Canon PowerShot SX130 IS review
Image Quality & Value
Canon PowerShot SX130 IS review - Image QualityPossibly the SX130 IS's biggest downfall is its image quality when scrutinizing at close inspection.
The ISO range runs from ISO 80-1600 at full resolution. From ISO 400 the processing shows evidence of JPEG artifacts that can become rather obtrusive around subject edges, plus the detail begins to lack. ISO 800 is the last capable setting, though at this sensitivity images become softer and lack as much colour detail. ISO 1600 is rather disappointing - much softer, with prominent JPEG artifacts and muted colours. There is also no Raw shooting capability available. However colour noise is kept to a minimum throughout, though this is at the expense of detail.
Close inspection also reveals chromatic aberration causing green-edged shadows to appear around many objects.
Auto White Balance leans towards a slightly warm cast, though this only becomes an issue indoors under fluorescent lighting where the yellow colour of the light is very prominent.
For everyday images the Canon SX130 IS is more than capable, and for standard real-world application much of the above won't be an issue. Using images at full size above ISO 200 may draw attention to many of these problems.