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Canon EOS Rebel SL3 vs Nikon D3500 – Comparison

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Read our detailed comparison of the Canon EOS Rebel SL3 vs Nikon D3500 to find out their strengths and weaknesses.

Canon has introduced the EOS Rebel SL3 (EOS 250D) DSLR camera. The smallest and lightest entry-level DSLR uses the same 24MP APS-C CMOS sensor as its SL2 predecessor but adds a DIGIC 8 processor.

With Canon’s new Rebel EOS SL3 just hitting dealers’ shelves, we’ve compared it against one of its main competitors – the Nikon D3500.

  Canon EOS Rebel SL3 (EOS 250D) Nikon D3500
Sensor and Camera Features
Brand Canon Nikon
Megapixels 24.2 24.2
Sensor Type CMOS CMOS
Sensor Format APS-C APS-C
SLR Type Dslr Dslr
Crop Factor 1.6x 1.5x
AA Filter Fixed None
Image Resolution 6000 x 4000
(24.0 MP,
6000 x 4000
(24.0 MP,
Body Image Stabilization No No
Native ISO Min 100 – Max 25600 Min 100 – Max 25600
Full ISO Settings Auto, 100 – 25600 in 1EV steps, Expandable to 51200 Auto, 100 – 25600
Startup Time   0.4 seconds
AF System and Shooting
Auto Focus Type OVF: AF-dedicated CMOS phase-detect sensor, 9-points (Center AF point is cross-type at f/5.6, Center AF point is vertical line-sensitive at f/2.8); Live View: Dual-Pixel CMOS AF OVF: Nikon Multi-CAM 1000 11-Area Phase Detection, 1 cross-type, 10 line-type; Contrast-detect AF in Live View mode
Continuous Shooting Speed / Burst Mode Auto, 100 – 25600 in 1EV steps, Expandable to 51200 Auto, 100 – 25600
Shutter Speed Range 1/4000 – 30 sec 1/4000 – 30 sec
Bulb Mode Yes Yes
JPEG Buffer Size Unlimited 100
AW Buffer Size 10 13
LCD 3.0 3.0
LCD Resolution 1,040,000 dots
(345,600 px)
921,600 dots
(307,200 px)
Touchscreen Yes No
Articulating Screen Yes No
Tilt Swivel Screen Yes No
Selfie Screen Yes No
Top Deck Display No No
Focus Peaking No No
Viewfinder Optical / LCD Optical / LCD
Viewfinder Type SLR type; fixed eye-level pentamirror, ~95% coverage, ~0.87x mag., 19mm eyepoint, -3 to +1 diopter SLR type; eye-level pentamirror, 95% coverage, 0.85x mag., 18mm eyepoint, -1.7 to +0.5 diopter, Type B BriteView Clear Matte Mark VII screen
Focus Peaking No No
Video Features
Video Resolution 3840×2160 (24p/25p) 1920×1080 (60p/50p/30p/25p/24p)
Video File Format MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 video with AAC audio in MP4 container MOV (Video: H.264/MPEG-4 AVC; Audio: Monaural Linear PCM)
Memory Card Type SD / SDHC / SDXC SD / SDHC / SDXC
Dual Card Slot No No
SD UHS Support    
Microphone Jack Yes No
Headphone Jack No No
Flash and Internal Connections
Built-in Flash Yes Yes
Max Flash Sync Speed 1/200 1/200
Internal connections Mini (Type-C) HDMI-CEC, 3.5mm Stereo Mic Jack, Wired Remote Jack Type-C Mini HDMI with CEC, USB 2.0
Built-In Wi-Fi Yes No
Bluetooth Yes Yes
Built-In GPS No No
USB Type USB 2.0 High Speed,Bluetooth,WiFi USB 2.0 High Speed,Bluetooth
Battery Life (CIPA) 1070 shots 1550 shots
Battery Types Lithium-ion rechargeble Lithium-ion rechargeable
Weight 23.4 oz
(664 g)
includes batteries, kit lens
21.7 oz
(615 g)
includes batteries, kit lens
Size 4.8 x
3.6 x
2.7 in.
(122 x
93 x
70 mm)
4.9 x
3.8 x
2.7 in.
(124 x
97 x
70 mm)
Price Buy from Amazon for $582.33 Buy from Amazon for $396.95
Release Date 2019-04-10 2018-09-15

Canon EOS Rebel SL3 Advantages

  • Better moiré control: Has an anti-alias filter to avoid artificial patterns to appear in images. 
  • Better video: Provides higher definition movie capture (4K/25p vs 1080/60p). 
  • Better video autofocus: Features on-sensor phase-detection for more confident movie autofocus. 
  • Better sound: Can connect to an external microphone for higher quality sound recording.
  • More detailed LCD: Has a higher resolution rear screen (1040k vs 921k dots).
  • More flexible LCD: Has swivel screen for odd-angle shots in portrait or landscape orientation.
  • Fewer buttons to press: Is equipped with a touch-sensitive rear screen to facilitate handling.
  • More selfie-friendly: Has an articulated screen that can be turned to be front-facing.
  • Easier time-lapse photography: Has an intervalometer built-in for low frequency shooting.
  • More modern: Is somewhat more recent (announced 7 months after the D3500).

Reasons to prefer the Nikon D3500: 

  • Maximized detail: Lacks an anti-alias filter to exploit the sensor’s full resolution potential. 
  • Larger viewfinder image: Features a viewfinder with a higher magnification (0.57x vs 0.54x).
  • Less heavy: Has a lower weight (by 84g or 19 percent) and is thus easier to take along.
  • Longer lasting: Gets more shots (1550 versus 1070) out of a single battery charge.
  • More affordable: Was introduced into a lower priced category (28 percent cheaper at launch).
  • More heavily discounted: Has been on the market for longer (launched in August 2018).

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