Canon PowerShot SX130 IS: Conclusions

September 16, 2010 by Jim Keenan Reads (13,825)
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

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
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