Canon Rebel SL2

24 MP APS-C, 5 FPS, ISO 51,200, 1080/60p Stereo (EOS 200D)

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Canon SL2

Canon EOS Rebel SL2 (a.k.a. EOS 200D in Europe and Kiss X8 in Japan, 16.0 oz./453g with battery and card, about $549) with Canon 18-55mm IS STM. bigger. I got mine at Ritz. I'd also get it at Adorama, at B&H or at Crutchfield. It comes as a body-only and as a kit as shown with 18-55mm lens for $699.

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Canon Rebel SL1 (14.2 oz./403g; 2013-2017).

 

Canon SL2

Canon EOS Rebel SL2 with Canon 18-55mm IS STM. bigger.

 

Canon SL2

Canon EOS Rebel SL2. bigger.

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Yellow VW Bug

Yellow VW Bug, 17 August 2017. Canon SL2, Canon 18-55mm f/4-5.6 STM IS at 35mm at f/9 at 1/200 at Auto ISO 100, Perfectly Clear. bigger or camera-original © file.

 

Katie and Stella at Critter Camp

Katie and Stella at Critter Camp, 18 August 2017. Canon SL2, FLASH ON, Canon 18-55mm f/4-5.6 STM IS at 32mm at f/9 at 1/200 at Auto ISO 400, Perfectly Clear. bigger.

 

Katie at Critter Camp

Katie at camp, 14 August 2017. Canon SL2, FLASH ON, Canon 18-55mm f/4-5.6 STM IS at 34mm at f/5.6 at 1/200 at Auto ISO 400, Perfectly Clear. bigger.

 

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This new Canon Rebel SL2 is an update of 2013's superb Canon Rebel SL1, which was the world's smallest and lightest DSLR. This new SL2 adds quite a few features and a bigger battery with 35% more life over the SL1, but adds 1¾ oz/50g of weight.

This SL2 is a superb instrument, delivering magnificent technical quality in a tiny package. It's a much better deal than any mirrorless camera.

 

New

New since 2013's Canon Rebel SL1:

● 24 MP, up from 18 MP.

● ISO 51,200, up from ISO 25,600.

● 5 FPS, up from 4 FPS.

● As-shot 4:3, 1:1 square and 16:9 crop modes (even the 5D Mk IV doesn't have these!).

● Bigger LP-E17 battery rated 650 shots, up from 480 shots of the LP-12 battery in the SL1.

● Flipping LCD.

● Wi-Fi.

● Bluetooth.

● NFC.

● Can record copyright info in file data.

● Dual-pixel phase-detection CMOS AF.

● 1,080/59.94p, up from 720/59.94p or 1,080/29.97p.

● Built-in S - T - E - R - E - O microphone system.

● 3.5mm mic-in jack.

● New power switch design, grip and buttons.

 

Good

● Superb technical image quality.

● Super low price.

● Super small.

● Super light weight.

● Flipping touch screen.

● Works flawlessly with all Canon EF and EF-S lenses made for the past 30 years; never any incompatibilities which are a growing sore spot with the once-great Nikon system.

● Quiet shutter mode.

● 100% USA-based high-quality technical support at (800) OK-CANON.

 

Missing

● No rear thumb-nubbin controller.

● No second card slot.

● No automatic LCD brightness control.

● No battery percentage indicator; just a 4-level icon.

● No 4K video.

● No GPS.

● No infra-red remote receiver like the SL1, but instead works with the new Canon BR-E1 Bluetooth remote and a free phone app that the SL1 doesn't.

 

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Canon SL2

Canon EOS Rebel SL2. bigger.

The Rebel SL2 works flawlessly with all Canon EF and EF-S lenses made since 1987.

It won't work with EF-M lenses, which are for Canon's mirrorless cameras.

 

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Image Sensor

24 MP.

14.9 × 22.3 mm CMOS.

3.72 µm pixel pitch.

3:2 aspect ratio.

1.61× crop factor.

Ultrasonic cleaner.

 

ISO

Stills

ISO 100 ~ 25,600 in normal modes.

To ISO 51,200 in expanded mode (enabled in a menu).

 

Video

ISO 100 ~ 12,800.

To ISO 25,600 in expanded mode (enabled in a menu).

 

Auto ISO

Yes, should be very flexible.

 

Image Sizes

6,000 × 4,000 pixels native (24 MP).

 

Native 3:2

JPG

6,000 × 4,000 pixels Large (native, 24 MP).

3,984 × 2,656 pixels Medium (10.6 MP).

2,976 × 1,984 pixels Small 1 (5.9 MP).

2,400 × 1,600 pixels Small 2 (3.8 MP).

 

Raw

6,000 × 4,000 pixels (24 MP), same for all crops below:

 

4:3 crops

JPG

5,328 × 4,000 pixels Large (21 MP).

3,552 × 2,656 pixels Medium (9.4 MP).

2,656 × 1,984 pixels Small 1 (5.3 MP).

2,112 × 1,600 pixels Small 2 (3.4 MP).

 

Square (1:1) crops

JPG

4,000 × 4,000 pixels Large (16 MP).

2,656 × 2,656 pixels Medium (7 MP).

1,984 × 1,984 pixels Small 1 (3.9 MP).

1,600 × 1,600 pixels Small 2 (2.6 MP).

 

16:9 crops

JPG

6,000 × 3,368 pixels Large (20 MP).

3,984 × 2,240 pixels Medium (8.9 MP).

2,976 × 1,680 pixels Small 1 (5.000 MP).

2,400 × 1,344 pixels Small 2 (3.2 MP).

 

Still Formats & Color Spaces

JPG and/or 14-bit raw.

sRGB and Adobe RGB.

 

Video

File Format

MP4 file holding MPEG-4 AVC / H.264 video and AAC audio.

 

Frame Sizes and Rates

1,920 × 1,080 at 59.94, 50, 29.97, 25 or 23.976 fps.

1,280 × 720 at 59.94, 50, 29.97 and 25 FPS.

640 × 480 at 29.97 or 25 FPS.

 

Time-Lapse Movies

MOS (no sound).

1,080/29.97: All I-frame.

 

Audio

Recorded only along with video.

Stereo microphones built in.

Mic-in jack with plug-in power overrides built-in mic.

 

Autofocus

Canon SL2 finder

9 points.

All are cross-type, work down to LV+½ and work with lenses not slower than f/5.6.

The center point offers extra precision (seeing vertically only) with lenses not slower than f/2.8, and works down to LV -½.

No AF assist beam, but the flash will fire randomly as needed to help focus unless you deactivate it.

 

Light Meter

63 zones (7 × 9).

1.) Evaluative, linked to chosen AF points.

2.) 9% Partial.

3.) 4% spot.

4.) Center-weighted.

Rated to work from LV +1  ~  LV +20, but they usually work well beyond this.

 

Finder

Ultralight pentamirror.

95% coverage.

0.87× magnification with 50mm lens.

24.5º apparent angle.

19mm eyepoint.

-3 ~ +1 diopters.

Fixed focus screen.

 

Shutter

1/4,000 ~  30 seconds, Bulb.

Vertical metal focal plane.

2- or 10-second self timer, one to ten shots each time.

Shutter delay rated 75 milliseconds.

Power-on: 200 milliseconds.

 

Remote Releases

WiFi Remotes

Phone app.

 

Bluetooth Remotes

Canon BR-E1

Canon BR-E1 Wireless Remote. bigger.

 

This new Canon BR-E1 Wireless Remote has a 16-foot range.

Canon BR-E1

Canon BR-E1. bigger.

 

Wired Remotes

2.5mm remote control jack for RS-60E3, Remote Controller BR-E1 or Timer Remote Controller TC-80N3 via Remote Controller Adapter RA-E3.

 

Frame Rates

5 FPS, viewfinder shooting with tracking autofocus.

2½ FPS in Continuous Quiet shooting.

 

Buffer (Burst) Sizes

Unlimited in JPG.

5 frames raw.

 

Flash

1/200 sync speed.

E-TTL II system, which has been Canon's standard for years.

 

Built-in Flash

Canon SL2

Canon EOS Rebel SL2 with Canon 18-55mm IS STM. bigger.

Yes, pops up.

GN 32'/10m at ISO 100.

Covers 18mm lens on APS-C.

3-second recycle time.

 

External Flash

Dedicated hot shoe.

No Prontor-Compur (PC) terminal; use the built-in flash to trigger your slaves or use a hot-shoe adapter for corded sync.

 

Live View

For video and for stills.

29.97 FPS.

5× and 10× magnifiers.

AF works from LV -2  ~  LV +18.

 

LCD Monitor

Canon SL2

Canon EOS Rebel SL2. bigger.

3" (77mm) diagonal.

170º viewing.

1,040,000 dots.

3:2 aspect ratio.

Swivels all around.

No anti-smudge coating.

No anti-reflection coating.

 

Connectors

USB 2.0.

HDMI-CEC Mini type C.

3.5mm mic-in.

 

WiFi

For remote control and image transfer.

50'/15m rated range.

IEEE 802.11b/g/n.

2,412 ~ 2.462 GHz.

Channels 1 ~ 11.

DS-SS modulation (IEEE 802.11b).

OFDM modulation (IEEE 802.11g/n).

Camera Access Point and Infrastructure modes.

Authentication method: Open system, Shared key, WPA/WPA2-PSK .

Encryption: WEP, TKIP, AES.

 

NFC

NFC Forum Type 3/4 Tag compliant (dynamic).

 

Bluetooth

4.1 Low Energy.

GFSK.

 

GPS

None.

 

Storage

One slot for an SD, SDHC or SDXC (UHS Speed Class 1 compatible) card.

 

Power & Battery

Battery

LP-E17 rechargeable Li-Ion battery.

Rated 650 shots (620 shots at 32ºF/0ºC; 260 shots Live View, 240 shots Live View at 32ºF/0ºC), CIPA with flash half the time.

Without using flash, rated 840 shots (770 shots at 32ºF/0ºC; 290 shots Live View, 260 shots Live View at 32ºF/0ºC).

7.2V, 1,040 mAh.

1.30 x 0.55 x 1.94."

33 x 14 x 49.4mm.

1.59 oz./45g.

 

Charger

Folding-plug external LC-E17 charger included in USA.

In other areas you may get the LC-E17E charger with a detachable cord.

2.65 x 1.09 x 3.63."

67.3 x 27.7 x 92.2 mm.

3 oz./85g.

Rated 2 hour charge time.

 

AC Adapter

Optional AC Adapter AC-E6N and DC Coupler DR-E18.

 

Clock Battery

Internal rechargeable battery for the clock: charges in 8 hours and then runs for three months if you take out the LP-E6N.

 

Body

Chassis: Aluminum alloy and polycarbonate resin with glass fiber.

Exterior: Polycarbonate resin with glass fiber and special conductive fiber.

 

Size

3.65 × 4.82 × 2.75 inches HWD.

92.6 × 122.4 × 69.8 millimeters HWD.

 

Weight

Rated 16.0 oz. (453g) with battery and card.

Rated 14.32 oz. (406g) stripped.

 

Operating Environment

0 ~ 40º C (32 ~ 104º F).

To 85% RH.

 

Announced

29 June 2017, 12:01 AM NYC time.

 

Promised for

Late July 2017.

 

Price, USA

June 2017

$549, body only.

$699, kit with Canon 18-55mm IS STM.

 

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Included

Canon SL2

Canon SL2, battery, charger, cord & strap. bigger.

Eyecup Ef 

Strap

LP-E17 rechargeable Li-Ion battery.

LC-E17 charger

 

Optional

Optional AC Adapter AC-E6N and DC Coupler DR-E18.

Rubber Frame Ef 

E-series Dioptric Adjustment Lenses 

Eyepiece Extender EP-EX15II 

Magnifier MG-Ef 

Angle Finder C

Remote Switch RS-60E3

Remote Controller BR-E1

Timer Remote Controller TC-80N3 via Remote Controller Adapter RA-E3.

Hand Strap E2, GP-E2.

Directional Stereo Microphone DM-E1.

Protecting Cloth PC-E1, PC-E2.

HDMI Cable HTC-100.

Interface Cable IFC400PCU, IFC-200U/500U.

 

ISO 4,000

Ryan and Katie play on iPhone at Panera Bread Del Mar Highliands

Ryan and Katie play on Katie's iPhone 5, 18 August 2017. Canon SL2, Canon 18-55mm f/4-5.6 STM IS at 44mm at f/5 at 1/60 at Auto ISO 4,000, Perfectly Clear. bigger.

 

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Instant manual-focus override

With most L lenses you just grab the focus ring for instant manual-focus override, but with the often included Canon 18-55mm f/4-5.6 STM IS and other advanced electronic-focus-only lenses like the 50mm f/1 L and original 300mm f/2.8 L, depending on your camera you may have to set MENU > (location varies by camera) > Lens electronic MF > Enable after One-Shot AF.

 

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The original Canon Rebel SL1 has always been one of my favorite cameras for its ultra-high quality images from such a tiny package. I can't help but love the new SL2 just as much.

If you want a tiny camera that gives big-camera images without having to pay through the nose for a mirrorless camera, here you go!

I'd get mine at Adorama or at B&H. It comes as a body-only and as a kit as shown with 18-55mm lens for $699.

 

Lens Suggestions

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The Canon 18-55mm IS STM is an excellent lens, and you can get your SL2 as a kit with it. This is a great combo for just about everything.

If you need a longer telephoto lens to bring things closer, the 55-250mm STM has great optics and is also small, light and inexpensive. It's perfect for the SL2.

If you want a wider lens than the 18-55mm, the Canon 10-18mm also has superb optics, and is small, light and inexpensive. It's also perfect for the SL2. (See How To Use Ultrawide Lenses.)

If you want a do-it-all lens, I love the 18-135mm IS USM, but be careful for what you wish, as this lens weighs more than the SL2 does!

For the absolute lightest weight, the Canon 24mm f/2.8 STM weighs only 4.2 oz./119g, and is also an excellent performer.

 

I got mine at Ritz. I'd also get it at Adorama, at B&H or at Crutchfield.

 

This ad-free website's biggest source of support is when you use those or any of these links to approved sources when you get anything, regardless of the country in which you live. Canon does not seal its boxes in any way, so never buy at retail or any other source not on my personally approved list since you'll have no way of knowing if you're missing accessories, getting a defective, damaged, returned, store demo or used camera. I use the stores I do because they ship from secure remote warehouses where no one gets to touch your new camera before you do. Buy only from the approved sources I use myself for the best prices, service, return policies and selection.

Thanks for helping me help you!

Ken, Mrs. Rockwell, Ryan and Katie.

 

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29 June 2017