Review on Canon EOS Rebel SL3 – Compact & 4K capability

Canon EOS Rebel SL3 Review

New to photography? Well, you will be just overwhelmed with the number of options that are available in the market right now. Starting from low-budget DSLRs to high-end Mirrorless cameras, getting the right one for a beginner is truly daunting.

Therefore, to help our photographer audience, we have scoured through the internet and researched the best camera that we think every beginner should buy. We will be reviewing the Canon Rebel SL3. As of writing this review, this camera has over 600 ratings on Amazon and over 85% of them are 5-stars. Under $700, we think it is the overall best performer for new to intermediate users. Read our full review on the EOS Rebel SL3 and see if it’s worth your money. Also, if you want cleaning accessories to go along with it, consider reading our review on the Giottos Rocket Air Blaster.

Design and construction

The compact design has always been associated with Mirrorless cameras, but the Rebel SL3 has made a name for itself by also offering a comparatively smaller footprint. In fact, it is arguably one of the most compact DSLRs that you can buy right now.

It is very lightweight and although mostly made of plastic, offers a very sturdy construction. The ergonomics is very well thought of. It’s surprisingly comfortable to hold and very grippy. You can be assured it will not slip off from the hand all of a sudden. We have extensively used this camera and haven’t had any serious issues holding it for a longer period of time. The buttons and knobs were appropriately placed for easy access. And also offers nice tactile feedback when pressed. The camera also holds a manual flash at the top, which isn’t that common to see at this specification.

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Viewfinder

The Canon EOS Rebel is a traditional DSLR system, meaning you will get the usual optical viewfinder with it. This also limits you to only 9-point autofocus when using the viewfinder. You could, however, kind of achieve Mirrorless camera viewing functionality using the display. Instead of the viewfinder, using the touch display will allow you to get a live view, where you have the liberty to choose from almost 4,000 focus points just by tapping with your fingers.

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Display & Navigation

The display is a 3-inch LCD panel that is bright enough that you can use it in broad daylight. However, direct sunlight may be an issue. You can still use the viewfinder in that case.

Anyway, the touch responsiveness of the display is just fantastic. We haven’t had any lags or mistouches at all. Canon is known to provide good touch displays and this particular model is no exception. The display is also rotatable. This will help you to view images at both low angles and high angles. Also, in case you want to make vlogs, you can easily maneuver the display towards you to see what’s happening. This is a really excellent addition and will likely be a deciding factor for content creators. Regarding the navigation, we think it is one of the easiest to understand in terms of how the camera menu goes. Everything is very simply designed. Any newbie can get their way through the setting very comfortably.

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Connectivity

The Rebel SL3 allows you to transfer files to your phone via the camera connect app. You can directly share the files on social media or send them to your backup device. One thing that’s missing is the ability to transfer instantly after taking the shot. It would have been nice if canon integrated it. Anyways, if you are facing issues with Wi-Fi, then you also have the capability to use Bluetooth.

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Photos & Videos

Obviously, the media output is what matters the most for any camera regardless of the great features it might have. The SL3 delivers what it is intended to do. This system won’t obviously be great, as it is just a mid-range camera. If you need anything substantially marvelous, then go for a thousand-dollar system. We think for most beginners or family cameras it performs quite well.

Anyways, regarding the features, it offers a 24 megapixel CMOS sensor. This camera can take both HD and 4K resolution videos. It does limit in terms of 2K recording. You will only get to record 2K at 30 frames per second. In 1080p that’s extended to 60 frames per second. You won’t get 120 frames, which means no ultra slo-mo videos. But judging the price, I’m not complaining.

The sensors take really high-resolution images that are well balanced in regards to the details, color contrast, and dynamics. Unless you shoot wildlife for NatGeo, you will be quite satisfied with the output. The system also allows for audio recording via an external microphone.

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Pros

  • Very compact footprint
  • Easy to understand interface
  • Wireless connectivity
  • 4K compatible
  • Longer battery life
  • External mic support
  • Rotatable display
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Cons

  • 4K is limited to 30fps
  • Fairly expensive
  • Cropping is not great
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Final thoughts

The features this camera offers are more than enough to get your feet wet in the field of photography. In fact, to be a great photographer skills are what’s most important. Still, cameras will be important. The only thing we will recommend to change in this camera system is the included kit lens. While it has a decent performance, purchasing an extra lens will improve your image quality and give you better flexibility. All in all, we highly recommend the EOS SL3 DSLR to any newcomer.

Eva Filgueira

Eva Filgueira is a fairly new staff writer here at Doorbell Gears, but her contribution has been very significant. She has a degree in origami design and is a very fun-loving person in nature. Her passion for learning new things has led her to this role for writing on our Hobby & Craft category. Eva loves to discover new products that help people learn new things and gives a positive vibe. She does in-depth research on each product and tries to pick the ones that aid in self-improvement and peace of mind. Also, quality and price is a concern for her, as she tries to provide the best product for the money.

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