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Four years after announcing what was at the time the world's smallest DSLR, Canon is finally bringing a much-needed update to the aging Rebel SL1. Meet the Canon EOS Rebel SL2, an affordable, compact DSLR that offers a solid feature set for beginners and enthusiasts on a budget.
The sensor makes a nice step up from the predecessor, moving up from 18 megapixels to 24.2. That upgraded sensor is also paired with a brand new processor, which should help create better low light shots at higher ISOs. In short, the SL2 should offer a significant boost in image quality with both a new sensor and a new processor, two of the biggest factors in image quality -- of course, with four years between models, a big jump is rather expected.
While the SL2 offers both a new sensor and processor, the integrity of the line is kept intact with several similarities. The SL2 still sports a compact body that runs just under a pound. While the autofocus system uses a new dual pixel design, the system uses a relatively low but not uncommon 9 point autofocus.
Speed sees a small step up from 4 fps to 5 fps, a number that's not uncommon for budget DSLRs.
Canon is also bringing modern connectivity options in, integrating both Wi-fi and NFC as well as Bluetooth for low-powered connections. That allows the camera to send photos to a mobile app for easy wireless sharing on social networks.
While Canon has long been a leader for video, their latest models still haven't made the step up to 4K -- though that's not as surprising for a $700 camera. The SL2 offers 1080p at a fast 60 fps frame rate and there's a mic port too.
The Canon SL2 may not be the best DSLR in Canon's line-up, but it's a much needed budget-friendly addition. Price-wise, the SL2 sits between Nikon's D3400 and D5600. The D5600 offers several similar specs but ditches the optical low pass filter for more detail and uses 39 autofocus points, though sits at a slightly higher price point. The D3400, however, offers 11 autofocus points and a better battery life for a lower $500 price point with a kit lens, but skips the tilt screen.
The Canon EOS Rebel SL2 is a much-needed update that creates more budget-friendly options from the brand that aren't several years old and the price and feature mix makes it competitive with other brands.