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The Canon IXUS 132 is an ultra compact camera with an 8x optical zoom lens, 16 megapixel sensor and a 2.7inch screen on the back, it's available in blue, black, silver and pink. Find out how it performs in our review.
The Canon IXUS 132 has a wide-angle 8x optical zoom lens, with optical image stabilisation. Video recording is included and records 720p at 25fps with sound, and can be started using the dedicated video recording button on the back.
The compact camera fits easily into pockets and the metal body is available in a number of colours. With intelligent Auto the camera will automatically choose from 32 scene modes. The camera can shoot as close as 1cm in macro mode, and features an Eco mode to extend battery life from 200 shots to 275 shots.
- 16 megapixel CCD sensor
- 8x zoom lens, 28-224mm equivalent
- Intelligent optical image stabilisation (3-stop)
- 2.7inch LCD 230k dots screen
- Smart Auto (32 scenes)
- HD movies (720p) with movie button
- 1cm macro mode
- ISO100 - ISO1600
- Fun and creative modes
- Eco mode
- Available in silver, black, blue, pink
Handling - The Canon IXUS 132 has a compact metal body, easily small and light enough to carry in your pocket, but there isn't anything which aids grip and use of the provided wrist strap is recommended. On the rear of the camera is a sliding switch which allows to go straight to the Auto mode. The other modes are selectable from the menu when not in Auto mode. There are also movie record, playback and menu buttons as well as a d-pad with function / set in the middle. The d-pad gives quick access when pressed to macro, flash, display and exposure compensation.
Menus – Built in hints and tips explains each option on the camera making it easy to use. The camera gives an overlay of the most common options when you press the Func/Set button, making it easy to choose and change settings. The menu button lets you set additional photo and setup options. In playback there are also playback and print options.
Battery life - Battery life is rated at 200 shots according to CIPA / Canon testing, and 275 shots in Eco mode.
Speed - We took a number of shots to test the camera's responsiveness, from switch on to first photo, shot to shot, focusing speed etc. We take a number of shots and then use the average to ensure accurate and consistent tests, making it easy to compare with other cameras.
|Shutter Response||0.125 secs|
|Wide - Focus / Shutter Response||0.3 secs|
|Full zoom - Focus / Shutter Response||0.4 secs|
|Switch on Time to Taking a Photo||1.75 secs|
|Shot to Shot without Flash||3.3 secs|
|Shot to Shot with Flash||4.6 secs|
|Continuous Shooting||0.6 fps|
|Continuous Shooting - Flash||0.3 fps|
Focus and shutter response are both reasonably quick, although shot to shot time is a little slow, and continuous shooting isn't very quick.
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Canon IXUS 132 Sample Photos
Portrait Flash | 1/60 sec | f/4.0 | 11.3 mm | ISO 100
Landscape | 1/320 sec | f/9.0 | 5.0 mm | ISO 200
Drive | 1/640 sec | f/3.2 | 5.0 mm | ISO 200
Landscape With Building | 1/1250 sec | f/3.2 | 5.0 mm | ISO 200
Pet Portrait | 1/160 sec | f/4.0 | 12.5 mm | ISO 400
Trees | 1/160 sec | f/3.2 | 5.0 mm | ISO 200
Sample Photos - Portriat photos with flash show some some red-eye. Colour is good, as you would expect from a Canon camera.
Canon IXUS 132 Lens test images
Wide Angle | 1/1250 sec | f/3.2 | 5.0 mm | ISO 100
Full Optical Zoom | 1/400 sec | f/6.9 | 40.0 mm | ISO 100
Clear Image Zoom | 1/250 sec | f/6.9 | 40.0 mm | ISO 100
Macro | 0.3 sec | f/3.2 | 5.0 mm | ISO 200
Lens Performance - To improve dynamic range, it's possible to use the iContrast setting to retain shadow detail. There is slight vignetting at the wide-angle end of the lens, however barrel and pincushion distortion are minimal, and do not appear to affect the majority of shots. Detail is reasonable, although images become softer towards the corners, and towards the left hand side on wide shots. Purple fringing can be seen in the shot of the trees, however these weren't too noticeable in other shots.
Canon IXUS 132 ISO test images
1/6 sec | f/4.5 | 20.2 mm | ISO 100
1/13 sec | f/4.5 | 20.2 mm | ISO 200
1/25 sec | f/4.5 | 20.2 mm | ISO 400
1/50 sec | f/4.5 | 20.2 mm | ISO 800
1/100 sec | f/4.5 | 20.2 mm | ISO 1600
ISO Noise Performance - Noise is low at ISO100, but increases at ISO200. At ISO400 noise increases further, and detail suffers as a result. Noise becomes quite dominant at ISO800, and due to excessive noise ISO1600 is worth avoiding.
As expected with a CCD sensor camera, noise performance isn't great, and the camera limits you to ISO1600 as the highest ISO setting, unless you use the candlelight scene mode, where the image size is reduced to 4 megapixels and ISO goes up to ISO3200.
Canon IXUS 132 White-balance test images
AWB Tungsten | 1/13 sec | f/3.5 | 7.3 mm | ISO 100
WB Tungsten | 1/10 sec | f/3.5 | 7.3 mm | ISO 100
AWB Fluorescent | 1/4 sec | f/3.5 | 7.3 mm | ISO 100
WB Fluorescent | 1/4 sec | f/3.5 | 7.3 mm | ISO 100
White Balance Performance - Auto White Balance (AWB) gives a warm result under tungsten light, with the tungsten preset giving a much more neutral result. AWB performs well under fluorescent lighting, with the preset giving a very slight colour cast.
Canon IXUS 132 Digital filters
Miniature | 1/400 sec | f/4.5 | 17.0 mm | ISO 100
Black and white | 1/500 sec | f/4.0 | 11.9 mm | ISO 100
Fisheye | 1/400 sec | f/4.0 | 11.9 mm | ISO 100
Miniature | 1/500 sec | f/4.0 | 11.9 mm | ISO 100
Neutral Colour | 1/500 sec | f/4.0 | 11.9 mm | ISO 125
Positive Film | 1/500 sec | f/4.0 | 11.9 mm | ISO 100
Poster Effect | 1/500 sec | f/4.0 | 11.9 mm | ISO 100
Sepia | 1/400 sec | f/4.0 | 11.9 mm | ISO 100
Standard | 1/640 sec | f/4.0 | 11.9 mm | ISO 100
Super Vivid | 1/400 sec | f/4.0 | 11.9 mm | ISO 100
Toy Camera | 1/400 sec | f/4.0 | 11.9 mm | ISO 100
Vivid | 1/500 sec | f/4.0 | 11.9 mm | ISO 100
Digital Filters - The camera has a number of colour options, as well as effects, as shown above, giving some creative options. The camera doesn't feature a built in HDR mode or automatic panoramic stitching.
Video - Video is recorded at 1280 x 720, at 25 fps with mono sound and optical zoom. Quality appears good and once you have used the full optical zoom, digital zoom is then available, an example can be found on the ePHOTOzine YouTube channel.
Value For MoneyThe Canon IXUS 132 is available for around £95 which makes it good value for money, although there are a number previous Canon IXUS cameras which may now be available at a similar price, but with a higher specification, such as the IXUS 500 HS. Alternative compact cameras with a longer than normal optical zoom includes:
Nikon Coolpix S3500, 7x optical zoom, £88
Canon IXUS 500 HS, 12x optical zoom, Full HD, £95
Panasonic Lumix SZ1, 10x optical zoom, £112
Samsung WB30F, 10x optical zoom, Wi-Fi, £119
Sony Cyber-shot WX60, 8x optical zoom, Full HD, £129
You'll also need to buy a memory card and a case or bag to keep your camera safe and protected - have a look at our complete guide to camera bags.
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Canon IXUS 132 ProsEco mode extends battery life
Optical image stabilisation
8x optical zoom lens
Good colour reproduction
Available in a number of colours
Good value for money
Good macro mode
Canon IXUS 132 ConsLittle grip
No auto panoramic mode
Low resolution screen
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Canon IXUS 132 Specifications
|Max Aperture||f/3.2 - f/6.9|
|35mm equivalent||28mm - 224mm|
|CCD pixels||16Mp (Megapixels)|
|Sensor Size||1/2.3 inch|
|Sensor Size (width)||No Data|
|Sensor Size (height)||No Data|
|Screen resolution||230,000 dots|
|Shutter speeds shortest||1/2000sec|
|Shutter speeds longest||15sec|
|ISO sensitivity||100 - 1600|
|Optical Zoom with Video||Yes|
|Battery Type||Rechargeable Li-ion Battery NB-11L (battery and charger supplied)|
|Box Contents||Digital Camera IXUS 132, Wrist Strap WS-800, Battery Pack NB-11L, Battery Charger CB-2LFE, AC Cable, User Manual Kit|