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Canon IXUS 130 - Test shots: Zoom, Contrast and Colour

By Gavin Stoker



Our Score:


Here are some general test shots taken with the IXUS 130 to give an idea of performance ability when it comes to image quality, dynamic range, colour rendition and the focal range of the respective optics.


An extreme wide angle shot at 28mm equivalent to illustrate what the IXUS 130 can pack into frame. Again focus is softening toward the corners, and pixel fringing is visible on the tree branches.


An extreme telephoto shot taken from the same position to show what quality is like at that end of the zoom, when shooting handheld. It's a little softer than we might have liked and a little flat too - though the adjustment of brightness and contrast in Photoshop would quickly add some much needed visual punch and definition.


On a rather dull day we chose the Vivid setting from amongst the Canon's 'My Colors' menu to help this post box leap out of frame. Having said that, the boost in saturation provided is quite subtle.


A colourful scene at wide angle setting which illustrates both the broad range of tones the IXUS 130 is capable of reproducing as well as the fact that there's not much in the way of barrel distortion visible in the brick work.


Overall Score


Scores In Detail

  • Value 9
  • Image Quality 8

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/23...

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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