The EOS Rebel SL2 (known as the EOS 200D outside of North America) is Canon’s second-generation ultra-compact digital SLR. It’s largely packed with Canon’s latest tech, including Dual Pixel AF, a DIGIC 7 processor, Wi-Fi with NFC and Bluetooth, and a new user interface for beginners.
While its small size may lead one to believe that it’s an entry-level model, similar to Nikon’s D3400, the SL2 actually sits above the bottom-end Rebel T6 (EOS 1300D), which costs $150 less.
The SL2’s main competitor is the aforementioned Nikon D3400, which is just a tad larger and heavier. The SL2s’ other peers are all mirrorless and include (in our opinion) the Canon EOS M5, Panasonic DMC-GX85 and the Sony a6000 which, after 3+ years on the market, is still competitive.
- 24.2MP APS-C CMOS sensor
- Dual Pixel autofocus (for live view and video)
- 9-point autofocus (through the viewfinder)
- DIGIC 7 processor
- 3″ fully articulating touchscreen LCD
- 5 fps burst shooting (3.5 fps with continuous AF)
- 1080/60p video
- External mic input
- Wi-Fi with NFC and Bluetooth
- Available ‘Feature Assistant’ user interface
Just about everything in that list is Canon’s latest and greatest, and the external microphone input is a nice extra. The one feature that’s not new is the 9-point autofocus system that you’ll use when shooting through the viewfinder – it’s identical to what’s found the original SL1, which is over four years old. You’ll get a much better focusing experience by shooting in live view, which uses Canon’s excellent Dual Pixel AF technology.
|The SL2 (left) is the mini-me to the still-small Rebel T7i.
First, let’s take a look at how the SL2/200D compares to the step-up model, the Rebel T7i (EOS 800D). Here’s what you get for another $200 (with kit lenses for both models):
- 45-point AF versus 9-pt AF
- 7500-segment RGB+IR