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The PowerShot SX130 IS will not quite fit (comfortably) into a pocket, but its comfortable to hold, light enough it isn't distracting, provides a good zoom range and high quality photos. At its heart it is a good basic camera for using on holiday but it has got a few options that will let you go beyond the standard 'I've been here' holiday snap.
One thing that really impressed me about this camera is it's ease of use. Of all of the digital cameras I have owned or used, this required the least time to get up and running. There are a few modes you may want to read up about in the manual, but for the most part this is a camera you look, zoom then take the photo. The screen on the back of the camera is clear and easy to see in most lighting conditions.
The camera uses standard batteries, and while it's a very good idea to bring spares, the camera does not 'eat' them too quickly.
I have a semi-pro DSLR which cost 5 times as much as the Powershot SX130 IS, but one of my best photos was taken with this camera. If you like to to a bit more than standard tourist photos has a Macro mode (it will take close-up photos, ie of flowers) which has delivered spectacularly good results.
If I were to complain about this camera it would be that taking pictures in low-lighting is poorer than it should be given how well the camera performs otherwise. This is forgivable however, given the camera's relatively low price.
Smart, sleek and creative, the PowerShot SX130 IS is the perfect companion to all your good times. Now you can capture every detail of special moments in crisp, stunning 720p HD - even while using the high-powered 12x wide-angle optical zoom! You'll record in stereo sound, then play back your videos instantly on you computer. The SX130 IS is all about creativity, with fun scene modes like miniature effect for movies, and fisheye effect for artistically distorted stills. While you're having fun creating, the camera's smart flash exposure and advanced smart auto systems are ensuring that every image is the best it can be. Add the Digic 4 image processor, 12.1 megapixels and Canon's optical image stabilizer, and you've got the ideal camera for making the good times last.
|Product Description:||Canon PowerShot SX130 IS - digital camera|
|Product Type:||Digital camera - compact|
|Memory Card Slot:||SD card|
|Image Processor:||DIGIC 4|
|Sensor Resolution:||12.1 Megapixel|
|Max Video Resolution:||1280 x 720|
|Lens System:||12 x zoom lens - 5 - 60 mm - f/3.4-5.6|
|Focus Adjustment:||Automatic, manual|
|Min Focus Distance:||1 cm|
|Digital Zoom:||4 x|
|Camera Flash:||Pop-up flash|
|Display:||LCD display - 3"|
|Supported Battery:||2 x AA alkaline battery ( included )
2 x AA NiMH rechargeable battery ( optional )
|AV Interfaces:||Composite video/audio|
|Microsoft Certification:||Compatible with Windows 7|
|Dimensions (WxDxH):||11.3 cm x 4.6 cm x 7.3 mm|