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Canon IXUS 130 - Test Shots - ISO Performance

By Gavin Stoker



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Over the next few pages we show a range of test shots. On this page the full size image at the minimum and maximum ISO settings have been reduced to let you see the full image, and a series of full resolution crops have taken from original images at a range of ISO settings to show the overall image quality. These pictures were taken indoors using reflected natural light.


This is the full frame at minimum ISO.


At ISO80 - starting lower than most compacts - and, as expected, all is well with the IXUS 130's performance


Same shot at ISO100 and no discernible difference


Same lack of noise to report at ISO200, so the camera is performing as predicted


We're at ISO400, usually the setting at which noise begins to creep in on cheaper compacts. Here we're just starting to lose definition in the shadow areas, but it is very slight


Noise is becoming more pronounced when examining shadow detail at ISO800, but overall the image is still fairly clean


Noise is spreading out at ISO1600 and the image is generally softer. But this option has still provided a perfectly usable result, suggesting Canon was being conservative in stopping here


This is the full frame at maximum ISO.


...And so we've tried shooting our test image with Low Light mode selected, which effects an image drop to three megapixels. Here the camera has itself chosen a setting which equates to ISO500, so again, no apparent noise.

Critical Friend

January 19, 2011, 5:20 pm

Excellent review, right on the point!

I have been using this camera for a while, bought it in the USA, where it is called Powershot SD1400 IS. Great little camera as it fits into every pocket. For more serious photographing I have a DSLR (which can be uselss if you happen to not having taken it along due to its size).

A couple of things to add to the generally excellent review:

The small size and slickness makes it a great camera to fit into any pocket, but it also makes it prone to being dropped. This has happened several times already and each time I expected the worst. However, in spite of the drops on various surfaces, it still does not have major scars and it continues to function perfectly well. I may have been lucky but the camera does appear to be very well built.

The other point to take into consideration is the autofocus, shutter and writing lag. This may be typical for the class of cameras but makes taking pictures of moving objects like running children or skiers participating in a slalom race very difficult. You have to anticipate the lag, which has led to a number of empty frames.

Overall, the camera is small enough to be taken everywhere, is reasonably priced, and takes excellent pictures far superior to any mobile phone cameras. By the way, I am now looking for an excellent smartphone without a camera, any suggestions?

Brian ONeill

January 19, 2011, 6:18 pm

Hi I was wondering can you clarify if the sound is only mono as the john lewis site says its stereo: http://www.johnlewis.com/23106...

I have the ixus 100 and love it, they are great little cameras.


January 19, 2011, 6:24 pm

@Brian ONeill: Apologies, you are right. Corrected.

Brian ONeill

January 27, 2011, 9:55 pm

Hi Ed I emailed canon support to clarify. They said it shots video with mono.

Do you see anything on the camera that says stereo? Or can you see 2 mics slots?

Very confusing.


January 27, 2011, 11:03 pm

@Brian ONeill: Oh. Apologies. I edited Gavin's review and added the comment about it being mono, as I was under the impression it was. When you refuted it, I checked the specs you linked and you seemed to be right. I'm afraid it's a slapped hand on my part for not actually properly checking at any point. I shall contact the appropriate people and find out for you.

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