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Summary

The Canon EOS 250D / Rebel SL3 is a compact DSLR aimed at first-time buyers looking for a step-up from the cheapest models. You get a 24 Megapixel APSC sensor, optical viewfinder, fully-articulated touchscreen and microphone input packed into one of Canon’s smallest and cutest bodies. In terms of features, the EOS 250D / SL3 remains very similar to its predecessor, the 200D / SL2, with the main update being the use of the DIGIC 8 processor which brings eye-detection in live view and 4k video, although sadly like the EOS M50, the 4k lacks dual-pixel autofocus and also incurs a tight crop. Luckily 1080p remains a joy to film with, with confident face detection and refocusing making the 250D / SL3 an ideal choice for vloggers who’ll also appreciate the flip-screen and mic input. But if you won’t use the eye-detection or 4k, I’d recommend comparing prices closely with the earlier 200D / SL2 as there may be bargains to be had.

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Canon EOS 250D Rebel SL3 review so far

Intro

Canon’s EOS 250D, or Rebel SL3 as it’s known in North America, is a compact DSLR aimed at photographers buying their first interchangeable lens camera. Announced in April 2019, it replaces the two EOS 200D / SL2, and like that model offers a more sophisticated point-of-entry than the cheapest DSLRs and a smaller body to boot.

Available in black, white or silver, the EOS 250D / SL3 is the smallest and lightest DSLR with a fully-articulated touchscreen. The 24 Megapixel APSC sensor is the same as the EOS 200D / Rebel SL2 before it, which means you also get Dual Pixel CMOS autofocus, allowing it to smoothly and confidently refocus in live view and movies (at least at 1080p). As before, there’s also a small optical viewfinder with a basic 9-point AF system and 5fps burst shooting, as well as a 3.5mm input for connecting an external microphone and Bluetooth to complement the Wifi for easy location tagging, remote control and wireless transfer of images.

So far so similar to its predecessor, but new to the EOS 250D / Rebel SL3 is the DIGIC 8 image processor, which brings eye-detection in live view (a first on a Canon DSLR) and 4k movie recording at 24 or 25p, although like the EOS M50 mirrorless camera there are some severe limitations: when shooting in 4k, the EOS 250D / SL3 imposes a tight crop and also loses Dual-Pixel AF, so the autofocus instead uses a less confident contrast-based system. 1080 video is at least available at 25, 30, 50 or 60p though, and the maximum recording time in any mode is 29:59. Like the M50, the 4k restrictions are frustrating, but there’s no getting away from the fact the EOS 250D / SL3 remains a compelling option for vloggers with a flip-screen, mic input and great autofocus, at least in 1080p, all packed into a small and light body at an affordable price. That said, if you don’t need the DIGIC 8 updates, I’d compare prices closely with the earlier EOS 200D / Rebel SL2, which also still supports 1080 at 24p – I’ve popped links below to help! I’ve started testing a final production sample, so check out my page of sample images and my video below which tests it for vlogging in 1080p and 4k, and using the kit lens and an ultra-wide zoom.

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Check prices on the Canon EOS 200D / Rebel SL2 at Amazon, B&H, Adorama, or Wex. Alternatively get yourself a copy of my In Camera book or treat me to a coffee! Thanks!

 

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Check prices on the Canon Rebel SL3 at B&H // Check prices on the Canon EOS 250D at WEX.

Check prices on the Canon EOS 200D / Rebel SL2 at Amazon, B&H, Adorama, or Wex. Alternatively get yourself a copy of my In Camera book or treat me to a coffee! Thanks!

 

Check prices on the Canon EOS M50 at Amazon, B&H, Adorama, or Wex. Alternatively get yourself a copy of my In Camera book or treat me to a coffee! Thanks!
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