Canon EOS Rebel SL3 (EOS 250D)

We've added this camera to this buying guide to show its specifications and features in context of the competition. When our full review is complete the camera will be considered for an award.

24MP APS-C CMOS sensor | Dual Pixel AF | Fully articulating LCD

What we like:

  • Incredibly compact body
  • Responsive focusing in live view
  • Easy-to-use Creative Assist mode

What we don't:

  • Substantial 4K crop
  • Dual Pixel not available in 4K video
  • Dated AF system when shooting with viewfinder
The Canon EOS Rebel SL3 (known as the EOS 250D in many regions) is Canon's most compact DSLR. It uses the company's familiar 24MP APS-C CMOS sensor and impressive Dual Pixel AF system, though its through-the-viewfinder AF system is dated.
The SL3 is small, yet Canon didn't compromise on ergonomics: it has a sizable grip, with easy access to important controls. Its optical viewfinder is small, but it's better than nothing, for those who want one. The fully articulating LCD is touch-enabled, selfie-friendly and responsive. The camera's Creative Assist mode makes adjust more complex settings easy. Photos can be shared via Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.
The SL3 appears to be a competent camera for those seeking a portable interchangeable lens camera with an optical viewfinder
The Dual Pixel AF system, available only for stills and Full HD video in live view, has proven to be quick and reliable on other Canons, and we expect the same here. While not class-leading, it should be able to track moving subjects relatively well. If you're using the optical viewfinder you're stuck with a dated AF system, which does the job for casual shooting, but not much more. The camera can take over 1000 shots using the viewfinder and over 300 with the LCD.
While we're yet to put the SL3 through our studio, the 24MP sensor is a known quantity and will produce photos with pleasing colors and good detail. We don't expect it to be competitive with the best cameras in its class in terms of dynamic range, though this probably won't be a concern of a typical SL3 buyer.
Video isn't the SL3's strong suit, for two reasons. First, there's a substantial crop when shooting 4K, essentially eliminating the ability to capture wide-angle footage. Second, detail capture isn't the best in class: it's pretty soft. The lack of Dual Pixel AF in 4K is a big disappointment, leaving users to wait for the sluggish contrast-detect system to refocus.
Based on the time we've spent with the SL3 thus far, it appears to be a competent camera for those seeking a portable interchangeable lens camera with an optical viewfinder. Aside from its live view autofocus abilities, it doesn't excel at anything in particular, but it is a pleasant camera to use and is definitely worth your consideration at this price point.

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