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Canon 1300D vs Canon M

The Canon EOS 1300D (called Canon T6 in some regions) and the Canon EOS M are two digital cameras that were officially introduced, respectively, in March 2016 and July 2012. The 1300D is a DSLR, while the Canon M is a mirrorless interchangeable lens camera. Both cameras are equipped with an APS-C sensor. Both cameras offer a resolution of 17.9 megapixels.

Below is an overview of the main specs of the two cameras as a starting point for the comparison.

Headline Specifications
Canon 1300D
versus
Canon M
Canon 1300D   Canon M
Digital single lens reflex Mirrorless system camera
Canon EF mount lenses Canon EF-M mount lenses
17.9 MP, APS-C Sensor 17.9 MP, APS-C Sensor
1080/30p Video 1080/30p Video
ISO 100-6,400 (100 - 12,800) ISO 100-12,800 (100 - 25,600)
Optical viewfinder No viewfinder, LCD framing
3.0 LCD, 920k dots 3.0 LCD, 1040k dots
Fixed screen (not touch-sensitive) Fixed touchscreen
3 shutter flaps per second 4.3 shutter flaps per second
500 shots per battery charge230 shots per battery charge
129 x 101 x 78 mm, 485 g 109 x 66 x 32 mm, 298 g

Going beyond this snapshot of core features and characteristics, what are the differences between the Canon EOS 1300D and the Canon EOS M? Which one should you buy? Read on to find out how these two cameras compare with respect to their body size, their imaging sensors, their shooting features, their input-output connections, and their reception by expert reviewers.

Body comparison

The physical size and weight of the Canon 1300D and the Canon M are illustrated in the side-by-side display below. The two cameras are presented according to their relative size. Three consecutive views from the front, the top, and the rear side are shown. All width, height and depth dimensions are rounded to the nearest millimeter.

The Canon M can be obtained in two different colors (black, white), while the 1300D is only available in black.

Size Canon 1300D vs Canon M
Compare 1300D versus Canon M top
Comparison 1300D or Canon M rear

If the front view area (width x height) of the cameras is taken as an aggregate measure of their size, the Canon M is considerably smaller (45 percent) than the Canon 1300D. Moreover, the Canon M is substantially lighter (39 percent) than the 1300D. In this context, it is worth noting that neither the 1300D nor the Canon M are weather-sealed.

The above size and weight comparisons are to some extent incomplete since they do not consider the interchangeable lenses that both of these cameras require. Hence, you might want to study and compare the specifications of available lenses in order to get the full picture of the size and weight of the two camera systems.

Concerning battery life, the 1300D gets 500 shots out of its LP-E10 battery, while the Canon M can take 230 images on a single charge of its LP-E12 power pack.

The adjacent table lists the principal physical characteristics of the two cameras alongside a wider set of alternatives. If you would like to visualize and compare a different camera combination, you can navigate to the CAM-parator app and make your selection from a broad list of cameras there.

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Body Specifications
    Camera
Model
Camera
Width
Camera
Height
Camera
Depth
Camera
Weight
Battery
Life
Weather
Sealing
Camera
Launch
Launch
Price (USD)
Street
Price
1.
 
Canon 1300D 129 mm 101 mm 78 mm 485 g 500 n Mar 2016 449i
2.
 
Canon M 109 mm 66 mm 32 mm 298 g 230 n Jul 2012 599i
3.
 
Canon 2000D 129 mm 101 mm 78 mm 475 g 500 n Feb 2018 449 i
4.
 
Canon 4000D 129 mm 102 mm 77 mm 436 g 500 n Feb 2018 399 i
5.
 
Canon 77D 131 mm 100 mm 76 mm 540 g 600 n Feb 2017 899 i
6.
 
Canon 200D 122 mm 93 mm 70 mm 453 g 650 n Jun 2017 549i
7.
 
Canon G9 X Mark II 98 mm 58 mm 31 mm 206 g 235 n Jan 2017 529 i
8.
 
Canon M100 108 mm 67 mm 35 mm 302 g 295 n Aug 2017 499i
9.
 
Canon SX540 120 mm 82 mm 92 mm 442 g 205 n Jan 2016 399 i
10.
 
Canon 750D 132 mm 101 mm 78 mm 555 g 440 n Feb 2015 749i
11.
 
Canon G9 X 98 mm 58 mm 31 mm 209 g 220 n Oct 2015 529i
12.
 
Canon M10 108 mm 67 mm 35 mm 301 g 255 n Oct 2015 499i
13.
 
Canon SX530 120 mm 82 mm 92 mm 442 g 210 n Jan 2015 429i
14.
 
Canon 1200D 130 mm 100 mm 78 mm 480 g 500 n Feb 2014 449i
15.
 
Canon SL1 117 mm 91 mm 69 mm 407 g 380 n Mar 2013 549i
16.
 
Canon T5i 133 mm 100 mm 79 mm 580 g 440 n Mar 2013 649i
17.
 
Canon T3i 133 mm 100 mm 80 mm 570 g 440 n Feb 2011 599i
Notes: Measurements and pricing do not include easily detachable parts, such as add-on or interchangeable lenses or optional viewfinders.

Any camera decision will obviously take relative prices into account. The manufacturer’s suggested retail prices give an idea on the placement of the camera in the maker’s lineup and the broader market. The 1300D was launched at a somewhat lower price (by 25 percent) than the Canon M, which makes it more attractive for photographers on a tight budget. Usually, retail prices stay at first close to the launch price, but after several months, discounts become available. Later in the product cycle and, in particular, when the replacement model is about to appear, further discounting and stock clearance sales often push the camera price considerably down.

Sensor comparison

The imaging sensor is at the core of digital cameras and its size is one of the main determining factors of image quality. A large sensor will generally have larger individual pixels that offer better low-light sensitivity, provide wider dynamic range, and have richer color-depth than smaller pixels in a sensor of the same technological generation. Further, a large sensor camera will give the photographer additional creative options when using shallow depth-of-field to isolate a subject from its background. On the downside, larger sensors tend to be associated with larger, more expensive camera bodies and lenses.

Both cameras under consideration feature an APS-C sensor and have a format factor (sometimes also referred to as "crop factor") of 1.6. Within the spectrum of camera sensors, this places the review cameras among the medium-sized sensor cameras that aim to strike a balance between image quality and portability. Both cameras have a native aspect ratio (sensor width to sensor height) of 3:2.

Technology-wise, the Canon M uses a more advanced image processing engine (DIGIC V) than the 1300D (DIGIC 4+), with benefits for noise reduction, color accuracy, and processing speed.

Canon 1300D and Canon M sensor measures

The two cameras under review do not only share the same sensor size, but also offer an identical resolution of 17.9 megapixels. This similarity in sensor specs implies that both the 1300D and the Canon M have the same pixel density, as well as the same pixel size. It should, however, be noted that the 1300D is much more recent (by 3 years and 7 months) than the Canon M, and its sensor will have benefitted from technological advances during this time.

The Canon M has on-sensor phase detect pixels, which results in fast and reliable autofocus acquisition even during live view operation.

The Canon EOS 1300D has a native sensitivity range from ISO 100 to ISO 6400, which can be extended to ISO 100-12800. The corresponding ISO settings for the Canon EOS M are ISO 100 to ISO 12800, with the possibility to increase the ISO range to 100-25600.

1300D versus Canon M MP

Consistent information on actual sensor performance is available from DXO Mark for many cameras. This service assesses and scores the color depth ("DXO Portrait"), dynamic range ("DXO Landscape"), and low-light sensitivity ("DXO Sports") of camera sensors, and also publishes an overall camera score. The adjacent table reports on the physical sensor characteristics and the outcomes of the DXO sensor quality tests for a sample of comparator-cameras.

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Sensor Characteristics
    Camera
Model
Sensor
Class
Resolution
(MP)
Horiz.
Pixels
Vert.
Pixels
Video
Format
DXO
Portrait
DXO
Landscape
DXO
Sports
DXO
Overall
1.
 
Canon 1300D APS-C 17.9 5184 34561080/30p........
2.
 
Canon M APS-C 17.9 5184 34561080/30p22.111.282765
3.
 
Canon 2000D APS-C 24.0 6000 40001080/30p22.611.9100971
4.
 
Canon 4000D APS-C 17.9 5184 34561080/30p21.911.469563
5.
 
Canon 77D APS-C 24.0 6000 40001080/60p23.613.397178
6.
 
Canon 200D APS-C 24.0 6000 40001080/60p23.613.4104179
7.
 
Canon G9 X Mark II 1-inch 20.0 5472 36481080/60p21.912.552265
8.
 
Canon M100 APS-C 24.0 6000 40001080/60p23.512.9127278
9.
 
Canon SX540 1/2.3 20.2 5184 38881080/60p........
10.
 
Canon 750D APS-C 24.0 6000 40001080/30p22.712.091971
11.
 
Canon G9 X 1-inch 20.0 5472 36481080/60p21.512.349563
12.
 
Canon M10 APS-C 17.9 5184 34561080/30p22.211.475365
13.
 
Canon SX530 1/2.3 15.9 4608 34561080/30p........
14.
 
Canon 1200D APS-C 17.9 5184 34561080/30p21.911.372463
15.
 
Canon SL1 APS-C 17.9 5184 34561080/30p21.811.384363
16.
 
Canon T5i APS-C 17.9 5184 34561080/30p21.711.268161
17.
 
Canon T3i APS-C 17.9 5184 34561080/30p22.111.579365

Many modern cameras are not only capable of taking still images, but can also record movies. Both cameras under consideration are equipped with sensors that have a sufficiently high read-out speed for moving images, and both provide the same movie specifications (1080/30p).

Feature comparison

Beyond body and sensor, cameras can and do differ across a range of features. For example, the 1300D has an optical viewfinder, which can be very useful when shooting in bright sunlight. In contrast, the Canon M relies on live view and the rear LCD for framing. The adjacent table lists some of the other core features of the Canon 1300D and Canon M along with similar information for a selection of comparators.

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Core Features
    Camera
Model
Viewfinder
(Type or
000 dots)
Control
Panel
(yes/no)
LCD
Specifications
(inch/000 dots)
LCD
Attach-
ment
Touch
Screen
(yes/no)
Mech
Shutter
Speed
Shutter
Flaps
(1/sec)
Built-in
Flash
(yes/no)
Built-in
Image
Stab
1.
 
Canon 1300Doptical n3.0 / 920 fixed n 1/4000s 3.0 Y n
2.
 
Canon Mnone n3.0 / 1040 fixed Y 1/4000s 4.3 n n
3.
 
Canon 2000Doptical n3.0 / 920 fixed n 1/4000s 3.0 Y n
4.
 
Canon 4000Doptical n2.7 / 230 fixed n 1/4000s 3.0 Y n
5.
 
Canon 77Doptical Y3.0 / 1040 swivel Y 1/4000s 6.0 Y n
6.
 
Canon 200Doptical n3.0 / 1040 swivel Y 1/4000s 5.0 Y n
7.
 
Canon G9 X Mark IInone n3.0 / 1040 fixed Y 1/2000s 8.2 Y Y
8.
 
Canon M100none n3.0 / 1040 tilting Y 1/4000s 6.1 Y n
9.
 
Canon SX540none n3.0 / 461 fixed n 1/2000s 5.9 Y Y
10.
 
Canon 750Doptical n3.0 / 1040 swivel Y 1/4000s 5.0 Y n
11.
 
Canon G9 Xnone n3.0 / 1040 fixed Y 1/2000s 6.0 Y Y
12.
 
Canon M10none n3.0 / 1040 tilting Y 1/4000s 4.6 Y n
13.
 
Canon SX530none n3.0 / 461 fixed n 1/2000s 1.6 Y Y
14.
 
Canon 1200Doptical n3.0 / 460 fixed n 1/4000s 3.0 Y n
15.
 
Canon SL1optical n3.0 / 1040 fixed Y 1/4000s 4.9 Y n
16.
 
Canon T5ioptical n3.0 / 1040 swivel Y 1/4000s 5.0 Y n
17.
 
Canon T3ioptical n3.0 / 1040 swivel n 1/4000s 3.7 Y n

One difference between the cameras concerns the presence of an on-board flash. The 1300D has one, while the Canon M does not. While the built-in flash of the 1300D is not very powerful, it can at times be useful as a fill-in light.

Concerning the storage of imaging data, both the 1300D and the Canon M write their files to SDXC cards. The Canon M supports UHS-I cards (Ultra High Speed data transfer of up to 104 MB/s), while the 1300D cannot take advantage of Ultra High Speed SD cards.

Connectivity comparison

For some imaging applications, the extent to which a camera can communicate with its environment can be an important aspect in the camera decision process. The table below provides an overview of the connectivity of the Canon EOS 1300D and Canon EOS M and, in particular, the interfaces the cameras (and selected comparators) provide for accessory control and data transfer.

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Input-Output Connections
    Camera
Model
Hotshoe
Port
Internal
Mic / Speaker
Microphone
Port
Headphone
Port
HDMI
Port
USB
Port
WiFi
Support
NFC
Support
Bluetooth
Support
1.
 
Canon 1300DYmono / mono--mini2.0YY-
2.
 
Canon MYstereo / monoY-mini2.0---
3.
 
Canon 2000DYmono / mono--mini2.0YY-
4.
 
Canon 4000DYmono / mono--mini2.0YY-
5.
 
Canon 77DYstereo / monoY-mini2.0YYY
6.
 
Canon 200DYstereo / monoY-mini2.0YYY
7.
 
Canon G9 X Mark II-stereo / mono--micro2.0YYY
8.
 
Canon M100-stereo / mono--micro2.0YYY
9.
 
Canon SX540-stereo / mono--mini2.0YY-
10.
 
Canon 750DYstereo / monoY-mini2.0YY-
11.
 
Canon G9 X-stereo / mono--micro2.0YY-
12.
 
Canon M10-stereo / mono--mini2.0YY-
13.
 
Canon SX530-stereo / mono--mini2.0YY-
14.
 
Canon 1200DYmono / mono--mini2.0---
15.
 
Canon SL1Ymono / monoY-mini2.0---
16.
 
Canon T5iYstereo / monoY-mini2.0---
17.
 
Canon T3iYmono / monoY-mini2.0---

It is notable that the 1300D offers wifi support, while the Canon M does not. Wifi can be a very convenient means to transfer image data to an off-camera location.

Both the 1300D and the Canon M have been discontinued, but can regularly be found used on eBay. The Canon M was replaced by the Canon EOS M3, while the 1300D was followed by the Canon 2000D. Further information on the two cameras (e.g. user guides, manuals), as well as related accessories, can be found on the official Canon website.

Review summary

So how do things add up? Which of the two cameras – the Canon 1300D or the Canon M – has the upper hand? Is one clearly better than the other? The listing below highlights the relative strengths of the two models.


Arguments in favor of the Canon EOS 1300D:

  • Easier framing: Has an optical viewfinder for image composition and settings control.
  • Longer lasting: Can take more shots (500 versus 230) on a single battery charge.
  • Easier fill-in: Is equipped with a small onboard flash to brighten deep shadow areas.
  • Easier file upload: Has wifi built in for automatic backup or image transfer to the web.
  • Easier device pairing: Supports NFC for fast wireless image transfer over short distances.
  • More affordable: Was introduced into a lower priced segment (25 percent cheaper at launch).
  • More modern: Reflects 3 years and 7 months of technical progress since the Canon M launch.


Advantages of the Canon EOS M:

  • Better jpgs: Has a more modern image processing engine (DIGIC V vs DIGIC 4+).
  • Better live-view autofocus: Features on-sensor phase-detection for more confident autofocus.
  • Better sound: Can connect to an external microphone for higher quality sound recording.
  • More detailed LCD: Has a higher resolution rear screen (1040k vs 920k dots).
  • Fewer buttons to press: Has a touchscreen to facilitate handling and shooting adjustments.
  • Faster burst: Shoots at higher frequency (4.3 vs 3 flaps/sec) to capture the decisive moment.
  • More compact: Is smaller (109x66mm vs 129x101mm) and will fit more readily into a bag.
  • Less heavy: Has a lower weight (by 187g or 39 percent) and is thus easier to take along.
  • More legacy lens friendly: Can use many non-native lenses via adapters.
  • Faster buffer clearing: Has an SD card interface that supports the UHS-I standard.
  • More heavily discounted: Has been around for much longer (launched in July 2012).

If the number of relative strengths (bullet points above) is taken as a guide, the Canon M is the clear winner of the contest (11 : 7 points). However, the relevance of individual strengths will vary across photographers, so that you might want to apply your own weighing scheme to the summary points when reflecting and deciding on a new camera. A professional wedding photographer will view the differences between cameras in a way that diverges from the perspective of a travel photog, and a person interested in cityscapes has distinct needs from a macro shooter. Hence, the decision which camera is best and worth buying is often a very personal one.

1300D 07:11 Canon M

How about other alternatives? Do the specifications of the Canon 1300D and the Canon M place the cameras among the top in their class? Find out in the latest Best DSLR Camera and Best Mirrorless Interchangeable Lens Camera listings whether the two cameras rank among the cream of the crop.

In any case, while the comparison of the spec-sheets of cameras can offer a general idea of their imaging potential, it remains partial and cannot reveal, for example, the shooting experience and imaging performance when actually working with the 1300D or the Canon M. At times, user reviews, such as those published at amazon, address these issues in a useful manner, but such feedback is on many occasions incomplete, inconsistent, and unreliable.

Expert reviews

This is why expert reviews are important. The adjacent summary-table relays the overall verdicts of several of the most popular camera review sites (amateurphotographer [AP], cameralabs [CL], digitalcameraworld [DCW], dpreview [DPR], ephotozine [EPZ], photographyblog [PB]). As can be seen, the professional reviewers agree in many cases on the quality of different cameras, but sometimes their assessments diverge, reinforcing the earlier point that a camera decision is often a very personal choice.

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Expert Camera Reviews
     Camera 
 Model 
 AP 
 score 
 CL 
 score 
 DCW 
 score 
 DPR 
 score 
 EPZ 
 score 
 PB 
 score 
Camera
Launch
Launch
Price (USD)
Street
Price
1.
 
Canon 1300D4/5o4/573/1004/54/5 Mar 2016 449i
2.
 
Canon M3/5+....4/54/5 Jul 2012 599i
3.
 
Canon 2000D..o....3.5/53.5/5 Feb 2018 449 i
4.
 
Canon 4000D..o3/5..3.5/53.5/5 Feb 2018 399 i
5.
 
Canon 77D4.5/5..4/582/1004.5/54/5 Feb 2017 899 i
6.
 
Canon 200D4/5+ +4/578/1004.5/54.5/5 Jun 2017 549i
7.
 
Canon G9 X Mark II4/5..4/575/1004.5/54.5/5 Jan 2017 529 i
8.
 
Canon M1003/5+....4/53.5/5 Aug 2017 499i
9.
 
Canon SX540............ Jan 2016 399 i
10.
 
Canon 750D5/5....75/1004.5/54.5/5 Feb 2015 749i
11.
 
Canon G9 X3.5/5+ +....4.5/54.5/5 Oct 2015 529i
12.
 
Canon M10..........4/5 Oct 2015 499i
13.
 
Canon SX530..+ +....4/54/5 Jan 2015 429i
14.
 
Canon 1200D3/5+....4/54.5/5 Feb 2014 449i
15.
 
Canon SL14/5+..78/1004/54/5 Mar 2013 549i
16.
 
Canon T5i......76/1004.5/54.5/5 Mar 2013 649i
17.
 
Canon T3i3/5o..77/1004.5/54.5/5 Feb 2011 599i
Notes: (+ +) highly recommended; (+) recommended; (o) reviewed; (..) not available.

The review scores listed above should be treated with care, though. The ratings are only valid when referring to cameras in the same category and of the same age. Thus, a score needs to be put into the context of the launch date and the launch price of the camera, and comparisons of ratings among very different cameras or across long time periods have little meaning. Also, please note that some of the review sites have changed their methodology and reporting over time.

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    Specifications: Canon 1300D vs Canon M

    Below is a side-by-side comparison of the specs of the two cameras to facilitate a quick review of their differences and common features.

    Camera Specifications
    Camera Model Canon 1300D Canon M
    Camera Type Digital single lens reflex Mirrorless system camera
    Camera Lens Canon EF mount lenses Canon EF-M mount lenses
    Launch Date March 2016 July 2012
    Launch Price USD 449 USD 599
    Sensor Specs Canon 1300D Canon M
    Sensor Technology CMOS CMOS
    Sensor Format APS-C Sensor APS-C Sensor
    Sensor Size 22.3 x 14.9 mm 22.3 x 14.9 mm
    Sensor Area 332.27 mm2 332.27 mm2
    Sensor Diagonal 26.8 mm 26.8 mm
    Crop Factor 1.6x 1.6x
    Sensor Resolution 17.9 Megapixels 17.9 Megapixels
    Image Resolution 5184 x 3456 pixels 5184 x 3456 pixels
    Pixel Pitch 4.31 μm 4.31 μm
    Pixel Density 5.39 MP/cm2 5.39 MP/cm2
    Moiré control Anti-Alias filter Anti-Alias filter
    Movie Capability 1080/30p Video 1080/30p Video
    ISO Setting 100 - 6,400 ISO 100 - 12,800 ISO
    ISO Boost 100 - 12,800 ISO 100 - 25,600 ISO
    Image Processor DIGIC 4+ DIGIC V
    DXO Sensor Quality (score) .. 65
    DXO Color Depth (bits) .. 22.1
    DXO Dynamic Range (EV) .. 11.2
    DXO Low Light (ISO) .. 827
    Screen Specs Canon 1300D Canon M
    Viewfinder Type Optical viewfinder no viewfinder
    Viewfinder Field of View 95%
    Viewfinder Magnification 0.50x
    LCD Framing Live View Live View
    Rear LCD Size 3.0inch 3.0inch
    LCD Resolution 920k dots 1040k dots
    LCD Attachment Fixed screen Fixed screen
    Touch Input no Touchscreen Touchscreen
    Shooting Specs Canon 1300D Canon M
    Focus System Phase-detect AF On-Sensor Phase-detect
    Continuous Shooting 3 shutter flaps/s 4.3 shutter flaps/s
    Shutter Life Expectancy100 000 actuations100 000 actuations
    Fill Flash Built-in Flash no On-Board Flash
    Storage Medium SDXC cards SDXC cards
    Second Storage Option Single card slot Single card slot
    UHS card support no UHS-I
    Connectivity Specs Canon 1300D Canon M
    External Flash Hotshoe Hotshoe
    USB Connector USB 2.0 USB 2.0
    HDMI Port mini HDMI mini HDMI
    Microphone Port no MIC socket External MIC port
    Wifi Support Wifi built-in no Wifi
    Near-Field Communication NFC built-in no NFC
    Body Specs Canon 1300D Canon M
    Battery Type LP-E10 LP-E12
    Battery Life (CIPA)500 shots per charge230 shots per charge
    Body Dimensions 129 x 101 x 78 mm
    (5.1 x 4.0 x 3.1 in)
    109 x 66 x 32 mm
    (4.3 x 2.6 x 1.3 in)
    Camera Weight 485 g (17.1 oz) 298 g (10.5 oz)

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