Canon SL3 vs Sony A290

Canon EOS Rebel SL3 front
Sony Alpha DSLR-A290 front

Canon SL3 vs Sony A290 Key Specs

Canon SL3
(Full Review)
  • 24MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 3" Fully Articulated Screen
  • ISO 100 - 25600 (Bump 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
  • Old Model is Canon SL2
Sony A290
(Full Review)
  • 14MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 2.7" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 100 - 3200
  • Sensor based Image Stabilization
  • No Video
  • Sony/Minolta Alpha Mount
  • 549g - 128 x 97 x 86mm
  • Announced June 2010
  • Succeeded the Sony A230
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Canon SL3 vs Sony A290 Overview

Let's look a bit more in depth at the Canon SL3 vs Sony A290, both Entry-Level DSLR cameras by manufacturers Canon and Sony. There is a large difference among the image resolutions of the SL3 (24MP) and A290 (14MP) but they enjoy the exact same sensor size (APS-C).

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The SL3 was manufactured 8 years later than the A290 and that is a fairly serious difference as far as camera tech is concerned. Both cameras come with the identical body type (Compact SLR).

Before delving in to a step-by-step comparison, below is a quick highlight of how the SL3 matches up versus the A290 with regard to portability, imaging, features and an overall grade.

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Reasons to pick Canon SL3 over the Sony A290

 SL3 A290 
AnnouncedApril 2019June 2010More recent by 108 months
Screen typeFully ArticulatedFixed Fully Articulating screen
Screen dimension3"2.7"Bigger screen (+0.3")
Screen resolution1040k230kClearer screen (+810k dot)
Selfie screen Easy selfies
Touch friendly screen Quickly navigate

Reasons to pick Sony A290 over the Canon SL3

 A290 SL3 

Common features in the Canon SL3 and Sony A290

 SL3 A290 
Manually focus Dial accurate focusing

Canon SL3 vs Sony A290 Physical Comparison

In case you're going to lug around your camera regularly, you will want to consider its weight and proportions. The Canon SL3 features physical measurements of 122mm x 93mm x 70mm (4.8" x 3.7" x 2.8") accompanied by a weight of 449 grams (0.99 lbs) whilst the Sony A290 has measurements of 128mm x 97mm x 86mm (5.0" x 3.8" x 3.4") and a weight of 549 grams (1.21 lbs).

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Always remember, the weight of an ILC will vary depending on the lens you are using at the time. Below is the front view over all size comparison of the SL3 versus the A290.

Canon SL3 vs Sony A290 size comparison

Using size and weight, the portability rating of the SL3 and A290 is 71 and 66 respectively.

Canon SL3 vs Sony A290 top view buttons comparison

Canon SL3 vs Sony A290 Sensor Comparison

Generally, its difficult to imagine the contrast in sensor measurements purely by viewing specs. The photograph here will help provide you a better sense of the sensor measurements in the SL3 and A290.

As you can plainly see, each of the cameras posses the exact same sensor measurements albeit different resolution. You can count on the Canon SL3 to render more detail due to its extra 10MP. Higher resolution can also make it easier to crop photographs somewhat more aggressively. The more recent SL3 should have a benefit in sensor tech.

Canon SL3 vs Sony A290 sensor size comparison

Canon SL3 vs Sony A290 Screen and ViewFinder

Canon SL3 vs Sony A290 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Portrait photography with Canon SL3
Portrait photography with Sony A290
you can focus manually
good megapixels (24MP)
good sensor size (APS-C)
features face detect focusing
supports RAW files
focusing manually
decent sensor resolution (14MP)
nice sensor size (APS-C)
provides face detection focus
exports RAW files
no liveview feature
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Street Comparison

Street photography with Canon SL3
Street photography with Sony A290
fully articulated screen
good sensor size (APS-C)
supports RAW files
offers touch to focus
great ISO range (25,600)
does not have image stabilization
image stabilization (Sensor based)
nice sensor size (APS-C)
exports RAW files
screen does not articulate
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Sports Comparison

Canon SL3 Sports photography information
Sony A290 Sports photography information
good megapixels (24 megapixels)
good sensor size (APS-C)
features tracking focus
good battery pack (1,070 shots)
sensor has phase detect AF
slow continuous shooting (5.0 frames per second)
does not have image stabilization
image stabilization (Sensor based)
decent sensor resolution (14MP)
nice sensor size (APS-C)
supports phase detect auto focus
no liveview feature
max frames per second low (3.0 frames per second)
not so great battery power (290 shots)
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Travel Comparison

Canon SL3 Travel photography advice
Sony A290 Travel photography advice
good battery pack (1,070 shots)
connects via bluetooth
offers touch to focus
good megapixels (24MP)
has built in flash
display is selfie friendly
decent sensor resolution (14 megapixels)
has built in flash
no Timelapse recording
not so great battery power (290 per charge)
doesn't posses selfie friendly screen
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Landscape Comparison

Canon SL3 Landscape photography features
Sony A290 Landscape photography features
you can focus manually
switch lenses (Canon EF/EF-S mount)
screen size is good (3 inches)
good megapixels (24MP)
good sensor size (APS-C)
great ISO range (25,600)
supports RAW files
good battery pack (1,070 per charge)
does not have image stabilization
focusing manually
change lenses (Sony/Minolta Alpha mount)
image stabilization (Sensor based)
decent sensor resolution (14 megapixels)
nice sensor size (APS-C)
exports RAW files
small screen (2.7 inches)
no liveview feature
not so great battery power (290 CIPA)
no Timelapse recording
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Vlogging Comparison

Canon SL3 Vlogging details
Sony A290 Vlogging details
display is selfie friendly
touchscreen enabled
features face detect focusing
video resolution high (3840 x 2160 pixels)
includes microphone support
does not have image stabilization
no video shooting
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Canon SL3 vs Sony A290 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Canon SL3 and Sony A290
 Canon EOS Rebel SL3Sony Alpha DSLR-A290
General Information
Manufacturer Canon Sony
Model Canon EOS Rebel SL3 Sony Alpha DSLR-A290
Alternative name EOS 250D / EOS Kiss X10 -
Category Entry-Level DSLR Entry-Level DSLR
Announced 2019-04-10 2010-06-09
Physical type Compact SLR Compact SLR
Sensor Information
Powered by DIGIC 8 Bionz
Sensor type CMOS CCD
Sensor size APS-C APS-C
Sensor measurements 22.3 x 14.9mm 23.5 x 15.7mm
Sensor surface area 332.3mm² 369.0mm²
Sensor resolution 24MP 14MP
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 3:2 and 16:9
Maximum resolution 6000 x 4000 4592 x 3056
Maximum native ISO 25600 3200
Maximum boosted ISO 51200 -
Minimum native ISO 100 100
RAW photos
Focus manually
Autofocus touch
Autofocus continuous
Single autofocus
Autofocus tracking
Selective autofocus
Autofocus center weighted
Multi area autofocus
Autofocus live view
Face detection autofocus
Contract detection autofocus
Phase detection autofocus
Number of focus points 9 9
Cross focus points 1 -
Lens mounting type Canon EF/EF-S Sony/Minolta Alpha
Number of lenses 326 143
Focal length multiplier 1.6 1.5
Type of screen Fully Articulated Fixed Type
Screen diagonal 3" 2.7"
Screen resolution 1,040 thousand dots 230 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Touch display
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder Optical (pentamirror) Optical (pentamirror)
Viewfinder coverage 95% 95%
Viewfinder magnification 0.54x 0.55x
Lowest shutter speed 30 seconds 30 seconds
Highest shutter speed 1/4000 seconds 1/4000 seconds
Continuous shooting rate 5.0 frames per sec 3.0 frames per sec
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual mode
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Change white balance
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash range - 10.00 m (at ISO 100)
Flash modes - Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync, High Speed Sync, Rear Curtain, Fill-in, Wireless
Hot shoe
AE bracketing
White balance bracketing
Highest flash synchronize - 1/160 seconds
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Video resolutions 3840 x 2160 @ 25p / 120 Mbps, MP4, H.264, AAC -
Maximum video resolution 3840x2160 None
Video data format 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 lb) 549 grams (1.21 lb)
Dimensions 122 x 93 x 70mm (4.8" x 3.7" x 2.8") 128 x 97 x 86mm (5.0" x 3.8" x 3.4")
DXO scores
DXO All around score not tested 66
DXO Color Depth score not tested 22.6
DXO Dynamic range score not tested 11.5
DXO Low light score not tested 615
Battery life 1070 images 290 images
Type of battery Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery model LP-E17 NP-FH50
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 secs) Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse recording
Type of storage SD/SDHC/SDXC (UHS-I compatible) Memory Stick Pro Duo/ Pro-HG Duo, SD/SDHC
Card slots 1 1
Pricing at launch $599 $600