Canon PowerShot SD3500 IS

  • 14 MP
  • 5x f/2.8
  • 1/2" CCD
  • 3.5" LCD
Released February, 2010
Overall image quality is excellent, with very good detail and definition, good, bright colours and less CCD noise than competitive cameras.
by DPReview (Oct, 1999)

Conclusion Check out the Canon PowerShot SD3500 IS

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Features Key features of the Canon PowerShot SD3500 IS

Back view of Canon 10S / 210 IS / SD3500 IS
I got good results using the S10 combined with Enroute's QuickStitch (NOT the supplied panorama software: PowerStitch which was pretty poor).
by DPReview (Oct, 1999)

megapixels

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24.2 MP

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24.1 MP
30 MP
This gives the S10 good flexibility to shoot in low light situations or where higher shutter speeds are required, one side effect of increasing the "Gain" (and this is true of all consumer digicams) is an increase in visible CCD noise which can be seen in the three crops (blown up to 200%) below.
PowerShot SD3500 IS by DPReview (Oct, 1999)

sensor size

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Canon EOS 5D Mark II
Canon EOS 5D Mark III

wide angle lens

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Canon PowerShot SX50 HS
Macro mode - The macro mode on the S10 allows shooting up to 4.7" (12cm) from the camera.
PowerShot SD3500 IS by DPReview (Oct, 1999)
Additionally the S10 case featured a more metallic look, stronger construction and a brushed metal lens housing.
PowerShot SD3500 IS by DPReview (Oct, 1999)

aperture size

Canon PowerShot SD3500 IS
Canon PowerShot SX50 HS
AE Lock - To lock exposure settings (shutter speed and aperture) independently of the auto focus hold the shutter release half-down and press SET.
PowerShot SD3500 IS by DPReview (Oct, 1999)
Slow shutter takes long exposure shots by using a small aperture (larger F-number, greater depth of field) and allows the camera to take exposures up to 2 seconds in length.
PowerShot SD3500 IS by DPReview (Oct, 1999)

zoom range

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Control layout is good, with controls to all major functions available on the outside of the camera, easy access to flash mode, continuous / self-timer, macro, white balance, metering and exposure compensation.
PowerShot SD3500 IS by DPReview (Oct, 1999)
The internal flash of the Canon S10 is located to the left of the lens and produces fairly good results up close but has little power to light anything distant.
PowerShot SD3500 IS by DPReview (Oct, 1999)

body size

99 x 56 x 22 mm
152 x 116 x 76 mm
152 x 114 x 75 mm
Taking photos is a joy, the camera is fast and responsive, LCD is bright, clear and non-reflective (and about as big as you could expect in such a small camera).
PowerShot SD3500 IS by DPReview (Oct, 1999)
The S10 is an interesting progression from the A50 and may be an indication of Canon's approach to digital cameras, leaning on their expertise in making compact cameras and lens systems they're now well placed to churn out sophisticated pocket powerhouses (we have yet to see a successor to the Pro 70 or indeed a Pro digital SLR to rival Nikons D1).
PowerShot SD3500 IS by DPReview (Oct, 1999)
 

Performance Real world tests of Canon PowerShot SD3500 IS

shutter lag

Canon PowerShot SD3500 IS
Canon EOS 5D Mark III
Canon EOS 5D Mark II
The shutter release button feels good and it's easy to feel when you've reached the half-press auto-focus position.
PowerShot SD3500 IS by DPReview (Oct, 1999)

max continuous shooting

Continuous shooting - In continuous mode the camera can shoot at up to 1.7 images per second until the internal memory buffer is full.
PowerShot SD3500 IS by DPReview (Oct, 1999)
 

Our analysis How does it stack up against its top 10 competitors

pros

  • 3.5"
  • 1280 x 720 @ 30 fps
  • Fewer buttons, interact directly with menus
  • Optical
  • 0.38 fps
  • 22 mm
  • 160 g
  • 99 x 56 x 22 mm

cons

  • Feb, 2010
  • 5x
  • 0.7 fps
  • 1280 x 720 @ 30 fps
  • Less capability to adjust white balance and exposure
  • No automatic stitching
  • No automatic 3D
  • 14 MP
  • No automatic HDR
  • Lens capabilities are fixed
  • Lacks the ability to create slow motion video

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Editions Editions of the Canon 10S / 210 IS / SD3500 IS

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