Introduction

The Canon EOS Rebel SL3 (also known as the EOS 250D) is the the latest in the company's lineup of ultra-compact DSLR cameras, and comes with a 24MP APS-C sensor that has accurate and easy-to-use Dual Pixel autofocus.

Not only does the SL3 have 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), but it's capable of taking great images under a wide range of circumstances. It's also fun to use, comfortable to hold, and has insane battery life, provided you use the optical viewfinder.

Key specifications:

  • 24MP APS-C sensor with Dual Pixel on-sensor Autofocus
  • Optical viewfinder with secondary 9-point autofocus system
  • 4K video recording (with 1.7x crop)
  • Fully articulating rear touchscreen
  • Excellent 'guide' mode for beginners
  • Wi-Fi with Bluetooth for image transfer and remote camera control
  • Impressive 1,070 shot battery life (CIPA rating) using optical viewfinder
  • Passable 320-shot battery life (CIPA rating) in live view with Dual Pixel AF

Even as the most compact DSLR model Canon offers, the Rebel SL3 shares its sensor, processor and much of its feature set with Canon's existing (and much smaller) EOS M series of mirrorless cameras. So why would you opt for the SL3 over, say, the Canon EOS M50, which will offer almost identical image quality? It comes down to a handful of personal preferences, particularly when it comes to viewfinders. The SL3 has an optical viewfinder, compared to mirrorless cameras' electronic ones.

Put simply, an electronic viewfinder allows you to easily preview your exposure settings, but some people prefer the more 'natural' and immediate view of the world that an optical viewfinder provides. We'll look at the differences in more depth in just a bit.

Editor's note, June 18, 2019: This review was originally published on Jun 12, 2019, and did not include a thorough comparison with the SL3's predecessor, the EOS Rebel SL2. A look into those differences has now been added on page two, 'Features that matter'.


Features that matter

Why should you buy the Rebel SL3 over so many other options? Well, let's take a look.

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Using the Rebel SL3 on vacation

Turns out the SL3 makes for a pretty great vacation camera - provided you can look past a few caveats.

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Conclusion

The Rebel SL3 is a fine photographic companion, if not an absolute standout in today's marketplace.

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Sample gallery, image quality, lens quality

Click through to look at some pretty pictures from New Orleans, or get the details on the SL3's image quality in our studio test scene.

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