Canon SL3 vs Nikon D3500

Canon EOS Rebel SL3 front
Nikon D3500 front

Canon SL3 vs Nikon D3500 Key Specs

Canon SL3
(Full Review)
  • 24MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 3" Fully Articulated Display
  • ISO 100 - 25600 (Push to 51200)
  • 3840 x 2160 video
  • Canon EF/EF-S Mount
  • 449g - 122 x 93 x 70mm
  • Announced April 2019
  • Alternate Name is EOS 250D / EOS Kiss X10
  • Succeeded the Canon SL2
Nikon D3500
(Full Review)
  • 24MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 100 - 25600
  • No Anti-Alias Filter
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • Nikon F Mount
  • 365g - 124 x 97 x 70mm
  • Released August 2018
  • Replaced the Nikon D3400
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Canon SL3 vs Nikon D3500 Overview

In this write-up, we will be matching up the Canon SL3 vs Nikon D3500, both Entry-Level DSLR digital cameras by companies Canon and Nikon. The image resolution of the SL3 (24MP) and the D3500 (24MP) is relatively similar and they possess the same exact sensor sizes (APS-C).

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The SL3 was unveiled 8 months after the D3500 which means that they are of a similar age. Both cameras offer the identical body type (Compact SLR).

Before we go in to a thorough comparison, below is a simple summation of how the SL3 grades against the D3500 with regard to portability, imaging, features and an overall score.

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Reasons to pick Canon SL3 over the Nikon D3500

 SL3 D3500 
ReleasedApril 2019August 2018More modern by 8 months
Screen typeFully ArticulatedFixed Fully Articulating screen
Screen resolution1040k921kSharper screen (+119k dot)
Selfie screen Easy selfies
Touch friendly screen Quickly navigate

Reasons to pick Nikon D3500 over the Canon SL3

 D3500 SL3 

Common features in the Canon SL3 and Nikon D3500

 SL3 D3500 
Focus manually More precise focus
Screen sizing3"3"Equivalent screen dimensions

Canon SL3 vs Nikon D3500 Physical Comparison

For those who are going to carry around your camera, you'll need to factor in its weight and dimensions. The Canon SL3 provides exterior measurements of 122mm x 93mm x 70mm (4.8" x 3.7" x 2.8") along with a weight of 449 grams (0.99 lbs) whilst the Nikon D3500 has dimensions of 124mm x 97mm x 70mm (4.9" x 3.8" x 2.8") with a weight of 365 grams (0.80 lbs).

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Keep in mind, the weight of an ILC will differ dependant on the lens you are utilizing at that moment. Here is the front view physical size comparison of the SL3 vs the D3500.

Canon SL3 vs Nikon D3500 size comparison

Taking into account size and weight, the portability score of the SL3 and D3500 is 71 and 72 respectively.

Canon SL3 vs Nikon D3500 top view buttons comparison

Canon SL3 vs Nikon D3500 Sensor Comparison

Generally, it is very hard to imagine the difference between sensor sizes simply by reviewing specs. The picture underneath should give you a much better sense of the sensor measurements in the SL3 and D3500.

All in all, each of the cameras offer the same exact sensor sizing and the same exact MP therefore you can expect similar quality of pictures although you will want to factor the launch date of the products into consideration. The fresher SL3 should have an advantage when it comes to sensor technology.

Canon SL3 vs Nikon D3500 sensor size comparison

Canon SL3 vs Nikon D3500 Screen and ViewFinder

Canon SL3 vs Nikon D3500 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Canon SL3 as a Portrait photography camera
Nikon D3500 as a Portrait photography camera
manual focus
decent megapixels (24MP)
sensor size is decent (APS-C)
includes face detect focus
supports RAW formats
you can focus manually
good megapixels (24 megapixels)
sensor size is decent (APS-C)
features face detect autofocus
saves RAW files
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Street Comparison

Street photography with Canon SL3
Street photography with Nikon D3500
fully articulated screen
sensor size is decent (APS-C)
supports RAW formats
features focus by touch
above average high ISO (25,600)
lack of image stabilization
sensor size is decent (APS-C)
saves RAW files
lighter than competition (365g)
above average ISO range (25,600)
screen does not articulate
no image stabilization
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Sports Comparison

Canon SL3 Sports photography features
Nikon D3500 Sports photography features
decent megapixels (24MP)
sensor size is decent (APS-C)
includes tracking focus
great battery pack (1,070 shots)
supports phase detect auto focus
continuous shooting slow (5.0 frames/s)
lack of image stabilization
good megapixels (24 megapixels)
sensor size is decent (APS-C)
features tracking focus
good battery (1,550 CIPA)
sensor has phase detect autofocus
low frames per second (5.0 frames per second)
no image stabilization
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Travel Comparison

Canon SL3 Travel photography highlights
Nikon D3500 Travel photography highlights
great battery pack (1,070 CIPA)
connects via bluetooth
features focus by touch
decent megapixels (24 megapixels)
has built in flash
selfie friendly screen
good battery (1,550 CIPA)
lighter than competition (365 grams)
supports bluetooth
good megapixels (24MP)
flash built-in
no Timelapse function
display isn't selfie friendly
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Landscape Comparison

Canon SL3 Landscape photography advice
Nikon D3500 Landscape photography advice
manual focus
change lenses (Canon EF/EF-S mount)
pretty good screen size (3 inches)
decent megapixels (24MP)
sensor size is decent (APS-C)
above average high ISO (25,600)
supports RAW formats
great battery pack (1,070 shots)
lack of image stabilization
you can focus manually
interchangeable lenses (Nikon F mount)
screen size is good (3 inch)
good megapixels (24 megapixels)
sensor size is decent (APS-C)
no anti aliasing filter
above average ISO range (25,600)
saves RAW files
good battery (1,550 CIPA)
no image stabilization
no Timelapse function
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Vlogging Comparison

Canon SL3 as a Vlogging camera
Nikon D3500 as a Vlogging camera
selfie friendly screen
screen is touchscreen
includes face detect focus
video resolution high (3840 x 2160 pxls)
comes with microphone socket
lack of image stabilization
features face detect autofocus
high quality video (1920 x 1080 pxls)
lighter than competition (365 grams)
display isn't selfie friendly
no image stabilization
no microphone socket
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Canon SL3 vs Nikon D3500 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Canon SL3 and Nikon D3500
 Canon EOS Rebel SL3Nikon D3500
General Information
Company Canon Nikon
Model Canon EOS Rebel SL3 Nikon D3500
Alternative name EOS 250D / EOS Kiss X10 -
Type Entry-Level DSLR Entry-Level DSLR
Announced 2019-04-10 2018-08-29
Physical type Compact SLR Compact SLR
Sensor Information
Processor DIGIC 8 Expeed 4
Sensor type CMOS CMOS
Sensor size APS-C APS-C
Sensor measurements 22.3 x 14.9mm 23.5 x 15.6mm
Sensor surface area 332.3mm² 366.6mm²
Sensor resolution 24MP 24MP
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 3:2
Full resolution 6000 x 4000 6000 x 4000
Max native ISO 25600 25600
Max boosted ISO 51200 -
Minimum native ISO 100 100
RAW data
Focus manually
Autofocus touch
Continuous autofocus
Single autofocus
Autofocus tracking
Selective autofocus
Autofocus center weighted
Autofocus multi area
Autofocus live view
Face detect focus
Contract detect focus
Phase detect focus
Number of focus points 9 11
Cross focus points 1 -
Lens mounting type Canon EF/EF-S Nikon F
Available lenses 326 309
Focal length multiplier 1.6 1.5
Type of display Fully Articulated Fixed Type
Display sizing 3" 3"
Resolution of display 1,040 thousand dots 921 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Touch friendly
Display tech - TFT LCD
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder Optical (pentamirror) Optical (pentamirror)
Viewfinder coverage 95% 95%
Viewfinder magnification 0.54x 0.56x
Slowest shutter speed 30s 30s
Maximum shutter speed 1/4000s 1/4000s
Continuous shooting rate 5.0fps 5.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual mode
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Set white balance
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash range - 7.00 m (at ISO 100)
Flash settings - Auto, Auto slow sync, Auto slow sync with red-eye reduction, Auto with red-eye reduction, Fill-flash, Off, Rear-curtain sync, Rear-curtain with slow sync, Red-eye reduction, Red-eye reduction with slow sync, Slow sync
Hot shoe
AE bracketing
White balance bracketing
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Supported video resolutions 3840 x 2160 @ 25p / 120 Mbps, MP4, H.264, AAC 1920 x 1080 (60, 50, 30, 25, 24 fps), 1280 x 720 (60, 50 fps), 640 x 424 (30, 25 fps)
Max video resolution 3840x2160 1920x1080
Video file format MPEG-4, H.264 MPEG-4, H.264
Microphone port
Headphone port
Wireless Built-In None
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Environmental sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 449 grams (0.99 lbs) 365 grams (0.80 lbs)
Dimensions 122 x 93 x 70mm (4.8" x 3.7" x 2.8") 124 x 97 x 70mm (4.9" x 3.8" x 2.8")
DXO scores
DXO All around score not tested not tested
DXO Color Depth score not tested not tested
DXO Dynamic range score not tested not tested
DXO Low light score not tested not tested
Battery life 1070 photographs 1550 photographs
Battery type Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery model LP-E17 EN-EL14a
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 secs) Yes (2, 5, 10, 20 secs (1-9 exposures))
Time lapse feature
Storage type SD/SDHC/SDXC (UHS-I compatible) SD/SDHC/SDXC
Card slots 1 1
Price at launch $599 $397