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Canon EOS Rebel SL2 Camera Review

The Canon EOS Rebel SL2 is a compact Digital SLR camera that features a fully articulated touchscreen LCD. The Rebel is not much larger than a compact mirrorless camera but offers the performance of many larger DSLR bodies, including the excellent autofocus performance we’ve come to expect. While mirrorless cameras are improving they still can’t quite match the autofocus and battery life of a traditional DSLR body in 2019.

One of the most outstanding features of the Rebel SL2, besides its small and lightweight design is the fact that it has a fully articulated screen that is touch responsive. I really like the fully articulated screens mostly because when not in use it can be rotated to face the body to protect the LCD when not in use. Of course many like this because it is great for Vlogging and selfies.

Another benefit to this camera is a great selection of lenses available. I really like the 10-18mm f.4.5-5.6 IS STM and the 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS STM lenses with the Rebel SL2 body. These 2 lenses plus the 18-55mm kit lens covers pretty much any photographic needs most people have from ultra-wide for landscapes and interiors to telephoto for outdoor sports and wildlife. Add in the EF 50mm f/1.8 STM lens for portraits and you have a solid kit!


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Size & handling

The Rebel SL2 actually offers great handling in spite of it’s small size. It features a good grip without much compromise for small hands, although larger hands may want more real estate.

What I Like

Fully Articulated LCD screen
Touch Screen
Great autofocus performance
Excellent battery life
Body only option for those wanting to upgrade
mirror lock-up
Great value

What I Don't Like

95% viewfinder
pentamirror is a little dim

The Bottom Line

I really like this camera for it’s price point and value. The articulated LCD is a great benefit and the touchscreen makes interacting with the camera and menus easier and faster. While many might bemoan the lack of 4k video, honestly for most uses 1080p at 60FPS is more then adequate. I have recommended the Canon EOS Rebel SL2 very strongly and suggest you look real hard when choosing your first or even next small/economical camera.

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Overall User Rating

4.83 out of 5

based on 139 user reviews online.

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Sensor Size APS-C (1.6x)
Megapixels 24.2
Body Construction Plastic
Dimensions (WxHxD) 4.8 x 3.6 x 2.7
Weight .9
Weather Sealed No
Memory Card SD, SDHC, SDXC
Dual Command Wheels No
Viewfinder Type Pentamirror
Viewfinder Coverage 95
ISO Range 100-25600 (Extended Mode: 100-51200)
Mirror Lock Up Yes
Burst Rate 5
LCD Size 3
LCD Resolution 1,040,000
Articulated LCD Screen Tilt & Swivel
Touchscreen Yes
Image Stabilization No
Remote Shutter Release Wired & Wireless (InfraRed)
WiFi Yes
AF Points 9
AF Sensitivity EV -0.5 - 18
Minimum Shutter Speed 30
Maximum Shutter Speed 1/4000
Flash Sync Speed 1/200
Built In Flash Yes
Wireless TTL Flash No
Video Specs 1920 x 1080p at 23.98/29.97/59.94 fps
1280 x 720p at 29.97/59.94 fps
640 x 480p at 29.97 fps
Mic In Yes
Headphone Out No
Built In Mic Stereo

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