Canon PowerShot SX130 IS

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Canon PowerShot SX130 IS is a 12.1 Megapixel Digital Compact Camera features 12x Optical / 4x Digital / 48x Combined Zoom, ISO 80-1600 and 3.0-inch low-temperature polycrystalline silicon TFT color LCD. The camera measures (W x H x D) 4.46 x 2.88 x 1.80 in. (113.3 x 73.2 x 45.8mm) and weighs Approx. 10.9 oz/308g (including the battery and memory card).

Overall Rating: ★★★★☆ | Latest Price Info: sold start from $80.00

Expert Reviews

Canon PowerShot SX130 IS Reviews reviews the Canon PowerShot SX130 IS and writes;
“Compared to other digital cameras in this category the Canon Powershot SX130 IS may not offer quite the range of features that some cameras do, but I think this is reflected in the price. With this camera you get very good value for your money. “
Rating: ★★★★☆

ComputerActive reviews the Canon PowerShot SX130 IS and writes;
“At the wide end, landscape pictures came out well: the camera did a good job of pulling detail from bright skies while keeping the ground below well exposed, and a picture taken down a dingy tunnel was surprisingly detailed..”
Rating: ★★★★☆

ImagingResource reviews the Canon PowerShot SX130 IS and writes;
“the Canon SX130’s wider 28mm equivalent 12x lens and the addition of 720p video with optical zoom make it a worthy successor to its predecessor, the SX120. With the warning about the slow autofocus and cycle times, we still give the Canon SX130 a Dave’s Pick for its good image quality, easy demeanor, and range of customizable features.”
Rating: ★★★★½

TrustedReviews reviews the Canon PowerShot SX130 IS and writes;
“In terms of picture quality we were pleasantly surprised with the results we got from the SX130 IS. With colours veering toward warm straight out of the camera, images avoided looking too flat, even under dull, grey wintry skies.”
Rating: ★★★★½

DCR reviews the Canon PowerShot SX130 IS and writes;
“The Canon PowerShot SX30 IS was designed as the ultimate general purpose digicam – this camera can capture images of just about anything – from expansive ultra-wide landscapes to super telephoto close-ups. The SX30 IS should also appeal to family photographers whose children are involved in youth sports and aspiring wildlife/nature photographers looking for a light, fairly compact, all-in-one camera with lots of reach.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

PhotographyBlog reviews the Canon PowerShot SX130 IS and writes;
“So the Canon PowerShot SX130 IS may not have all the bells and whistles, styling or cutting edge features of competitive models, but it undoubtedly offers fantastic value for money for such a big-brand camera, and is easily worthy of our Recommended award.”
Rating: ★★★★½

CNET reviews the Canon PowerShot SX130 IS and writes;
“The bottom line: The budget-friendly Canon PowerShot SX130 IS is a solid compact megazoom for those that prize creative control and photo quality more than fast shooting performance or a small, lightweight design.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

DigitalVersus reviews the Canon PowerShot SX130 IS and writes;
“Under its clumsy-looking casing, the SX130 IS is actually a pretty decent compact. It offers good picture quality, a 720p HD video mode and has plenty of settings for users looking for greater control.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

CameraLabs reviews the Canon PowerShot SX130 IS and writes;
“It’s a big step up from its predecessor, providing a great range of features from novice-friendly modes all the way up to full manual control, while delivering excellent quality images and video. It’s an easy model to recommend. “
Rating: ★★★★½ reviews the Canon PowerShot SX130 IS and writes;
“Resolution remained relatively high throughout up to ISO 400 but dropped sharply at ISO 800 and ISO 1600, even though the image size remains the same throughout the camera’s ISO range.”
Rating: ★★★★½

InfoSync reviews the Canon PowerShot SX130 IS and writes;
“Canon PowerShot SX130 IS’s strengths—solid design, well-stocked features, good image quality, stellar interface and menu system—we cannot recommend this camera. We had a great time with the PowerShot SX130 IS, but our joy dwindled every time we had to throw a new set of AA batteries into the hatch. Photo shoots were interrupted or abruptly aborted, and frustration continued to climb. “
Rating: ★★★☆☆

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User Opinions

Canon PowerShot SX130 IS User Reviews

Great Camera, nice and clear
“I like that it uses 2 AA batteries since I use rechargables-my other one used 4, so I have 2 extra for a backup now. I love how it zooms in on the face and the smile shutter is a neat trick. Have not played with the hd video yet, but I would have liked a mini-hdmi out of the camera. Also would like the flash to pop up on its own instead of saying on the screen to put the flash up.” – By Arthur Carter
Rating: ★★★★★

Very close to perfect
“The quality of photos is spectacular. The color is far superior to any camera in a comparable price range, especially a simple point and shoot. My 3 week old daughters skin tones show up amazingly realistic.” – By A. Hochberg
Rating: ★★★★★

Holy Macro
“The macro capabilities on this thing are amazing! In Manual mode with Macro on, you can have the lens 1/2″ away, and it will still lock focus and snap a photo. The best Macro that I personally have seen.” – By Skyler
Rating: ★★★★☆

Amazing camera for the money
“I previously had the SX110 model and I loved that camera. I am loving the 130 just as much. The photos I get from this camera are amazing, and that’s on Auto mode. Loving the Fisheye and Miniature settings too. Of course the thing I love most is the optical zoom(on this model, it’s 12x). I also like that the camera takes AA batteries.” – By Stephanie M
Rating: ★★★★★

Very Nice
“Overall I think camera delivers what it promises. It doesn’t pretend to be small, but it gives you the versatility of AA batteries and, if you know how to use it, takes excellent pics. It turns on in a fraction of a second and is ready to use. The weight of the camera makes it more stable when holding, with less shake. If you grade it in it’s category, it is a great camera!” – By sailorboy414
Rating: ★★★★★

A Terrific Travel Camera
“The SX130 has an “easy mode” that permits even a child to take great photos outdoors, after learning to pre-focus before taking the photo. And, the SX130 has dozens of manual settings that enable experienced users to set a custom white balance, set the ISO level, adjust contrast, color tone, and color saturation.” – By Alan Houston
Rating: ★★★★☆

Superb mini all-rounder
” It’s compact and light, and easily fits in a jacket pocket, so it’s always handy for a snapshot. It takes great pictures, and superb clear 720p movies.” – By Clint
Rating: ★★★★☆

Amazing Straight From The Box
“Every time in the past when purchasing a new camera, it takes some adjusting and “breaking in” before fully great-quality pictures come, but with this one, literally from the first shot it has been wonderful. The HD video also records wonderfuly, and the sound is great as well- even with using all of the 48x digital zoom!” – By jenmt
Rating: ★★★★★

A Fantastic Compact Zoom Choice
“First, I’ll speak to the image quality and zoom. I’ve been very impressed with both its color fidelity and the overall image quality. Images are sharp and its ability to provide vivid color and great dynamic range within images is fantastic.” – By J. Whiteside
Rating: ★★★★☆

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Canon PowerShot SX130 IS User Manual (PDF)

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Canon PowerShot SX130 IS Features

Smart, sleek and creative, the PowerShot SX130 IS is the perfect companion to all your good times. Now you can capture every detail of special moments in crisp, stunning 720p HD–even while using the high-powered 12x wide-angle optical zoom. You’ll record in stereo sound, then play back your videos instantly on you computer. The SX130 IS is all about creativity, with fun new scene modes like Miniature Effect for Movies, and Fisheye Effect for artistically distorted stills.

While you’re having fun creating, the camera’s Smart Flash Exposure and advanced Smart AUTO systems are ensuring that every image is the best it can be. Add the DIGIC 4 Image Processor, 12.1 megapixels and Canon’s Optical Image Stabilizer, and you’ve got the ideal camera for making the good times last.

Canon PowerShot SX130IS Highlights

Shoot 720p HD video with stereo sound while using the optical zoom
The PowerShot SX130 IS is the perfect combination of still camera and extraordinary video maker. Videos are recorded in spectacularly detailed 720p HD with clear stereo sound. Better yet, you can now zoom in and out as your creativity demands, without losing a bit of the 720p HD resolution. Given the SX130 IS’s powerful 12x wide-angle optical zoom, this capability is especially meaningful.

12x wide-angle optical zoom with Optical Image Stabilizer
With precision engineering and decades of leadership in optics technology, Canon has created a bright, wide-angle lens that magnifies to an astonishing 12x. Moreover, it’s sized to fit the SX130 IS’s compact profile, performs at high speed, and keeps power consumption low.

Whether you’re at a sporting event, school play, or just out and about shooting, you’ll love how the SX130’s powerful wide-angle 12x optical zoom gets you up close fast and puts more image into every frame. And Canon’s Optical Image Stabilizer controls camera shake to ensure that throughout the zoom range, your images are steady and crystal clear.

Scene modes like Miniature Effect for Movie and Fisheye Effect offers creative options for videos and images
Explore your creativity! The PowerShot SX130 IS gives you fun, easy ways to play with perspective in your still images and videos, too.

Miniature Effect for Movies (also available for still images) enhances perspective to give whatever you’re shooting the fascinating look of a scene shot with miniature models. At the same time, selective frames are removed to enhance the effect when you play the scene back at 30 fps.

“Fisheye” lenses are favorites of professional photographers: their quirky, convex perspective gives a fun creative punch to shots of kids, pets and more. The SX130 IS creates a Fisheye Effect without the need to attach a special lens–simply activate the mode, choose from three levels (low, medium and high) and shoot!

Smart Flash Exposure determines the correct flash based on the shooting situation
Smart Flash Exposure is a technology that uses the proper flash by analyzing a wide range of lighting conditions, and helps ensure against over or underexposed images. The detail and color of your photo remain intact and truer to life even in challenging lighting.

Advanced Smart AUTO selects from 28 predefined shooting situations
Just set the Canon PowerShot SX130 IS to Smart AUTO and you’re ready for maximum enjoyment from your picture taking every time. It’s a relaxing and satisfying way to shoot because you can completely concentrate on your subject, knowing that the camera has the technical details covered. Advanced Canon technology intelligently analyzes your situation and shooting conditions. Then it automatically selects an appropriate setting from 28 specially defined settings. So whether you’re photographing flowers, a captivating sunset, or your friends at the park, you can be confident that you’re getting dramatic, memorable images.

With 22 Shooting Modes including 12 Special Scene Modes, you’re ready for whatever shot comes your way.

Powerful DIGIC 4 Image Processor with 12.1 megapixels
The PowerShot SX130 IS is equipped with many of the same features as a higher-end camera: an ultra-powerful zoom, eye-popping resolution and advanced picture-improving technology. 12.1 Megapixels of resolution gives your photography incomparable depth and ensures that any section of any shot can be enlarged and cropped with no loss in quality when you edit the image even if you choose to print the image. It can create crisp, clear 13 x 19-inch posters.

Canon’s proprietary DIGIC Image Processors have long set its cameras apart from the competition, and the new DIGIC 4 sets the bar even higher. Faster, more accurate noise reduction delivers better image quality, even at high ISO speeds.

Large 3.0-inch LCD with wide viewing angle
The camera’s high resolution (230,000 dots) 3.0-inch LCD gives you the big picture, whether you’re shooting, reviewing or showing off your images. This high-resolution screen offers a crisp, clear picture to make shooting, playback and using the camera’s menu functions especially convenient. Clear and bright, it also features Night Display for easy viewing in low light.

AA battery power enables you to easily power up
Conveniently, you don’t need to worry about running out of batteries or having to recharge them. Since AA-size batteries can be purchased at any store, simply get new ones locally–wherever you go, no special power adapters or chargers are needed.

What’s in the Box

* PowerShot SX130 IS Camera body
* AA-size Alkaline Battery (x2)
* Wrist Strap WS-800
* AV Cable AVC-DC400ST
* USB Interface Cable IFC-400PCU
* Digital Camera Solution CD-ROM

4 Responses to “Canon PowerShot SX130 IS”

  1. I use this for my sisters wedding, that’s looks great. I recommend this for anyone who want to save the best moment in picture.

  2. Mateen khan says:

    This one of the best Value for Money (VFM) cameras in the market today.. Shoud give 5/5 in all aspects..

  3. Mateen khan says:

    I bought this camera a month back.. and i am just loving it..

  4. kailash says:

    I bought this awesome camera couple of months back.. and really the best one i ever had Go for it.

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