Canon EOS Rebel SL3 review (2023) a lightweight DSLR camera

The Rebel SL3 is a fine photographic companion.

The Canon EOS Rebel SL3 is a powerful entry-level DSLR camera with a small and light body that has a lot of features. From its high-resolution 24.1-megapixel sensor to its advanced autofocus system, this camera is great for photographers of all skill levels. The EOS Rebel SL3 is a great choice whether you are a beginner just starting out or a pro looking for a back-up camera. Canon has a new DSLR for beginners, but it hasn’t changed how we feel about these kinds of cameras.

Canon EOS Rebel SL3: Description

It would be better for you to get mirrorless. The EOS Rebel SL3, which costs $600 for the body alone or $700 with a kit lens, is the latest in a popular line of DSLRs that are as small as possible. This line began with the SL1 in 2013, but there’s not much to recommend the SL3 in 2019.

The goal of the SL3 is to make Canon’s entry-level DSLR camera as good as its entry-level mirrorless camera, the EOS M50, and nothing more. Only the bodies, lens mounts, and viewfinders of the SL3 and M50 are different from each other. Inside, they are almost all the same. And unless you really need an optical viewfinder or a battery that can last for a week, the M50 is the better buy.

Canon EOS Rebel SL3: Pros and Cons


  • Compact and lightweight design
  • Excellent image quality
  • Good battery life
  • 4K video recording


  • Limited lens selection compared to other Canon DSLRs
  • No headphone jack for monitoring audio during video recording
  • No in-body image stabilization
  • Limited buffer depth for continuous shooting

Specification Table

Sensor24.1-megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor
Image processorDIGIC 8
ISO range100-25,600 (expandable to 51,200)
Autofocus systemDual Pixel CMOS AF with 9 AF points
Video recording4K UHD at 24p/25p, 1080p at 60p/50p/30p/25p/24p
LCD screen3.0-inch vari-angle touchscreen LCD with 1.04 million dots
Burst modeUp to 5 frames per second (fps)
ConnectivityWi-Fi, Bluetooth, and NFC
Battery lifeApprox. 1,070 shots per charge (with viewfinder) or 320 shots (with Live View)
Dimensions (W x H x D)Approx. 122.4 x 92.6 x 69.8mm
WeightApprox. 449g (body only) or 515g (with battery and SD card)
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Canon EOS Rebel SL3: Design

Canon EOS Rebel SL3 review

The Rebel SL3 is a small improvement over its predecessor, the SL2. It has the same 24-megapixel APS-C sensor, which is not anything to be upset about. It is Canon’s best APS-C sensor, and it is the same one that is used in the EOS 80D. Even though the processor has been changed to a Digic 8, the ISO range of 100 to 25,600 and the burst rate of 5 frames per second have not changed.

The new processor does make it possible to shoot 4K video at 24 frames per second, which is a first for a Rebel, but it’s not great, as we’ll talk about later. On the outside, not much has changed either. The controls are easier to use because the Wi-Fi button and a few positions on the mode dial have been taken away. Other than that, the body is almost the same, with the same 3-inch LCD touchscreen and Micro USB 2 port.

The size and weight of the first SL1 were its selling points. It was slim and had a grip that was unusually small. This made the camera weigh only 14.3 ounces. The SL2 made the grip bigger to make it more comfortable to hold, but this added a few grams to the weight. Since then, the SL3 has taken a couple of grams off. It’s a very light DSLR at 15.8 ounces.

Controls and Features

Canon EOS Rebel SL3 review

Because the SL3 is so small, almost all of its physical controls are on the right side. The Menu and Info buttons are the only exception. They are in the top left corner of the back plate, above the LCD and to the left of the eyecup. There is a hot shoe on the top for an external flash and a pop-up flash right in the middle of the lens. All of the controls for the top plate are to its right. There are mode and command dials, ISO and Display buttons, the shutter release, and an On/Off/Movie power switch. Right next to the eyecup is the button that says “Record.”

You won’t be able to easily press it with the camera to your eye, but you’ll use the rear LCD to frame video, so its location is fine. When the camera is up to your eye, the buttons you are most likely to use are easier to reach. Focus point selection and AE-L, which is marked with an asterisk, are on the right, in a raised area that has a thumb rest cut into it. Just below the notch is the Av/EV button, which is used to change the EV compensation in most modes and switch between aperture and shutter control when working in manual mode.

There is also a four-way control pad on the back that lets you move around menus and move the active focus area around the viewfinder or rear display. Play and Delete are below, and Q/Set is in the middle of the d-pad. The viewfinder on the SL3 is optical, which makes it different from most mirrorless cameras, which use electronic viewfinders. Electronic viewfinders today are very good, so an optical finder is no longer the best choice.

Performance and Image Quality

We were impressed with how well the SL3 worked. It can take up to 22 RAW photos at a steady 5 frames per second. That’s slower than what some mirrorless cameras in the same price range can do, but those cameras usually can’t keep up their top speeds for more than a second. Continuous autofocus, or “servo autofocus” as Canon calls it, doesn’t always keep up with that burst rate, but it works well for a cheap camera. Sadly, using servo focus in live view slows down continuous shooting to just 3.5 frames per second.

It’s pretty accurate, missing only a few times here and there, but that’s too slow for a modern camera. But the results are good. The 24MP APS-C sensor from Canon works well in many different situations. It’s not the best in its class, but photographers who are likely to buy the SL3 won’t push it to its limits. RAW files have a good amount of room for editing after the fact, and JPEGs have good color and contrast right out of the camera. The SL3 can take great pictures of landscapes, portraits, and other still subjects.

It doesn’t show how good the sensor is. It’s sharp enough, but the slow maximum aperture won’t let you get the shallow depth of field or good performance in low light that make it worth switching to a camera with interchangeable lenses. It also distorts a lot, and the small amount of blurred background it does give you is not done in a good way. The SL3 can take pictures that are much better than what the kit lens can do.

Canon EOS Rebel SL3: Connectivity

Canon EOS Rebel SL3 review

The SL3 has Bluetooth and Wi-Fi, and the Canon Camera Connect app lets it work with Android and iOS phones and tablets. Bluetooth speeds up the process of pairing, and Wi-Fi lets you send photos and videos to your phone or use it as a remote control.

On the left side of the body, there are ports for a 2.5mm remote and a 3.5mm microphone. On the right side, you’ll find the micro USB and mini HDMI ports. The memory card and battery go in the bottom. The camera can’t charge itself, so Canon includes a wall charger.

CIPA testing standards say that the battery should last for about 1,070 shots with the optical finder and about 320 shots with live view. When it comes to battery life, SLR cameras still have an edge over mirrorless cameras, at least when it comes to cameras in this price range. The SL3’s long battery life makes the fact that it doesn’t have a charging port less of a problem in real life.

Final Words

There are two Canon DSLRs that are cheaper than this one: the EOS Rebel T100, which may not be around for much longer, and the EOS Rebel SL7. However, we think the EOS SL3 is a better buy than both of them. It costs more, but it is worth the extra money. The Rebel SL3 is the best DSLR for beginners because it has Canon’s best APS-C sensor, very good Live View autofocus, and 4K video.

The other two Canons are built to save money and don’t have features you’ll almost certainly want later.But it’s not your only option, especially if you’re open to other brands and mirrorless cameras instead of DSLR ones. Here are three cameras that we think are strong competitors for the EOS Rebel SL3/250D.


Does Canon Rebel SL3 shoot 4k?

The SL3 is one of the first budget DSLRs that can shoot 4K video, but resolution isn’t everything. Yes, the videos look good. They have nice colors and are mostly AF. But Canon decided for some reason to get rid of 24p (24 frames per second) for full HD (1920 x 1080) video, so you only have 30p and 60p to choose from.

Is Canon SL3 good for photography?

The SL3 has one of the best beginner-friendly guide modes we’ve seen on a camera (the same as Canon’s very similar, but bigger, Rebel T7i), and it can take great pictures in a wide range of situations.

Editorial Staff
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The Canon EOS Rebel SL3 is an APS-C DSLR camera that is compact and easy to use. It takes decently sharp pictures, has a fairly effective autofocus system, and is equipped with a responsive, fully articulated touchscreen interface. It offers a wide range of ports and connectivity for videographers and can shoot 4k and FHD video.Canon EOS Rebel SL3 review (2023) a lightweight DSLR camera