Canon PowerShot SX130 IS Review

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Editor's Rating

Ratings Breakdown (1-10)

    • Image/Video Quality
    • 8
    • Features
    • 7
    • Design / Ease of Use
    • 8
    • Performance
    • 8
    • Total Score:
    • 7.75
    • Rating 1 to 10, top score 10


  • Pros

    • Good image quality
    • Reasonable price
    • Nice 720p HD video
  • Cons

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

Quick Take

The SX130 offers some logical upgrades to the SX120 like HD video, and despite weak battery life and a slower lens, it's a worthy competitor in the compact ultrazoom class.

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

Canon PowerShot SX130

The new camera gets a bump in resolution from 10 to 12 megapixels on a slightly larger physically-sized sensor, and the lens focal range goes wider and shorter: 28 to 336mm versus 36 to 360mm in 35mm equivalents. Here’s what the new range looks like.

Canon SX130 Sample Image
Wide Angle, 28mm

Canon SX130 Sample Image

Telephoto, 336mm

Both models share a close-but-not-quite-identical external look, with the SX130 being slightly larger and about a half-ounce heavier. The new camera is primarily an evolutionary step, sharing many features with the departing SX120 such as a Digic 4 processor, smart auto, intelligent contrast correction, face and motion detection technologies. The SX130 adds 720p HD video with stereo recording, blink technology, a few new shooting modes such as miniature and fisheye, and a narrower 80 to 1600 ISO sensitivity range. It can utilize SD/SDHC, SDXC, MultiMediaCard, MMCplus and HC memory media. Canon provides two AA alkaline batteries, a wrist strap, printed “getting started” guide, USB and AV cables, and CD-ROM software.

Let’s see what a modest makeover has produced in the new low-price leader of Canon’s SX line.

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