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



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”’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.


Score in detail

  • Value 9
  • Image Quality 8


Camera type Digital Compact, Digital SLR
Megapixels (Megapixel) 14.1 Megapixel
Optical Zoom (Times) 4x
Image Sensor 14.1 megapixel, 1/2.3 type CCD
Optical focal length Equivalent to 28-112mm in 35mm film terms
Shutter speed 15-1/5000 sec
Auto focus AiAF (Face Detection/9-Point), 1-point AF (fixed to centre)
Manual focus No
Max output resolution 4320x3240
Other resolutions 3456x2592, 2592x1944, 1600x1200, 640x480, 4320x2432
Focus range 3cm to infinity
Exposure control P, A
Exposure metering Evaluative, Centre weighted and Spot
Exposure compensation 1/3 EV step, +/- 2EV
Image Stabilisation Optical
ISO settings Auto, 80, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600
LCD Monitor 2.7 inch, 230k dots
Viewfinder N/A
Flash range 30cm to 4 metres (wide), 50cm to 2 metres (telephoto)
Flash modes Auto, Manual Flash on/off, Slow Synchro
White balance modes Auto, daylight, cloudy, tungsten, fluorescent, custom
Drive modes Single, continuous, self timer
Image formats JPEG
Picture adjustments Vivid, Neutral, Sepia, Black & White, Film Light Skin, Dark Skin, Vivid RGB, Custom
Video (max res/format) 1280 x 720 at 30fps
Movie length Up to 4GB or 10 minutes in HD mode
Self timer 2, 10 secs
Memory card slot SD, SDHC, SDXC
Supplied memory None
Batteries supplied Lithium ion pack
Charger supplied Yes
A/V output HDMI, standard AV Out
Charging/Computer Connection USB 2.0
AV Out Yes
Manual Basic printed guide, full manual on CD

Physical Specifications

Dimensions Width (Millimeter) 92.2mm
Depth (Millimeter) 56.1mm
Weight (body only) (Kilogram) 133g including batteries and cardkg