Canon SL3

 
Canon EOS Rebel SL3 front
 
  • 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
  • Released April 2019
  • Alternate Name is EOS 250D / EOS Kiss X10
  • Superseded the Canon SL2
  • Read full specs
  • Alternatives
Portability
71
Imaging
72
Features
84
Overall
76

Canon SL3 overview

Canon SL3 is Canon's Entry-Level DSLR camera first introduced on April of 2019. The camera has a 24MP, CMOS APS-C size sensor with a maximum resolution of 6000 x 4000. The camera is known as "EOS 250D / EOS Kiss X10" in some markets.

Canon brought out this camera in order to improve the older Canon SL2 (Read Full Comparison)

The SL3 is scored #2 out of 79 in Entry-Level DSLR cameras and all round #69 out of 1418 for cameras in our collection. Remember to check out our Advanced camera finder to find camera results based on your personal criteria.

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Here is a graph of specific criteria used in the scoring system.

Canon SL3 family

The Canon SL3 is part of a family of digital cameras. You can see the detailed list underneath.

ModelResolutionSensor SizeMax fpsReleasedWeight
Canon-EOS-Rebel-SL3 front thumbnailCanon SL324MPAPS-C5.0 fps2019449g
Canon-EOS-Rebel-SL2 front thumbnailCanon SL2
SL3 vs SL2
24MPAPS-C5.0 fps2017453g
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Canon-EOS-100D front thumbnailCanon 100D
SL3 vs 100D
18MPAPS-C3.0 fps2013407g

Canon SL3 Pros and Cons

Here is a list of pros and cons of the Canon SL3 based on things which are usually viewed as essential in a camera.

better than average battery (1,070 shots)
comes with external mic jack
comes with HDMI support
focusing manually
good high ISO (25,600)
good min ISO (100)
good resolution (24 megapixels)
good sensor size (APS-C)
has built in flash
has face detection focusing
has tracking autofocus
saves RAW files
screen articulates fully
screen has good resolution (1,040 thousand dot)
screen size is good (3 inch)
selfie friendly screen
supports bluetooth
supports focus by touch
supports phase detect AF
switch lenses (Canon EF/EF-S mount)
touchscreen
video resolution high (3840 x 2160 pxls)
lack of image stabilization
max frames per second low (5.0 frames/s)
no headphone jack
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Canon SL3 Sensor features

The Canon SL3 features the DIGIC 8 processor chip. The sensor spec in the Canon SL3 is 22.3mm x 14.9mm (APS-C). The 332 mm² sensor can resolve 6000 x 4000 pixels with aspect ratios of 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9.

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The CMOS sensor boasts 24 megapixels and has a native ISO range of 100 - 25600. The ISO can also be expanded digitally to a maximum of 51200. RAW photos are supported therefore the user has more room to maneuver in post.

The graphic underneath displays the SL3's sensor size when compared to other common sizes. The SL3 sensor comes with a crop factor of 1.6 and is outlined in green.

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To get a sense of specific aspect ratios, you should refer to the visual below.

Camera sensor aspect ratios

Canon SL3 dimensions

Canon SL3 is 0.99 lbs (449g / 15.84 oz) and features outside proportions of 122mm x 93mm x 70mm (4.8" x 3.7" x 2.8"). The weight of normal Entry-Level DSLR camera is 538g so the Canon SL3 is lighter than its rivals.

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Here is a picture of the Canon SL3 beside a softdrink to help you to have a sense of its size.

Canon EOS Rebel SL3 dimensions scale

Canon EOS Rebel SL3 topview buttons dials

Canon SL3 Lens features

The SL3 works with the Canon EF/EF-S mount and has 324 lenses that you can buy. Here is some of the lenses we have in our collection that will work with the SL3.

ModelFocal LengthApertureStabilizedAutofocusWeight
Canon-TS-E-90mm-F2.8L-Macro lensCanon TS-E 90mm F2.8L Macro90mmf/2.8 915g
Sigma-200-500mm-F2.8-EX-DG-Canon-EF lensSigma 200-500mm F2.8 EX DG200-500mmf/2.8 15700g
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Tamron-16-300mm-F3.5-6.3-Di-II-VC-PZD-Macro-Canon-EF lensTamron 16-300mm F3.5-6.3 Di II VC PZD Macro16-300mmf/3.5-6.3 540g
Tamron-SP-AF-70-200mm-F2.8-Di-LD-IF-MACRO-Canon-EF lensTamron SP AF 70-200mm F2.8 Di LD IF MACRO70-200mmf/2.8 1330g
Canon-EF-S-18-200mm-f3.5-5.6-IS lensCanon EF-S 18-200mm f3.5-5.6 IS18-200mmf/3.5-5.6 595g
Sigma-12-24mm-F4.5-5.6-EX-DG-Aspherical-HSM-Canon-EF lensSigma 12-24mm F4.5-5.6 EX DG Aspherical HSM12-24mmf/4.5-5.6 600g
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Sigma-70-300mm-F4-5.6-DG-OS-Canon-EF lensSigma 70-300mm F4-5.6 DG OS70-300mmf/4.0-5.6 610g
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Canon SL3 Connectivity

The SL3 has the following connectivity:

  • USB Yes
  • Wireless Yes
  • Bluetooth Yes
  • HDMI Yes

Cameras that come with NFC and / or Bluetooth support can be controlled wirelessly through smartphones. You can transfer photos and sometimes alter settings without connecting directly with the camera.

Certain apps also stream a Liveview and click the shutter whenever you aren't near the camera. If the camera has a HDMI out, it can be hooked up to an external display. A good number of cameras enable you to recharge the battery using the USB socket.

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Canon SL3 Video features

The maximum video quality in the Canon SL3 is 3840 x 2160 and it can save in MPEG-4 and H.264 format. 2160p gives you a outstanding quality for video recording. You can easily downsample to Full HD in order to get cleaner results. Be wary of the considerable file sizes and make sure you own decent SD cards with good write speed. While the body includes a mic port, it is sadly lacking a headphone port which means you won't have the option to monitor your audio levels.

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Canon SL3 Weather Sealing

There is no weather sealing on the Canon SL3 so you have to be cautious in wet or dusty conditions.

Canon SL3 Display and Viewfinder

The Canon SL3 has a 3 inch fully articulated screen with a resolution of 1,040 thousand dots.

The display is selfie friendly to shoot self portraits as well as group photos when necessary. Moreover the screen is touch friendly which means you can easily switch focus points plus adjust settings by using your finger.

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The ViewFinder details regarding Canon SL3 are the following:

  • ViewFinder Optical (pentamirror)
  • ViewFinder Coverage 95%
  • ViewFinder Magnification 0.54x

In those sunny outdoor conditions that make the camera screens washed out and tough to view, viewfinders will be particularly useful.

Canon SL3 Shutter features

Canon SL3 can shoot continuously at 5.0 frames/s. The maximum shutter speed is 1/4000 sec.

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Canon SL3 Flash and Hot shoe features

Canon SL3 includes both built-in flash and also external flash ability.

Canon SL3 Autofocusing features

Canon SL3 includes both Phase Detect Autofocus along with Contrast Detect Autofocus. Phase Detection focusing is more quicker & precise than Contrast Detect focusing. The camera has Face detect which is helpful for taking photos of people.

The Sensor has 9 focus points to pick from. Canon SL3 has touch to focus. You can use your fingers in order to shift focus. It also has Tracking Autofocus for objects that move. Canon SL3 includes manual focus when required during low light or you need to have more exact focus control.

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Canon SL3 Battery life

The battery (LP-E17) on the Canon SL3 is made to last for 1070 shutters based on the CIPA standards making it higher than average for its class. The general Entry-Level DSLR camera battery life is 592. Pentax K-x has the highest possible (1900) battery life within this category of cameras.

Below is a collection of Entry-Level DSLR cameras having the strongest battery life:

ModelMax VideoBattery LifeRAWNFCBluetooth
Pentax-K-x front thumbnailPentax K-x
SL3 vs K-x
1280 x 7201900 yesnono
Nikon-D3500 front thumbnailNikon D3500
SL3 vs D3500
1920 x 10801550 yesnoyes
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Nikon-D3400 front thumbnailNikon D3400
SL3 vs D3400
1920 x 10801200 yesnoyes
Canon-EOS-Rebel-SL3 front thumbnailCanon SL33840 x 21601070 yesnoyes
Sony-Alpha-DSLR-A450 front thumbnailSony A450
SL3 vs A450
None1050 yesnono

Canon SL3 for varying forms of photography

The following chart displays a summation of the Canon SL3 for varying forms of photography. To see more, go to the specific paragraph underneath.

Canon SL3 Portrait photography features

The Canon SL3 receives a points total of 83 which is impressive, meaning that it is a tremendous pick for portrait photography. Photographing portrait images favors heavily to sensor resolution, RAW support together with the ability to use external lighting.

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you can focus manually
megapixel count decent (24 megapixels)
sensor size is nice (APS-C)
has face detection autofocus
saves RAW files

Canon SL3 Street photography features

With a nice score of 75, the Canon SL3 is a respectable choice to buy for street photography. A decent street photography camera comes with a perfect balance of image quality and portability.

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screen articulates fully
decent sensor size (APS-C)
delivers RAW files
offers focus via touch
very good high ISO (25,600)
does not have image stabilization

Canon SL3 Sports photography information

A very good sports photography points tally of 71 indicates the Canon SL3 is a very decent option for photographing sports. A camera needs very good focusing plus continuous shooting for sports photography.

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megapixel count good (24 megapixels)
sensor size is nice (APS-C)
features tracking autofocus
better than average battery pack (1,070 CIPA)
has phase detect AF
max fps low (5.0 frames per second)
lack of image stabilization

Canon SL3 as a Travel photography camera

Weight is really crucial in selecting a travel camera. Over-all, the Canon SL3 gets a exceptional 82 for a travel camera which makes it a excellent fit to buy for your journeys.

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great battery (1,070 CIPA)
has bluetooth
has touch to focus
good MP (24MP)
flash built-in
selfie friendly screen

Canon SL3 Landscape photography features

For anyone who is planning to purchase a camera for landscape photos, the most important aspect will no doubt be image quality. The Canon SL3 with it's outstanding score of 80 as a landscape camera is a tremendous option within the current market.

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has manual focus
interchangeable lenses (Canon EF/EF-S mount)
pretty good screen size (3 inches)
megapixel count good (24MP)
sensor size is decent (APS-C)
great high ISO (25,600)
exports RAW formats
better than average battery power (1,070 shots)
no image stabilization

Canon SL3 Vlogging factors

A camera for vlogging really should posses a moving display screen, mic input and ideally IBIS. Taking all things in to account, the Canon SL3 is a terrific choice as a vlog camera as it delivers a great rating of 76.

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selfie friendly display
has touchscreen
provides face detect autofocus
video res high (3840 x 2160 pixels)
comes with microphone support
does not have image stabilization

Canon SL3 Alternatives

If you are searching for replacements to the SL3, below is a range of the top rated cameras which fall within the class of Entry-Level DSLR.

The chart just below gives you an overview of the SL3 versus it's highest rated competitors mentioned previously.

Following are several cameras you might look into as alternate options. To read a complete comparison, simply click the "compare" link.

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Specifications

General Information
Brand Name
Canon
Model
Canon EOS Rebel SL3
Also called
EOS 250D / EOS Kiss X10
Type
Entry-Level DSLR
Released
2019-04-10
Body design
Compact SLR
Sensor Information
Sensor type
CMOS
Powered by
DIGIC 8
Sensor size
APS-C
Sensor dimensions
22.3 x 14.9mm
Sensor area
332.3mm²
Sensor resolution
24 megapixel
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio
1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Highest resolution
6000 x 4000
RAW pictures
Highest native ISO
25600
Highest boosted ISO
51200
Min native ISO
100
Autofocusing
Manual focus
Touch focus
Autofocus continuous
Single autofocus
Tracking autofocus
Selective autofocus
Autofocus center weighted
Multi area autofocus
Autofocus live view
Face detect focus
Contract detect focus
Phase detect focus
Number of focus points
9
Cross focus points
1
Lens
Lens mounting type
Canon EF/EF-S
Number of lenses
326
Crop factor
1.6
Screen
Range of display
Fully Articulated
Display size
3 inch
Display resolution
1,040 thousand dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch screen
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder
Optical (pentamirror)
Viewfinder coverage
95%
Viewfinder magnification
0.54x
DXO scores
DXO All around score
not tested
DXO Color Depth score
not tested
DXO Dynamic range score
not tested
DXO Low light score
not tested
Features
Slowest shutter speed
30 seconds
Maximum shutter speed
1/4000 seconds
Continuous shooting speed
5.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual exposure
Exposure compensation
Yes
Custom white balance
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
External flash
AEB
White balance bracketing
Exposure
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
Highest video resolution
3840x2160
Video data format
MPEG-4, H.264
Mic input
Headphone input
Connectivity
Wireless
Built-In
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS
None
Physical
Environment seal
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight
449g (0.99 lbs)
Dimensions
122 x 93 x 70mm (4.8" x 3.7" x 2.8")
Other
Battery life
1070 shots
Battery format
Battery Pack
Battery model
LP-E17
Self timer
Yes (2 or 10 secs)
Time lapse recording
Storage media
SD/SDHC/SDXC (UHS-I compatible)
Storage slots
Single
Retail pricing
$599