As well as being compared against other compacts, the Canon PowerShot A3500 IS is also often compared to mirrorless, travel zooms, ultra compacts, entry-level DSLRs and super zooms. The Canon PowerShot A3500 IS's top rivals come from Sony (such as the Alpha ILC-3000 and the CyberShot DSC-W730) and Pentax (such as the Optio W80)

compared toCompact competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Canon A3500 IS compared to other compact competitors include: it has a slightly larger screen (3" vs 2.5"), is slightly smaller (super compact (98×56×20 mm) vs compact (95×62×30 mm)), has better image stabilization (sensor shift vs none), is newer (january 2013 vs august 2009) and is thinner (0.8" vs 1.2").

However, on average it doesn't have a touch screen and is not waterproof.

Pentax Optio W80

Pentax Optio W80
3 years older

Significant advantages of the W80 (vs the A3500 IS)

  • Better maximum light sensitivity: 6,400 ISO vs 1,600 ISO
  • Waterproof

Significant disadvantages of the W80 (vs the A3500 IS)

  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Sensor shift
  • Smaller screen: 2.5" vs 3"
  • Thicker: 1" vs 0.8"

common strengths of the W80 and A3500 IS

  • Each has a built-in flash
  • Fairly small: Compact (100×56×25 mm) vs Super compact (98×56×20 mm)
  • Very thin: 1" vs 0.8"

Canon PowerShot A3400 IS

Canon PowerShot A3400 IS
1 year older
$215

Significant advantages of the A3400 IS (vs the A3500 IS)

  • Has a touch screen
  • Better image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs
    1. Sensor shift

Significant disadvantages of the A3400 IS (vs the A3500 IS)

  • None found

common strengths of the A3400 IS and A3500 IS

  • Wide aperture: f/2.8 vs f/2.8
  • Each has a built-in flash
  • Fairly small: Super compact (95×56×21 mm) vs Super compact (98×56×20 mm)

Canon PowerShot SD980 IS

Canon PowerShot SD980 IS
3 years older

Significant advantages of the SD980 IS (vs the A3500 IS)

  • Significantly better wide angle: 24 mm vs 28 mm
  • Has a touch screen
  • Better image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs
    1. Sensor shift

Significant disadvantages of the SD980 IS (vs the A3500 IS)

  • None found

common strengths of the SD980 IS and A3500 IS

  • Wide aperture: f/2.8 vs f/2.8
  • Each has a built-in flash
  • Fairly small: Super compact (100×53×23 mm) vs Super compact (98×56×20 mm)

Canon PowerShot A1400

Canon PowerShot A1400
similar age
$260

Significant advantages of the A1400 (vs the A3500 IS)

  • Has a viewfinder: Tunnel vs None

Significant disadvantages of the A1400 (vs the A3500 IS)

  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Sensor shift
  • Significantly larger: Compact (95×62×30 mm) vs Super compact (98×56×20 mm)
  • Significantly shorter battery life: 150 shots vs 200 shots

common strengths of the A1400 and A3500 IS

  • Wide aperture: f/2.8 vs f/2.8
  • Each has a built-in flash
  • Thin: 1.2" vs 0.8"

Olympus D-545 Zoom

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8 years older

Significant advantages of the D-545 Zoom (vs the A3500 IS)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the D-545 Zoom (vs the A3500 IS)

  • Much worse wide angle: 38 mm vs 28 mm
  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Sensor shift
  • Much smaller screen: 1.8" vs 3"

common strengths of the D-545 Zoom and A3500 IS

  • Wide aperture: f/2.8 vs f/2.8
  • Each has a built-in flash

Nikon Coolpix S3500

Nikon Coolpix S3500
similar age
$196

Significant advantages of the S3500 (vs the A3500 IS)

  • Better image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs
    1. Sensor shift

Significant disadvantages of the S3500 (vs the A3500 IS)

  • None found

common strengths of the S3500 and A3500 IS

  • Each has a built-in flash
  • Fairly small: Super compact (97×58×21 mm) vs Super compact (98×56×20 mm)
  • Very thin: 0.8" vs 0.8"

compared toMirrorless interchangeable-lens competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Canon A3500 IS compared to mirrorless interchangeable-lens competitors include: it is thinner (0.8" vs 1.8") and is slightly lighter (135 g vs 285 g).

However, on average it records lower quality movies (720p @ 25fps vs 1080p @ 60fps), has a significantly lower resolution screen (230k dots vs 921k dots), doesn't have a viewfinder (none vs digital), has worse image stabilization (sensor shift vs lens) and takes significantly lower resolution photos (9.7 MP vs 24 MP).

Sony Alpha ILC-3000

Sony Alpha ILC-3000
7 months newer

Significant advantages of the ILC-3000 (vs the A3500 IS)

  • Better image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs
    1. Sensor shift
  • Supports 24p
  • Has a viewfinder: Digital vs None

Significant disadvantages of the ILC-3000 (vs the A3500 IS)

  • None found

common strengths of the ILC-3000 and A3500 IS

  • Fairly small: Compact (102×58×38 mm) vs Super compact (98×56×20 mm)
  • Light weight: 281 g vs 135 g
  • Thin: 1.5" vs 0.8"

Sony Alpha A6000

Sony Alpha A6000
1 year newer
$379 - $498 (body only)
$479 - $598 16-50mm lens

Significant advantages of the A6000 (vs the A3500 IS)

  • Better image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs
    1. Sensor shift
  • Much higher resolution screen: 921k dots vs 230k dots
  • Supports 24p

Significant disadvantages of the A6000 (vs the A3500 IS)

  • Significantly thicker: 1.8" vs 0.8"

common strengths of the A6000 and A3500 IS

  • Fairly small: Mid size (120×67×45 mm) vs Super compact (98×56×20 mm)
  • Light weight: 285 g vs 135 g
  • Thin: 1.8" vs 0.8"

compared toTravel zoom competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Canon A3500 IS compared to travel zoom competitors include: it has a slightly wider aperture (f/2.8 vs f/3.6), is slightly smaller (super compact (98×56×20 mm) vs compact (104×59×33 mm)) and is thinner (0.8" vs 1.3").

However, on average it has a slightly narrower wide angle lens (28 mm vs 25 mm), has a CCD-family sensor (CCD vs CMOS) and is slightly more expensive ($276.90 vs $134.47).

Sony CyberShot DSC-W730

Sony CyberShot DSC-W730
similar age
$138

Significant advantages of the DSC-W730 (vs the A3500 IS)

  • Significantly better wide angle: 25 mm vs 28 mm
  • Better image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs
    1. Sensor shift

Significant disadvantages of the DSC-W730 (vs the A3500 IS)

  • None found

common strengths of the DSC-W730 and A3500 IS

  • Very small: Super compact (93×52×23 mm) vs Super compact (98×56×20 mm)
  • Very thin: 0.9" vs 0.8"
  • Very light: 122 g vs 135 g

Fujifilm FinePix F305EXR

Fujifilm FinePix F305EXR
2 years older

Significant advantages of the F305EXR (vs the A3500 IS)

  • Significantly better wide angle: 24 mm vs 28 mm

Significant disadvantages of the F305EXR (vs the A3500 IS)

  • Significantly larger: Compact (104×59×33 mm) vs Super compact (98×56×20 mm)
  • Much thicker: 1.3" vs 0.8"
  • Significantly heavier: 215 g vs 135 g

common strengths of the F305EXR and A3500 IS

  • Very small: Compact (104×59×33 mm) vs Super compact (98×56×20 mm)
  • Very thin: 1.3" vs 0.8"
  • Very light: 215 g vs 135 g

Canon PowerShot ELPH 160

Canon PowerShot ELPH 160
2 years newer
$134

Significant advantages of the ELPH 160 (vs the A3500 IS)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the ELPH 160 (vs the A3500 IS)

  • Worse image stabilization:
    1. Digital
    vs
    1. Sensor shift

common strengths of the ELPH 160 and A3500 IS

  • Very small: Super compact (95×54×22 mm) vs Super compact (98×56×20 mm)
  • Very thin: 0.9" vs 0.8"
  • Very light: 127 g vs 135 g

Canon PowerShot ELPH 340 HS

Canon PowerShot ELPH 340 HS
1 year newer

Significant advantages of the 340 HS (vs the A3500 IS)

  • Significantly better wide angle: 25 mm vs 28 mm
  • Has a CMOS-family sensor: CMOS vs CCD
  • Better image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs
    1. Sensor shift

Significant disadvantages of the 340 HS (vs the A3500 IS)

  • Narrower aperture: f/3.6 vs f/2.8

common strengths of the 340 HS and A3500 IS

  • Very small: Compact (100×58×22 mm) vs Super compact (98×56×20 mm)
  • Very thin: 0.9" vs 0.8"
  • Very light: 147 g vs 135 g

compared toUltra compact competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Canon A3500 IS compared to ultra compact competitors include: it has a much wider wide angle lens (28 mm vs 38 mm), has a slightly larger screen (3" vs 2.5"), has better image stabilization (sensor shift vs none), is newer (january 2013 vs february 2007) and has a faster max shutter speed (1/2000 of a second vs 1/1200 of a second).

However, on average it is thicker (0.8" vs 0.7") and doesn't have a viewfinder (none vs tunnel).

Olympus FE-230

Olympus FE-230
6 years older

Significant advantages of the FE-230 (vs the A3500 IS)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the FE-230 (vs the A3500 IS)

  • None found

common strengths of the FE-230 and A3500 IS

  • None found

Kodak EasyShare M590

Kodak EasyShare M590
2 years older
$120

Significant advantages of the M590 (vs the A3500 IS)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the M590 (vs the A3500 IS)

  • None found

common strengths of the M590 and A3500 IS

  • None found

Canon PowerShot SD1000

Canon PowerShot SD1000
5 years older
$670

Significant advantages of the SD1000 (vs the A3500 IS)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the SD1000 (vs the A3500 IS)

  • None found

common strengths of the SD1000 and A3500 IS

  • None found

compared toEntry-level DSLR competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Canon A3500 IS compared to entry-level DSLR competitors include: it has a significantly larger screen (3" vs 2.7"), has better image stabilization (sensor shift vs none), is newer (january 2013 vs february 2011), is much smaller (super compact (98×56×20 mm) vs professional size (133×100×80 mm)) and is thinner (0.8" vs 3.1").

However, on average it records lower quality movies (720p @ 25fps vs 1080p @ 30fps), has a much lower resolution screen (230k dots vs 1,040k dots), takes much lower resolution photos (9.7 MP vs 20.1 MP), doesn't record movies in 24p and doesn't have a screen which flips out.

Canon Rebel T3i

Canon Rebel T3i
1 year older

Significant advantages of the T3i (vs the A3500 IS)

  • Much higher true resolution: 17.9 MP vs 9.7 MP
  • Much higher resolution screen: 1,040k dots vs 230k dots
  • Has a viewfinder: Pentamirror vs None

Significant disadvantages of the T3i (vs the A3500 IS)

  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Sensor shift
  • Much larger: Professional size (133×100×80 mm) vs Super compact (98×56×20 mm)
  • Much thicker: 3.1" vs 0.8"

common strengths of the T3i and A3500 IS

  • None found

Sony SLT A58

Sony SLT A58
similar age
$330 (body only)

Significant advantages of the SLT A58 (vs the A3500 IS)

  • Much higher true resolution: 20.1 MP vs 9.7 MP
  • Has a viewfinder: Digital vs None
  • Much higher resolution screen: 460k dots vs 230k dots

Significant disadvantages of the SLT A58 (vs the A3500 IS)

  • Much smaller screen: 2.7" vs 3"
  • Much larger: Prosumer size (129×95×78 mm) vs Super compact (98×56×20 mm)
  • Much thicker: 3.1" vs 0.8"

common strengths of the SLT A58 and A3500 IS

  • Inexpensive: $329.99 vs $276.90

compared toSuper zoom competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Canon A3500 IS compared to super zoom competitors include: it has a slightly wider aperture (f/2.8 vs f/3.5), is significantly smaller (super compact (98×56×20 mm) vs professional size (130×93×103 mm)), is thinner (0.8" vs 4.8") and is significantly lighter (135 g vs 590 g).

However, on average it has a significantly narrower wide angle lens (28 mm vs 24 mm), has a significantly lower resolution screen (230k dots vs 921k dots), has worse image stabilization (sensor shift vs lens), doesn't have a screen which flips out and has a CCD-family sensor (CCD vs CMOS).

Canon PowerShot SX410 IS

Canon PowerShot SX410 IS
2 years newer
$199

Significant advantages of the SX410 IS (vs the A3500 IS)

  • Significantly better wide angle: 24 mm vs 28 mm
  • Better image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs
    1. Sensor shift
  • Significantly faster max shutter speed: 1/4000 of a second vs 1/2000 of a second

Significant disadvantages of the SX410 IS (vs the A3500 IS)

  • Significantly narrower aperture: f/3.5 vs f/2.8
  • Significantly thicker: 3.3" vs 0.8"

common strengths of the SX410 IS and A3500 IS

  • Very small: Standard size (104×69×85 mm) vs Super compact (98×56×20 mm)
  • Very light: 325 g vs 135 g
  • Thin: 3.3" vs 0.8"

Sony CyberShot DSC-H300

Sony CyberShot DSC-H300
1 year newer
$140 - $178

Significant advantages of the DSC-H300 (vs the A3500 IS)

  • Significantly better wide angle: 25 mm vs 28 mm
  • Much longer battery life: 350 shots vs 200 shots
  • Higher resolution screen: 460k dots vs 230k dots

Significant disadvantages of the DSC-H300 (vs the A3500 IS)

  • Significantly larger: Large (130×95×122 mm) vs Super compact (98×56×20 mm)
  • Much thicker: 4.8" vs 0.8"
  • Significantly heavier: 590 g vs 135 g

common strengths of the DSC-H300 and A3500 IS

  • Light weight: 590 g vs 135 g
  • Very inexpensive: $139.98 vs $276.90

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX400V

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX400V
1 year newer
$448

Significant advantages of the DSC-HX400V (vs the A3500 IS)

  • Much higher resolution screen: 921k dots vs 230k dots
  • Has a CMOS-family sensor: CMOS vs CCD
  • Significantly better wide angle: 24 mm vs 28 mm

Significant disadvantages of the DSC-HX400V (vs the A3500 IS)

  • Significantly larger: Professional size (130×93×103 mm) vs Super compact (98×56×20 mm)
  • Much thicker: 4.1" vs 0.8"
  • Significantly heavier: 660 g vs 135 g

common strengths of the DSC-HX400V and A3500 IS

  • Fairly small: Professional size (130×93×103 mm) vs Super compact (98×56×20 mm)
  • Thin: 4.1" vs 0.8"
  • Light weight: 660 g vs 135 g