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PowerShot A3500 IS

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MSRP: $159.99

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Built-in Wi-Fi® allows you to wirelessly transfer your images with ease to social networking sites through CANON iMAGE GATEWAY#, to a PC, or upload virtually anywhere on your iOS® or Android™ device* with the free download of the Canon Camera Connect app**

The PowerShot A3500 IS digital camera is the first A-Series PowerShot camera to be equipped with enhanced built-in Wi-Fi® for on-the-go convenience, making it quick and easy to share what you've recorded with friends, family and the whole world. The camera can connect directly to both iOS® and Android™ devices*, and upload images via the free Canon Camera Connect app** without a computer. Easily post your images to social networking and media sites - Facebook®, Twitter® and YouTube™ - through CANON iMAGE GATEWAY# or save them to the online photo album to share anytime, anywhere. Enhanced Wi-Fi® makes posting in real time possible, so you can keep everyone up to date with photos even as events unfold. Easily control the destination of your uploads to social networking sites; share with everyone, or send photos to selected groups. You can also add comments! Transfer images to other Wi-Fi® equipped PowerShot cameras, send images to your computer, or print your photos directly to a wireless PictBridge certified printer. Built-in Wi-Fi® on the PowerShot A3500 IS makes it easier than ever for you to express your creative flair, and share it with the entire world!

# One-time registration is required on CANON iMAGE GATEWAY online photo album.
* Compatible with iOS version 6.0/6.1 or later and Android devices version 2.3/4.0/4.1/4.2 or later. Data charges may apply.
** This software enables you to upload images to social network services. Before uploading images, please be aware that image files may contain privacy related information such as people and places. If necessary, please delete such information. Canon does not obtain, collect or use such images or any information included in such images through this software.

16.0 Megapixel sensor

With the camera's 16.0 Megapixels of resolution, your images are rich and clear, with textures and tiny details faithfully reproduced even at the long end of the 5x Optical Zoom. This high level of resolution is ideal for creating the largest prints, and allows you the flexibility to blow up and crop any section of an image to express your creativity. The DIGIC 4 Image Processor powers the camera's advanced systems and features, ensuring fast, reliable performance with low battery consumption.

DIGIC 4 Image Processor

Canon DIGIC Image Processors have set the standard for functionality and performance since their groundbreaking introduction in 1999. With each successive generation, DIGIC processors have brought elevated performance and powerful new features to PowerShot digital cameras. The DIGIC 4 Image Processor has ushered in a new level of picture quality and accelerated processing, making possible features such as high-speed continuous shooting, HD video and Face Detection Self-timer.

5x Optical Zoom with 28mm Wide-Angle lens delivers stunning images

The 5x Optical Zoom (35mm equivalent: 28-140mm) in the PowerShot A3500 IS delivers outstanding optical performance and versatility. It gives you a great range of potential images from a single location, which is perfect for sporting events and other occasions when your shooting stance is fixed, or times when moving in too close might disrupt the action you're trying to capture. The lens' 28mm wide-angle perspective puts more image in every frame for dynamic, exciting shots.

Smart AUTO

Photographers of all levels appreciate a camera - especially a go-anywhere compact digital - that takes the hassle out of capturing beautiful images. The PowerShot A3500 IS gives you Smart AUTO - sophisticated Canon technology that makes getting that great shot as simple as pressing the shutter button. Smart AUTO automatically detects scenes by assessing various factors in both the background and the subject. Detected scenes are analyzed using 32 predefined shooting situations. The camera then makes optimal settings to ensure the best possible image capture when shooting still images. Smart AUTO also includes Advanced Subject Detection, which allows the camera to detect and track non-human moving subjects like animals and vehicles. With Smart AUTO, all you have to do is frame your shot and capture away.

Shoot brilliant 720p HD video

Using the PowerShot A3500 IS digital camera, you can shoot high definition video anytime, anywhere. With a simple push of the dedicated movie button, you'll be able to instantly record every moment in motion. 720p HD video is smooth, vivid, and beautifully lifelike, making it an ideal way to capture special memories. In addition to being able to shoot 720p HD video at 25 frames per second, the PowerShot A3500 IS can also shoot 640 x 480 VGA video at 30* frames per second.

* Actual frame rate is 29.97 fps.

Dedicated movie button for easy video capture

It's never been easier to shoot videos with a PowerShot digital camera. To make shooting video as natural as snapping pictures, the PowerShot A3500 IS has a dedicated movie button. No need to plan ahead, no need to search through menus on the LCD screen; when you feel a moment would be best captured in 720p HD, simply press the button and recording begins. The camera is always ready to shoot stills or video whenever you want.

Intelligent IS automatically chooses from six different modes to optimize image stabilization for the shooting condition

It's easy to capture clear, steady images with the PowerShot A3500 IS, even in low light without using a tripod. That's because the camera is equipped with Canon's innovative Intelligent IS. The system analyzes camera movement and applies the best shake correction method for the shooting situation - allowing you to focus on framing and capturing your shot. For stills, the system automatically selects among Normal, Panning, Macro (Hybrid) and Tripod IS modes. When shooting video, the system automatically selects among Dynamic, Powered, Macro and Tripod IS modes.

Normal - Corrects for a wide range of camera movement when shooting stills.

Panning - Panning motion is detected so that IS does not interfere with desired camera movement.

Macro (Hybrid) - Corrects for shift-type camera shake, which typically occurs in macro (close-up) shooting.

Dynamic - Effective for video shooting at wide-angle focal lengths, eliminating the unwanted shaking that typically occurs while walking.

Powered - Compensates for hand movement when shooting video at the telephoto end of the zoom range, where camera shake is magnified.

Tripod - When tripod use is detected, the Image Stabilizer is stopped because it is not needed.

3.0-inch LCD Screen

Composing and checking your shots is easier with the PowerShot A3500 IS digital camera's clear 3.0-inch LCD screen (approximately 230,000 dots). The large screen is easily viewable from a wide angle, whether you're shooting, reviewing or showing off your images.

Shooting Modes

The PowerShot A3500 IS features Shooting Modes with fun, easy ways to give your shots a distinctly artistic feel without the need for any extra lenses and filters. Super Vivid heightens and saturates colors for eye-popping intensity. Poster Effect eliminates gradations between colors for an illustrative feel. Miniature Effect enhances perspective in a scene, blurring the top and bottom to make it look as if it were created with miniature models. You can also make a quirky portrait using the Fisheye Effect or add a beautiful single-tone effect with Monochrome. Toy Camera Effect simulates a vintage look as if capturing the photo using a "toy" or pinhole camera.

Smart AUTO - The camera automatically selects the best shooting settings for optimal quality based on subjects and environmental factors to provide point-and-shoot simplicity.

Program - The camera automatically and intelligently selects the aperture/shutter speed combination based on the shooting conditions.

Live View Control - Enables Brightness, Color, and Tone adjustments to your images using easy-to-understand controls.

Portrait - Brings the subject into focus while beautifully blurring the background.

Face Self-timer - The camera waits for a face to enter the frame before releasing the shutter.

Low Light - For high quality image capture in an amazing range of dimly lit situations.

Fisheye Effect - Now you can get the fisheye effect - a classic photographic distortion - without a fisheye lens.

Miniature Effect - Give images a miniature look with an effect that emphasizes perspective by blurring the top and bottom of the image.

Toy Camera Effect - Simulates photos taken with "toy" or pinhole cameras, darkening the image at the edges to create a vignette effect.

Monochrome - Choose from three single-tone effects: Black-and-White, Sepia, or Blue.

Super Vivid - Super Vivid intensifies existing hues, saturating the scene with bright colors.

Poster Effect - Poster Effect combines several similar shades into one color, turning subtle gradations into eye-catching, scene-popping contrasts.

Snow - Shoot clear snow scenes without darkened subjects or an unnatural bluish tint.

Fireworks - Create brilliant images of skyrocketing fireworks.

Long Shutter - Use to blur moving subjects for artistic effect, ideal for urban night photography.

Movie - Record video; unwanted scenes can be deleted in playback mode.

Actual results may vary from examples shown above.
Final image may vary depending on picture composition.

Help Button

The PowerShot A3500 IS digital camera is designed to be fun and easy to use, even for beginners. A Help Button on the camera's exterior brings up the help menu any time you need it, right on the LCD screen. From here, you can scroll through a variety of topics that answer your questions with clear explanations, offer helpful shooting advice, and show you diagrams highlighting the position of any buttons you'll need.



Compact digital camera with built-in flash, 5x Optical, 4x Digital, and 20x Combined Zoom


16.0 Megapixel, 1/2.3-inch CCD

Total Pixels

Approx. 16.6 Megapixels

Effective Pixels

Approx. 16.0 Megapixels

Focal Length

5.0 (W) - 25.0 (T) mm (35mm film equivalent: 28 (W) - 140 (T) mm)

Optical Zoom


Digital Zoom


Focusing Range

Normal: 1.2 in. (3cm) - infinity (W), 3.9 ft. (1.2m) - infinity (T)
Macro: 1.2 in. - 1.6 ft. (3 - 50cm) (W)

Autofocus System

TTL Autofocus

Optical Viewfinder

Not Available

LCD Monitor

3.0-inch TFT Color LCD with wide-viewing angle

LCD Pixels

Approx. 230,000 dots

LCD Coverage

Approx. 100%

Maximum Aperture

f/2.8 (W) - f/6.9 (T)

Shutter Speed

1 - 1/2000 sec.
15 - 1 sec. (Shooting in Long Shutter)


Auto, ISO 100 - ISO 1600 (ISO 6400 in Low Light mode)
1-step increments

Light Metering Method

Evaluative, Center-weighted average, Spot

Exposure Control Method

Still images: AE Lock, FE Lock, AF Lock

Exposure Compensation

±2 stops in 1/3-stop increments
(Not available when shooting movies)

White Balance Control

Auto, Daylight, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Fluorescent H, Custom

Built-in Flash

Auto, On, Slow Synchro, Off

Flash Range

1.6 - 9.8 ft. (W), 3.9 - 6.6 ft. (T) / 50cm - 3.0m (W), 1.2m - 2.0m (T)

Recycling Time

10 seconds or less (battery voltage: 3.7 V)

Flash Exposure Compensation

Not Available

Shooting Modes

Auto, P, Live View Control, Portrait, Face Self-timer, Low Light, Fisheye Effect, Miniature Effect, Toy Camera Effect, Monochrome, Super Vivid, Poster Effect, Snow, Fireworks, Long Shutter
Shooting movies is possible with the movie button

Photo Effects

Not Available

Self Timer

Off / 2 sec. / 10 sec. / Custom Timer*
* Delay time (0 - 15 sec. (in one-second increments), 20/25/30 sec.) and number of shots (1 - 10 shots (in one-shot increments)) can be specified.

Wireless Control

Not Available

Continuous Shooting

Approx. 0.8 shots/sec. (In P mode)
Approx. 2.9 shots/sec. (In Low Light mode)

Storage Media

SD Memory Card, SDHC Memory Card, SDXC Memory Card

File Format

Design rule for Camera File system, DPOF (Version 1.1) compatible

JPEG Compression Mode

Still Images: Exif 2.3 (JPEG)
Movies: MOV (Image data: H.264; Audio data: Linear PCM(monaural))

Number of Recording Pixels

Still Images:
[Large]: 4608 x 3456
[Medium 1]: 3264 x 2448
[Medium 2]: 1600 x 1200
[Small]: 640 x 480
[Wide]: 4608 x 2592
2304 x 1728 when in Low Light
HD 1280 x 720: 25 fps
640 x 480: 30 fps (29.97)
Miniature Effect HD 1280 x 720: 5 fps*1, 2.5 fps*1, 1.25 fps*1
Miniature Effect 640 x 480: 6 fps*2, 3 fps*2, 1.5 fps*2

*1 Playback frame rate is 25 fps
*2 Playback frame rate is 30 fps (29.97)

Image data

*When in Low Light• The approximate number of images recordable on memory cards other than the above can be calculated by using the above figures as a reference and extrapolating accordingly.

Movie data

*1 Playback frame rate is 25 fps.
*2 Playback frame rate is 30 fps*3.
*3 Actual frame rate is 29.97 fps.
•The approximate number of videos recordable on memory cards with memory capacities other than the above can be calculated by using the above figures as a reference and extrapolating accordingly.

Playback Modes File

Still Images and Movies:
Auto Rotate, Rotate, Search (Date, Movies, Still Images)Still Images:
Single, Index (4-100 Thumbnails), Magnification (Approx. 2x-10x), Information Display (Histogram, Overexposure Warning), Resume Playback, Transition, Red-Eye Correction, i-Contrast, Resize, Photobook Set-up Movies:
Normal Playback*1, Pause, Slow Motion, Skip Backward*2, Previous Frame*3, Next Frame*3, Skip Forward*2Displays playback position and shooting time *1 Audio settings available in 5 levels
*2 Approximately 4 seconds
*3 Rewind and Fast-forward are also available

Erase Modes

Single Image*, Erase All
The image data in the memory card stored with the design rule for camera file systems format can be erased (however, protected images cannot be erased).
* Movies can be erased individually.

Computer Interface

Hi-Speed USB (dedicated connector (female) with unified type of digital, audio and video)

Video Out

NTSC/PAL (dedicated connector (female) with unified type of digital, audio and video)

Audio Out

Monaural (dedicated connector (female) with unified type of digital, audio and video)


Memory card slot; direct connection to Canon SELPHY Compact Photo Printers, PIXMA Inkjet Photo Printers and PictBridge-compatible printers via camera's USB 2.0 Hi-Speed cable

Power Source

Rechargeable Lithium-ion Battery Pack NB-11L

Shooting Capacity

Normal: Approx. 200 shots
ECO Mode: Approx. 265 shots

Playback Time

Approx. 5 hours

Operating Temperature

32-104°F (0-40°C)

Operating Humidity


Dimensions (W x H x D)

3.85 x 2.20 x 0.78 in. / 97.7 x 56.0 x 19.8mm


Approx. 4.23 oz. / 120g (Body Only)
Approx. 4.76 oz. / 135g (CIPA Standard)Note: 30 display languages provided (English, German, French, Dutch, Danish, Finnish, Italian, Ukrainian, Malaysian, Indonesian, Norwegian, Swedish, Spanish, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, Korean, Russian, Portuguese, Hungarian, Polish, Czech, Greek, Turkish, Thai, Arabic, Romanian, Farsi, Hindi, Vietnamese, and Japanese)

All data are based on Canon's Standard Test Method. Subject to change without notice.

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