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Canon 760D vs SL3

The Canon EOS 760D (called Canon T6s in some regions) and the Canon EOS Rebel SL3 (labelled Canon 250D in some countries) are two digital cameras that were announced, respectively, in February 2015 and April 2019. Both are DSLR (Digital Single Lens Reflex) cameras that are equipped with an APS-C sensor. Both cameras offer a resolution of 24 megapixels.

Below is an overview of the main specs of the two cameras as a starting point for the comparison.

Headline Specifications
Canon 760D versus Canon SL3
Canon 760D Canon SL3
Digital single lens reflex Digital single lens reflex
Canon EF mount lenses Canon EF mount lenses
24 MP, APS-C Sensor 24 MP, APS-C Sensor
1080/30p Video 4K/25p Video
ISO 100-12,800 (100 - 25,600) ISO 100-25,600 (100 - 51,200)
Optical viewfinder Optical viewfinder
3.0 LCD, 1040k dots 3.0 LCD, 1040k dots
Swivel touchscreen Swivel touchscreen
5 shutter flaps per second 5 shutter flaps per second
440 shots per battery charge1070 shots per battery charge
132 x 101 x 78 mm, 565 g 122 x 93 x 70 mm, 449 g

Going beyond this snapshot of core features and characteristics, what are the differences between the Canon EOS 760D and the Canon EOS Rebel SL3? Which one should you buy? Read on to find out how these two cameras compare with respect to their body size, their imaging sensors, their shooting features, their input-output connections, and their reception by expert reviewers.

Body comparison

The side-by-side display below illustrates the physical size and weight of the Canon 760D and the Canon SL3. The two cameras are presented according to their relative size. Three successive views from the front, the top, and the rear are shown. All size dimensions are rounded to the nearest millimeter.

The SL3 can be obtained in two different colors (black, white), while the 760D is only available in black.

Size Canon 760D vs Canon SL3
Compare 760D versus SL3 top
Comparison 760D or SL3 rear

If the front view area (width x height) of the cameras is taken as an aggregate measure of their size, the Canon SL3 is notably smaller (15 percent) than the Canon 760D. Moreover, the SL3 is markedly lighter (21 percent) than the 760D. In this context, it is worth noting that neither the 760D nor the SL3 are weather-sealed.

The above size and weight comparisons are to some extent incomplete since they do not consider the interchangeable lenses that both of these cameras require. In this particular case, both cameras feature the same lens mount, so that they can use the same lenses. You can compare the optics available in the Canon EF Lens Catalog.

The adjacent table lists the principal physical characteristics of the two cameras alongside a wider set of alternatives. If you want to switch the focus of the display and review another camera pair, you can move across to the CAM-parator tool and choose from the broad selection of possible camera comparisons there.

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Body Specifications
    Camera
Model
Camera
Width
Camera
Height
Camera
Depth
Camera
Weight
Battery
Life
Weather
Sealing
Camera
Launch
Launch
Price (USD)
Street
Price
1.
 
Canon 760D 132 mm 101 mm 78 mm 565 g 440 n Feb 2015 649i
2.
 
Canon SL3 122 mm 93 mm 70 mm 449 g 1070 n Apr 2019 599 i
3.
 
Canon T8i 131 mm 103 mm 76 mm 515 g 800 n Feb 2020 749 i
4.
 
Canon M50 Mark II 116 mm 88 mm 59 mm 387 g 305 n Oct 2020 599 i
5.
 
Canon 2000D 129 mm 101 mm 78 mm 475 g 500 n Feb 2018 449 i
6.
 
Canon T7 129 mm 101 mm 78 mm 475 g 500 n Feb 2018 449 i
7.
 
Canon 77D 131 mm 100 mm 76 mm 540 g 600 n Feb 2017 899 i
8.
 
Canon 800D 131 mm 100 mm 76 mm 532 g 600 n Feb 2017 749i
9.
 
Canon SL2 122 mm 93 mm 70 mm 453 g 650 n Jun 2017 549i
10.
 
Canon M5 116 mm 89 mm 61 mm 427 g 295 n Sep 2016 979 i
11.
 
Canon 750D 132 mm 101 mm 78 mm 555 g 440 n Feb 2015 749i
12.
 
Canon 1200D 130 mm 100 mm 78 mm 480 g 500 n Feb 2014 449i
13.
 
Canon G1 X Mark II 116 mm 74 mm 66 mm 553 g 240 n Feb 2014 799i
14.
 
Canon G7 X 103 mm 60 mm 40 mm 304 g 210 n Sep 2014 699i
15.
 
Canon 650D 133 mm 100 mm 79 mm 575 g 440 n Jun 2012 849i
16.
 
Nikon D5600 124 mm 97 mm 70 mm 465 g 970 n Nov 2016 699 i
Notes: Measurements and pricing do not include easily detachable parts, such as add-on or interchangeable lenses or optional viewfinders.

Any camera decision will obviously take relative prices into account. The retail prices at the time of the camera’s release place the model in the market relative to other models in the producer’s line-up and the competition. The SL3 was somewhat cheaper (by 8 percent) than the 760D at launch, but both cameras fall into the same price category. Usually, retail prices stay at first close to the launch price, but after several months, discounts become available. Later in the product cycle and, in particular, when the replacement model is about to appear, further discounting and stock clearance sales often push the camera price considerably down.

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Sensor comparison

The imaging sensor is at the core of digital cameras and its size is one of the main determining factors of image quality. All other things equal, a large sensor will have larger individual pixel-units that offer better low-light sensitivity, wider dynamic range, and richer color-depth than smaller pixels in a sensor of the same technological generation. Further, a large sensor camera will give the photographer additional creative options when using shallow depth-of-field to isolate a subject from its background. On the downside, larger sensors tend to be more expensive and lead to bigger and heavier cameras and lenses.

Both cameras under consideration feature an APS-C sensor and have a format factor (sometimes also referred to as "crop factor") of 1.6. Within the spectrum of camera sensors, this places the review cameras among the medium-sized sensor cameras that aim to strike a balance between image quality and portability. Both cameras have a native aspect ratio (sensor width to sensor height) of 3:2.

Technology-wise, the SL3 uses a more advanced image processing engine (DIGIC 8) than the 760D (DIGIC 6), with benefits for noise reduction, color accuracy, and processing speed.

Canon 760D and Canon SL3 sensor measures

The two cameras under review do not only share the same sensor size, but also offer an identical resolution of 24 megapixels. This similarity in sensor specs implies that both the 760D and the SL3 have the same pixel density, as well as the same pixel size. It should, however, be noted that the SL3 is much more recent (by 4 years and 2 months) than the 760D, and its sensor will have benefitted from technological advances during this time.

The Canon EOS 760D has a native sensitivity range from ISO 100 to ISO 12800, which can be extended to ISO 100-25600. The corresponding ISO settings for the Canon EOS Rebel SL3 are ISO 100 to ISO 25600, with the possibility to increase the ISO range to 100-51200.

760D versus SL3 MP

Consistent information on actual sensor performance is available from DXO Mark for many cameras. This service determines an overall sensor rating, as well as sub-scores for low-light sensitivity ("DXO Sports"), dynamic range ("DXO Landscape"), and color depth ("DXO Portrait"). The adjacent table reports on the physical sensor characteristics and the outcomes of the DXO sensor quality tests for a sample of comparator-cameras.

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Sensor Characteristics
    Camera
Model
Sensor
Class
Resolution
(MP)
Horiz.
Pixels
Vert.
Pixels
Video
Format
DXO
Portrait
DXO
Landscape
DXO
Sports
DXO
Overall
1.
 
Canon 760D APS-C 24.0 6000 40001080/30p22.612.091570
2.
 
Canon SL3 APS-C 24.0 6000 40004K/25p........
3.
 
Canon T8i APS-C 24.0 6000 40004K/24p........
4.
 
Canon M50 Mark II APS-C 24.0 6000 40004K/24p........
5.
 
Canon 2000D APS-C 24.0 6000 40001080/30p22.611.9100971
6.
 
Canon T7 APS-C 24.0 6000 40001080/30p........
7.
 
Canon 77D APS-C 24.0 6000 40001080/60p23.613.397178
8.
 
Canon 800D APS-C 24.0 6000 40001080/60p........
9.
 
Canon SL2 APS-C 24.0 6000 40001080/60p23.613.4104179
10.
 
Canon M5 APS-C 24.0 6000 40001080/60p23.412.4126277
11.
 
Canon 750D APS-C 24.0 6000 40001080/30p22.712.091971
12.
 
Canon 1200D APS-C 17.9 5184 34561080/30p21.911.372463
13.
 
Canon G1 X Mark II 1.5-inch 13.0 4160 31201080/30p21.510.858158
14.
 
Canon G7 X 1-inch 20.0 5472 36481080/60p23.012.755671
15.
 
Canon 650D APS-C 17.9 5184 34561080/30p21.711.272262
16.
 
Nikon D5600 APS-C 24.0 6000 40001080/60p24.114.0130684

Many modern cameras cannot only take still pictures, but also record videos. The two cameras under consideration both have sensors whose read-out speed is fast enough to capture moving pictures, but the SL3 provides a better video resolution than the 760D. It can shoot movie footage at 4K/25p, while the 760D is limited to 1080/30p.

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Feature comparison

Apart from body and sensor, cameras can and do differ across a variety of features. The 760D and the SL3 are similar in the sense that both have an optical viewfinder. The latter is useful for getting a clear image for framing even in brightly lit environments. The viewfinders of both cameras offer the same field of view (95%), but the viewfinder of the SL3 has a higher magnification than the one of the 760D (0.54x vs 0.51x), so that the size of the image transmitted appears closer to the size seen with the naked human eye. The adjacent table lists some of the other core features of the Canon 760D and Canon SL3 along with similar information for a selection of comparators.

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Core Features
    Camera
Model
Viewfinder
(Type or
000 dots)
Control
Panel
(yes/no)
LCD
Size
(inch)
LCD
Resolution
(000 dots)
LCD
Attach-
ment
Touch
Screen
(yes/no)
Mech
Shutter
Speed
Shutter
Flaps
(1/sec)
Built-in
Flash
(yes/no)
Built-in
Image
Stab
1.
 
Canon 760Doptical Y 3.0 1040 swivel Y 1/4000s 5.0 Y n
2.
 
Canon SL3optical n 3.0 1040 swivel Y 1/4000s 5.0 Y n
3.
 
Canon T8ioptical n 3.0 1040 swivel Y 1/4000s 7.5 Y n
4.
 
Canon M50 Mark II2360 n 3.0 1040 swivel Y 1/4000s 10.0 Y n
5.
 
Canon 2000Doptical n 3.0 920 fixed n 1/4000s 3.0 Y n
6.
 
Canon T7optical n 3.0 920 fixed n 1/4000s 3.0 Y n
7.
 
Canon 77Doptical Y 3.0 1040 swivel Y 1/4000s 6.0 Y n
8.
 
Canon 800Doptical n 3.0 1040 swivel Y 1/4000s 6.0 Y n
9.
 
Canon SL2optical n 3.0 1040 swivel Y 1/4000s 5.0 Y n
10.
 
Canon M52360 n 3.2 1620 tilting Y 1/4000s 9.0 Y n
11.
 
Canon 750Doptical n 3.0 1040 swivel Y 1/4000s 5.0 Y n
12.
 
Canon 1200Doptical n 3.0 460 fixed n 1/4000s 3.0 Y n
13.
 
Canon G1 X Mark IIoptional n 3.0 1040 tilting Y 1/4000s 5.2 Y Y
14.
 
Canon G7 Xnone n 3.0 1040 tilting Y 1/2000s 6.5 Y Y
15.
 
Canon 650Doptical n 3.0 1040 swivel Y 1/4000s 5.0 Y n
16.
 
Nikon D5600optical n 3.2 1037 swivel Y 1/4000s 5.0 Y n

One feature that is present on the 760D, but is missing on the SL3 is a top-level LCD. While being, of course, smaller than the rear screen, the control panel conveys some of the essential shooting information and can be convenient for quick and easy settings verification.

Both cameras have an articulated rear screen that can be turned to be front-facing. This feature will be particularly appreciated by vloggers and photographers who are interested in taking selfies.

The Canon SL3 has an intervalometer built-in. This enables the photographer to capture time lapse sequences, such as flower blooming, a sunset or moon rise, without purchasing an external camera trigger and related software.

Concerning the storage of imaging data, both the 760D and the SL3 write their files to SDXC cards. Both cameras can use UHS-I cards, which provide for Ultra High Speed data transfer of up to 104 MB/s.

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Connectivity comparison

For some imaging applications, the extent to which a camera can communicate with its environment can be an important aspect in the camera decision process. The table below provides an overview of the connectivity of the Canon EOS 760D and Canon EOS Rebel SL3 and, in particular, the interfaces the cameras (and selected comparators) provide for accessory control and data transfer.

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Input-Output Connections
    Camera
Model
Hotshoe
Port
Internal
Microphone
Internal
Speaker
Microphone
Port
Headphone
Port
HDMI
Port
USB
Port
WiFi
Support
NFC
Support
Bluetooth
Support
1.
 
Canon 760DYstereomonoY-mini2.0YY-
2.
 
Canon SL3YstereomonoY-mini2.0Y-Y
3.
 
Canon T8iYstereomonoY-mini2.0Y-Y
4.
 
Canon M50 Mark IIYstereomonoY-micro2.0Y-Y
5.
 
Canon 2000DYmonomono--mini2.0YY-
6.
 
Canon T7Ymonomono--mini2.0YY-
7.
 
Canon 77DYstereomonoY-mini2.0YYY
8.
 
Canon 800DYstereomonoY-mini2.0YYY
9.
 
Canon SL2YstereomonoY-mini2.0YYY
10.
 
Canon M5YstereomonoY-mini2.0YYY
11.
 
Canon 750DYstereomonoY-mini2.0YY-
12.
 
Canon 1200DYmonomono--mini2.0---
13.
 
Canon G1 X Mark IIYstereomono--mini2.0YY-
14.
 
Canon G7 X-stereomono--micro2.0YY-
15.
 
Canon 650DYstereomonoY-mini2.0---
16.
 
Nikon D5600YstereomonoY-mini2.0YYY

The SL3 is a recent model that features in the current product line-up of Canon. In contrast, the 760D has been discontinued (but can be found pre-owned on eBay). As a replacement in the same line of cameras, the 760D was succeeded by the Canon 77D. Further information on the two cameras (e.g. user guides, manuals), as well as related accessories, can be found on the official Canon website.

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Review summary

So how do things add up? Which of the two cameras – the Canon 760D or the Canon SL3 – has the upper hand? Is one clearly better than the other? A synthesis of the relative strong points of each of the models is listed below.


Arguments in favor of the Canon EOS 760D:

  • Easier setting verification: Features an LCD display on top to control shooting parameters.
  • Easier device pairing: Supports NFC for fast wireless image transfer over short distances.
  • More heavily discounted: Has been available for much longer (launched in February 2015).


Advantages of the Canon EOS Rebel SL3:

  • Better jpgs: Has a more modern image processing engine (DIGIC 8 vs DIGIC 6).
  • Better video: Provides higher definition movie capture (4K/25p vs 1080/30p).
  • Larger viewfinder image: Features a viewfinder with a higher magnification (0.54x vs 0.51x).
  • Easier time-lapse photography: Has an intervalometer built-in for low frequency shooting.
  • More compact: Is smaller (122x93mm vs 132x101mm) and will fit more readily into a bag.
  • Less heavy: Has a lower weight (by 116g or 21 percent) and is thus easier to take along.
  • Longer lasting: Gets more shots (1070 versus 440) out of a single battery charge.
  • Easier wireless transfer: Supports Bluetooth for image sharing without cables.
  • More modern: Reflects 4 years and 2 months of technical progress since the 760D launch.

If the count of individual advantages (bullet points above) is taken as a guide, the SL3 is the clear winner of the contest (9 : 3 points). However, the relative importance of the various individual camera aspects will vary according to personal preferences and needs, so that you might like to apply corresponding weights to the particular features before making a decision on a new camera. A professional wedding photographer will view the differences between cameras in a way that diverges from the perspective of a travel photog, and a person interested in cityscapes has distinct needs from a macro shooter. Hence, the decision which camera is best and worth buying is often a very personal one.

760D 03:09 SL3

How about other alternatives? Do the specifications of the Canon 760D and the Canon SL3 place the cameras among the top in their class? Find out in the latest Best DSLR Camera listing whether the two cameras rank among the cream of the crop.

In any case, while the specs-based evaluation of cameras can be instructive in revealing their potential as photographic tools, it remains partial and cannot reveal, for example, the shooting experience and imaging performance when actually working with the 760D or the SL3. User reviews that are available, for instance, at amazon can sometimes shed light on these issues, but such feedback is all too often partial, inconsistent, and inaccurate.

Expert reviews

This is where reviews by experts come in. The adjacent summary-table relays the overall verdicts of several of the most popular camera review sites (amateurphotographer [AP], cameralabs [CL], dpreview [DPR], ephotozine [EPZ], photographyblog [PB]). As can be seen, the professional reviewers agree in many cases on the quality of different cameras, but sometimes their assessments diverge, reinforcing the earlier point that a camera decision is often a very personal choice.

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Expert Camera Reviews
     Camera 
 Model 
 AP 
 score 
 CL 
 score 
 DPR 
 score 
 EPZ 
 score 
 PB 
 score 
Camera
Launch
Launch
Price (USD)
Street
Price
1.
 
Canon 760D5/5+77/1004.5/54.5/5 Feb 2015 649i
2.
 
Canon SL3..o79/1004/54/5 Apr 2019 599 i
3.
 
Canon T8i4.5/5+80/1004/53.5/5 Feb 2020 749 i
4.
 
Canon M50 Mark II.......... Oct 2020 599 i
5.
 
Canon 2000D..o..3.5/53.5/5 Feb 2018 449 i
6.
 
Canon T7..o..3.5/53.5/5 Feb 2018 449 i
7.
 
Canon 77D4.5/5..82/1004.5/54/5 Feb 2017 899 i
8.
 
Canon 800D4.5/5..80/1004.5/54/5 Feb 2017 749i
9.
 
Canon SL24/5+ +78/1004.5/54.5/5 Jun 2017 549i
10.
 
Canon M54/5+82/1004/54/5 Sep 2016 979 i
11.
 
Canon 750D5/5..75/1004.5/54.5/5 Feb 2015 749i
12.
 
Canon 1200D3/5+..4/54.5/5 Feb 2014 449i
13.
 
Canon G1 X Mark II3/5+77/1004/54.5/5 Feb 2014 799i
14.
 
Canon G7 X4/5+ +77/1004.5/54.5/5 Sep 2014 699i
15.
 
Canon 650D4/5+ +77/1004.5/54.5/5 Jun 2012 849i
16.
 
Nikon D56004/5..79/1004.5/54/5 Nov 2016 699 i
Notes: (+ +) highly recommended; (+) recommended; (o) reviewed; (..) not available.

The review scores listed above should be treated with care, though. The assessments were made in relation to similar cameras of the same technological generation. Hence, a score should always be seen in the context of the camera's market launch date and its price, and comparing ratings of very distinct cameras or ones that are far apart in terms of their release date have little meaning. Also, kindly note that some of the listed sites have over time developped their review approaches and their reporting style.

Canon 760D:
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    Specifications: Canon 760D vs Canon SL3

    Below is a side-by-side comparison of the specs of the two cameras to facilitate a quick review of their differences and common features.

    Camera Specifications
    Camera Model Canon 760D Canon SL3
    Camera Type Digital single lens reflex Digital single lens reflex
    Camera Lens Canon EF mount lenses Canon EF mount lenses
    Launch Date February 2015 April 2019
    Launch Price USD 649 USD 599
    Sensor Specs Canon 760D Canon SL3
    Sensor Technology CMOS CMOS
    Sensor Format APS-C Sensor APS-C Sensor
    Sensor Size 22.3 x 14.9 mm 22.3 x 14.9 mm
    Sensor Area 332.27 mm2 332.27 mm2
    Sensor Diagonal 26.8 mm 26.8 mm
    Crop Factor 1.6x 1.6x
    Sensor Resolution 24 Megapixels 24 Megapixels
    Image Resolution 6000 x 4000 pixels 6000 x 4000 pixels
    Pixel Pitch 3.72 μm 3.72 μm
    Pixel Density 7.22 MP/cm2 7.22 MP/cm2
    Moiré control Anti-Alias filter Anti-Alias filter
    Movie Capability 1080/30p Video 4K/25p Video
    ISO Setting 100 - 12,800 ISO 100 - 25,600 ISO
    ISO Boost 100 - 25,600 ISO 100 - 51,200 ISO
    Image Processor DIGIC 6 DIGIC 8
    DXO Sensor Quality (score) 70 ..
    DXO Color Depth (bits) 22.6 ..
    DXO Dynamic Range (EV) 12.0 ..
    DXO Low Light (ISO) 915 ..
    Screen Specs Canon 760D Canon SL3
    Viewfinder Type Optical viewfinder Optical viewfinder
    Viewfinder Field of View 95% 95%
    Viewfinder Magnification 0.51x 0.54x
    Top-Level Screen Control Panel no Top Display
    LCD Framing Live View Live View
    Rear LCD Size 3.0inch 3.0inch
    LCD Resolution 1040k dots 1040k dots
    LCD Attachment Swivel screen Swivel screen
    Touch Input Touchscreen Touchscreen
    Shooting Specs Canon 760D Canon SL3
    Focus System Phase-detect AF Phase-detect AF
    Manual Focusing Aidno Peaking FeatureFocus Peaking
    Max Shutter Speed (mechanical) 1/4000s 1/4000s
    Continuous Shooting 5 shutter flaps/s 5 shutter flaps/s
    Shutter Life Expectancy100 000 actuations100 000 actuations
    Time-Lapse Photographyno IntervalometerIntervalometer built-in
    Fill Flash Build-in Flash Build-in Flash
    Storage Medium SDXC cards SDXC cards
    Second Storage Option Single card slot Single card slot
    UHS card support UHS-I UHS-I
    Connectivity Specs Canon 760D Canon SL3
    External Flash Hotshoe Hotshoe
    USB Connector USB 2.0 USB 2.0
    HDMI Port mini HDMI mini HDMI
    Microphone Port External MIC port External MIC port
    Wifi Support Wifi built-in Wifi built-in
    Near-Field Communication NFC built-in no NFC
    Bluetooth Support no Bluetooth Bluetooth built-in
    Body Specs Canon 760D Canon SL3
    Battery Type LP-E17 LP-E17
    Battery Life (CIPA)440 shots per charge1070 shots per charge
    Body Dimensions 132 x 101 x 78 mm
    (5.2 x 4.0 x 3.1 in)
    122 x 93 x 70 mm
    (4.8 x 3.7 x 2.8 in)
    Camera Weight 565 g (19.9 oz) 449 g (15.8 oz)

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