Given the story I went and read user reviews.
by R. Proffitt - 11/12/12 11:01 AM
In Reply to: Problem with Canon PowerShot SX130 IS digital camera by ESalek
http://www.amazon.com/Canon-PowerShot-SX130IS-Stabilized-3-0-Inch/dp/B003ZSHNG8 and other sites are pretty kind about this model.
http://reviews.cnet.com/digital-cameras/canon-powershot-sx130-is/4505-6501_7-34167832.html didn't mention this so I'd make the call and ask for an exchange.