Summary Canon SX130 IS

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Specifications Key specs
Help 12x
Screen size
Help 3"
Help f/3.4
Screen resolution
Help 230k dots
Wide angle
Help 28 mm
Movie format
Help 720p @ 30fps
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Canon PowerShot SX130 ISCanon PowerShot SX130 IS


Canon has replaced the PowerShot SX130 IS with the SX150 IS.

Canon PowerShot SX150 IS
Canon PowerShot SX150 IS announced August 2011
Lowest price Slightly cheaper

Compare the new Canon SX150 IS vs the SX130 IS

reviewsWhat are people saying about the SX130 IS

"The Canon PowerShot SX130 IS produced images of good quality." | talking about the camera's image-quality
"The Canon PowerShot SX130 IS may not have all the bells and whistles, styling or cutting edge features of competitive models, but it undoubtedly offers fantastic value for money" | talking about the camera's overall-performance
"The Canon PowerShot SX130 IS's main drawback in terms of image quality is noise, with ISO 400 showing some noise, blurring of detail and slight colour desaturation." | talking about the camera's iso-noise


Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Canon PowerShot SX130 IS.


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The Canon SX130 IS vs other recent travel zooms

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The Canon SX130 IS vs other recent travel zooms

Wide angle Very poor wide angle lens Help
28 mm
Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
1 fps
Touch screen No touch screen Help
More buttons
Screen flips out Fixed screen Help
Less flexible
Sensor type Sensor type Help
Viewfinder Can only preview photos on the screen Help
Popularity Not so popular Help
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Screen resolution Very low resolution screen Help
230k dots
Light sensitivity Very poor maximum light sensitivity Help
1,600 ISO
True resolution Lower true resolution Help
9.8 MP
Sensor size Slightly smaller than average sensor Help
1/2.3" 6.16x4.62mm
Announced Old Help
August 2010
Longest exposure Short exposures Help
15 seconds


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Canon PowerShot SX130 IS
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Manon (3:18 AM, July 24, 2011)
Josh hello,
My suggestion is to get an older model camera with a cheaper housing.
I've had several cameras from nikon/canon/sony and others...I recently got an old sony N2 in like-new condition with an underwater housing for less then $250 for both.... the underwater pictures are fantastic even at 100 feet below. Video came out great, not HD but nice and clear. Zoom is only 3x but sufficient for the dive.
I have the SX130 and love this camera for every day carry around over my bulky Canon 50D. However, I think its limitation will have a significant effect when shooting underwater.
Good luck.
Funkadelication (0:13 AM, May 05, 2011)
I've been obsessively looking at camera reviews for a good two weeks now. I've never actually owned a digital camera but I've used quite a few and have been hanging out with some friends of mine who have a Canon DSLR and a Canon G11 and have been learning a lot about manual controls. My first desicion, which I obviuosly have not gone through with yet was for the Canon sx130 is. The only problem that I had found with it was the battery life (easily solved with Ni-mh batteries) but I'm an avid scuba diver and the underwater housing is about 450 dollars. I looked around some more and found the following models of canon camera: sd1400 is, sd4000 is, 100 HS and possibly the s90 or s95 but they are also very expensive for me.
Should I get one of the second group? Get the sx130 is and just wait till I fall into some money for the housing? or go for one of the S series with less expensive housings and more expensive camera? I really like the minature setting on the video and long exposure. What to do?