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Canon PowerShot SX130 IS - Test shots: ISO performance

A selection of images taken at the camera's incremental light sensitivity settings, using only available daylight.

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With the SX130 IS's Auto ISO setting selected, the camera has opted for an ISO400 equivalent setting to deliver a clean, clear and crisp image.

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We're at the lowest manually selectable setting of ISO80, and as expected there's no noise to report yet.

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The same is true of ISO100.

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Same lack of noise to report at ISO200, so the camera is performing as we would expect at this level.

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Moving up to ISO400 and, again, hardly any discernible difference in terms of noise, even when close up on shadow detail.

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Noise is becoming more pronounced when examining shadow detail at ISO800, but overall it's not too distracting.

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An incremental softening of detail and increase in noise at ISO1600, as is to be expected. Having said that we'd argue that the image is still usable at this setting.

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...And so we've tried shooting our test image with Low Light mode selected, which effects an image resolution drop. That's partly responsible for a cleaner and brighter looking image overall, even if the size of the image is just under 400k.

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