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Canon A3200 IS vs Canon A3500 IS

Portability
95
Imaging
37
Features
31
Overall
34
Canon PowerShot A3200 IS front
 
Canon PowerShot A3500 IS front
Portability
96
Imaging
40
Features
35
Overall
38

Canon A3200 IS vs Canon A3500 IS Key Specs

Canon A3200 IS
(Full Review)
  • 14MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 2.7" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 80 - 1600
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 28-140mm (F) lens
  • 149g - 95 x 57 x 24mm
  • Revealed January 2011
Canon A3500 IS
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 100 - 1600
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 28-140mm (F2.8-6.9) lens
  • 135g - 98 x 56 x 20mm
  • Revealed January 2013
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Canon A3200 IS vs Canon A3500 IS Overview

In this write-up, we are looking at the Canon A3200 IS versus Canon A3500 IS, both Small Sensor Compact digital cameras and both of them are manufactured by Canon. The sensor resolution of the A3200 IS (14MP) and the A3500 IS (16MP) is fairly well matched and they feature the same exact sensor size (1/2.3").

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The A3200 IS was introduced 24 months earlier than the A3500 IS making the cameras a generation apart from each other. Each of these cameras offer the identical body type (Compact).

Before going through a in-depth comparison, below is a quick overview of how the A3200 IS scores versus the A3500 IS with regards to portability, imaging, features and an overall rating.

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Reasons to pick Canon A3200 IS over the Canon A3500 IS

 A3200 IS A3500 IS 

Reasons to pick Canon A3500 IS over the Canon A3200 IS

 A3500 IS A3200 IS 
RevealedJanuary 2013January 2011Fresher by 24 months
Display sizing3"2.7"Larger display (+0.3")
Touch display Easily navigate

Common features in the Canon A3200 IS and Canon A3500 IS

 A3200 IS A3500 IS 
Focus manually No manual focusing
Display typeFixed Fixed Fixed display
Display resolution230k230kExact same display resolution
Selfie screen Neither includes selfie screen

Canon A3200 IS vs Canon A3500 IS Physical Comparison

If you're intending to carry your camera often, you'll have to factor its weight and measurements. The Canon A3200 IS features external measurements of 95mm x 57mm x 24mm (3.7" x 2.2" x 0.9") having a weight of 149 grams (0.33 lbs) and the Canon A3500 IS has proportions of 98mm x 56mm x 20mm (3.9" x 2.2" x 0.8") with a weight of 135 grams (0.30 lbs).

Take a look at the Canon A3200 IS versus Canon A3500 IS in the new Camera and Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Remember, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will change based on the lens you have attached during that time. The following is the front view sizing comparison of the A3200 IS vs the A3500 IS.

Canon A3200 IS vs Canon A3500 IS size comparison

Taking into consideration size and weight, the portability score of the A3200 IS and A3500 IS is 95 and 96 respectively.

Canon A3200 IS vs Canon A3500 IS top view buttons comparison

Canon A3200 IS vs Canon A3500 IS Sensor Comparison

Usually, it is very tough to imagine the contrast between sensor sizing merely by checking specifications. The visual underneath should provide you a more clear sense of the sensor measurements in the A3200 IS and A3500 IS.

Plainly, both cameras offer the same exact sensor sizing but different MP. You should anticipate the Canon A3500 IS to resolve more detail using its extra 2MP. Greater resolution can also make it easier to crop pics a little more aggressively. The older A3200 IS is going to be disadvantaged when it comes to sensor technology.

Canon A3200 IS vs Canon A3500 IS sensor size comparison

Canon A3200 IS vs Canon A3500 IS Screen and ViewFinder

Canon A3200 IS vs Canon A3500 IS Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Canon A3200 IS Portrait photography highlights
Canon A3500 IS Portrait photography highlights
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resolution is good (14MP)
comes with face detection focus
focusing manually not possible
manual exposure not possible
no external flash support
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW support
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decent megapixels (16 megapixels)
includes face detect autofocus
manual focus not available
no manual mode
cannot use external flash
sensor is small (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW format
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Street Comparison

Canon A3200 IS as a Street photography camera
Canon A3500 IS as a Street photography camera
57
built in image stabilization (Optical)
no moving screen
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW support
67
has image stabilization (Optical)
features touch focus
lighter than others in class (135 grams)
no moving screen
sensor is small (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW format
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Sports Comparison

Canon A3200 IS Sports photography factors
Canon A3500 IS Sports photography factors
39
built in image stabilization (Optical)
resolution is good (14 megapixels)
comes with tracking autofocus
slow frames per second (1.0 fps)
no shutter priority mode
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
doesn't have phase detect auto focus
38
has image stabilization (Optical)
decent megapixels (16 megapixels)
includes tracking focus
very slow continuous shooting (1.0 fps)
no shutter priority
sensor is small (1/2.3")
bad battery life (200 CIPA)
doesn't have phase detect autofocus
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Travel Comparison

Canon A3200 IS as a Travel photography camera
Canon A3500 IS as a Travel photography camera
72
resolution is good (14MP)
has built in flash
relatively wide (28mm)
very good max aperture (f)
missing Timelapse mode
doesn't contain selfie friendly display
68
lighter than others in class (135 grams)
features touch focus
decent megapixels (16MP)
built-in flash
really wide (28mm)
missing Time Lapse function
bad battery life (200 per charge)
screen is not selfie friendly
sluggish max aperture (f2.8)
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Landscape Comparison

Landscape photography with Canon A3200 IS
Landscape photography with Canon A3500 IS
42
relatively wide (28mm)
very good max aperture (f)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
resolution is good (14 megapixels)
focusing manually not possible
cannot swap lens (fixed lens mount)
tiny screen (2.7 inch)
manual exposure not possible
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW support
missing Timelapse mode
42
really wide (28mm)
nice screen size (3 inch)
has image stabilization (Optical)
decent megapixels (16MP)
manual focus not available
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
sluggish max aperture (f2.8)
no manual mode
sensor is small (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW format
bad battery life (200 per charge)
missing Time Lapse function
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Vlogging Comparison

Canon A3200 IS Vlogging features
Canon A3500 IS Vlogging features
34
relatively wide (28mm)
very good max aperture (f)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
comes with face detection focus
doesn't contain selfie friendly display
video res low (1280 x 720 pixels)
missing external microphone port
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really wide (28mm)
screen is touchscreen
has image stabilization (Optical)
includes face detect autofocus
lighter than others in class (135g)
sluggish max aperture (f2.8)
screen is not selfie friendly
video quality not great (1280 x 720 resolution)
missing mic socket
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Canon A3200 IS vs Canon A3500 IS Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Canon A3200 IS and Canon A3500 IS
 Canon PowerShot A3200 ISCanon PowerShot A3500 IS
General Information
Brand Canon Canon
Model type Canon PowerShot A3200 IS Canon PowerShot A3500 IS
Class Small Sensor Compact Small Sensor Compact
Revealed 2011-01-05 2013-01-07
Physical type Compact Compact
Sensor Information
Processor Chip DIGIC 4 with iSAPS technology DIGIC 4
Sensor type CCD CCD
Sensor size 1/2.3" 1/2.3"
Sensor dimensions 6.17 x 4.55mm 6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor area 28.1mm² 28.1mm²
Sensor resolution 14 megapixels 16 megapixels
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 4:3 and 16:9 4:3 and 16:9
Highest Possible resolution 4320 x 3240 4608 x 3456
Maximum native ISO 1600 1600
Lowest native ISO 80 100
RAW files
Autofocusing
Manual focusing
AF touch
Continuous AF
Single AF
AF tracking
Selective AF
Center weighted AF
AF multi area
AF live view
Face detection focusing
Contract detection focusing
Phase detection focusing
Total focus points 9 9
Lens
Lens mount type fixed lens fixed lens
Lens zoom range 28-140mm (5.0x) 28-140mm (5.0x)
Max aperture - f/2.8-6.9
Macro focusing range 3cm 3cm
Focal length multiplier 5.8 5.8
Screen
Type of screen Fixed Type Fixed Type
Screen diagonal 2.7 inch 3 inch
Screen resolution 230k dots 230k dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch function
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type None None
Features
Minimum shutter speed 15 seconds 15 seconds
Fastest shutter speed 1/1600 seconds 1/2000 seconds
Continuous shutter rate 1.0fps 1.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual mode
Set WB
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash distance 4.00 m 3.00 m
Flash settings Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync, Smart Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync
Hot shoe
Auto exposure bracketing
White balance bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment
Average
Spot
Partial
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Supported video resolutions 1280 x 720 (24 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps) 1280 x 720 (25 fps) 640 x 480 (30 fps)
Maximum video resolution 1280x720 1280x720
Video format H.264 H.264
Mic port
Headphone port
Connectivity
Wireless None Built-In
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None Optional
Physical
Environmental sealing
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 149 gr (0.33 lbs) 135 gr (0.30 lbs)
Dimensions 95 x 57 x 24mm (3.7" x 2.2" x 0.9") 98 x 56 x 20mm (3.9" x 2.2" x 0.8")
DXO scores
DXO Overall rating not tested not tested
DXO Color Depth rating not tested not tested
DXO Dynamic range rating not tested not tested
DXO Low light rating not tested not tested
Other
Battery life - 200 photos
Form of battery - Battery Pack
Battery ID NB-8L NB-11L
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec, Custom) Yes (2 or 10 sec, Custom)
Time lapse recording
Storage type SD/SDHC/SDXC/MMC/MMCplus/HCMMCplus SD/SDHC/SDXC
Card slots 1 1
Launch cost $230 $115