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Canon PowerShot SX130 IS Digital Camera (12.1 Megapixel, 12x Zoom, 3.0 inch LCD Screen)

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  • Canon 12x optical zoom with 28 mm wide-angle and optical Image Stabilizer to combat camera-shake
  • 12.1 Megapixels for detailed shots and poster-size prints
  • Smart Auto and Easy modes - detect 28 scene types and optimise settings
  • Large 7.5 cm (3.0 inch) LCD with wide viewing angle
  • HD Movies (720p) with optical zoom and stereo sound

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Product details

  • Product Dimensions: 4.6 x 11.3 x 7.3 cm ; 308 g
  • Boxed-product Weight: 699 g
  • Item model number: 4345B010AA
  • ASIN: B00400OK5C
  • Date first available at 19 Aug. 2010
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 79,365 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)

Product Description

Product Description

The PowerShot SX130 IS delivers great value, high zoom shooting with 12.1 Megapixels and 12x zoom. Master stills and HD Movies with Smart Auto and Easy modes or get creative with Full Manual control. The PowerShot SX130 IS features an increased telephoto range combined with a wide-angle lens in a compact body. Capture sweeping landscapes or fit everyone in the frame with the 28mm wide-angle and bring distant subjects closer with a powerful zoom. A high-resolution sensor allows printing of very large A3+ pri...

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12x optical zoom
Get closer to the action with a 12x wide-angle zoom lens
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Easy-to-use super zoom compact with advanced technology that anyone can enjoy

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.

Zoom in on the action and explore your creativity

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.

PowerShot SX130IS control dial
Easy-to-use control dial – take control of your aperture and shutter
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Enjoy a camera the whole family can grow with

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.

three-stop Image Stabilizer
The Optical Image Stabilizer automatically detects and corrects camera shake, delivering clear images even at high zoom
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Trust in market-leading Image Stabilization technology

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.

Record special moments in outstanding HD quality

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.

Focus tracking
Auto Focus cleverly adjusts focus when tracking a moving subject
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Don’t miss a moment with Auto Focus and Auto Exposure

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.

Fish-Eye Effect
Get creative with Fish-Eye Effect
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Experiment with creative shooting modes

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.

Improved shots in low light

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.

A world of advantages with Canon technology

Experience intelligent technology with DIGIC 4

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.

Store and share your masterpieces with ease

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.

Upload to YouTube

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.

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

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First of all - it's hard to describe just how much I've wanted this camera. I have the previous camera but one, the SX110is. It has served me extremely well, and has taken around 6000 photos in less than two years. Ordinarily I wouldn't even have thought about upgrading, but it was dropped at Easter, and since then it hasn't been focusing when you zoom in. Around 20% of my photos have been out of focus to the point that they are useless.

I had considered the SX120, but had heard a rumour it was going to be replaced by the sx130, although Canon managed to keep it very quiet until it was finally announced in mid-August. Even then I held back, partly because stock seemed limited, and partly because I was waiting for some reviews from camera magazines. I still haven't seen any, but didn't have any more patience and decided to go for it anyway.

First of all you need to be clear what you are buying here. It is a mid-range compact camera, which is probably a bit too big to put in a pocket, but is much smaller than lugging a DSLR kit around with you. If you are coming from a cheap point and shoot camera you will be amazed at the image quality, but will possibly be baffled by all the options. There is a basic easy mode, but I would suggest you bypass it and use the smart auto mode. Then you can move onto using specific modes. A lot of my photograhy is scenery and on the SX110 the landscape mode was a firm favourite. You can go onto fully manual settings if you want, but I have never felt the need beyond increasing or decreasing exposure, and choosing specific settings such as a fast shutter speed.
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I had been used to a 10x zoom on my old Olympus C765 but more recently (2007) bought a Canon IXUS 70 as I wanted something very small to take some pics while on business trips etc. This my first Canon quickly became my favorite as the pictures were so good and it was so easy to use.

I decided to get a new camera to replace the functionality of both these camera's. I looked at the Panasonic TZ8/10 but did not like the artificially sharp images. I looked at the Canon SX210 also and after studying a 100 or so images taken with this camera from Flickr and other photo sites concluded that the degree of purple/green fringing on high contrast areas around the outer parts of the images was not acceptable.

I then found the SX130 IS and the features and picture quality won me over. The price with the £20 Canon cashback made this a no-brainer! £136 for this spec is amazing. I ordered Sunday night and Amazon delivered Tues afternoon using the free Super Saver service. The expected date they had predicted as Wednesday. So great service from Amazon!

If you are worried about battery life - there is a particular You Tube review slating this aspect - don't worry at all. I've used this camera quite a lot since I received it and it's still on the first pair of re-chargeable batteries. I used Duracell Supreme 2450 mAh NiMH batteries. I've been taking video's, flash pictures as well as many still images. I have also sat for ages working around the menu's and features (as you do with a new toy!) and there is still no sign of the battery warning. I have reduced the brightness of the display which must help. I found it to be too bright in normal use.
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I used to own a Canon digital camera many years ago and only moved to another manufacturer because it was time to upgrade. I have owned a Panasonic and a Samsung and now decided to go back to Canon. I am glad I did. After a lot of research on mid priced compact cameras with decent optical zooms I shortlisted this camera along with the Sony DSCH55, the Canon SX210 and a Fuji fx80exr all with similar spec and price. After reading a lot of reviews and weighing up the ease of use I opted for the Canon SX130 IS - which is a fairly new model from Canon. I have had the camera only for a few days but I can safely say I think I made the right choice for what I need the camera for i.e. family holidays and a keen amatuer photographer. No qualms about recommending this camera to other like minded people. I would recommend getting high powered rechargeable nimh AA batteries and a largish SDHC card (at least 4Gb, I purchased a Transcend class 10 8Gb card). Looking forward to taking some good quality photos and HD video on my forthcoming holiday.
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Bought one of these for it's HD video and 12x zoom and have been very impressed. As this is also a backup camera for my Canon DSLR I also wanted good image quality - not been disappointed.

August 2011 - UPDATE
Some review sites mention the poor battery life - I filled an 2 x 4GB cards on holiday on the same set of batteries including a 10 minute hd video - just make sure you have some good rechargeables (I use the Uniross ones) and you won't have a problem. By the way - it only takes 2 batteries - my old 620 took 4.

Before buying I compared this to a number of other cameras from Sony and Panasonic, but this seemed to be offer the best combination of features and quality and is a very good price. A friend purchased the Panasonic and has a problem with red streaks in photos on bright days - not something I have experienced. If this camera proves as reliable as my previous Canon cameras then this will be another excellent purchase.

I use this camera all the time now. The quality of the pictures from it are amazing. I use the 'P'rogram mode most of the time. My Canon DSLR is now relegated to very serious photography only - everything else I use this compact camera. Just been on holiday with both cameras and didn't use the DSLR once. The macro shots are phenomenal - just shows what a brilliant sensor and lens this camera has.

This is not the smallest camera but it suits me - sometimes the buttons on smaller cameras are too fiddly.

If I shoot HD video and it's closer than 15ft I do tend to switch to Manual Focus and preset it otherwise the camera will try and refocus - this switching is easy me but may not suit other people.
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