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

Even if the Ixus 130 was expensive, we'd still like it. For every person who wants to be able to control every facet of taking a picture, there are hundreds who simply want something that will capture a moment without asking all kinds of complicated questions. The Ixus 130 is exactly that camera.

We liked:

The headline has to be the price – if you opt for the Ixus 130 in black you can get it for under £150, which is a bargain in our books. We're big fans of the less is more approach to photography, and we love the design, which is cool and understated without being fussy.

We disliked:

The range of colours won't be to everyone's taste, and there are plenty of cameras around these days with significantly larger screens, even if the Ixus 130's does everything that's asked of it.

The lack of a manual mode means this isn't a great camera for those keen to learn more about photography, and the 30fps movie mode isn't overly interesting.


It's not overly complex, it's easy to use, and it produces excellent quality images without requiring the photographer to understand everything that's going on. The build is slim and feels solid, the screen is good – in short, the 130 only strengthens the Ixus brand.

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