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Canon EOS Rebel SL2 (EOS 200D)

The launch of the EOS Rebel SL2 was actually a dual launch. Canon also launched the upgraded EOS 6D Mark II. This was to commemorate National Camera Day in the US. Here, we shall be looking at the smaller of the two systems, the crop sensor EOS Rebel SL2 and find out more about it.

EOS Rebel SL2
The New EOS Rebel SL2, available on Amazon, starting July 20th.

Canon EOS Rebel SL2 Tech Specs

  • 24.2 megapixel APS-C CMOS Sensor
  • Latest DIGIC 7 image processor
  • 9 Autofocus Points with Dual Pixel CMOS Autofocusing
  • ISO sensitivity is 100- 25600
  • The viewfinder offers a coverage of 95%
  • 3″ LCD touch screen with 100% frame coverage
  • Full HD Videos with 60 frames per second
  • Five-axis digital image stabilization system
  • Built-in Wi-Fi, NFC, and Bluetooth
  • Works with all the EF-S Lenses

The EOS Rebel SL2 will be released on July 20, 2017

Canon EOS Rebel SL2 DSLR Camera with EF-S 18-55mm STM Lens - WiFi Enabled
  • 242 Megapixel CMOS (APS C) sensor
  • Fast & Accurate Dual Pixel CMOS AF with phase detection
  • Vary angle touch screen, 30 inch LCD
  • Built in Wi Fi, NFC and Bluetooth Technology
  • Use the EOS Utility Webcam Beta Software (Mac and Windows) to turn your compatible Canon camera into a high-quality webcam


The EOS Rebel SL2 is the second generation of the smallest DSLR that ever to have come out of the Canon stable. This is a DSLR that directly competes against traditional point & shoot systems as well as mirrorless cameras, cameras that traditionally enjoy the small size tag. The EOS Rebel SL2 came out nearly four years after the SL1. Therefore it is expected that the camera will demonstrate a lot of changes.

The sensor inside the EOS Rebel SL2 is a 24.2 megapixel APS-C CMOS one. It is capable of firing RAW and JPEG frames of the size 6000 x 4000 pixels. Much improved than the 18 megapixels older camera that it replaces.

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Image Processing

Image processing is handled by the latest DIGIC 7 image processor. This is the same image processor that has been used in the latest EOS 6D Mark II. That camera was launched along with the EOS Rebel SL2.


The number of AF points do not increase above and beyond what we have seen in the Rebel SL1. The total number of AF points remain the same at 9. The center AF point is a cross-type. These are the same as in the older camera. However, the new camera does get the dual pixel CMOS autofocusing technology. This technology should bolster its video shooting capabilities, as well as live-view, still shooting.

ISO Sensitivity

Built-in ISO sensitivity is 100- 25600. This has been improved by a notch since the older camera (100 – 12800).


The viewfinder in the new EOS Rebel SL2 is the same as was on the SL1. The pentamirror powered viewfinder offers a coverage of 95% of the frame as captured by the sensor. Just like any other camera with a cropped viewfinder, you will have to be a little careful when composing images, watching out for elements at the fringes of your frame.

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Rear LCD screen

Canon Cameras US 24.2 EOS Rebel SL2 EF-S 18-55mm STM Kit
EOS Rebel SL2 Back View. You can Flip and Turn the LCD Touch Screen

The 3″ LCD screen at the back of the camera gives 100% frame coverage.

The touch screen can pivot which means you get better control when shooting videos. Also accessed via the improved rear LCD screen is the upgraded Canon Guided UI. We have already seen this on the EOS T7i (EOS 800D). The screen also comes with touch to focus technology. This is handy when shooting stills in live-view mode and you would want to pin point your focusing with just a finger tap instead of using the AF point or the manual focusing ring.

Video Shooting

The new EOS Rebel SL2 can shoot full HD videos at a higher frame rate than what the SL1 did – 60 fps compared to 30 fps. The camera also gets a five-axis digital image stabilization system that comes in handy when shooting videos for stabilized sequences.

On top of it, the camera also gets the dual pixel CMOS auto-focusing technology. The latter is a technology which is geared towards auto-focusing in live-view mode. There is also an external microphone input for recording stereo quality sound.

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Continuous Speed

The SL1 could shoot at a speed of 4 fps. The new EOS Rebel SL2 can shoot at a speed of 5 fps. This camera still isn’t suitable for shooting fast action, sports or such other types of photography.


The EOS Rebel SL2 comes with built-in Wi-Fi, NFC, and Bluetooth. Transferring images and videos or pairing with a compatible device or controlling the camera remotely are all things that are easier. The previous camera had none of these.

Overall Build Quality

EOS Rebel SL2 EF-S
The smallest and lightest EOS DSLR camera, the EOS Rebel SL2 EF-S

The greatest advantage of the EOS Rebel SL2 is definitely its compact size. That gives it the ability to be lobbed into a bag and taken everywhere with you. After all, this is a DSLR and that means you get the complete EF-S lineup of lenses behind it to take advantage of. It is officially the smallest DSLR with a movable LCD screen.

The camera body has a lot of plastic in its design. At this entry level segment that is expected. But it doesn’t feel like a cheap contraption when you use it. The buttons and dials are well designed. The main mode dial does not stick out and is wedged inside the top panel with just a small portion at the rear sticking out for operating.

If you don’t like the bland black look then the EOS Rebel SL2 comes in three different finishes. You get to choose between a white, a silver/tan and of course the black version.


The EOS Rebel SL2 does get some important updates.

The dual pixel CMOS auto-focusing technology, full-fledged connectivity as well as the higher resolution. Some of the changes are not game changers. A slightly upped continuous shooting speed e.g. overall, however, the EOS Rebel SL2 does make sense if you are upgrading from a smartphone/point & shoot camera and this is your first DSLR.

If you already have the Rebel SL1 then it makes no sense trying to upgrade to the EOS Rebel SL2. You should opt for something with a larger sensor or better features, like the Canon 6D Mark II.

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  • Rajib is an avid travel photographer and an overall shutterbug. He loves to test and review new photography gear. He has been writing about cameras and lenses for over 10 years now. You can consider him as your "master guide" here at PhotoWorkout.

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