I've been having some fun with the Miniaturize setting. It saturates color and forces a tilt-shift perspective that makes objects and buildings look like tiny models. Using it for this purpose, you'll end up with pictures that look something like the one below.
I've also discovered it's kind of a cheap trick to mimic a shallow depth of field look when photographing any object in close range. You won't fool anyone into thinking you were working with an expensive f/1.8 prime, but it's another fun way to use the SD3500.
So far, I've noticed a few expected flaws. Barrel distortion seems to crop up at any wide focal length I use. A dark shot indoors at ISO 800 produced a usable downsized image that was fairly noisy when enlarged.
I also saw some highlight burnout in scenes that challenged the camera's metering system.
I'm impressed, though, with the SD3500's ease of use so far. I'm eager to find out if that sentiment will wear away and I'll be clamoring for real buttons after I spend more time with it, or whether a few weeks relying solely on the touch screen will turn me into a believer. Check back for our full review and find out.
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