In looking for replacement for my point and shoot (A720IS) with over 10000 images taken, I thought to try the 3500. Features are cool. Viewing is cool. Images suffer though. Snapshot are great, but the noise and distortion of the images is very visible when compared with the older Canon camera (8 Mpixels). Even at low ISO equivalent there is more noise. It disappears in a small print, but very evident in enlargements that the larger pixel count should support. So for a cool, touch screen, very capable camera for snapshots - this is a good one, just don't expect the high pixel count to support high quality image enlargements. Touch screen is ok, although accidental selection of features can happen. After 1400 images, it's still just ok. The 720 was a workhorse when not carrying the 40D. Most recently, the S95 is about the same size, but 10 times the camera than the 3500. Need to have small hands to manipulate the controls, but I'd recommend it over the 3500 or its derivatives! But for snapshots, the 3500 is a fine choice.