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Canon EOS Rebel SL3 Camera Review

Tested using Methodology v0.7
Reviewed Feb 08, 2021 at 07:40 am
Canon EOS Rebel SL3 Picture
6.9
Travel Photography
7.4
Landscape Photography
6.6
Sport & Wildlife Photography
7.2
Vlogging
7.2
Studio Video
3.8
Action Video
Body Type
DSLR
Mirrorless
No
Sensor Size
APS-C
Tested Lens
Canon EF-S 18–55mm f/4–5.6 IS STM

The Canon EOS Rebel SL3 is an APS-C DSLR camera that's compact and easy to use. It takes decently sharp images, has a reasonably effective autofocus system, and is fitted with a responsive, fully-articulated touchscreen interface. It offers a wide range of ports and connectivity options for videographers and can shoot 4k and FHD video. Unfortunately, the image and video stabilization performance isn't especially impressive overall, so you may need to use a tripod for some shots, and the video quality is mediocre in 4k.

Our Verdict

6.9 Travel Photography

The Canon SL3 is alright for travel photography. It offers satisfactory overall image quality, has an ergonomic design, and is equipped with an autofocus system well-suited to tracking moving objects. Its somewhat low minimum shutter speed isn't quite as well suited for complex long exposure photography as some alternatives. Its battery performance isn't particularly impressive, which could cut your shooting sessions short. Its plastic build doesn't feel especially sturdy, and the camera itself is a little on the bulky side, making it a hassle to carry around.

Pros
  • Ergonomic design.
  • Bright, fully-articulated touchscreen.
Cons
  • Relatively bulky for travel.
  • Mediocre battery life.
7.4 Landscape Photography

The Canon SL3 is decent for landscape photography. It keeps noise and graininess in images to a fairly low level, even when using moderately high ISO settings. Its fully-articulated screen is bright enough to be seen in direct sunlight. While it's relatively compact for a traditional DSLR, those accustomed to using point-and-shoots or phones to take pictures may find it a little bulky and tricky to carry around on a hike.

Pros
  • Ergonomic design.
  • Bright, fully-articulated touchscreen.
Cons
  • Relatively bulky for travel.
  • Mediocre battery life.
6.6 Sport & Wildlife Photography

The Canon SL3 is okay for sports and wildlife photography. It has a relatively high maximum shutter speed and has decently sharp image quality. Its autofocus system is reasonably effective and does a good job of tracking inanimate objects, like cars on a track. That said, its relatively slow continuous shooting speed can make it a little harder to capture specific shots of fast-moving subjects. Its silent shooting mode is also relatively loud, which may also scare off nearby wildlife.

Pros
  • Ergonomic design.
  • High maximum shutter speed.
Cons
  • Relatively bulky for travel.
  • Relatively slow continuous shooting speed.
7.2 Vlogging

The Canon SL3 is satisfactory for vlogging. Its fully articulated screen makes it easy to monitor yourself on camera, but it isn't the best choice for recording in 4k due to its terrible face tracking, poor image stabilization, and mediocre video quality in this resolution, as the footage is lacking in detail and looks grainy. Thankfully, it performs better in FHD, with much-improved face tracking autofocus capability and better video quality.

Pros
  • Ergonomic design.
  • Bright, fully-articulated touchscreen.
  • Great face-tracking capability in FHD.
Cons
  • Poor video stabilization performance in 4k.
  • Bad autofocus performance in 4k.
  • Mediocre recording quality in 4k.
7.2 Studio Video

The Canon SL3 is a decent choice for studio video. It has an easy-to-use interface and has a wide selection of inputs and outputs for videography accessories, like a microphone, headphones, and an external recorder. It performs best in FHD, with decent video quality and superb autofocus performance. Unfortunately, video quality in 4k is mediocre, and autofocus performance in that resolution is poor.

Pros
  • Wide selection of ports for video accessories.
  • Easy-to-use menu system.
Cons
  • Bad autofocus performance in 4k.
  • Mediocre recording quality in 4k.
3.8 Action Video

The Canon SL3 isn't designed for action video. While it's compact for a DSLR, it's too large to be mounted on a helmet rig. It also isn't the most rugged of cameras, with no water resistance and cheap-feeling plastic construction. Lastly, it doesn't support 120 fps or 240 fps recording for slow-motion video.

Pros
  • Ergonomic design.
Cons
  • Relatively bulky for travel.
  • Poor video stabilization performance in 4k.
  • Limited selection of frame-rate recording options.
  • 6.9 Travel Photography
  • 7.4 Landscape Photography
  • 6.6 Sport & Wildlife Photography
  • 7.2 Vlogging
  • 7.2 Studio Video
  • 3.8 Action Video

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Test Results

perceptual testing image
Design
6.1
Design
Portability
Height 3.8" (9.6 cm)
Width 4.8" (12.1 cm)
Depth 2.9" (7.4 cm)
Volume
52.4 in³ (858.5 cm³)
Weight
1.02 lbs (0.46 kg)
Weight With Lens
1.49 lbs (0.67 kg)
6.5
Design
Build Quality

  • Command dials, mode wheel, and buttons operate smoothly and precisely
  • Features a mostly plastic construction
  • Articulated screen hinge doesn't feel very solid
  • Input door is covered by a rubber flap
  • No cover for the camera's hot shoe

Design
Body
Water Resistance
No
Rugged
No
Hot Shoe
Yes
Customizable Button
No
Command Dial
1
Tripod Mount
Yes
Lens Mount
EF-S Mount
Built-In Flash
Yes
Design
In The Box

  • Canon EOS Rebel SL3 body
  • EF-S 18-55mm f/4-5.6 IS STM lens
  • Lens covers
  • Shoulder strap
  • 1x LP-E17 battery
  • Battery charger
  • Owner's manual

7.5
Design
Ergonomics & Comfort
Hand Grip: Small Hand
Yes
Hand Grip: Medium Hand
Yes
Hand Grip: Large Hand
Yes
Hand Grip: Extra-Large Hand
Yes

  • Rubber eyecup around the viewfinder feels comfortable and well-padded
  • Hand grip should accommodate a wide variety of hand sizes, without fingers getting pinched between the body and lens
  • Hand grip has a textured surface that provides a secure hold
  • Adjusting aperture and ISO requires multiple button presses, as these settings can't be changed using only the command dials
  • SD card can't be changed while the camera is mounted on a tripod due to bottom-hinged compartment door

9.0
Design
Menu System
Guide Mode
Yes
App Name
Canon Camera Connect

  • Intuitive to navigate
  • Guide mode is also a helpful feature for novice users who want to understand the camera's features
  • Some features may not appear in the camera's menu system until after they've been activated previously, like the focus peaking configuration options that only become visible after the LiveView Mode has been enabled

Design
Viewfinder
Type
Optical
Advertised Coverage
95 %
Advertised Resolution
N/A
Advertised Magnification
0.87
9.4
Design
Screen
Screen Articulation Type
Fully Articulated
Screen Max Brightness
929.7 cd/m²
Advertised Resolution
1.04 million dots
Size
3.0" (7.6 cm)
Touchscreen
Yes
Design
Sensor
Sensor Type
CMOS
Advertised Effective Pixels
24.1 MP
Processor
Digic 8
Extended ISO Minimum
N/A
ISO Minimum
100
ISO Maximum
25600
Tested Firmware
Ver. 1.0.2
6.4
Design
Battery
Battery Type
Canon LP-E17
USB Charging
No
Use When Charging
No
Advertised Battery Life In Photo
320 photos
Tested Battery Life In Video
115 min
7.2
Design
Lens
Lens Type
Interchangeable
Maximum Aperture
4.0 - 5.6
Max Aperture (Full Frame Equivalent)
f/6.4
Minimum Focal Length
18 mm
Maximum Focal Length
55 mm
Max Focal Length (Full Frame Equivalent)
89 mm
Luminance
71.9 %
Light Falloff
80 %
Photo
Photo
Photo Features
JPEG File Format
Yes
RAW File Format
CR3
Shutter
Electronic and Mechanical
Minimum Shutter Speed
30 s
Maximum Shutter Speed
1/4000 s
Silent Shooting
Yes
HDR
Yes
Focus Peaking
Yes
Zebra Pattern
No
Histogram
Yes
Time Lapse
Yes
5.8
Photo
Shooting Speed
Low Speed Continuous
N/A
High Speed Continuous
8 fps
Silent Shooting Continuous
3 fps
Raw Buffer Size
10 RAW Photos
JPEG Buffer Size
52 JPG Photos
Buffer Empty Time
6.5 s
6.9
Photo
Autofocus
Advertised Coverage
N/A
Advertised Focus Points
9
Manual Focus Assistance
Yes
Face Detection Distance
141" (360 cm)
Eye Detection
Yes
Face Tracking Success Rate
34.3 %
Object Tracking Success Rate
76.4 %
6.1
Photo
Image Stabilization
In Body Image Stabilization
No
Minimum Shutter Speed Achieved
1/40 s
7.4
Photo
Image Quality
Dynamic Range At ISO 100
8.71 f-stops
Color Accuracy (dE2000)
10.28
JPEG SNR 18% At ISO 800
35.05 db
JPEG Sharpness At ISO 800
2.644 pixels
JPEG SNR 18% At ISO 1600
33.68 db
JPEG Sharpness At ISO 1600
2.846 pixels
JPEG SNR 18% At ISO 3200
31.16 db
JPEG Sharpness At ISO 3200
3.357 pixels

ISO Setting Sample Photo
ISO 100 Photo
ISO 200 Photo
ISO 400 Photo
ISO 800 Photo
ISO 1600 Photo
ISO 3200 Photo
ISO 6400 Photo
ISO 12800 Photo
ISO 25600 Photo

7.0
Photo
Luminance Noise
RAW SNR 18% At ISO 100 39.03 db
RAW SNR 18% At ISO 200 37.6 db
RAW SNR 18% At ISO 400 35.35 db
RAW SNR 18% At ISO 800 33.06 db
RAW SNR 18% At ISO 1600 30.31 db
RAW SNR 18% At ISO 3200 27.32 db
RAW SNR 18% At ISO 6400 24.3 db
RAW SNR 18% At ISO 12800 21.44 db
RAW SNR 18% At ISO 25600 20.25 db
RAW SNR 18% At ISO 51200 N/A
Sample Gallery
Sample Gallery
The Skate Park

Format Link
JPEG Photo
RAW Photo

Sample Gallery
The Polish Church

Format Link
JPEG Photo
RAW Photo

Sample Gallery
The Studio

Format Link
JPEG Photo
RAW Photo

Sample Gallery
The Stairway

Format Link
JPEG Photo
RAW Photo

General Video
General Video
Video Feature
Full HD Video
Yes
4k Video
Yes
6k Video
No
Clean HDMI Output
Yes
Advertised Max Chroma Sampling Over HDMI
Not Advertised
Advertised Max Bit Depth Over HDMI
N/A
Log Picture Profile
No
Recording Light
No
General Video
Audio
Audio Test Sample
Audio Recording
Stereo
Microphone Level Display
No
General Video
Video Exposure Assistant
Zebra Line
No
Histogram
Yes
Waveform
No
General Video
Recording Format And Compression
MP4 H.264 / MPEG-4 AVC
Yes
MP4 H.265 / HEVC
No
MOV H.264 / MPEG-4 AVC
No
MOV H.265 / HEVC
No
AVCHD H.264 / MPEG-4 AVC
No
All-I Compression
No
4k Video
3.0
4k Video
4k Frame Rate
240 fps In 4k
No
120 fps In 4k
No
60 fps In 4k
No
30 fps In 4k
No
24 fps In 4k
Yes, with a Crop
Crop At Max Available fps
1.54 x
5.1
4k Video
4k Video Autofocus Performance
Eye Detection In 4k
Yes
Face Detection In 4k
Yes
Face Tracking In 4k
1.1
Object Tracking In 4k
7.3
3.9
4k Video
4k Video Stabilization
In Body Video Image Stabilization In 4k
No
Walking Test In 4k
20.66 pixels/frames
Running Test In 4k
38.34 pixels/frames
Crop
1.43 x
7.4
4k Video
4k Internal Recording
Bitrate Maximum In 4k
120 Mbps
Bitrate Minimum In 4k
120 Mbps
Chroma Sampling In 4k
4:2:0
Bit Depth In 4k
8 bits
Record Time Limit 30 min
Overheat Recording Interruption
No
6.0
4k Video
4k Video Quality
Low Light Capability In 4k
5.0
Test Scene Extract In 4k
8.3
4k Rolling Shutter
8.79 degrees
Full HD Video
5.5
Full HD Video
FHD Frame Rate
240 fps In FHD
No
120 fps In FHD
No
60 fps In FHD
Yes
30 fps In FHD
Yes
24 fps In FHD
No
Crop At Max Available fps
1 x
9.2
Full HD Video
FHD Video Autofocus Performance
Eye Detection In FHD
Yes
Face Detection In FHD
Yes
Face Tracking In FHD
8.0
Object Tracking In FHD
10
6.2
Full HD Video
FHD Video Stabilization
In Body Video Image Stabilization In FHD
No
Walking Test In FHD
7.15 pixels/frames
Running Test In FHD
18.42 pixels/frames
Crop
1.42
7.4
Full HD Video
FHD Internal Recording
Bitrate Maximum In FHD
30 Mbps
Bitrate Minimum In FHD
12 Mbps
Chroma Sampling In FHD
4:2:0
Bit Depth In FHD
8
Record Time Limit 30 min
7.2
Full HD Video
FHD Video Quality
Low Light Capability In FHD
5.0
Test Scene Extract In FHD
9.2
FHD Rolling Shutter
2.24 degrees
Storage And Connectivity
Storage And Connectivity
Storage
Card 1 Slot
SD Card UHS-I
Card 2 Slot
No 2nd Card Slot
8.8
Storage And Connectivity
Input / Outputs
USB
Micro USB
HDMI
Mini (Type C)
Headphones
Yes
Microphone
Stereo
Wi-Fi
Yes
Bluetooth
Yes

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

The Canon Rebel SL3 comes in two color variants: 'Black' and 'White'. We tested the 'Black' variant with the EF-S 18-55mm F/4-5.6 IS STM lens, and you can see its label here. That said, we expect the 'White' variant to perform similarly overall. It can also be purchased in either color scheme without a lens at all.

If someone comes across a differently-equipped variant of the Canon SL3, let us know in the discussions so we can update our review.

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