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Canon PowerShot SX130 IS - Test shots: Zoom, Contrast and Colour

By Gavin Stoker



  • Recommended by TR
Canon PowerShot SX130 IS


Our Score:


Here are some general test shots taken with the SX130 IS to give an idea of performance ability when it comes to image quality, dynamic range, and colour rendition.


Among the digital effects options found with a twist of the shooting mode dial to the scene options is Miniature mode, which apes the effect of using a tilt and shift lens. The portion of the image in focus is narrowed to a central band, the surrounding blur giving it an other-worldly model village appearance.


Here we've selected Vivid mode from the SX130 IS' 'My Colors' options to give the red of our postbox that extra visual boost to lift it from its drab backdrop. The effect works subtly well and avoids appearing overblown.


Another handheld maximum zoom shot with some tell tale softness in evidence, but sufficient detail maintained nonetheless to make this worth saving.


A wide angle and extreme telephoto comparison utilising the SX130 IS' default colour settings. The overall shot is a bit flat and lacking in contrast which can be improved with a little judicious photo editing of course, so not a deal breaker in any event.


Overall Score


Scores In Detail

  • Image Quality 8
  • Value 10

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 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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