Canon EOS Rebel SL3 Camera Review

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For Whom This Camera Is Best?

Owners, families, and photography enthusiasts new to DSLR cameras will appreciate the price, ease of use, and built-in manuals of the Canon EOS Rebel SL3 on a budget. There are plenty of features to enable interested people to explore all aspects of photography while learning basic knowledge such as shutter speed, aperture, and depth of field through the built-in help system. However, you can use it just as easily as a point-and-shoot camera.

Due to the hinged side-hinged touchscreen, Vlogger can use it as the camera of choice. There is also a 3.5mm microphone jack for higher quality video and audio.

Design of Canon EOS Rebel SL3

The Canon EOS Rebel SL3 is the smallest and lightest digital SLR camera on the market (as of April 2019), measuring 4.82 x 3.65 x 2.75 inches, and the battery and card weigh 15.84 grams. Despite the lightweight, even when the kit lens is fully extended, the bodyweight is sufficiently balanced. SL3 is available in black or white and has a deep grip, suitable for large and small hands.

Handling of Canon EOS Rebel SL3

External buttons are clearly labeled, and the menu system is very organized and easy to navigate. Better yet, users have a choice of standard menus or Canon-guided displays. The latter uses text and visuals to indicate what happens to each sequence. For example, when the camera mode is set to dial (time value or shutter speed preference) on the TV, the monitor displays a slider to adjust the shutter speed. Displays the person’s icon. A man running fast and fast, “frozen” at the other end. It is clear, concise, and easy to understand how these visual communications affect the subject running at shutter speed.

The Articulated Touchscreen of Canon EOS Rebel SL3

Canon is one of the few companies to realize the importance of fully articulated displays. Although it is an entry-level model, the SL3 has the same articulated touchscreen LCD screen as its predecessor. Because the monitor can be adjusted to any angle, it is ideal for taking pictures at high or low heights and for taking selfies. Video bloggers especially like this feature.

The variable angle screen allowed me to capture this low angle lens without having to lie on the floor.

The touchscreen is responsive and fully functional – you can touch it to focus and scroll through menus, select settings, and switch between images during playback.

Using a real-time display monitor instead of a viewfinder can give users a real-time view of settings. This is a new feature of SL3 and an excellent learning tool. Change the white balance and the result is immediately visible. The exposure is the same; you know what you get before you press the shutter button, and more holders will be on the SD card.

Other benefits of using real-time display are the ability to achieve excellent dual pixel CMOS autofocus through eye-detection autofocus. The latter works well when tracking objects and can focus on their eyes.

The image quality of Canon EOS Rebel SL3

I tested the camera with the kit EF-S 18-55mm IS STM cut lens. The pictures were colorful, with just the right amount of saturation and separation. I shot test images with the Standard Picture Style settings, but optional Picture Styles (Auto, Neutral, Portrait, Landscape, and more) settings can be tweaked to adjust parameters such as saturation, sharpness, contrast, etc.

And, if you decide that you want to add a little style after the fact, you can use the Creative Assist feature to adjust saturation or apply tones (sepia, blue and others) to your RAW images and save them As new JPEGs. It’s a fun way to find different options without losing your original files.

The SL3 works well in balancing prominent light and shadow in the layout. The images retain details in deeper subjects, such as the bright blue skies over this blue sky.

The ISO range is 100-25,600, but if you want to take pictures in low light, try to keep the camera at ISO 3200 or below. That said, ISO 6400 isn’t bad. If you’re in a shady spot, like I was when shooting these irises, ISO 1600 works very well and produces clean images.

Video Quality of Canon EOS Rebel SL3

SL3 is one of the first inexpensive digital SLRs capable of recording video in 4K, but the resolution isn’t everything. The video looks good, of course, with pleasant colors and mostly accurate AF. For some reason, however, Canon decided to give up 24p (24 frames per second) to get full HD video (1920 x 1080), so you have 30p and 60p left. While this may not be a big deal for most people who make home movies, this is one of the odd omissions as 24p is almost the standard in movie theaters and can deliver a smooth picture. At 30p, the material (especially fast-moving objects) can be a bit choppy. If you are exercising, switch to 60p to play in full HD.

Perhaps the biggest disappointment in the video is that, unlike Full HD and standard HD settings, Canon’s Dual Pixel AF cannot be used when recording in 4K. Autofocus isn’t bad, but if one of the camera’s so-called selling points is the 4K video, people expect more than contrast-based autofocus.

SL3 has a digital stabilization option for video, but it will crop the image and will not work properly if you walk with the camera in your hand.

Flashlight Quality of Canon EOS Rebel SL3

Unlike the SL2 flash, the SL2 flash will pop up automatically when there is insufficient light, while the SL3 flash must be turned on manually. This may not be a big deal, but some people prefer not to have the camera operated when the flash fires. However, if you are a beginner, how do you know when you need a flash?

If the camera is set to “Intelligent Auto” (the green button of the mode button), this is the only way to immediately remind you to flash. You don’t need to physically address the flash memory problem; you know when you need the flash. That is, the flash exposure is usually accurate and can even be covered.

The battery life  of Canon EOS Rebel SL3

Although the SL3 uses the same battery as its predecessor, the new camera’s battery life is more than doubled when shooting with the DIGIG8 processor optical viewfinder, 1000-1600 images ( Depends on which flash you use, etc.) Switch to live view and it will drop from 300 to 300. Still, it’s better than 240-260 live view shots on the SL2.

The external buttons are clearly labeled and the menu system is organized and easy to navigate. Users can even choose the standard menu or Canon guide display. The latter uses text and visual effects to show the effect of each setting. For example, if the camera is set to TV on the mode button (time value or shutter speed priority), the monitor will display a slider to adjust the shutter speed and display the icon speed of a blurred character and another character on the screen. The bottom of the shutter is the “frozen” flow path. Visual communication about how shutter speed affects the moving subject is clear, concise, and easy to understand.

Canon Has Replaced The Hot Shoe

Canon has replaced the hot shoe for the SL3 and removed the sync pin, which allows third party flashes and triggers to be used with the camera. Currently, the external flash that only applies to SL3 is a flash manufactured by Canon. However, we have heard rumors that at least one third-party flash memory manufacturer is developing a solution. If you don’t plan on using an accessory flash or a compatible Canon flash, this isn’t a problem. But this is something to watch out for.

Last update was on: August 2, 2020 9:00 pm

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