Canon brings 4K video to its new EOS Rebel SL3 camera, but there’s a catch

Apr 10, 2019

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Canon brings 4K video to its new EOS Rebel SL3 camera, but there’s a catch

Apr 10, 2019

Dunja Djudjic

Dunja Djudjic is a multi-talented artist based in Novi Sad, Serbia. With 15 years of experience as a photographer, she specializes in capturing the beauty of nature, travel, and fine art. In addition to her photography, Dunja also expresses her creativity through writing, embroidery, and jewelry making.

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Nearly two years after releasing the EOS Rebel SL2, Canon has announced the newest addition to its EOS line-up. Canon EOS Rebel SL3 is another affordable, tiny, and lightweight DSLR aimed particularly at those who are just starting out at photography and video. A big improvement over its predecessor is that it shoots 4K/24p, but unfortunately – with a huge crop.

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The SL3 is very similar in design to the SL2. Specs-wise, the SL3 is an upgraded version of its predecessor, but it doesn’t differ all that much. It packs a 24.1MP APS-C CMOS sensor and a DIGIC 8 image processor. The native ISO goes from 100 to 25,600 and can be expanded to 51,200. There are 9 AF points and Dual Pixel CMOS AF (but it’s not available when shooting 4K video).

Despite the similarities, there are some improvements in the SL3, the first one being 4K video. As a matter of fact, the SL3 is the first camera from the EOS line-up that shoots 4K. However, as I mentioned earlier, it comes with a catch. There’s a massive crop of 2.64x when shooting 4K, which is the same problem we saw in the Canon EOS M50. This means that your 18mm lens is going to have a similar field of view to a 45mm on full frame. It’s a shame, really: the camera is small and lightweight and has a fully articulating screen, which would make it ideal for vlogging if it weren’t for the huge crop.

The Canon EOS Rebel SL3 also allows shooting n-camera 4K timelapse movies. Battery life has been significantly improved in the SL3 compared to its predecessor. It can shoot 1070 photos per charge, compared to the SL2’s limit of 650 shots.

Take a look at full specs below, as well as the prices and availability:

Imaging
Lens Mount Canon EF-S
Camera Format APS-C (1.6x Crop Factor)
Pixels 24.1 Megapixel
Aspect Ratio 3:2
Sensor Type CMOS
Sensor Size 22.3 x 14.9 mm
Image File Format JPEG, RAW
Bit Depth 14-Bit
Image Stabilization None
Exposure Control
ISO Sensitivity 100 to 25600
Exposure Modes Aperture Priority, Manual, Program, Shutter Priority
Video
Recording Modes UHD 4K (3840 x 2160)
Recording Limit Up to 29 Minutes, 59 Seconds
Audio Recording Built-In Microphone (Stereo)
Focus
Focus Type Auto and Manual Focus
Focus Mode Automatic (A), Continuous-Servo AF (C), Manual Focus (M), Single-Servo AF (S)
Autofocus Points Phase Detection: 9
Viewfinder and Monitor
Viewfinder Type Optical (Pentamirror)
Monitor Size 3″
Monitor Resolution 1,040,000 Dot
Monitor Type Articulating Touchscreen LCD
Flash
Built-in Flash Yes
Dedicated Flash System eTTL
External Flash Connection Hot Shoe
Interface
Memory Card Slot 1 x SD
Wireless Bluetooth
Wi-Fi
GPS None
Physical
Battery 1 x LP-E17 Rechargeable Lithium-Ion, 7.2 VDC, 1040 mAh
Dimensions (W x H x D) 4.8 x 3.6 x 2.7″ / 121.9 x 91.4 x 68.6 mm
Weight 15.8 oz / 448 g
Kit Lens
Focal Length 18 to 55mm (35mm Equivalent Focal Length: 28.8 to 88mm)
Maximum Aperture f/4 to 5.6
Minimum Aperture f/22 to 32
Angle of View 74° 20′ to 27° 50′
Maximum Magnification 0.25x
Minimum Focus Distance 9.84″ / 25 cm
Optical Design 12 Elements in 10 Groups
Diaphragm Blades 7, Rounded
Focus Type Autofocus
Image Stabilization Yes
Filter Size 58 mm (Front)
Dimensions (D x L) 2.60 x 2.40″ / 66 x 61 mm
Weight 7.6 oz / 215 g

The new Canon EOS Rebel SL3 is available for preorders, and it will start shipping at the end of April. It comes in two color versions, both can be ordered with or without a kit lens, and here are your options:

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Dunja Djudjic

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2 responses to “Canon brings 4K video to its new EOS Rebel SL3 camera, but there’s a catch”

  1. David F Avatar
    David F

    Can the touch screen be disabled?

  2. Jorge Pastrana Avatar
    Jorge Pastrana

    No 24p !!!!! Nota again!!!