Canon IXUS 130 review: Canon IXUS 130

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Typical Price: £250.00
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3.5 stars

CNET Editors' Rating

4 stars 2 user reviews

The Good Superior styling and design;. Straightforward and effective controls;. Handy wide-angle zoom;. Not that expensive.

The Bad Average image quality.

The Bottom Line The pebble-like Canon IXUS 130 has such a wonderful design that it's easy to forgive its mediocre picture quality. It's small, discreet and, above all, supremely elegant. It's the ideal camera for anyone with little interest in technology but a keen eye for style

7.5 Overall

Canon's IXUS snappers aren't just cameras -- they're style icons. But the 14.1-megapixel IXUS 130 is a highly practical day-to-day camera too, thanks to its 4x wide-angle zoom and 720p, high-definition movie mode. While it's far from the most expensive IXUS model in the range, it's surely one of the most desirable. It's available now for around £250.

Venus as a camera
Handling the 130 reminds us of those occasions when you pick up a pebble on the beach and spend ages turning it over and over in your hand. The 130's rounded contours, hard, tactile surface and weight and solidity are fascinating. This camera's physical form is so satisfying that you might hardly care whether it's any good or not. It's classic IXUS fare.


The 130's colour rendition is very good, but the lens shows a degree of distortion, colour fringing and loss of edge definition that puts it in the second division for quality (click image to enlarge)

The 130 is also one of the most practical IXUS models. With rounded corners and a thickness of just 18mm, this camera slides in and out of any pocket or bag. There's nothing to snag on the lining or get hooked on the zip, and the exterior is so smooth, elegant and understated that it's practically a work of art.

The camera's actually rather good to use, too. There's no awkward spinning control dial on its rear -- Canon has opted instead for a much more straightforward four-way controller for setting the focus mode, EV compensation, flash mode and self-timer. The flush-mounted buttons are clearly labelled and work perfectly.

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