Canon PowerShot SD3500 (IXUS210) IS

Last Update (23 February’11):
– Review by DCR

Canon PowerShot SD3500 (aka IXUS 210) IS is 14.1 megapixels compact camera features 5x optical zoom (35mm equivalent: 24 – 120mm), 720p HD movie shooting capability plus HDMI output connector, New Smart Shutter technology, Smart AUTO will intelligently selecting from 22 predefined settings; scene modes such as Miniature Effect and Fisheye Effect and a 3.5-inch LCD with Touch Panel Technology; customization of touch screen icons and touch AF/AE.

Overall Rating: ★★★★☆ | Latest Price Info

Expert Reviews

Canon PowerShot SD3500 (IXUS 210) IS Reviews

DCR reviews the Canon PowerShot SD3500 (IXUS 210) IS and writes;
“ISO 800 images are noisy, but not as noisy as expected – they should be acceptable for e-mail, Facebook and 3×5 inch or 4×6 inch prints. ISO 1600 images are way too noisy to be useful for anything other than record shots.”
Rating: ★★★½☆

WDC reviews the Canon PowerShot SD3500 (IXUS 210) IS and writes;
“Image quality is mixed. Detail is generally good in the centre of the frame, and images are sharp, but close inspection shows sharpness to often be a little too harsh, creating unnaturally defined edges around more natural subjects. “
Rating: ★★★★☆

AmateurPhotographer reviews the Canon PowerShot SD3500 (IXUS 210) IS and writes;
“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. “
Rating: ★★★★☆

RegHardware reviews the Canon PowerShot SD3500 (IXUS 210) IS and writes;
“Canon has really embraced touchscreen technology this time and it shows. The Ixus 210 is a very easy camera to operate and is ideal for the point-and-shoot enthusiast who is glad to see the back of the usual cluster of navigation buttons “
Rating: ★★★★☆

PCAuthority reviews the Canon PowerShot SD3500 (IXUS 210) IS and writes;
“If you’re considering spending this much, we’d recommend either the Sony TX7 or Panasonic LX3 instead – two very different cameras, but both of them take better photos than this. “
Rating: ★★★½☆ reviews the Canon PowerShot SD3500 (IXUS 210) IS and writes;
“The Canon IXUS 210 looks good and handles well, but its picture quality is weak by any standards, let alone for a camera in this price bracket. It’s alright if you don’t blow the pictures up too much or zoom in too far, but you’d have to be pretty forgiving to put up with that “
Rating: ★★★½☆

ImagingResource reviews the Canon PowerShot SD3500 (IXUS 210) IS and writes;
“ISO 80 and 100 prints are usable at 13×19 inches.. Overall, the Canon SD3500 performs more like a 6-megapixel camera than what one would expect from 14 million pixels, while Canon’s 12-megapixel cameras from this year’s crop perform noticeably better. “
Rating: N/A

CNET reviews the Canon PowerShot SD3500 (IXUS 210) IS and writes;
“Photo quality is very good for its class, but it seems like Canon is starting to slip a bit in this area–at least on this model. Combine that with its slow performance and the lack of any really innovative features, and you end up with just a better-than-average touch-screen ultracompact camera. “
Rating: ★★★½☆

CameraLabs reviews the Canon PowerShot SD3500 (IXUS 210) IS and writes;
“The IXUS 210 / PowerShot SD3500 IS is a classy and capable mid-range compact, capable of producing high quality, high resolution images, but it’s main attraction is a responsive and functional touch-screen that not only works better than its physical counterparts, it’s a lot more fun. Recommended, but compare closely with the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX7. “
Rating: ★★★★☆

Steve’sDigicams reviews the Canon PowerShot SD3500 (IXUS 210) IS and writes;
“I am happy to recommend the SD3500. It is on the high end as far as price goes, but I believe that it will be money well spent. You will love the interactive touch screen and more importantly you will be happy with the image quality. “
Rating: N/A

PhotographyBlog reviews the Canon PowerShot SD3500 (IXUS 210) IS and writes;
“it produces images of above average quality…14 megapixel sensor recorded noise-free images at ISO 80 and 100, but there’s already some noise and slight colour desaturation at ISO 200. ISO 400 shows a little more noise and loss of colour, and ISO 800 and 1600 are even worse, with obvious loss of fine detail and further colour desaturation. “
Rating: ★★★★☆

PCAdvisor reviews the Canon PowerShot SD3500 (IXUS 210) IS and writes;
“If you’re in the market for a feature-rich camera that takes great video, then check out the Canon IXUS 210 IS Touch. You can pick up the IXUS 210 IS Touch digital camera for under £300 at a number of shops, which we think is a bargain.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

User Opinions

Canon PowerShot SD3500 (IXUS 210) IS User Reviews

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Great little camera [4/5]
“The SD3500 *seems* to favor color quality and accuracy over sharpness. My SD630 seems to prefer sharpness at the expense of color quality. I did a fair test by setting both cameras’ flashes off and doing a timed tripod shot of the same subject. The SD3500 produced noticeably sharper images, so my fears that the optics weren’t there were allayed. I think if there is softness, it comes from image processing and not from the actual optics. “ – by Kevin

Great camera, very compact, beautiful screen and HD recording! [5/5]
“Pros: 5x optical zoom, 3.5 inch screen, image stabilization (which seems to be standard now on most point and shoots), really good Auto mode (automatically detects the best out of 20 settings based on the current shooting conditions, save yourself the time of spinning a dial and trying to choose the best macro mode, just put it in auto and be convinced you picture will come out right), touch auto focus(touch what you want to focus on the screen and the camera will lock on the target even if you move the camera around), 24mm wide lens(everything fits in the screen). Cons: I’m not sure if this is really a con but with the screen being so big and the camera so compact your thumb will definitely get all over the right side of the screen because there is not much extra space on the right to hold it, so make sure you get a screen protector! At the time I write this review the camera has only been out for about a week so I have yet to find a website listing screen protectors for the SD3500IS. Summary: Great camera but you will want to be careful with the screen. “ – by Francis

Fun to and easy to use [5/5]
Pros: Very cool design, easy and fast to turn on, Big screen, easy to see while taking a shot and after to see if you got the shot. Touch screen user interface is nice and easy to use (once you get the hang of it), I like the image output, but I am not a pro, Tons and tons of options (see Cons)
Cons: Tons and tons of options, can be a bit overwhelming to someone like me, but the auto mode works very well, User interface could be a bit more consistent (but as it is a touch screen so perhaps Canon may upgrade the interface), A bit front heavy, by this I mean that if you set it down with the lens extended (and even when retracted) if does not take much for it to want to roll forward onto it’s lens. Other cameras may be like this as well, just be careful.
One last tiny thing, the box says the camera is black, but it looks more like a dark navy blue if you ask me.
Overall I am very pleased with this camera. “
– by Johnny


Canon PowerShot SD3500 (IXUS 210) IS Sample Photos

Canon PowerShot SD3500 (IXUS 210) IS Sample Photos @ RegHardware
Canon PowerShot SD3500 (IXUS 210) IS Sample Photos @ ImagingResource
Canon PowerShot SD3500 (IXUS 210) IS Sample Photos @ CNET
Canon PowerShot SD3500 (IXUS 210) IS Sample Photos @ CameraLabs
Canon PowerShot SD3500 (IXUS 210) IS Sample Photos @ Steve’sDigicams
Canon PowerShot SD3500 (IXUS 210) IS Sample Photos @ PhotographyBlog
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Canon PowerShot SD3500 (IXUS 210) IS Features

Next-generation 3.5-inch LCD with Touch Panel Technology
Just touch your finger to the huge 3.5-inch wide PureColor System LCD screen with Touch Panel Technology and the PowerShot SD3500 IS Digital ELPH responds–creating a fun, natural interface that’s just the way you want to interact with technology now. In addition, the PowerShot SD3500 IS Digital ELPH provides a natural, tactile method for viewing your photos: With Active Display technology, tapping the camera prompts images to playback, one after the other. Touch the screen when the camera is tilted, and the images will advance.

14.1-megapixel resolution will generate high quality 16.5 x 23.4-inch prints
With 14.1 megapixels, the PowerShot SD3500 IS Digital ELPH provides amazing image resolution, catching the truly exquisite details that will make your photography top-notch. The PowerShot SD3500 IS Digital ELPH is the very image of photography at its best, featuring megapixels that’s among the highest resolution of the Digital ELPH series to capture every detail of the world around you.

There’s never been a better time to think big, knowing that every enlargement will be sharper and more full-of-life than you’ve ever experienced before.

24mm ultra wide-angle lens, and 5x optical zoom with Optical Image Stabilizer
Despite its slim profile and small body, the PowerShot SD3500 IS Digital ELPH is equipped with a 5x optical zoom–no more sitting on the sidelines with the action too far away. The lens is ultra wide-angle, with a focal length of 24mm. That puts more image in every shot for visual excitement and a high-end feel. And the best part? Even at the long end of the zoom, images are clear and steady thanks to Canon’s Optical Image Stabilizer that controls camera shake.

720p HD movie shooting capability plus HDMI output
The PowerShot SD3500 IS Digital ELPH lets you record video in beautiful high definition (1280 x 720 pixels). The camera also makes it easy to enjoy HD movies (and still photos) on your HDTV with a mini-HDMI connector for direct connection to a high definition TV monitor. You’ll enjoy the HD experience with no degradation of image or audio in the signal, plus the ability to display up to 130 thumbnails at once.

Smart AUTO will do the work for you by intelligently selecting from 22 settings
Just set the Canon PowerShot SD3500 IS Digital ELPH to Smart AUTO and you’re ready for maximum enjoyment from your picture taking every time. It’s a relaxing and satisfying way to shoot because you can completely concentrate on your subject knowing that the camera has the technical details covered. Advanced Canon technology intelligently analyzes your situation and shooting conditions. Then it automatically selects an appropriate setting from specially defined settings. So whether you’re photographing flowers, a captivating sunset, or your friends at the park, you can be confident that you’re getting dramatic, memorable images. Even if your subject is moving, Canon’s advanced detection technologies capture the action as it happens.

Shooting Modes
Advanced presets for the best possible photos under certain conditions. With 19 Shooting Modes, you’re ready for whatever shot comes your way.

New scene modes such as Miniature Effect and Fisheye Effect
The Canon PowerShot SD3500 IS Digital ELPH offers creative effects similar to those once found only in professional lenses. Miniature Effect creates an illusion where very large objects appear in miniature. Turn soaring cityscapes into a scene in seemingly dollhouse-like proportions.

Fisheye Effect uses barrel distortion to warp the image around the center, giving a distinctive curvature effect to the photo. The curvilinear images produced by Fisheye Effect can suggest the curve of the Earth, the inside of a dome, or the image you see through the peephole of a door.

With an ISO of 400-6400, the Low Light mode takes the Canon PowerShot SD3500 IS Digital ELPH where no ELPH-Series has gone before: into the shadows! Now even scenes notorious for having insufficient light, such as those lit by candles, fire, or street lamp, come through in fantastic color and clarity, with less noise. You can keep the feel of the scene intact without adding additional light, so the result will be scenes with the visual accuracy, depth and clarity you expect from a Canon camera.

New Smart Shutter technology
Smart Shutter, which includes Smile Self-Timer, Wink Self-timer and Face Detection Self-timer, detects faces in the scene and releases the shutter automatically in response to the appearance of an additional face, or when a smile or sassy wink occurs. These technologies help to make your photography less rushed and more natural, so getting the perfect shot is even easier.

What’s in the Box

* PowerShot SD3500 IS Digital ELPH Body
* Lithium-ion Battery Pack NB-6L
* Battery Charger CB-2LY
* Wrist Strap WS-DC10
* Digital Camera Solution CD-ROM
* USB Interface Cable IFC-400PCU
* AV Cable AVC-DC400

2 Responses to “Canon PowerShot SD3500 (IXUS210) IS”

  1. zno3 says:

    Another alternatives for SLR?

  2. marisol says:

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