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Canon EOS 250D Rebel SL3 Review

Canon EOS 250D Review - We review Canon's latest DSLR, the 250D, which is Canon's smallest DSLR available. The 250D offers a 24mp sensor, 4K video recording, a 3inch touch-screen, and a real optical viewfinder, but how does it perform? Find out here.

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Quick Verdict

The Canon EOS 250D offers Canon's reliable and pleasing colour reproduction in one of the most compact DSLR bodies available with a vari-angle screen. The small size, and easy to use design should make it appealing to beginners, but it's more advanced controls and shooting options should make it appeal to those who want a more compact Canon DSLR. There's 4K video recording, and good noise performance, but there are also a number of limitations that you'll need to be aware of, including no silent shooting, and only 9 AF points when using the optical viewfinder. 

+ Pros

  • Compact DSLR with vari-angle touch-screen
  • 24mp sensor with good noise performance
  • 4K video recording
  • Excellent colour reproduction
  • Easy to use menu system and controls

- Cons

  • Only 9 AF points when using OVF
  • Slow continuous shooting in comparison to mirrorless cameras
  • No built-in panoramic shooting mode
  • Could be quicker access to controls


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The Canon EOS 250D is the world’s lightest DSLR with movable screen, the camera weighs just 449g with battery and memory card. Updating the EOS 200D, the 250D offers 4K video recording, a 24mp sensor, and is designed to be easy to use for beginners, as well as offering more advanced shooting. The camera is available in three colours: Silver/tan, White and Black.


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Canon EOS 250D Features

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The 24.1mp APS-C CMOS sensor has a low-pass filter built-in, which means there’s likely to be slightly softer images in comparison to a camera with no low-pass filter built-in. The benefit of this is that there’s reduced risk of moire in images (false colour in fine detail). The camera offers an ISO range of ISO100 to ISO25600 as standard, which extends to ISO51200.

The camera gives you the choice of 3:2, 4:3, 16:9, and 1:1 aspect ratio shots. It also shoots 14bit raw images, with the option of standard Canon raw, or the new more compact cRAW.

The Canon EOS 250D is also known as the Rebel SL3, and Kiss X10 in Japan. In some markets, it's even called the 200D II. 

The optical viewfinder (OVF) offers 95% coverage, and 0.87x magnification, as well as dioptre correction. The 3inch vari-angle touch screen has a resolution of 1040K dots, with 100% coverage.

Using the OVF, the camera offers 9 AF points. Switch to live-view and you get 143 AF points that the camera can select from automatically. Switch to 1 AF point, and you can choose from 3,975 AF points. AF works down to -0.5 EV using the OVF, or down to -4EV using the liveview.

The camera is available with the EF-S 18-55mm f/4-5.6 IS STM kit lens which is, according to Canon, the world's smallest non-retractable kit lens. 

The camera features a Guided UI (User Interface), which is designed to help beginners, and a Creative Assist mode making it easy to change settings, without necessarily knowing what all the different options and settings do. There's also built-in help, that explains every option.

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Shooting modes included: Scene Intelligent Auto (Stills and Movie), Creative Auto, SCN (Portrait, Landscape, Close-up, Sports, Group Photo, Night Portrait, Smooth Skin, Group Photo, Handheld Night Scene, HDR Backlight Control, Food, Kids, Candlelight), Creative filters, Program AE, Shutter priority AE, Aperture priority AE, and full Manual (Stills and Movie).

Picture styles are available, and can be customised. The options include Auto, Standard, Portrait, Landscape, Fine Detail, Neutral, Faithful, Monochrome, User Defined (x3). There are a number of other creative effects available, which we explain, with examples, later in the review. 

There’s a built-in pop-up flash with a guide number (GN) of 9.8.

Wi-Fi and Bluetooth are built-in, making it possible to connect to a compatible smartphone or tablet. Once connected you'll be able to remotely control the camera, as well as transfer images. 

The camera records 4K UHD video at 25, or 24fps, as well as fullHD video at 60,50,30, and 25fps. There is a 29 minute, 59 second recording limit for a movie file. Stereo microphones are built-in, and there's a microphone socket on the side of the camera, should you want to use an external microphone. 

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Key Features

  • 24.1mp APS-C CMOS sensor
  • DIGIC 8 image processor
  • 3inch vari-angle touch-screen
  • OVF, 0.87x magnification and 95% coverage
  • ISO100 to ISO51200 (Hi)
  • 5fps continuous shooting
  • Dual Pixel CMOS AF live view with Eye AF
  • 9 AF points (when using OVF)
  • 4K (UHD) video recording
  • Wi-Fi and Bluetooth
  • 1070 shot battery life (OVF)
  • 320 shot battery life (using live-view)
  • Available in three colours - Silver/tan, White and Black

Canon EOS 250D Handling

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The camera body has an aluminium alloy and polycarbonate resin with glass fibre chassis, with a polycarbonate resin with glass fibre and special conductive fibre for the rest of the camera, so whilst the camera may look and feel as though it’s made out of plastic, polycarbonate is actually tougher and stronger than plastic. With a “plastic” looking body, the camera looks more budget orientated than the price, especially compared to mirrorless cameras with their “retro” styling and metal touches / finish.

As a small DSLR, it may feel a little too small for large hands, but for those that want a compact travel DSLR, the small size (and weight) certainly makes the camera easier to travel with, particularly if you use a small lens or lenses.

Despite the small size, you’ll still find all the standard controls and dials as you would on other Canon DSLRs, with a top mode dial, there’s an off/on/video power switch, a dedicated ISO button, as well as AV/Exposure compensation on the back. Unfortunately there's no quick access to drive modes, white balance (and other settings), without first pressing the Q button, as the 4-way controller does not give shortcuts to these settings. 


On the back - The 3inch touch-screen is a gapless design, and has great viewing angles. The display looks bright, and clear, with good colour reproduction. You can use the touch-screen to set the focus point, change settings, as well as navigate your way around the menu system.

The optical viewfinder (OVF) provides a clear view of the scene, and with 0.87x magnification it's a reasonable size, however it only shows 95% of the frame. 

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Speaking of the menu system :– the camera gives you the option of a more friendly, helpful, user interface, and this is enabled by default. All the options remain the same, they just make it easier for a beginner to change settings and know what is happening. You can switch these off if you’re familiar with Canon EOS cameras, and feel more at home with the standard colour scheme. The menu system has built-in help, as well as highlighting any settings you’ve changed away from the default settings. A handy reminder of what settings you might have accidentally changed. Switch to the video mode, and you get a set of video options – clever!


Live view AF:

If you’re coming from a compact camera, smartphone, or mirrorless camera, it may feel odd to use the camera’s optical viewfinder, especially as you’re likely to want to use the screen to compose shots away from your eye at time. The Canon focus system is quick, but switching between standard operation (using the OVF), and live view does add a slight delay to the shooting experience. You'll also notice the "odd" sounds when shooting in live-view, as there's no silent shooting mode available.

Dual Pixel CMOS AF has 143 / 3975 focus points and – gives between 80% vertical x 80% horizontal coverage of the frame, up to 100% vertical x 88% horizontal depending on the lens used. This is vastly improved compared to the 9 AF points on offer when focusing using the cameras optical viewfinder and standard AF system.

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The memory card compartment is underneath, with the battery compartment. The camera accepts UHS-I SD cards.

There’s a microphone socket on the side, as well as HDMI mini output port. There’s also video out (integrated with USB).

Wi-Fi and Bluetooth make it easy to transfer images to a smartphone, and low-power Bluetooth means you’ll use less power when transferring images.

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Battery life - Battery Life - The camera uses the LP-E17 battery, and offers up to 1070 shots when using the OVF, or 320 shots when using live-view. The camera doesn’t offer in-camera battery charging or power from a USB source. If you plan on using the camera with live-view, then a spare battery would be recommended, otherwise, you should be fine with just one battery. 

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12 3.3k 82 United Kingdom
28 Apr 2019 11:20AM
I'm impressed !!....nice & compact, with sensible ergonomics, & impressive image quality !!

The light weight & small body makes for a good carry-all-day piece of kit !!.Smile
youcantoo 4 1 United States
1 May 2019 7:58PM
Seems to me it is sort of stupid to compare it to a mirror-less camera. the rest of the cons that they listed seem to be more personal in nature then anything else

Only 9 AF points when using OVF
Slow continuous shooting in comparison to mirrorless cameras
No built-in panoramic shooting mode
Could be quicker access to controls

While it might be nice to have more AF points, we seem to forget that we have had 9 AF point for a long long time and yet have somehow managed to get some great shots. God forbid that it doesn't have built-in panoramic mode...... just the same as many of Canon's Cameras didn't have prior to it. It is not a mirrorless camera so stop comparing it to one. If you want a mirrorless camera then buy one.... For what it is and was designed for, and for the money it sells for it fits the bill. If you want more control or something fancier then buy it.....

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