Meet The New Rebel SL3: Canon’s Newest, Lightest EOS Camera with 4K Video
Stephan Jukic – April 10, 2019
Canon has now announced the arrival of their latest member of the EOS Rebel family of DSLR cameras. The new model is called the EOS Rebel SL3 and comes packaged in an extremely light body that weighs in at just under a pound. Despite this compactness, it features full 4K video recording, a DIGIC 8 internal image processor and a combination of Dual Pixel AF along with Eye Detection AF.
In terms of physical size, the SL3 almost resembles a mirrorless camera model in its compactness, with a body that measures out at 4.82 x 3.65 x 2.75 inches, or 122.4 x 92.6 x 69.8 millimeters. And a specific weight of 15.84 ounces (449 grams, just under half a kilo). This is the camera’s weight with both battery and memory card loaded in by the way.
The Rebel SL3 is compatible with most of Canon’s lenses including its EF and EF-S lines and delivers a powerful 24.1 megapixels of photo resolution with its APS-C image sensor. Built into the new EOS Rebel camera is also a 3-inch 1.03 million dot vari-angle LCD touchscreen with Live View shooting capacity and an integrated pop-up flash. The DIGIC 8 processor in the SL3 offers improved performance over most previous EOS cameras from Canon and is pretty broad in its ISO capability too, with a range of between 100 and 25,600, with expansion up to 51,200 also being available.
It’s further worth noting that this is the first DLSR in Canon’s EOS family that also comes with the above-mentioned Dual Pixel AF and Eye Detection through the Live View feature of the LCD screen. This feature works in Servo mode for both still shooting and movie making and the Live View gives users an extremely impressive 3,975 selectable autofocus points. On top of this, the acquisition speed of the SL3’s Live View feature is extremely fast at 0.03 seconds. It even has the ability to use Spot area autofocus with both AF-S One-Shot and AF-C AI Servo. As a further bonus, there is a Spot Focus capacity through the optical viewfinder of the EOS SL3 which has 9 focus points. The Canon SL3 can shoot continuously at 5 fps through the viewfinder and at the same speed in Live View. With the One Shot AF, this goes down to 3.5 fps.
Now finally, in terms of 4K video recording, this camera is the first of its kind from the EOS Rebel lineup. It can manage 4K UHD recording at a decent 24 fps with a 1.6x crop. Not fantastic but still not bad. For more practical recording sessions, there is also 1080p HD recording at 60 fps without any cropping of the frame and if HDR is activated in 1080p video this recording speed drops to 30 fps. There’s even a 4K time lapse movie mode that users can set with variable intervals that range from 1 second to an hour. Whichever speed you choose, up to 3,600 shots can be taken.
As for connectivity, the EOS Rebel SL3 offers easier-than-ever manageability, with a dedicated menu tab for both Bluetooh and WiFi. This same menu also lets you wirelessly transfer images to other devices like smartphones if connected to them.
The Canon EOS Rebel SL3 starts shipping as of the end of April and will be available in both black and white editions. The body by itself retails for $599.99 and a package with a standard EF-S 18-55mm f/4-5.6 IS STM lens will retail for $749.99.