Product Type: Canon digital cameras
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Not the best ixus canon have released
Canon Ixus 130
Member Name: Huomenna
Canon Ixus 130
Advantages: small enough to fit in most pockets
Disadvantages: buttons too small and fiddly, image quality could be a bit better, too pricey
The canon ixus 130 is an exceptionally compact camera, on par in size with the Nikon coolpix S3000. The 130 is a current model of camera and is, unfortunately for some, of the generation where Canon have decided to cease the inclusion of a viewfinder. As some of you know I work in a camera shop and almost daily I get asked for a compact camera with a viewfinder so this model loses out here when people opt to buy an older model such as the 95 and 100 - it seems odd to me that canon have decided to leave the viewfinder out of this camera as it could be a hige selling point for them and I'm certain that it would help them sell more, however and I quote from a phone conversation with the manufacturers 'no one else is putting them in so why should we?' Anyway I could waffle on about viewfinders all day, but probably shouldn't...
Quick specification list:
- 28mm wide lens with 4x optical zoom
- 2.7" LCD
- no internal memory, takes SD cards
- lithium ion battery
As mentioned at the start of my review, this is a very small camera - it's incredibly thin and will fit in most people's pockets, so if size is an issue (ie the smaller the better) then this has got to be a contender. The body is a high quility feeling metal with a brushed finish - it feels lightweight but durable. The only aspect of the camera that didn't seem durable to me was the cover for the cable connections which feels like it would be very easy to break off.
Ease of use:
Unfortunately I found many of the buttons on the 130 overly small, fiddly and irritating to use - there's a toggle switch on the top which is how you operate the zoom and this is quite harsh on the fingertips. Furthermore there is another switch on the back of the camera which you use to move between auto, scene and movie - the distance between each of these 'options' is very small and it's frustratingly easy to move it to the wrong one, sometimes I have to slide it back and forth several times before I get it on the right function.
Other than the above the camera is quite simple to use - there aren't any complicated settings and you can simply leave it on automatic and press the shutter if you want to have as little input as possible. There are a number of scene selection modes you can choose from if you want which will adjust the cameras settings to make it more appropriate for a given situation, there is also a smile shutter but this is very hit and miss - sometimes it works straight off and at others it won't fire no matter how big the smile is.
One thing I found quite handy is that when the shutter is half depressed to focus, the LCD displays the ISO, shutter speed and apeture settings.
I found that the automatic shooting setting has a slight tendancy to over expose, but nothing major. If you use the 'evaluate' option in the white balance menu then you will get very accurate colour results as it 'meaures' the type of light and compensates to bring it back to what we see with our eye (so no yellow photos indoors). The ISO is adjustable up to 1600, but I found that past 400 it was too noisy to use for anything other than snao shots. Apart from this the photos appeared slightly washed out to me and not overly sharp. All this makes it sound like the photos are poor quality, but they're not it's just that definate improvements could be made.
For what you get in return this camera costs an eye watering £230. Ok so that's not a huge amount even in terms of compact cameras, however if I'm paying this price or more I expect more back and considering that the canon SX210 is the same price, I don't see how they can justify the cost.
Overall I wouldn't really recommend this camera - if you want a small compact camera I'd go for one of the (cheaper) ixus models as the quality is basically the same.
Summary: Not worth the cost
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