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The 12.1 megapixel PowerShot SX130 IS is a 12x optical super zoom compact camera which combines impressive imaging technology with family-friendly usability. It offers intelligent shooting power with a wide-angle optical zoom and a choice of shooting modes, so that anyone can take inspiring shots. A host of intelligent Canon technologies ensure stunning picture quality and you can even shoot high-quality HD videos with stereo sound. There are also optional on-screen hints and tips, making it easy to navigate the enhanced menu.
Thanks to the PowerShot SX130 IS’s large 12x optical zoom, ranging from wide-angle (28mm) to telephoto (336mm), you can achieve fantastic close ups of even far away objects. So whether you’re shooting family events, wildlife or getting creative in manual mode, you have the power to produce truly unique photos. Once you’re happy with your images, the 12.1 megapixel capacity means you can experiment with larger prints and creative cropping.
The versatile PowerShot SX130 IS offers three shooting modes to meet the needs of the whole family:
Easy Mode is ideal for beginners or children. The camera automatically selects all settings except flash and limits the usable buttons to two, making it easy to use and preventing mistaken operations.
Smart Auto mode uses Advanced Scene Detection Technology to automatically analyse shooting conditions and select the perfect setting from 28 specially defined scenes including six newly-developed for this latest Canon range. Smart Flash Exposure intelligently determines whether your scene will benefit from a flash and applies it accordingly. So whether you’re photographing nature, a captivating sunset or a picnic in the park, you can be confident you’re getting the perfect image.
Manual Mode gives you full control over exposure settings to really make your photos your own, exploring not only the full potential of this powerful camera but also your own creativity.
The PowerShot SX130 IS incorporates Canon’s market leading Image Stabilization technology with outstanding hand-shake correction to keep your images clear and steady, even at super high zoom. So whether you’re snapping at sports day or capturing life in motion, the three-stop Image Stabilizer means you can be sure you’re getting the best shot.
The PowerShot SX130 IS supports 720p HD video with stereo sound, allowing you to capture and relive your special moments in high definition on the camera’s large, bright 7.5cm (3.0”) LCD screen. Continuous autofocus ensures that moving subjects are sharp, providing the perfect tool for recording school events, parties and family gatherings where it may be difficult to follow all the action. The inclusion of fast and silent motors for the zoom mean that the only noise in your film is your subjects. The PowerShot SX130 IS also supports new SDXC memory cards, enabling storage of up to 2TB of video and full-resolution stills.
The PowerShot’s advanced auto features help give you the best possible chance of capturing that perfect moment. Servo Auto Focus and Auto Exposure automatically adjust focus and exposure when tracking a moving subject, enabling clear and steady shots. And enhanced i-Contrast brings out shadow and highlight detail to help ensure your photos always look their best.
Canon’s advanced technologies incorporate numerous creative shooting modes, including Miniature Effect, Fish-Eye Effect and Super Vivid – giving you more scope for creativity. Miniature Effect makes landscapes appear ‘model like’ for an interesting perspective and Fish-Eye Effect gives the effect of a fish-eye lens for an artistic view of landscapes and subjects. Super Vivid boosts colour saturation, while Poster Effect gives a retro feel to your photos. To see Miniature Effect in action take a look at the top of the page.
Another clever creative mode available on the PowerShot SX130 is the new low light mode, for use in places such as pubs, parties and candlelit restaurants where you can't, or don't want to, use flash. This feature automatically allows you to capture atmospheric shots by improving background illumination, reducing dark areas, and controlling camera shake to eliminate blur.
The fast processing capability of the DIGIC 4 processor facilitates a range of technologies which enhance the quality and creativity of your images. It enables intelligent evolved Face and Object Detection Technology, which finds and tracks moving subjects until you're ready to shoot, adjusting the camera settings for optimal results. Faces will have natural-looking skin tones and additional Blink Detection lets you avoid the disappointment of mis-timed people shots by displaying a 3 second warning if a person in the frame has their eyes closed. Red-Eye Correction is an integral feature to ensure flawless photos as well as Canon’s i-Contrast feature, which offers improved contrast and greater detail in tricky lighting conditions.
Smart Auto technology is the most comprehensive in the market and features Scene Detection Technology which provides the best results in all conditions, intelligently detecting the scene and selecting the optimum settings from 28 variables.
Capturing self-portraits has never been easier with Smart Shutter, which utilizes Face Detection Technology, allowing you to trigger the shutter using a smile or a wink of the eye. With Face Self-Timer, you can set the camera to shoot automatically after detecting a new face in the frame, meaning nobody’s left behind in group shots. And if you’re at a more advanced level and require additional levels of creative control, the PowerShot SX130 IS also offers control over shutter speed or aperture settings in Tv and Av modes respectively.
Because Canon understands that taking photos is only half the fun, it supports both SDXC and Eye-Fi memory cards. With storage of up to 2000 gigabytes, the SDXC card allows you to snap away without worrying about running out of memory, and the Eye-Fi model lets you transfer pictures and videos online, directly from your camera, via it’s own Wi-Fi transmitter. You can also use the mini HDMI cable to play your HD videos on widescreen TV or send them wirelessly to your own PC.
For fast and easy uploading of your clips to sharing websites like YouTube, Easy Web Upload software is included free in the box. This will display your movie clips and can also store your YouTube log in details – so you can simply select your clip and upload with one click.
This is an excellent camera and I have used these for some time. unfortunately Canon Powershot cameras have a design fault and the lense sticks. Read morePublished 8 months ago by P G GINNELLY
this camera is very easy to use. Looks very classy and nice and light to carry. Would buy this product again if neededPublished 13 months ago by vivienne davis
This is no doubt a very good camera, but it is slightly fiddly and awkward to use, so definitely not one for the "point and shoot" merchants, or those just wanting to go... Read morePublished 16 months ago by I. S. Dixon
For an all round great camera with far too many features for my needs and a great AUTO mode I have no complaints. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Norman Foster
great camera like all canon products the sellar deliverd in excellent time and i am very happy with both regards bhPublished 24 months ago by jansen
First of all, an Argos shopping experience... I bought the camera for 89.99 as a 'clear-out' to make way for the SX150. Read morePublished on 6 July 2012 by Captain Sensible
Takes lovely photos, gives options of varying photos rather than just point and shoot.
However and a big however, battery life is awful, particularly when on video,batteries... Read more
I bought one of these last weeek for £99 at Argos. A bargain and very good camera, nuch better than our old A720is which was dearer and only has a 6x zoom. Read morePublished on 21 Feb 2012 by Red Kite
This camera is terrible! My husband and I bought a wonderful Canon camera back in 2007...three years later it "died". Read morePublished on 10 Feb 2012 by Mrs. Sarah O'Neill