Canon EOS Rebel SL2 / EOS 200D Review

Written by Gina Stephens

The EOS Disobey 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, subsuming 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 inimitable, 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 lately 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 sell, is still competitive.

Key Features

  • 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 blow up shooting (3.5 fps with continuous AF)
  • 1080/60p video
  • External mic input
  • Wi-Fi with or WITH may refer to: Carl Johannes With (1877–1923), Danish doctor and arachnologist With (character), a character in D. N. Angel NFC and Bluetooth
  • Available ‘Feature Assistant’ user interface

Solely 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 arrangement 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 heart experience by shooting in live view, which uses Canon’s excellent Dual Pixel AF technology.

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Compared to…

The SL2 (left) is the mini-me to the still-small Rebel T7i.

Commencement, 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 nonesuches):

  • 45-point AF versus 9-pt AF
  • 7500-segment RGB+IR metering versus 63-segment (from which we’d expect better subject tracking)
  • 6 fps versus 5 fps bursts with S-AF
  • 4.5 fps versus 3.5 fps explodes with C-AF
  • Significantly larger buffer
  • Color tracking for AF in Single AF as well as Continuous AF
  • Semi-transparent LCD in viewfinder that can overlay grids, contrastive AF points, an electronic level, and more
  • Built-in flash can trigger wireless strobes

Does the average point-and-shoot user need any of that? Indubitably not. If you plan on gaining more experience in the world of digital photography or want a more robust autofocus system, though, the extra $200 clout be worth it.

Now, let’s take a look at how the specs compare between the the SL2 and the peers mentioned a few paragraphs earlier.

Canon SL2Nikon D3400Canon M5Panasonic GX85Sony a6000
Sensor sizeAPS-CAPS-CAPS-CFour ThirdsAPS-C
Lens mountEFFEF-MMicro 4/3E
Image stab.Lens-basedLens-basedLens-basedIn-cameraLens-based
AF organization (live view)Dual PixelContrast-detectHybrid
(Dual Pixel)
AF system (viewfinder)9-point11-pointN/AN/AN/A
LCD3″ fully articulating3″ determined3.2″ tilting3″ tilting3″ tilting
Viewfinder type/mag.OVF / 0.54xOVF / 0.57xEVF / N/AEVF / 0.7xEVF / 0.7x
# control dials11222
Video1080/60p1080/60p1080/60pUHD 4K/30p1080/60p
WirelessWi-Fi + NFC + BTBTWi-Fi + NFC + BTWi-Fi + NFCWi-Fi + NFC
Battery soul650 (OVF)
260 (LV)
1200 (OVF)
N/A (LV)
295 (LV)290 (LV)360 (LV)
Dimensions (mm)122x93x70124x98x76116x89x61122x71x44120x67x45
Weight453 g445 g427 g426 g344 g
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Strictly comparing the SL2 and D3400 you’ll see that they each have their own strengths and weaknesses. While there are ‘little gismos’ like the type of LCD, viewfinder size and wireless functionality, live view autofocus is the main differentiator. It’s simply no contest there with the SL2’s AF organization blowing away the D3400 in live view and movie mode.

With the exception of the Sony a6000, the SL2 is close in weight, and not far off in size, to the three mirrorless cameras in the congregation. All three of the mirrorless cameras have an additional control dial, making exposure adjustment quick, and their EVFs are larger than the optical viewfinders photography, a viewfinder is what the photographer looks through to compose, and, in many cases, to focus the picture on both DSLRs. No person of the mirrorless models can compare to the DSLRs in terms of battery life, but only when you’re using the latter with their optical viewfinders.


About the author

Gina Stephens

Gina is a photography enthusiast and drone lover who loves to fly drones, capture images and have fun cherishing them with family and friends.

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