Canon SL3 vs Sony A100

Canon EOS Rebel SL3 front
Sony Alpha DSLR-A100 front

Canon SL3 vs Sony A100 Key Specs

Canon SL3
(Full Review)
  • 24MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 3" Fully Articulated Display
  • ISO 100 - 25600 (Increase to 51200)
  • 3840 x 2160 video
  • Canon EF/EF-S Mount
  • 449g - 122 x 93 x 70mm
  • Revealed April 2019
  • Also Known as EOS 250D / EOS Kiss X10
  • Replaced the Canon SL2
Sony A100
(Full Review)
  • 10MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 2.5" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 100 - 1600
  • Sensor based Image Stabilization
  • No Video
  • Sony/Minolta Alpha Mount
  • 638g - 133 x 95 x 71mm
  • Released July 2006
  • Succeeded the Konica Minolta 5D
  • Successor is Sony A550
Photography Glossary

Canon SL3 vs Sony A100 Overview

Let's look a bit more in depth at the Canon SL3 vs Sony A100, both Entry-Level DSLR cameras by manufacturers Canon and Sony. There is a sizable difference among the resolutions of the SL3 (24MP) and A100 (10MP) but both cameras posses the same sensor sizing (APS-C).

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The SL3 was unveiled 12 years later than the A100 and that is a fairly significant difference as far as camera tech is concerned. Both cameras have the same body design (Compact SLR).

Before diving straight to a detailed comparison, here is a simple summary of how the SL3 matches up against the A100 with respect to portability, imaging, features and an overall rating.

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Reasons to pick Canon SL3 over the Sony A100

 SL3 A100 
ReleasedApril 2019July 2006Fresher by 155 months
Screen typeFully ArticulatedFixed Fully Articulating screen
Screen dimensions3"2.5"Bigger screen (+0.5")
Screen resolution1040k230kSharper screen (+810k dot)
Selfie screen Take selfies
Touch screen Quickly navigate

Reasons to pick Sony A100 over the Canon SL3

 A100 SL3 

Common features in the Canon SL3 and Sony A100

 SL3 A100 
Manually focus Very exact focus

Canon SL3 vs Sony A100 Physical Comparison

In case you're intending to carry your camera frequently, you'll have to think about its weight and volume. The Canon SL3 has outer dimensions of 122mm x 93mm x 70mm (4.8" x 3.7" x 2.8") having a weight of 449 grams (0.99 lbs) while the Sony A100 has sizing of 133mm x 95mm x 71mm (5.2" x 3.7" x 2.8") along with a weight of 638 grams (1.41 lbs).

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Remember, the weight of an ILC will vary based on the lens you use during that time. The following is a front view sizing comparison of the SL3 vs the A100.

Canon SL3 vs Sony A100 size comparison

Taking into account size and weight, the portability grade of the SL3 and A100 is 71 and 64 respectively.

Canon SL3 vs Sony A100 top view buttons comparison

Canon SL3 vs Sony A100 Sensor Comparison

Often, it is hard to picture the contrast in sensor sizing simply by going through technical specs. The graphic underneath may provide you a better sense of the sensor dimensions in the SL3 and A100.

As you have seen, both of those cameras have the same sensor dimensions albeit different MP. You can expect the Canon SL3 to show extra detail having an extra 14MP. Higher resolution can also allow you to crop photographs a bit more aggressively. The newer SL3 should have a benefit when it comes to sensor tech.

Canon SL3 vs Sony A100 sensor size comparison

Canon SL3 vs Sony A100 Screen and ViewFinder

Canon SL3 vs Sony A100 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Canon SL3 Portrait photography factors
Sony A100 Portrait photography factors
you can focus manually
good megapixels (24MP)
decent sensor size (APS-C)
includes face detection autofocus
supports RAW files
manual focus
sensor size is good (APS-C)
saves RAW formats
no liveview
low megapixels (10 megapixels)
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Street Comparison

Street photography with Canon SL3
Street photography with Sony A100
fully articulated screen
decent sensor size (APS-C)
supports RAW files
includes focus by touch
good ISO range (25,600)
no image stabilization
built in image stabilization (Sensor based)
sensor size is good (APS-C)
saves RAW formats
no moving screen
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Sports Comparison

Canon SL3 Sports photography information
Sony A100 Sports photography information
good megapixels (24MP)
decent sensor size (APS-C)
includes tracking autofocus
good battery pack (1,070 CIPA)
has phase detect autofocus
painfully slow continuous shooting (5.0 frames per second)
no image stabilization
built in image stabilization (Sensor based)
sensor size is good (APS-C)
comes with phase detect auto focus
no liveview
continuous shooting slow (3.0 frames/s)
low megapixels (10 megapixels)
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Travel Comparison

Canon SL3 Travel photography factors
Sony A100 Travel photography factors
good battery pack (1,070 per charge)
has bluetooth
includes focus by touch
good megapixels (24 megapixels)
flash built-in
selfie friendly display
has built in flash
missing Time Lapse mode
low megapixels (10 megapixels)
doesn't contain selfie friendly display
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Landscape Comparison

Canon SL3 Landscape photography info
Sony A100 Landscape photography info
you can focus manually
interchangeable lenses (Canon EF/EF-S mount)
nice screen size (3 inches)
good megapixels (24MP)
decent sensor size (APS-C)
good ISO range (25,600)
supports RAW files
good battery pack (1,070 shots)
no image stabilization
manual focus
switch lenses (Sony/Minolta Alpha mount)
built in image stabilization (Sensor based)
sensor size is good (APS-C)
saves RAW formats
small screen (2.5 inches)
no liveview
low megapixels (10MP)
missing Time Lapse mode
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Vlogging Comparison

Canon SL3 Vlogging info
Sony A100 Vlogging info
selfie friendly display
includes face detection autofocus
video res high (3840 x 2160 pixels)
has external mic jack
no image stabilization
can't shoot video
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Canon SL3 vs Sony A100 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Canon SL3 and Sony A100
 Canon EOS Rebel SL3Sony Alpha DSLR-A100
General Information
Manufacturer Canon Sony
Model type Canon EOS Rebel SL3 Sony Alpha DSLR-A100
Also Known as EOS 250D / EOS Kiss X10 -
Type Entry-Level DSLR Entry-Level DSLR
Revealed 2019-04-10 2006-07-31
Body design Compact SLR Compact SLR
Sensor Information
Powered by DIGIC 8 -
Sensor type CMOS CCD
Sensor size APS-C APS-C
Sensor dimensions 22.3 x 14.9mm 23.6 x 15.8mm
Sensor surface area 332.3mm² 372.9mm²
Sensor resolution 24MP 10MP
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 3:2
Full resolution 6000 x 4000 3872 x 2592
Max native ISO 25600 1600
Max boosted ISO 51200 -
Minimum native ISO 100 100
RAW data
Focus manually
Touch focus
AF continuous
AF single
Tracking AF
AF selectice
AF center weighted
Multi area AF
Live view AF
Face detect AF
Contract detect AF
Phase detect AF
Total focus points 9 9
Cross type focus points 1 -
Lens support Canon EF/EF-S Sony/Minolta Alpha
Number of lenses 326 143
Crop factor 1.6 1.5
Display type Fully Articulated Fixed Type
Display sizing 3 inch 2.5 inch
Resolution of display 1,040k dot 230k dot
Selfie friendly
Touch friendly
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder Optical (pentamirror) Optical (pentamirror)
Viewfinder coverage 95 percent 95 percent
Viewfinder magnification 0.54x 0.55x
Slowest shutter speed 30 secs 30 secs
Maximum shutter speed 1/4000 secs 1/4000 secs
Continuous shooting speed 5.0fps 3.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual exposure
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Change WB
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash options - Auto, Fill-in, Red-Eye reduction, Slow Sync, Off
Hot shoe
Auto exposure bracketing
WB bracketing
Maximum flash sync - 1/160 secs
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Video resolutions 3840 x 2160 @ 25p / 120 Mbps, MP4, H.264, AAC -
Max video resolution 3840x2160 None
Video format MPEG-4, H.264 -
Mic input
Headphone input
Wireless Built-In None
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Environment seal
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 449g (0.99 lbs) 638g (1.41 lbs)
Physical dimensions 122 x 93 x 70mm (4.8" x 3.7" x 2.8") 133 x 95 x 71mm (5.2" x 3.7" x 2.8")
DXO scores
DXO All around rating not tested 61
DXO Color Depth rating not tested 22.0
DXO Dynamic range rating not tested 11.2
DXO Low light rating not tested 476
Battery life 1070 pictures -
Type of battery Battery Pack -
Battery ID LP-E17 NP-FM55H
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 secs) Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse shooting
Type of storage SD/SDHC/SDXC (UHS-I compatible) Compact Flash (Type I or II)
Storage slots One One
Cost at launch $599 $1,000