"Pocket camera recommended for Pro Photographers"4.0 starson by photometry
Pros: Full Manual Settings with Flash intensity Control. Big 12x optical zoom ratio, High Resolution 12MP, 720P HD movie, and great overall picture quality.
Cons: Low Battery life and slower recycle time with Alkaline Batteries (Recommend rechargeable AA Nicads or AA Lithium Batt). 28mm Wide is OK but it would nice at 18-21mm.
Summary: Even though these following features are a big bonus I did not really get this camera for the big 12x optical zoom, or the HD movie mode, or for the 12MP chip. But the main reason was for it's full manual controls with shutter, aperture, focus and flash intensity settings. This is the only pocket camera with these full manual features. I have been waiting 10 years for a pocket that I can control and I highly recommend it to Pros. I am generally a Nikon man for SLRs, DSLRs, and point-&-shoot cameras, but I have to give Canon two thumbs up for the SX 130 IS.In addition, this camera is the bang for your buck under $200 without a doubt.
Updated on Dec 18, 2010
Updated on Jan 1, 2011FINAL CONCLUSION: Now that I have used the SX 130 camera in different shooting situations (low light scenes, daylight landscape, candids, & product shots) I came to the conclusion of returning it. The camera controls worked fine and it's well built but very disappointed in the overall picture performance quality. In addition, if you are someone like me that is constantly changing control settings and frequently using the menu options then you will be lucky to get about 30 shots out of a set of batteries. I just stepped up to the Canon SX 210 and it's a huge difference, it's worth every penny. The refined features of the SX 210 and flexibility of independent custom controls settings in TV, AV, M, P, and MOV is much better than the SX 130. The picture quality is superior, it's more compact, and it's capability of panoramic stitching is impressive. In final, just the lithium ion battery and charger which comes with the SX 210 was worth the extra money.