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Category: Compact Cameras
Product: Canon IXUS 132
Price: £82.99
Rating: 3.5 out of 53.5 out of 53.5 out of 53.5 out of 53.5 out of 53.5 out of 5

Canon IXUS 132 Review - This tiny blue digital camera is available in a number of colours and features an 8x optical zoom lens.

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Features
Handling
Performance
Verdict
Specification

Canon Ixus 132 Blue (3)

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.

Canon IXUS 132 Features

Canon Ixus 132 Blue (4)

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.

Canon Ixus 132 Blue (5)

Key Features

  • 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

Canon IXUS 132 Handling

Canon Ixus 132 Blue (6)

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.

Canon Ixus 132 Blue (7)

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.

Canon Ixus 132 Blue (1)

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.

Canon IXUS 132 Performance

Additional sample photos and product shots are available in the Equipment Database, where you can add your own review, photos and product ratings.

Canon IXUS 132 Sample Photos

Portrait Flash | 1/60 sec | f/4.0 | 11.3 mm | ISO 100

Portrait Flash | 1/60 sec | f/4.0 | 11.3 mm | ISO 100
High-Res

Landscape | 1/320 sec | f/9.0 | 5.0 mm | ISO 200

Landscape | 1/320 sec | f/9.0 | 5.0 mm | ISO 200
High-Res

Drive | 1/640 sec | f/3.2 | 5.0 mm | ISO 200

Drive | 1/640 sec | f/3.2 | 5.0 mm | ISO 200
High-Res

Landscape With Building | 1/1250 sec | f/3.2 | 5.0 mm | ISO 200

Landscape With Building | 1/1250 sec | f/3.2 | 5.0 mm | ISO 200
High-Res

Pet Portrait | 1/160 sec | f/4.0 | 12.5 mm | ISO 400

Pet Portrait | 1/160 sec | f/4.0 | 12.5 mm | ISO 400
High-Res

Trees | 1/160 sec | f/3.2 | 5.0 mm | ISO 200

Trees | 1/160 sec | f/3.2 | 5.0 mm | ISO 200
High-Res


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

Wide Angle | 1/1250 sec | f/3.2 | 5.0 mm | ISO 100
High-Res

Full Optical Zoom | 1/400 sec | f/6.9 | 40.0 mm | ISO 100

Full Optical Zoom | 1/400 sec | f/6.9 | 40.0 mm | ISO 100
High-Res

Clear Image Zoom | 1/250 sec | f/6.9 | 40.0 mm | ISO 100

Clear Image Zoom | 1/250 sec | f/6.9 | 40.0 mm | ISO 100
High-Res

Macro | 0.3 sec | f/3.2 | 5.0 mm | ISO 200

Macro | 0.3 sec | f/3.2 | 5.0 mm | ISO 200
High-Res


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

1/6 sec | f/4.5 | 20.2 mm | ISO 100
High-Res

1/13 sec | f/4.5 | 20.2 mm | ISO 200

1/13 sec | f/4.5 | 20.2 mm | ISO 200
High-Res

1/25 sec | f/4.5 | 20.2 mm | ISO 400

1/25 sec | f/4.5 | 20.2 mm | ISO 400
High-Res

1/50 sec | f/4.5 | 20.2 mm | ISO 800

1/50 sec | f/4.5 | 20.2 mm | ISO 800
High-Res

1/100 sec | f/4.5 | 20.2 mm | ISO 1600

1/100 sec | f/4.5 | 20.2 mm | ISO 1600
High-Res


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

AWB Tungsten | 1/13 sec | f/3.5 | 7.3 mm | ISO 100
High-Res

WB Tungsten | 1/10 sec | f/3.5 | 7.3 mm | ISO 100

WB Tungsten | 1/10 sec | f/3.5 | 7.3 mm | ISO 100
High-Res

AWB Fluorescent | 1/4 sec | f/3.5 | 7.3 mm | ISO 100

AWB Fluorescent | 1/4 sec | f/3.5 | 7.3 mm | ISO 100
High-Res

WB 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
High-Res


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

Miniature | 1/400 sec | f/4.5 | 17.0 mm | ISO 100
High-Res

Black and white | 1/500 sec | f/4.0 | 11.9 mm | ISO 100

Black and white | 1/500 sec | f/4.0 | 11.9 mm | ISO 100
High-Res

Fisheye | 1/400 sec | f/4.0 | 11.9 mm | ISO 100

Fisheye | 1/400 sec | f/4.0 | 11.9 mm | ISO 100
High-Res

Miniature | 1/500 sec | f/4.0 | 11.9 mm | ISO 100

Miniature | 1/500 sec | f/4.0 | 11.9 mm | ISO 100
High-Res

Neutral Colour | 1/500 sec | f/4.0 | 11.9 mm | ISO 125

Neutral Colour | 1/500 sec | f/4.0 | 11.9 mm | ISO 125
High-Res

Positive Film | 1/500 sec | f/4.0 | 11.9 mm | ISO 100

Positive Film | 1/500 sec | f/4.0 | 11.9 mm | ISO 100
High-Res

Poster Effect | 1/500 sec | f/4.0 | 11.9 mm | ISO 100

Poster Effect | 1/500 sec | f/4.0 | 11.9 mm | ISO 100
High-Res

Sepia | 1/400 sec | f/4.0 | 11.9 mm | ISO 100

Sepia | 1/400 sec | f/4.0 | 11.9 mm | ISO 100
High-Res

Standard | 1/640 sec | f/4.0 | 11.9 mm | ISO 100

Standard | 1/640 sec | f/4.0 | 11.9 mm | ISO 100
High-Res

Super Vivid | 1/400 sec | f/4.0 | 11.9 mm | ISO 100

Super Vivid | 1/400 sec | f/4.0 | 11.9 mm | ISO 100
High-Res

Toy Camera | 1/400 sec | f/4.0 | 11.9 mm | ISO 100

Toy Camera | 1/400 sec | f/4.0 | 11.9 mm | ISO 100
High-Res

Vivid | 1/500 sec | f/4.0 | 11.9 mm | ISO 100

Vivid | 1/500 sec | f/4.0 | 11.9 mm | ISO 100
High-Res


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 Money

The 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.

Canon IXUS 132 Verdict

The Canon IXUS 132 is a compact and stylish camera with a good amount of optical zoom, thanks to the 8x optical zoom lens. Images are kept sharp thanks to optical image stabilisation, and the rear of the camera features a 2.7inch screen with 230k dot resolution. If the camera featured a larger screen it would lose some of its compactness, so we feel this is a compromise worth putting up with, although a higher resolution would be nice. Despite the small size the buttons and controls are a decent size and this makes the camera easy to use. The IXUS 132 has an entry level price under £100, which is quite good value for money for a compact and stylish metal bodied camera. However, there are competitors available with additional features such as Full HD video, high speed shooting, and / or Wi-Fi although these tend to cost a little more.


   
   

Canon IXUS 132 Pros

Eco mode extends battery life
Extremely compact
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 Cons

Little grip
No auto panoramic mode
720p video
Low resolution screen

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Canon IXUS 132 Specifications

ManufacturerCanon
Lens
Max Aperture f/3.2 - f/6.9
35mm equivalent 28mm - 224mm
Optical Zoom 8x
Image Sensor
CCD pixels 16Mp (Megapixels)
Pixels (W) 4608
Pixels (H) 3456
Sensor Type CCD
Sensor Size 1/2.3 inch
Sensor Size (width) No Data
Sensor Size (height) No Data
Aspect Ratio
  • 4:3
  • 3:2
  • 16:9
  • 1:1
LCD Monitor
LCD Monitor 2.7in
Screen resolution 230,000 dots
Touch Screen No
Focusing
Min Focus 1cm
Focusing modes
  • Face Detection
  • Centre
Exposure Control
Shutter speeds shortest 1/2000sec
Shutter speeds longest 15sec
Exp modes
  • Program
  • Scene modes
  • A
Metering
  • Centre-weighted - Average
  • Spot
ISO sensitivity 100 - 1600
White balance
  • Auto
  • Manual
  • Outdoors/Daylight
  • Cloudy
  • Incandescent
  • Fluorescent
Exposure Comp +/-2
Shooting Options
Continuous shooting 0.8fps
Video
Movie mode Yes
Video Resolution
  • 1280x720 720p
  • 640x480 VGA
Video FPS 25/30
Stereo Sound No
Optical Zoom with Video Yes
Other Features
Image Stabilisation Yes
Interface
HDMI No
USB USB 2
Wi-Fi No
Storage
Card Type
  • SD
  • SDHC
  • SDXC
File Type
  • JPG
Power Source
Battery Type Rechargeable Li-ion Battery NB-11L (battery and charger supplied)
CIPA Rating 200
Box Contents
Box Contents Digital Camera IXUS 132, Wrist Strap WS-800, Battery Pack NB-11L, Battery Charger CB-2LFE, AC Cable, User Manual Kit
Dimensions
Weight 133g
Width 92.9mm
Height 52.4mm
Depth 21.6mm

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