• APS-C 328.6mm2
  • 12.2 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 1600
  • APS-C 332.3mm2
  • 24.2 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 25,600

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Differences

Canon XSi advantages over Canon SL3

  • Bigger pixels
    ~ 5.20 vs 3.72 microns
    Better low-light and dynamic range (all else equal)

Canon SL3 advantages over Canon XSi

  • Tilt-swivel screen
    Tilt-swivel vs none
    Tilt and swivel the screen for maximum shooting flexibility
  • Shoot 4K video
    4K (UHD) vs No
    Make sure you have a fast computer
  • Touchscreen
    Touch vs No touch
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Wi-Fi vs None
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • Built-in Bluetooth
    Yes vs No
    Always-on wireless connectivity
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Yes vs No
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • Longer stills battery life
    More info 1070 vs 500 shots
    Capture more photos
  • External Mic Jack
    Jack vs No jack
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • Newer
    18 months vs 13 years old
    Newer cameras often support more advanced features
  • HDMI out
    HDMI out vs None
    Use HDMI output to monitor or review video
  • Shoots 24p video
    Yes vs No
    Gives your movies a big-screen feel
  • More dots on screen
    1040k vs 230k dots
    Can mean greater resolution or a brighter screen
  • Shoots 1080p video
    Yes vs No
    You'll want this if you shoot video
  • More pixels
    24.2 vs 12.2 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Shoots 60p video
    Yes vs No
    A faster framerate can give you more editing options
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    5.0 fps vs 3.5 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
    Unlimited vs 53 shots
    Take more JPEG shots before waiting (burst mode)
  • Higher extended ISO
    51200 vs 1600 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Both provide
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • Internal flash
    Both provide
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • 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
  • Top deck display
    Neither provide
    Check settings with a screen on top of the camera
  • Pentaprism viewfinder
    Neither provide
    Much better viewfinder picture fidelity
  • Dual card slots
    Neither provide
    Gives you more storage flexibility
  • Headphone jack
    Neither provide
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video
  • Slow-motion videos
    Neither provide
    Shoot slow-motion videos

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The Competition

Compared to Nikon D60

Canon XSi
Nikon D60
  • $649
  • APS-C
  • Higher effective ISO
  • Less shutter lag
  • $700
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Larger sensor
Canon SL3
Nikon D60
  • $516
  • APS-C
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Shoot 4K video
  • $700
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels

Compared to Pentax K2000

Canon XSi
Pentax K2000
  • $649
  • APS-C
  • More pixels
  • More AF points
  • $556
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Larger sensor
Canon SL3
Pentax K2000
  • $516
  • APS-C
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Shoot 4K video
  • $556
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization

Compared to Canon T1i

Canon XSi
Canon T1i
  • $649
  • APS-C
  • Longer stills battery life
  • $900
  • APS-C
  • Fast startup
  • HDMI out
Canon SL3
Canon T1i
  • $516
  • APS-C
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Shoot 4K video
  • $900
  • APS-C
  • Bigger pixels
  • Fast startup

Compared to Canon SL2

Canon XSi
Canon SL2
  • $649
  • APS-C
  • Bigger pixels
  • Fast startup
  • $549
  • APS-C
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Touchscreen
Canon SL3
Canon SL2
  • $516
  • APS-C
  • Shoot 4K video
  • Longer stills battery life
  • $549
  • APS-C
  • NFC

Compared to Nikon D3500

Canon XSi
Nikon D3500
  • $649
  • APS-C
  • Bigger pixels
  • Has anti-aliasing filter
  • $497
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Built-in Bluetooth
Canon SL3
Nikon D3500
  • $516
  • APS-C
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Shoot 4K video
  • $497
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Larger sensor
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