The Canon PowerShot SX130 IS was also thoroughly tested on technical aspects in the DIWA lab. The technical tests take place under standardized circumstances, in which the camera is extensively screened. We use these DIWA tests as a base and guide to complement our practical experience, and to have a secure way to be able to compare test results with those of previous models. The DIWA lab is a place where a condition is created through standardized circumstances, which allows cameras, compact and system cameras, to be compared with each other effortlessly. Additionally, the Canon SX130 IS camera is used extensively in practice in order to assess control and photography aspects. Such a combination of lab and practical tests result in a thoroughly balanced, final assessment.
Canon SX130 IS camera operation
The Canon PowerShot SX130 IS megazoom camera is a camera for a large target group. The camera has a low threshold as it can be controlled completely automatically with just a couple of buttons. Canon has ensured that the ‘lazy’ photographer can completely relax and take good photos with the least amount of effort. Think of a very advanced face detection system that is not only able to recognize faces, but is also linked to the lighting. The Canon SX130 IS will adjust the metering, such as white balance and ISO, for an optimal result.
Canon PowerShot SX130 IS settings
As a user you hardly notice it happening. It goes really quickly and before you know it, a complete shot has been made fully automatically. The Canon SX130 IS’ control is easy and does not require a lengthy reading of the manual. The settings dial on top of the camera is self-evident and when the handy FUNC button is discovered, there is nothing left to be desired. Navigation is quick and the menu’s structure is clear. In the manual settings, such as aperture and shutter speed, the ring found around the multi-functional button is used. Turning is light and easy to get used to. Now and then I found that I pushed too hard while turning, so that a different function was activated by mistake. It takes some practice.
Canon PowerShot SX130 IS image quality
The Canon PowerShot SX130 IS has good color reproduction and slight saturation, which is very pleasant. In general, amateur consumers like intense colors. When we look critically, the skin tones tend to look a little pinky, but you might not even notice it. The image quality is excellent, especially in the low ISO values, maintaining much detail, up to 200 ISO. From 400 ISO and up, noise creeps in, but still does not create any problems. Only in the higher ISO values of 1600 ISO and up, under critical lighting, noise becomes unpleasantly visible. It is important to have the most optimal lighting as possible for such high ISO values. In general it is a fine result, despite the higher resolution compared with the SX120 in terms of the signal/noise ratio.
Canon PowerShot SX130 IS lens performance
The 12x zoom lens is sometimes affected by chromatic aberration. At 28mm wide angle it is slightly visible, and in the furthest tele-setting as well. It was not so bad that the practice shots were visibly affected, but it was visible in the lab measurements. The lens’ distortion is fine, only a bit in wide angle, but not bothersome. Sharpness is good. We do see a bit of edge blur at 28 mm, but the center sharpness is fine. For the rest of the focal range, sharpness is good to excellent.