Canon Announces the EOS 1300D, a New Entry-Level Budget DSLR

Canon EOS 1300D
Canon EOS 1300D (Rebel T6)

There’s a new entry-level camera in Canon’s DSLR lineup, replacing 2014’s EOS 1200D. The new EOS 1300D, announced on Thursday, features a faster Digic 4+ processor, Wi-Fi with NFC, and a higher resolution but non-articulating, fixed LCD that lacks touch sensitivity. The camera retains the same 18-megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor, 9-point AF system and Full-HD video capture as its predecessor. 

Canon hopes to lure smartphone photographers away from their phones, and to provide entry level photographers an affordable way to take their skills to the next level with the EOS 1300D, without compromising on the ease of sharing images. With the last few iterations in Canon’s entry level DSLR segment, Canon has also hoped to make their devices beginner friendly with built-in feature guides offering descriptions of shooting modes, settings, and effects for easy operation, besides Scene Intelligent Modes which recognise scenes and automatically place the camera into the most appropriate settings.

A new ‘Food mode’ has been added to the many scene modes on the EOS 1300D, alongside ones for portraiture, night portraiture, landscapes, close-up and sports. This mode is supposed to enhance the colour and brightness of the food images while at the same time making the images ready to share. Another new addition is the camera’s new ‘White Priority’ Auto White Balance setting which apparently produces more neutral tones while shooting under incandescent lighting.

The Canon EOS 1300D is compatible with the entire EF and EF-S lens systems and is scheduled to be available in April for an estimated price of USD 550 (approximately Rs. 36919) when bundled with the EF-S 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 IS II standard zoom lens.