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Old Feb 26, 2011, 11:01 AM   #1
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Default Canon SX 120 IS, 130 IS or 210 IS?

I've read the reviews and still can't decide which of these to buy to replace my SD 550, which I literally wore out. I don't do any fancy stuff--just want good image quality, high zoom, user friendliness and being able to see the LCD screen in bright light if there is no viewfinder (and I think most don't have them anymore). Price is not too much of an object though prefer $300 or less.
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Old Feb 26, 2011, 7:05 PM   #2
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I have owned and used all of these cameras. None of them have viewfinders. The best of the group is the new SX130 with 12X optical zoom. They are exactly what you describe. The SX130 is a basic digital camera with measurable zoom, it is capable of very good photos both indoors and outdoors. I have attached a sample photo from the SX130 camera.

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Old Feb 26, 2011, 10:05 PM   #3
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The high ISO image above aside, I agree that the SX130 is the best choice of the 3.
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Would you agree these are better than the SD 4500? I had ruled that one out.

Are these three all about the same size? I like to carry my SD 550 in my purse (1' X 2" X 3 1/2").

I just realized the SX 120 and SX 130 use AA batteries, whereas the SX 210 has lithium ion. I've not had a camera with AA batteries and am not sure I'd like that.

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It is entirely up to you. The AA batteries in the SX130 make the camera a bit slower shot to shot when taking repetitive flash photos. However, I have found that using Sanyo Eneloop batteries reduced that delay to 5 to 6 seconds.

The SD4500 is a physically smaller camera, and much more expensive in price. It has a very small, almost cylindrical battery giving it very short battery life.

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but quality wise is the 4500 better then the 130?
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but quality wise is the 4500 better then the 130?
No. The SX130 takes better stills. The SD4500 is a solid choice as well though.

You have to keep in mind that the SX200/210, SX120/130 and SD4500 are 3 different types of cameras. If you want the best IQ of the bunch, it's the SX130 imho. The SX200/210 has great reach in a pocketable cam though.
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funny how that is the cheapest one of that bunch too...... i had been looking at all of them at some point and was very confused as to which was better. I know the downfall from the 120/130 is the size but i mainly want a camera that takes decent indoor pics. not sure why the others are so much more expensive?
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Yes, the Sx130 has equal image quality to the SD4500, and it has a measurably better built-in flash unit. But, it is physically larger, uses a CCD imager instead of a BSI-CMOS imager, and uses AA batteries, instead of more expensive Lithium-ion batteries so it can be less expensive. But those AA batteries slow down the shot to shot timing when you are using flash shot after shot.

Yes, you can use NiZn batteries or Eneloop batteries to get better battery life and to reduce the shot to shot times when using flash to 5 to 6 seconds. But at the end of the day, the SX130 is going to give you a bigger bang for your buck. Among the cameras listed, it is a real value added camera.

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so with the cmos, does it produce better images? or low light( indoors)?
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