Canon EOS Rebel SL3 / EOS 250D review

A no-brainer for beginners?

Canon EOS Rebel SL3 / EOS 250D.
Canon EOS Rebel SL3 / EOS 250D. Image Credit: TechRadar

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The Canon EOS Rebel SL3 / EOS 250D is a perfectly pleasing camera to use, with good handing, operation as expected and nice image quality, and the responsive touchscreen, fast start-up time and excellent Dual Pixel CMOS AF system all help to make it a very capable all-rounder.

Still, with the same sensor as an older model, and no changes to either the viewfinder or LCD screen, it's not the most significant update. 4K video is subject to limitations, and having just one cross-type point in the sparse nine-point array is rather miserly by modern standards.

Its many strong competitors only add to its woes, and mirrorless cameras in particular that either rival or easily beat the Rebel SL3 / 250D for size, specs and general performance aren't difficult to find. That said, its main selling points of superb battery life, pleasing JPEGs and compatibility with a sprawling pool of lenses, flashguns and other accessories is something that is still hard for many mirrorless cameras to completely replicate.

It's definitely a better choice than the more junior EOS Rebel T7 / EOS 2000D and EOS Rebel T100 / EOS 4000D if you're looking to enter the Canon system, but if you're not fussed about 4K video, and you're looking for a camera with a little more control for the same kind of money, you may well be better served by something like the older Canon EOS Rebel T6i / EOS 750D or Nikon's D5300, if not a mirrorless option.