Summary: I purchased this camera to use with my 8 month old and the upcoming holidays. I had read the reviews and everyone seemed to be happy with the camera (with the exception of using AA batteries, which didn't bother me). I could not be less satisfied. First of all, only about 2 of every 10 pictures came out clear and focused. This was using auto mode and, yes, holding the button halfway to allow the camera to focus).
Summary: As you probably can tell from all of the other reviews, this camera takes great pictures and video as is typical of Canon cameras. The deal breaker for me, however, is the flash recycle time. If you take a flash photo you will need to wait a good 10 seconds before taking another one. This might not be all that much longer than similar cameras statistically, but the key point is that while the flash is recycling the view screen is blank - meaning you can not even begin to...
Great features and pictures, but returning due to battery life
Mike. R "Value Consumer", Amazon
23 October 2010
Summary: I've been a fan of Canon cameras for years. I currently have 5 of them, with my "best" one being an older S3 IS. The S3 takes awesome pictures but is a bit bulky, so I wanted to try this new camera. Well, I love the picture quality, features, controls, weight, construction and especially the HD video. However, I have to return it. This camera goes through a set of Duracell batteries about every 50 shots.
Summary: This camera can take excellent photographs and has a very good natural light setting: it permits one to take photographs in dim light (compared with my Canon DSLR) which was a major advantage at times. I found the quality of the images to be very good. The design and position of the power and shutter buttons is terrible. I have had - and used - quite a few different compact digital cameras over the years but never such a thoughtless and impractical design.
Summary: I bought the Canon Powershot SX130 IS after reading the review in Which Magazine where it was described as 'one of the best compact cameras we have ever tested'. Initial impressions on unboxing the camera were very favourable. I bought the silver version, and rather than being the 'ugly duckling' I was expecting, was taken by the excellent build quality and overall feel of the product.
Summary: So long as you don't want to take a lot of pictures or don't mind carrying replacement batteries with you this is a very good camera but say you're at a party and want to take c100 flash photo's - I've found that you'll change the batteries at least once. There is no rechargeable Canon option for this either which is pretty poor just AA batteries. I've been using Jessop 2500 Rechargeables but in outdoor work am still only getting c 100 shots.
Promises a lot at a bargain price, but video performance is poor
Joe Photo, Amazon
19 October 2010
Summary: The SX130 is much heavier and bulkier than the IXUS 800IS I currently have, but the reason I wanted to upgrade was for HD video and the ability to zoom/focus during videos. Still photos come out OK, if a bit soft. The photos have less noise compared to the IXUS 800IS. Images are highly compressed, only around 3MB - perhaps it might have been better for Canon to have included an 'extra fine' option to preserve extra detail.
Excerpt: фотик не очень. Недавно сломались крепления крышки батарейного отсека, теперь, если не прижимать питание не подается. КАК ТАК, КЭНОН??????????????? Авто съемка не очень, есть еще панас ТZ6, реально лучше снимает. Батарейки полностью не высасывает, использовал дюрассел повер чек, показывают больше половины, а эта тушка уже орет про смену батареек. еще людям его советовал.... печаль короче. за слова отвечаю.
Excerpt: В итоге валяется в шкафу. Иногда пользуемся большим Никоном, а для обычной съемки в турпоездках пришлось купить маленькую Соньку (за3 т.р), и по сравнению с Кэноном Сонька выигрывает....
Pros: Только компактность. Был подарен как альтернатива большому Никону D40.
Cons: Для меня самым большим недостатком оказалось энергопотребление. Десяток фото и батарейки в мусор. Никон снимает неделю без подзарядки. Мыльница Сони тоже неделю держит зарядку без проблем. Причем не просто держит (типа в ожидании), а используется очень активно в это время.