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The Canon PowerShot A3500 IS was announced in January 2013 and is a budget camera, with a 16 megapixel sensor and 5x optical zoom lens, as well as built-in Wi-Fi. It is available in black, silver and red and is priced at around £109.
There is a Smart Auto which automatically adjusts the camera settings, choosing from 32 variables. Other modes include fish-eye effect, super vivid, monochrome and miniature effect. The Live View Control mode where you can change picture settings such as brightness and colour intensity, while being able to preview the results.
The built-in Wi-Fi lets you connect the camera to your home network, compatible printers, PCs, smartphones and tablets for easy image sharing. You can also use the Wi-Fi to connect to your camera to your smartphone and use its GPS to geotag your images.
Videos are recorded in 720p HD with the Intelligent IS available to help keep you videos steady. You can also use the optical zoom during recording.
- 16 megapixel CCD sensor
- 5x optical zoom lens (35mm equiv: 28-140mm)
- Intelligent IS (Image Stabilisation)
- 3.0 inch 230k dot LCD screen
- Built-in Wi-Fi
- 720p HD video recording
- ISO 100-1600
- 3cm minimum focusing distance
- Smart Auto mode
- Available in black, silver and red
There is also a d-pad and func / set button. As well as navigating the menus, the d-pad gives access to the auto mode, flash, display and eco. The eco mode reduces battery consumption to allow you to take more pictures by turning the LCD screen off after a few seconds.
The rear of the A3500 is largely filled by the 3.0 inch screen, which has a 230k dot resolution, it isn't a particularly high resolution, but typical for cameras within the same price range. The screen is bright and clear to view in varying lighting conditions. The menu systems are well laid out, you press the function button to adjust shooting settings, with other options available via the menu button.
To use the Wi-Fi you need to enter playback and press the Wi-Fi button. The screen which appears shows you the varying options available, represented by symbols - not particularly easy to understand initially. Other than that, the Canon app is easy to use in order to download images and videos from the camera.
Battery life is rated at 200 shots according to CIPA test results, with the eco mode available to maximise battery life as much as possible. We took a number of shots to test the camera's responsiveness, from switch on to first photo, shot to shot, focusing speed etc. We take a number of shots and then use the average to ensure accurate and consistent tests, making it easy to compare with other cameras.
|Shutter Response||0.1 secs|
|Wide - Focus / Shutter Response||0.4 secs|
|Full zoom - Focus / Shutter Response||0.45 secs|
|Switch on Time to Taking a Photo||2.1 secs|
|Shot to Shot without Flash||3.0 secs|
|Shot to Shot with Flash||4.6 secs|
|Continuous Shooting||0.6 fps|
|Continuous Shooting - Flash||0.3 fps|
Continuous shooting records in full 16 megapixel resolution.
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Canon Powershot A3500 IS Sample Photos
Portrait | 1/60 sec | f/5.6 | 16.8 mm | ISO 160
Landscape | 1/320 sec | f/7.9 | 5.0 mm | ISO 200
Low Light | 1/10 sec | f/5.0 | 14.0 mm | ISO 800
Pet Portrait | 1/160 sec | f/5.0 | 14.4 mm | ISO 200
Sample Photos - Images are well exposed with good colour reproduction. Portraits are free of red-eye when using the flash but skin tones aren't great in either auto or portrait mode.
Canon Powershot A3500 IS Lens test images
Wide Angle | 1/1250 sec | f/2.8 | 5.0 mm | ISO 100
Full Optical Zoom | 1/400 sec | f/6.9 | 25.0 mm | ISO 100
Zoomplus | 1/320 sec | f/6.9 | 25.0 mm | ISO 100
Macro | 1/30 sec | f/2.8 | 5.0 mm | ISO 100
Lens Performance - Images have a reasonable amount of detail at both ends of lens, they are a little softer in the corners and purple fringing is evident, although there is a little in contrasting areas. The lens has a minimum focusing distance of 3cm which allows for decent macro shots.
Canon Powershot A3500 IS ISO test images
1/10 sec | f/5.0 | 14.0 mm | ISO 100
1/20 sec | f/5.0 | 14.0 mm | ISO 200
1/40 sec | f/5.0 | 14.0 mm | ISO 400
1/80 sec | f/5.0 | 14.0 mm | ISO 800
1/160 sec | f/5.0 | 14.0 mm | ISO 1600
ISO Noise Performance - Noise is low at ISO 100 and 200, at ISO 400 images are still sharp but there is detail lost in places. There is a little more detail lost at ISO 800 and images are a little soft. At ISO 1600 there isn't a lot of detail lost, but images have a blurred look to them.
Canon Powershot A3500 IS White-balance test images
AWB preset - incandescent lighting | 1/25 sec | f/3.2 | 6.2 mm | ISO 100
Incandescent preset - incandescent lighting | 1/20 sec | f/3.2 | 6.2 mm | ISO 100
AWB preset - fluorescent lighting | 0.3 sec | f/3.2 | 6.2 mm | ISO 100
Fluorescent preset - fluorescent lighting | 0.3 sec | f/3.2 | 6.2 mm | ISO 100
Fluorescent preset H - fluorescent lighting | 0.3 sec | f/3.2 | 6.2 mm | ISO 100
White Balance Performance - Under the incandescent lights the Auto White Balance (AWB) takes a picture with a slight colour cast, but the incandescent preset takes a much better picture. Under the fluorescent lights the AWB performs well, the fluorescent preset also performs well. There is a fluorescent preset H, images have a colour cast when using it under our fluorescent lights.
Canon Powershot A3500 IS Digital filters
Fisheye | 1/1250 sec | f/2.8 | 5.0 mm | ISO 100
Miniature Effect | 1/160 sec | f/6.9 | 25.0 mm | ISO 125
Monochrome | 1/1250 sec | f/2.8 | 5.0 mm | ISO 100
Poster Effect | 1/1250 sec | f/2.8 | 5.0 mm | ISO 100
Super Vivid | 1/1250 sec | f/2.8 | 5.0 mm | ISO 100
Toy Camera Effect | 1/1250 sec | f/2.8 | 5.0 mm | ISO 100
Digital Filters - In amongst the various shooting modes are some which allow for unusual and creative pictures, we've included a number of examples above.
Video - Below is a video recorded in 720p HD, quality is good and the Intelligent IS does a good job at keeping the videos steady. Optical zoom is available during recording, an example of which can be seen on the ePHOTOzine Youtube page.
Value For MoneyThe Canon PowerShot A3500 IS is priced around £104, making it one of the cheapest cameras available with Wi-Fi. The Samsung ST150F has a very similar specification, including Wi-Fi and costs around £94.
You'll also need to buy a memory card and a case or bag to keep your camera safe and protected - have a look at our complete guide to camera bags.
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Canon PowerShot A3500 IS ProsGood value for money
Well built body
Canon PowerShot A3500 IS ConsShort battery life
Skin tones aren't great in portrait mode
Image quality could be better
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Canon Powershot A3500 IS Specifications
|Max Aperture||f/2.8 - f/6.9|
|35mm equivalent||28mm - 140mm|
|CCD pixels||16Mp (Megapixels)|
|Sensor Size||1/2.3 inch|
|Sensor Size (width)||No Data|
|Sensor Size (height)||No Data|
|Screen resolution||230,000 dots|
|Shutter speeds shortest||1/2000sec|
|Shutter speeds longest||15sec|
|ISO sensitivity||100 - 1600|
|Optical Zoom with Video||Yes|
|Battery Type||Rechargeable Li-ion Battery NB-11L (battery and charger supplied)|
|Box Contents||No Data|