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 type||Compact SLR|
|Max resolution||6000 x 4000|
|Image ratio w:h||1:1, 4:3, 3:2, 16:9|
|Effective pixels||24 megapixels|
|Sensor photo detectors||26 megapixels|
|Sensor size||APS-C (22.3 x 14.9 mm)|
|Color space||sRGB, Adobe RGB|
|Color filter array||Primary color filter|
|ISO||Auto, 100-25600 (expands to 51200)|
|Boosted ISO (maximum)||51200|
|White balance presets||6|
|Custom white balance||Yes|
|JPEG quality levels||Fine, normal|
|File format||JPEG (Exif v2.3)Raw (Canon 14-bit CR2)|
|Optics & Focus|
|Autofocus||Contrast Detect (sensor)Phase DetectMulti-areaCenterSelective single-pointTrackingSingleContinuousTouchFace DetectionLive View|
|Autofocus assist lamp||Yes|
|Number of focus points||9|
|Lens mount||Canon EF/EF-S|
|Focal length multiplier||1.6×|
|Screen / viewfinder|
|Articulated LCD||Fully articulated|
|Screen type||TFT LCD|
|Viewfinder type||Optical (pentamirror)|
|Viewfinder magnification||0.87× (0.54× 35mm equiv.)|
|Minimum shutter speed||30 sec|
|Maximum shutter speed||1/4000 sec|
|Exposure modes||ProgramShutter priorityAperture priorityManual|
|Scene modes||PortraitGroup photoLandscapeSportsKidsClose-upFoodCandlelightNight portraitHandheld night sceneHDR backlight control|
|Flash range||9.80 m (at ISO 100)|
|External flash||Yes (via hot shoe)|
|Flash X sync speed||1/200 sec|
|Drive modes||SingleHigh-speed continuousSilent singleSilent continuousSelf-timerContinuous shooting after self-timer|
|Continuous drive||5.0 fps|
|Self-timer||Yes (2 or 10 secs)|
|Exposure compensation||±5 (at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV steps)|
|AE Bracketing||±3 (3 frames at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV steps)|
|Modes||1920 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 types||SD/SDHC/SDXC (UHS-I compatible)|
|USB||USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)|
|Wireless notes||802.11b/g/n + NFC + Bluetooth|
|Remote control||Yes (via wireless remote or smartphone)|
|Battery description||LP-E17 lithium-ion battery & charger|
|Battery Life (CIPA)||650|
|Weight (inc. batteries)||453 g (1.00 lb / 15.98 oz)|
|Dimensions||122 x 93 x 70 mm (4.8 x 3.66 x 2.76″)|
|Timelapse recording||Yes (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.