Reviews and Problems with Canon PowerShot SD3500 IS / IXUS 210 / IXY 10S
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Digital Camera Review
22 February 2011
Summary: Canon’s SD series digicams are all about pocketable style and operational simplicity. These little cameras have been consistently popular with consumers since the first digital ELPH was introduced way back in 2000.
Pros: Large 3.5-inch LCD, Good image quality, HD 720p video
Cons: Expensive for class, Some overexposure, Touch LCD can be tricky
Summary: The Canon IXUS 210 exudes style and the combination of its wide lens and LCD screen makes for a cracking user experience, but the touchscreen can be unresponsive at time and overall image quality is only satisfactory.
Pros: Screen, wideangle lens, focus touch and tracking functionality
Cons: Mixed image quality, slight issues with responsiveness
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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...
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.
Conclusion: A well made and remarkably easy to use digital compact. Expensive for what it offers, though, and image quality is disappointing. A reasonable camera but lacking the cool Ixus styling of old.