• APS-C 332.3mm2
  • 24.2 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 25,600
  • APS-C 337.5mm2
  • 32.5 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 25,600

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Differences

Canon SL3 advantages over Canon 90D

  • Less expensive
    $649 vs $1349
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • Shoots 24p video
    Yes vs No
    Gives your movies a big-screen feel
  • Lighter weight
    664g vs 1216g
    Lighter weight
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
    Unlimited vs 57 shots
    Take more JPEG shots before waiting (burst mode)

Canon 90D advantages over Canon SL3

  • Longer stills battery life
    More info 1300 vs 1070 shots
    Capture more photos
  • More telephoto lens reach
    216 mm vs 88 mm
    Capture objects farther away with the kit lens
  • Top deck display
    Yes vs No
    Check settings with a screen on top of the camera
  • More cross-type AF points
    45 vs 1
    Cross-type AF points improve autofocus performance
  • Pentaprism viewfinder
    Pentaprism vs Pentamirror
    Much better viewfinder picture fidelity
  • More viewfinder magnification
    0.59x vs 0.54x
    Get a bigger view of the scene through the eye-level viewfinder
  • More pixels
    32.5 vs 24.2 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • More AF points
    45 vs 9
    More AF points improve autofocus
  • Headphone jack
    Yes vs No
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    10.0 fps vs 5.0 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)
  • Faster RAW shooting
    10.0 fps vs 5.0 fps
    Faster RAW shooting in burst mode
  • Bigger RAW buffer
    27 vs 15 shots
    Larger buffer for RAW shots (burst mode)
  • Slow-motion videos
    Yes vs No
    Shoot slow-motion videos
  • Faster shutter
    1/16000 vs 1/4000 sec
    Shoot wide open in bright light

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • Tilt-swivel screen
    Both provide
    Tilt and swivel the screen for maximum shooting flexibility
  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Both provide
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • Shoot 4K video
    Both provide
    Make sure you have a fast computer
  • Touchscreen
    Both provide
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Both provide
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • Built-in Bluetooth
    Both provide
    Always-on wireless connectivity
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Both provide
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • Internal flash
    Both provide
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • External Mic Jack
    Both provide
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • HDMI out
    Both provide
    Use HDMI output to monitor or review video
  • Hot shoe
    Both provide
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities
  • Bulb shutter
    Both provide
    Hold the shutter open manually for long exposures

Common Weaknesses

  • Focus peaking
    Neither provide
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Neither provide
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • In-camera panoramas
    Neither provide
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • NFC
    Neither provide
    Simplifies pairing your camera with supported phones
  • Built-in GPS
    Neither provide
    Geotag your photos
  • Dual card slots
    Neither provide
    Gives you more storage flexibility

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The Competition

Compared to Canon 80D

Canon SL3
Canon 80D
  • $549
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Shoot 4K video
  • $1093
  • APS-C
  • NFC
  • More telephoto lens reach
Canon 90D
Canon 80D
  • $1199
  • APS-C
  • Shoot 4K video
  • Built-in Bluetooth
  • $1093
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Bigger pixels

Compared to Canon 77D

Canon SL3
Canon 77D
  • $549
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Shoot 4K video
  • $699
  • APS-C
  • NFC
  • More telephoto lens reach
Canon 90D
Canon 77D
  • $1199
  • APS-C
  • Shoot 4K video
  • Longer stills battery life
  • $699
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • NFC

Compared to Canon SL2

Canon SL3
Canon SL2
  • $549
  • APS-C
  • Shoot 4K video
  • Longer stills battery life
  • $449
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • NFC
Canon 90D
Canon SL2
  • $1199
  • APS-C
  • Shoot 4K video
  • Fast startup
  • $449
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • NFC

Compared to Canon T7

Canon SL3
Canon T7
  • $549
  • APS-C
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Shoot 4K video
  • $449
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • NFC
Canon 90D
Canon T7
  • $1199
  • APS-C
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Shoot 4K video
  • $449
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • NFC

Compared to Nikon D3500

Canon SL3
Nikon D3500
  • $549
  • APS-C
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Shoot 4K video
  • $447
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Larger sensor
Canon 90D
Nikon D3500
  • $1199
  • APS-C
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Shoot 4K video
  • $447
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Bigger pixels
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