Given the story I went and read user reviews.

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.
Bob