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Canon SX130 is Digital Camera

Compact Camera 12.1MP 12x Aug 2010
Camera Type Megapixel Optical Zoom Image Stabilizer Release Date
Seven industry awards
Great value
Robust
98 Reviews + 7 Awards
Trusted Reviews Recommended Digicam Buyer.co.uk Best Value PhotographyBlog.com Recommended What Digital Camera Recommended

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Reviews

Seven Industry Awards

The experts at review websites What Digital Camera, PhotographyBlog.com, Trusted Reviews, Camera Labs and Letsgodigital.org/nl/ all endorse this camera and have given it their "Recommended" award.

The experts at two other expert review sites thought that this digital camera was good. This camera received a "Best Value" award from review site Digicam Buyer.co.uk and it received a Photoreview.com.au "Editor's Choice" award.

Expert Reviews Are Average

This low megapixel camera has an average expert rating of 78% based on thirty-three expert reviews from sites including What Digital Camera, PhotographyBlog.com, Ephotozine and Trusted Reviews.

User Reviews Are Good

On average, SX130 IS owners rated this digital camera 82%. 32 reviewers (74% of all reviewers) gave this digital camera either 4 or 5 stars.

Canon Has Excellent Reviews for Its Digital Cameras

We checked 34,684 expert and user reviews (including 1,256 verified purchases) for Canon cameras and found that on average Canon has excellent reviews compared to other manufacturers. We also found that Canon has excellent reviews specifically within its low megapixel digital cameras range. 92% of those that bought a Canon digital camera would recommend the product that they bought to other buyers.

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Price

Great Value

Twenty-seven people wrote in their reviews that it was good value for money. Trusted Reviews wrote “Great value” in their review of this digital camera. Expert website Letsgodigital.org mentioned “The Canon PowerShot SX130 IS is an attractively priced digital super zoom camera” in their review of this digital camera. Seven years ago expert website Whatdigitalcamera.com scored the product 4 stars out of 5 and said “The Canon PowerShot SX130 IS is a very capable and affordable mid-range zoom compact camera”.

Good Value for Money

Digicam Buyer.co.uk highlighted in their review that this low megapixel camera was great for its price.


Video

Supports Video Recording

The SX130 IS supports video recording, as do most of the other low megapixel digital cameras that have been around for more than two years.

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Display

Fairly Large Display Diagonal

Low megapixel digital cameras that are a comparable age to this camera have display diagonals of between 1" and 3.5". With a display diagonal of 3 inches, the Canon SX130 IS has one of the larger display diagonals amongst cameras of this age.

We compared this camera to all the other 3" screen digital cameras and we think because of their better review scores, the Nikon D3000 + AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-55mm, and the Canon SX220 HS are also worth considering.

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Features

Good Technical Features

Sixteen owners reckoned that it had good features. Expert website Photographyblog.com wrote “The Canon PowerShot SX130 IS is a travel-zoom camera on a budget, offering enough features, performance and image quality to appeal to both beginners”. Expert review site Mymobileindia.com mentioned “Also in consumer friendly features” in their review of this digital camera. Expert review site Computeractive.co.uk wrote “If you prefer simple controls to touchscreens, bells and whistles, this is a decent, affordable compact camera”.


Design

Robust

Eight owners who bought it concluded that it was well made. Expert website Imaging-Resource.com wrote six years ago “Not only does it offer a solid 12x optical zoom, image stabilized, wide-angle lens”. Expert website Gadgetspeak.com mentioned in their review of this digital camera “The Ixus very much a pocket offering and the PowerShot slightly larger and using ‘AA’ batteries rather than the solid rechargable type” and gave it a score of 4 stars out of 5. Mr. Marcus Westlund said in his review of this digital camera on expert review site Amazon.co.uk “The build quality is excellent” but he only rated the product 60 out of 100.

Lots of Manual Control

Sixteen owners considered that this digital camera was easy to use. Ephotozine wrote “Lots of manual control” in their review of this digital camera. Expert website Digitalversus.com mentioned “To keep things lighter, we'd advise you to use Lithium batteries”. Expert review site Digit.in wrote in their Canon SX130 IS review “ProsFeature rich, with decent manual control Very usefu”.

Ten people concluded that it was easy to use the menus. Website Consumersearch.com wrote “Manual settings in addition to auto modes”. Digital Versus mentioned “Plenty of settings available”. Expert website Digitalversus.com said in their review of this digital camera “A 720p HD video mode and has plenty of settings for users looking for greater control” and scored it 4 stars out of 5.

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Nice Design

Seven owners thought it was good looking. Expert review site Digit.in mentioned “Even though it is a pretty good camera, with good results” in their Canon SX130 IS review. Digitalversus.com wrote on expert website Digital Versus “The SX130 IS is actually a pretty decent compact”. Mr. James West said on expert review site Amazon.co.uk “This would make a pretty good second camera, for when you don't want to carry your main camera, or don't want to risk damaging it” and gave this digital camera a rating of 5 stars out of 5.

Four customers who bought this digital camera reckoned that it was well designed. Pls said on expert review site Amazon.co.uk “The main mode dial on the top is well designed and clicks solidly into place so can not be easily knocked”. C Wilson wrote in their review of this digital camera “Never such a thoughtless and impractical design”. Al scored it 5 stars out of 5 and he said “It can switch on in your pocket easily, design makes it easy to drop so use safety loop over wrist, zoom a little slow”.

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Great Image Quality

Thirty-seven owners who reviewed this digital camera reckoned that it was good quality. Website Consumersearch.com wrote in their review of the Canon SX130 IS “Very good image quality”. Digital Versus mentioned six years ago “Good overall picture quality”. Expert review site Infosyncworld.com wrote “For all of the Canon PowerShot SX130 IS's strengths—solid design, well-stocked features, good image quality, stellar interface” in their review of this digital camera however despite that they rated it 3 stars out of 5.


Other

Released Over Six Years Ago

It was August 2010 when Canon released the SX130 IS.


Other Features

Supports Video Capability

supports video capability

The SX130 IS supports video capability. Most of the other digital cameras of this type and age also support video capability.

We think you might also be interested in some of the alternative cameras which support video capability currently available including the Fujifilm X100, or the Olympus E-P2 which both of have better reviews.

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Has a Built-In Flash

has a built-in flash

The SX130 IS has a built-in flash. Most of the other cameras of a similar age and type to this digital camera also have a built-in flash.

We think you might also be interested in some of the other digital cameras with a built-in flash currently available including the Nikon D3000 + AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-55mm, or the Canon SX50 HS which both of have better reviews.

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Has a USB 2.0 Port

The SX130 IS has a USB 2.0 port, as do most of the other cameras of a similar type and age to this camera.

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Weight & Dimensions

Good Size

Twenty-three customers who purchased it concluded that it was compact. Seven years ago expert website Expertreviews.co.uk said in their review of the Canon SX130 IS “Compact ultra-zoom cameras are perfect for people who want to expand their photographic horizons” and rated it 4 stars out of 5. Expert website Pcworld.co.nz mentioned in their review of this digital camera six years ago “Ultra-zoom in a compact” . Expert review site Infosyncworld.com wrote “In fact, we'd go so far as to tell you that you really can't get any better than a Canon if you're looking for a sub-$400 compact” but despite that they gave it a rating of 3 stars out of 5.

Nine customers thought it was heavy and bulky. Expert review site Digitalversus.com gave it a rating of 4 stars out of 5 and wrote in their review of this digital camera six years ago “The Canon SX130 IS is actually quite a heavy camera, which isn't helped by the fact that it's powered by two AA batteries”. Seven years ago Expertreviews.co.uk said in their review of this digital camera on expert website Expert Reviews “An affordable compact ultra-zoom camera that delivers the goods – as long as you can put up with the bulky design and AA batteries”. Expert review site Gadgetspeak.com gave it a rating of 4 stars out of 5 and wrote “This in itself makes the overall camera larger and heavier”.

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Heavy

The SX130 IS is quite heavy (308 grams) compared to most of the other digital cameras of a comparable type and age to this camera. The lightest low megapixel camera that has been around for more than two years is 50g , the heaviest is 1.3kg, and the average weight is 260g.

Cameras with a heavier weight that might be worth looking at include the Canon EOS 1D MarkIII (£149.99) (1.2kg).

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Lens System

Average Digital Zoom

The Canon SX130 IS has a pretty standard digital zoom (4 times zoom factor) compared to most of the other low megapixel digital cameras that were released more than two years ago.

There are a number of other 4x digital zoom digital cameras currently available that you might want to consider including the SX220 HS, or the SX40 HS both from Canon which and both of have better reviews.

Cameras with a bigger digital zoom that might be worth looking at include the Canon 500 (4.1x) which is also higher rated.

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Fairly Big Optical Zoom

The Canon SX130 IS has a quite big optical zoom (12 times zoom factor) compared to most of the other low megapixel digital cameras that were launched more than two years ago. Across all the comparable spec digital cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to this camera the optical zooms range from 1x to 50x, and the average optical zoom is 7.4x.

If this camera optical zoom is too small for you then you might want to consider the SX230 HS (14x and higher rated), or the PowerShot SX260 HS (£100) (20x and higher rated) both from Canon.

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Fairly Long Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)

Across all the cameras of a comparable type and age to this camera the maximum focal lengths (35mm film equiv) range from 0.28mm to 1,200mm. The SX130 IS has one of the longer maximum focal lengths (35mm film equiv) (336 millimeters) amongst low megapixel digital cameras of this age.

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Quite Big Maximum Aperture Number

The maximum aperture numbers of low megapixel digital cameras that were released around the same time as this camera range from 1.8 to 22, and the average maximum aperture number is 6.2. The SX130 IS has a quite big maximum aperture number (only 5.6) compared to most of the other digital cameras that have been available for around the same time as this camera.

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Fairly Long Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)

The Canon SX130 IS has a fairly long minimum focal length (35mm film equiv) (28 millimeters) compared to most of the other low megapixel digital cameras that were launched around the same time as this digital camera. The average minimum focal length (35mm film equiv) of cameras that are a similar age to this camera is 26mm.

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Picture Quality

Has an Image Stabilizer

The Canon SX130 IS has an image stabilizer, as do most of the other cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as this camera.

Other cameras with an image stabilizer currently available which you might want to look at include the SX220 HS, or the SX50 HS both from Canon which and both of have better reviews.

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4000 X 3000 Still Image Resolution

The SX130 IS has a 4000 x 3000 still image resolution(s) which is higher than most low megapixel digital cameras that were released more than two years ago. Most low megapixel digital cameras that are a comparable age to it have a 640 x 480 still image resolution(s). The best still image resolution of all low megapixel digital cameras that are a comparable age to this digital camera is 4032 x 3024 and the worst is 640 x 360.

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4000 X 3000 Pixels Image Resolution

This camera has a maximum image resolution of 4000 x 3000 pixels, which is the most frequently found maximum image resolution on low megapixel digital cameras that have been around for around the same time as it.

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12.1 Megapixels Megapixel

This is a 12.1 megapixels camera.

We compared all the other 12.1MP digital cameras to this camera and we think the Canon SX220 HS which has better reviews is also worth considering.

If you are looking for a higher megapixel then you might want to look at the EOS 1100D - Rebel T3 (12.2MP and higher rated), or the 1100D + EF-S 18-55 IS II (12.2MP and higher rated) both from Canon.

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Camera

Supports Live View

The Canon SX130 IS supports live view, as do most of the other low megapixel digital cameras that came out more than two years ago.

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Features Histogram

The SX130 IS features histogram. Most of the other low megapixel digital cameras that are a similar age to this camera also feature histogram.

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Ports & Interfaces

Supports PictBridge

The SX130 IS supports PictBridge. Most of the other digital cameras of this spec and age also support PictBridge.

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Battery

370 Battery Life (CIPA Standard)

The Canon SX130 IS is a camera that takes 370 shots battery life (CIPA standard). Most of the other low megapixel digital cameras that have been around for more than two years take between 130 and 4,199 battery life (CIPA standard).

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Light Exposure

Supports Seven ISO Sensitivities

The SX130 IS has a greater number of ISO speeds than most low megapixel digital cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as it. This camera supports a 400 ISO sensitivity, which is the most frequently supported ISO sensitivity supported by digital cameras that have been around for a similar time to this camera. The ISO sensitivities "80", "100", "200", "800", "1600" and "Auto" are also supported by this Canon camera.

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Flash

Very Slow Flash Recharging Time

The average flash recharging time of similar spec digital cameras that have been available for a comparable time to this digital camera is 6.8s, and the flash recharging times range from 2s to 12s. When compared to other similar spec cameras that are a comparable age to this camera, the Canon SX130 IS's flash recharging time of 12 seconds is one of the slowest.

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Audio

Does Not Have a Built-In Microphone

The SX130 IS does not have a built-in microphone. Most of the other similar spec digital cameras that came out around the same time as this camera do have a built-in microphone.

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Acceptable Noise Level

Four customers who bought this digital camera thought it was quiet. Stuart Alexander mentioned in his review of this digital camera “Noise hash on video playback even when in a quiet environment(I didn't have chance to power camera up” . Peri Urban said on expert review site Amazon.co.uk “It's quite quiet externally.”. C. M. Weaver wrote “I am quietly pleased with it” and rated it 80 out of 100.


Good Screen / Viewfinder

Eight people said that the product had a good screen. Seven years ago expert review site Photographyblog.com gave it a rating of 4 stars out of 5 and wrote “The Canon SX130 offers a 12x optical zoom lens, 12 megapixels, 3 inch LCD screen, 720p movies”. N. Douglas scored the Canon SX130 IS the highest possible rating of 5 stars and mentioned on expert website Amazon.co.uk “Love the zoom, because after you've done the 12X zoom shot, you can further zoom in on the screen - brilliant”. They also wrote “The 3" LCD screen is great” in their review.

Two customers considered that it had a good viewfinder. Daz scored it the highest possible rating of 5 stars and mentioned on expert review site Amazon.co.uk “The quality of the LCD screen is very good, no need to worry that there is no viewfinder”. I. S. Dixon said in their review of this digital camera on expert website Amazon.co.uk “The camera does have a really good viewfinder and it will clearly display what function”.

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Good Video Capture

Sixteen people who bought this digital camera thought it was good for video recording. Peri Urban wrote on expert website Amazon.co.uk six years ago “Having said that, I have seen plenty of videos on YouTube (using this camera) where the fault was not present, so I suspect a faulty batch” in their review of this digital camera. They also said “The camera is a great solution for 720 HD video at a great price” in their review. R. Hurd mentioned on expert website Amazon.co.uk “I'm a holiday snaps photographer and this camera provides everything I required, big zoom, good quality photos, HD video with stereo sound, adjustable screen”.

Good Flash

Three owners who bought the product mentioned that it had a good flash. Ephotozine.com mentioned in their Canon SX130 IS review on expert review site Ephotozine seven years ago “A decent flash and great skin tones will make it a winner.” and scored this digital camera 70 out of 100. Also seven years ago D. Fortune wrote “The flash is also really bright”. Six years ago Joe mentioned “The incredible zoom, good image quality, great flexibility with shot modes & manual modes for a camera of this price and the flash is also very good” in his review of this digital camera.

Long Zoom Lens

Twenty-four people who bought this digital camera considered that it had a good zoom. Seven years ago What Digital Camera mentioned “Capable zoom, manual focus ability, image stabilisation”. Website Computeractive.co.uk gave it a rating of 80 out of 100 and wrote “Long zoom lens”. Expert website Pcworld.co.nz mentioned “Extreme 12x optical zoom, Fantastic image quality, Double the weight of the competition, Uses regular AA batteriesSummary” .

Seven people who reviewed the product concluded that it had a good image stabiliser. Website Cameras.co.uk rated it 4 stars out of 5 and said six years ago “Optical Image stabilization” in their review of this digital camera. Seven years ago Ephotozine wrote “Impressive image stabilisation” in their review of this digital camera and gave the product a score of 70 out of 100. In the same month expert review site Whatdigitalcamera.com said “Its 12x optical zoom (28-336mm) lens with image stabilisation is great in use” in their review of this digital camera.

Three customers wrote in their reviews that the product had a good lens. Seven years ago Amazon Customer scored this digital camera a maximum of 5 stars and said “The macro shots are phenomenal - just shows what a brilliant sensor and lens this camera has” in their review of the Canon SX130 IS. Also seven years ago Gajet scored it 5 stars out of 5 and wrote on expert website Amazon.co.uk “The wider-angled lens is most useful”. I. S. Dixon said “Allow me to zoom in on the detail given this camera's impressive zoom lens” in their review of this digital camera.

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Good Quality Pictures

Seventy-seven people concluded that it was able to produce good images. Expert review site Digitalversus.com gave it a score of 4 stars out of 5 and mentioned “It offers good picture quality”. Expert website Computeractive.co.uk said “It has some clever modern technology inside, including optical image stabilisation and some neat photo effects.” and gave it a rating of 80 out of 100. Expert review site Consumersearch.com mentioned “Reviewers praise the SX130 for delivering excellent image quality and a strong feature set at a reasonable price”.

Four customers said in their reviews that the product had a good image sensor. Expert review site Steves-Digicams.com said in their review of this digital camera “A compact digicam featuring a 12x optical zoom lens, 12.1-Megapixel imaging sensor and a full set of automatic”. Five years ago expert website Mymobileindia.com mentioned “The camera has a 12.1 megapixel sensor and a DIGIC 4 image processing technology that makes taking pictures with larger sizes”.

Three people said in their reviews that it had a good picture resolution. Six years ago Sherman mentioned in his review of this digital camera “The camera is really easy to use and even offers easy shooting mode for the complete novice”. Alan J. Taylor scored the product 80 out of 100 and he wrote “I am satisfied with this this buy, 12.1 mega pixels delivers excellent quality” in his review of this digital camera.

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Power

Good Battery Life

Eight people thought the Canon SX130 IS had a good battery life. Paris said “I'm very satisfied with battery life”. Daz mentioned “The only downsides are i) battery life”. Marcin M wrote on expert review site Amazon.co.uk “I was amazed that the battery lifetime was actually good” in their review of this digital camera and rated this digital camera 5 stars out of 5.


Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers canon 4184b008aa, pshotsx130zil, pshotsx130zwa, sx130is-black, 4345b012aa, 4345b011aa, 4345b008aa, 4345b015aa, 4611b012aa, 4345b001aa, 4611b015aa, 4611b010aa, 4345b010aa, 4611b013, 4345b009, 4345b013
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