The Canon EOS SL2 (also known as the 200D and Kiss X9) is one of the company’s best-selling DSLRs. And it’s not surprising, as the SL2 was a low-priced, competent camera that you could slip into a purse or small bag.

The Canon EOS Rebel SL3 /EOS 250D is not the cheapest DSLR from Canon, but it is the cheapest we can consider buying. Instead of technical developments, the Canon DSLR range appears to be going through a convergence period, which is a polite way of suggesting that it hasn’t done anything particularly new for a while. With Canon using technology that we have already used in other Canon cameras to refresh the original EOS Rebel SL2 / EOS 200D, the latest EOS Rebel SL3 / EOS 250D falls into that range.

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Canon EOS Rebel SL3: Price

The new SL3 (250D, Kiss X10) isn’t a dramatic departure from the SL2: it’s still small, inexpensive, and most up-to-date in terms of features. It borrows many features from Canon’s EOS M50 mirrorless camera, including the DIGIC 8 processor and rather disappointing 4K video camera capabilities. But more on that later.

Canon EOS Rebel SL3: Specifications

MSRP$599 (body only), $749 (w/18-55mm F4-5.6 lens)
Body type
Body typeCompact SLR
Body materialComposite
Max resolution6000 x 4000
Image ratio w:h1:1, 4:3, 3:2, 16:9
Effective pixels24 megapixels
Sensor photodetectors26 megapixels
Sensor sizeAPS-C (22.3 x 14.9 mm)
Sensor typeCMOS
ProcessorDIGIC 8
Color spacesRGB, Adobe RGB
Color filter arrayPrimary color filter
ISOAuto, 100-25600 (expands to 51200)
Boosted ISO (maximum)51200
White balance presets6
Custom white balanceYes
Image stabilizationNo
Uncompressed formatRAW
JPEG quality levelsFine, normal
File format
  • JPEG (Exif v2.3)
  • Raw (14-bit Canon CR2)
  • C-RAW (compressed)
Optics & Focus
  • Contrast Detect (sensor)
  • Phase Detect
  • Multi-area
  • Center
  • Selective single-point
  • Tracking
  • Single
  • Continuous
  • Touch
  • Face Detection
  • Live View
Autofocus assist lampYes
Manual focusYes
Number of focus points3975
Lens mountCanon EF/EF-S
Focal length multiplier1.6×
Screen / viewfinder
Articulated LCDFully articulated
Screen size3
Screen dots1,040,000
Touch screenYes
Screen typeTFT LCD
Live viewYes
Viewfinder typeOptical (pentamirror)
Viewfinder coverage95%
Viewfinder magnification0.87× (0.54× 35mm equiv.)
Photography features
Minimum shutter speed30 sec
Maximum shutter speed1/4000 sec
Exposure modes
  • Program
  • Shutter priority
  • Aperture priority
  • Manual
Scene modes
  • Portrait
  • Smooth skin
  • Group photo
  • Landscape
  • Sports
  • Kids
  • Close-up
  • Food
  • Candlelight
  • Night portrait
  • Handheld night scene
  • HDR backlight control
Built-in flashYes
External flashYes (via hot shoe)
Flash X sync speed1/200 sec
Drive modes
  • Single
  • High-speed continuous
  • Silent single
  • Silent continuous
  • Self-timer
  • Continuous shooting after self-timer
Continuous drive5.0 fps
Self-timerYes (2 or 10 secs)
Metering modes
  • Multi
  • Center-weighted
  • Spot
  • Partial
Exposure compensation±5 (at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV steps)
AE Bracketing±3 (3 frames at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV steps)
Videography features
FormatMPEG-4, H.264
  • 3840 x 2160 @ 25p / 120 Mbps, MP4, H.264, AAC
  • 3840 x 2160 @ 23.98p / 120 Mbps, MP4, H.264, AAC
  • 1920 x 1080 @ 60p / 60 Mbps, MP4, H.264, AAC
  • 1920 x 1080 @ 50p / 60 Mbps, MP4, H.264, AAC
  • 1920 x 1080 @ 30p / 30 Mbps, MP4, H.264, AAC
  • 1920 x 1080 @ 25p / 30 Mbps, MP4, H.264, AAC
Storage typesSD/SDHC/SDXC (UHS-I compatible)
USBUSB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
Microphone portYes
Headphone portNo
Wireless notes802.11b/g/n + Bluetooth
Remote controlYes (via wired or wireless remote or smartphone)
Environmentally sealedNo
BatteryBattery Pack
Battery descriptionLP-E17 lithium-ion battery & charger
Battery Life (CIPA)1070
Weight (inc. batteries)449 g (0.99 lb / 15.84 oz)
Dimensions122 x 93 x 70 mm (4.8 x 3.66 x 2.76)
Other features
Orientation sensorYes
Timelapse recordingYes (videos only)

Canon EOS Rebel SL3: Key Features

As the world’s lightest DSLR with a movable screen, Canon is pitching the EOS Rebel SL3/ 250D. There are mirrorless cameras smaller than this one, to be sure, but Canon is very right as far as DSLRs go.

However, you may want to take a peek at the latest mirrorless Fujifilm X-T200 if size matters more than the actual camera style.

The DSLR style still has a lot going for it, amid the controversy around DSLRs vs. mirrorless cameras. They have transparent analog viewfinders that many still favor over digital models, and the batteries last even longer because they do not constantly power a digital display. DSLRs are chunkier and simpler to grip than most beginner-oriented mirrorless cameras.

With a combination of point-and-shoot ease, a guided UI (user interface) to walk new users through the fundamentals of photography, and an Innovative Assist mode for more inventive photographic effects, Canon goes for the entry-level market. All this is based on all the manual control that you would expect in a DSLR, so that when you are able to move on to more manual techniques.

Within is a 24.1-megapixel APS-C sensor of a kind that is used in many Canon cameras and equivalent in size and resolution to those used by rival Nikon, Sony and Fujifilm cameras, such as the Nikon D5600, Sony A6400, Fujifilm X-T200 and even Canon’s own mirrorless EOS M50. Here, it fits the newest DIGIC 8 processor from Canon, which gives the new camera improved image quality at high ISO settings than the older EOS Rebel SL2 / 200D, more sophisticated autofocus live view and 4K recording, at this price for the first time in a DSLR.

The Canon provides a simple but powerful 9-point autofocus system if you use the viewfinder. By today’s standards, that’s not much, however the focal points are distributed thinly over more than half of the frame’s width and height, they are clearly defined and it’s an easy setup to get used to for beginners.

A much more advanced is the Live View autofocus. In order to verify distance using the same phase detection autofocus concept used by DSLRs, it uses Canon’s own Dual Pixel sensor technology that separates each photosite on the sensor in two. It’s faster than the traditional ‘contrast AF’ in live view used by many sensors. There are no less than 3,975 user-selectable AF points in the Rebel SL3 / 250D that occupy up to 88 percent of the frame width and 100 percent of the height, depending on the lens used.

The 3-inch variable-angle touchscreen monitor and built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth for wireless image sharing to a smartphone or tablet are other main features of this camera.

Canon EOS Rebel SL3: Conclusion

In the Canon series, there are two cheaper DSLRs than this one, the EOS Rebel T100 / 4000D and the EOS Rebel SL7 / EOS 2000D, but we agree with this EOS SL3 / 250D is a better purchase than both. It was actually very unattractive and seems as though it is on the way out, although the specifications of the SL7 / 2000D have been trimmed down too hard to allow the low price point that it is impossible to suggest. The T100 / 4000D was so inexpensive. It pays more for the SL3 / 250D, but the extra is worth paying. It comes in the right box for beginners with Canon’s top APS-C sensor, very good Live View autofocus, a multi-angle touchscreen, and 4K recording.

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