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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... by Review Summary ,  Jul 30, 2015

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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...
Report Date: 12/31/2015
Based on 135 customer reviews
Overall satisfaction: 4.1
Returned or considering to return: 6.7%

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Individual Feature Rating
Compact5.0   above average
Zoom4.7   above average
Size4.6   average
Light4.3   above average
Screen4.3   above average
Color4.2   average
Price4.2   below average
Photo4.0   below average
Video4.0   below average
Setting3.7   below average
Battery3.6   average
Image3.6   below average
Quality3.2   below average


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Battery

Battery:
")I searched the internet and it seems this battery case problem happened on some other canon cameras and models too."
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"i think this camera is just ok, it's my third and least favorite canona bit on the heavy side for its sizewhen reviewing pics, it has the annoying habit of not showing the full pic but a small version with highlighting of faces and technical informationthe touch screen is not so intuitive (like iphone); even after setting the touch motions, some of them rarely register, most often rather than doing a function the pics just advance as in a slideshow; the tilting noted above in the features for this camera never works for methis is my first canon that is experiencing erroneous low battery indication (one of my friends had the same problem on her camera), which can be very annoying."
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"The only negative point (for me) is the battery memory card cover!"
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"My CyberShot did not have as good a battery life as the Canon."
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"The only real downside I have for the camera is the battery sd card door is a bit flimsy feeling when not closed, but it hasn't given me any issues to date."
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"The touchscreen obviously has an effect on the battery, but the battery is still great, and this is after 3 years of use."
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"Movie feature works well for my uses and the battery life seems very long and the charging time is relatively short for the length of battery life."
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"Battery seems ok as well.."
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"The battery life is really good so I don't miss shots due to no battery."
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Color

Color:
"The only negative thing I can think of about it is that the screen is hard to see in direct sunlight, but that's true of any color screen."
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"I would not recommend it for incredible color."
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"The Kodak it replaced that was 5MP and six years old took great, sharp pictures with vivid color, so needless to say this Canon is going back."
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"It takes great pictures, I love the color accent feature."
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"For this price and quality I think this is a great little camera plus I love the pink color."
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"It takes great pictures and it has the best color and sound I've ever had in all my camera's."
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"I can't seem to get good pictures using the Color Swap and Color Accent modes, but I am sure I will get better at it after I tweek some things and play around a little more."
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Compact

Compact:
"I use it all the time and make videos, it's very compact and easy to carry."
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"the touchscreen rocks.. Picture and video quality is great as well.. A very compact and durable camera for sure.."
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"THIS CAMERA IS COMPACT, ADVANCED, BEAUTIFUL."
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"Let me first state the positive, the touch screen is brilliant as is the ease of use, compact design and solid build feel."
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"However I tend to agree with some of the other posts that the pictures are somewhat grainy not sharp (of course especially for indoor shots).I used to have an old Canon G9 which took great photos, but wanted something more compact and this camera was the perfect size."
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Image

Image:
"I'm not a photo expert by any means but I can tell the difference between a good photo and a bad one and unfortunately this camera just doesn't take good photos at all."
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"i think this camera is just ok, it's my third and least favorite canona bit on the heavy side for its sizewhen reviewing pics, it has the annoying habit of not showing the full pic but a small version with highlighting of faces and technical informationthe touch screen is not so intuitive (like iphone); even after setting the touch motions, some of them rarely register, most often rather than doing a function the pics just advance as in a slideshow; the tilting noted above in the features for this camera never works for methis is my first canon that is experiencing erroneous low battery indication (one of my friends had the same problem on her camera), which can be very annoying."
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"No big loss because that Kodak was barely adequate (slow, okay photo quality) & we had just downloaded pictures from it."
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"Unfortunately, even though this camera is 14 megapixels, the images from the Olympus look much better."
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"As the title states the only drawback is the image quality isn't up to par with Canon cameras."
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"This camera makes photography fun with it's clor swap mode, video or photo, and a good variety of effects on video or photo."
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"This camera though not quite the latest tech is an excellent camera which fits my wife's needs and is simple to use and produces excellent images It also does so in less than ideal lite conditions."
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"I read all the reviews and I should have taken note to the majority that said they get blurred pics but I just didn't think that was possible, because the other cameras were SO good."
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"I'm not a fancy camera person but I take tons of pics of my grand kids, beach outings, birthdays, family gatherings and I have always gotten great pics."
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Light

Light:
"I am very happy with this purchase - It is exactly what the desciption says - I bought this camera becaus the one I had did not perform well in low light - this camera takes great pictures in low light - outside or in - would recommend this anyone looking for a small, powerful camera - Canon got it right with this one! "
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"The low light scene setting is the most disappointing."
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"Also easy to work in low light because the screen is backlit."
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"Many do not realize the higher the numbers (specs) the less capabilities results in low light, as well as getting in the picture group shots or when capturing scenes."
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"I switched from sony dcs-t700 ( also touchscreen) and I'm so happy with my choice,this one takes great pictures in low light and has better image stabilisator"
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"The best I ever had for low light shots."
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"Light weight and good battery autonomy."
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Photo

Photo:
"I'm not a photo expert by any means but I can tell the difference between a good photo and a bad one and unfortunately this camera just doesn't take good photos at all."
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"The camera takes great photos so far, although I haven't really been able to get out and see what all its got."
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"What a disappointment, photos are mostly out of focus, pale and faded colors, especially indoors and pictures in low light conditions."
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"Just after purchase, I took the camera to China for a 6 week trip and was really disappointed that virtually none of the photos were crisp, no matter what settings I used."
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"I wanted to buy a camera that could not only take great photos but great video as well."
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"good photos!"
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"The photos come out great and the camera is easy to use."
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"Takes outstanding photos."
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"VERY HAPPY WITH THIS CAMERA,TAKES VERY DETAILED PHOTO'S AND THE VIDEO IS COOL TOO."
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"It has not been used excessively in that I take most of our photos with my Canon PowerShot A 590."
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Price

Price:
"THE PRICE FOR WHAT YOU GET IS HARD TO BEAT CAN'T WAIT TO TAKE THIS CAMERA ON A BACK-PACK TRIP, SEE WHAT IT CAN DO IN THE BACK COUNTRY"
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"I recieved this camera one day ago...I have many P&S all of them are less expensive but regarding the image quality,all of them better than this camera....I took few pictures under sun light and the image quality is not bad but not great...They are close to the kodak M340 which is one sixth the price of this one....The touch screen is very responsive,the design is good and it feels tough..These are the only advantages and why I gave it 2 stars...But...I expected a camera with short shutter lag and good flash and at least can take good pictures...But realy this camera disappointed me...The indoor pictures are BAD even using the flash which takes the whole life to load ,and on top of that long shutter lag..Pictures are noisy and you even don't want to look at them...I campared its pictures to the pictures of the Sony DSC-T500,Kodak M340,Kodak Z950 and Samsung TL225 and no comparison with the pictures of any of these....I tried all the settings hoping I'm wrong but all the indoor pictures were horrible."
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"Maybe my expectations were high...But this what you expect from canon and for this price...I hope I'm wrong but I don't think this camera worths $30."
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"This camera is very easy to use and takes great pictures and the price is reasonable."
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"A great camera and a great price."
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"5) Reasonable price $250."
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"Nice Camera and great price!"
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"For this price and quality I think this is a great little camera plus I love the pink color."
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Quality

Quality:
"No big loss because that Kodak was barely adequate (slow, okay photo quality) & we had just downloaded pictures from it."
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"Oh, and this camera's quality was unpredictable."
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"Seems like a step in the wrong direction of quality."
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"As the title states the only drawback is the image quality isn't up to par with Canon cameras."
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"after 5 months of using the SD3500IS i've concluded the picture quality on this model is complete junk compare to my SD870IS."
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"i hate to say this but this SD3500IS picture quality is so bad i have completely lost trust with any new canon SD camera."
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"I have my camera set to take the highest quality pictures, which means each one takes up a good amount of space."
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"the touchscreen rocks.. Picture and video quality is great as well.. A very compact and durable camera for sure.."
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"The quality of the pictures and videos are absolutely phenomenal."
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"No big loss because that Kodak was barely adequate (slow, okay photo quality) & we had just downloaded pictures from it."
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"Completely happy with this camera in regards to features and picture quality so have nothing to add to what other reviewers have said."
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Screen

Screen:
"This used camera that I recently bought at a teasonable price, replaced the same camera that I used a lot for four plus years, but unfortunately the screen cracked and it became unusable."
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"If the flash were faster I wouldn't even consider exchanging it (I could deal with the touch screen problem)."
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"The only negative thing I can think of about it is that the screen is hard to see in direct sunlight, but that's true of any color screen."
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"Unfortunately it fell down and broke the screen liquid crystal, so I decided to buy the SD3500."
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"One warning though - there's no viewfinder, and big screens can be hard to read in direct sunlight."
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"One warning though - there's no viewfinder, and big screens can be hard to read in direct sunlight."
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"I love this camera , small enough to travel with it but makes really nice clear pictures , has a touch screen too"
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"The screen is massive, and I love it."
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"Canon's settings screen are very intuitive and easy to navigate, much more so than the equivalent Nikon's."
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"Also easy to work in low light because the screen is backlit."
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"The touch screen is easy to use and keeps me from fumbling for the right button to change a setting."
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Setting

Setting:
"I tried to change the various settings and adjusted the camera in an attempt to capture a good night time picture, but the quality is a little less than to be desired."
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"The flash is a default with this, so if you're trying to get something close-up in a darker setting, beware."
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"The low light scene setting is the most disappointing."
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"I recieved this camera one day ago...I have many P&S all of them are less expensive but regarding the image quality,all of them better than this camera....I took few pictures under sun light and the image quality is not bad but not great...They are close to the kodak M340 which is one sixth the price of this one....The touch screen is very responsive,the design is good and it feels tough..These are the only advantages and why I gave it 2 stars...But...I expected a camera with short shutter lag and good flash and at least can take good pictures...But realy this camera disappointed me...The indoor pictures are BAD even using the flash which takes the whole life to load ,and on top of that long shutter lag..Pictures are noisy and you even don't want to look at them...I campared its pictures to the pictures of the Sony DSC-T500,Kodak M340,Kodak Z950 and Samsung TL225 and no comparison with the pictures of any of these....I tried all the settings hoping I'm wrong but all the indoor pictures were horrible."
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"Canon's settings screen are very intuitive and easy to navigate, much more so than the equivalent Nikon's."
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"With high pixel settings, pictures are sharp and clear on camera and on PC; others less satisfied may be using lower pixels or are just really, really picky."
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"Canon - fire the engineers that convinced you that eliminating the superfine setting was a good idea."
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"I've called and discussed with their tech service folks and it is definitely not that I have the settings wrong."
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"Some useless, but fun settings like creative light effects that will make points of light into heart star or other shapes."
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Size

Size:
"There was a small but noticeable minority that had problems but I ignored those reviews because I really wanted it."
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"I then got a bad feeling that the SD3500 was to disappoint due to its small sensor, because what I am looking for are low light capability and fast AF."
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"I love this camera , small enough to travel with it but makes really nice clear pictures , has a touch screen too"
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"After a lot of research this one has a great shutter speed for such a small camera."
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"2) 3.5 LCD 3) 14 mp 4) Good pocket size with reasonable features."
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"Translation: great for screen size, but very bulky for a clutch small purse or a woman's pocket."
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Video

Video:
"One drawback I find with the video is there is no way to use fades and wipes between scenes."
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"Only thing that I see isn't good is, zoom in out when taking snaps or a video."
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"The video quality was just okay and not great."
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"I wanted to buy a camera that could not only take great photos but great video as well."
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"The video quality is not fantastic, it's just ok. You really have to pay attention and make sure your focus is good before recording because otherwise it will be grainy."
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"This HD is not as good as fine or super fine movie recording in my opinion."
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"This camera makes photography fun with it's clor swap mode, video or photo, and a good variety of effects on video or photo."
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"I use it all the time and make videos, it's very compact and easy to carry."
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"Movie feature works well for my uses and the battery life seems very long and the charging time is relatively short for the length of battery life."
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"the touchscreen rocks.. Picture and video quality is great as well.. A very compact and durable camera for sure.."
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Zoom

Zoom:
"Only thing that I see isn't good is, zoom in out when taking snaps or a video."
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"The optical zoom is very good, and lets me get close ups of my little soccer player from across the field or take the wider shot."
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"The 5X optical zoom with additional digital zoom is good."
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"it does video adequately but does not zoom while photographing video."
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"It still takes great pictures, but I hardly use the full zoom because most of time it's blurry and the flipout LCD is only 2.5."
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