Canon PowerShot SX130 IS, - Black - Refurbished

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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.

Summary of Customer Reviews

Customers most agreed on the following attributes:
Easy to use (93),Excellent image quality (83),Large clear LCD (68),Nice features/settings (67),Simple controls/menu (66),Lightweight/portable (54),Good low-light performance (50),Durable (46),Good battery life (28),Image stabilization (10),Compact (7),Good image quality (7) Zoom range/performance (6),Great picture quality (5),Fast / accurate auto-focus (4),Good in low light (3),HD video (3) View All
Short battery life (53),Poor low-light performance (14),Heavy/bulky (12),Complicated controls/menu (11),No viewfinder (10),Difficult to use (7),Poor image quality (7),Dim LCD (6),Missing features/settings (6),Flimsy (5)
Best Uses:
Family photos (7),Travel (7),Landscape/scenery (6),Wildlife (4),Low light (3),Sports/action (3)
Reviewer Profile:
Photo enthusiast (3)

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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Canon SX130 IS Reviews

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Reviewed by 156 customers

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)


Great Camera For Anyone


from Chicago, IL

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


from San Francisco

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


from Undisclosed

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.

(3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)


This camera is worth every penny.


from Erie, PA

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.

(4 of 7 customers found this review helpful)


Nothing but problems


from Omaah, NE

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.

(2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)


Best gift ever


from north wales, pa

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)




from Connecticut

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


from Michigan

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.

(2 of 6 customers found this review helpful)


Love Hate Relationship.


from New York

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


from Austin, TX

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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Shopper  what is the difference between SX130 and the SX120?
SCOTT G  I am not sure excepts that a higher number is usually a better model from what I have learned as a camera owner. We are really happy with the quality of our pictures and paid a fraction of the price for the same camera!
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Helen O  REFURBISHED Refurbished goods sold by Adorama are all refurbished by the manufacturer (unless specified otherwise) to the original company's specifications. All Canon refurbished products from Adorama come with a 1 year return-to-Adorama warranty. All other refurbished goods we sell carry a 90-day return-to-manufacturer warranty. Click here for more information.
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