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Very good value from Canon but the WiFi feature can be very difficult to get working
on 14 August 2013
I am a Canon fan anyway, so maybe a little biased. I bought this camera because I was attracted to the features, the WiFi upload functionality but particularly the price. It is very good value for a Canon product.
I have had compact cameras from the IXUS range previously and could not fault them. The Powershot range seems to be a more economical range than the Ixus.
What strikes you first about the Powershot A3500 IS is it's weight. It is very light and while this might seem like an advantage on the one hand, in fact it is in fact a little disconcerting when you have already owned an IXUS which is generally heavier and therefore gives you the impression of being more robust. The Powershot body is mainly plastic, with the front panel possibly metalised. This is my one concern about the camera - it may be more fragile than it's IXUS cousin. But that remains to be seen.
Features on the camera are the same as IXUS, and if you are already a Canon user then navigating around the settings is very simple. If you are new to Canon, don't worry, it is not a difficult one to use and the AUTO function is also available for first time users allowing them to begin taking photos as soon as the camera is out of the box and the battery charged.
Why I did not give this Powershot 5 stars is because one of the features that prompted me to buy the camera - the WiFi feature is not working for me despite contacting Canon Customer support a few times by email. This feature is supposed to allow you to upload your photos from the camera to your computer wirelessly. This would be an extremely handy feature if I could get it to work. I got it working with a 6 year old Desktop computer, but cannot get it working on my one year old Windows 7, Toshiba Laptop. Unfortunately this is the computer that I want the feature working with. The feature instructions in the manual (online manual) are not very clear, and the Canon Customer Support seemed to know what the problem was but when I followed their instructions I could still not get the feature working. The issues seems to be that you may need to make changes to your Internet and Firewall settings, and lets face it, how many Digital Camera users are comfortable with tweaking those?
It looks like I will just have to upload photos now using the supplied USB cable.That was the most disappointing aspect of my purchase.
The camera comes with battery, battery charger, Carry strap, very basic startup manual, CD - with software but no detailed User Guide.
The User guide can be downloaded from the Canon website and it is very comprehensive.
Overall I am pleased with the purchase, but missing the WiFi feature very much.
I will read other reviews more carefully before purchasing any digital cameras in the future.