Canon’s SX130 IS is a worthy new competitor in the superzoom ranks, offering good still image and 720p HD video quality along with automatic or manual shooting options, packaged in a fairly compact and light body at an attractive price. Shutter lag is good and autofocus acquisition time in good light is competitive.
Battery life with standard AA alkalines is short – users should definitely plan to invest in rechargeable NIMH batteries. Flash recycle times are somewhat lengthy, ranging from 6.5 to 10 seconds even with a fresh power source. The maximum apertures of the lens are among the slowest in the class, costing a bit of shooting speed. Continuous shooting is difficult with moving subjects due to an initial image blackout and ongoing lag in image display.
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.
- Good still image quality
- Good 720p HD video quality
- Good shutter lag and AF performance
- Reasonable price
- Limited battery life with alkaline power
- Slower maximum lens apertures than most competitors
- Flash recycle times can be lengthy