Features & Controls

Sporting a 12x optical zoom lens, the PowerShot SX130IS has a 35mm equivalent of 28-336mm. Helping to keep the lens and camera steady, Canon has also included its Optical Image Stabilization, which reduces camera shake from less than steady hands. When the camera is powered down, the lens will retract into the body and be covered by its retractable lens cap.

Focus Range:
Auto: 0.4 in. (1cm) - infinity (W), 3.3 ft. (1m) - infinity (T)
Normal: 2.0 in. (5 cm) - infinity (W), 3.3 ft. (1m) - infinity (T)
Macro: 0.4 in. - 1.6 ft. (1- 50cm) (W)
Manual Focus: 0.4 in. (1cm) - infinity (W), 3.3 ft (1m) - infinity (T)

Canon's pop-up flash has to be raised manually in order to fire. It has a range of up to approx. 10ft. and fires in a variety of modes: Auto, Red-Eye Reduction, Forced On, Forced Off, FE Lock, Safety FE and Slow Syncro.

Framing and viewing your images is accomplished with the 3.0-inch, 230,000 dot LCD screen. With 100% image coverage and adjustable brightness controls, this LCD is easy to see in all lighting conditions.


Controls on the back: On the right of the LCD is the Playback button. Below that we have the dedicated Face Select button, which enables a face priority type mode. You select the main subject's face, and the camera will track and keep the exposure and AF locked on that subject. The exposure compensation button also switches between aperture and shutter speed values when using Av/Tv/M modes. During playback, it functions at the delete button. The 4way controller on the SX130 is unique, as it offers a control dial. Not only do you press the dial up, down, left and right, but it can also be rotated. As with past models, press "Up" to change ISO, "Right" for flash mode, "Down" for the self-timer or "Left" to change focus modes. Rotating the dial allows you to quickly navigate the menu, search through stored images as well as controls various functions depending on the exposure mode being used (like aperture and shutter speed values, Movie mode, etc.) In the center is the FUNCtion/SET button, which calls up the function shortcut menu, as well as accepts menu selections. Lastly, we have the DISPlay button to control the amount of overlay info on the LCD, and the Menu button to call up/dismiss the onscreen menu system.


I/O ports are located on the right hand side, the DC INput jack for the optional ACK800 AC adapter kit. Next is the combination USB 2.0 Hi-Speed data and the A/V Output port, video is selectable for NTSC or PAL. On the left hand side of the camera is the date battery holder, which allows the camera to remember settings as well as the time and date.

The PowerShot SX130IS is capable of storing images on SD/SDHC memory cards as well as the new SDXC cards. Its shown here with a RiDATA 2GB SD card.

Image data

Large (L)Medium 1 (M1)Medium 2 (M2)
File Size (KB)3,0841,4741,620780558278

Small (S)Widescreen (W)
File Size (KB)150842,3111,105

Movie data

Standard, Color Accent, Color Swap
HD: 1280 x 720640 x 480320 x 240
30 fps30 fps30 fps
Video size (KB/sec.)3,0541,416495
4GB20 min.
43 sec.
43 min.
43 sec.
1 hr. 58 min.
19 sec.
16GB1 hr. 24 min.
54 sec.
2 hr. 59 min.
03 sec.
8 hr. 04 min.
30 sec.

Instead of a rechargeable Li-Ion battery, the SX130IS can run on any two AA-type batteries. It is shown here with two energizer NiMH 2450 mAh rechargeable batteries. With a set of similar batteries, Canon claims that the camera is capable of capturing up to 370 images, or about 130 shots with standard Alkaline batteries based on CIPA tests.

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