The biggest selling point for Canon Powershot A3500 is its built- in Wi-Fi that enables the user to upload photos instantaneously onto social media platforms for friends and family to view.
Cognizant of the fact that this is a budget camera, it has a CCD sensor which has a resolution of 16 megapixels. Being a point- and- shoot camera, it does not produce stunning pictures but the details are adequate enough for casual photography courtesy of a DIGIC 4 image processor. For its image quality plus its specialized portability, you can stuff it in a bag when going on a trip or simply take it with you for a stroll in the outdoors.
With an optical zoom of 5x, you can only use it to good effect when you are in close quarters to your target. The equivalent range of this retractable lens is 28-140mm an attribute further amplified by the inclusion of image stabilization. Not unless you are doing professional photography, there is no need to have a really large camera with a long- barrel lens to boot. This is why we have compact cameras and you are about to find out why the PowerShot A3500 is a good bet.
Contrasting from the earlier model, the PowerShot A3400 IS, you can now use the optical zoom for video recording (Videos can be shot at a resolution of 720p). Naturally, it fits a little lower down the pecking order when compared to the Canon IXUS 170 that we have already reviewed here. But the difference is that the A3500 is a lot cheaper while still retailing the sleek look of a refined product.
Since you do not get a viewfinder on such an entry- level camera, you will rely on the 3- inch LCD monitor for locating and framing your shots. It is not a touch- sensitive panel but it sits next to plenty of physical controls that you can use for changing the settings and prompting actions. These include the preview, video- record, menu and help buttons. There is also a circular control with the usual four- way selections for making various adjustments including activating the flash, setting the Wi-Fi functions and prompting the eco mode which causes the camera to conserve energy. Normally, you would get 180 shots from the NB-11L battery that is provided. At the top of the camera is where, as expected, you will get the shutter release button encircled by the zoom control as well as an elongated on/ off button.
This is a fun camera to have and as a result there are exciting photography effects that you get. These include effects such as the fish-eye effect, Miniature, Super-vivid and Monochrome. While shooting normally, smart auto will get the settings just right for you depending on the scene you are using.
Inside the box, what you will see are the camera itself, the battery, a CB-2LF battery charger, a wrist wrap, a USB interface cable and a CD-ROM with the camera’s software to install on a computer.
|Device type||Compact Digital Camera|
|Dimensions (LxWxD)||97.7 x 56.0 x 19.8 mm|
|Sensor||16 MP, 4608 x 3456 pixels, CCD|
|Burst speed||Up to 0.8 fps|
|Zoom||5x optical zoom, 4x digital zoom|
|Screen size||3.0 inches, TFT LCD|
|Connectivity||Wi-Fi (2.4 GHz), USB 2.0 Hi-Speed, GPS (via mobile link),
A/V, SD, SDHC, SDXC
|Battery||NB-11L Li-Ion rechargeable, Up to 200 shots per charge|
|Others||DIGIC 4 image processor, 10x ZoomPlus, Lens-shift VR,