Canon's connected DSLR packs a punch for less cash

1300D gets Wi-Fi and NFC, but stays kind to your wallet

Digital SLR cameras don’t really get much cheaper than Canon’s new 1300D.

It’s an entry-level snapper built for anyone stepping up from a smartphone or compact camera, with a price to match: just £290 for the body only, or £330 for a complete kit with an 18-55mm lens.

For your cash, you’re effectively getting a very similar camera to 2014’s 1200D. That means an 18MP APS-C sensor sensitive up to ISO 6400, 3fps continuous shooting, and a DIGIC 4+ image processor running the show.

There’s a fixed 3in TFT screen, and of course you get a proper viewfinder too - that could be enough to justify the upgrade for anyone sick of live view on a compact camera.

 

This is an entry-level DSLR, so don't expect to get overloaded with buttons and dials. Canon's kept things simple, with a single command dial and a chunky mode dial.

You still get full PASM shooting, dedicated modes for action, macro and landscape photography, and a movie mode for 1080p video.

The big new addition is Wi-Fi, meaning you can control the camera remotely and share your photos with your smartphone. You get NFC too, for quick pairing on supported phones.

The 1300D should be going on sale in early April. We’re planning to take a closer look a little closer to launch.