LCD and Viewfinder
Canon A3500 IS has a Fixed Type 3" LCD screen with a resolution of 230k dots. Both the screen size and the screen resolution is up to the standards of this class.
LCD is Touch screen
type, so you can change the settings and set the focus point with your fingertips.
A3500 IS doesn't have a viewfinder and no option for external viewfinder. Lack of a viewfinder can be problematic especially under strong light where visibility of LCD screens goes down dramatically. If you need a Compact camera with a built-in viewfinder in a similar price range, consider Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H50 (Compare) or Canon PowerShot SD780 IS (Digital IXUS 100 IS) (Compare). If the price is not an issue, take a look at our Top Rated Cameras with Viewfinders.
Max Shutter speed
Canon A3500 IS can shoot continuously at max speed of 1 fps
and has max shutter speed of 1/2000 sec
Unfortunately A3500 IS doesn't have an external flash shoe so you are limited with the built-in flash.
Canon A3500 IS features a Contrast Detection autofocusing system. The AF system has 9 points to choose from. Canon A3500 IS also features Face detection AF
where it intelligently detects the faces in the frame and locks the focus automatically.
With Canon A3500 IS, you can record your videos at a highest resolution of 1280 x 720 at 25 fps and save in and H.264 formats. 1280 x 720 is a low video resolution by todays standards. If video quality is important for you, we recommend you to look at cameras with Full HD, even better 4K / Ultra-HD resolution
A3500 IS has a built-in Mono microphone and a Mono speaker.
Canon A3500 IS doesn't have any connections for external microphones and headphones. If you need a Compact camera with external microphone connectivity, consider Samsung PL120 or in a similar price range.
Connectivity and Storage
Thanks to the built-in wireless (Wi-Fi)
connectivity feature, Canon A3500 IS lets you transfer your photos directly to compatible devices without any physical connection.
Canon A3500 IS has a USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) port to connect your camera to other devices.
Canon A3500 IS is powered by battery which provides a shooting life of 200 according to CIPA standards.
Considering that the average battery life of Compact type cameras is 255 shots, Canon A3500 IS has a short battery life for its class so we strongly recommend A3500 IS owners to buy some extra batteries.
Battery Life Comparison in Small Sensor Compact Cameras
Fujifilm X30 with its 470shots is the model with longest battery life among Small Sensor Compact cameras. Check the comparison of Canon A3500 IS vs Fujifilm X30 or take a look at Longest Battery Life Compact cameras list.
Canon A3500 IS Features Compared to Main Competitors