Finally! Canon Reveals its Smallest and Lightest EOS DSLR

Finally! Canon’s New EOS Rebel SL3 DSLR Can Record 4K Video
Canon Rebel SL3: A Tiny DSLR with 4K, Dual Pixel AF, and Eye Detection

Canon’s compact entry-level DSLR is getting a big boost when it comes to video. The new EOS Rebel SL3, the successor to the EOS Rebel SL2, will be able to shoot 4K video, a first for the company’s line of Rebel DSLRs, and still a rarity among its DSLRs in general.

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Canon has announced the new EOS Rebel SL3 DSLR, called the 250D in some regions on the world. It’s a successor to the entry-level SL2 from 2017 and is described by Canon as a body that’s “light in weight, heavy in features.”

On paper, The Rebel SL3’s video recording capabilities appear to have been bumped up to 4K (3,840 x 2,160 pixel) video at 24 fps, though the specs do note that the recorded image will be cropped around the center of the image(Credit: Canon)

As the smallest camera in Canon’s EOS stable, the Rebel SL3 weighs just 15.84 ounces (0.45kg), up from the 14.32oz of the SL2.

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The EOS Rebel SL3 DSLR camera features a 24.1 MP APS-C (22.3 x 14.9 mm) CMOS image sensor and Digic 8 image processor(Credit: Canon)
The EOS Rebel SL3 compact and lightweight DSLR is due for release in late April, 2019(Credit: Canon)

Inside the camera is a 24.1-megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor backed by Canon’s DIGIC 8 image processor. It has an ISO range of 100 to 25600 and a continuous shooting speed of 5 frames per second.

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The Rebel SL3 offers the same nine AF points in the optical viewfinder as the SL2, but adds Spot AF that allows photographers to zero in on a precise subject area(Credit: Canon)

In addition to 9 phase-detection autofocus points and the inclusion of Spot AF for focusing on a precise area, the SL3 is the first EOS DSLR to feature Dual Pixel CMOS AF with Eye Detection AF during Live View shooting.

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The camera is the first EOS Rebel camera to offer 4K video, up from 1080p in the SL2. But before you get too excited about that, you should know that there’s a huge crop involved.

“The bad news is that, like the EOS M50 with which it shares so much, the SL3 has an enormous 2.64x crop, relative to full frame, so the wide end of your 18-55mm is equivalent to 47mm in full-frame terms,” DPReview points out. “In addition, Dual Pixel AF is not available in movie mode, leaving you with regular contrast detection.”

On the back of the SL3 is a 3-inch 1.04-million-dot vari-angle LCD touchscreen.

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Framing up can be undertaken using the Rebel SL3’s optical viewfinder or the 3-inch, 1.04 million dot vari-angle LCD touchscreen panel(Credit: Canon)
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On the top of the camera is a pop-up flash.

The EOS Rebel Sl3 tips the scales at just 15.84 oz(Credit: Canon)

Other features and specs of the camera include Wi-Fi connectivity, Smooth Skin (for rendering skin tones), Creative Assist (a Live View shooting condition assistant), and Digital Lens Optimizer (automatic optical shifting correction).

The Canon Rebel SL3 will be available in late April in black and white colors with a price tag of $600 for the body and $750 when paired with an EF-S 18-55 f/4-5.6 IS STM lens.

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