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Canon IXUS 130

With its slim, sleek metal body, the IXUS 130 attracts admiring glances wherever it’s used. Choose from four colour variations: Silver, Black, Orange ...

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Review of "Canon IXUS 130"

published 29/10/2010 | thebigc1690
Member since : 14/03/2007
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Pro Good looking, well built and manual controls for serious photographers.
Cons High noise levels, soft images, in fact poor images over all and slow to start up.
Picture Quality
Range & Quality of Features
Ease of Use

"Canon can? not with this one they can`t!"

The stunning orange one

The stunning orange one

I hate to bore you all with my intro of how I am a professional photographer who also tests and reviews cameras for my camera club as I am sure most of you have heard it all before but I do still get messages asking me how come I have so many cameras, so just to be clear I test them, sometimes for the companies that produce them and sometimes for my camera club itself.

Recently I haven't been doing much on the testing and trialing front as this is a very busy time for me and obviously my portrait work comes first, but when I heard the Canon Digital ixus 130 was doing the rounds I was very keen to get my hands on it.

The Ixus 130 has been around since about February this year (2010) but as yet I have not managed to get my hands on one to test but I have heard many good things about it as well it has to be said as a few negatives, so I grabbed my chance to have a go with it and throw my opinion into the mix.

Firstly it has to be said that when the name Canon is mentioned in photography circles everyone instantly expects good quality and this Ixus 130 provides just that at least in build quality. The camera is sleek to look at and feels very robust in hand so the first two box`s are well and truly ticked.

These days people just go mad for megapixels so when you hear that this camera has 14.1 megapixels you can now say for most people out there it has ticked three box`s but lets stop for a second and take this info in. everyone wants their camera to look good but it is not the most important thing, if you are a serious photographer then you want good photos, and as for megapixels, well in cameras like this with very small sensors at least half of those megapixels are wasted, so really all this camera has achieved so far is to be robustly made.

Apart from megapixels every camera these days has to have certain selling points and features it seems with things like smile shutter and face detection being a must, well the Ixus 130 from Canon has multiple face detection but no smile shutter so it's got 50% of what most people seem to want. For me these are not important settings and if I were to have to choose one it would definitely be face detection so for me Canon have done enough.

The really important things you need to capture great images are things like the ability to adjust ISO which you can with this unit (80 - 1600) aperture settings that you can manually adjust, again on this camera you can (f2.8 to f5.9) and a shutter speed adjustment which again this camera allows (15 to 1/1500 seconds). For me these are the important things and Canon have taken care of them as you would expect.

If you are one of those people who just like to put the camera on auto and click away then this camera of course does allow that although I have to say I found the auto settings to give very poor results in most situations, everything was very washed out looking in bright sunlight and indoors with flash the images were very poor indeed, this can be rectified with a little knowledge in how to set up the camera manually but if you lack that knowledge then you might be looking at a very average outcome for your time using this camera.

Now of course I have to mark the camera down for having a poor auto function but Canon do make their cameras with real photography in mind so I personally have no problem with having to set things up myself and when I did the outcomes were very good and I took some fantastic images with this little camera.

Being photography people, Canon have also given this camera a few other little thngs that can help you get better images such as a continuous shooting mode to help you capture fast moving subjects and a slow synch option on the flash which can be very useful, it also has a macro function which will let you focus in nice and close on subjects so if that type of photography is your thing then this camera does a good job of getting in close.

The Ixus is a nice little camera to use with very well thought out placement of the buttons and controls, there is a mode switch that allows you to flick between the auto, program and video modes with ease and a four way dial to control focus, exposure compensation, the flash and the self timer, I found these very easy to understand and use and the camera felt comfortable in hand at all times.

The Ixus 130 has a 4X optical zoom which is pretty average and I have to say that when used on full zoom the images lost about 30% of their quality so this was a real disappointment for me, another disappointing feature was the speed of the camera, over three seconds to switch on and power up isn't really acceptable these days and about two and half seconds between shooting frames isn't great either.

Earlier in the review you will remember me saying that about half the megapixels are wasted because the sensor is too small well I also found this to create another real problem and that is digital picture noise, because they have tried to cram too many megapixels into a small sensor it means that zoomed photos or those taken in poorer light show huge signs of noise and that is even more noticeable if you dare to up your ISO, although this camera allows you to go to 1600 ISO, the images are virtually unusable after about 200 unless you just want to upload them in very small sizes to the internet, try to crop them or print them any bigger than about 7X5 and you get very poor resulst.

The lens on this camera also lets Canon down a bit, it is very soft around the edges of the image and this is pretty much apparent at all focal lengths and at the widest focal lengths there is pretty bad barrel distortion and there is a slight hint of pin cushion distortion at the longer focal lengths, all this from a Canon camera is very disappointing.

I hate to even bother mentioning the video function, those who have read my reviews in the past will know that I feel strongly that a camera should take still images and video should be left to video cameras but these days almost every compact captures video and most very poorly and the Ixus 130 is one of the worst I have seen in a while, even in good light the video footage has an overall softness and the contrast in the footage is all wrong every time and if you try to use it in poor light then you will get footage like you are watching an old VHS video that the tape has been chewed up on.

I have basically covered everything that should be of importance, I could add that the camera has a good lithium ion rechargeable battery that will allow around 250 shots between charging or that it comes with decent software and a decent manual, I could also say that it is very small and light and will fit into a pocket or handbag nicely but all this to me is pointless because the image quality is poor so nothing else matters for me really.

If you want to print big bold images then this will fail you badly and if all you want is a camera to take photos for your facebook or blogs then you can save about £100 on the price of this and still get a camera that will do as good a job, I feel here you are paying for the Canon name (which for me has been damaged by this camera) and the good looks and design, the body is aluminum rather than plastic and that is of course a good thing but a good looking well built camera that doesn't take a good image is pointless in my opinion.


CCD effective megapixels 14.1 megapixels
CCD size 1/2.3in
Viewfinder none
LCD screen size 2.7in
LCD screen resolution 230,000 pixels
Live view
Optical zoom 4.0x
Zoom 35mm equivalent 28-112mm
Image stabilisation optical, lens based
Maximum image resolution 4,320x3,240
Maximum movie resolution 1280x720
Movie frame rate at max quality 30fps
File formats JPEG, MOV (h.264)
Exposure modes auto, program
Shutter speed 15 to 1/1,500 seconds
Aperture range f/2.8 to f/5.9
ISO range (at full resolution) 80 to 1600
Exposure compensation +/-2 EV
White balance Auto (including face detection WB), Daylight, Cloudy, Tungsten, Flourescent, Flourescent H, Custom
Additional image controls Contrast, Saturation, Sharpness
Manual focus
Closest macro focus 3cm
Auto-focus modes multi (face detect), centre, single, tracking
Metering modes multi (face detect), centre-weighted, centre
Flash auto, manual, slow synchro
Drive modes single, continuous, self-timer
Memory slot SDXC
Battery type 3.7V 760mAh Li-ion
Connectivity USB 2.0 Hi-Speed
HDMI output resolution 1080i
Focal length multiplier 5.6x
Accessories USB
Weight 133g
Size 56x92x18mm


It has been a very disappointing experience for me using this camera, I am shocked actually at how wrong Canon have got it with this camera, they have given photographers the right control over what they shoot and they have made the camera look very good as well as have a build quality you can believe in and trust but they have forgotten to make sure of the most important thing of all and that is image quality and for a company like Canon that is pretty unforgivable.

This camera will of course catch the eye and as well as the typical silver, black and pink you also get this camera in a stunning orange colour which looks fantastic but do not get dragged into buying this because it looks good as that simply isn't enough. This camera isn't cheap either, it originally cost about £200 it can now be found for around the £130 mark but there are cameras out there that can outperform this on image quality and more that cost less than £100, there are even a few that can better its image quality that cost around half what this one does so please do not buy on looks alone.

Canon has let everyone down with this unit, including themselves. There are tons of very good Canon cameras available and they continue to be one of the best camera manufacturers out there, they just sadly got it very wrong with this one.


LOOKS - 8/10
EASE OF USE - 8/10
OVERALL - 5/10

Thanks for reading.

© thebigc1690

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Comments on this review

  • paulie1975 published 12/12/2010
    Excellent Review, E
  • reddanni published 19/11/2010
    Shame it was dissappointing as it's very attractive.
  • frankiecesca published 17/11/2010
    What a shame eh?! x
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Product Information : Canon IXUS 130

Manufacturer's product description

With its slim, sleek metal body, the IXUS 130 attracts admiring glances wherever it’s used. Choose from four colour variations: Silver, Black, Orange and Pink. A resolution of 14.1 MP lets you make poster-size prints, or creatively crop images to perfection. A wide 28mm lens is perfect for capturing landscapes or group shots, while a 4.0x optical zoom lets you get closer to your subject. Canon’s optical Image Stabilizer counteracts image blur due to camera shake throughout the zoom range. For easy framing, sharing, and menu navigation, the IXUS 130 features a 6.9 cm (2.7”) PureColor II G LCD – its tempered glass layer strengthens the surface and improves visibility. Optional on-screen Hints & Tips guide you through the camera’s features.

Product Details

AV Interfaces: Composite video/audio, HDMI

Memory Card Slot: SD card

Focus Adjustment: Automatic

Digital Zoom: 4 x

Image Stabiliser: Optical (image sensor shift mechanism)

Lens System: 4 x zoom lens - 5 - 20 mm - f/2.8-5.9

Display: LCD display - 2.7"

Supported Battery: 1 x Li-ion rechargeable battery ( included )

Colour: Silver, Black, Orange, Pink

Sensor Resolution: 14.1 Megapixel

Image Processor: DIGIC 4

Camera Flash: Built-in flash

Dimensions (WxDxH): 9.2 cm x 1.8 cm x 5.6 cm

Microsoft Certification: Compatible with Windows 7

Weight: 133 g

Product Type: Digital camera - compact

Product Description: Canon IXUS 130 - digital camera

Lens System / Optical Zoom: 4 x

Manufacturer: Canon

Max Video Resolution: 1280 x 720

Environmental Parameters

Max Operating Temperature: 40 °C

Min Operating Temperature: 0 °C


Image Recording Format: JPEG

Digital Video Format: H.264

Auto Focus: TTL contrast detection

Image Stabiliser: Optical (image sensor shift mechanism)

Image Processor: DIGIC 4

Digital Zoom: 4 x

Optical Zoom: 4 x

Auto Focus Points (Zones) Qty: 9

AV Interfaces: Composite video/audio, HDMI

Product Type: Digital camera - compact

MPN: IXUS130/S, 4185B017, 4186B018, 4184B034AA, 4185B044AA, 4187B015AA, 4184B015, 4185B015, 4186B008, 4184B008, 4187B008, 4185B008, 4185B008AA, 4184B008AA, 4186B008AA, 4187B008AA, 4185B011, CANIXUS130SIL, 4185B009, 4186B015, 4184B009, 4187B009, 4186B009, 4187B015, 4186B015AA, 4185B001BA, 4185B009AA, 4185B001, 4184B001, 4187B018, 4184B009AA, 4186B009AA

Optical Sensor Size: 1/2.3"

Effective Sensor Resolution: 14,100,000 pixels

Optical Sensor Type: CCD

Sensor Resolution: 14.1 Megapixel

Enclosure Colour: Silver, Black, Orange, Pink

Max Video Resolution: 1280 x 720

Face Detection: Face Detection AF/AE/FE/WB, Face Detection Self-timer, Smile Capture, Wink Self-timer

Camera Flash

Effective Flash Range: 0.3 m - 4 m

Flash Modes: Fill-in mode, slow synchro, auto mode, flash OFF mode, red-eye reduction

Camera Flash: Built-in flash

Features: AF illuminator

Exposure & White Balance

Exposure Compensation: ±2 EV range, in 1/3 EV steps

Min Shutter Speed: 15 sec

Max Shutter Speed: 1/1500 sec

White Balance Presets: Fluorescent, cloudy, tungsten light, daylight

White Balance: Custom, automatic, presets

Exposure Modes: Programme, automatic

Exposure Metering: Evaluative, centre-weighted, spot

Light Sensitivity: ISO 100, ISO 800, ISO 400, ISO 200, ISO 80, ISO 1600, ISO auto

Lens System

Features: Built-in lens shield, UA lens

Lens Construction: 5 groups / 6 elements

Zoom Adjustment: Motorised drive

Macro Focus Range: 3cm

Focus Adjustment: Automatic

Focal Length Equivalent to 35mm Camera: 28 - 112mm

Type: 4 x zoom lens - 5 - 20 mm - f/2.8-5.9

Additional Features

Additional Features: Direct print, USB 2.0 compatibility, RGB primary colour filter, DPOF support, display brightness control, camera orientation detection, PictBridge support, histogram display, Face Detection AF/AE/FE/WB, Face Detection Self-timer, i-Contrast (Intelligent Contrast Correction) system, Scene Detection Technology, 720p HD movie recording, in-camera red-eye fix, AF/AE tracking, digital tele-converter, safety zoom, YouTube capture mode, Exif Print support, Motion Detection Technology, Smile Detection technology, Wink Self-timer, Smart Flash Exposure

Self Timer Delay: 10 sec, 2sec


Display Features: Built-in

Resolution: 230,000 pixels

Type: 2.7" LCD display


Microphone Operation Mode: Mono


Memory Card Slot: SD card

Connector Type: 1 x Hi-Speed USB ¦ 1 x composite video/audio output ¦ 1 x HDMI output


Software: Canon PhotoStitch, Canon ZoomBrowser EX, Canon ImageBrowser

System Requirements for PC Connection

Peripheral Devices: USB port, CD-ROM Drive

Operating System Support: MS Windows 7, Apple Mac OS X 10.4 - 10.6, MS Windows Vista, MS Windows XP SP2


Included Accessories: Battery charger, USB cable, wrist strap, audio / video cable

Compatible with Windows 7: "Compatible with Windows 7" software and devices carry Microsoft’s assurance that these products have passed tests for compatibility and reliability with 32-bit and 64-bit Windows 7.

Body Material: Metal


Details: 1 x Li-ion rechargeable battery ( included )

Battery Type: Canon NB-4L

Memory / Storage

Memory Card Slot: SD card

Supported Memory Cards: MultiMediaCard, SD Memory Card, SDXC Memory Card, SDHC Memory Card, MultiMediaCardplus

Video Capture: H.264 - 640 x 480 - 30 fps ¦ H.264 - 320 x 240 - 30 fps ¦ H.264 - 1280 x 720 - 30 fps

Image Storage: JPEG 4320 x 3240 ¦ JPEG 3456 x 2592 ¦ JPEG 2592 x 1944 ¦ JPEG 1600 x 1200 ¦ JPEG 640 x 480 ¦ JPEG 4320 x 2432

Dimensions & Weight

Weight: 133 g

Height: 5.6 cm

Depth: 1.8 cm

Width: 9.2 cm


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