For those looking to take the next step up from iPhone photography, Canon has today announced its EOS 1300D. The new DSLR is targeted at beginner users, boasting both semi-automatic and full manual control modes to help new photographers learn and grow. Along with the new camera, Canon has also announced the SELPHY CP1200, a compact printer for creative photo prints.
The EOS 1300D features Canon’s DIGIC 4+ processor and a large APS-C sized 18 megapixel sensor, along with the capability to shoot with a shallow depth of field to make the features of any image pop. As with many of Canon's other new cameras, the 1300D is designed for wireless connectivity, with the ability to connect to compatible Android devices in order to share photos, or even shooting remotely with the Camera Connect App. With built-in WiFi, the camera is able to upload directly from camera to the cloud, or connect wirelessly to the SELPHY CP1200 printer.
For photographers who want to capture the best from a scene with little input needed, the 1300D has a Scene Intelligent Mode to put the camera in control of every setting. Like many point-and-clicks it also features a number of pre-set, optimised shooting modes for various types of scenes, such as 'Food mode', along with more creative filters such as Toy Camera and Fish-eye. The EOS 1300D does also allow shooting in full manual, of course, letting photographers set aperture, shutter speed and ISO between 100 and 6,400, expandable to ISO 12,800.
The EOS 1300D also aims to cater to budding filmmakers, with the ability to shoot Full HD footage. The ability to control depth of field for video footage will appeal to those seeking a more cinematic look to their films, as well as offering the same full manual control in movie mode. For more casual movie-makers there's also Video Snapshot mode, which will automatically edit together a series of short clips taken in a certain period of time.
The SELPHY CP1200 printer boasts easy connectivity, with WiFi and AirPrint allowing you to print images straight from smartphones, tablets and compatible cameras. Despite being a compact home printer, the SELPHY claims to produce 'lab quality prints' in under a minute. Different settings on the printer will allow you to print at pre-set sizes, with options such as square, credit card and mini prints or sticker prints.
The EOS 1300D and SELPHY CP1200 in white will be available at the end of this month, with a black model of the SELPHY to follow in April. Prices for both products are to be set at dealer discretion.