Canon Ixus 130 review

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

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Movie modes can prove an odd blind spot for Canon – although its DSLRs are class-leading, who can forget the top of the line G11 compact, which offers only 640 x 480 at 30fps?

Fortunately, the Ixus 130 offers a movie mode which, while not exactly cinematic, is at least HD-compatible. The maximum resolution on offer is 1280 x 720, with a fixed frame rate of 30fps.

There isn't a wealth of options – you can't choose a more cinematic 24fps, for instance – and, with the features lacking in stills mode, it's not surprising that the option to set your own shutter speed and aperture size are absent.

It underlines the Ixus 130's role as a fire-and-forget camera for those who'd rather capture a moment than agonise about their camera's settings.

As it is, though, the Ixus 130 offers good-quality video at high resolution, and while pernickety types would prefer a decent manual mode, for under £150 it's hard to argue with what you get.

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