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262 of 263 people found the following review helpful
on 22 July 2010
As with all the other positive reviews I don't have anything extra to add EXCEPT CHOOSING THE CORRECT SDHC CARD for this and any other quality camera using HD video recording. If you wish to make video recordings of a longer duration than 25/35 seconds, make sure you choose an SD card that is at least a MINIMUM CLASS 4. I recently bought this camera, a case and an 8 gb SD card as advertised by Amazon which stated that most people purchased it 'when buying this camera' (which happened to be a CLASS 2). When my recordings were being cut short to less than half a minute, I scoured the internet to see if anybody else had this problem-and yes they had-but no answers as to why. After scrolling through various Canon literature, I found in the small print it says quite nonchalantly "don't use an SD card of a lower value than Class 4 or your recording could stop at any given time.." - this quote isn't verbatim but is the general crux. I am not forwarding any blame on Amazon or Canon but I think that there should be a recommendation of a minimum value SD card and what would happen if you ignored the advice.
Of course, should you wish to make 'mini recordings' of just a few seconds then the standard Class 2 is for you. Needless to say, there is a jump in price for the higher Class 4. I hope this review is of help to anyone about to choose this or maybe any other quality camera that has the fabulous HD feature.
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136 of 139 people found the following review helpful
on 21 March 2010
I decided to upgrade from my Canon Ixus 50,which was an absolute revelation when it came out, to the Ixus 130. The 50 is still perfect and my brother is delighted with it, his first digicam. The 130 is a design masterpiece - so small, I could not see it in the box at first, but surprisingly although thinner it is slightly longer and taller. Lightweight but solidly constructed & easily fits in your pocket. Fundamentally, the controls are very similar, but more intuitive, so you do not need to digest volumes of complicated instructions. If you want a point and shoot, you cannot go wrong with this. It also has plenty of functionality, a wide angle lens for group and vista shots as well as a telephoto & the vids are amazing. If you are a real camera head, you will want to keep your SLR, but a pound to a penny, you cannot resist a compact for portability and versatility. This is simple to use and also has many advanced features, which help you take the perfect shot. If you want to get a lot more techie, you can use the program mode. I am going to have fun with this and you will too. I will update my review in a few months after I have given it a complete road test.

UPDATE OF IXUS 130
This camera will re-awaken your interest in photography. I used it on two holidays & the difference in quality between the earlier Ixus 50 & this is simply staggering. I would not have thought it possible. Point & shoot is superb, but it is easy to switch to programs specifically for sunny beach shots, sun-sets etc & zoom in on detail other cameras can not get to. Amazing, I am so pleased.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on 29 August 2010
I bought this to take away on a cycling holiday since my Nikon DSLR is too big and heavy for that kind of travel.

Look-n-feel and user interface:
I absolutely love this little camera!! The body is small and really elegant and weighs so little that the case I bought for it is heavier. The buttons are well placed and easy to reach. I didn't have any problems using them but I do have small hands. The user interface is very intuitive with all the functions available from the wheel on the back. I've printed the manual but that's really more to find out if I've missed any little tricks.

Functions:
This camera offers an amazing amount of control bearing in mind its size. A good ISO range although it obviously gets grainy at the top end. Exposure compensation. White balance controls. Choice of focussing options. Single or continuous shooting. Colour settings allowing you to choose anything from black and white or sepia to vivid, normal and many more. The programme options provide a wide range from indoors to people to low light. There are a couple of funkier options including triggering the camera when someone smiles but I haven't used those. Excellent zoom range. Great view-finder on the back - wondered if it wasn't going to be a little small, but it wasn't.

Usage:
The camera turns on very quickly and is ready to go in a second. There are multiple programmes covering all kinds of scenarios; over the space of 3 days I tried out (i) indoor low lighting at a circus (ii) in bright light at the seaside on a sunny day (iii) in the rain (iv) in situations of light and dark areas in the frame. In all situations I was amazed at how well the camera coped, especially at the circus where we weren't allowed to use flash so only had ambient lighting available. The only negative is that picture taking is a little slow so you have to anticipate the action and shoot a second before something happens. That was only an issue at the circus trying the catch the trapeze act (and I did manage to get some really decent shots) and at the seaside trying to catch waves breaking against a pier. Again I got some good results once I got used to the "rhythm" of the camera. Now that I'm used to the camera, I would even take it away on safari although I'd use the DSLR for faster subjects like leopards running.

This camera will come away with me many, many more times. in fact, it will probably live in my handbag for all those shots you see on the way to work and think "I wish I had my camera with me". This little Canon IXUS 130 is the perfect all-rounder for me.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
on 13 August 2010
This is a great little camera with the emphasis on little! One of the neatest packages imaginable, it has the lot including 1030 video! If it has a fault, it's that it is not quite quick enough to respond for, say wildlife. There is a definite lag after you press the shutter release whilst it focusses and works out exposure. I tried to photograph some dolphins jumping and all I've got is tails in the water!
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on 2 August 2010
I've had this camera for about a month. I wanted a good compact to take to places I would not take my digital SLR. I could not be more pleased with it. Perfect for pointing and shooting and the video is excellent although it uses up battery fast.

It is very small not much bigger than a mobile phone so fits easily in your pocket.
It is a very well built and solid little camera. I dropped it and it bounced several times over some rocks. It had a few little dents and scratches but it still works perfectly.

I would not hesitate to recommend to someone looking for a reasonably priced, very easy to use compact.

It won't replace my digital SLR but it takes high quality images and video and is a lot more portable.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on 24 November 2010
I've had several Canon Ixus's and this is my least favourite. As with all of them the function and controls are excellent and it's size is perfect for a point and shoot-if a little slippery to hold at times. My only complaint with the controls in comparison to my favourite the Ixus 75 is the lack of a 'high' ISO setting which would automatically take you to 800 ISO if the light demanded it but would always choose a high speed and a minimum F stop. However its biggest problem is it's shutter lag. It is significantly slower than the other Ixuss and positively ponderous when compared to the Ixus 75. This is the most important feature for any camera and the manufacturers of the 130 have really got this wrong.

The quality with back light is also disappointing though I can't find any reason for this. All in all not a great camera and my quest to replace my Canon 75-the best I've so far used-goes on.
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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful
on 3 July 2010
Compared to my old camera this one is amazing. It was very easy to set up and use. The picture quality is great and I can finally capture the photos of my children that I want as it takes the picture really quickly before they move. The zoom is more than enough for the type of day to day photos I want to take. It's small but not fiddly. Was worried that it didn't have a view finder but the picture quality on the LCD screen is great even in bright sunlight. I haven't tried out all the features yet but really happy with it so far.
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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful
on 27 November 2010
Have two Ixus' at home - 75 and 95. Needed one for work and wanted another 95 but decided to upgrade, how I wish I hadn't. It struggles to focus and the shutter lag is far too slow. Not so much point and shoot, as point and wait. Thankfully I took my 75 to Disneyland too as a back up and ended up using it all the time. 130 couldn't cope with the movement of characters etc and poor light, even manually on all the different settings; kids etc. If anyone wants to buy it off me they are welcome. Had planned to give 75 to the children but they may have to wait.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on 24 July 2010
Brought this as a replacement for my ixus 100 as it went missing, vast improvement on an already great camera. quality of pictures are amazing,size is perfect to carry anywhere without overloading your pockets, very fast in turning on, ready almost instantly to take pictures.
Loads of functions to play with and it's got a bit of manual control aswell.
Pictures not quite as good as my DSLR but my DSLR cant fit in my pocket and take pictures discretely without drawing attention to yourself.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 24 January 2011
I have always had a great experience with the Ixus range and was very excited to get my hands on this camera. It delivers quality pictures and has loads of fantastic features that mean you can create all sorts of different photos in any situation.

However! There are a couple of really annoying aspects to this camera which you probably will not notice until you've had it for a little while. The first is that the new shape, whilst allowing it to slip into your pocket more easily, also makes it difficult to stand the camera up on its own. I frequently find myself taking a several seconds to balance it on a flat surface only for it to fall over when I press the shoot button! Not the end of the world but all to often I find myself with photos of the surface of a table. The second point is perhaps more significant. I use my camera a lot in social situations whether this is in pubs, nightclubs, or just sitting around the dinner table. In these situations the low light levels seem to confuse this little camera, especially when it is on "auto" mode. I will try and take a photo of my friends or whatever and the camera will decide it needs to be in "macro" mode. I am not exaggerating at all when I say that usually I will look at my photos the morning after a night out and around 60-70% are blurred.

A friend of mine has this camera and often has similar problems. Just a heads up for everyone. If you are struggling to choose beteween this camera and another one, choose the other one.
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