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Canon PowerShot SD3500 ISThe Canon PowerShot SD3500 IS offers up decent photos, touch-screen controls, and an ultrawide-angle lens, but that's pretty much where the excitement ends.
^M00:00:00 [ Music ] ^M00:00:03 >>Hi, I'm Josh Goldman, Senior Editor for CNET Reviews and this is a look at the Canon Powershot SD3500IS. It's the company's second ultra compact camera that features a touch screen display. This one has a large 3 and a half inch LCD with a higher resolution than usual. It also shoots it resolutions up to 14 megapixels and features an ultra wide angle 24 millimeter equivalent lens with a 5x optical zoom. Canon's first touch screen camera, the SD980IS, had a lot of physical controls, but the SD3500 is nearly entirely controlled by touch. You get the shutter release and zoom ring, power and playback buttons and a switch for shooting modes, but that's it. The interface looks great, though, and is fairly responsive. Shooting mode specific options are immediately accessible onscreen and their positions can be customized. However, changing the settings in the main menu doesn't always operate smoothly. When shooting, you can tap on your subject and the camera will focus and track what you tapped on. In playback, you can do things like, flip through your photos and tap to zoom in. You can also tap the top sides of the camera to advance slides one at a time. The SD3500IS is otherwise, pretty much a typical powershot. Shooting modes include a 720p HD movie mode. Canon's very reliable smart auto, programmed auto for more control over your results and several seeing modes and new creative modes, including miniature and fisheye effects. Shooting performance is on the slow side, so it's best suited for stationary subjects like portraits and landscapes and photo quality is, overall, very good and should be satisfied for most snap shooters. I'm Josh Goldman and that's the Canon Powershot SD3500IS.