Canon EOS Rebel SL3 compact DSLR brings 4K video to its entry line

Canon sprinkles some feature fairy dust on its smallest DSLR.

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The only noticeable differences between the SL2 and SL3 are on the top: a simplified mode dial, no Wi-Fi button and some aesthetic changes to the buttons and switches.


Just in time for Mother's Day gifting, Canon rolls out a refresh of its compact DSLR for newbies. The EOS Rebel SL3 follows the two-year-old SL2, aka the EOS 200D in the UK and Australia, bringing some of the perks bestowed by the latest version of Canon's imaging processor, Digic 8. At the top of the list is 4K video, which makes its debut in the entry-level Canon DSLRs.

The SL3 will ship by the end of April, at $600 for the body or $750 for the kit with the 18-55mm f4-5.6 IS STM lens. We don't have pricing or availability for other regions, but the US prices directly convert to about £460/£575 and AU$840/AU$1,050. It still comes in black or silver variants.

Given that it's very much like its predecessor, the SL2 is looking like an attractive alternative to the new model. The comparable kit currently goes for $600 (£580, AU$900), and it will likely be one of Canon's traditionally aggressive holiday sale offerings at the end of the year.

In addition to 24p 4K video, the SL3 gains eye-detection autofocus, though only when you're shooting via the back LCD, not the optical viewfinder. Since the sharpest spot in the photo of a person should be their eyes (unless you get artsy), eye AF improves the quality of portraits over simple face-detection AF. 

The SL3 also offers a smooth-skin mode so your people photos can look like they were shot on a phone. 

The AF system in Live View mode now covers a larger percentage of the frame. Unfortunately, when you use the optical viewfinder you're stuck with the ancient, slow, please-kill-it-already 9-point phase-detection AF system.

The body is pretty much the same as before. There are just a few design tweaks on the top: A simplified mode dial, no Wi-Fi button and some aesthetic changes to the buttons and switches. Canon did make it easier to connect to Wi-Fi and added automatic file transfers, so it's possible we won't miss the dedicated button.

Comparative specifications

Canon EOS Rebel SL2 EOS 200DCanon EOS Rebel SL3 EOS 250DNikon D5600
Sensor effective resolution 24.2MP Dual Pixel CMOS24.1MP Dual Pixel CMOS24.2MP CMOS
Sensor size 22.3 x 14.9mm22.3 x 14.9mm23.5 x 15.6 mm
Focal-length multiplier 1.6x1.6x1.5x
Sensitivity range ISO 100 - ISO 25600/ISO 51200 (exp)ISO 100 - ISO 25600/ISO 51200 (exp)ISO 100 - ISO 25600
Burst shooting 5fps 6 raw/ unlimited JPEG5fps 10 raw/ unlimited JPEG5fps 100 JPEG/raw n/a
Viewfinder (mag/effective mag) Optical 95% coverage 0.87x/0.54xOptical 95% coverage 0.87x/0.54xOptical 95% coverage 0.82x/0.55x
Hot Shoe YesYesYes
Autofocus 9-pt AF center cross-type (Dual Pixel AF in Live View only)9-pt AF center cross-type (Dual Pixel AF in Live View only)39-pt AF 9 cross- type
AF sensitivity -0.5 to 18 EV-0.5 to 18 EV-1 to 19 EV
Shutter speed 1/4,000 to 30 secs; bulb; 1/200 x-sync1/4,000 to 30 secs; bulb; 1/200 x-sync1/4,000 to 30 secs; bulb; 1/200 sec x-sync
Metering 63-zone iFCL63-zone iFCL2,016-pixel 3D color matrix metering II
Metering sensitivity 1 - 20 EV1 - 20 EV-1 - 19 EV
Best video H.264 QuickTime MOV 1080/60pH.264 MP4 4K UHD/24p, 1080/60pH.264 QuickTime MOV 1080/60p, 25p, 24p
Audio Mono; mic inputMono; mic inputStereo, mic input
Manual aperture and shutter in video YesYesYes
Maximum best-quality recording time 29m59s29m59s20 minutes/29m59s
Clean HDMI out NoYesYes
IS OpticalDual Sensing IS (Optical with gyro data sent to body)Optical
LCD 3 in/7.5 cm Articulated touchscreen 1.04m dots3 in/7.5 cm Articulated touchscreen 1.04m dots3.2 in/8.2 cm Articulated touch screen 1.04m dots
Memory slots 1 x SDXC1 x SDXC1 x SDXC
Wireless connection Wi-Fi (Wi-Fi 4), Bluetooth 4.1, NFCWi-Fi (Wi-Fi 4), Bluetooth 4.1Wi-Fi, NFC, Bluetooth
Flash YesYesYes
Wireless flash YesYesNo
Battery life (CIPA rating) 650 shots (VF); 260shots (LV)1,630 shots (VF); 350 shots (LV) (1,040 mAh)820 shots (1,230 mAh)
Size (WHD) 4.8 x 3.7 x 2.8 in 122 x 93 x 70 mm4.8 x 3.7 x 2.8 in 122 x 93 x 70 mm4.9 x 3.9 x 2.8 in 124 x 97 x 70 mm
Body operating weight 16 oz (est.) 453 g (est.)15.8 oz (est.) 449 g (est.)16.8 oz 476 g
Mfr. price (body only) £489.99$599.99$599.95 £579 AU$1,199
Primary kit $599.99 £579.99 AU$899 (with 18-55mm f4-5.6 IS STM lens)$749.99 (with 18-55mm f4-5.6 IS STM lens)$699.95 £679 AU$1,299 (with AF-P 18-55mm VR lens)
Release date July 2017April 2019January 2017