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Canon are possibly the best in producing bridge cameras. While this camera is not quite a bridge and not quite a pocket device, you still get more than you pay for.
With maximum true resolution sitting at about 9.6 megapixels, this camera delivers images that not only look great on the small image review screen but also on a computer screen or printed out. Most images are crisp, provided that they are shot with low zoom and in between about 1/800 to 1/200 shutter speed.
The most disappointing feature of this camera is it's stabilisation. As the shutter is slightly delayed, it is extremely difficult to hold the camera still for long enough to capture a good image on far zoom or extremely high/low shutter speeds. This is easily remedied by placing the camera on a reliable tripod.
The images on which high ISO is used are also rather disappointing, but luckily the flash is powerful enough. However, if used very often, the flash drains the batteries to about 90 shots per charge.
The setting on this camera are great. You can literally choose any combination of f.stop, ISO and shutter speed that you would like. There are also some really great 'fun' settings here, such as colour picker and poster effect which all render some good pictures.
This camera has the most impressive point-and-shoot macro that I've ever seen. With a one centimeter focusing range, it opens up a whole new world to the photographer and viewer, rending images of stunning colour and detail.
The video quality is quite good, up to the quality of HD. The microphone is also extremely sensitive, yet in the wrong range. Every movement around the camera is recorded, yet the video struggles to capture audio from what is being filmed.
The build is also very sturdy, my camera took many a bash while under warranty and wasn't gravely affected by such events. The camera did, however, stop working just weeks after the warranty expired - which I was very sad about. This is a truly amazing cheap camera, and I wouldn't mind buying it again!
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.