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Canon Powershot SX130IS Verdict

The Canon PowerShot SX130 IS will not disappoint those who've been holding off making a buying decision in the hope of a significant upgrade to the SX120 IS. It extends the zoom range from 10 to 12x, adds 2 Megapixels to the resolution, upgrades the video capability with a 720p HD mode and adds some new scene modes. This is a substantially more capable camera than the one it replaces.

One thing that hasn't changed much is the size and in terms of weight the new model is slightly heavier. Compared with compact super-zooms like the Sony Cyber-shot H55 and Panasonic Lumix TZ8 / ZS5, both of which weigh a full third less and are significantly more compact, the PowerShot SX130 IS might be considered something of a behemoth. If size is top of your list of priorities, there's little question that either of the other two models will be a better option for you, but the PowerShot SX130 IS's size is actually an advantage in at least one respect - it's a much better fit in the hand and therefore a lot easier to hold steady than many smaller models. In our image stabilization test this meant we were able to get sharp results at almost ridiculously slow shutter speeds.

So don't write the SX130 IS off purely on the grounds of size. It's a big step up from its predecessor, providing a great range of features from novice-friendly modes all the way up to full manual control, while delivering excellent quality images and video. It's an easy model to recommend.

Good points
Great image quality.
Fully manual PASM exposure modes.
Excellent optical image stabilization.
720p movies with quiet optical zooming.

Bad points
Large and heavy compared to rivals.
Poor continuous shooting speed.
10 min HD video shooting limit.
Slow flash recycling.

Build quality: 18 / 20
Image quality: 17 / 20
Handling: 17 / 20
Specification: 17 / 20
Value: 17 / 20
Overall: 86%

MRP - INR 14,995/-

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