Canon’s SX130 IS crams a 12x optical zoom lens with image stabilisation into a portable, compact body – and all for under £180. Is this mid-range zoom compact an ultimate bargain? What Digital Camera’s Canon SX130 IS review takes a look…

Product Overview

Overall rating:


Canon PowerShot SX130 IS

Overall score:86%
Image Quality:75%


  • Capable zoom, manual focus ability, image stabilisation, 720p HD movie


  • No Raw files, JPEG artifacts from processing, build quality doesn’t outshine competitors


Canon PowerShot SX130 IS Review


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Canon PowerShot SX130 IS review – Verdict

The Canon PowerShot SX130 IS is a very capable and affordable mid-range zoom compact camera. Its 12x optical zoom (28-336mm) lens with image stabilisation is great in use and having HD video is an extra bonus. The overall specification is top quality for the sub-£180 price point, though the final build quality and relatively bulky size may be deemed less attractive than some of the (more expensive) competition.

Canon PowerShot SX130 IS product shotThe overall image quality is a little bit of a let down when inspecting more closely, though the combination of lens capability and lower-ISO sensitivity can make for great day to day shots – just avoid the higher ISO settings.

12x zoom compacts tend to not come in at a more affordable price point and the SX130 is well laid out, easy to use and certainly comes recommended.


Power:2xAA batteries
Dimensions:113.3 x 73.2 x 45.8 mm
Weight:Approx. 308g (including battery/batteries and memory card)
Other:Image Stabilisation, 720p HD movie mode
Sample Photos:Click to view the Canon PowerShot SX130 IS sample image gallery
Connectivity:Hi-Speed USB (MTP, PTP) dedicated connector (Mini-B compatible)
Flash Modes:Auto, Manual Flash On / Off
Memory Card:SD / SDHC
ISO Range:80-1600
White Balance:Auto (including Face Detection WB), Daylight, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Fluorescent H, Custom
Shutter Speeds:15 - 1/2500 sec
Exposure Modes:Auto*, Program AE, Shutter priority AE, Aperture priority AE, Manual, Easy, Portrait, Landscape, Kids & Pets, SCN (Smart Shutter (Smile, Wink Self-Timer, FaceSelf-Timer), Low Light (2.0MP), Super Vivid, Poster Effect, Color Accent, Color Swap, Fish-eye Effect, Miniature Effect, Beach, Foliage, Snow, Fireworks), Movie
Metering System:Evaluative (linked to Face Detection AF frame), Centre-weighted average, Spot (centre)
File Formats:JPEG (Fine, Standard)
LCD:3in, 230k-dot (3:2 ratio)
Lens:12x optical zoom (28-336mm)
  1. 1. Canon PowerShot SX130IS review - Features
  2. 2. Performance
  3. 3. Image Quality & Value
  4. 4. Verdict
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