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Canon EOS 1300D review: Dynamic range, resolution & noise
The 1300D’s dynamic range result measures 11.7EV at ISO 100 in our Applied Imaging test. As the graph below illustrates, the figure stays above 10EV up to ISO 400. Results at ISO 1,600, 3,200 and 6,400 drop to 8.8EV, 7.7EV and 6.5EV respectively. This reflects the fact that shadowed areas get increasingly nosier as you push towards the ISO 12,800 limit.
Resolution remains above 2,800l/ph between ISO 100 and 800. More specifically, at ISO 100 the sensor resolves closer to 3,000l/ph, dropping to a fraction under 2,800l/ph at ISO 1,600. Beyond this point detail begins to drops off more noticeably, with 2,600l/ph resolved at ISO 3,200 and 2,400l/ph at ISO 6400.
In-camera JPEG processing provides excellent results at ISO 100-200. A small amount of luminance noise does begin to creep in at ISO 800, but it’s only really visible when viewing images at 100%. At ISO 1,600 noise becomes more pronounced, but overall image quality is still very good. Likewise, images shot at ISO 3,200 remain usable. At the higher settings image quality does show marked degradation.