Reviews and Problems with Canon PowerShot SD3500 IS / IXUS 210 / IXY 10S
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Canon PowerShot SD3500 IS Review
Digital Camera Review
22 February 2011
Summary: Buying a digital camera is not as easy as it was in the early days of the digital imaging revolution, and that's good for consumers. Today's digital camera marketplace offers even more complex imaging products and shutterbugs of every stripe have more choices than they've ever had before, but sorting through the flood of imaging options available might give even the Dali Lama cause for frustration.
Pros: Easy to use, Very good pictures, HD video, Large 3.5-inch LCD
Cons: Touchscreen LCD is slow and imprecise in use, More expensive than most of its competition, Slight tendency toward over-exposure
Review of Canon PowerShot SD3500 IS Digital Elph Camera
5 July 2010
Summary: Canon was kind enough to send me over another digital camera for review, this one if the PowerShot SD3500 IS Digital Elph that is a bit unique in that the LCD on the back is actually a touch screen. On this camera there really aren’t many physical buttons or settings, everything is done via the touch screen and because of this it’s huge, taking up the entire back of the camera.
Pros: Small and compact, Simple and easy to use, Takes good pictures
Cons: Fingerprints all of the back screen, Optical zoom a bit blurry around the edges, Lag time between pictures
Excerpt: They keep getting smaller and, in the process, more and more intriguing: Canon’s latest Canon PowerShot SD3500IS (Canon IXUS 210 in some parts of the world) takes the story even further and adopts a touch screen interface. Optically, the camera is a winner: the lens is a stabilised 5x optical zoom, equivalent to a range of 24-120mm in 35 SLR-talk. Its maximum aperture of f2.8 is useful and will appeal to low light users.
Summary: Considering the IXUS 210 / PowerShot SD3500 IS is only the second touch-screen compact the company has produced, it feels like a very 'finished' product. If you have any qualms about having to rely solely on the screen to change settings and choose options, you can forget them; the
touch-screen on the Canon IXUS 210 / PowerShot SD3500 IS
works like a dream. About the only drawbacks are the fingerprints and smearing which you'll have to get used to.
Excerpt: The Canon IXUS 210 a touch controlled digital camera. It is a clear improvement on the previous model in this series. Almost all the functions are controlled through touch and the LCD screen is of a far higher quality. The screen is 3.5 inches in size. This large size gives plenty of room for fingers to make selections. Picture quality produced by the IXUS 210 compares well with other digital cameras with similar features.
Summary: Despite my anxieties about the touchscreen, the Canon IXUS 210 performed well.
It is slower to use than a model with conventional buttons, but given the point-and-shoot nature of compact cameras, most people won't change the settings from one shot to the next.
It produces excellent images that are perfect for the casual snapper, while the few manual exposure settings and the stylish design will also appeal to those who demand a little more.
Summary: The image quality from the Ixus 210 is so impressive that it can be recommended on that score alone. It’s a pity about the touch screen interface, which gives the impression of having been rushed to market half-baked. So we have a mixed bag. The modest specifications of the lens result in exceptional sharpness and detail. The image processing is as good as we have seen on a compact. So, on balance, it is highly recommended – unless you can wait for Mark 2.
Pros: The image quality is excellent with good resolution and preservation of detail. Against our comparison compact the Canon stands out for better pictures in every way. Even noise doesn’t seem to be a problem, in spite of the high pixel count. Macro mode is exceptionally good. If flowers and insects are your subjects you won’t be disappointed. And the camera is an elegant fashion accessory, even if no one in the Imaging family liked the pink!
Cons: The touch screen implementation, by comparison with the Samsung and Panasonic variants, is kludgy, slow and not at all intuitive. It feels and looks primitive. This is one area where Canon needs to get a Mark 2 out quickly to match the competition.