Canon SL2 overview
Canon SL2 is Canon's Entry-Level DSLR camera first introduced on June of 2017. The camera includes a 24MP, CMOS APS-C size sensor with a peak resolution of 6000 x 4000. It is referred to as "EOS 200D / Kiss X9" in other markets.
The SL2 ranks at #3 out of 79 in Entry-Level DSLR cameras & all-around #90 out of 1436 for cameras in our list. You can look at our Smart camera filter to get camera rankings based on your custom requirements.
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Canon SL2 family
The Canon SL2 has a history of related cameras. Down below, you can see all older and the latest models alongside important features.
Canon SL2 Gallery
You can view the SL2 from various angles in the gallery underneath.
Canon SL2 Pros and Cons
Here is a checklist of advantages and drawbacks of the Canon SL2 based on features that are normally seen as crucial in a camera.
Canon SL2 Sensor information
The Canon SL2 is powered by the DIGIC 7 processor chip. The sensor size on the Canon SL2 is 22.3mm x 14.9mm (APS-C). The 332 mm² sensor can resolve 6000 x 4000 pixels with aspect ratios of 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9.World's smallest camera makes it into Guinness Book of Records
The CMOS sensor has 24MP and features a native ISO range of 100 to 25600. The ISO can be widened digitally to a maximum of 51200. RAW files are supported therefore you have more room to maneuver in post.
The picture below displays the SL2's sensor size in comparison to other common sizes. The SL2 sensor has a crop factor of 1.6 and is shown in green.Unsplash partners with Institutions to bring historical archive photos
To get an understanding of various aspect ratios, you can refer to the visual below.
Canon SL2 dimensions
Canon SL2 is 1.00 pounds (453g or 15.98 oz) & has exterior proportions of 122mm x 93mm x 70mm (4.8" x 3.7" x 2.8"). The weight of general Entry-Level DSLR camera is 538g and the Canon SL2 is lighter than various competitors.Control Profoto B10 & B10 Plus with your Android Phone
Listed below is a visual of the Canon SL2 besides a soda to help you to get a feel for its size.
The top view directly below will show the button arrangement on the SL2.
Canon SL2 Lens information
The SL2 uses the Canon EF/EF-S mount and has 331 lenses available to buy. Here is a few of the lenses we have in our database that will work with the SL2.
Canon SL2 Connectivity
The SL2 has the following connectivity:
- USB Yes
- Wireless Yes
- Bluetooth Yes
- NFC Yes
- HDMI Yes
Cameras that include NFC or Bluetooth compatibility can be controlled wirelessly by smartphones. You can easily send photos and at times change settings without the hassle of connecting directly with the camera.
Several apps also give a Liveview and press the shutter when you aren't close to the camera. If the camera features a HDMI port, it can be hooked up to an external display. A good number of cameras will allow you to charge the battery using the USB socket.
Canon SL2 Video information
The highest video quality on the Canon SL2 is 1920 x 1080 and you can save in MPEG-4 and H.264 format. 1080p quality provides a good balance in quality versus file size but FULL HD will not give you any room to crop. Although the body offers a mic port, it is sadly lacking a headphone port which means you will not have the ability to check your sound levels.
Canon SL2 Weather Sealing
There is no weather proofing for the Canon SL2 so you have to be cautious in rainy and dusty conditions.
Canon SL2 Display and Viewfinder
The Canon SL2 includes a 3" fully articulated screen with a resolution of 1,040k dots.
It has got a selfie friendly display to take self portraits and even group photos if needed. Additionally the screen is touch friendly which means you can adjust focus point as well as adjust settings by using your fingers.Handle those 8K RED files like a boss
The ViewFinder details for Canon SL2 are the following:
- ViewFinder Optical (pentamirror)
- Coverage 95 percent
- Magnification 0.54x
For bright outdoor conditions that make the camera screens washed out and hard to see, viewfinders will be quite useful.
Canon SL2 Shutter information
Canon SL2 continuous shooting speed is 5.0 frames per second. The highest shutter speed is 1/4000 seconds.
Canon SL2 Flash and Hot shoe information
Canon SL2 features both inbuilt flash together with external flash ability. The max flash sync speed is 1/200 seconds.
Canon SL2 Autofocusing information
Canon SL2 features both Phase Detect AF as well as Contrast Based AF. Phase Detection autofocusing is a lot more quicker and exact than Contrast Based autofocusing. The camera includes Face detect which makes it valuable for portrait photography.
The Sensor includes 9 focus points to choose from. Canon SL2 has tap to focus. You are able to use your fingers to shift focus points. It also comes with Tracking AF for subjects on the move. Canon SL2 comes with manual focusing if required in low light situations or you need to have more accurate control on focusing.
Canon SL2 Battery life
The battery power (LP-E17) for the Canon SL2 is designed to last for 650 shots according to the CIPA requirements making it similar to it's competition. The typical Entry-Level DSLR camera battery life is 592. Pentax K-x has got the highest (1900) battery life in this class of cameras.
Following is a collection of Entry-Level DSLR cameras that come with the best battery life:
Canon SL2 for various styles of photography
The following diagram provides a analysis of the Canon SL2 for various styles of photography. To see more, go to the specific paragraph below.
Canon SL2 Portrait photography information
The Canon SL2 has a points tally of 81 which is excellent, meaning that it is a tremendous choice for portraits. Photographing portraits favors heavily to sensor dimension, RAW support along with the option to work with off-camera flash.
Canon SL2 Street photography information
With a above average points total of 75, the Canon SL2 is a very decent pick to buy for street photography. A good street photography camera offers a good balance of image quality plus portability.
Canon SL2 Sports photography details
A nice sports photography points total of 67 means the Canon SL2 is a respectable choice for photographing sports. A camera needs to have fantastic focusing plus fast shutter speeds for sports photography.
Canon SL2 Travel photography factors
Weight is really crucial when selecting a camera for travel. All round, the Canon SL2 gets a wonderful 82 as a travelling camera which is a awesome fit to buy for your holidays.
Canon SL2 Landscape photography factors
For anyone who is looking to buy a camera for landscape photographs, the most critical aspect will no doubt be image quality. The Canon SL2 and it's great grade of 78 for a landscape camera is a awesome fit compared to its competition.
Canon SL2 as a Vlogging camera
A vlogging camera preferably should come with a articulating display, microphone port and ideally IBIS. Considering everything, the Canon SL2 is a fine fit as a vlog camera as it comes to a above average score of 75.
Canon SL2 Alternatives
If you are trying to find replacements to the SL2, here is a range of the highest rated cameras which fall under the family of Entry-Level DSLR.
The line chart followed below will give you a summary of the SL2 vs it's top scoring competitors suggested above.
Here are a handful of other cameras you might look at as alternate options. To check out a detailed comparison, simply click on the "compare" link.