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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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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

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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

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Canon IXUS 132 Sample Photos

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

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

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

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

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


Canon IXUS 132 Specifications

Max Aperturef/3.2 - f/6.9
35mm equivalent28mm - 224mm
Optical Zoom8x
Image Sensor
Pixels16Mp (Megapixels)
Pixels (W)4608
Pixels (H)3456
Sensor TypeCCD
Sensor Size1/2.3 inch
Sensor Size (width)No Data
Sensor Size (height)No Data
Aspect Ratio
  • 4:3
  • 3:2
  • 16:9
  • 1:1
LCD Monitor
LCD Monitor2.7in
Screen resolution230,000 dots
Touch ScreenNo
Min Focus1cm
Focusing modes
  • Face Detection
  • Centre
Exposure Control
Shutter speeds shortest1/2000sec
Shutter speeds longest15sec
Bulb modeNo Data
Exp modes
  • Program
  • Scene modes
  • A
  • Centre-weighted - Average
  • Spot
ISO sensitivity100 - 1600
White balance
  • Auto
  • Manual
  • Outdoors/Daylight
  • Cloudy
  • Incandescent
  • Fluorescent
Exposure Comp+/-2
Shooting Options
Continuous shooting0.8fps
Movie modeYes
Video Resolution
  • 1280x720 HD 720p
  • 640x480 VGA
Video FPS25/30
Stereo SoundNo
Optical Zoom with VideoYes
Other Features
Image StabilisationYes
Card Type
  • SD
  • SDHC
  • SDXC
File Type
  • JPG
Power Source
Battery TypeRechargeable Li-ion Battery NB-11L (battery and charger supplied)
Battery Life (CIPA rating)200shots
Box Contents
Box ContentsDigital Camera IXUS 132, Wrist Strap WS-800, Battery Pack NB-11L, Battery Charger CB-2LFE, AC Cable, User Manual Kit

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