Nikon Coolpix 3500 review
This is NOT a suitable replacement to the Coolpix 2500!
That's what I found out when I bought it as a replacement to my 2500. I thought good, I can finally upgrade to a 3.0 mpixel, but keep the same great features I am used to in the tiny 2500!
After a week I found out I was very wrong - these two cameras are identical in every way, except one:
The Coolpix 3500 has a TERRIBLE problem with shadow noise. It was immediately noticable when I first started taking pics. Luckily I still had my 2500 and was able to compare images directly. Taking the exact same pictures, you could see terrible shadow noise on the 3500, whereas the 2500 performed like always. And yes, I had the cameras set up identical.
If you love Nikon and want to get a 3.0 megapixel camera, go for the Coolpix 885 - it is roughly the same price as the 3500 now. While it's almost 2 years old now, all the features are there - check out DPreview's full review for details.
Terrible shadow noise rendered the camera inoperable.