Canon PowerShot SX130 IS

Canon Powershot SX130 IS delivers admirable photo quality, has various manual shooting modes, has a heavy and durable design and runs on AA sized batteries. The shooting performance is slow compared to its competitors and the camera is quite bulky. It is one of the 3 compact mega zooms for the year 2010 provided by Canon. It has similar features of SX210 IS, especially the HD movie capture in 720p at 30fps as well as manual and semi-manual shooting modes.

But SX210 IS, has 14-megapixel CCD sensor with zoom option up to 14x while SX130 has 12-megapixel sensor and zoom option up to 12x. The Powershot SX130 IS from Canon costs $249.99 and has dimensions of 4.5×2.9×1.8 inches. The total weight of the camera including the battery is 10.9 ounces. It has a 3-inch LCD screen with electronic viewfinder. The 35mm equivalent lens is very good taking high quality JPEG images and also HD videos in H.264 format. There are 2 alkaline AA-size batteries included along with the package which can withstand up to 130 shots. The maximum resolution of still images is 4000×3000 pixels while videos are 1280×720 at 30 frames per second.

The camera supports digital and optical image stabilization and JPEG picture quality is very good. It supports SDXC, SDHC, SD, MMC PLUS and Multimedia cards. The camera comes along with ImageBrowser and Photostitch software compatible for both Mac and Windows operating system. The design of SX130 is more or less similar to SX120 IS, its predecessor. There are some styling changes, which includes addition of stereo microphones, wider lens and improved front grip. But the overall design is still heavy and bulky particularly when you compare it with other mega-zooms which are more compact and powerful.  An important reason for its bulky design is that it is based on AAA sized batteries while most of other brands are based on rechargeable li-ion batteries. You can try using NiMH re-chargeable batteries which have more life than alkaline. The various buttons present in SX130 include exposure compensation, menu, and display and face detection buttons. The navigational wheel covers a Set/Func button and includes right, left, top and bottom pressure points for ISO sensitivity, Focus (macro, normal and manual), timer and flash. At the camera’s bottom are the memory card slot and batteries which are present within a locking door. There is AV/USB port to connect the camera with an external display or your home computer. There are various recording modes including Landscape, Movie, Scene, Portrait and Manual. Overall, Canon PowerShot SX130 is a budget-friendly compact and solid mega-zoom camera with optimum features that fits its price tag.

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