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Canon PowerShot SD3500IS 14.1 MP Digital Camera with 3.5-Inch Touch Panel LCD and 5x Ultra Wide Angle Optical Image Stabilized Zoom (Black)
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- 3.5-inch LCD with Touch Panel Technology; customization of touch screen icons and touch AF/AE
- 14.1-megapixel resolution for high-quality prints up to 16.5 x 23.4 inches
- 24mm ultra wide-angle lens; 5x Optical Zoom with Optical Image Stabilizer
- 720p HD movie shooting capability plus HDMI output
- Smart AUTO will intelligently selecting from 22 predefined settings; scene modes such as Miniature Effect and Fisheye Effect
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|Screen Size||3.5 in||3 in||3 in||3 in|
|Item Dimensions||3.9 x 0.87 x 2.2 in||6.3 x 5.7 x 2.3 in||2.51 x 1.41 x 4.32 in||6.3 x 5.5 x 2.2 in|
|Item Weight||5.6 ounces||—||0.54 lb||5.89 ounces|
|Optical Sensor Resolution||14.1 megapixels||20.2 megapixels||—||20 megapixels|
|Video Capture Resolution||1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps)||1080p||1280p||1080p|
|Viewfinder||None||fixed LCD||fixed LCD||electronic|
Media card slot for memory expansion compatible with SD/SDHC/SDX memory cards3 7/8" W x 2 3/16" H x 7/8" D Includes NB-6L rechargeable Li-Ion battery, AC adapter/charger, wrist strap, USB cable, AV cable and software CD
From the Manufacturer
Touch. It's always been the heart of communication. Simply put your finger to the brilliant 3.5-inch wide PureColor System Touch Panel LCD screen, and the versatile excellence of the Canon PowerShot SD3500 IS Digital ELPH is at your command. Naturally, a camera this smart and intuitive knows a few things about style. Color gleams, while smooth curves reveal a definite edge. Touch the future!
PowerShot SD3500IS Highlights
Next-generation 3.5-inch LCD with Touch Panel Technology
Just touch your finger to the huge 3.5-inch wide PureColor System LCD screen with Touch Panel Technology and the PowerShot SD3500 IS Digital ELPH responds--creating a fun, natural interface that's just the way you want to interact with technology now.
In addition, the PowerShot SD3500 IS Digital ELPH provides a natural, tactile method for viewing your photos: With Active Display technology, tapping the camera prompts images to playback, one after the other. Touch the screen when the camera is tilted, and the images will advance.
14.1-megapixel resolution will generate high quality 16.5 x 23.4-inch prints
With 14.1 megapixels, the PowerShot SD3500 IS Digital ELPH provides amazing image resolution, catching the truly exquisite details that will make your photography top-notch. The PowerShot SD3500 IS Digital ELPH is the very image of photography at its best, featuring megapixels that's among the highest resolution of the Digital ELPH series to capture every detail of the world around you.
There's never been a better time to think big, knowing that every enlargement will be sharper and more full-of-life than you've ever experienced before.
24mm ultra wide-angle lens, and 5x optical zoom with Optical Image Stabilizer
Despite its slim profile and small body, the PowerShot SD3500 IS Digital ELPH is equipped with a 5x optical zoom--no more sitting on the sidelines with the action too far away.
The lens is ultra wide-angle, with a focal length of 24mm. That puts more image in every shot for visual excitement and a high-end feel. And the best part? Even at the long end of the zoom, images are clear and steady thanks to Canon's Optical Image Stabilizer that controls camera shake.
720p HD movie shooting capability plus HDMI output
The PowerShot SD3500 IS Digital ELPH lets you record video in beautiful high definition (1280 x 720 pixels). The camera also makes it easy to enjoy HD movies (and still photos) on your HDTV with a mini-HDMI connector for direct connection to a high definition TV monitor.
You'll enjoy the HD experience with no degradation of image or audio in the signal, plus the ability to display up to 130 thumbnails at once.
Smart AUTO will do the work for you by intelligently selecting from 22 settings
Just set the Canon PowerShot SD3500 IS Digital ELPH to Smart AUTO and you're ready for maximum enjoyment from your picture taking every time. It's a relaxing and satisfying way to shoot because you can completely concentrate on your subject knowing that the camera has the technical details covered. Advanced Canon technology intelligently analyzes your situation and shooting conditions. Then it automatically selects an appropriate setting from specially defined settings. So whether you're photographing flowers, a captivating sunset, or your friends at the park, you can be confident that you're getting dramatic, memorable images. Even if your subject is moving, Canon's advanced detection technologies capture the action as it happens.
Advanced presets for the best possible photos under certain conditions. With 19 Shooting Modes, you're ready for whatever shot comes your way.
New scene modes such as Miniature Effect and Fisheye Effect
The Canon PowerShot SD3500 IS Digital ELPH offers creative effects similar to those once found only in professional lenses. Miniature Effect creates an illusion where very large objects appear in miniature. Turn soaring cityscapes into a scene in seemingly dollhouse-like proportions.
Fisheye Effect uses barrel distortion to warp the image around the center, giving a distinctive curvature effect to the photo. The curvilinear images produced by Fisheye Effect can suggest the curve of the Earth, the inside of a dome, or the image you see through the peephole of a door.
With an ISO of 400-6400, the Low Light mode takes the Canon PowerShot SD3500 IS Digital ELPH where no ELPH-Series has gone before: into the shadows! Now even scenes notorious for having insufficient light, such as those lit by candles, fire, or street lamp, come through in fantastic color and clarity, with less noise. You can keep the feel of the scene intact without adding additional light, so the result will be scenes with the visual accuracy, depth and clarity you expect from a Canon camera.
New Smart Shutter technology
Smart Shutter, which includes Smile Self-Timer, Wink Self-timer and Face Detection Self-timer, detects faces in the scene and releases the shutter automatically in response to the appearance of an additional face, or when a smile or sassy wink occurs. These technologies help to make your photography less rushed and more natural, so getting the perfect shot is even easier.
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The SD3500 *seems* to favor color quality and accuracy over sharpness. My SD630 seems to prefer sharpness at the expense of color quality. I did a fair test by setting both cameras' flashes off and doing a timed tripod shot of the same subject. The SD3500 produced noticeably sharper images, so my fears that the optics weren't there were allayed. I think if there is softness, it comes from image processing and not from the actual optics.
Auto mode is really, really good. I truly feel confident in leaving it in that mode as it seems to find its footing every time. And when the flash goes off, though I expect to see a whitewashed foreground and a darkened background, I get a very color-rich and white-balanced image. Again, auto mode really works.
Video quality was good, not great. I can get pretty clear 720p video, but it's nothing that will astound anyone. Zoom during shooting is definitely digital, so pre-optical zoom before shooting.
All of my testing tonight has been in low light, so that could also explain some lack of sharpness. Can't wait to try this in the sun.
The touch screen is responsive enough, though I find the photo swiping and pan scrolling gestures to be a bit slow and laggy. Other gestures and button presses work pretty well. Not iPhone quality UI, but not bad at all. Photos and videos look really great as the screen res is very high and colors are very saturated.
Build quality - well, Canon always does a great job. The SD3500 feels to me just a hair lighter than it looks, which is a good thing I think. I like the less gawdy design than some of Canon's other designs.
Is this camera better than the SD980? I honestly don't know as my upgrade isn't from that camera. I do know that I really like this camera.
- Seems to focus on color quality over sharpness
- Auto mode always produces good to great results
- Touch interface works great, overall, and the side tapping is useful
- Touch to focus, smile detector, blink detection, and all that stuff actually does work well.
- Image Stabilizer is not overdone, and still gives you responsiveness.
- The various shooting modes are fun to play with
- Great build quality
- Some aspects of the touch interface could be more responsive
- No optical zoom during video shooting
- No high frame rate video modes
- HDMI and USB doors are a little hard to get open
- Mini HDMI cable is not included. Cmon Canon, it's like $2 from Amazon.
- Well, er, seems to focus on color quality over sharpness.
I knew what to expect from this camera but with only a few slight improvements. It was the exact same cost as the model I had before (which thoroughly impressed me), so I had no problem switching it out for this one.
The full touch screen made two-handed menu navigation much easier to get through versus having to use buttons with the right and thumb on the left. basically you can safely hold the camera and use both thumbs (or even fingers depending on how you hold it) to use the screen. I dig the fluff features like tapping the side to navigate the photos and clicking (think iphone/ipod touch).
One piece that I will touch on here is the quality of the presets. While there are certain scene settings you would use for certain situations (snow fireworks, etc) they do not do a thorough or specific enough job explaining when you'd want to use this versus the "P" (program). The low light scene setting is the most disappointing. You can't simply flip it on and expect fantastic pictures as if you had a good natural light source. The flash is a default with this, so if you're trying to get something close-up in a darker setting, beware. Otherwise, the setting is OK with a flash, so long as you are not right up on the subject or trying to capture something reflective. I simply have personal presets that I picked out to avoid using the flash at all. Generally for low light settings, I opted to program my own so I can choose the ISO that fits it the best. Just know that the higher you set the ISO, the grainer you pictures will become. This is something that is a universal thing, not just specific to this camera. The same goes with digital zoom. This is a point/shoot camera so it DOES have limitations; I'm well aware of that, so if I need something i know it can't do, I just use my highzoom Fuji or DSLR NikonD3000.
You can't have a single camera that is going to be able to do everything perfectly. But I will say that unlike some other reviewers I found the quality that comes from this model in generalized scene settings or even auto is actually quite good compared to other cameras i've used over the years.
As for the HD video. I have to agree on that point. There was more that could have been done with it. But you know what? People forget this is a still-shot camera FIRST, and a VIDEO camera SECOND. Video recording is an feature, not a function. You will have less options and control with it. same goes for video cameras that take still shots. Often the MPs are lower, and the quality leaves a lot to be desired. The only exceptions are some of the DSLRs with video features, but smooth zooming is often a problem for most people with those. Solution? If you want great HD video recording, get a video camera. There's nothing easier than that.
Battery life is acceptable and about average compared to other model cameras, but if you plan on taking out for an entire day, I suggest picking up a second battery as a back-up. Being forced to use the LCD screen for everything drains the battery fast, but it does have an auto shut-off to conserve energy. While some people don't use it, i will would have liked to have had a view finder, however the lack of one in now way kept me from buying this camera.
Be weary of putting a screen protector on the back. Unless you get one from Canon meant for this model camera, or from an authorized Canon dealer, you can damage the screen. Having a screen protector can interfere with the touch-screen interface.
This isn't the Magic Hat of cameras. Everyone is going to have their own personal view on it and find things they love or hate. My suggestion is if you can find a retail store with a working display, go look at it in person first. That's the best way to judge if its going to suit your needs or not. Or if you know someone who happens to have one, even better. I've already gotten some beautiful 16x20 prints, and 18x24 is pretty good too (however at this size, you need to make sure your picture quality is top notch).
If you're using a high ISO setting, or a longer shutter speed, use a tripod- the slightest shake in your shake WILL blur/ghost the image; again, that is something that happens to all cameras. They sell a variety of smaller tripod (the grypton ones are fun and versatile).
Perhaps in the future these limitations will be eliminated, but that remains to be seen.
All in all, I knew what I was getting from this camera. The price is exceptionally reasonable considering all you get.
I'm not disappointed by any means, because I figured out very quickly how to manipulate the settings to get better picture than the scene settings could produce. It definitely suits my needs for this category of camera; I really just needed this guy to take around the town and on nights out, because who really wants to tote a DSLR with telephoto lenses or a clunky highzoom to a bar ;)