Unboxing the Canon PowerShot A1300

The PowerShot A1300 from Canon is one of the most powerful consumer level cameras on the market today. Get a better idea of the Canon PowerShot A1300 with help from your friends at eHow Tech in this free video clip.

Video Transcript

Hi, I'm Dave Johnson. I'm editor of eHow's tech channel, and let's unbox the Canon PowerShot A1300. So this is one of Canon's better selling compact point and shoot digital cameras and it's super, super popular online. It seems like everybody is buying it, especially on Amazon. So let's open it up and see what we got in here. This camera is going to be great for folks that just want to take lots of snapshots and don't want a really complicated camera that overwhelms them with features and options. But still let's them tweak it, make changes to exposure, that sort of thing. So when we open it up, it's a pretty unassuming box. There's warranty stuff, software. My recommendation 99 percent of the time with cameras like this is just use this as a coaster or throw it away. It's got software on it that's not really going to be all that helpful. Windows right off the bat has what you need to transfer pictures from the camera to the computer and if you install something like Windows photo gallery or something like that, which is free, you can do all your editing and photo organizing that way as well. Quick start user guide. The full user guide is actually on the disc I just told you to throw away, so you might want to hold on to it for the complete user guide, but otherwise I wouldn't recommend you install the software. Finally, we get to the good stuff. Here's the camera. It's nice and small. So fits in your pocket. Pair of AA batters. You can go through a lot of batteries so my recommendation is to stock up on these guys or get rechargeables that you can use instead. So we got batteries, and then also in the box is the transfer cable so it's USB with a mini USB on the other end. You can use that to connect to the computer. Transfer your pictures over. And a little strap for the camera. So we'll get that stuff out of the way and the battery panel is down on the bottom. So we just slide that out. Insert the batteries. And you might have noticed that this doesn't come with any kind of memory card and there's no on board memory on this camera, so I have a little SD card here. And going to insert it. And here's the power button. So we turn it on. Camera comes to life, you'll notice the lens pops out. First thing it wants us to do is set the time so you can do that or you can press the menu button to skip it. And you're ready to start taking pictures. Now the first thing you should do when you put a fresh memory card is format it. If you just use the formatting that the card came with, it may not be compatible with the camera. Press that menu button again and then use this rocker wheel to go over to the little tools and then go down to where it says format and then press the function button. And format the memory card. That just takes a moment and now you're ready to go. Press menu again and you're back to the view where you can take pictures. Now you just go ahead and start snapping pictures, press halfway down on the shutter release and it'll lock the focus and then you can recompose the picture, press all the way down and it'll snap the picture. Also there's a zoom control so you can see I'm moving this to zoom in, moving it the other way to zoom out. Something else I recommend that you do is to turn off what's called digital zoom. Now this camera has a nice zoom range using optics of the lens, but when you hit the wall, when you go as far as the optics will take you, and then you press it to zoom in even further, it then just magnifies the image and it just makes big blurry pixels and it's not very pretty. So you can go back to the menu, go down to where it says digital zoom. I highly recommend you turn that off. If you need to zoom beyond what this lens is capable of doing, you can always do it on the PC later in a photo editing program. Don't let the camera do digital zoom for you. The other thing you need to know to get up and running with the camera is this function button in the middle of the wheel. You press it and it lets you change exposure modes, so the live mode which is kind of like fully automatic, it's the default. You might want to try formatting instead which is this P, where you can change some settings. Or you can use portrait mode or self timer. Or low light photography. You would just press function to choose that option. So I'm going to go back to program and show you there's also some things on the side here for example, you can cycle down to exposure compensation. So you can over or under expose the picture by a little amount. You can change the ISO, which makes it easier to take low light photos without a flash and so on. So that is your way of controlling the camera. Press function, and then you can go left, right to change the camera's exposure modes, go up, down to change settings. And that in a nutshell is the A1300.

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