Canon EOS Rebel SL3 Review

The Canon EOS Rebel SL3 in black is distinguished by its remarkably elegant form factor, and it is a versatile DSLR that offers an outstanding combination of stills and video capabilities.

It is equipped with a 24.1MP APS-C-format CCD sensor and DIGIC 8 image processor, which allows it to capture high-resolution still images and UHD 4K video. It also has an ISO 100-25600 sensitivity range to accommodate working in a variety of lighting circumstances.

It is also possible to create 4K time-lapse movies in-camera, which allows for more creative depictions of subjects over time. Additionally, in addition to the imaging characteristics, the sensor’s architecture allows for Dual Pixel CMOS Autofocus, which employs phase-detection autofocus to provide rapid, accurate, and smooth focusing performance while recording movies or taking stills in live view.

An advanced 9-point phase-detection focusing mechanism is employed while taking stills through the optical viewfinder to provide rapid and precise focusing in various shooting situations.

The Canon EOS Rebel SL3 is not the cheapest DSLR available from Canon, but it is the lowest we would suggest purchasing. In terms of technological developments, the Canon DSLR lineup appears to be in the midst of an era of consolidation rather than innovation, which is a kind of way of stating that the company hasn’t done anything really groundbreaking in a long time.

It is in this category that Canon’s new EOS Rebel SL3 (also known as the EOS 250D in some markets) falls, with Canon utilizing features we’ve previously seen in other Canon cameras to update the existing EOS Rebel SL2.

In addition to this model, there is an updated EOS 850D that has yet to materialize, and we haven’t yet been able to get our hands on one to conduct an in-depth evaluation of that model.

All of this, however, will be irrelevant to novices. They will only be concerned with how much this camera costs, what it can accomplish, and whether or not it is appropriate for them. And, regardless of what you believe of Canon’s technological development (or lack thereof), the EOS Rebel SL3 / EOS 250D has been considered to be nearly flawless.

Canon EOS Rebel SL3: features

In its marketing materials, Canon touts the EOS Rebel SL3 as the world’s lightest DSLR with a moveable screen. To be fair, there are smaller mirrorless cameras available than this one, but when it comes to DSLRs, Canon is absolutely accurate.

If the physical size of the camera is more important to you than the design of the camera itself, you might want to consider the new mirrorless Fujifilm X-T200.

Despite the ongoing discussion over DSLRs vs mirrorless cameras, the DSLR design continues to have a number of advantages. DSLRs are larger and easier to hold than most beginner mirrorless cameras, and they have clear optical viewfinders that many people still prefer over digital versions. Additionally, DSLR batteries last significantly longer than most mirrorless cameras because they are not constantly powering a digital screen.

Canon is targeting the entry-level market with a mix of point-and-shoot simplicity, a Guided UI (user interface) that walks new users through the fundamentals of photography, and a Creative Assist mode that allows users to experiment with more daring photographic effects. All of this is supported by the full range of manual controls you’d expect from a DSLR, ensuring that when you’re ready to move on to more advanced manual methods, the EOS Rebel SL3 / 250D can keep up with you.

Canon EOS Rebel SL3: Build and Handling

The Rebel SL3 is quite compact for a DSLR, especially when measured in terms of width and weight. It’s important to note that due to the DSLR design, the camera body must be significantly thicker in order to accommodate the mirror.

Additionally, while the kit lens (the Canon 18-55mm f/4-5.6 IS STM) is relatively compact, it is not retractable, so when combined, this results in the Canon being significantly ‘longer’ than rival mirrorless cameras such as the Fujifilm X-T200. Despite the fact that it’s small for a DSLR, it’s significantly larger than a mirrorless model, especially when compared to Micro Four Thirds competitors from Olympus and Panasonic.

The Canon’s body includes a generously sized grip, which makes it simple and secure to handle with one hand. A slightly plasticky feel to the body is countered by high-quality knobs and dials, particularly the main mode dial and power on/off switch, which features a third position that allows you to get into video mode.

Canon EOS Rebel SL3: Performance

The Rebel SL3 has a 9-point autofocus system, which is adequate for shooting sports and tracking fast-moving objects. However, it is not intended for this type of photography, and while it can shoot at a respectable 5 frames per second continuous shooting speed, it is not intended for this purpose. It is therefore adequate for everyday photography.

When shooting in Live View mode, Canon’s newest Dual Pixel CMOS AF technology takes control and produces focusing rates that are noticeably quicker than the previous generation. The subject-tracking autofocus mode, Spot autofocus, Single point autofocus, and Zone autofocus are all available in either single-shot or continuous Servo autofocus modes.

The third position on the main power switch allows you to convert from still photography to video recording. After entering Live View mode (you cannot shoot video through the viewfinder on a DSLR since the mirror is locked in place), the camera automatically shifts to continuous focusing mode to complete the task at hand.

Although the ability to shoot 4K video is a significant selling feature for this camera, there are certain limits when switching from full HD (1080p) to 4K capture. There is a large “crop factor” in 4K mode, which means that the angle of view of your camera is effectively narrowed as a result of the increased resolution. This is normal on all Canon cameras, with the exception of the most modern models, and while you will quickly become accustomed to it, you may find yourself having to step back to recompose your photo.

Using the Spot AF and Zone AF modes is no longer possible, but the Subject Tracking and Single Point AF settings are more than sufficient for most purposes, and the camera performs an excellent job of tracking subjects throughout the frame after the focusing has been locked on.

Canon EOS Rebel SL3: Specifications

Body typeCompact SLR
Body materialComposite
Max resolution6000 x 4000
Image ratio w:h1:1, 4:3, 3:2, 16:9
Effective pixels24 megapixels
Sensor photo detectors26 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 formatJPEG (Exif v2.3)Raw (14-bit Canon CR2)C-RAW (compressed)
Optics & Focus
AutofocusContrast Detect (sensor)Phase DetectMulti-areaCenterSelective single-pointTrackingSingleContinuousTouchFace DetectionLive View
Autofocus assist lampYes
Manual focusYes
Number of focus points9
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 modesProgramShutter priorityAperture priorityManual
Scene modesPortraitSmooth skinGroup photoLandscapeSportsKidsClose-upFoodCandlelightNight portraitHandheld night sceneHDR backlight control
Built-in flashYes
External flashYes (via hot shoe)
Flash X sync speed1/200 sec
Drive modesSingleHigh-speed continuousSilent singleSilent continuousSelf-timerContinuous shooting after self-timer
Continuous drive5.0 fps
Self-timerYes (2 or 10 secs)
Metering modesMultiCenter-weightedSpotPartial
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
Modes3840 x 2160 @ 25p / 120 Mbps, MP4, H.264, AAC3840 x 2160 @ 23.98p / 120 Mbps, MP4, H.264, AAC1920 x 1080 @ 60p / 60 Mbps, MP4, H.264, AAC1920 x 1080 @ 50p / 60 Mbps, MP4, H.264, AAC1920 x 1080 @ 30p / 30 Mbps, MP4, H.264, AAC1920 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: verdict

We believe that this EOS SL3 is a better purchase than both the Canon EOS Rebel T100 and EOS Rebel T7, which are both less expensive DSLRs from the same manufacturer. Although it is more expensive, it is well worth the additional expense. The two more affordable Canons are constructed at a low price and lack capabilities that you’ll almost surely want later on.

In contrast, the Rebel SL3 sports Canon’s top APS-C sensor, excellent Live View focusing, and 4K video, making it the ideal DSLR for first-time DSLR users and professionals alike.

Canon EOS Rebel SL3: Price

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