Canon PowerShot SX130 IS specs

By Gavin Stoker


Key Features

  • Long 12x zoom lens (28-336mm)
  • 12.1 megapixel
  • Manual controls
  • 3in LCD screen
  • Manufacturer: Canon
  • Review Price: £139.99
Quick Glance
Camera type Super Zoom
Optical Zoom 12
Megapixels 12.1
Physical Specifications
Dimensions Width 113.3
Depth 73.2
Weight (body only) 308g including batteries and memory card
Camera type Super Zoom
Optical Zoom 12
Megapixels 12.1
Image Sensor 1/2.3-type CCD
Optical focal length Equivalent to 28-336mm in 35mm film terms
Viewfinder None
Shutter speed 15-1/2500 sec
Auto focus Face detection, 1-point AF
Manual focus Yes
Video (max res/format) 1280 x 720 pixels at 30 fps
Max output resolution 4000x3000
Other resolutions 2816x2112, 1600x1200, 640x480, 4000x2248
Focus range 1cm to infinity
Exposure control P, A, S, M
Exposure metering Evaluative, Centre Weighted average, Spot
Exposure compensation 1/3 EV step, +/- 2EV
Image Stabilisation Optical
ISO settings Auto, 80, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600
LCD Monitor 3-inch, 230k dot resolution
Flash range 50cm to 3 metres (Wide), 1 metre to 2 metres (Telephoto)
Flash modes Auto, Manual flash on/off
White balance modes Auto, daylight, cloudy, tungsten, fluorescent, custom
Drive modes Single, continuous, self timer
Image formats JPEG
Picture adjustments Vivid, neutral, sepia, b&w, film light skin, dark skin, vivid RGB, custom
Movie length Up to 4GB or 10 minutes
Self timer 2, 10 secs
Memory card slot MMC, MMCplus, SD Memory Card, SDHC Memory Card, SDXC Card
Supplied memory None
Batteries supplied 2x alkaline AAs
Charger supplied No
A/V output Yes
Charging/Computer Connection USB 2.0
AV Out Yes
Manual Basic printed guide, full manual on CD

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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