Canon EOS Rebel SL2 Review

Are the majority of DSLRs too large for your hands? Is it true that the majority of mirrorless cameras are too small? Perhaps the Canon EOS Rebel SL2 is the ideal camera for you. A fully-articulated touch-screen LCD and a higher ISO than the previous model make this 24-megapixel DSLR the smallest and lightest of Canon’s DSLRs. It also features a quicker focusing speed than the previous model.

At $700 (with the EF-S 18-55mm f/4-5.6 kit lens), the SL2 is also on the more affordable end of the company’s product line-up, as well. A point-and-shoot camera or an older DSLR with more up-to-date capabilities will appeal to those looking to upgrade, and the SL2’s Feature Assistant and built-in instructions will be helpful to those who are just getting started with photography.

Canon Rebel SL2: Design

This ultra-compact camera, which is available in black or white, measures just 4 inches by 3 inches and weighs one pound, including the battery and SD card. To put that into perspective, the Canon T6, which is the company’s entry-level DSLR, measures 5.11 by 4.31 by 3.1 inches and weighs 17.1 ounces, while the Canon EOS M5, which is the company’s latest mirrorless camera, is 4.6 inches by 3.5 inches by 2.4 inches and weighs 1 pound.

While the SL2’s small size and weight are advantageous, the camera’s overall feel is undeniably plastic, save from its solid-feeling grip.

Despite the fact that Canon rearranged the placement of several of the control buttons, the SL2 is a significantly scaled-down version of previous, higher-end DSLR cameras. The ISO, Exposure Compensation, Playback, Menu, and Live View buttons were eliminated for the sake of simplicity, and only the most crucial specialized controls were retained. A single command dial is located at the top of the grip.

Canon Rebel SL2: Image Quality

The lens I used was the Canon EF-S18-55mm F/4-5.6 IS STM, which has a 35mm-equivalent focal range of around 29-88mm. The majority of the test photographs were taken using the Standard Picture Style and either the Shutter- or Aperture-priority exposure modes, respectively.

When compared to other cameras in this price range, the image quality was fairly decent. All of the colors are richly saturated and appear to be natural in appearance.

Canon’s auto white balance has a tendency to maintain the warm hues produced by, for example, tungsten light. The Auto WB on the SL2 may be changed to either Ambience priority or White priority, much like it can be on other recent Canon cameras. Under tungsten lighting, the former produces warmer photos (similar to sepia toned), whilst the latter compensates for the light and balances the colors to assist generate more realistic whites by balancing the colors.

Canon Rebel SL2: Video

Full HD (1920 x 1080) video at 60/30/24 frames per second is available, as are 1280 x 720 and 640 x 480 video at 60/30 frames per second. Movies are recorded in MP4, which is a format that is simple to see and modify.

Although manual exposure adjustment is accessible during recording (by setting the camera to M on the mode dial), be aware that altering parameters through the command dial will result in an audible clicking noise.

Enter the Setup menu and turn off the Beep sound. Then use the touch screen to make adjustments to the settings in complete silence (such as shutter speed, aperture, ISO, and more). If you’re just getting started, leave the camera on Auto and trust it to take care of everything.

Canon Rebel SL2: Specifications

Body typeCompact SLR
Body materialComposite
Max resolution6000 x 4000
Image ratio w:h1:1, 4:3, 3:2, 16:9
Effective pixels24 megapixels
Sensor photo detectors26 megapixels
Sensor sizeAPS-C (22.3 x 14.9 mm)
Sensor typeCMOS
ProcessorDIGIC 7
Color spacesRGB, Adobe RGB
Color filter arrayPrimary color filter
ISOAuto, 100-25600 (expands to 51200)
Boosted ISO (maximum)51200
White balance presets6
Custom white balanceYes
Image stabilizationNo
Uncompressed formatRAW
JPEG quality levelsFine, normal
File formatJPEG (Exif v2.3)Raw (Canon 14-bit CR2)
Optics & Focus
AutofocusContrast Detect (sensor)Phase DetectMulti-areaCenterSelective single-pointTrackingSingleContinuousTouchFace DetectionLive View
Autofocus assist lampYes
Manual focusYes
Number of focus points9
Lens mountCanon EF/EF-S
Focal length multiplier1.6×
Screen / viewfinder
Articulated LCDFully articulated
Screen size3″
Screen dots1,040,000
Touch screenYes
Screen typeTFT LCD
Live viewYes
Viewfinder typeOptical (pentamirror)
Viewfinder coverage95%
Viewfinder magnification0.87× (0.54× 35mm equiv.)
Photography features
Minimum shutter speed30 sec
Maximum shutter speed1/4000 sec
Exposure modesProgramShutter priorityAperture priorityManual
Scene modesPortraitGroup photoLandscapeSportsKidsClose-upFoodCandlelightNight portraitHandheld night sceneHDR backlight control
Built-in flashYes
Flash range9.80 m (at ISO 100)
External flashYes (via hot shoe)
Flash X sync speed1/200 sec
Drive modesSingleHigh-speed continuousSilent singleSilent continuousSelf-timerContinuous shooting after self-timer
Continuous drive5.0 fps
Self-timerYes (2 or 10 secs)
Metering modesMultiCenter-weightedSpotPartial
Exposure compensation±5 (at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV steps)
AE Bracketing±3 (3 frames at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV steps)
Videography features
FormatMPEG-4, H.264
Modes1920 x 1080 @ 60p / 60 Mbps, MP4, H.264, AAC1920 x 1080 @ 30p / 30 Mbps, MP4, H.264, AAC1920 x 1080 @ 30p / 12 Mbps, MP4, H.264, AAC1920 x 1080 @ 23.98p / 30 Mbps, MP4, H.264, AAC1280 x 720 @ 60p / 26 Mbps, MP4, H.264, AAC1280 x 720 @ 30p / 4 Mbps, MP4, H.264, AAC
Storage typesSD/SDHC/SDXC (UHS-I compatible)
USBUSB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
Microphone portYes
Headphone portNo
Wireless notes802.11b/g/n + NFC + Bluetooth
Remote controlYes (via wireless remote or smartphone)
Environmentally sealedNo
BatteryBattery Pack
Battery descriptionLP-E17 lithium-ion battery & charger
Battery Life (CIPA)650
Weight (inc. batteries)453 g (1.00 lb / 15.98 oz)
Dimensions122 x 93 x 70 mm (4.8 x 3.66 x 2.76″)
Other features
Orientation sensorYes
Timelapse recordingYes (videos only)

Canon Rebel SL2: Verdict

With a good blend of beginner and expert functions, the Canon EOS Rebel SL2 performs excellently for a camera in this price range and in this class. A cheaper alternative, the Canon EOS Rebel T6 ($450 with an 18-55mm lens), is available; however, it misses several of the SL2’s appealing features, such as the fully articulated touch-screen LCD.

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