Pros I was so happy with this camera when I first purchased it. It takes great photos, has a great interface, and is sleek.
Cons broke easily, not covered by warranty
Summary After a few months, I traveled to visit my sister by plane. I kept my camera in carry-on luggage and stored it under the seat in front of me-- it was also in its carrying case. When I got to my sister's the touch screen was broken. Doesn't take photos. Completely broken, and Canon wants to charge me $150 to fix. I'm very disappointed! I called Canon to complain, saying that I'd let others know about the poor quality of the camera, and they offered 20% off the repair price. What a waste of money. Save yours and buy something that wont brake on you!
Pros Great pictures, touch screen, ease of use. My pictures have been in the good to excellent range in terms of focus, color and brightness. An improvement over my prior camera which yielded a host of out of focus shots, especially in dim conditions.
Cons So far, after less than a months use, the only con is the access doors for the exporting photos and videos, which seem flimsy and are hard to open. Also, I would have liked a bit more zoom.
Summary I was hesitant about getting any point and shoot camera because of the use of the screen rather than a viewfinder to compose photos. But I have had no problem adjusting, screen is large, bright and provides the ability to set the focus to a particular object. The touch screen makes it simple to use the various features and modes without having to memorize a complex menus system built around only a few controls. and review of photos is great. You can even do a slide show. I have found just using the Auto mode works great for 90% of normal photos At this writing I have not used the video feature, so I cannot comment on that feature.
Pros I bought the camera for its wide angle ability. The range, 24mm to about 105mm, is quite satisfactory. The touch screen makes menu searching easy. Color rendition is excellent. Video is easy and fun to use. Does well indoors using available light.
Cons Image quality not as sharp as the Panasonic ZS-7 or even my Kodak V550. The scene modes are disappointing. There is not a reliable substitute for the Kodak's "museum" mode. Time to write to the card seems excessive. Time between shots seems long.
Summary There are more pros than cons for the SD 3500. I'll be using it to shoot sunsets (no scene for that), art work in museums, room interiors. Pictures will go into newsletters and emails. Prints will rarely exceed 5" by 8". So, I do wish that Canon kept the pixels maxed at 10 megs, rather than 14+. I am an amateur photographer, so appreciate the auto mode and will use scenes if appropriate. The camera size and weight are ideal for every day use, 5.6 oz and about 3.9" long, another reason I chose this Canon. It's a very nice point and shoot for the true amateur. All in all the SD3500 is fun to use, but probably not the sharpest image catcher currently available.I used the SD3500 to take night shots at the local skate park just after dusk. The auto mode captured excellent but somewhat noisy pictures. The night shot mode took just plain noisy pictures.
Updated on Jun 23, 2010