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Canon PowerShot SD3500 IS Review

The Canon PowerShot SD3500 IS design has a sensor with a resolution of 14.1 megapixels as well as a 5x optical zoom lens with equivalent focal lengths ranging from 24-120mm. These focal lengths provide a range of shooting options from a generous wide-angle to a modest telephoto. Over the course of the zoom range, the maximum aperture shifts from f/2.8 to f/5.9. The PowerShot SD3500 IS from Canon comes equipped with genuine optical image stabilization technology, which helps to reduce blur caused by shakes caused by the camera.

The Canon SD3500 IS does not have any kind of viewfinder, either an optical or an electronic one; instead, the LCD display on the back of the camera is used for all interaction. The display on the Canon SD3500 has a diagonal measurement of 3.5 inches and provides a dot resolution of 461,000. It is believed that the LCD coverage is roughly one hundred percent.

The Canon SD3500 is capable of recording still images at resolutions up to 4,320 x 3,240 pixels, as well as high-definition movie clips at 720p (1,280 x 720) or standard-definition movie clips at either VGA (640 x 480) or QVGA (320 x 240) resolution, at a rate of 30 frames per second in H.264 MOV format, and including monoaural audio. In addition, the Canon SD3500 can take still images at a resolution

The evaluative metering system of the Canon SD3500, which also provides center-weighted average and spot modes, is used to determine exposures. Other modes available include center-weighted average and manual. There is no provision for manual control over the appearance of photographs; rather, the Canon PowerShot SD3500 gives users the option to select between Auto, Program Auto, and sixteen different Scene settings.

These include Night Snapshots, Color Accents, Color Swaps, Fisheye Effects, Miniature Effects, Creative Light Effects, Beach, Foliage, Snow, Fireworks, and Long Shutters. There are seven different options for the white balance, and they include Auto, five presets, and manual. The PowerShot SD3500 IS includes a flash that has seven different modes and has a range that can go from 1.6 to 11 feet when using the wide-angle setting and from 3.0 to 6.6 feet when using the telephoto setting.

Secure Digital, SDHC, or SDXC memory cards can be used in the Canon PowerShot SD3500 IS to store still photographs and video. Mini-HDMI high definition, NTSC/PAL standard definition composite video, and USB 2.0 High-Speed data are the available options for connectivity. The power comes from a unique lithium-ion rechargeable battery called an NB-6L, and according to the manufacturer, it has a life expectancy of 220 rounds.

The Digital ELPH models produced by Canon are consistently ranked among the most popular compact digital cameras. And why on earth not? They offer user-friendly interfaces, produce high-quality photographs, and have stylish, contemporary designs. Over the years, I’ve used quite a few of them, and they almost never fail to satisfy me. In point of fact, when people who aren’t particularly knowledgeable about cameras ask me which digital camera they should buy, I almost always tell them to get “one of the higher-end ELPHs.”

One of Canon’s most recent high-end ELPHs, the SD3500, has just taken the position of the SD970 IS as the company’s top-of-the-line model. The Canon SD3500 IS offers a higher resolution (14.1 megapixels vs. 12.1 MP) and a quicker, far wider-angle 5x optical zoom despite having a manufacturer’s suggested retail price that is $50 lower (24mm vs. 37mm). In terms of ergonomics, the new model features a touchscreen display with a resolution of 3.5 inches of Pure Color LCD. This display is capable of performing practically every basic or complex function.

In point of fact, the camera consists of only two buttons, in addition, to control for the shutter and zoom as well as a simple mode switch. The touch screen, along with the sensor and the lens, is one of the elements of this edition that is considered to be among the most important. Now let’s find out whether I’ll continue to suggest ELPHs to my loved ones and close friends.

Look and feel. The Canon SD3500 features smooth, rounded edges and a two-tone body, despite the fact that it is not as curved as earlier ELPH models. In our case, the face was silver, but the back had a black bezel around the perimeter.

There are also other color combinations available, such as all-black or pink and black. As the lens is encircled by gleaming metallic rings, Canon maintains its commitment to the time-honored “box and circle” design. In addition to that, there are a few decals and an embossed logo. In addition, the autofocus assist lamp and the built-in flash are located on the front of the camera.

The Canon SD3500 has dimensions of 3.91 by 2.2 by 0.87 inches (WHD, in inches), and it weighs 5.64 ounces (99.3 by 55.7 by 22 millimeters/160 grams) with the memory card and the battery included.

In general, the Canon SD3500 is a really appealing camera that has a satisfying weight and feels to it. It will fit easily inside your pocket, but check to make sure there are no keys or coins in there to prevent the display from becoming scratched.

Nearly 90 percent of the back real estate is taken up by a touch screen that is 3.5 inches in diameter and has a resolution of 461 thousand pixels. It offers exceptional black levels and detail, and its pixel count is comparable to that of the company’s greatest digital cameras (the G11 and the S90).

Because of the small size of the device in comparison to the size of the screen, the thumb rest on the far left of the device is a little bit small, so your thumb naturally wanders to the top right of the screen. Even while it’s not a major problem, it’s a good idea to have a lens cloth with you so you can wipe away any oily fingerprints.

Body & Controls

The sole physical controls are located on the top of the camera and are the Power button, the Playback button, a Mode switch with three settings, and the shutter button, which is encircled by the Zoom toggle. In addition, we have the mic with the two pinholes. The buttons are rather little, so you’ll need to use the point of your nail to depress them. This is a minor annoyance, but it is certainly not anything that should rule out the possibility of using the camera.

If you’ve not used a camera in roughly ten years and you require the owner’s handbook to figure out how to use this one, it’s obvious that this is the first camera you’ve used in that time. For your convenience, Canon includes a printed “Getting Started” handbook that is 36 pages long. Two doors with hinges that aren’t very sturdy cover the two chambers that are located on the right side. The mini-HDMI output is on one, while the USB or A/V output is on the other.

In the space between them is an eyelet for the wrist strap, which also features a movable toggle that may be used on the touch screen in the event that your fingers are unable to do the necessary actions. Definitely fasten the strap to increase both your security and your convenience. The left side is completely empty, but for a small speaker. The battery box, card slot, and tripod mount are all combined on the underside of the device.


It is heartening to see camera makers incorporating wider-angle zoom capabilities into their portable digital cameras. Canon used a very wide equivalent of 24 millimeters for this shot, which enables it to take spectacular photos of buildings, as well as other objects, and it is capable of photographing the largest family gatherings. A highly comprehensive range for a small digital camera is provided by the 5x zoom, which may reach a maximum focal length of 120mm. Because the lens does not protrude very far from the body, it is less likely to sustain damage if it is subjected to a collision. During my experiments, I found myself enjoying the wider views, so although I occasionally had the sensation that I needed a greater zoom, such moments were very seldom.

One double-sided aspherical lens (containing one UA lens) and two single-sided aspherical lenses are included among the seven elements and six groups that make up the Canon lens (including one UA lens). When compared to the SD970 from the previous year, the lens on the Canon SD3500 features a faster aperture of f/2.8 as opposed to f/3.2. In principle, this should be helpful in situations with low light. The specification for the tele end is f/5.9.

There are no individual aperture changes, other than those performed by the camera via certain Scene modes; therefore, if you’re seeking that degree of control and you’re a lover of Canon cameras, the S90 and the G11 are better options for you to consider.

The Canon SD3500, to its credit, possesses optical image stabilization, which assists in the reduction of a blur. Because it also features a 9-point AF system, the camera is able to concentrate on the topics that should be in the foreground rather than on the objects that should be in the background. Touch AF allows you to zero in on a specific region of the picture just by tapping that point on the screen when you are in Program mode. This feature is included as part of the touchscreen technology that allows you to control the camera. You may use this to target a particular face when you are in Face Detection mode, or you can use it to target a particular region when you are not in Face Detection mode.


The Smart Auto, Program, and Movie settings may be selected via the mode switch located on the top of the camera. The Canon SD3500’s Smart Auto feature, which is analogous to other manufacturers’ iAuto, evaluates the scene that is in front of the camera and changes the settings accordingly. The system will select one of 22 alternatives, which is far more than what its competitors provide, based on the light and the topic.

It seemed to work out very well. Program mode is the next step up after Smart Auto, and although it does give you more options, you shouldn’t expect it to have the same level of fine-tuning as a DSLR. In this section, you can change the metering mode of the Canon SD3500 (Evaluative, Center-Weighted, or Spot), the exposure compensation (+/- 2 EV), the white balance (six different options, including custom), the sensitivity (ISO 80-1,600), the drive mode (single shot, continuous), as well as the resolution and compression. Once again, there are no settings for the aperture or the shutter speed.

When you go to the Program setting on the camera, you may choose from a variety of scene styles. Simply tapping the letter “P” will bring up a series of displays displaying your available choices. You have the option of selecting Portrait, Night Snapshot, Kids, Indoor, Smart Shutter (which activates Face Detection), Low Light, Color Accent, Color Swap, Fisheye, Miniature and Creative Light Effects, Beach, Foliage, Snow, Fireworks, and Long Shutter. You may also pick Long Shutter.

Fisheye, Miniature Effect, and Creative Light Effect are the only ones that are a little bit out of the ordinary, and we’ll go through how to use them in the “Shooting” part of this guide. As with some other digital cameras that we’ve reviewed recently, there is no setting that is specifically designed for macro photography. When you are taking close-ups, the camera will automatically use that setting and display the symbol for it in the Smart Auto mode.

The Canon SD3500 can record high-definition videos with a resolution of 1,280 by 720p using the MOV file format at 30 frames per second. The sound is only available in a single channel. A high-speed card with 4 gigabytes of storage can carry around 22 minutes of video at the greatest quality; however, you will need an 8-gigabyte card if you truly intend to go Hollywood.


The menus on Canon cameras have traditionally been fairly rational and straightforward, but there are still a few options that make users scratch their heads. This legacy is carried on with the Canon SD3500, however rather than using a four-way controller, you tap on the screen to make adjustments. Before I go into further detail, I’d want to draw your attention to an interesting aspect.

In the default setting, both the menus and the text associated with them have a blue-gray color combination. If you do not like this color scheme, you have the option of selecting accents in khaki, pink, or orange (I chose Orange). When you turn the camera on and select Smart Auto as the shooting mode, the resolution is 14.1 megapixels and the aspect ratio is 4:3.

The image is displayed in the middle of the screen, and to the left and right of it are a pair of icons. On the right side of the screen is an icon for Smart Auto, a self-timer, and the display, while on the left is an icon for the flash and the Function. The only function that can be altered is the resolution; the flash may either be on automatically or turned off entirely.

This is when one of the questions that make you scratch your head occurs. When you press Function, the symbol for the Menu will display on the right side of the screen. Why not have it shown on the homepage instead? Who anyone guesses what was going through their minds? You can activate the digital zoom (which is something I never do), the AF Point Zoom, the AF Assist Beam, the Flash (red-eye correction, red-eye flight), Blink Detection, grid lines, the icon layout, and you can turn the date stamp on or off. All of these options can be found under the Menu option.

Simply select the one that best suits your needs, and you will be set to go. When you initially turn on the camera, it instructs you to calibrate the screen by tapping various areas on the display that are marked with an x. This provides a better level of precision. I discovered that tapping with a nail rather than a fingertip was the most effective method.

When you go into Program mode, you will see the choices that were described in the modes section previously. Once more, when you press Function, the Menu button will display on the right. You now have the ability to make adjustments to the AF Frame (Face AiAF or a fixed frame, either tiny or normal), Servo AF, and i-Contrast, which keeps detail in areas of shadow.

Additionally, you have the option to select the type of picture stabilization (continuous, shoot only, panning). You won’t need to spend much time reading the Getting Started guide or the 180-page owner’s handbook that is included on the CD-ROM since brief text messages explain each setting.

When you switch to the Movie mode, you’ll be able to appreciate the full beauty of the Pure Color display thanks to the widescreen aspect ratio of 16:9. The images of the symbols are superimposed on the scene. The resolution, exposure compensation, My Colors, white balance, and focal range are some of the settings available. There are not many options available. In Movie mode, digital zoom is the only one that is usable; optical zoom is disabled.

Both the storage and the battery The Canon PowerShot SD3500 is one of the first cameras to support new SDXC memory cards, which have the capacity to store anything from 400 gigabytes to a whopping 2 terabytes of data. Additionally, it is compatible with the more mundane Secure Digital and SDHC media formats. If you want to record a significant amount of video, you should consider purchasing an SDHC card with a capacity of either 6 or 8 gigabytes rather than the more affordable 4 GB. Because the camera does not include any memory of its own, you will either need to purchase a memory card at the same time as the camera or use one of your existing cards.

Because I spent so much time playing about with the touch screen and figuring out what all it could do, the battery that came with the camera only allowed me to take about half as many pictures as it was rated for. Even if you limit your usage as much as possible, purchasing an additional battery is still a sensible investment, particularly if you want to travel.

Using the Canon SD3500 for the shooting.

Taking pictures with the Canon SD3500 is about as hassle-free as one could hope for, and it is just as easy to navigate the touchscreen menu as it is to do so. Because there are so few ways to modify a shot, all you need to do to finish up is frame your subject and press the shutter release button.

This is precisely what I did over the course of many weeks, and it included visiting one of the most picturesque cities anywhere, New Orleans. Surprisingly, this was done during the season of Lent, and not during Mardi Gras or a parade for the Super Bowl.

The camera was used most of the time in the Program mode, which utilizes the full 14.1-megapixel resolution; nevertheless, several images were captured using Smart Auto, which is the genuine aim-and-forget option. All of the functions with the exception of the digital zoom were activated, including grid lines, Continuous IS, Face/Blink Detection, and the majority of the others.

LCD touch screen

Before I get into the outcomes of my photography, let me tell you about my experience using the Canon SD3500, specifically the touch screen. Because there is no viewfinder, you are completely dependent on the LCD; we should all be that fortunate in other facets of our lives. I used it outside in the bright sunlight without encountering any issues at all.

The dark levels on the screen are comparable to those on some OLED panels that I’ve seen. It functions properly in any kind of lighting, and I never had any problems angling it to the point where I could see what I was focusing on. Playing back stills and films was a pleasure since it allowed you to inspect them in more detail while providing a more accurate representation of the colors that were really captured. It is a winner, as is the touch screen operation, which is up there with Sony’s most recent attempts and even exceeds it in certain circumstances. Both of these aspects make it a winner.

I spent a lot of time strolling about New Orleans and capturing pictures and videos along the Mississippi riverfront, as well as in the city’s cemeteries and other public spaces. The camera was able to swiftly lock on thanks to its 9-point autofocus mechanism, after which it began firing away. At wide-angle, the shutter lag is a decent 0.53 seconds, and at telephoto, it is 0.44 seconds.

When you prefocus, the delay time is cut down to an astounding 0.08 seconds. The time required to start up is around 2 seconds, which is about par for the course. I really enjoy photography at wide angles, and the 24mm setting worked really well for capturing images of historic structures and monuments, while the 120mm end of the lens gave me the opportunity to get some fantastic shots of the architectural details. At maximum resolution, the Canon SD3500 is not the speediest demon on the block; it is rated at 0.7 frames per second.

For those interested in sports photography, this one is not for you, but neither are the vast majority of pocket digital cameras; nonetheless, those interested in photographing static subjects will be more than satisfied. The Face Detection AiAF did an excellent job, which contributes to the excellent quality of the photographs of people.

In order to evaluate how well the camera performs, I always make a number of 8×10 prints with full bleed and do not post-process them. I also look at images at a magnification of over one hundred percent on the monitor and play them back (stills or video) on a 50-inch plasma screen connected to the HDMI port. The laboratory findings were reflected in my prints. When using telephoto and intermediate focal lengths, there were soft edges in the image.

The corners of wide-angle shots are also softer than normal, although this is due more to chromatic aberration than to genuine softness. At telephoto, chromatic aberration is not very noticeable, but it becomes more pronounced at wide-angle. When using the telephoto lens, there was no pincushion distortion, but when using the wide-angle lens, there was considerable barrel distortion. The very center of macro photographs has excellent sharpness, but as you go out from the center, chromatic aberration and softness begin to take control. Macro photographs are only sharp at the very center.

The printed results are unsatisfactory since, depending on the color of the objects, the Canon SD3500 produces both fine detail and extremely soft detail. This causes the maximum print size to be limited to 11×14 inches. (See our study of the image with cropping in the following paragraph.)

The flash on the Canon SD3500 is quite strong for its size; nevertheless, the camera must raise the ISO to 500 in order to get this decent exposure at the distances suggested by the manufacturer; as a result, image quality is diminished to some degree. Having said that, the quality of the printed output was fairly satisfactory, in particular for photographs of individuals.

The Canon SD3500 produced outstanding photos whenever there was a sufficient amount of sunlight. Unfortunately, even in low ISO photographs, there is a significant amount of noise reduction, which is likely caused by the 14-megapixel sensor.

The images of a floral arrangement that were taken indoors using the light that was available came out with beautiful colors, although there was evidence of digital artifacts. The yellowish hue was produced by the tungsten lights. Despite all of these problems, the print quality was satisfactory, and the optical image stabilization did a decent job of removing blur.

Scene modes

Even while I took the majority of my photographs using the Program and Smart Auto modes, I did make use of a few of the scene modes, such as Fisheye, Miniature Effects, and Creative Light Effects. The fisheye effect is entertaining because it warps straight lines, such as those found in trees and buildings.

The miniature effect is an odd one since it sharpens only the middle portion of your subject while blurring the top and bottom portions. It didn’t do anything for me, and neither did the Creative Light effects. Thank you very much, however, I’d much prefer taking photos with a beautiful wide-angle zoom lens. In addition, taking pictures in the dim light was not a problem at all. Even with the resolution down to 3.5 megapixels, there was a lot of noise in the picture of the candle in the dark.

In addition, because it is a point-and-shoot camera with 14.1 megapixels, it suffers very substantial noise issues at settings higher than ISO 400. The faster aperture of f/2.8 didn’t actually assist that much, if at all. It cannot even be compared to the f/2.0 aperture of the Canon S90 camera, which is paired with a bigger 10-megapixel image sensor.

Video Quality

The movie quality is good, but it cannot compare to that of a brand-new AVCHD camcorder. The fact that you can wander around taking pictures and then switch to video when the mood strikes is an added advantage. For example, this occurred while I was photographing a New Orleans paddle-wheeler or a street musician. The video appears quite smooth on a little computer screen, however, the image stabilization has a jerky appearance. It is unreasonable to expect my home television to display a blowup of 50 inches. The obstructions are fairly obvious.


The high-quality screen makes it a great pleasure to study your photographs, even if they weren’t correctly framed or if your subject occurred to move while you were taking them. The Canon SD3500 provides you with access to a variety of onboard editing functions and gives you the ability to evaluate your photographs in a variety of different ways. To “walk” through your pictures, all you have to do is touch the left or right side of the screen. This is the most fundamental control. You may also swipe the screen to move forward or backward through the content.

You may access a variety of index views by sliding the toggle that controls the amount of zoom. When you have a photo that you would want to study more carefully, you may press it to bring up a histogram and a number of the details associated with the shot. If you tap it once more, you’ll receive a zoomed-in view of a smaller portion so that you can check where the emphasis is. Within this magnified window, you may drag the image around with your finger to examine different parts of the picture (it zooms to detected faces by default, or else the main selected AF point).

You have access to options that allow you to rotate, protect, tag as favorites, and remove photos when you hit the Function icon located in the lower-left corner of the screen. The primary image is surrounded by four more images that are identical to the main one. This works really nicely on an HDTV with a large screen. In addition, the playback may be filtered according to date, category, or file type, a slideshow can be initiated, and individual photos can be designated for a certain category. After selecting the menu option, you will have access to a variety of editing capabilities, such as cropping and reducing the appearance of red-eye, and you will also be able to apply i-Contrast shadow processing to your photographs. Because the screen is of such high quality, you are able to carefully check your work. It’s a good time all around.

Active Display, another peculiar feature developed by Canon, is included in the Canon SD3500 camera. To move forward or backward, you need to tap the right side of the camera rather than tapping anywhere on the screen. You may swiftly go through your shots if you tilt them while pressing the left side of the screen at the same time. I don’t care if you call me “old-fashioned,” but I’d much rather just tap or swipe the screen itself than use any other method. Because this is not a ruggedized digital camera, if you use this method, you need to make sure the camera is fastened to your wrist with the strap so that it does not fall to the ground if it falls out of your hand.

Quality of the Image


The PowerShot SD3500 IS provided decent color generally, but with a slight oversaturation of strong tones such as reds, blues, and brilliant greens. The overall color quality was satisfactory. The precision of the hue is slightly higher than typical since shifts are just slightly noticeable. The color cyan advances in a very little direction toward blue, whereas the color yellow moves closer to green. While lighter skin tones seem just a little bit too warm, darker skin tones look about perfect, even if they have a hint of redness. However, on the whole, the results are satisfactory.


Noise and Detail: Although efforts to control noise are already obvious at ISO 80, detail is still rather good up to roughly ISO 200. At any given ISO, the chroma (color) noise is rather well controlled, but the luminance noise becomes increasingly noticeable. At an ISO of 1,600, detail is lost and replaced with a wash of color. See the section below titled “Printed outcomes” for further information on how this impacts prints.


Our testing, which was indicated by the manufacturer and can be seen on the right, reveals brilliant results at the recommended wide-angle distance of 11 feet, but with an increase in ISO to 500. The telephoto test produced satisfactory results even when carried out at the recommended distance of 6.6 feet (again ISO 500). As a result, the Canon SD3500 flash may be used effectively even at the maximum distances specified for it, despite the presence of significant picture noise. However, when it comes to the actual application, you should keep firmly inside those parameters.

By increasing the ISO to just 320 and utilizing a modest shutter speed of 1/15 of a second, the auto flash performed an excellent job of preserving some of the available ambient light in the scene. The result was a picture that was warmer than the one created by Auto Portrait Flash. The results are pleasing, but both the subject and the photographer will need to maintain a very motionless pose.

The Auto Portrait Flash mode employed ISO 200 and 1/60 of a second, which resulted in a picture that was underexposed and flatter, but had a greater potential to freeze motion. Images were captured on a steady tripod at a distance of around 5 feet (1.6 meters).

Incandescent: The setting for manual white balancing was the one that performed the best overall with the incandescent lighting in our home. It provided the most accurate white values. The auto-white balance setting also looked very fine, albeit it had a tint of red, but the incandescent option created a very strong pink cast.

Performance of the Canon SD3500 IS

Shutter lag

The delay in shutter actuation during full autofocus is acceptable, clocking in around 0.53 seconds at wide-angle and 0.44 seconds at maximum telephoto. The prefocus shutter lag is 0.080 seconds, which is not the quickest time available but is still rather fast.

Timing of the cycle

However, in single-shot mode, the camera only takes a picture once every 2.4 seconds, which is a somewhat sluggish cycle time. The continuous shooting rate in full resolution is rated as 0.7 frames per second by Canon for the SD3500.

Recycle the Flash

After a discharge of its maximum amount of power, the flash of the Canon PowerShot SD3500 IS takes a somewhat long 7.5 seconds to recycle.

Canon PowerShot SD3500 IS Specifications

Body typeCompact
Max resolution4320 x 3240
Other resolutions4320 x 2432, 3456 x 2592, 2592 x 1944, 2144 x 1608, 1600 x 1200, 640 x 480
Image ratio w:h4:3, 16:9
Effective pixels14 megapixels
Sensor photo detectors15 megapixels
Sensor size1/2.3″ (6.17 x 4.55 mm)
Sensor typeCCD
ProcessorDigic 4
ISOAuto, 80 ,100, 200, 400, 800, 1600
White balance presets5
Custom white balanceYes
Image stabilizationOptical
Uncompressed formatNo
JPEG quality levelsFine, Normal
Focal length (equiv.)24–120 mm
Optical zoom
Maximum apertureF2.8–5.9
AutofocusContrast Detect (sensor)SingleLive View
Digital zoomYes (4x)
Manual focusNo
Normal focus range50 cm (19.69″)
Macro focus range3 cm (1.18″)
Articulated LCDFixed
Screen size3.5″
Screen dots460,000
Touch screenYes
Live viewNo
Viewfinder typeNone
Minimum shutter speed15 sec
Maximum shutter speed1/3000 sec
Aperture priorityNo
Shutter priorityNo
Manual exposure modeNo
Subject / scene modesYes
Built-in flashYes
Flash range3.50 m
External flashNo
Flash modesAuto, On, Off, Red-eye, Fill-in, Slow Syncro
Continuous drive0.7 fps
Self-timerYes (2 sec or 10 sec, Custom)
Metering modesMultiCenter-weightedSpot
Exposure compensation±2 (at 1/3 EV steps)
Resolutions1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps)
Storage typesSD/SDHC/SDXC/MMC/MMCplus/MMCplus HC
USBUSB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
WirelessEye-Fi Connected
Environmentally sealedNo
BatteryBattery Pack
Battery descriptionLithium-Ion NB-6L battery & charger
Weight (inc. batteries)160 g (0.35 lb / 5.64 oz)
Dimensions99 x 56 x 22 mm (3.9 x 2.2 x 0.87″)
Orientation sensorYes


In spite of the fact that it has a few shortcomings, the Canon PowerShot SD3500 IS Digital ELPH creates an overall favorable impression. The screen is gorgeous, and the functionality of the touch screen is excellent. You won’t find yourself missing the traditional four-way controller or the center set key at all. The 5x focal length gives you a lot of flexibility, and the 24mm wide-angle option is very enjoyable. The optical image stabilization that comes standard on Canon cameras makes it much easier to take photographs that are clear and detailed.

The printed results are adequate for printing snapshots up to 11×14 inches in size; but, due to overly severe noise suppression, they do not climb to the level obtained by 12-megapixel cameras from Canon and other manufacturers. The photos I took with my Canon in decent lighting came out looking great, and the colors are quite rich. The images that were obtained in lesser light had some problems, as we pointed out, but the ones that were taken with the flash were extremely nice, especially the ones that had people.

The Canon SD3500 is a reasonably nice snapshot camera with an unusual interface; nonetheless, the overzealous noise suppression significantly lowers the output quality, making it unsuitable for enthusiasts. If, on the other hand, the only prints you ever make are 4×6 inches with a little cropping and you enjoy using a touchscreen interface, you can overlook the resolution and give the Canon SD3500 a try without worry.

Canon PowerShot SD3500 IS Price

Pros & Cons

Good For
  •  Touch Screen
  • 1/3000s High Shutter Speed
  • Large 3.50″ Screen
  • Image Stabilization
Need Improement
  • 24mm Wide Angle Lens
  • 160 g of Light Body Weight
  • Lens with a Fast 2.80 Aperture at Wide




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The Canon PowerShot SD3500 IS design has a sensor with a resolution of 14.1 megapixels as well as a 5x optical zoom lens with equivalent focal lengths ranging from 24-120mm. These focal lengths provide a range of shooting options from a generous wide-angle to...Canon PowerShot SD3500 IS Review
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