Really Great Camera and Price!
I bought this refurbished directly from Canon for a great price. Love this camera! Takes marvelous, sharp video with one button operation. Pictures are sharp, color true. LOVE the optical view finder! That was the main selling point for me. We live in Sunny New Mexico and the LCD screens get totally washed out in the sun (which we get a lot of) and you can't see anything. An optical view finder is a must.
December 11, 2013
batteries don't hold charge
Less than a year usage and batteries don't hold charge. I bought this on Amazon.com last year. When I review the comments now, I see that other people complaint from the same problem. I think this is a design mistake, since we don't even have a scratch on the camera and never dropped it or misused it.
December 4, 2013
Optical viewfinder makes this camera
The optical view finder that zooms along with the image makes taking pictures much easier in many circumstances. That feature in a moderately priced camera sold me. I would gladly pay twice as much if it had just a few more manual control features.
The image quality is very good in normal situations, but gets a bit noisy in low light. It handles well and is comfortable to use. The display is bright and sharp. The AA batteries last quite well and you can use rechargeables if you want. And did I mention that it has an optical viewfinder that you can look through in any lighting and properly frame the shot. The one downside is that the auto exposure control can get tricked in unusual lighting situations and there is no manual override.
Overall, good camera. Please put optical view finders in more cameras.
September 4, 2013
Good past experience with Canon, camera and printers.
Previous higher end Canon camera had very poor battery life, wanted one with better battery life.
Wanted simple, inexpensive camera which used AA batteries and had an optical viewfinder. The A1300 met my criteria.
Have shot several hundred pics with this camera.
Overall I am satisfied with this camera except for poor performance under low light and when shooting into the sun. A Canon DSLR handled shots which the A1300 would not.... but considering the difference in price.....
I am disappointed in the "accuracy" of the optical viewfinder.... what you see is not exactly what you get.
I would recommend this to a friend if the friend had the same criteria for a camera as I do.
March 5, 2013