Canon SD3500 IS

 
Canon PowerShot SD3500 IS front
 
  • 14MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3.5" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 80 - 1600
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 24-120mm (F2.8-5.9) lens
  • 160g - 99 x 56 x 22mm
  • Revealed February 2010
  • Also referred to as IXUS 210 / IXY 10S
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  • Alternatives
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Portability
95
Imaging
38
Features
31
Overall
35

Canon SD3500 IS overview

Canon SD3500 IS is Canon's Small Sensor Compact digital camera first released on February of 2010. The camera features a 14MP, CCD 1/2.3" size sensor with a maximum resolution of 4320 x 3240. The camera is also known as "IXUS 210 / IXY 10S" in some regions.

The SD3500 IS is positioned #116 out of 261 in Small Sensor Compact cameras & all around #937 out of 1428 for cameras in our collection. Remember to test our Smart camera finder to see camera listings based on your custom factors.

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Canon SD3500 IS history

The Canon SD3500 IS is part of a family of products. You can view the detailed list underneath.

ModelVisualizeLensResolutionSensor SizeReleased
Canon-PowerShot-SX740-HS front thumbnailCanon SX740 HS
SD3500 IS vs SX740 HS
24-960mm
F3.3-6.9
21MP1/2.3"2018
Canon-PowerShot-SX730-HS front thumbnailCanon SX730 HS
SD3500 IS vs SX730 HS
24-960mm
F3.3-6.9
20.3MP1/2.3"2017
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Canon-PowerShot-SX620-HS front thumbnailCanon SX620 HS
SD3500 IS vs SX620 HS
25-625mm
F3.2-6.6
20MP1/2.3"2016
Canon-PowerShot-SX720-HS front thumbnailCanon SX720 HS
SD3500 IS vs SX720 HS
24-960mm
F3.3-6.9
20.3MP1/2.3"2016
Canon-PowerShot-SX410-IS front thumbnailCanon SX410 IS
SD3500 IS vs SX410 IS
24-960mm
F3.5-5.6
20MP1/2.3"2015
Canon-PowerShot-SX710-HS front thumbnailCanon SX710 HS
SD3500 IS vs SX710 HS
25-750mm
F3.2-6.9
20MP1/2.3"2015
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Canon-PowerShot-SX610-HS front thumbnailCanon SX610 HS
SD3500 IS vs SX610 HS
25-450mm
F3.8-6.9
20MP1/2.3"2015
Canon-PowerShot-SX520-HS front thumbnailCanon SX520 HS
SD3500 IS vs SX520 HS
24-1008mm
F3.4-6.0
16MP1/2.3"2014
Canon-PowerShot-SX400-IS front thumbnailCanon SX400 IS
SD3500 IS vs SX400 IS
24-720mm
F3.4-5.8
16MP1/2.3"2014
Canon-PowerShot-SX700-HS front thumbnailCanon SX700 HS
SD3500 IS vs SX700 HS
25-750mm
F3.2-6.9
16MP1/2.3"2014
Canon-PowerShot-SX600-HS front thumbnailCanon SX600 HS
SD3500 IS vs SX600 HS
25-450mm
F3.8-6.9
16MP1/2.3"2014
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Canon-PowerShot-SX510-HS front thumbnailCanon SX510 HS
SD3500 IS vs SX510 HS
24-720mm
F3.4-5.8
12MP1/2.3"2013
Canon-PowerShot-SX170-IS front thumbnailCanon SX170 IS
SD3500 IS vs SX170 IS
28-448mm
F3.5-5.9
16MP1/2.3"2013
Canon-PowerShot-SX160-IS front thumbnailCanon SX160 IS
SD3500 IS vs SX160 IS
28-448mm
F3.5-5.9
16MP1/2.3"2013
Canon-PowerShot-SX270-HS front thumbnailCanon SX270 HS
SD3500 IS vs SX270 HS
25-500mm
F3.5-6.8
12MP1/2.3"2013
Canon-PowerShot-SX280-HS front thumbnailCanon SX280 HS
SD3500 IS vs SX280 HS
25-500mm
F3.5-6.8
12MP1/2.3"2013
Canon-PowerShot-SX500-IS front thumbnailCanon SX500 IS
SD3500 IS vs SX500 IS
24-720mm
F3.4-5.8
16MP1/2.3"2012
Canon-PowerShot-SX260-HS front thumbnailCanon SX260 HS
SD3500 IS vs SX260 HS
25-500mm
F3.5-6.8
12MP1/2.3"2012
Canon-PowerShot-SX150-IS front thumbnailCanon SX150 IS
SD3500 IS vs SX150 IS
28-336mm
F3.4-5.6
14MP1/2.3"2012
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Canon-PowerShot-SX240-HS front thumbnailCanon SX240 HS
SD3500 IS vs SX240 HS
25-500mm
F3.5-6.8
12MP1/2.3"2012
Canon-PowerShot-SX230-HS front thumbnailCanon SX230 HS
SD3500 IS vs SX230 HS
28-392mm
F3.1-5.9
12MP1/2.3"2011
Canon-PowerShot-SD4500-IS front thumbnailCanon SD4500 IS
SD3500 IS vs SD4500 IS
36-360mm
F3.4-5.6
10MP1/2.3"2011
Canon-SX220-HS front thumbnailCanon SX220 HS
SD3500 IS vs SX220 HS
28-392mm
F3.1-5.9
12MP1/2.3"2011
Canon-PowerShot-SX130-IS front thumbnailCanon SX130 IS
SD3500 IS vs SX130 IS
28-336mm
F3.4-5.6
12MP1/2.3"2010
Canon-PowerShot-SD4000-IS front thumbnailCanon SD4000 IS
SD3500 IS vs SD4000 IS
28-105mm
F2.0-5.3
10MP1/2.3"2010
Canon-PowerShot-SX210-IS front thumbnailCanon SX210 IS
SD3500 IS vs SX210 IS
28-392mm
F3.1-5.9
14MP1/2.3"2010
Canon-PowerShot-SD3500-IS front thumbnailCanon SD3500 IS24-120mm
F2.8-5.9
14MP1/2.3"2010
Canon-PowerShot-SD1300-IS front thumbnailCanon SD1300 IS
SD3500 IS vs SD1300 IS
28-112mm
F2.8-5.9
12MP1/2.3"2010
Canon-PowerShot-SD980-IS front thumbnailCanon SD980 IS
SD3500 IS vs SD980 IS
24-120mm
F2.8-5.9
12MP1/2.3"2009
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Canon-PowerShot-SX200-IS front thumbnailCanon SX200 IS
SD3500 IS vs SX200 IS
28-336mm
F3.4-5.3
12MP1/2.3"2009
Canon-PowerShot-SD970-IS front thumbnailCanon SD970 IS
SD3500 IS vs SD970 IS
37-185mm
F3.2-5.7
12MP1/2.3"2009
Canon-PowerShot-SD960-IS front thumbnailCanon SD960 IS
SD3500 IS vs SD960 IS
28-112mm
F2.8-5.8
12MP1/2.3"2009
Canon-PowerShot-SD1200-IS front thumbnailCanon SD1200 IS
SD3500 IS vs SD1200 IS
35-105mm
F2.8-4.9
10MP1/2.3"2009

Canon SD3500 IS Pros and Cons

Here is a checklist of positives and negatives of the Canon SD3500 IS based on criterias which are typically viewed as useful in a digital camera.

big screen (3.5 inch)
built-in flash
good zoom range (24-120mm 5.0 x zoom)
has HDMI port
has image stabilization (Optical)
megapixel count decent (14 megapixels)
really wide (24mm)
touchscreen functionality
very good min ISO (80)
doesn't feature selfie friendly screen
external flash not possible
lack of manual focus
lack of shutter priority mode
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
low resolution screen (460 k dot)
max fps very slow (1.0 fps)
missing headphone port
missing mic port
missing Time Lapse mode
no aperture priority
no articulating screen
no manual mode
no phase detect autofocus
no RAW files
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
sluggish at full zoom (f5.9)
sluggish maximum aperture (f2.8)
video quality not great (1280 x 720 pxls)
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Canon SD3500 IS Sensor features

The Canon SD3500 IS houses the Digic 4 chip. The sensor specification in the Canon SD3500 IS is 6.17mm x 4.55mm (1/2.3"). The 28 mm² sensor has the capability to resolve 4320 x 3240 pixels using aspect ratios of 4:3 and 16:9. The camera comes with Image Stabilization (Optical). Sensor stabilization is better than digital stabilization as the latter can lead to cropping.

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The CCD sensor has 14 megapixels and includes a standard ISO range of 80 - 1600. Sadly, RAW photos are not saved therefore you have less room to maneuver in post.

The image underneath illustrates the SD3500 IS's sensor size when compared to other popular sizes. The SD3500 IS sensor has a crop factor of 5.8 and is outlined in green.

Canon PowerShot SD3500 IS sensor size 400 Megapixel mode coming to Fujifilm GFX 100

To get an idea of specific aspect ratios, you can refer to the graphic below.

Camera sensor aspect ratios

Canon SD3500 IS dimensions

Canon SD3500 IS weighs in at 0.35 lbs (160g or 5.64 ounces) & has external dimensions of 99mm x 56mm x 22mm (3.9" x 2.2" x 0.9"). The weight of normal Small Sensor Compact camera is 174g so the Canon SD3500 IS is on par as compared to various rivals.

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Down below is a image of the Canon SD3500 IS next to a soft drink so you're able to get a feel for its size.

Canon PowerShot SD3500 IS dimensions scale

The top view just below will highlight the button design on the SD3500 IS.

Canon PowerShot SD3500 IS topview buttons dials

Canon SD3500 IS Lens features

The SD3500 IS comes with a built in lens offering a focal range of 24-120mm giving it a 5.0 x zoom which might not be significant however it will definitely be valuable in some scenarios.

At it's widest 24mm, the lens comes with an aperture of f2.8 and that is really sluggish and not good for low light circumstances and you will likely find it hard to get a shallow depth of field. You might also have to up your ISO setting giving you noisy shots. For the long end, 120mm comes with f5.9 making it quite sluggish and you might have to set slower shutter speeds.

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Canon SD3500 IS Connectivity

The SD3500 IS has the following connectivity:

  • USB Yes
  • Wireless Yes
  • HDMI Yes

Cameras that incorporate NFC and Bluetooth connectivity can easily be controlled wirelessly through smartphones. You will be able to copy files and at times adjust settings with no need to connect directly with the camera.

A few apps also enable a Liveview and click the shutter whenever you aren't close to the camera. If the camera contains a HDMI port, it could be attached to an external display. Virtually all cameras enable you to charge the battery with the USB port.

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Canon SD3500 IS Video features

The maximum video quality in the Canon SD3500 IS is 1280 x 720 and you can record in H.264 file format. 720p is low for today's standards. You should try to get at least 1080p quality for decent video. The body doesn't feature a microphone and headphone port which means that you have got absolutely no control over the audio. It is probably a better idea to shop for a different model if you require better audio for your videos.

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Canon SD3500 IS Weather Sealing

Canon SD3500 IS doesn't have weather proofing so rainy conditions can ruin the camera.

Canon SD3500 IS Screen and Viewfinder

The Canon SD3500 IS features a 3.5" fixed display having a resolution of 460k dots.

Additionally the display is touch friendly which means you can set focus points as well as change settings with your fingers.

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The ViewFinder specifications for Canon SD3500 IS are the following:

  • ViewFinder None

For sunny outdoor conditions that make the camera screens washed out and hard to see, viewfinders will be rather valuable.

Canon SD3500 IS Shutter features

Canon SD3500 IS continuous shooting rate is 1.0 fps. The maximum shutter speed is 1/3000 sec.

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Canon SD3500 IS Flash and Hot shoe features

Canon SD3500 IS comes with just built in flash without external flash ability.

Canon SD3500 IS Autofocus features

Canon SD3500 IS comes with only Contrast Detect Autofocus & does not have Phase Detect Autofocus. Phase Detection autofocusing is more faster and exact as compared to Contrast Detect autofocusing.

Canon SD3500 IS has no manual focus. Manual focus ability is good for low light occasions or you want to have more accurate control on depth of field.

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Canon SD3500 IS Battery life

The general Small Sensor Compact camera battery life is 241. Fujifilm X30 features the highest possible (470) battery life for this kind of cameras.

Underneath is a list of Small Sensor Compact cameras that have the best battery life:

Canon SD3500 IS for different forms of photography

The following bar chart gives a analysis of the Canon SD3500 IS for different forms of photography. To understand more, have a look at the specific section underneath.

Portrait photography with Canon SD3500 IS

The Canon SD3500 IS has a points tally of 29 which is dreadful, and means the camera is just not very good for portrait photos. Photographing portrait photos leans greatly towards sensor specs, support for RAW photos in addition to the capability to use external flash.

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good MP (14MP)
lack of manual focus
no manual mode
can't use external flash
small sensor size (1/2.3")
lacks RAW format

Canon SD3500 IS Street photography advice

Getting a average rating of 57, the Canon SD3500 IS is reasonably suitable for street photography. A good street photography camera comes with a good balance of picture quality and portability.

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image stabilization (Optical)
no moving screen
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW files

Canon SD3500 IS Sports photography highlights

A dreadful sports photography points total of 35 means the Canon SD3500 IS is just not very good for shooting sports. A camera must have fantastic focusing plus fast continuous shooting for sports photography.

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image stabilization (Optical)
MP count decent (14 megapixels)
max fps low (1.0 fps)
no shutter priority mode
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
lacks phase detect AF

Travel photography with Canon SD3500 IS

Size is super critical in selecting a travel camera. All round, the Canon SD3500 IS gets a nice 65 for a travelling camera which makes it a very decent option to buy for your travels.

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good resolution (14 megapixels)
has built in flash
quite wide (24mm)
no Timelapse mode
does not contain selfie friendly display
somewhat slow max aperture (f2.8)

Landscape photography with Canon SD3500 IS

For anybody who is planning to pick a digital camera for landscape photos, the most critical factor will no doubt be image quality. The Canon SD3500 IS at it's dreadful rating of 42 for a landscape camera is just not very good amongst its competition.

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really wide (24mm)
screen larger than average (3.5 inch)
has image stabilization (Optical)
sensor resolution is decent (14MP)
manual focus not available
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow max aperture (f2.8)
manual exposure not available
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
lack of RAW support
does not have Timelapse function

Canon SD3500 IS Vlogging factors

A camera for vlogging should posses a moving display, mic input and if possible image stabilization. Taking all things in to account, the Canon SD3500 IS is just not very good for vlogging as it delivers a dreadful rating of 31.

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rather wide (24mm)
has touchscreen
built in image stabilization (Optical)
slow max aperture (f2.8)
doesn't have a selfie friendly screen
low res video (1280 x 720 pixels)
missing microphone support

Canon SD3500 IS Alternatives

If you are searching for alternatives to the SD3500 IS, below is a number of the highest scored cameras which fall within the category of Small Sensor Compact.

The graph followed below gives you an overview of the SD3500 IS compared to it's highest scoring competitors listed earlier.

Following are several cameras you might look into as alternate options. To read a thorough comparison, simply click the "compare" link.

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Specifications

General Information
Brand
Canon
Model
Canon PowerShot SD3500 IS
Also referred to as
IXUS 210 / IXY 10S
Class
Small Sensor Compact
Revealed
2010-02-08
Body design
Compact
Sensor Information
Sensor type
CCD
Processor
Digic 4
Sensor size
1/2.3"
Sensor dimensions
6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor surface area
28.1mm²
Sensor resolution
14 megapixels
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio
4:3 and 16:9
Maximum resolution
4320 x 3240
RAW photos
Maximum native ISO
1600
Min native ISO
80
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Touch focus
Autofocus continuous
Single autofocus
Autofocus tracking
Autofocus selectice
Autofocus center weighted
Multi area autofocus
Live view autofocus
Face detection focus
Contract detection focus
Phase detection focus
Lens
Lens mount
fixed lens
Lens focal range
24-120mm (5.0x)
Max aperture
f/2.8-5.9
Macro focus range
3cm
Crop factor
5.8
Screen
Screen type
Fixed Type
Screen size
3.5 inch
Screen resolution
460k dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch friendly
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder
None
DXO scores
DXO All around score
not tested
DXO Color Depth score
not tested
DXO Dynamic range score
not tested
DXO Low light score
not tested
Features
Slowest shutter speed
15 secs
Maximum shutter speed
1/3000 secs
Continuous shooting speed
1.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Custom white balance
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash range
3.50 m
Flash modes
Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Fill-in, Slow Syncro
Hot shoe
AE bracketing
WB bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Video resolutions
1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps)
Maximum video resolution
1280x720
Video file format
H.264
Mic jack
Headphone jack
Connectivity
Wireless
Eye-Fi Connected
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS
None
Physical
Environment seal
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight
160g (0.35 lbs)
Physical dimensions
99 x 56 x 22mm (3.9" x 2.2" x 0.9")
Other
Battery model
NB-6L
Self timer
Yes (2 sec or 10 sec, Custom)
Time lapse recording
Type of storage
SD/SDHC/SDXC/MMC/MMCplus/MMCplus HC
Storage slots
One