Canon PowerShot SD1300 IS: Video and Image Quality

by Howard Creech Reads (157)
Editor's Rating
7.50

TG Ratings Breakdown

    • Image/Video Quality
    • 7
    • Features
    • 7
    • Design / Ease of Use
    • 8
    • Performance
    • 8
    • Total Score:
    • 7.50
    • Rating 1 to 10, top score 10

Video Quality
The SD1300 IS’s basic 30 fps VGA (640×480) movie mode won’t compete with a video camera, but it will do nicely for generating e-mail video attachments for friends and family. Like many cameras, the SD1300 IS can’t be zoomed while in video capture mode.

The video clip which accompanies this review was shot in a dimly lit room with the warm white fluourescent aquarium hood light as the only illumination. The SD1300 IS’s Auto WB colors are accurate, although there is a very slight blue-ish cast.

Image Quality
Image files produced by Canon’s point and shoots are optimized for the bold bright hues and slightly flat contrast that some veteran shooters refer to as Canon Color – the SD100 IS doesn’t stray far from that “family” identity. Native colors (default Canon color interpolation) are bright, hue accurate, and natural-looking, but visibly over-saturated. Reds are a little warm, blues are a bit bright, and greens are more vibrant than those seen by the naked eye – purples tend toward blue.

Most casual shooters (the SD1300 IS’s target audience) won’t consider these minor variations as color faults. Although there is a slight tendency toward overexposure – outdoors in good light the SD1300 IS produces reliably well-exposed and almost noise-free images. Chromatic aberration is remarkably well controlled, but some very minor color fringing is present, especially in the color transition areas between dark foreground objects and bright backgrounds.

Images from the SD1300 IS are detailed and unexpectedly sharp. In bright contrasty lighting highlight detail was occasionally blown-out. Overall, the SD1300 IS’s image quality is on the high side of average for cameras in this class.

The SD1300 IS provides users with an acceptable selection of white balance options, including Auto, Daylight, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, and Fluorescent H, and custom. Overall the SD1300 IS’s Auto WB system does a pretty good job, but like all of Canon’s consumer cameras, the auto setting produces colors that are noticeably warmer and brighter than real world colors.

Canon SD1300 Test Image
Auto White Balance, 3200k incandescent light

The SD1300 IS provides a reasonable range of sensitivity options, including Auto and user-set options for ISO 80 to 1600. ISO 80 and ISO 100 images are indistinguishable – both show bright colors, slightly soft native contrast, and very low noise levels. ISO 200 images were also very good, but with a little less snap. At the ISO 400 setting noise levels are noticeably higher and there’s a (barely) perceptible loss of minor detail.

Canon SD1300 Test Image
ISO 80
Canon SD1300 Test Image
ISO 80, 100% crop
Canon SD1300 Test Image
ISO 100
Canon SD1300 Test Image
ISO 100, 100% crop
Canon SD1300 Test Image
ISO 200
Canon SD1300 Test Image
ISO 200, 100% crop
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ISO 400
Canon SD1300 Test Image
ISO 400, 100% crop
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ISO 800
Canon SD1300 Test Image
ISO 800, 100% crop
Canon SD1300 Test Image
ISO 1600
Canon SD1300 Test Image
ISO 1600, 100% crop

ISO 800 images are very noisy, but they should be OK for e-mail, facebook, and 3×5 inch or 4×6 inch prints. ISO 1600 images are way too noisy to be useful for anything other than record shots.

Additional Sample Images

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