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Canon PowerShot ELPH 130 IS

16-megapixel digital camera with 8X optical zoom and Wi-Fi® (Gray)

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Our take on the Canon PowerShot ELPH 130 IS

You don't have to be near a computer to share photos with family and friends. The ultra-slim Canon PowerShot ELPH 130 IS lets you take gorgeous photos, and built-in Wi-Fi makes emailing and uploading them easy. The 8X wide-angle zoom lens is ideal for fitting landscapes and large groups into a single frame as well as shooting detailed close-ups without sacrificing image quality. So not only will your photos look sharp, but others can tell you just how great they are minutes after you take them. Canon's free CameraWindow app for Apple® and Android™ lets you sync photos with your smartphone instantly via any Wi-Fi network. Or you can post photos directly to Canon's Image Gateway for sharing with Facebook and Twitter, no computer or smartphone required.

Wireless photo-sharing from an ultra-slim camera

You don't have to be near a computer to share photos with family and friends. The ultra-slim Canon PowerShot ELPH 130 IS lets you take gorgeous photos, and built-in Wi-Fi makes emailing and uploading them easy. The 8X wide-angle zoom lens is ideal for fitting landscapes and large groups into a single frame as well as shooting detailed close-ups without sacrificing image quality. So not only will your photos look sharp, but others can tell you just how great they are minutes after you take them. Canon's free CameraWindow app for Apple® and Android™ lets you sync photos with your smartphone instantly via any Wi-Fi network. Or you can post photos directly to Canon's Image Gateway for sharing with Facebook and Twitter, no computer or smartphone required.

With such easy photo-sharing, you'll want to make sure your pictures look great. The PowerShot ELPH 130 could only be easier if it framed and snapped the shot. In fact, that's all it requires from you. Smart AUTO mode can optimize the camera's settings based on 32 predefined settings, giving you vibrant colors and rich detail outside in bright sunlight or inside after dark. Canon's Intelligent IS uses six different types of image stabilization for stills and HD video, so even if your hands aren't completely steady, your photos and home movies will look clear and smooth.


    • 16-megapixel effective recording
    • 8X optical zoom (4X digital zoom, 32X combined zoom)
    • records photos and video onto optional SD, SDHC, or SDXC memory cards
    • 3" LCD screen
    • 35mm equivalent lens focal length: 28-224mm
    Special Features:
    • built-in Wi-Fi for sending photos wirelessly to networked PCs, printers or other Wi-Fi-enabled PowerShot cameras
    • share photos wirelessly via email, Facebook, Twitter and other social networking sites with Canon's free CameraWindow app for Apple and Android
    • DIGIC 4 image processor for advanced face detection, red-eye correction, and better contrast in your photos
    • Intelligent IS chooses from six digital image stabilization modes to counteract shaky hands
    • high-definition movie mode (up to 720p resolution)
    • Smart AUTO mode adjusts camera settings based on 32 preset shooting situations
    • ECO mode allows power-saving for getting more shots from your charged battery
    Connections and Dimensions:
    Supplied Accessories:
    • rechargeable lithium ion battery
    • battery charger
    • USB cable
    • software CD-ROM

    What's in the Box:

    • Digital camera (gray)
    • NB-11L Lithium-Ion rechargeable battery (3.6V / 2.5 Wh / 680 mAh)
    • CB-2LF Battery charger (4.2V / 0.41A)
    • 50" IFC-400PCU USB cable (with Type A USB on one end and Mini-B 2.0 USB on other end)
    • Digital Camera Solution Disc Ver. 134.0 CD-ROM software
    • Getting Started guide (Eng/Span)
    • Canon Customer Support sheet
    • Canon printer brochure
    • Online Registration sheet

    Nice point-and-shoot -- wife loves it. Ease of use and simple options to delete, add or transfer.

    Glenn R Allton, Fountain Valley, CA


    Canon PowerShot ELPH 130 IS Reviews

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    (2 Reviews)

    Canon PowerShot ELPH 130 IS

    Glenn R Allton from Fountain Valley, CA on 12/20/2013

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    Nice point-and-shoot -- wife loves it. Ease of use and simple options to delete, add or transfer.

    Pros: Great photos -- hi-def.

    Cons: None.

    Great for anyone

    PS22 from Illinois on 11/14/2013

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Bought this for my mother and it was very easy for her to set up and instantly use. Screen is nice and large, menus are easy to navigate, and the different modes create some great effects. Definitely recommend for a easy point n shoot.

    Pros: Small, light, large screen, good zoom



    Hands-on research

    Features and Specs

    LCD Screen Size 3"
    Adjustable-angle LCD No
    Wi-Fi Built-in
    Touchscreen No
    Waterproof No
    GPS-enabled No
    Lens 35mm Equivalent 28-224mm
    Optical Zoom 8x
    Digital Zoom 4x
    Filter Diameter N/A
    Manual Focusing No
    Manual Exposure No
    Built-in Flash Yes
    HDMI Output No
    Internal Memory None
    Memory Media SD/SDHC/SDXC
    Sensor Size 1/2.3" CCD
    Megapixels 16
    Image Stabilization Digital
    Highest Resolution 4608 x 3456
    4K Video No
    Video Resolution 1280 x 720
    Width (inches) 3-13/16
    Height (inches) 2-5/16
    Depth (inches) 0-7/8
    Weight With Battery (ounces) 4.69
    Parts Warranty 1 Year
    Labor Warranty 1 Year

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    Playback, Editing and Print Functions
    Battery Information
    Inputs and Outputs Notes
    Supplied Software

    Recording Features

    3" LCD Monitor: The Canon PowerShot ELPH 130 IS has a 3.0" TFT LCD monitor, featuring 461,000 dots with approximately 100% picture coverage and a 5-level brightness adjustment. The Night Display feature automatically brightens the LCD monitor to suit the brightness of the subject, making it easier to frame the subject in dark conditions.

    Built-in Wi-Fi: The camera has built-in Wi-Fi technology, allowing you to wirelessly connect and send images to other Wi-Fi capable devices such as computers, tablets, or smartphones using the downloadable Canon CameraWindow app (iOS version 5.1/6.0/6.1 or later, or Android version 2.3/4.0/4.1 or later). You can also share images and video through the Canon Image Gateway, on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube. You can also print your photos on Wi-Fi compatible printers on wireless networks. It is compatible with IEEE 802.11 b/g/n wireless LAN specifications.

    Image Sensor/Processor: The camera is equipped with a 1/2.3" CCD image sensor with 16.8-million total pixels, and 16.0-million effective pixels.

    Optics: The ELPH 130 IS has an 8x optical zoom lens with a 5.0-40.0mm focal length (35mm equivalent is 28-224mm).

    Zoom: In addition to the 8x optical zoom, the camera features a 4x digital zoom. When used in combination, the total zoom is approximately 32x. The focal length when using the optical zoom and digital zoom together is approximately 28-896mm.

    Digital Teleconverter: The focal length of the lens can be increased by an equivalent of 1.6x or 2.0x through the use of the Digital Teleconverter. The equivalent focal lengths of the lens (35mm equivalent) are 44.8-358.4mm when using the 1.6x digital teleconverter, and 56.0-448.0mm with the 2.0x teleconverter. The digital zoom and digital teleconverter cannot be used simultaneously.

    Recording Media: The camera records still images or moving images with stereo audio on SD Memory Cards (2GB or less), SDHC Memory Cards (4GB to 32GB), and SDXC Memory Cards (32GB and higher). The camera does not have internal memory, nor does it include an SD card, so you will be required to obtain a memory card before recording.

    Still Image Resolution/Compression: The ELPH 130 IS can record still images in JPEG format in 4 different sizes (Large, Medium 1, Medium 2, and Small) and 4 aspect ratios (4:3, 16:9, 3:2, and 1:1). For each resolution, you can set the compression to SuperFine or Fine. You can choose from the following resolutions:

      4:3 16:9 3:2 1:1
    Large 4608 x 3456 4608 x 2592 4608 x 3702 3456 x 3456
    Medium 1 3246 x 2448 3264 x 1832 3264 x 2176 2448 x 2448
    Medium 2 1600 x 1200 1920 x 1080 1600 x 1064 1200 x 1200
    Small 640 x 480 640 x 360 640 x 424 480 x 480

    Movies: Movies can be recorded in MOV format (Image data: MPEG-4 AVC/H.264, Audio data: Linear PCM monaural) in High Definition at 1280 x 720 (25 fps). You can also shoot in Standard Definition at 640 x 480 pixels (30 fps). Recording will automatically stop when either the clip file size reaches 4 GB or the recording time reaches approximately 30 minutes.

    Intelligent Image Stabilization: The ELPH 130 IS is equipped with Intelligent image stabilization (Intelligent IS). To correct the effects of camera shake, the camera automatically chooses one of the following IS modes for the shooting condition:

    • Continuous: always applied for still images
    • Panning: for still images when panning
    • Hybrid IS: for Macro shots
    • Dynamic IS: for movies, reducing strong camera shake as when shooting when walking
    • Powered IS: for movies, for subtle camera shake, such as when shooting movies at telephoto
    • None: no image stabilization

    Face Detection Technology: The camera's Face Detection Technology finds and tracks the faces of moving subjects until you're ready to shoot, then delivers perfect focus. In addition, exposure, flash, and white balance are compensated, so that faces exhibit natural skin tones and backgrounds are properly exposed. Smart Shutter automatically shoots a picture after detecting a smile, even without pressing the shutter release button.

    Focus Lock: If it becomes difficult to focus on the subject due to low contrast to the surroundings, close up and far away subjects in the same shot, or quickly moving subjects, you can choose to lock the focus or auto focus on an object at a similar distance, then shoot the picture after recomposing the shot.

    Focusing Range: The camera features the following focus ranges (from the end of the lens):

    • Auto: 0.4" to infinity (W), 4.3' to infinity (T)
    • Normal: 2" to infinity (W), 4.3' to infinity (T)
    • Macro: 0.4" to 1.6' (wide)
    • Infinity: 9.8' to infinity (W/T)

    Shooting Modes: You can choose between several shooting modes. In the Smart Auto mode, the camera will automatically select the best settings for the scene, detect and focus on faces, and set the color and brightness to optimal levels. You can also choose from shooting modes that match specific scenes: Portrait, Low Light, Snow, and Fireworks. If you wish to add special effects to images while shooting, you can choose from Super Vivid, Poster Effect, Fish-Eye Effect, Miniature Effect, Toy Camera Effect, Monochrome, Color Accent, and Color Swap.

    Continuous Shooting: In the Program mode, the camera will continuously take pictures at approximately 0.8 frames per second, as long as you hold down the shutter button. The image size is not limited, and the focus and exposure are determined when you press the shutter button halfway. In Low Light mode, the camera will continuously take pictures at approximately 2.9 frames per second at a lower resolution (2304 x 1728).

    Metering Modes: You can select from the following metering modes:

    • Evaluative: used for standard conditions. The area within the frame is divided into several zones and light is measured based on subject position, brightness, direct light and backlighting.
    • Center-Weighted Averaging: averages the exposure from the entire image, but places more weight on the subject at the center
    • Spot: meters the area within the spot AE point at the center of the LCD monitor or viewfinder

    Exposure Compensation: If you are shooting against a bright background or strong backlight, you may need to correct the exposure so that the subject doesn't come out too dark. You can set the adjustments from -2 to +2 in 1/3-step increments.

    Locking the Exposure Setting (AE Lock): You can set the focus and exposure separately to shoot. When the exposure is set, you can lock the setting, then compose the scene and shoot. This is effective when the contrast is too strong between the subject and background, or when a subject is backlit. Flash Exposure Lock (FE Lock), just as with the AE lock, lets you lock the exposure for shooting with the flash.

    White Balance: You can choose from the following white balance settings: Auto, Daylight, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Fluorescent H, and Custom.

    Flash Modes: The PowerShot ELPH 130 IS has a built-in flash with a range of 1.6' to 11' in Wide Angle and 4.3' to 5.6' in Telephoto. You can select Auto (flash fires in low light), On (flash always fires), Slow Synchro (illuminates subject in foreground while the slow shutter speed brightens the background not reached by the flash), or Off (flash doesn't fire). In the menu, you can turn on the Red-Eye Reduction lamp for the flash, and apply Red-Eye Correction to the images that have been taken.

    ISO Speed: The ISO speed can be set Automatically (ISO Auto), or manually to ISO 100, 200, 400, 800, or 1600. Lowering the ISO speed results in sharper images but there's a greater chance of subject or image blurring in certain shooting conditions. Raising the ISO speed results in a faster shutter speed, reducing blurred images. The images, however, will appear more coarse.

    My Colors: You can choose the look and feel of the photos you take by using My Colors to add the following effects to the image you are currently recording or have already recorded: Vivid, Neutral, Sepia, B/W, Positive Film, Lighter Skin, Darker Skin, Vivid Blue, Vivid Green, Vivid Red, and Custom Color.

    Self-Timer: The ELPH 130 IS utilizes a 10-second, 2-second, and a custom self-timer to allow the photographer to be included in the shot, or to avoid camera shake when using a tripod. The custom self-timer allows you to set the time delay to 1-15, 20, 25, or 30 seconds for up to 10 shots.

    Wink Self Timer: In addition to the standard and custom self-timers, the ELPH 130 IS can be set to record an image of a person approximately two seconds after detecting a wink.

    Face Self-Timer: The Face Self-Timer automatically detects an increase in the number of faces, and makes the appropriate adjustments. When the Face Detection Self-Timer is set, the camera waits for the photographer's face to get on-camera before it takes the shot. The camera will shoot, two seconds after the new face is detected.

    Playback, Editing and Print Functions

    Slide Show: Images stored on a memory card can automatically be displayed one-by-one using the Slide Show function. You can set the playback time for each image, and the transition effects when switching between images. If desired, you can repeat the slide show automatically.

    Index Display: This feature allows you to view 4, 9, 16, 36, or 100 images at once on the LCD monitor so that you can search for an image quickly. Movies cannot be played in the index playback mode.

    Magnifying Images: Using the zoom button, you can magnify a photo up to 10x. Once zoomed in, you can use the "arrow" buttons to move around the displayed area.

    Playback Displays: You can choose from three types of displays:

    • Simple Information: screen includes basic information about the image
    • Detailed Information: screen include a histogram display as well as detailed information about the settings used when the image was captured.
    • Focus Check: magnifies the area of a recorded image that was inside the AF frame so you can check the focus.

    Resizing Images: You can save images a lower recording pixel setting than the original image, saving the resized image as a separate file.

    Trimming: You can cut out a portion of a recorded image and save it as a new image file.

    Protecting Images: The protect feature allows you to protect important images from accidental erasure. You can protect images by the image itself or select All Images.

    PictBridge: Using the supplied USB cable, you can connect this camera directly to a PictBridge-compatible printer of any brand. You can also connect the camera directly to certain Canon SELPHY compact photo printers and PIXMA inkjet photo printers. In this way, you can make prints directly from the camera without having to connect to a computer.

    Battery Information

    Power Requirements: The Canon PowerShot ELPH 130 IS is powered by the supplied NB-11L Lithium-Ion rechargeable battery pack (3.6 Volts / 680mAh / 2.5Wh). A fully charged battery pack can provide power for up to approximately 190 shots (260 in Eco mode), 45 minutes of movie shooting time, or 4 hours of playback time. The NB-11L is charged in approximately 2 hours in the supplied CB-2LF battery charger.

    Date/Time Battery: The camera uses a backup battery for maintaining the date and time data for approximately 3 weeks. The backup battery charges in approximately 4 hours while a charged main battery (NB-11L) is inserted, or the camera is connected to an external AC adapter.

    AC Adapter: If you need to operate the camera for long periods of time during a slide show or when connected to a printer, it is recommended to use the optional ACK-DC90 AC Adapter Kit.

    Power Saving Functions: The camera is equipped with the following power saving functions:

    • Eco Mode During Shooting: The screen will darken when the camera is not used for approximately 2 seconds, and will turn off approximately 8 seconds later. After three minutes of inactivity, the camera will turn itself off.
    • Auto Power Down During Playback: The camera power down approximately 5 minutes after the last control is accessed on the camera.
    Note: The Power Saving Function will not activate during a slide show or while the camera is connected to a computer.

    Inputs and Outputs Notes

    A/V Out / Digital Terminal: The camera has a Mini-B Version 2.0 USB terminal to allow you to connect the camera to a compatible computer or compatible Canon printer via the supplied IFC-400PCU USB cable. This USB 2.0 Hi-Speed-compatible terminal allows you to rapidly download images to your computer or printer. You can also connect the camera to a TV (via composite video and monaural audio) using the optional AVC-DC400 A/V cable in the same terminal. The A/V output can be set to NTSC or PAL as needed.

    Supplied Software

    Included Software: The PowerShot ELPH 130 IS comes supplied with the Canon Digital Camera Solution Disk Version 134.0 CD-ROM. It contains the following programs:

    • Canon Utilities:
      • ImageBrowser EX 1.1: manage images transferred to a computer (view, edit, and print)
      • CameraWindow DC 8.10: transfer images to and from camera, organize images on the camera, and upload movies on the camera to web services
      • PhotoStitch 3.1 (Windows) / 3.2 (Mac): use to merge still images to make panoramas
    • User Guides: Camera User Guide, Software Guide

    Compatible Operating Systems:

    • Windows 8
    • Windows 7 (SP1)
    • Windows Vista (SP2)
    • Windows XP (SP3)
    • Mac OS X (v10.6, 10.7, 10.8)

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    Both are great cameras. The Elph does have the additional features of built-in Wi-Fi and move optical zoom. [ Jeff  Dec 12, 2013 ]  Staff