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Canon PowerShot SX130 IS 12.1 Megapixels Digital Camera with 12x Optical Zoom, 4x Digital Zoom, Large 3in Wide LCD Display, Black

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About Canon SX130 IS

Smart, sleek and creative, the PowerShot SX130 IS is the perfect companion to all your good times. Now you can capture every detail of special moments in crisp, stunning 720p HD - even while using the high-powered 12x Wide-Angle Optical Zoom! You'll record in stereo sound and then play back your videos instantly on your computer. The SX130 IS is all about creativity, with fun new scene modes like Miniature Effect for Movies and Fisheye Effect for artistically distorted stills. While you're having fun creating, the camera's Smart Flash Exposure and advanced Smart AUTO systems are ensuring that every image is the best it can be. Add the DIGIC 4 Image Processor, 12.1 Megapixels and Canon's Optical Image Stabilizer and you've got the ideal camera for making the good times last.

The Canon SX130 IS is commonly used for Family photos, Landscape/scenery, Travel, Wildlife and more.The Canon SX130 IS is popular because customers like the following qualities of the Canon SX130 IS: Compact, Durable, Easy to use, Excellent image quality, Fast / accurate auto-focus, Good battery life, Good image quality, Good low-light performance, Great picture quality, Image stabilization, Large clear LCD, Lightweight/portable, Nice features/settings, Simple controls/menu and Zoom range/performance

Canon SX130 IS Features

  • Greater shooting capabilities in 720p HD video - the SX130 IS can shoot HD video with stereo sound while using the optical zoom, offering better versatility and image quality so you can fully capture those fun, memorable moments
  • A high-powered 12x Wide-Angle Optical Zoom with Optical Image Stabilizer reduces camera shake so you achieve brilliant images whether you are up close or far away
  • Great new scene modes like Miniature Effect for Movie offers a creative option to capture your videos and Fisheye Effect offers a cool artistic option to capture your images
  • Smart Flash Exposure where the camera determines the correct flash based on the shooting situation
  • Advanced Smart AUTO detects and analyzes faces, brightness, colors, distance, and movement, then selects an appropriate setting based on 28 predefined shooting situations
  • Powerful DIGIC 4 Image Processor, with 12.1 Megapixels, make this camera a perfect device for any shooter
  • Large 3.0-inch LCD (230,000 dots) with high resolution and wide viewing angle
  • This AA battery-powered camera enables you to easily power up

Canon SX130 IS Specifications

Camera Type
12.1 Megapixel, 1/2.3 inch type Charge Coupled Device (CCD)
Total Pixels
Approx. 12.4 Megapixels
Effective Pixels
Approx. 12.1 Megapixels
Focal Length
5.0 (W) - 60.0 (T) mm (35mm film equivalent: 28 (W) - 336 (T) mm)
Digital Zoom
Focusing Range
Auto: 0.4 in. (1cm) - infinity (W), 3.3 ft. (1m) - infinity (T)
Normal: 2.0 in. (5 cm) - infinity (W), 3.3 ft. (1m) - infinity (T)
Macro: 0.4 in. - 1.6 ft. (1- 50cm) (W)
Manual Focus: 0.4 in. (1cm) - infinity (W), 3.3 ft (1m) - infinity (T)
Autofocus System
TTL Autofocus
LCD Monitor
3.0-inch low-temperature polycrystalline silicon TFT color LCD with wide viewing angle
LCD Pixels
Approx. 230,000 pixels
LCD Coverage
Maximum Aperture
f/3.4 (W) - f/5.6 (T)
Shutter Speed
1 - 1/2500 sec.
15-1/2500 sec. (Total shutter speed range)
Auto, ISO 80/100/200/400/800/1600 equivalent (Subject movement is taken into account while shooting in Auto and Easy modes)
Light Metering Method
Evaluative, Center-weighted average, spot
Exposure Control Method
Program AE, Manual; AE Lock, Program Shift, Safety Shift, Auto ISO Shift
Exposure Compensation
+/-2 stops in 1/3-stop increments
White Balance Control
Auto, Daylight, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Fluorescent H, Custom
Built-in Flash
Auto, Auto w/ Red-eye Reduction, Flash On, Flash Off; FE lock, Safety FE, Slow Synchro
Flash Range
1.6 - 9.8 ft. (W), 3.3 - 6.6 ft. (T)
50cm - 3.0m (W), 1.0cm - 2.0m (T)
Recycling Time
12 sec. or less (battery voltage: 3.0 V)
Shooting Modes
M, Av, Tv, P, Auto, Easy, Portrait, Landscape, Kids & Pets, SCN, Movie
Photo Effects
My Colors Off, Vivid, Neutral, Sepia, Black & White, Positive Film, Lighter Skin, Darker Skin, Vivid Blue, Vivid Green, Vivid Red, Custom Color
Self Timer
Activates shutter after an approx. 2-sec./10-sec. delay, Custom, Face Self-Timer
Continuous Shooting
Normal: Approx. 1.0 shots/sec. (when shooting in P mode), Approx. 3.0 shots/sec. (when shooting in Low Light mode)
AF: Approx. 0.6 shots/sec. (when shooting in P mode), Approx. 1.0 shots/sec. (when shooting in Low Light mode)
LV: Approx. 0.7 shots/sec. (when shooting in P mode), Approx. 1.1 shots/sec. (when shooting in Low Light mode)
Storage Media
SD/SDHC memory card, SDXC memory card, MultiMediaCard, MMCplus card, HC MMCplus card
File Format
Design rule for camera file system, DPOF (Version 1.1) compliant
Image Recording Format
Normal, Fine
JPEG Compression Mode
Still Image: Exif 2.3 (JPEG)
Video: MOV (Image data: H.264; Audio data: Linear PCM (stereo))
Number of Recording Pixels
Still Image: 4,000 x 3,000 (Large), 2,816 x 2,112 (Medium 1), 1,600 x 1,200 (Medium 2), 640 x 480 (Small), 4,000 x 2248 (Widescreen)
Playback Modes File
Still Image: Single, Magnification (approx. 2x-10x), Jump, Auto Rotate, Rotate, Resume, My Category, Transition Effects, Histogram, Index (4-130 thumbnails), Over Exposure Warning, Slide Show, Red-eye Correction, Resize, Easy; i-Contrast, Smart Shuffle, My Colors, Operation Tools, Scroll Display, and Favorites
Video: Normal Playback, Special Playback, Auto Rotate, Resume, Easy
Erase Modes
Select Image, single image, select all images
Computer Interface
Hi-Speed USB (dedicated connector (female) with unified type of digital stereo audio and video
Video Out
Audio Out
Power Supply
AA-size Alkaline Battery (x2), Rechargeable AA-size NiMH Battery NB-3AH (x2), AC Adapter Kit ACK-800 (optional)
Operating Temperature
32-104 deg.F/0-40 deg.C
Operating Humidity
Dimensions (W x H x D)
4.46 x 2.88 x 1.80in / 113.3 x 73.2 x 45.8mm
Approx. 10.9 oz/308g (including the battery and memory card)
Approx. 9.17 oz./260g (camera body only)
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Most Liked Positive Review


Excellent Picture Quality

This camera takes excellent pictures in low light with a very nice zoom optical on it but it is kinda bulky to put in a purse. It has very nice auto features for beginners to where you can just take it right out of the box and use it without ever reading the manual. This camera uses 2 AA batteries and if you use it with alkaline batteries it sucks it up like is nobody's business. But if you use it with the ultimate lithium batteries it seems to be fine.


Most Liked Negative Review


Poor Qaulity

I just recently purchased this camera. I owned a Canon Digital Powershot A2000 IS with 10.0 mega pixels and 6X Zoom. What a great camera and it was stolen, and now I bought this one. The focus is terrible and most of my pictures are blurry. Please tell me where I can find the old Canon Digital Powershot A2000 IS. I've looked everywhere on the Internet and can't find one. That was the best camera I ever owned. Please help me out, find one.

Reviewed by 156 customers

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)


Great Camera For Anyone


I have used many different cameras like this and I think this one is specifically nice to use. For people who want to go more advanced, there are manual modes like aprature and shutter speed priority which work pretty well. For beginners, the camera is also great because of the guides and good explanations that pop up. However, regular alkaline batteries don't cut it at all. All this this time I have owned the camera, I've used advanced lithium batteries but don't worry, they are not hard to find. Also, at first, the camera seems to be slightly heavy and bulky but you get used to it over time. One more note, I have dropped this camera off counters, on ship decks, and on asphalt many times and it has nicely survived them all.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)


great camera but flawed


Ive had Canon Power Shots for several years .. good service. The short battery life is compensated by the fact that you can get Lithium AA batteries almost anywhere. BUT.. be careful.. easy to scratch lens and the battery door latch ( plastic) will easily break if the camera is dripped on its corner.. even from a few inches . No replacement and this will make the camera virtually useless.


All You Need To Know


Highlights 1: Decent image quality for this price range (I can tell Best In Class) Well controlled Chromatic Aberration, Purple infringement and very low distortion level. 2: Impressive 720p video quality with rich colors and detail and very clear sound. 3: Acceptable battery life if you use high capacity rechargable batteries (2500 mAh Ni-MH is the best for this camera) Cons 1: Very annoying vertical highlighted line in night video recording if the light source placed in the frame. 2: Low resolution LCD that you cant see any detail specially if you want to manual focus. 3: Very slow and noisy zoom function while recording video.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


This camera is worth every penny.


I'm glad I got this electronic device. I still can't believe I found a nice digital camera. I like that is packed with great features. My favorites 12x digital zoom, 28mm wide lens, 12.1 mega pixel, huge LCD, and video recording with great sound. The main reason I got this camera was mostly luck and the price.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)


Nothing but problems


The left side of every picture taken is blurry beyond recognition, the right side is much clearer, I've changed settings, etc. to see if the picture would get clearer and perhaps it was the user error/problem, I've read the manual, changed settings and done all that I can to make the full picture crystal clear. I'm very disappointed with this camera, I have a ticket into Canon, we'll see if they stand behind their product. This is the first time I've had problems with Canon, generally the cameras have been excellent.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


Best gift ever


My son gave me this for mother's day a year ago and its the best present ever - I am thrilled with it. Never taken a picture that was not good. thanks

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)




I use the camera almost exclusively for my business of inspecting houses. I also do on occasion use it for leisure, shooting family, outdoors / nature photos. I have bought several camera over the years of all different brands in the same price range. The Canon has out performed all of them considerably. I am VERY hard on cameras, taking several hundred photos a day in all types of whether and conditions. So far the Canon is still going strong after a year and tens of thousands of photos. It's an all around great camera and a super value. I highly recommend the SX -130.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)


Exceptional performance and value


I use CHDK with the SX130 IS and develop images which are typically indistinguishable (when shot at ISO 80) from those from a DSLR. If you can still find this model in stores (it has since been replaced by the SX150 IS) grab it! One more thing - use "hybrid" (also known as "pre-charged") batteries in this camera and you will typically get 300 shots per charge.

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)


Love Hate Relationship.


I've been using this camea for 2 year now. When I first received it, I thought it was wonderful, but thats only because it was my first camera. I found the product very useful. The image quality is great and its very lightweight, but the battery life runs out in about 10 minutes with the camera being on. The zoom quality is terrible, whenever I zoom in it does not focus so I completely gave up on that. The only person I would recommend this to is someone who first experiencing with a camera, if not then I suggest a better Canon camera that would suit you. Have a good day.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)


Musician Band and Theatre Use


6/9/12 - I've been using this camera for over a year now and have come to some pretty clear conclusions and what I would like in the next camera I buy. All of the features that are described on this website are clear and work as described except two items. Auto-focus under low light circumstances is better than other companies I've tried but with the camera on a fixed tripod and the band or players on stage, sometimes it tries to refocus and it takes approximately 1-3 seconds. For the the cost I think its better than the others but could be better. The sound it pics up is incredible for even loud places like bars or festivals. I've actually used the sound as another track for mixing when i needed to catch the audience perspective. The biggest complaint I have is the governed 10 continuous minutes of HD movie shooting. When I'm recording my kids plays, I have to ask them where I can start and stop the camera within 10 minutes so I don't miss parts. I have a 32G card inserted so I could easily go longer than that if the camera allowed. Also the battery life is about 15 minutes when shooting HD movies. I don't do it unless I use the power cord (not supplied). Also, the camera cannot switch from battery to AC without shutting down and restarting.


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OSCAR ESTEBAN G  It ships really fast. Adorama is popular for its efficiency processing orders. It's an awesome camera, at a great price. I'd recommend you to buy a pair of rechargeable batteries to go with it, and a good memory card.
Shopper  I'm trying to decide what to get. Why did you pick this one?
DOUGLAS B  It looked like it had everything I was looking for. Since I got the camera the only thing I have a problem with is with the video it takes. I have a hard time putting each video together to make one movie. Other then that I ready like the camera
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MANUEL L  Is a Canon, it;s easy to fotograph, reliable, new features in a little easy to carry camera.
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