Friday, March 05, 2010

Some SD1300IS shots

Some shots taken with the new Canon SD1300 on a walk the other day.



Pretty happy with it in general, but I have also noticed that they have removed two features from the SD1300 compared to the SD1200. They have removed the "digital macro" mode, and they have removed the "LP" (long play) option from 640x480 video capture. Not a big deal, really.


k said...

What exactly is "digital macro," anyway?

Like your site, btw. Just started following.

Mats said...

Well, "digital macro" on the Canon camera is a mode where the normal zoom is "locked" at the wide setting. The zoom lever is used to only do digital zoom (basically cropping). I have found this useful when I have needed to send a electronics vendor an extreme closeup. You can do the same by taking a macro and cropping in computer. But the cropping in the camera is convenient and done without JPEG artifacts. I will try to do an example.... soon.

Tiffany said...

can you still do macros on the camera though? (is the lens suppose to automatically adjust?)

what is the "LP" (long play) option for?

i'm thinking of buying this camera (as opposed to the 1200)... but it doesn't seem that much different? is it worth spending the extra 50 bucks?

Mats said...


If you do not care about the 28mm lens, they are equal in my opinion. So if $50 is a good saving, take it. The 28mm is mostly making a difference in group shots, think dinners or so, indoors.

k said...

Hi Tiffany, I spent a while thinking on the 28mm vs 35mm debate, and two things came up:

1. if each camera has the same starting aperture (like f/2.7), the one with the narrower starting angle (the 1200 at 35mm,) will be "faster." Meaning, in the end, it'll do better in low light. Theoretically. The 1300 has a "low light" setting that seems to make up for it.

2. most manufacturers mention group shots as the advantage of going down to 28mm, but they seem to forget landscape photographers, who also like this feature.

Uh, so, I'd see what exactly you're going to use it for and decide from there.

The 1200 also is 10MP, and the 1300 is nearly 13MP, as I recall. In the end, it doesn't make much difference in the example photos I've seen in terms of clarity in the center of the photo, though the 1300 seems in some photos to have more chromatic abberation (purple fringing in high-constrast areas like sky against leaves.)

Hope that helps. Usually I keep my mouth shut on camera forums unless asking a question, since I don't know too much, but I've been researching the 1200 to death in the past month or so.

BTW, you can still do macro with the 1300.