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August 22, 2010

New Canon SX130 IS gets slightly larger sensor, gets wider and zoomier, and offers 720p

Almost a year after the Canon SX120 IS announcement, Canon is back with a new model, the SX130 IS. It is part of Canon's two-sub-series approach to the compact-fun-zoom segment, the other one being the SX2**-series.

The SX130 IS experiences "growth" in certain categories compared to the SX120-IS:

+ goes to a 12mp 1/2.3" sensor, over the 10mp 1/2.5" of the SX12O

+ the lens is "growing" from a 10X to 12X zoom ratio, and offering a more versatile wide-shifted 28-336mm (eq). The SX120 IS was 36-360mm (eq) so if you are a telephoto-hawk, you may prefer the SX120.

+ video goes from 30fps video to 720p, which has quickly become a must-have feature for $200+ cameras

+ adds support for the new SDXC memory cards

Other features that carry forward from the previous model include the always-welcome PASM (manual exposure, aperture and shutter priority), a 3-inch (231K) LCD display, AA power (two) - DC Resource says 370 CIPA, and things like that.

The SX130 IS is available for pre-order for $250 at Amazon. The current model, the SX120 IS currently goes for around $200.

Read more about it
+ dpreview
+ One full-size sample provided by Canon
+ Photography Review
+ Fotopolis
+ discussion in dpreview forums

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