Canon EOS Rebel SL3 vs Sony a550

This is a full comparison between the cameras Canon EOS Rebel SL3 and Sony a550. We compare them by looking at the categories you see below.

Manufacturing

Canon EOS Rebel SL3 is manufacturered by Canon but Sony a550 is from Sony. Both Canon and Sony are well known brands though.

Canon EOS Rebel SL3 were released 2019 and Sony a550 was released 2009. That is a 10 years difference. In tech, this period can be of interest since technology is always improving, etc.

Camera Released
Canon EOS Rebel SL3 2019
Sony a550 2009

Type of camera

Both these cameras are DSLR cameras. No difference there.

Sensors / crop factor

These cameras have different sensors. Canon EOS Rebel SL3 has a "Canon APS-C"-sensor while Sony a550 has a "Sony APS-C"-sensor, and their difference in sensors will also affect the crop factor and experience focal length. See the table below.

Camera Focal length, 50mm f/1.8 **
Canon EOS Rebel SL3 80 mm
Canon APS-C sensor
Crop factor/focal length multiplier by * 1.6
Sony a550 75 mm
Sony APS-C sensor
Crop factor/focal length multiplier by * 1.5

** Experienced focal length when using a lens such as a common "50mm f/1.8"

Learn more about crop factor and focal length multiplier here:
Camera selection can affect the focal length (Canon)
Camera selection can affect the focal length (Sony)

Resolution

Canon EOS Rebel SL3 has a 24 MP (Megapixels) resolution while Sony a550 has 14 MP. If we break down this in more detail this is the data behind the numbers:

Camera Megapixels
Canon EOS Rebel SL3 24 MP
24000000 pixels
6000 x 4000
Sony a550 14 MP
14033152 pixels
4592 x 3056

Canon EOS Rebel SL3 has a 71 % larger resolution than Sony a550. This could give you more details in the picture but also a possibility to crop more in the pictures, afterward while editing the pictures, if needed that is.

ISO range

Canon EOS Rebel SL3 has a larger ISO-range than Sony a550. Canon EOS Rebel SL3 has an ISO range that stretches from 100 to 25600 while Sony a550 has 200 to 12800.

Camera ISO Range
Canon EOS Rebel SL3 100-25600
Sony a550 200-12800

Autofocus and lens compatibility

Both of these cameras have a built-in autofocus motor. Some lenses, that support autofocus, do not have an autofocus motor of their own but this won't cause any problems with these two cameras.

Here is a complete overview of which lenses work with each camera:
Lens compatibility chart for Canon EOS Rebel SL3
Lens compatibility chart for Sony a550

Pictures per second

Depending on what you are shooting the FPS, or frames/pictures per second, can definitely be of interest. Canon EOS Rebel SL3 can shoot up to 5 pictures per seconds and Sony a550 can shoot up to 7 pictures per seconds.

Camera FPS (Frames per second)
Canon EOS Rebel SL3 5
Sony a550 7

Ability to record movies

It is becoming more and more popular to record movies with digital cameras.

When comparing these two cameras there is only one of them that can shoot movies and that is Canon EOS Rebel SL3. Unfortunately Sony a550 does not support recording movies and movie clips.

Weight

The weight of the camera can be an extremely important factor, especially if the camera is about to be used, or carried around, for several hours at a time.

Sony a550 weighs 632 gr (equal to 1.39 lb) which is 41% heavier than Canon EOS Rebel SL3 and its 449 gr (or 0.99 lb).

Camera Weight
Canon EOS Rebel SL3 449 gr
0.99 lb
Sony a550 632 gr
1.39 lb

Canon EOS Rebel SL3 vs Sony a550 Specs

Below you will find the complete and detailed technical specs for both Canon EOS Rebel SL3 and Sony a550, next to each other. Each category of data is a link to an article covering the subject, giving you a deeper understanding so you can better understand the strengths and weaknesses of the two camera models.

Product
Canon EOS Rebel SL3
Sony a550
Name Canon EOS Rebel SL3 Sony a550
Manufacturer Canon Sony
Release Date and Price
Canon EOS Rebel SL3
Sony a550
Release Year 2019 2009
Release Date 2019-04-10 2009-08-27
MSRP 599 USD 949 USD
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Camera Type
Canon EOS Rebel SL3
Sony a550
Camera Type DSLR DSLR
Sensor
Canon EOS Rebel SL3
Sony a550
Sensor Size APS-C (approx 22.3 x 14.9 mm) APS-C (approx 23.5 x 15.6 mm)
Sensor Type CMOS CMOS
Resolution 6000 x 4000 pixels 4592 x 3056 pixels
Megapixels 24 MP 14 MP
Image Processor DIGIC 8 Bionz
Image
Canon EOS Rebel SL3
Sony a550
ISO Range 100 - 25600 200 - 12800
White Balance Presets 6 6
Custom White Balance Yes Yes
Image Stabilization No Yes
(Sensor-Shift)
Image Stabilization CIPA Rating 0 stops 0 stops
Uncompressed format RAW RAW
Optics & Focus
Canon EOS Rebel SL3
Sony a550
Autofocus Motor Yes Yes
Autofocus Contract Detect (sensor)
Phase Detect
Multi Area
Center
Selective Single Point
Tracking
Single
Continuous
Touch
Face Detection
LiveView
Phase Detect
Multi Area
Selective Single Point
Single
Continuous
Face Detection
LiveView
Focus Points 9 9
Lens Mount Canon EF
Canon EF-S

See Compatible Lenses
Sony A

See Compatible Lenses
Focal Length Multiplier APS-C Sensor
1.6x multiplier
Example:
24 mm becomes 38 mm
50 mm becomes 80 mm
100 mm becomes 160 mm
200 mm becomes 320 mm
APS-C Sensor (1.5x)
1.5x multiplier
Example:
24 mm becomes 36 mm
50 mm becomes 75 mm
100 mm becomes 150 mm
200 mm becomes 300 mm
Screen & Viewfinder
Canon EOS Rebel SL3
Sony a550
Articulated LCD Fully articulated Tilting
Screen size 3 3
Screen dots 1040000 921600
Touch screen Yes No
Screen type TFT LCD N/A
Live view Yes Yes
Viewfinder Type Optical (pentamirror) Optical (pentamirror)
Viewfinder Coverage 95% 95%
Viewfinder Magnification 0.87 (0.54 35mm equiv.) 0.8 (0.53 35mm equiv.)
Viewfinder Resolution 0 N/A
Photography features
Canon EOS Rebel SL3
Sony a550
Frames per second 5 fps 7 fps
Minimum Shutter Speed 30 seconds 30 seconds
Maximum Shutter Speed 1/4000 seconds 1/4000 seconds
Built-in Flash Yes Yes
Built-in Flash Range N/A 12 meters
External Flash Yes Yes
Self-Timer Yes Yes
Time-lapse No No
Metering modes Multi
Center Weighted
Spot
Partial
Multi
Center Weighted
Spot
Exposure Compensation +/- 5 (at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV steps) +/- 2 (at 1/3 EV steps)
Videography features
Canon EOS Rebel SL3
Sony a550
Video recording Yes No
Video format MPEG4
H.264
N/A
Video resolution 1920 x 1080
3840 x 2160
N/A
Built-in Microphone Yes No
Built-in Speakers Yes No
Storage
Canon EOS Rebel SL3
Sony a550
Memory Card SD/SDHC
Memory Stick Pro Duo
SD/SDHC
Connectivity
Canon EOS Rebel SL3
Sony a550
HDMI Output Yes Yes
Microphone Port Yes No
Headphone Port No No
Wireless Yes
Built-in (802.11b/g/n + Bluetooth)
No
Remote Control Yes (via wired or wireless remote or smartphone) Yes (Wired or Wireless (Optional))
GPS No No
Body & Dimensions
Canon EOS Rebel SL3
Sony a550
Enviromentally sealed No No
Battery Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery Details LP-E17 lithium-ion battery & charger
Lithium-Ion NP-FM500H rechargeable battery & charger
Battery Life (CIPA) 1070 shots 480 shots
Width 122 mm 137 mm
Height 93 mm 104 mm
Depth 70 mm 84 mm
Weight 449 gram 632 gram