Canon SX130 IS vs Canon SX60 HS

Canon PowerShot SX130 IS front
Canon PowerShot SX60 HS front

Canon SX130 IS vs Canon SX60 HS Key Specs

Canon SX130 IS
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 80 - 1600
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 28-336mm (F3.4-5.6) lens
  • 308g - 113 x 73 x 46mm
  • Released August 2010
  • Updated by Canon SX150 IS
Canon SX60 HS
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fully Articulated Display
  • ISO 100 - 6400
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 21-1365mm (F3.4-6.5) lens
  • 650g - 128 x 93 x 114mm
  • Released September 2014
  • Succeeded the Canon SX50 HS
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Canon SX130 IS vs Canon SX60 HS Overview

In this write-up, we are matching up the Canon SX130 IS vs Canon SX60 HS, both Small Sensor Superzoom digital cameras and both of them are built by Canon. There is a considerable difference between the image resolutions of the SX130 IS (12MP) and SX60 HS (16MP) but they use the same exact sensor size (1/2.3").

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The SX130 IS was introduced 5 years earlier than the SX60 HS which is quite a large difference as far as tech is concerned. Both of the cameras offer different body type with the Canon SX130 IS being a Compact camera and the Canon SX60 HS being a SLR-like (bridge) camera.

Before going straight into a in depth comparison, below is a brief synopsis of how the SX130 IS grades against the SX60 HS with respect to portability, imaging, features and an overall mark.

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Reasons to pick Canon SX130 IS over the Canon SX60 HS

 SX130 IS SX60 HS 

Reasons to pick Canon SX60 HS over the Canon SX130 IS

 SX60 HS SX130 IS 
ReleasedSeptember 2014August 2010Newer by 49 months
Display typeFully ArticulatedFixed Fully Articulating display
Display resolution922k230kCrisper display (+692k dot)
Selfie screen Easy selfies

Common features in the Canon SX130 IS and Canon SX60 HS

 SX130 IS SX60 HS 
Focus manually Very exact focus
Display sizing3"3"Equivalent display size
Touch friendly display Neither comes with Touch friendly display

Canon SX130 IS vs Canon SX60 HS Physical Comparison

For those who are intending to travel with your camera often, you need to consider its weight and volume. The Canon SX130 IS comes with outside measurements of 113mm x 73mm x 46mm (4.4" x 2.9" x 1.8") along with a weight of 308 grams (0.68 lbs) whilst the Canon SX60 HS has sizing of 128mm x 93mm x 114mm (5.0" x 3.7" x 4.5") along with a weight of 650 grams (1.43 lbs).

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Remember that, the weight of an ILC will differ dependant on the lens you use at that time. Below is the front view proportions comparison of the SX130 IS vs the SX60 HS.

Canon SX130 IS vs Canon SX60 HS size comparison

Factoring in size and weight, the portability rating of the SX130 IS and SX60 HS is 85 and 61 respectively.

Canon SX130 IS vs Canon SX60 HS top view buttons comparison

Canon SX130 IS vs Canon SX60 HS Sensor Comparison

Oftentimes, it can be difficult to envision the difference between sensor dimensions merely by reviewing a spec sheet. The pic underneath will help give you a greater sense of the sensor measurements in the SX130 IS and SX60 HS.

As you can see, both cameras offer the same exact sensor sizing but not the same MP. You can expect to see the Canon SX60 HS to offer you greater detail using its extra 4 Megapixels. Greater resolution will allow you to crop pics a little more aggressively. The more aged SX130 IS is going to be behind when it comes to sensor tech.

Canon SX130 IS vs Canon SX60 HS sensor size comparison

Canon SX130 IS vs Canon SX60 HS Screen and ViewFinder

Canon SX130 IS vs Canon SX60 HS Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Canon SX130 IS Portrait photography info
Canon SX60 HS Portrait photography info
focusing manually
cannot use external flash
low MP (12MP)
small sensor size (1/2.3")
no RAW support
has manual focus
megapixel count decent (16 megapixels)
features face detection focusing
saves RAW files
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
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Street Comparison

Canon SX130 IS Street photography information
Canon SX60 HS Street photography information
image stabilization (Optical)
lighter than others (308g)
no moving screen
small sensor size (1/2.3")
no RAW support
screen can move to multiple angles
has image stabilization (Optical)
saves RAW files
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
heavier than competition (650 grams)
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Sports Comparison

Canon SX130 IS Sports photography details
Canon SX60 HS Sports photography details
image stabilization (Optical)
max fps low (1.0 frames per second)
low MP (12MP)
small sensor size (1/2.3")
no phase detect autofocus
amazing zoom range (21-1365mm 65.0 x zoom)
has image stabilization (Optical)
megapixel count decent (16MP)
features tracking autofocus
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
lacks phase detect AF
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Travel Comparison

Canon SX130 IS Travel photography factors
Canon SX60 HS Travel photography factors
lighter than others (308g)
has built in flash
pretty wide (28mm)
great zoom (336mm)
does not have Timelapse mode
low MP (12MP)
does not contain selfie friendly screen
slow maximum aperture (f3.4)
megapixel count decent (16 megapixels)
has built in flash
display is selfie friendly
really wide (21mm)
long zoom (1365mm)
does not have Time Lapse mode
heavier than competition (650 grams)
slow max aperture (f3.4)
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Landscape Comparison

Landscape photography with Canon SX130 IS
Landscape photography with Canon SX60 HS
focusing manually
pretty wide (28mm)
pretty good screen size (3")
image stabilization (Optical)
cannot change lenses (fixed lens mount)
slow maximum aperture (f3.4)
low MP (12 megapixels)
small sensor size (1/2.3")
no RAW support
does not have Timelapse mode
has manual focus
really wide (21mm)
screen size is good (3 inches)
has image stabilization (Optical)
megapixel count decent (16 megapixels)
saves RAW files
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
slow max aperture (f3.4)
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
does not have Time Lapse mode
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Vlogging Comparison

Vlogging with Canon SX130 IS
Vlogging with Canon SX60 HS
pretty wide (28mm)
image stabilization (Optical)
lighter than others (308 grams)
slow maximum aperture (f3.4)
does not contain selfie friendly screen
low quality video (1280 x 720 pxls)
does not have microphone jack
really wide (21mm)
display is selfie friendly
has image stabilization (Optical)
features face detection focusing
good video quality (1920 x 1080 pixels)
comes with external mic support
slow max aperture (f3.4)
heavier than competition (650g)
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Canon SX130 IS vs Canon SX60 HS Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Canon SX130 IS and Canon SX60 HS
 Canon PowerShot SX130 ISCanon PowerShot SX60 HS
General Information
Make Canon Canon
Model Canon PowerShot SX130 IS Canon PowerShot SX60 HS
Category Small Sensor Superzoom Small Sensor Superzoom
Released 2010-08-19 2014-09-16
Physical type Compact SLR-like (bridge)
Sensor Information
Chip Digic 4 DIGIC 6
Sensor type CCD BSI-CMOS
Sensor size 1/2.3" 1/2.3"
Sensor dimensions 6.17 x 4.55mm 6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor surface area 28.1mm² 28.1mm²
Sensor resolution 12 megapixel 16 megapixel
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 4:3 and 3:2 1:1, 5:4, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Full resolution 4000 x 3000 4608 x 3072
Max native ISO 1600 6400
Minimum native ISO 80 100
RAW files
Focus manually
Touch focus
Continuous autofocus
Autofocus single
Autofocus tracking
Selective autofocus
Autofocus center weighted
Autofocus multi area
Autofocus live view
Face detection focus
Contract detection focus
Phase detection focus
Number of focus points - 9
Cross focus points - -
Lens mounting type fixed lens fixed lens
Lens focal range 28-336mm (12.0x) 21-1365mm (65.0x)
Largest aperture f/3.4-5.6 f/3.4-6.5
Macro focus range 1cm 0cm
Crop factor 5.8 5.8
Type of screen Fixed Type Fully Articulated
Screen diagonal 3 inches 3 inches
Resolution of screen 230k dots 922k dots
Selfie friendly
Touch display
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder None Electronic
Viewfinder resolution - 922k dots
Viewfinder coverage - 100 percent
Slowest shutter speed 15s 15s
Maximum shutter speed 1/2500s 1/2000s
Continuous shooting rate 1.0 frames/s 6.4 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual mode
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Change white balance
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash range 3.00 m 5.50 m
Flash modes Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync Auto, on, slow synchro, off
Hot shoe
WB bracketing
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Supported video resolutions 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps), 160 x 120 (15 fps) 1920 x 1080 (60p, 30p), 1280 x 720 (30p), 640 x 480 (30p)
Max video resolution 1280x720 1920x1080
Video file format H.264 MPEG-4, H.264
Mic support
Headphone support
Wireless None Built-In
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Environment sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 308g (0.68 lbs) 650g (1.43 lbs)
Dimensions 113 x 73 x 46mm (4.4" x 2.9" x 1.8") 128 x 93 x 114mm (5.0" x 3.7" x 4.5")
DXO scores
DXO All around score not tested 39
DXO Color Depth score not tested 19.2
DXO Dynamic range score not tested 10.1
DXO Low light score not tested 127
Battery life - 340 photos
Battery style - Battery Pack
Battery model 2 x AA NB-10L
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec, Custom) Yes (2 or 10 sec, Custom)
Time lapse feature
Card slots One One
Price at launch $250 $549