Canon Ixus 130 review

An excellent point-and-shoot compact for beginners, with plenty of features and great image quality

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Canon ixus 130

It's been a while since we saw a compact that produced images with seriously disappointing image quality, and the Ixus 130 barely put a foot wrong during our testing.

For one thing, it's fast to start up, at just 1.6 seconds. Its shot-to-shot time is a little less user-friendly, at a shade under three seconds, but it's by no means the worst we've seen. Its continuous shooting mode, unsurprisingly, suffers as well, at just 0.6fps.

However, the final image is what really counts, and the Ixus 130 is capable of some cracking results. The 4x zoom lens is the equivalent to 28-112mm, which is a good wide-angle to short telephoto. You won't be able to do much wildlife photography, but it's a practical length for walking around with, and it resolves plenty of detail.

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Our test images were impressively sharp, although the lens lets itself down somewhat when it comes to purple fringing. Areas of high contrast were frequently marked by chromatic aberration.

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However, the Ixus 130's weakness with purple fringing is largely atoned for by its strength when it came to low light performance. Its ISO range isn't exactly a headline-grabber at 80 to a relatively modest 1600, but our test images were excellent.

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Images begin to look perceptibly more noisy at around ISO 400 to 800, but even at the latter remained perfectly printable – particularly if you have software with a decent noise-reduction tool. Shots at ISO 1600 kept noise fairly low, but colours began to look muddied and muted, and softness became an issue.

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Still, for a compact to offer decent image quality at ISO 800 is remarkable, and with the 130 offering optical image stabilisation there's plenty to like for those who prefer to avoid using the on-board flash.

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Tech Specs

Product TypeCompact Camera
Battery Size SupportedProprietary Battery Size
Maximum Video Resolution1280 x 720
Effective Camera Resolution14.1 Megapixel
Wide AngleYes
Product FamilyIXUS
HD Movie ModeYes
Memory Card SupportedMMCplus, HC MMCplus, MultiMediaCard (MMC), Secure Digital (SD) Card, Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) Card, Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC)
Image StabilizationOptical
Optical Zoom4x
Digital Zoom4x
Brand NameCanon
FeaturesFace Detection
Screen Size6.9 cm (2.7")
Video FormatsQuickTime MOV
Viewfinder TypeNo
Weight (Approximate)133 g
Maximum Image Resolution4320 x 3240
Display Screen TypeLCD
Height56.1 mm
Width92.2 mm
Depth17.8 mm
Focal Length5 mm to 20 mm
Image FormatsJPEG
Focus ModesAuto
ManufacturerCanon, Inc
Product Model130
Product NameIXUS 130 Compact Camera
Product LineIXUS
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part Number4186B008
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing Information

The ultra-slim IXUS 130 delivers intelligent Canon technologies in a striking smooth body. 28mm wide-angle lens, Smart Auto and HD movies make it easy to take stunning shots. With its slim, sleek metal body, the IXUS 130 attracts admiring glances wherever it's used.

Package Contents
  • IXUS 130 Compact Camera
  • NB-4L Rechargeable Li-ion Battery
  • Charger
Limited Warranty1 Year