Canon PowerShot SX130 IS Review

The sensor of the Canon PowerShot SX130 has been upgraded from 10 megapixels to 12 megapixels, and its size has been reduced from 1/2.5 inches to 1/2.3 inches to accommodate the new resolution. The body of the Canon SX130 features a layout that is comparable to that of its predecessor, although it has been given a somewhat updated appearance.

The dimensions of the new body are 4.5 inches by 2.9 inches by 1.8 inches (113 millimeters by 73 millimeters by 46 millimeters), and the weight has also grown somewhat to 11.1 ounces (314 grams) when adding the battery and the flash card. Even though it won’t fit in the pocket of your shirt, the Canon SX130IS isn’t an unreasonable amount of bulk.

The Canon PowerShot SX130 has a sensor with a resolution of 12 megapixels and a lens with a magnification factor of 12 times, which results in a zoom range that extends from a usable wide-angle setting of 28 millimeters to a strong telephoto setting of 336 millimeters. However, the improved reach at the wide-angle end comes at a price — the maximum aperture changes from f/3.4 at wide-angle to f/5.6 at telephoto, making it notably less luminous than the previous camera. The “IS” in the name of the SX130 gives away the fact that it still has Canon’s Image Stabilization technology, which helps combat the effects of blur caused by camera shake. This is something that is especially crucial when working with longer focal lengths.

This model does not include an optical viewfinder, which is not surprising given that it is a long-zoom camera. Images are framed and examined on a color LCD display that is 3 inches in size and has 230,000 pixels. The Canon PowerShot SX130 IS provides users with not just a variety of Scene modes and a Program auto mode, but also the option to manually regulate the shutter speed and/or aperture settings of the camera.

Canon’s implementation of face detection is included, and the functionality of face detection is linked not only to the autofocus system but also to the exposure metering and white balance systems to ensure that portraits have the appropriate exposure. This is done so that the camera can accurately expose faces.

Very bright orange LED serves as the autofocus aid when working in low light conditions. Adjustments and adaptations are available in a broad variety for more experienced photographers. These include a range of ISO sensitivities (from 80 to 1,600 equivalent), metering modes (Evaluative, Center-weighted average, Center spot, and Face Detect AE), and white balance choices (Auto, Daylight, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Fluorescent H, Flash, Custom). In comparison to its predecessor, the PowerShot SX130 has a flash range that is somewhat shorter when the ISO sensitivity is set to automatic control. The PowerShot SX130 has a maximum reach of 9.8 feet when shooting at wide-angle and 8.2 feet when shooting at telephoto.

The Canon PowerShot SX130 IS can save pictures to Secure Digital or MultiMediaCard media, including the most recent varieties of media with increased capacity for SDXC cards. The Canon SX120IS, just like its predecessor, the SX120, is powered by a pair of AA batteries. These batteries might be alkaline, lithium, or NiMH rechargeable types. In the bundle of products that you have purchased, you will find a pair of disposable alkaline batteries.

Look and Feel

The design of the Canon SX130 is more similar to that of a point-and-shoot camera than it is to the designs of many other long-zoom cameras, which tend to replicate the designs of digital SLR cameras by having grips that aggressively protrude and electronic viewfinders that are perched atop the lens.

Your left index finger can rest on small ergonomic support that is located to the left of the lens barrel. This helps to secure your grasp on the lens. Although you can get away with holding the camera with one hand and still obtain good shots, I found that using both hands to gain a good grip on the camera was much more comfortable. In addition, despite the fact that it is somewhat larger than a pocket camera, the Canon SX130 does not come equipped with a viewfinder.

The Canon SX130, when equipped with both its memory card and its battery, weighs a total of 11.1 ounces (314 grams). This is the same amount of weight as other cameras that include larger zoom ranges. This heaviness is not necessarily a bad thing, nor is it a hardship since it does not prevent the camera from having a significant feel to it. The Canon SX130 has an ergonomic design that makes it easy to grip and use.

In addition to that, it has a certain amount of mass to it. The Canon SX130 is a touch on the tall and lengthy side, measuring 4.46 inches in height, 2.88 inches in width, and 1.80 inches in depth (113 x 73 x 46 mm). It is possible to carry it in a large jeans pocket, but doing so will not be particularly comfortable; thus, when going on extended travels, it is recommended that you use a more compact camera pouch or backpack.

In terms of its physical appearance, the Canon SX130 will not attract much attention; yet, the camera’s black speckled finish and silver accents help to create an appearance that is quite subtle.


The boxy design of the PowerShot SX130 has at least one positive aspect, and that is that the control buttons are of a good size. A pop-up flash is located on the top of the camera. This flash must be raised or lowered manually, as the camera will not do it on its own; alternatively, it can be closed.

The flash is located next to a Mode dial that provides access to a wide variety of shooting modes, including Auto, Program, Shutter priority, Aperture priority, Manual, Easy mode, Portrait, Landscape, Kids & Pets, Scene, and Movie recording modes.

Within the confines of a zoom, ring can be found a Shutter Release button that is both sizable and quick. Next to it, you’ll see a button that’s almost flush with the body of the camera. Don’t worry—you’ll have no trouble activating it.

You’ll find a small Playback button on the back of the Canon SX130, as well as a pair of controls for face selection and exposure compensation, followed by a scroll wheel that doubles as a four-way controller that gives you access to ISO, Macro, and Manual focusing, as well as the flash and the self-timer.

This scroll wheel is a good addition because it helps to speed up the process of making modifications, as well as navigating menus and playing back photos. The last set of controls is located beneath the Control dial, and they are used to operate the Display as well as the camera’s internal menu.

There is a little ramp to the left of the Playback button that may be used as a thumb grip and also helps to keep your fingers away from the Playback button. It is unfortunate that they did not add any texture to the painted surface of the Canon SX130, as this might make it more difficult to hold the camera.


The large zoom lens is one of the primary attractions of the Canon SX130IS. Its 28mm-336mm (35mm equivalent) optical zoom lens provides the advantages of wide-angle shooting in addition to the flexibility to zoom out to catch more distant action. There is no option to change the zoom speed on this camera, which means you cannot control the speed of the lens as it zooms from wide-angle to telephoto by varying the amount of pressure you apply to the zoom lever or by changing the settings in the camera’s menu.

Because of the nature of the focal length, it is absolutely essential for the lens to have optical image stabilization, which is indicated by the letter “IS” in the name of the camera. The Canon SX130IS comes with a number of different image stabilization modes so you may choose the one that best suits your needs. You may turn the image stabilization to Continuous mode by using the Menu. This mode (you guessed it) continually adjusts the lens element to maintain the sharpness of your photographs. There is a mode labeled “Shoot Only,” which remains inactive until the photographer presses the shutter button. There is also a panning mode available, which solely stabilizes the vertical movement of the camera. Last but not least, you have the option to disable the picture stabilization.

Auto Macro

If you are using the Canon SX130 in automatic mode, the camera will switch to macro focusing as soon as you are near enough. Although there is some blurring around the margins of this photograph of fall leaves, the central portion of the picture has retained its clarity.

The picture stabilization seems to deliver very good results across the board, maintaining the clarity of photos regardless of the level used. However, as you’ll see in the next section, continuing to keep the Canon SX130 set to Continuous IS mode almost definitely contributes to the camera’s insatiable thirst for battery life. In order to prevent your battery from dying completely, you should probably turn off IS if it is becoming low on power.

When it comes to focusing, the Canon SX130 has a number of different options to choose from. When set to Macro mode, it can concentrate on subjects that are as near as 1 centimeter away (1cm). You have the option to focus manually on the subject matter, or the camera may do it for you automatically while you are shooting in Auto mode, which is a convenient feature.

Those who are interested in manual focus have a few alternatives to choose from with the Canon SX130. A focus-assist option, which can be turned off in the settings, will bring up a magnified crop of the image on the camera’s LCD to help you sharpen your focus. You accomplish this by using the scroll wheel on the rear of the camera to adjust the focus.

You have the option of turning on a setting called “Safety MF,” which, when activated, will automatically make the focus a little bit sharper whenever you half-press the shutter button. Some purists might be offended by it, but I found it useful when I wasn’t entirely sure that I had the focus set correctly.

You have the choice of using either the face-detection autofocus or the center-frame autofocus for your camera. You may get an even higher degree of precision by adjusting the size of the focusing frame to either normal or tiny.

When you push the shutter release button on the Canon SX130 halfway, the AF point zoom feature may be activated to provide further help. This feature will magnify the area of the frame that is now serving as the focal point (similarly to the focus-assist option when manually focusing).

If you’re shooting candids or any kind of activity, the constantly magnified preview might be a bit of a distraction. However, if you’re shooting portraits or landscapes that don’t move, this feature can be rather helpful. You’ll be happy to know that you can turn it off in the menu.

When the camera is set to Auto, Easy, or certain scene settings, or when the face-detection AF mode is on, it will automatically recognize and track faces. When you press the Face Select button, you’ll be able to cycle between all of the recognized faces, making it simple to zero in on a particular individual among a group of people.

In the event that neither the Auto mode nor the Easy mode find any faces, the SX130 will switch to a 9-area AF mode and concentrate on the subject that is the most contrasty and nearest to the camera. When you go to most of the other modes, the autofocus will reset to the middle of the picture. Simply pushing the Face Select button allows you to switch between the face-detect AF mode and the center frame AF mode when the latter is chosen in the menu. Nice.

The pumpkin patch looks great in portrait mode. Our participant was not in the least bit amused after discovering that these pumpkins would shortly be going under the knife. The Canon SX130 performed a good job of blurring the backdrop and rendering skin tones accurately.

Modes: The Canon SX130 IS provides the photography hobbyist with a significant amount of room for experimentation. On the mode dial, you may access the complete Manual mode, the Aperture priority mode, as well as the Shutter priority mode. Additionally, there is a Program mode. Simply using the scroll wheel will allow you to change the aperture or shutter speed on the LCD display of your camera.

Canon’s Smart Auto mode offers users a “set it and forget it” experience by utilizing a database of 28 different shooting scenarios to determine which mode is the most appropriate for the situation that is now being viewed by the user. Alternately, you may match your setting using the Portrait, Landscape, or Kids & Pets options.

When the camera is set to Auto mode, the menu options available to you will be severely limited. You won’t have access to the exposure settings or any of the color options discussed further down. You will still have control over the image resolution, as well as the ability to set the self-timer. The camera menu is where you will make adjustments for the rest of the settings.

The easy mode may be selected on the Canon SX130, which allows for a process that is simplified even further—and when I say simplified, I mean it. Canon’s Simple mode prevents you from accessing any of the camera’s settings in any way, making it fundamentally different from the easy modes offered by other camera manufacturers.

When shooting in Easy mode, the only control you have over your shots is the ability to zoom and choose how high or low the pop-up flash is set (and raising it simply drops the camera into auto-flash mode). I believe that this goes a little bit too far, since it disables a lot of functionality that some people would still find helpful when looking for a simple model (like exposure).

To put this into perspective, if you were to hand the camera to a caveman or someone else who was similarly unable to deal with the technology of a digital camera, you might envision a circumstance in which this type of setting would come in useful. The vast majority of individuals would be better off avoiding it altogether.

The Fisheye Scene setting makes curved slides even more curved than they already were.

In addition to the settings that are accessible via the Mode dial, the Canon SX130 features an extra 12 Scene modes, some of which are industry standards such as Snow and Fireworks. In addition to that, there are some entertaining picture effects. While some, like Fish-eye, are quite unremarkable, others, like Color Accent and Color Swap, stand out as particularly significant.

There is also something called a “Smart Shutter,” which will take a picture without you having to do anything as soon as it recognizes a happy face. It performs exactly as described and might be helpful for taking photographs (particularly of children whose inclination to smile can be a tad unpredictable). Because you can take a picture whenever you choose, it shouldn’t be too much of a hindrance to your ability to use your own discretion and reflexes. If you select the “Wink Self-timer” option, the camera will take a picture two seconds after it recognizes a wink of the eye. If you select the “Face Self-timer” option, the camera will take a picture two seconds after it recognizes a new face.

Vivid vs. Neutral

In comparison to the Neutral option, the Vivid mode makes the blue of the sky and the green of the trees stand out a little more vividly, although the difference is not dramatic.

My Aesthetics

Canon’s My Colors mode is one of the more appealing features that the SX130IS has to offer. This mode allows you to apply color effects to either the entire image, emphasize specific colors in a photo, or even isolate them all together so that they can stand out prominently within an otherwise black-and-white photograph.

You have the option of shooting in vivid, which will heavily saturate all of the colors in your frame, or you may shoot in neutral, which will result in a more subdued look. Sepia photos, positive film (which also enhances color saturation), lighter or darker skin tones, and both black and white and color skin tones are all available as options.

Additional My color choices are a brilliant blue, a brilliant green, a brilliant red, or a color of your choosing. If you choose the personalized option, you’ll be given the choice of which of the colors in a scene — green, red, or blue — you want to be brought to the forefront, and which of those colors you want to tone down. You also have the ability to change the image’s contrast, sharpness, saturation, and skin tone, each of which may be adjusted in increments of five levels. This not only offers you a large degree of creative control over the appearance of your photographs in a manner that is quite straightforward, but it also makes it possible for you to spend hours experimenting due to the fact that there are countless options for you to play with.

There is also a pretty fascinating feature called Hue Accent, which allows you to single out a certain color in a scene that is predominantly black and white. Strangely, this setting isn’t grouped with the other color selections like the others, but rather it’s moved over to the Scene modes with the rest of the options. It’s not a huge concern, but it doesn’t change the fact that it feels out of place there; nevertheless, the fact that it’s a different Scene mode certainly makes it easier to prevent accidentally activating it. In addition to that, there is a feature called Hue Swap that gives you the ability to alter one color in a scene to another.

Accessible through the Mode dial, the HD Video Recording function on the Canon SX130IS allows for the recording of video with a resolution of 1,280 by 720 at a frame rate of 30 frames per second in the H.264 codec (but not, alas, through a dedicated movie button). It is not the finest quality HD recording on a compact, as the bit rate is just 3MB/s, but the results were satisfactory when viewed on an HD computer display. In environments with less light, the lens would occasionally need to be refocused.


While you are recording HD footage, you have access to a 12x optical zoom that, despite the noise of the tractor, continues to function silently. Additionally, the stereo mics provide a good amount of clarity. (Click here to get the MOV file, which is 39.9 MB.)

The video capabilities of the Canon SX130 are significantly improved by a number of thoughtful additions. To begin, not only can you make the most of the camera’s 12x optical zoom while you’re filming, but the zooming mechanism is also quite quiet, so there won’t be any bothersome clicks while the lens finds its proper position.

The SX130IS also enables stereo recording by use of a pair of small microphones that are located on opposing sides of the lens barrel. This is a wonderful audio enhancement that is not typically seen on lower-cost compact cameras. This is excellent news on two fronts. Optical image stabilization can be used when shooting in continuous mode, however, it can also be turned off if desired. When shooting videos, you also have the option to employ either manual or macro focusing.

While you are recording movies with your Canon camera, you have access to a variety of visual effects, such as the Miniature effect, Color Accent, and Color Swap, among others. In addition to standard video recording, they provide you with some room for artistic expression.

Additionally, the Canon SX130 is capable of recording at a resolution of 640 × 480 at a frame rate of 30 frames per second. My opinion is that it is rather superfluous because there is no use in recording in a quality that is lower than HD, but your experience (or the amount of space on your memory card) may differ.

Menu System

Menu navigation is a snap thanks to the Canon SX130’s combination of a big text display, a user interface that has been well developed, and a 3-inch LCD display. (It should be mentioned that in addition to its good size, the display is astonishingly brilliant and easy to read even when the sun is shining directly on it.)

By pressing the Func./Set button that is located in the center of the four-way controller, you are able to access the majority of the settings that you use on a regular basis while the camera is in Program mode. These settings include white balance, color modes, image size, image quality, drive mode, flash power, and metering. You can easily move back and forth using the scroll wheel, and if you ever want to resume shooting, you can do so by pressing the shutter button at any point.

The “Hints & Tips” feature, which can be found in the camera’s main menu, will offer a brief textual explanation of a scene mode or camera setting before you choose to use it. This function was already described above (this can be turned off if you wish). The text is typically jammed near the bottom of the screen, which makes it difficult to read.

If the description of a particular camera setting is too long to fit on the screen, as it frequently is, it will automatically scroll to the next line. This means that if you aren’t looking for the description, you might miss it the first time it appears; however, it will appear again two more times before it finally disappears. If Canon had condensed the menu in order to make room for the complete text on the screen, it would have been much simpler and quicker to read.

Memory and Batteries: If slow performance is at the top of the very short list of the Canon SX130’s drawbacks, then the Canon SX130’s limited battery life comes in a very close second. The camera is powered by a pair of AA batteries, and it claims that a regular set of alkaline batteries would allow for just about 130 images before needing to be replaced.

In practice, I could hardly make it through a day of shooting without using up all of my batteries, and I never got anywhere close to 130 images from a pair of AA batteries when using optical image stabilization in continuous mode or shooting a few HD videos. In addition, I could hardly make it through a day of shooting without using up all of my memory cards. Regular AA batteries are not recommended for use in the Canon SX130 unless you chance to have big stock holdings in a major alkaline battery firm. If this is not the case, you should certainly avoid using standard AA batteries.

According to Canon, NiMH batteries that are AA-sized give significantly better endurance than normal batteries. According to the CIPA standard, these batteries may take up to 370 pictures, which is a respectable number. This is without a doubt the path that should be taken.

One of the compartments on the underside of the camera is designed to hold your SD card as well as the camera’s batteries. The door to the compartment may be difficult to open at times, but once it is shut, the latching mechanism is quite reliable.

The Canon SX130 is compatible with both SDHC and SDXC memory cards, which offer greater storage space and transfer speeds respectively. When recording movies, Canon suggests using memory cards with a minimum speed of Class 4. When attempting to remove the memory card from the camera, if you are not careful, the batteries may fall out of the camera as you are doing so. Additionally, the Canon SX130 features a DC input connection that may be used in conjunction with the ACK800 AC Adapter Kit, which is sold separately.

Detection of faces when in playback mode.


When you are in Playback mode on the Canon SX130, you have access to a useful assortment of menu choices. It’s already a lot of fun to scroll through your pictures with the mouse wheel, but things only get better from here. A Smart-shuffle function displays a primary photo in the center of the display and drops four others around it. You may select the next photo you wish to see by using the scroll wheel to travel up or down or side-to-side. That’s quite cool. An additional feature that adds a lovely touch is a display option that shows a zoomed-in crop of the region that is now in focus in the bottom right corner.

When you press the Face Select button, the camera will automatically magnify the next face that it detects in the picture. This allows you to quickly determine whether or not individuals are in sharp focus. You have the option to select transition effects (fade, bubble, scroll, and so on), as well as the interval between photo transitions when using a slide presentation.

After the event, you are also able to do some minor modifications, such as adding Intelligent Contrast (either Auto, Low, Med, or High), as well as color effects, such as Vivid or Positive film. You may keep the original image by saving your alterations to a new image file after making changes to it.

The speaker of the Canon SX130 is situated in the area that would normally be occupied by your left finger if you were holding the camera with both hands; as a result, the audio may get muffled when it is played back. Even with your finger entirely covering the speaker, the audio playback did not appear to be notably muffled or unintelligible. The odds are that’s not how you’d be holding the camera if you were examining your images, and in any case, the audio playback did not appear to be muffled or indistinct.

When it came to shooting, I took the Canon SX130 with me on a few fall excursions, and the results were a bit of a mixed bag. This was not so much the case in terms of the picture quality, which was fairly nice, but rather on the performance front. After only a few seconds of shooting, you’ll quickly become aware of the camera’s most significant flaw:

Her speed is unimpressive. It is not unheard of for an ultra-zoom camera to be on the slower side of the spectrum; but, the lag between photos while using alkaline batteries in the Canon SX130 was undeniably evident and frequently annoying. Because to the latency, I frequently lost track of important moments. When it came to shooting with little lag time, the best conditions were found to be outside, in well-lit surroundings, and with the flash turned down. The camera moves at a glacial pace indoors with the flash set to the automatic position.

When I was finally successful in capturing the moment, I was satisfied with the photos that I had taken as a consequence. Even while some of my images included the odd blown-out highlight, on the whole, the exposure was quite nicely handled. You may adjust the level of contrast in the image using the Intelligent Contrast option, which is accessible through the menu. Outside, in the fresh air, it functioned more effectively than indoors.

The Performance of the Canon PowerShot SX130 IS

Startup Time

It takes around 2.7 seconds for the Canon SX130 to turn on and snap a picture once it has been turned off. For a device with such a vast zoom range, that’s very impressive.

Shutter Lag

The shutter lag for full autofocus is rather slow, clocking in at 0.77 seconds at wide-angle and 0.74 seconds at maximum telephoto. The prefocus shutter latency is 0.081 seconds, making it rather quick but not the quickest available on the market.

Time in Cycles

In single-shot mode, the camera has a cycle time that is slightly slower than normal, taking a picture once every 2.76 seconds. The continuous mode burst speed of the SX130 is rated by Canon at around one frame per second, which is likewise rather modest.

Recycle Flash Lights

The recycling time for the flash on the Canon PowerShot SX130 is around 12 seconds after a full-power discharge. This is a slower than typical recycle time, and it is one of the camera’s primary annoyances. This is not an unusual occurrence for a camera that uses two AA batteries to power its flash, but it is nonetheless upsetting.

Low Light autofocus

Without turning on the AF assist lamp, the autofocus mechanism of the camera was able to focus in conditions with a light level of slightly under 1/4 foot-candle; however, when the lamp was turned on, the camera was able to focus in conditions where there was no light at all.

USB Transfer Speed

The Canon PowerShot SX130 has relatively quick download rates when it is connected to a computer or printer through USB 2.0. We got a reading of 6,736 KBytes per second.

In the Box

The following accessories are included in the package with your purchase of a Canon PowerShot SX130 IS:

  • Canon PowerShot SX130 IS Digital SLR Camera
  • Wrist Strap WS-800
  • 2 AA Alkaline Batteries
  • IFC-400PCU stands for the interface cable
  • AV cable model number AVC-DC400ST
  • Instructions for Getting Started
  • Software Compact Disc ROM

Accessories Highly Recommended

  • Rechargeable NiMH batteries
  • The memory card supports SD, SDHC, and SDXC formats and has a high speed and large capacity. A capacity of between 4 and 8 gigabytes offers a reasonable balance between price and storage space.

Image Quality

Throughout the course of our examination, the Canon PowerShot SX130 IS generated photographs of satisfactory quality. The biggest shortcoming of the Canon PowerShot SX130 IS in terms of image quality is noise, with ISO 400 displaying some noise, blurring of detail, and moderate desaturation of color. As the ISO is increased, noise and loss of information become increasingly noticeable until you reach the highest possible value of 1600.

The Canon PowerShot SX130 IS performed admirably in terms of handling chromatic aberrations, with only a few instances of purple fringing visible in high-contrast settings. The images captured with a resolution of 12 megapixels came out of the camera with a level of softness that required some additional sharpening in an application such as Adobe Photoshop. If you want to avoid this, you should either increase the level of sharpening that is performed in-camera or use a higher resolution.

The nighttime shot came out extremely well, and the fact that the maximum shutter speed was 15 seconds meant that you were able to catch sufficient light for almost any scenario. Even though there is a lot of lens distortion and shadows at such a short distance, the performance of the camera’s macro mode is a standout highlight, allowing you to focus as near as 1 centimeter away from the subject of your photograph. The built-in flash did a fantastic job indoors, producing images free of red-eye and with enough exposure overall. When shooting in low-light settings with the camera held by hand or when utilizing the telephoto end of the zoom range, anti-shake performs really well.


Body typeCompact
Max resolution4000 x 3000
Other resolutions4000 x 2248, 2816 x 2112, 1600 x 1200, 640 x 480, 320 x 240
Image ratio w:h4:3, 3:2
Effective pixels12 megapixels
Sensor size1/2.3″ (6.17 x 4.55 mm)
Sensor typeCCD
ProcessorDigic 4
ISOAuto, 80 ,100, 200, 400, 800, 1600
White balance presets5
Custom white balanceYes
Image stabilizationOptical
Uncompressed formatNo
JPEG quality levelsFine, Normal
Focal length (equiv.)28–336 mm
Optical zoom12×
Maximum apertureF3.4–5.6
AutofocusContrast Detect (sensor)SingleLive View
Digital zoomYes (4x)
Manual focusYes
Macro focus range1 cm (0.39″)
Articulated LCDFixed
Screen size3″
Screen dots230,000
Touch screenNo
Live viewYes
Viewfinder typeNone
Minimum shutter speed15 sec
Maximum shutter speed1/2500 sec
Aperture priorityYes
Shutter priorityYes
Subject / scene modesYes
Built-in flashYes (Pop-up)
Flash range3.00 m
External flashNo
Flash modesAuto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync
Continuous drive1.0 fps
Self-timerYes (2 or 10 sec, Custom)
Metering modesMultiCenter-weightedSpot
Exposure compensation±2 (at 1/3 EV steps)
Resolutions1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps), 160 x 120 (15 fps)
Storage typesSD/SDHC/SDXC/MMC/MMCplus/HC MMCplus
Storage included128 MB SD card
USBUSB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
Remote controlNo
Environmentally sealedNo
Battery description2 x AA batteries (NiMH recommended)
Weight (inc. batteries)308 g (0.68 lb / 10.86 oz)
Dimensions113 x 73 x 46 mm (4.45 x 2.87 x 1.81″)
Orientation sensorYes
Timelapse recordingNo


The Canon PowerShot SX130IS may be described as having a variety of strengths and weaknesses. Image quality and overall feature set are both commensurate with the asking price and meet or exceed expectations throughout. Not only does it include a wide-angle lens, picture stabilization, and a decent 12x optical zoom, but its HD video capabilities are pretty formidable for a tiny camera, and it gives you lots of creative possibilities for your movies.

Having said that, its performance is severely hindered by its poor speeds and short battery life, both of which are big drawbacks. When using conventional alkaline batteries, the Canon SX130 will not even make it through a single day of photography, let alone an entire trip’s worth. Although they can be helpful in a situation, using NiMH batteries will serve you considerably better in the long run. When it comes to speed, the Canon SX130 might have a shot-to-shot lag that seems to go on forever when the flash is turned on.

On the other side, there are a plethora of picture effects, and the user has the opportunity to play with exposure, saturation, color, and contrast, which ought to provide the enthusiast with a wealth of chances to modify their photographs. And the Canon SX130 is a suitable successor to its predecessor, the SX120, due to its bigger lens (28mm equivalent, 12x magnification) as well as the inclusion of 720p video with optical zoom.

Pros & Cons

Good For
  • Larger sensor
  • a lens with a wide angle of view of good quality
  • 12x optical zoom
  • The 3-inch LCD screen is not affected by the sunlight.
Need Improvement
  • There is no HDMI output.
  • Not an automatically occurring pop-up flash
  • The aperture that is the most open is f/3.4
  • chromatic aberration visible in both the wide and telephoto perspectives

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