1300D double lens kit that I was sent includes a +EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 III lens and a +EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6 III lens. Although neither of the lenses included image stabilisation I still managed to get some fairly good free hand shots when on full zoom such as the slides on the Carnival Vista that was taken from the top of a hill in Sicily. I have included a normal view taken at 75mm so you can see how far away the ship was. If I used a tripod then I know the image would be a lot clearer.
Although I tend to use automatic shooting modes as well as the creative modes the Canon EOS 1300D obviously has all of the functions for those who shoot on manual too. One of the modes I really enjoyed getting to grips with is the creative auto mode and although this function is on my other cameras I had never tried them before.
Capturing a moving dog with some a great blur on the background was brilliant but what made it so much better was being able to transfer it to my phone and send the image straight to Instagram.
Connecting the camera and my phone (Android) is not just a case of tapping them together and away we go however, it isn’t far off. Ensuring that wifi and NFC is enabled on my phone I then access the wifi menu on the camera and ask it to connect to smart phone. With the Canon Connect app open on my phone I can then tap the phone and camera together on the NFC point and they connect. The app can then be used to view the photos on the camera and download them as well as being able to see what the camera sees for remote shooting. I do get a bit frustrated with having to then disconnect the wifi from the camera to be able to send the photos to Instagram but it is well worth it.
The NFC/WIFI capability alone is enough of a reason for this camera to become my new favourite gadget and a must have for any blogger but I wanted to show you a couple of other photos that I really love. With the food mode on the mode dial I have been able to capture some great images.
The creative auto mode allowed me to capture a huge amount of detail from the foreground and captured the light perfectly whilst slightly blurring the background.
When on the ship last week I took a lot of photos at the waterpark using the sports feature and I managed to capture some brilliant images but the water splashes from the slides are some of my favourites.
We captured so many amazing photos on this camera and I am so glad I took it on holiday with me to help make our holiday photos extra special. Even my camera shy girl loved having her picture taken.
After a few weeks using the Canon EOS 1300D I have hung up the strap of my 100D and transferred my image stabilisation lens to the 1300D. It has become my go to camera and my Instagram feed looks so much better now I can upload amazing quality photos so easily. I would definitely recommend the Canon EOS 1300D not just to bloggers but to anyone who wants to capture amazing quality photos easily and also those who wish to be able to transfer their images from their camera to their phone, tablet or laptop without any cables.
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