Excerpt: I bought SX130IS last year. With clear requirements : 1. Apurture priority Mode 2. AA batteries $200 budget I had shortlisted Fujifilm S2950 and SX130IS. Fujifilm had higher zoom and higher megapix and bridge body. After handling I found that compact body made it easy to carry around and IS felt better since its in lens hence live view is also stabilized. Manual mode is bonus. If you are thinking to learn about photography this is handy tool.
Summary: Needed a camera in a hurry and bought a SX150 at a mall store. It was the only camera in their stock that uses AA batteries. Proprietary batteries are a deal breaker for me. A Targus TGC SC610 Case will hold this camera and four more AA batteries easily. Belt loop looks a little iffy, but a toy-quality carabiner as a back-up gives me peace of mind. Liked the 150 so well that I ordered the slightly less featured 130 a couple of days after buying the 150.
Summary: I am very happy with this camera. Spent a day out in misty weather taking macro shots and I couldn't be happier with the quality and images that I got!!! Still learning about all the different features... I'll figure them out as I play with it more. A VERY big plus for me is that it takes AA batteries. As a hiker it is important for me to know that I'll be able to have the battery power throughout my hike.
Summary: Pictures are average, they are a few notches below a full dslr but for most stuff it can do it, you might need to make alot of manual adjustments to get the photo you want. Over exposes in lower lit scenes (such as under a tree) making the patches of sun brighter than they should be. Just use the EV to turn it down.
Pros: great low light shooting (with long exposures), Hackable (CHDK), it's a bridge camera (not quite a P&S but not a DSLR either, closer to the point and shoot range though)
Cons: Slow to turn on, likes to munch on batteries, NO PANORAMIC MODE (this made me a bit mad), Video mode restricted to 10 minutes
Summary: This is a great camera. The settings available couldn't be better. But, the previous reviews about the batteries are correct. You must use rechargeable which last as long on one charge as do conventional batteries on my Pentax DSLR. The size of this camera is also good. Too many of the point and shoot models are too small to handle and those I have tried are virtually useless in available light indoors. This camera, set correctly is great in indoor available light.
Excerpt: i had this camera for one of my friend and asked me to suggest some. i suggested it and tried my hands on it for some time. Pretty good camera indeed when it comes to value. Pros: 1. HD movie recording. 2.quality zoom 3.good build 4.canon excellent sensor. 5.easy handling 6.FULL manual control Cons: 1.low image quality on high iso 2.stabilizer is not so good 3.poor performance on continuous mode 4.not so good camera grip 5.very poor performance in low light well.
Excerpt: I bought the sx130is because i was disappointed by the IQ from my former point 'n shoot.Shure, the sx is bulky and not the most stylish cam on the globe, but - except of the sluggish flash recycling time - it delivers an amazing Image Quality, an easy 2 use Interface, lot's of bells and whistles and great ergonomics. Colours are vibrant, the stabilizer works under nearly all circumstances and all for just little more than 130 Euro (in germany) - Clear recommendation!
Summary: My guess: if a professional photographer were going on a week-end trip, and wanted to travel light with just ONE camera and lens, the SX130 might be that camera. No $200 camera does a better job of producing high quality photos outdoors in good sunlight. If I am spending a week-end in an interesting place, I may take 300 or 400 photos a day. Most small cameras use expensive proprietary rechargeable batteries, so you need an extra $50 battery.
Summary: My old camera (a high-end, for the time, Olympus digital that we bought on clearance)is about 8 years old, so I figured I needed a new one, as the tax refund came in and we were preparing for a rare family vacation with my inlaws (including my niece and nephew, the two most adorable toddlers in the universe). I originally was looking at the SX30IS... which has more heft and overall is certainly a higher level camera...