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Canon PowerShot SX130 IS - Test shots: Detail and Lens Performance

By Gavin Stoker


  • Recommended by TR
Canon PowerShot SX130 IS


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Review Price £139.99

A more general selection of unadjusted test shots are revealed on this page and next to act as an evaluation of the PowerShot SX130 IS in a variety of shooting conditions.


This close up macro shot with the camera at maximum wideangle setting has captured plenty of detail and some pleasingly realistic colours too, with little if any adjustment needed straight out of the camera.


A different texture with which to assess detail by, and another wideangle shot. You'll note that there's little if any barrel distortion evidenced in the brick work, and good edge to edge sharpness at this setting too, with none of the tell-tale fall off towards the corners usually seen from budget models.


Two examples of how the lens performs, at maximum wideangle and extreme telephoto, from the same vantage point. Though detail is unsurprisingly softer at maximum zoom, the SX130 IS has still held detail surprisingly well.


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Tom MacFarlane

February 8, 2011, 5:09 pm

I was stupid enough to sell the excellent SX110 IS in favour of the upgrade SX120 IS.

It took me some to time to find out why I was bittgerly disappointed with the upgrade: Canon had removed the Super Fine compression setting.

It has not re-appeared!

John Z

February 9, 2011, 7:15 am

What a fantastic camera, the Sx130 obtains exactly the same 8/10 as the G12,

in both performance and image quality !

How that kind of situation may be possible ?

Does anybody agree that the Sx130 has exactly the same performance and image quality as the G12 ?

Or does everybody agree that the G12 HAS TO OBTAIN 9/10 in both performance and image quality ?


February 9, 2011, 6:32 pm

@John Z

The review marks on this site are not absolute, they are relative against other comparable products.

If the marks were absolute then only £10k+ professional cameras would get a decent image score, and all point and shoot cameras would have poor image scores.

The G12 is over twice the price of this camera, and is placed in a different bracket, so the scores are not directly comparable. (This camera would be a mid-range P&S, while the G12 would be a high-end P&S)


February 12, 2011, 1:29 am

Well said, Evilpaul. The whole purpose, and the whole problem, of reviews is that they must be relevant to the typical potential client. If they only relate to the reviewer's personal ideas of perfection they are worthless. The effort here is commendable. Even so I don't understand from where that overall score came.


April 28, 2011, 5:20 pm

Even in it's price bracket though, I would hope to achieve images that are sharper than those in this review, they are very soft. This seems to be a trend in current compacts where attempts at controlling noise ends up with nasty flat pictures. Too many pixels crammed into such a tiny sensor doesn't seem to yield great results.

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