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Canon SX130 is

Trusted Reviews Recommended Digicam Buyer.co.uk Best Value PhotographyBlog.com Recommended What Digital Camera Recommended
A Multi Award Winning 12.1 Megapixel 12 Times Zoom Factor Digital Camera
Compact Camera 12.1MP 12x Yes Aug 2010
Camera Type Megapixel Optical Zoom Image Stabilizer Release Date

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Canon SX130 is Review

With excellent reviews but good features, we have ranked the Canon SX130 is number 567 across all digital cameras.
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91 Reviews + 7 Awards
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Not Currently for Sale
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24 Great Features
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7 Years Old
Overall Score
61
Average

Why Has it Scored 61?

It has not bad expert reviews and great user reviews with an average overall rating of 86%. This digital camera has received seven awards including a "Recommended" award from What Digital Camera and four other sites and a "Best Value" from Digicam Buyer.co.uk.
It is over 2 years old and it is likely that newer cameras with better features are available. However this Canon digital camera has good reviews so it may still be worth considering. View the latest digital cameras 2017.
The SX130 is has some good features, but is also missing a few features:
Supports video recording
Features histogram
Fairly large minimum aperture number
Very slow flash recharging time

Canon SX130 is In-Depth Analysis

Reviews

Seven Industry Awards

This low megapixel camera was given a "Recommended" award by websites What Digital Camera, PhotographyBlog.com, Trusted Reviews, Camera Labs and Letsgodigital.org/nl/ all of whom thought that this Canon digital camera was very good.

Another two expert review sites both liked this camera. The writer at review site Digicam Buyer.co.uk gave this Canon camera a "Best Value" award and thought that it was great for its price and it received a Photoreview.com.au "Editor's Choice" award.

Average Expert Reviews

Based on 33 expert reviews from sites including PhotographyBlog.com, What Digital Camera, Trusted Reviews and Ephotozine the average expert rating of this camera is 78 out of 100.

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Good Owner Reviews

The average owner rating of this camera is 81% based on 58 owner reviews. 32 reviewers (73% of all reviewers) gave this digital camera either 4 or 5 stars.

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Sub-Standard Battery Life

Three customers who reviewed the product reckoned that it did not have a good battery life.

Easy to Use

11 people reckoned that the product was easy to use and four customers who reviewed it agreed that it was easy to use the menus.

Canon Digital Cameras Have Excellent Reviews

We checked 35,238 expert and owner reviews (including 1,534 verified purchases) for Canon digital cameras and found that on average Canon has excellent reviews compared to other brands. We also found that Canon has excellent reviews specifically within its low megapixel cameras range. 93% of those that bought a Canon camera would recommend the product that they bought to other buyers.

Excellent Design

Three customers who reviewed this digital camera wrote that it was well designed.

  • It has some clever modern technology inside, including optical image stabilisation and some neat photo effects.
  • This would make a pretty good second camera, for when you don't want to carry your main camera, or don't want to risk damaging it…
  • The main mode dial on the top is well designed and clicks solidly into place so can not be easily knocked…
    PLS (Amazon.co.uk) - February 2012
  • It can switch on in your pocket easily, design makes it easy to drop so use safety loop over wrist, zoom a little slow…
    Al (Amazon.co.uk) - October 2011
  • Neither graded - both smooth, so no difference in feel! One of these could have been designed to move across…
  • Never such a thoughtless and impractical design…

Excellent Technical Features

Five customers mentioned in their reviews that it had good features.

Good Flash

Three customers said in their reviews that the product had a good flash.

Good Video Capture

Two owners who reviewed the product reckoned that it was good for video recording.

Robust

Three owners thought this digital camera was well made.

Fairly Priced

Six owners wrote in their reviews that it was good value for money.

Excellent Product Quality

14 people who purchased it reckoned that it was good quality.

Good Size

Three customers mentioned that it was compact.

Good Quality Pictures

29 people who reviewed it agreed that it was able to produce good images and two customers wrote in their reviews that it had a good picture resolution.

  • Each one offers you a combination of good picture quality and a fair selection of features…
    Cameras.co.uk March 2011
  • It has some clever modern technology inside, including optical image stabilisation and some neat photo effects.
  • It offers good picture quality…
  • The speed and overall picture quality let me down the most…
  • ~ One must use the flash always, to get a good picture indoors…
  • ~ Capturing people or animals is so hard, because one slight movement causes BLUR! ~ We have missed capturing SO MANY memories of our three children, because of this dratted device! The only one good thing to be said for this camera, is that it takes quite nice pictures outside on a bright day…
  • If you are coming from a cheap point and shoot camera you will be amazed at the image quality.
  • That has been considerably improved, with higher resolution and some cool special effects, including a slow motion one - although the most exciting thing is that you are now able to use the optical zoom whilst filming…
  • The camera is really easy to use and even offers easy shooting mode for the complete novice…
    Sherman (Amazon.co.uk) - December 2011
  • The normal image save is also notably faster…

Good Quality Lens

Five owners thought the product had a good zoom.


Features

Supports Video Recording

The Canon SX130 IS supports video recording. Most of the other similar spec cameras that are a comparable age to this digital camera also support video recording.

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Features Histogram

The SX130 IS features histogram. Most of the other new cameras also feature histogram.

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Quite Long Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)

With a maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) of 336 millimeters, the SX130 IS has a quite long maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) compared to most of the other new low megapixel cameras. Comparable spec digital cameras that are a similar age to this camera have maximum focal lengths (35mm film equiv) of between 29mm and 1,200mm, and the average maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) is 220mm.

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Fairly Large Minimum Aperture Number

The smallest minimum aperture number of recently released low megapixel cameras is 1.3 and the largest is 11. With a minimum aperture number of 3.4, the SX130 IS has one of the larger minimum aperture numbers amongst low megapixel cameras of this age.

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12.1 Megapixels Megapixel

This is a 12.1 megapixels digital camera.

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4000 X 3000 Pixels Image Resolution

This camera has a maximum image resolution of 4000 x 3000 pixels, which is the most commonly found maximum image resolution on low megapixel cameras that have been available for a similar time to it.

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Very Slow Flash Recharging Time

The flash recharging times of new comparable spec digital cameras range from 2s to 12s. When compared to other low megapixel cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to this camera that we have assessed, the flash recharging time of the SX130 IS of 12 seconds is one of the slowest.

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1280 X 720 Pixels Video Resolution

The SX130 IS supports a maximum video resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels. That's over three times the video resolution of the most frequently found video resolutions of 640 x 480 pixels (which is also supported by this camera). In addition, this digital camera supports a video resolutions of 320 x 240 pixels. A video resolution of 1280 x 720 is classified as HD and TVs supporting this resolution are referred to as "HD Ready". However the resolution is not as detailed as Full HD (1920 x 1080). The worst video resolution of all low megapixel cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to this camera is 320 x 240 pixels and the best is 1920 x 1080 pixels.

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370 Battery Life (CIPA Standard)

The SX130 IS is a digital camera that takes 370 shots battery life (CIPA standard).

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4000 X 3000 Still Image Resolution

The Canon SX130 IS has a 4000 x 3000 still image resolution(s) which is higher than most comparable spec digital cameras that are a similar age to it. Most cameras that have been available for around the same time as it have a 640 x 480 still image resolution(s). This digital camera also have still image resolution(s) of 1280 x 720, 1600 x 1200, 2816 x 2112, 4000 x 2248, 4000 x 3000\n2816 x 2112\n1600 x 1200\n640 x 480 and 4000 x 3000 2816 x 2112 1600 x 1200 640 x 480 and 4000 x 3000\n2816 x 2112\n1600 x 1200\n640 x 480\n. The still image resolution of all similar spec digital cameras that were launched around the same time as this digital camera ranges from 384 x 480 (worst) to 4288 x 2848 (best).

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Has a Built-In Microphone

The Canon SX130 IS has a built-in microphone, as do most of the other new digital cameras.

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Has a USB 2.0 Port

The SX130 IS has a USB 2.0 port, as do most of the other recently released low megapixel cameras.

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Supports PictBridge

The SX130 IS supports PictBridge, as do most of the other comparable spec cameras that are a similar age to this digital camera.

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Has an HDMI Port

The SX130 IS has an HDMI port, as do most of the other low megapixel cameras that were released around the same time as this camera.

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Supports 80, 100 and 6 More ISO Sensitivities

The Canon SX130 IS has a greater number of ISO speeds than most latest low megapixel cameras. This Canon digital camera supports a 400 ISO sensitivity, which is the most commonly supported ISO sensitivity supported by latest low megapixel cameras. The ISO sensitivities "80", "100", "200", "800", "1600" and "Auto" are also supported by this camera.

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Supports Live View

The SX130 IS supports live view. Most of the other low megapixel cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as this digital camera also support live view.

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Heavy

Digital cameras that have been available for a similar time to this camera have weights of between 45g and 1.3kg. With a weight of 308 grams, the Canon SX130 IS is one of the heavier similar spec cameras that have been available for around the same time as this camera amongst digital cameras of this age.

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Features Brightness Adjustment

The SX130 IS features brightness adjustment. Most of the other recently released low megapixel cameras also feature brightness adjustment.

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Quite Large Display Diagonal

Low megapixel cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to this digital camera have display diagonals of between 1" and 6". At 3 inches, the SX130 IS has a quite large display diagonal compared to most of the other similar spec cameras that are a comparable age to this digital camera.

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Has a Built-In Flash

The SX130 IS has a built-in flash, as do most of the other low megapixel cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to this camera.

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Has an Image Stabilizer

The SX130 IS has an image stabilizer, as do most of the other digital cameras that have been available for around the same time as this digital camera.

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Quite Big Optical Zoom

The smallest optical zoom of new low megapixel cameras is 1x, the biggest is 50x, and the average optical zoom is 7.5x. At 12 times zoom factor, the SX130 IS has a fairly big optical zoom compared to most of the other low megapixel cameras that came out around the same time as this digital camera.

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Average Digital Zoom

With a digital zoom of 4 times zoom factor, the SX130 IS has a pretty typical digital zoom compared to most of the other cameras that have been around for a similar time to this digital camera.

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Energy Star Certified

The SX130 IS is Energy Star certified, which is unusual. Most of the other recently released similar spec digital cameras are not Energy Star certified.

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Supports Direct Printing

The SX130 IS supports direct printing. Most of the other latest low megapixel cameras also support direct printing.

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Has an Orientation Sensor

The SX130 IS has an orientation sensor. Most of the other digital cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to this camera also have an orientation sensor.

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Has an External Flash Connector

The SX130 IS has an external flash connector, as do most of the other comparable spec cameras that have been available for around the same time as this camera.

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Fairly Big Internal Memory

At 4,000 megabytes, the Canon SX130 IS has a quite big internal memory compared to most of the other digital cameras that are a similar age to this camera. The average internal memory of digital cameras that were launched around the same time as this camera is 420MB, and the internal memory range from 1MB to 8GB.

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Supports Video Capability

The Canon SX130 IS supports video capability. Most of the other new comparable spec cameras also support video capability.

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Age

Released Over Seven Years Ago

This digital camera was released in August 2010.


Canon SX130 IS Review Sources

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