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CanonPowerShot SX130 IS Digital Camera (Black)
 
4.4

(based on 126 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (64)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (50)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (2)

95%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (116)
  • Good image quality (107)
  • Large clear LCD (96)
  • Zoom range/performance (79)
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (67)

Cons

  • Lag / shutter delay (34)
  • Short battery life (31)
  • No viewfinder (27)
  • Poor flash (8)
  • No image stabilization (5)

Best Uses

  • Family photos (98)
  • Travel (84)
  • Landscape/scenery (81)
  • Low light (59)
  • Video (40)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Casual photographer (54), Photo enthusiast (43), Semi-pro photographer (22), Pro photographer (6)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (92), Yes (32)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Fantastic Camera

I got this camera as an upgrade to the sx110 that I used to have. Both are great cameras, but my mom wanted the sx110 so she bought me this one. The zoom...Read complete review

I got this camera as an upgrade to the sx110 that I used to have. Both are great cameras, but my mom wanted the sx110 so she bought me this one. The zoom is great, I was able to get a fairly decent picture of Mt. Shasta from the rim of Crater Lake on a college trip to Oregon, that's almost 113 miles away. While the camera lacks a sports mode, simply using the shutter speed priority mode at the maximum speed with the flash up will get those action shots you want. The battery life was a bit short, so I got a set of rechargeable batteries with it and carry a spare set of AA's and the camera lasts throughout the day. Overall this is a fantastic camera for a casual photographer or even a photo enthusiast, and its the perfect size for those on the move.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Good Canon camera but others are better

Takes some really good shots but there are better cameras for this price (panasonic zs5 or sony 55) but if you really want to use AA this is the option to go with....Read complete review

Takes some really good shots but there are better cameras for this price (panasonic zs5 or sony 55) but if you really want to use AA this is the option to go with. Cool face detection settings

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5.0

very good for it's size

By Tal

from Ashdod Israel

About Me Pro Photographer

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Good Image Quality
  • Good Image Stabilization
  • Great Zoom
  • Large Clear LCD
  • Small / Compact

Cons

  • Lag / Shutter Delay
  • No Viewfinder

Best Uses

  • Family Photos
  • Landscape/Scenery
  • Travel
  • Video

Comments about Canon PowerShot SX130 IS Digital Camera (Black):

great camera when I want to shoot something on the spot without the hassle of my big SLR. Indoor pictures you will mostly need the flash. You can use Auto, Manual and costume settings A,S,P so you have full control over the camera. the con is that you need to wait about 5 seconds between pictures when you use your flash, flash is only good for about 3 meters.When camera is used properly, you can get very good results also in macro mode.video: good quality also in low light 720p. Little problem with auto-focus because of it's contrast detect which does re focusing when you move camera little bit, takes about 3-5 seconds to focus each time.

  • Was this a gift?:
  • Yes

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2.0

Very very short battery life

By Photo Teacher

from Philadelphia PA

About Me Pro Photographer

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Fast/accurate auto-focus
  • Good Image Quality
  • Large Clear LCD
  • Small / Compact

Cons

  • Short Battery Life

Best Uses

    Comments about Canon PowerShot SX130 IS Digital Camera (Black):

    The battery life for continuous use is under 45 min.

    • Ease of Operation:
    • 7
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

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    5.0

    cool camera!

    By Seth

    from Raleigh NC

    About Me Casual Photographer

    Pros

    • Good Image Quality
    • Good Image Stabilization
    • Good in Low Light
    • Great Zoom
    • Large Clear LCD
    • Small / Compact

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Family Photos
      • Indoors/Low Light
      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Sports/Action
      • Travel
      • Video

      Comments about Canon PowerShot SX130 IS Digital Camera (Black):

      good zoom
      hd video

      • Ease of Operation:
      • 8
      • Was this a gift?:
      • Yes

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      5.0

      "The best camera yet"

      By Ayesha

      from Brooklyn, ny

      About Me Casual Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Fast/accurate auto-focus
      • Good Image Quality
      • Good Image Stabilization
      • Good in Low Light
      • Great Zoom
      • Large Clear LCD

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Family Photos
        • Indoors/Low Light
        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Sports/Action
        • Travel
        • Video
        • Weddings/Events
        • Wildlife photos

        Comments about Canon PowerShot SX130 IS Digital Camera (Black):

        I bought this camera for a cruise to the bahamas and I was so surprised at the amazing quality of the pictures. The 12xs optical zoom is amazing. It's so easy for me to take great quality pictures from a distance. I love this camera.

        • Ease of Operation:
        • 8
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

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        4.0

        My grandson first camera

        By Shmuel

        from Israel

        About Me Casual Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use

        Cons

        • None

        Best Uses

        • Family Photos

        Comments about Canon PowerShot SX130 IS Digital Camera (Black):

        I'm using Canon PowerShot for at list 10 years and I've decided to buy the new model to my grandson, as his first camera. I'm sure he will be happy with it.

        • Ease of Operation:
        • 9
        • Was this a gift?:
        • Yes

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        5.0

        i would buy this product again

        By enana

        from argentina

        About Me Casual Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Fast/accurate auto-focus
        • Short Lag Time

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Canon PowerShot SX130 IS Digital Camera (Black):

            you don t have to be a professional to use it, and it takes grate pictures

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

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            5.0

            Great Camera!

            By Pat

            from Tucson, AZ

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Good Image Quality
            • Good Image Stabilization
            • Large Clear LCD

            Cons

            • No Viewfinder

            Best Uses

            • Family Photos
            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Video

            Comments about Canon PowerShot SX130 IS Digital Camera (Black):

            This is a great point & shoot camera when I don't want to take along the DSLR & all of the lenses.

            It is great for vacation pics, newsletter pics, street photography, ect.

            The picture quality is great & camera has enough of the advanced features of a DSLR when you want to "play".

            No, it is not going to be great for sports or low light photography, but that is what the DSLR is for.

            My only complaint is that there is no battery level indicator. Camera just dies when batteries run out.

            • Ease of Operation:
            • 10
            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

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            5.0

            Great camera

            By ddalcu

            from Romania

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Good Image Quality
            • Great Zoom
            • Nice Body Color

            Cons

            • nothing so far

            Best Uses

            • Family Photos
            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Travel

            Comments about Canon PowerShot SX130 IS Digital Camera (Black):

            I also own a Canon SX30 IS, but this camera is way over it in terms of photos quality. The 12x zoom is also enough and you'll not have as much distortions as the SX30. Great camera!

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

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            4.0

            Nice Camera

            By Photo_Man

            from Amesbury, Massachusetts

            About Me Casual Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Good Image Quality
            • Good Image Stabilization
            • Good in Low Light
            • Great Zoom
            • Large Clear LCD

            Cons

            • Lag / Shutter Delay
            • Short Battery Life

            Best Uses

            • Family Photos
            • Indoors/Low Light
            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Sports/Action
            • Travel
            • Weddings/Events
            • Wildlife photos

            Comments about Canon PowerShot SX130 IS Digital Camera (Black):

            I recently took some photos while on a moving boat. The pictures were perfect and not blurred at all. Very impressed by the features built into this camera.

            • Ease of Operation:
            • 10
            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

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            4.0

            canon live up to my expectation

            By Sachin

            from Jersey City, New Jersey

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Travel
                • Wildlife photos

                Comments about Canon PowerShot SX130 IS Digital Camera (Black):

                - great picture quality
                - sufficient optical zoom 12x
                - price is worth

                • Ease of Operation:
                • 7
                • Was this a gift?:
                • No

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                4.0

                Great camera! Great price!

                By H and M Photography

                from Texas

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Fast/accurate auto-focus
                • Good Image Quality
                • Good Image Stabilization
                • Good in Low Light
                • Large Clear LCD

                Cons

                • Lag / Shutter Delay

                Best Uses

                • Family Photos
                • Indoors/Low Light
                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Sports/Action
                • Travel
                • Video
                • Weddings/Events
                • Wildlife photos

                Comments about Canon PowerShot SX130 IS Digital Camera (Black):

                I bought this camera for my daughter, who is wanting to be a photographer. She has already taken really great pictures with this camera with little to no assistance or teaching from myself. Really appreciate the camera's price with all of the extras that comes with this item.

                • Ease of Operation:
                • 10
                • Was this a gift?:
                • Yes

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                4.0

                Great distance shots.

                By Sue

                from Bernville, PA.

                About Me Casual Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Fast/accurate auto-focus
                • Good Image Quality
                • Good in Low Light
                • Great Zoom
                • Large Clear LCD

                Cons

                • Lag / Shutter Delay

                Best Uses

                • Family Photos
                • Weddings/Events

                Comments about Canon PowerShot SX130 IS Digital Camera (Black):

                Just got this camera, recommended by my daughter who has a similar model. Took some zoom shots and they were greatly detailed and beyond my expectations.

                • Ease of Operation:
                • 9
                • Was this a gift?:
                • No

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                1.0

                PowerShot SX130 IS Camera Unusable

                By Brillotoo

                from Seattle, WA

                About Me Casual Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Nice Body Color

                Cons

                • Lag / Shutter Delay
                • Short Battery Life

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Canon PowerShot SX130 IS Digital Camera (Black):

                  This camera had to be returned after less than one day. The manual flash took almost 10 seconds to charge. The time between pictures even without flash was multiple seconds.

                  The selection ring was hard to use without picking the wrong menu item.

                  The AA batteries that came with it lasted about 10 pictures and one 60 second video.

                  It is a real shame because this is a feature rich camera for the price.

                  • Ease of Operation:
                  • 2
                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • No

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                  5.0

                  Good camera

                  By Henry

                  from Sao Paulo BRA

                  About Me Casual Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use
                  • Good Image Quality
                  • Good Image Stabilization
                  • Great Zoom
                  • Large Clear LCD

                  Cons

                  • Lag / Shutter Delay
                  • Short Battery Life

                  Best Uses

                  • Family Photos
                  • Travel
                  • Video

                  Comments about Canon PowerShot SX130 IS Digital Camera (Black):

                  Good for travel
                  Good image quality but shutter delay

                  • Ease of Operation:
                  • 10
                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • No

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                  4.0

                  Great camera

                  By Lotz of Smiles

                  from Cincinnati Ohio

                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use
                  • Fast/accurate auto-focus
                  • Good Image Quality
                  • Great Zoom

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Family Photos
                    • Landscape/Scenery

                    Comments about Canon PowerShot SX130 IS Digital Camera (Black):

                    I purchased this camera just to have in my purse with me at all times just in case i came across the "perfect shot"... it is great for what i purchased it for... good zoom... no issues yet..

                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • No

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                    5.0

                    It's a keeper !!!

                    By Mentor Mag

                    from Cleveland, OH

                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Use
                    • Fast/accurate auto-focus
                    • Good Image Quality
                    • Good in Low Light
                    • Great Zoom
                    • Large Clear LCD
                    • Nice Body Color

                    Cons

                    • No Viewfinder

                    Best Uses

                    • Family Photos
                    • Indoors/Low Light
                    • Landscape/Scenery
                    • Sports/Action
                    • Travel
                    • Video
                    • Weddings/Events
                    • Wildlife photos

                    Comments about Canon PowerShot SX130 IS Digital Camera (Black):

                    I've only had it for about a week but it takes great pics, nice zoom & it's a nice looking camera! I publish a magazine & will be using this camera to take photos for my publication.

                    • Ease of Operation:
                    • 9
                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • No

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                    5.0

                    Easy to succeed!

                    By Nancy

                    from Fayette City, PA

                    About Me Casual Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Autofocus
                    • Easy To Use
                    • Fast/accurate auto-focus
                    • Good Image Quality
                    • Good in Low Light
                    • Great Zoom
                    • Large Clear LCD
                    • Nice Body Color
                    • Small / Compact

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Family Photos
                      • Indoors/Low Light

                      Comments about Canon PowerShot SX130 IS Digital Camera (Black):

                      My daughter gave me about 10 minutes worth of instruction. I hadn't used any camera in about 10 years and was able to get great pictures on the first try. She uses Canon cameras for her yearbook class and would use nothing else as they do not hold up with such high usage and many users.

                      • Ease of Operation:
                      • 10
                      • Was this a gift?:
                      • No

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                      4.0

                      Great camera for the money

                      By Ashley

                      from NJ

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy To Use
                      • Fast/accurate auto-focus
                      • Good Image Quality
                      • Great Zoom
                      • Large Clear LCD
                      • Short Lag Time

                      Cons

                      • Poor Image Stabilization
                      • Short Battery Life

                      Best Uses

                      • Family Photos
                      • Landscape/Scenery
                      • Travel
                      • Video
                      • Weddings/Events

                      Comments about Canon PowerShot SX130 IS Digital Camera (Black):

                      -This camera has the ease of a point and shoot, but better image quality. It's not too big of a camera, so you won't be lugging around giant lenses, and its not a tiny cheap camera; it's somewhere in between and I love that because it looks more professional but is still easy to use.

                      -The image quality is really good but it's pretty bad at capturing moving objects.
                      -I love the video quality, it's HD and it even has a "color accent" option where it shows only a selected color and all other objects are black and white, it's a really cool effect
                      -The only downside to the HD video is it takes up a lot of space on the memory card
                      -Probably the biggest downside to this camera is the AA batteries,even though I use rechargeable ones i always bring extra just in case
                      -Overall I enjoy this camera very much, it was a great decision at a great price

                      • Ease of Operation:
                      • 8
                      • Was this a gift?:
                      • No

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                      4.0

                      excellent product

                      By scooter girl

                      from Cooperstown, NY

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy To Use
                      • Fast/accurate auto-focus
                      • Good Image Quality
                      • Small / Compact

                      Cons

                      • Short Battery Life

                      Best Uses

                      • Family Photos
                      • Landscape/Scenery
                      • Travel

                      Comments about Canon PowerShot SX130 IS Digital Camera (Black):

                      I used the Canon SX130 to take vacation pictures on the beach. It takes great pictures and is very easy to use.

                      • Ease of Operation:
                      • 9
                      • Was this a gift?:
                      • No

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                      4.0

                      Great camera and video

                      By Helen the hiker

                      from Bay Area

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy To Use
                      • Good Image Quality
                      • Good Image Stabilization
                      • Great Zoom
                      • Small / Compact

                      Cons

                      • Poor Flash
                      • Short Battery Life

                      Best Uses

                      • Sports/Action
                      • Travel
                      • Video
                      • Weddings/Events
                      • Wildlife photos

                      Comments about Canon PowerShot SX130 IS Digital Camera (Black):

                      I am learning to use video and learn to edit and cut movies

                      I like that the camera is small but at the same time compact and solid

                      • Ease of Operation:
                      • 8
                      • Was this a gift?:
                      • No

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