EOS Rebel SL3 real life reactions


The new Canon EOS Rebel SL3 ships today, so you might be wondering if this is a camera for you. Before I answer, I’ll share three different profile stories:

  • My new wife on our honeymoon. I’m newly married, and on my honeymoon, my bride and I visited the Grand Canyon. Standing on the edge of that feat of nature, we both wanted to take photos. I shot with my DSLR, and my wife preferred her iPhone. She said she didn’t need a 'big fancy' camera like mine. Shooting the breadth of the landscape was fine for both of us.

    But then we spotted a Condor in the distance that we both wanted to photograph. We both zoomed in and shot, but when we reviewed the images, she quickly found the limitations of her phone. And then when the Condor  took off, it created more challenges for her tracking and photographing the bird.

    I offered to let her try shooting with an EOS Rebel SL2, I had in my bag, and she was hooked. She could zoom the telephoto lens and shoot fast moving objects, among other things. Here was a simple camera that allowed her to get all the pictures she wanted.

  • My young son the filmmaker. My youngest son is showing an interest in creating videos and films. He took a video production class in middle school that used EOS Rebel T4i cameras and last summer he attended the New York Film Academy Summer Camp in Hollywood. They also used Rebel cameras with the teens.

    I wanted to encourage this interest, so I bought him a Rebel SL2. He quickly learned how to create videos for his YouTube channel, and even better, when we go on our photo walks, he can use any lens in my bag to transform his camera.

  • My cousin the content creator. My cousin is a musician and music producer who asked my advice on a new DSLR. He wanted something primarily to create YouTube videos of himself playing music in his studio. His budget - under $1,000. Of course, I had the perfect recommendation for him - the EOS Rebel SL2.

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I recommended Rebel SL2 cameras for all my loved ones for the same reasons I would recommend the new Rebel SL3 to anyone else in a similar situation.

The EOS Rebel SL3 serves the same audiences and would be an excellent addition for anyone who fits these profiles:

  • Family members who are looking for a vacation camera that captures all their memories in great quality. It also captures images a range of situations where your camera phone might not be the best tool.

  • Young filmmakers who are interested in creating videos and need a basic video-capable DSLR.

  • Content creators who are looking to add video to the mix but don’t want to break the bank.

  • Budget conscious photographers who want the capability of using the full range of Canon’s EF & EFS lenses

About the camera

According to Canon, “the Canon EOS Rebel SL3 is the smallest and lightest DSLR in the Canon line up to date. Its 24.1 Megapixel (APS-C) CMOS Sensor combines with the powerful DIGIC 8 Processor for fantastic performance and results, and the EOS Rebel SL3 even lets you channel your creativity with options like 4K Time-lapse movies and Creative Assist.”

Perhaps the most exciting improvement is the Eye Detect AF, which makes it super easy to create selfie videos and photos.

As a Canon DSLR, the EOS Rebel SL3 can use just about any EF or EF-S lens in Canon’s system. There’s no better way to dramatically tell your story than to change your lenses.

If you compare it to the EOS Rebel SL2, the technology improvements are incremental. A DP Review side by side comparison of the Rebel SL2 and Rebel SL3 shows the more significant improvements are in the processor — from DIGIC 7 to DIGIC 8. The battery life improves significantly — boasting 1,070 shots per charge, up from 650 shots from its predecessor. 

Outside of that, not much improvement, but that’s okay, you wouldn’t upgrade from an SL2 to an SL3 anyway.

In fact, a better comparison for the EOS Rebel SL3 is the EOS M50 performance wise.

Who is the EOS Rebel SL3 for? In a nutshell, anyone who is upgrading from a camera phone to DSLR — to take advantage of a interchangeable lens camera’s benefits.

What problems does EOS Rebel SL3 solve?

  • Low-cost entry to DSLR/interchangeable lens cameras

  • Good for travel, family, youngsters

  • Better when you have close friends/family who also shoots Canon

  • Affordable second camera body

  • Feature assist guides help with the transition to a DSLR by providing prompts and cheat screens.

Who is it not for

  • Video creators who need the full 4k capabilities

  • Photographers who will subject it to more demanding situations like extreme weather conditions or working photographers shooting weddings, sports or news situations where a more durable camera would be a better fit.

  • Photographers who need a more sophisticated feature set.

Who should upgrade to the EOS Rebel SL3?

  • If your primary camera is also your phone.

  • If your primary considerations are cost and compact size.

  • If your current camera is a Rebel five years or older (although I’d urge you to consider full frame).

Bottom line

The EOS Rebel SL3 is an excellent upgrade for a smartphone photographer. It brings you into the Canon DSLR system with a camera that can access almost any EF or EF-S lens in the inventory. If you are already a DSLR shooter, however, you might look for a more advanced camera.