Canon PowerShot ELPH 130 IS Review

Review posted 04/17/2013

Quick Take

  • Extremely thin and lightweight camera
  • Lens moves very fast through 8x optical zoom range
  • Image quality is adequate for a beginner-level point-n-shoot camera, especially flash photos
  • Images look very good in small prints and on computer screens
  • Camera is extremely easy to use
  • On-screen explanations of various settings and modes are helpful to beginners
  • High-quality LCD screen is nice to see in this price range
  • Dedicated movie button simplifies process of shooting video
  • Pretty fast start-up for low-priced camera
  • Shutter button is a good size
  • Built-in Wi-Fi capabilities
  • Solid overall camera with traditional PowerShot ELPH look and design
  • Very limited manual control options
  • Image quality doesn't support creating large prints
  • No single feature really stands out about this camera
  • Battery life is less than it should be
  • Shot to shot delays could be much better, especially when using the flash
  • Very little here to appeal to anyone but the most inexperienced photographers
  • No full HD movie mode
  • Not enough of a "hitch" between optical zoom and digital zoom settings
  • Control button design is poor with buttons that are far too small and tight to camera body
  • It'd be nice to have more colorful body options
  • No HDMI port
Bottom Line
There aren't a lot of above average or advanced features found in the Canon PowerShot ELPH 130 IS camera, but that may be a good thing. After all, Canon is aiming this model at beginning photographers looking for a good value in a basic camera, and by keeping the advanced features to a minimum, Canon is able to offer this latest ELPH version in the sub-$200 price point. The ELPH 130 is one of the easiest cameras to use currently on the market, giving those beginning photographers looking for a solid overall camera an adequate option at a reasonable price. Read more in our Full Conclusion.
Canon's Digital ELHPs have been popular for years, and for 2013, Canon continues to add to this legendary line of compact, yet capable point-n-shoot cameras. Their latest entry is the PowerShot ELPH 130 IS, a petite camera that is loaded with appealing features for a camera of this size and price.

You can tuck this gem into just about any pocket or handbag, and with three color options (red, silver, and gray) you can even match your own personal style. Canon packed a versatile 8x optical zoom lens into the S130, along with their proven Image Stabilization, 16-megapixels of resolution, a 3.0-inch LCD screen, full 1080p HD video recording, their newly enhanced Wi-Fi functionality, and much more. All for about $199 USD.

Canon PowerShot ELPH 130 IS features:
  • 16-megapixels of resolution
  • DIGIC 4 processor
  • 8x optical zoom lens (28mm wide)
  • 3.0-inch LCD screen
  • New Hybrid Auto mode
  • New Eco mode
  • New Creative shot modes
  • Advanced, built-in Wi-Fi
  • Li-ion battery
  • SD/SDHC/SDXC memory card slot
The PowerShot ELPH 130 IS comes in Red, Gray, and Silver, with a suggested retail price of $199.99 USD. See our lowest price button at the top right of this page for the most current online pricing.

What's in the box?
  • PowerShot ELPH 130 IS Digital Camera
  • Wrist Strap WS-800
  • Battery Pack NB-11L
  • Battery Charger CB-2LF
  • Interface Cable IFC-400PCU
  • Digital Camera Solution CD-ROM

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