Canon SX130 IS

 
Canon PowerShot SX130 IS front
 
  • 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
  • Announced August 2010
  • Newer Model is Canon SX150 IS
  • Read full specs
  • Alternatives
Portability
85
Imaging
37
Features
33
Overall
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Canon SX130 IS overview

Canon SX130 IS is Canon's Small Sensor Superzoom digital camera first introduced on August of 2010. The camera includes a 12MP, CCD 1/2.3" size sensor with a peak resolution of 4000 x 3000.

Canon released the fresher Canon SX150 IS (Read Full Comparison) in order to upgrade this model.

The SX130 IS ranks at #216 out of 243 in Small Sensor Superzoom cameras and all around #927 out of 1422 for cameras in our database. You can check our Smart camera filter to get camera rankings based on your customized criteria.

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Canon SX130 IS history

The Canon SX130 IS comes with a history of related cameras. Down below, you can take a look at all older and the latest models alongside key specifications.

ModelVisualizeLensResolutionSensor SizeReleased
Canon-PowerShot-SX70-HS front thumbnailCanon SX70 HS
SX130 IS vs SX70 HS
21-1365mm
F3.4-6.5
20MP1/2.3"2018
Canon-PowerShot-SX740-HS front thumbnailCanon SX740 HS
SX130 IS vs SX740 HS
24-960mm
F3.3-6.9
21MP1/2.3"2018
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Canon-PowerShot-SX730-HS front thumbnailCanon SX730 HS
SX130 IS vs SX730 HS
24-960mm
F3.3-6.9
20.3MP1/2.3"2017
Canon-PowerShot-SX620-HS front thumbnailCanon SX620 HS
SX130 IS vs SX620 HS
25-625mm
F3.2-6.6
20MP1/2.3"2016
Canon-PowerShot-SX720-HS front thumbnailCanon SX720 HS
SX130 IS vs SX720 HS
24-960mm
F3.3-6.9
20.3MP1/2.3"2016
Canon-PowerShot-SX540-HS front thumbnailCanon SX540 HS
SX130 IS vs SX540 HS
24-1200mm
F3.4-6.5
20MP1/2.3"2016
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Canon-PowerShot-SX420-IS front thumbnailCanon SX420 IS
SX130 IS vs SX420 IS
24-1008mm
F3.5-6.6
20MP1/2.3"2016
Canon-PowerShot-SX410-IS front thumbnailCanon SX410 IS
SX130 IS vs SX410 IS
24-960mm
F3.5-5.6
20MP1/2.3"2015
Canon-PowerShot-SX610-HS front thumbnailCanon SX610 HS
SX130 IS vs SX610 HS
25-450mm
F3.8-6.9
20MP1/2.3"2015
Canon-PowerShot-SX710-HS front thumbnailCanon SX710 HS
SX130 IS vs SX710 HS
25-750mm
F3.2-6.9
20MP1/2.3"2015
Canon-PowerShot-SX530-HS front thumbnailCanon SX530 HS
SX130 IS vs SX530 HS
24-1200mm
F3.4-6.5
16MP1/2.3"2015
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Canon-PowerShot-SX60-HS front thumbnailCanon SX60 HS
SX130 IS vs SX60 HS
21-1365mm
F3.4-6.5
16MP1/2.3"2014
Canon-PowerShot-SX520-HS front thumbnailCanon SX520 HS
SX130 IS vs SX520 HS
24-1008mm
F3.4-6.0
16MP1/2.3"2014
Canon-PowerShot-SX400-IS front thumbnailCanon SX400 IS
SX130 IS vs SX400 IS
24-720mm
F3.4-5.8
16MP1/2.3"2014
Canon-PowerShot-SX700-HS front thumbnailCanon SX700 HS
SX130 IS vs SX700 HS
25-750mm
F3.2-6.9
16MP1/2.3"2014
Canon-PowerShot-SX600-HS front thumbnailCanon SX600 HS
SX130 IS vs SX600 HS
25-450mm
F3.8-6.9
16MP1/2.3"2014
Canon-PowerShot-SX170-IS front thumbnailCanon SX170 IS
SX130 IS vs SX170 IS
28-448mm
F3.5-5.9
16MP1/2.3"2013
Canon-PowerShot-SX510-HS front thumbnailCanon SX510 HS
SX130 IS vs SX510 HS
24-720mm
F3.4-5.8
12MP1/2.3"2013
Canon-PowerShot-SX160-IS front thumbnailCanon SX160 IS
SX130 IS vs SX160 IS
28-448mm
F3.5-5.9
16MP1/2.3"2013
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Canon-PowerShot-SX270-HS front thumbnailCanon SX270 HS
SX130 IS vs SX270 HS
25-500mm
F3.5-6.8
12MP1/2.3"2013
Canon-PowerShot-SX280-HS front thumbnailCanon SX280 HS
SX130 IS vs SX280 HS
25-500mm
F3.5-6.8
12MP1/2.3"2013
Canon-PowerShot-SX50-HS front thumbnailCanon SX50 HS
SX130 IS vs SX50 HS
24-1200mm
F3.4-6.5
12MP1/2.3"2013
Canon-PowerShot-SX500-IS front thumbnailCanon SX500 IS
SX130 IS vs SX500 IS
24-720mm
F3.4-5.8
16MP1/2.3"2012
Canon-PowerShot-SX260-HS front thumbnailCanon SX260 HS
SX130 IS vs SX260 HS
25-500mm
F3.5-6.8
12MP1/2.3"2012
Canon-PowerShot-SX150-IS front thumbnailCanon SX150 IS
SX130 IS vs SX150 IS
28-336mm
F3.4-5.6
14MP1/2.3"2012
Canon-PowerShot-SX240-HS front thumbnailCanon SX240 HS
SX130 IS vs SX240 HS
25-500mm
F3.5-6.8
12MP1/2.3"2012
Canon-PowerShot-SX40-HS front thumbnailCanon SX40 HS
SX130 IS vs SX40 HS
24-840mm
F2.7-5.8
12MP1/2.3"2011
Canon-PowerShot-SD4500-IS front thumbnailCanon SD4500 IS
SX130 IS vs SD4500 IS
36-360mm
F3.4-5.6
10MP1/2.3"2011
Canon-PowerShot-SX230-HS front thumbnailCanon SX230 HS
SX130 IS vs SX230 HS
28-392mm
F3.1-5.9
12MP1/2.3"2011
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Canon-SX220-HS front thumbnailCanon SX220 HS
SX130 IS vs SX220 HS
28-392mm
F3.1-5.9
12MP1/2.3"2011
Canon-PowerShot-SX30-IS front thumbnailCanon SX30 IS
SX130 IS vs SX30 IS
24-840mm
F2.7-5.8
14MP1/2.3"2010
Canon-PowerShot-SX130-IS front thumbnailCanon SX130 IS28-336mm
F3.4-5.6
12MP1/2.3"2010
Canon-PowerShot-SD4000-IS front thumbnailCanon SD4000 IS
SX130 IS vs SD4000 IS
28-105mm
F2.0-5.3
10MP1/2.3"2010
Canon-PowerShot-SX20-IS front thumbnailCanon SX20 IS
SX130 IS vs SX20 IS
28-560mm
F2.8-5.7
12MP1/2.3"2010
Canon-PowerShot-SX210-IS front thumbnailCanon SX210 IS
SX130 IS vs SX210 IS
28-392mm
F3.1-5.9
14MP1/2.3"2010
Canon-PowerShot-SD3500-IS front thumbnailCanon SD3500 IS
SX130 IS vs SD3500 IS
24-120mm
F2.8-5.9
14MP1/2.3"2010
Canon-PowerShot-SD1300-IS front thumbnailCanon SD1300 IS
SX130 IS vs SD1300 IS
28-112mm
F2.8-5.9
12MP1/2.3"2010
Canon-PowerShot-SD980-IS front thumbnailCanon SD980 IS
SX130 IS vs SD980 IS
24-120mm
F2.8-5.9
12MP1/2.3"2009
Canon-PowerShot-SX200-IS front thumbnailCanon SX200 IS
SX130 IS vs SX200 IS
28-336mm
F3.4-5.3
12MP1/2.3"2009
Canon-PowerShot-SX1-IS front thumbnailCanon SX1 IS
SX130 IS vs SX1 IS
28-560mm
F2.8-5.7
10MP1/2.3"2009
Canon-PowerShot-SD970-IS front thumbnailCanon SD970 IS
SX130 IS vs SD970 IS
37-185mm
F3.2-5.7
12MP1/2.3"2009
Canon-PowerShot-SD960-IS front thumbnailCanon SD960 IS
SX130 IS vs SD960 IS
28-112mm
F2.8-5.8
12MP1/2.3"2009
Canon-PowerShot-SD1200-IS front thumbnailCanon SD1200 IS
SX130 IS vs SD1200 IS
35-105mm
F2.8-4.9
10MP1/2.3"2009
Canon-PowerShot-SX10-IS front thumbnailCanon SX10 IS
SX130 IS vs SX10 IS
28-560mm
F2.8-5.7
10MP1/2.3"2009

Canon SX130 IS Pros and Cons

Here is a collection of advantages and drawbacks of the Canon SX130 IS based on things that are usually seen as important in a digital camera.

built-in flash
built in image stabilization (Optical)
decent sized screen (3")
focusing manually
good min ISO (80)
great reach (336mm)
in built lens has zoom (28-336mm 12.0 x zoom)
lighter than competitors (308g)
really wide (28mm)
can't swap lenses (fixed lens mount)
can't use external flash
does not have phase detect autofocus
does not have RAW files
lack of external mic jack
lack of HDMI support
lack of headphone jack
lack of Time Lapse function
low resolution screen (230 thousand dot)
low resolution sensor (12 megapixels)
screen does not articulate
screen is not selfie friendly
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
slow frames per second (1.0 frames per second)
sluggish at full zoom (f5.6)
sluggish max aperture (f3.4)
video resolution low (1280 x 720 pxls)
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Canon SX130 IS Sensor information

The Canon SX130 IS is powered by the Digic 4 processor. The sensor spec in the Canon SX130 IS is 6.17mm x 4.55mm (1/2.3"). The 28 mm² sensor has the capability to resolve 4000 x 3000 pixels with aspect ratios of 4:3 and 3:2. The camera boasts Image Stabilization (Optical). Optical stabilization is more effective than digital stabilization as the latter may lead to cropping.

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The CCD sensor boasts 12 megapixels and features a standard ISO range of 80 - 1600. Unfortunately, RAW photos are not supported which means that you have less margin for error.

The graphic below shows the SX130 IS's sensor size in comparison to other popular sizes. The SX130 IS sensor comes with a crop factor of 5.8 and is pointed out in green.

Canon PowerShot SX130 IS sensor size Photographer fined '$200,000' for failing to deliver photos

To get a sense of various aspect ratios, you should refer to the graphic below.

Camera sensor aspect ratios

Canon SX130 IS dimensions

Canon SX130 IS weighs in at 0.68 lbs (308 gr / 10.86 ounces) and the size of the camera is 113mm x 73mm x 46mm (4.4" x 2.9" x 1.8"). The weight of general Small Sensor Superzoom camera is 387 gr so the Canon SX130 IS is lighter compared to its rivals.

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Below is a pic of the Canon SX130 IS with a soda so you're able to have a feel for its size.

Canon PowerShot SX130 IS dimensions scale

The top view here will illustrate the button arrangement on the SX130 IS.

Canon PowerShot SX130 IS topview buttons dials

Canon SX130 IS Lens information

The SX130 IS comes with a built in lens giving a focal range of 28-336mm giving it a 12.0 x zoom which might not be huge nevertheless it will be very helpful in a few cases.

At it's widest 28mm, the lens will have an aperture of f3.4 which will be pretty sluggish and not great in low light situations and you will struggle to capture a shallow depth of field. You will probably also have to increase your ISO setting which causes noisy photos. For the long end, 336mm is amazing zoom and comes at f5.6 making it very sluggish and you will have to apply slower shutter speeds.

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Canon SX130 IS Connectivity

The SX130 IS has the following connectivity:

  • USB Yes

Cameras which have NFC or Bluetooth support can be controlled wirelessly by smartphones. You will be able to send files and in some cases alter settings with no need to connect physically with the camera.

Several apps also give a Liveview and press the shutter whenever you aren't close to the camera. If the camera includes a HDMI out, it can be hooked up to an external monitor. A lot of cameras will allow you to charge the battery through the USB port.

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Canon SX130 IS Video information

The highest video quality in the Canon SX130 IS is 1280 x 720 and it can save in H.264 file format. 720p is terrible by today's standards. You should really target a minimum FUll HD quality for video. The body doesn't include a mic or headphone jack which means you have zero control over your sound. It is probably best to look at another camera if you require better sound in your videos.

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Canon SX130 IS Weather Sealing

There is no weather proofing for the Canon SX130 IS so you have to be cautious in rainy or dusty conditions.

Canon SX130 IS Screen and Viewfinder

The Canon SX130 IS includes a 3 inch fixed display screen with a resolution of 230 thousand dots.

Please note that the display offers no touch support.

Canon PowerShot SX130 IS screen and viewfinder World's smallest camera makes it into Guinness Book of Records

The ViewFinder specifications regarding Canon SX130 IS are as follows:

  • ViewFinder None

Viewfinders can be very helpful during bright outdoor conditions which can easily make the camera screen washed out and difficult to view.

Canon SX130 IS Shutter information

Canon SX130 IS has the capability to shoot continuously at 1.0 frames per second. The max shutter speed is 1/2500 seconds.

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Canon SX130 IS Flash and Hot shoe information

Canon SX130 IS boasts just built in flash lacking external flash ability.

Canon SX130 IS Autofocusing information

Canon SX130 IS boasts only Contrast Based Auto Focus and lacks Phase Detect Auto Focus. Phase Detection autofocusing is a lot more snappier & accurate compared to Contrast Based autofocusing.

Canon SX130 IS has the ability to use manual focusing if needed during low light situations or you want to have more precise control on focusing.

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Canon SX130 IS Battery life

The typical Small Sensor Superzoom camera battery life is 316. Fujifilm HS35EXR features the highest (600) battery life within this class of cameras.

Following is a collection of Small Sensor Superzoom cameras with the highest battery life:

Canon SX130 IS for varying categories of photography

The following chart shows a overview of the Canon SX130 IS for varying categories of photography. To find out more, go to the specific paragraph below.

Canon SX130 IS Portrait photography information

The Canon SX130 IS gets a rating of 30 which is subpar, and means the camera is not acceptable for portraits. Photographing portrait images favors greatly towards sensor dimensions, RAW support in addition to the potential to utilize external flash.

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you can focus manually
cannot use external flash
sensor resolution low (12 megapixels)
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
lack of RAW support

Canon SX130 IS as a Street photography camera

Coming in at a decent points total of 58, the Canon SX130 IS is somewhat suited for street photography. A decent street photography camera features a perfect balance of image quality and portability.

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built in image stabilization (Optical)
lighter than competition (308g)
screen does not articulate
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW support

Canon SX130 IS as a Sports photography camera

A subpar sports photography rating of 28 suggests the Canon SX130 IS is not acceptable for shooting sports. A camera needs to have excellent tracking and shutter speeds for sports photography.

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image stabilization (Optical)
max frames per second low (1.0 frames per second)
sensor resolution low (12MP)
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
has no phase detect autofocus

Canon SX130 IS Travel photography advice

Portability is really important in getting a travel camera. Over-all, the Canon SX130 IS gets a above average 61 for a travel camera which makes it a fine option to purchase for your travels.

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lighter than others in class (308g)
built-in flash
relatively wide (28mm)
long reach (336mm)
missing Time Lapse function
megapixel count low (12MP)
doesn't have a selfie friendly display
slow max aperture (f3.4)

Canon SX130 IS Landscape photography information

For anyone planning to choose a digital camera for landscape photographs, the most significant factor will be image quality. The Canon SX130 IS and it's subpar score of 43 as a landscape camera is not acceptable compared to it's competitors.

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focusing manually
pretty wide (28mm)
screen is a decent size (3 inches)
image stabilization (Optical)
cannot change lenses (fixed lens mount)
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.4)
low megapixels (12 megapixels)
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
has no RAW files
doesn't have Timelapse mode

Canon SX130 IS as a Vlogging camera

A camera for vlogging should come with a moving screen, mic port and preferably image stabilization. Taking all things into account, the Canon SX130 IS is not acceptable as a vlog camera as it comes to a subpar rating of 29.

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reasonably wide (28mm)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
lighter than competition in class (308 grams)
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.4)
screen is not selfie friendly
video res low (1280 x 720 pixels)
doesn't have external microphone jack

Canon SX130 IS Alternatives

If you are interested in replacements to the SX130 IS, here is a collection of the top placed cameras that fall under the class of Small Sensor Superzoom.

The line graph underneath shows you an overview of the SX130 IS vs it's highest scored competitors shown above.

Here are a handful of other cameras you may view as alternate options. To check out a extensive comparison, visit the "compare" link.

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Specifications

General Information
Brand Name
Canon
Model type
Canon PowerShot SX130 IS
Type
Small Sensor Superzoom
Announced
2010-08-19
Body design
Compact
Sensor Information
Sensor type
CCD
Powered by
Digic 4
Sensor size
1/2.3"
Sensor dimensions
6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor surface area
28.1mm²
Sensor resolution
12 megapixel
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio
4:3 and 3:2
Maximum resolution
4000 x 3000
RAW photos
Maximum native ISO
1600
Lowest native ISO
80
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Touch focus
Autofocus continuous
Single autofocus
Tracking autofocus
Selective autofocus
Center weighted autofocus
Multi area autofocus
Autofocus live view
Face detection focus
Contract detection focus
Phase detection focus
Cross type focus points
0
Lens
Lens support
fixed lens
Lens zoom range
28-336mm (12.0x)
Max aperture
f/3.4-5.6
Macro focusing range
1cm
Crop factor
5.8
Screen
Screen type
Fixed Type
Screen diagonal
3"
Screen resolution
230 thousand dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch friendly
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder
None
DXO scores
DXO All around rating
not tested
DXO Color Depth rating
not tested
DXO Dynamic range rating
not tested
DXO Low light rating
not tested
Features
Lowest shutter speed
15 secs
Highest shutter speed
1/2500 secs
Continuous shooting speed
1.0 frames per sec
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Exposure compensation
Yes
Change white balance
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash distance
3.00 m
Flash settings
Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync
Hot shoe
Auto exposure bracketing
White balance bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Video resolutions
1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps), 160 x 120 (15 fps)
Maximum video resolution
1280x720
Video format
H.264
Mic input
Headphone input
Connectivity
Wireless
None
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS
None
Physical
Environment seal
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight
308 grams (0.68 lbs)
Dimensions
113 x 73 x 46mm (4.4" x 2.9" x 1.8")
Other
Battery ID
2 x AA
Self timer
Yes (2 or 10 sec, Custom)
Time lapse recording
Type of storage
SD/SDHC/SDXC/MMC/MMCplus/HC MMCplus
Storage slots
One
Pricing at launch
$250