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CANON PowerShot SX130

alaTest has collected and analyzed 837 reviews from magazines and websites. Views about the performance and value for money are overall positive. The portability and usability also get good opinions. Comments about the storage and battery are mixed, and many are less positive about the features and shutter.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the CANON PowerShot SX130 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 90/100 = Excellent quality.

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Canon PowerShot SX130 IS


The PowerShot SX130 IS is one of Canon's three compact megazooms for 2010. It shares some of the same features as its linemate, the SX210 IS , mainly semimanual and manual shooting modes and 720p HD movie capture. However, that model has a longer, 14x...

Excellent photo quality, features for its class; semimanual, manual shooting modes; uses AA-size batteries.

Slow shooting performance; bulky, heavy body.

The budget-friendly Canon PowerShot SX130 IS is a solid, compact megazoom for those who prize creative control and photo quality more than fast shooting performance or a small, lightweight design.

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Canon PowerShot SX130 IS Review


The SX130 IS is an easy to use, yet powerful compact digicam. With smart auto and manual controls, anyone can find an appropriate shooting mode. Although the performance lacks a little, the camera more than makes up for it with its image quality and...

Excellent image quality ; 12x optical zoom with Optical Image Stabilization is easy for handheld shooting ; 720p HD video captures excellent videos with stereo sound ; Smart auto allows anyone to operate it ; Full Manual mode for total control ;...

Shot-to-Shot and burst are a little slow ; No dedicated video recording button ; No audio input for HD video recording

The SX130 IS is an easy to use, yet powerful compact digicam. With smart auto and manual controls, anyone can find an appropriate shooting mode. Although the performance lacks a little, the camera more than makes up for it with its image quality and...

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Canon PowerShot SX130 IS First Impressions Review


The Canon PowerShot SX130 IS ($249 MSRP) is a less expensive camera in the PowerShot series, which means you'll get a lot more manual controls that from a Canon Elph, but you're still well under the $300 price point for advanced PowerShots. The SX130...

The Canon SX130 ($249 MSRP) doesn't have the more fully developed features of a point & shoot like the G11, or even the S-series models. On the downside, it's not quite as thin as the Elphs, either. That 12x zoom has to fit somewhere. However, the zoom...


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Canon SX130 IS


The Canon SX130IS follows up last year's long-zoom SX120IS model. Compared to the SX120IS, Canon has again upped the resolution slightly, taking the SX130 from a 10-megapixel sensor to 12 megapixels, simultaneously increasing the sensor size slightly...

Larger sensor ; 3-inch LCD holds up well in the sun ; 12x optical zoom ; Good quality wide-angle lens ; Optical Image stabilization ; Easy mode for handing the camera to novices ; Full PASM exposure modes ; Well-sized controls ; Smart Shutter detects...

Slow shot-to-shot time and continuous mode ; Very slow flash recycle ; Sluggish autofocus ; Meager battery life with alkaline AAs (but decent battery life with NiMH rechargeables) ; Bulky body doesn't slip into a pocket ; In-camera help text too small...

The Canon PowerShot SX130IS is something of a mixed bag. It delivers the goods as far as image quality and feature set for the price are concerned. Not only does it offer a solid 12x optical zoom, image stabilized, wide-angle lens but its HD movie...

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Canon PowerShot SX130 IS Review


Quote from review: “The new Canon PowerShot SX120 IS is one of the most affordable travel-zoom cameras around. For less than £200 / $250, the Canon SX130 offers a 12x optical zoom lens, 12 megapixels, 3 inch LCD screen, 720p movies and fast DIGIC 4...

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Canon PowerShot SX130 IS Review


Canon's Powershot SX130 IS joins the compact ultrazoom posse as the SX120 rides off into the sunset.

Good image quality ; Reasonable price ; Nice 720p HD video

Short alkaline battery life ; Slower lens for class ; Lengthy flash recycle time

Not the camera for a sports or action photographer, the SX130 can ably serve just about everyone else and is worth a look for those considering moving into one of the superzooms in the 15x and under portion of the class.

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Canon PowerShot SX130 IS


Announced in September 2010, the Canon PowerShot SX130 IS is a 12 Megapixel super-zoom with a stabilized 12x optical zoom and 3in screen. It replaces the PowerShot SX120 IS, which itself replaced the SX110 IS, both highly popular models. As well as a...

Great image quality ; Fully manual PASM exposure modes ; Excellent optical image stabilization ; 720p movies with quiet optical zooming

Large and heavy compared to rivals ; Poor continuous shooting speed ; 10 min HD video shooting limit ; Slow flash recycling

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"this camera takes great photos"


It was given to me as a highschool grad gift and i absolutley love it

mine has bounced off rocks landed in the sand and been left outside in the rain all night long, I thought for sure it was dead with all the rain we received I picked it up and it turned on without a hitch and worked just fine

goes through batteries like no other ill get maybe a few hours of photography time out of it, kind of bulky doesnt fit in pockets very well

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"Don't expect a DSLR"


Pictures are average, they are a few notches below a full dslr but for most stuff it can do it, you might need to make alot of manual adjustments to get the photo you want. Over exposes in lower lit scenes (such as under a tree) making the patches of...

great low light shooting (with long exposures)

Slow to turn on, likes to munch on batteries

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"In a word this camera is very good one in this range."


I have forgotten to metion that macro works beautifully.

1. Reasonable price(Rs 10.5k in India now)

1. It takes a lot time while zooming. This is the main problem for me.

Product Specifications


Autofocus: Yes
Built-in Flash: Yes
Changeable Lens: No
Image Stabiliser:Optical Image Stabiliser
Integrated GPS Module: No
Touchscreen: No
View Finder Type:LCD Monitor


Bluetooth: No
HDMI Interface: No
PictBridge: Yes
WiFi Connectivity: No

General Features

3D: No
Bridge Camera: No
Chip Type:CCD
Product Type:Compact Camera
Sensor Size:1/2.3''
SLR / Compact:Compact Camera


Longest Shutter Speed in s:15
Shortest Shutter Speed in s:1/2500


Compact Flash Card: No
Memory Stick / Memory Stick Pro: No
Memory Stick Duo / Duo Pro: No
Memory Type:External
Micro Drive: No
Multimedia Card: Yes
SDXC Card: Yes
Secure Digital Card: Yes
Secure Digital High Capacity Card: Yes
XD Card: No

Power Supply

Battery Model:2x AA (LR6/MIGNON)
Battery Type:2x AA (LR6/MIGNON)


Aperture Priority: Yes
Face Detection Mode:Face + Smile Detection
Movie / Voice Recording:Movie + Voice
RAW Format: No
Serial Shot Mode: Yes
Shutter Priority: Yes