Best Budget Canon Camera — Canon SL2 Review and Video Test


– In this video, I review the Canon SL2, one of the smallest and
lightest DSLRs on the market, that is packed with features. Coming up. (upbeat music) (camera shutters clicking) Hey, what’s up guys? Sean here with Think Media, bringing you the best tips and tools for building your influence with online video. And on this channel we do
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in the description below. I’ll list out all of the specs
and features of this camera, as well as anything else I forgot. Let’s jump into the review. So the Canon SL2, also known
as the 200D internationally, is a new camera offering from Canon that’s kind of in a special category, and that is a kind of mini DSLR. One of the standout
features about this camera is the fact that it comes
in weighing under one pound, and it’s packed with a
lot of cool features, so it’s pretty extraordinary, everything that you get
in such a small package, and in a way, it’s kind of a cool option, if you were considering
between mirrorless and DSLRs, because it is so light,
and it is so portable, but yet you still get access to the full, normal range of Canon lenses that will all mount on this camera. So the SL2 has an APS-C
CMOS 24.2 Megapixel sensor. Now it’s really cool because this is the same sensor or a similar sensor to a lot of the more
expensive Canon models, yet they put it in this small body, and really budget offering, so then you can get great
photos, and great video images. It’s also got the upgraded
DIGIC 7 Processor, which means that it’s gonna’
handle low light better than even models with the older processor, as well as operation is very fast. As you scroll through
the menus, everything, the camera fires up fast, you
can do everything really fast, so that’s super cool. And then one of my favorite
features of the SL2 is that they added dual pixel
autofocus to the AF system. Now, other Canon models
had a hybrid autofocus and Canon’s always been
pretty good at autofocus, but dual pixel is absolutely incredible. So that means this is a great camera for shooting YouTube
videos or for vlogging, to not only be able to see
yourself on the screen, but be able to have face tracking and be able to have it follow focus really well for creating videos. We’ve already taken
this out for a few tests basically with this setup, and you can see some of
the footage right here of what it looks like, kind
of in a vlogging situation. Pretty incredible, and we
even did some motion shots, and the way it was able to track focus during those shots was,
again, super impressive, and that is all, you know,
to the dual pixel autofocus. And one thing I always
recommend for people is that if you are looking
for any Canon camera, always look for that dual pixel autofocus, ‘cuz it’s just so good. Next up is the LCD screen. Now the LCD screen is super bright. It’s awesome ‘cuz it flips to selfie, pretty essential for
shooting YouTube videos, or definitely for vlogging, or just for convenience, of course, even from shooting behind, or even for shooting photography, to be able to do low shots and high shots, having the variable LDC screen is great. And it’s touch screen. Super responsive, very easy to navigate the menus
quickly, change settings. All touch screen, and then of course you also have the dials as well. And then like most new camera models this is stacked with Wi-Fi,
NFC, and Bluetooth technology. And so I love the Wi-Fi feature. I downloaded the Canon App, or
I’ve had it for a long time, and actually if you aren’t
using the Canon App, highly recommended, a great
way to do remote shooting, if you’re a solo creator, it’s a great way to even monitor yourself on video with the Canon App. But what I like to use it for is mainly shooting photos on the road that are better than a smartphone, and then using those to
put them on Instagram or use them for social media. And so you could see
some examples here from, we were up in North Seattle out on a boat, and I was shooting just on
the SL2 with the kit lens, and I’ll actually link
to this Instagram post in the description below. You can swipe through the carousel to see some of these photos. But pretty impressed with this as a photography camera as well, although mostly here on Think Media we talk mainly about video. But definitely solid choice
for both photo and video and that Wi-Fi is a great feature. Then for shooting videos, you’ve got 1080p at 60 frames a second so no 4K here, but as
I’ve said in past videos I think that for the average shooter, especially the average
YouTuber or content creator, you’re usually not using
or editing 4K anyways. So a lot of times when I
vlog, we’ll go on the road. I like to keep it at a 1080p, and I’ve been traveling
a little bit with this. But what’s so great is that they added that 60 frames per second, so we’ve already been kind of testing out some of the slow motion. We went out just doing a
little bit of running stuff. I’m training for a half marathon soon, so we were kind of shooting some footage to kind of test out that slow motion, even a few, just kind of
messing around on a penny board, you can see some of
these shots right here. And so, great video quality,
1080p, and then 60 frames, super smooth video, great autofocus, but then of course you can slow that footage down in editing which is super cool to
have 60 frames a second. The SL2 also has an
external microphone jack, which is huge, because, of course there’s some mirrorless cameras and even point and shoots, that maybe you’re
considering and looking at, And one of the downsides to a lot of those is that they don’t have that mic input. So if you do want to just take it out and shoot the audio direct off the camera, you can do that, but then if you also want to set up a studio setting like this, or just put a small microphone for on the road, like this, that mic jack allows you to get that better audio for your videos. The SL2 also has a cool
feature assist mode, which is kind of like for those who are just getting started
in video or photography, so this is actually one
of my top picks this year for one of the best cameras, really just all around for YouTube, but also one of the best cameras for those that are newer in getting
into photography and video, and want a camera that they
can learn and grow with. And so that feature assist mode in Canon, I know that seasoned pros or whatnot, that’s not something they’re into, but if you haven’t really, you know, done much shooting yet, it’s actually a very
helpful kind of menu system to learn the ropes of
setting up your aperture, and your shutter speed, and what things are going to look like, and it just kind of walks
you through everything, so very user friendly as a camera overall. Additionally, the SL2 uses
Canon EF mount lenses, which is like the standard lens system, I mentioned that earlier in the video. But what’s cool about that, is maybe you’re trying to
decide between, you know, a DSLR or a mirrorless camera. And mirrorless is certainly
a great way to go. Canon’s got some great cameras out like the M6 or the M5, or even the old M3, are all great cameras, but they are a different set of lenses that can’t really be converted over if you were to go down the DSLR path. So what’s cool about
having a super small body that kind of comes close
to that mirrorless size and portability and feel, that can take not just kit
lenses and budget lenses, but if you ever want
to upgrade your lenses or borrow someone’s lenses, you could put anything on here at all. So we actually put the
Canon 50 1.2 on here, and not only do we see
that, of course it works, but also that the SL2 can take some like, incredible photos, and you have access to the entire Canon line of lenses. So I actually have a video out on the best budget
lenses for Canon cameras. I’ll link that up on the YouTube card and we’ll put it in the description below. But then also what’s cool is that Canon has the biggest lens selection out of any camera brand, period, which means that finding Canon lenses is also relatively easy to do, meaning: Craigslist, Ebay,
Amazon used, refurbished, of course new as well. So getting great glass and great lenses for a camera like this is very easy and that’s actually a
huge advantage of the SL2. So what is the investment
to jump into the SL2? Well at the time of
launch, the SL2 comes in at $699 here in the US with the kit lens, and this is actually a new
version of Canon’s kit lens. It’s got built-in image
stabilization, it is the STM motor. And this one has kind of more
of an aluminum build to it. Some of them are totally plastic. Nice lens, and as you
saw some of those photos, takes great photos and great video. So just the kit lens and the camera itself is something I think is great for just starting to create content, starting to shoot some photos, even creating YouTube videos, vlogging, and all those things. But also the body itself
comes in at just $550, and so that’s a pretty cool price in case you wanted to skip the kit lens and maybe even move into some of those budget
lenses like I mentioned in that video that we linked up. You know, like the Nifty Fifty, that comes in around $100, 15 milimeter 1.8, there’s
a 24 milimeter I recommend, the wide angle, 10-18, all these lenses would
work great on the SL2, and so price wise, that is
the initial launch price, and I think it’s pretty reasonable, and actually pretty surprising considering you get the
dual pixel autofocus, you get the 1080p, 60 frames a second, you get the build quality, you get things like built-in time-lapse
modes, great features. You know, I really am thinking
as far as full retail price, it’s one of the best budget
cameras on the market for all of the features
that you’re getting, and then of course over time that price will probably be driven down a little bit, and once it’s been out for awhile, you can even probably grab some deals on like Ebay, or refurbished
deals on Canon’s website, or even Amazon refurbished or used, you know, open box situations. So overall the value of the
SL2 is pretty outstanding. So as far as my final thoughts go, I think that the SL2 is a great camera, especially for this
point in the marketplace. I think that at the price for the value and the features you get, it’s pretty amazing, and it’s kind of the best of both worlds,
and here’s what I mean. You know, maybe you’re thinking about investing in something
like a G7X for vlogging, and that’s actually a great
camera, definitely recommend it, and more portable than
this, but, you know, it doesn’t have a microphone jack. It doesn’t have, it doesn’t
have interchangeable lenses. So if you want to get a
little more sophisticated, shoot some more stylistic videos, or have a camera that can
expand into other things, you’re kind of limited with something like a point-and-shoot camera. You know, mirrorless
cameras are similar to this, but this is so small
and portable and light, that it kind of competes with mirrorless, and you could just skip the mirrorless and jump right into a DSLR that not only is great
for maybe where you’re at in creating content today, but also that can expand
into other things. So it definitely is a
great, well-rounded camera, that I think has a really cool place in the overall camera marketplace. Additionally, this is a great camera for just a content creation tool overall, so for shooting photos. Now, photography wise, it does
have 9 points of autofocus, so if you were to ask, “What do you get if “you invest in a little bit more, “like the T7i, or the 70D or the 80D?” And most of the difference that you’re gonna’ see there is that those cameras are gonna’
be better at photos. Like, a lot of times the video
won’t look a lot different, but you’ll get more autofocus points, you’ll get maybe more frames per second for how many photos it
can shoot per second. And then you’ll also get
different build quality. You’ll get maybe more dials. Eventually they add, you
know, like a top view screen, and a lot of things like that. But a lot of those things, in my opinion, are things you can live without. Now, if those are features that you want then definitely, those
are all great cameras, but what’s cool is that they’ve managed to pack, like, all the essentials into this camera to make it a very well rounded content-creation tool. Photos, videos, micro-content for social. And so if you did want
to be shooting 4K video, you’d have to look somewhere else. And it also doesn’t have,
you know, higher frame rates, like 120 frames per second if you wanted to do, say,
like really slow slow-motion. But again, those are features that are usually found in more expensive and higher end cameras anyways, and so, not really as much of the target, or I think even the intent of the SL2. And then one final thought about the SL2. And one of the reasons why
it’s one of my top picks for the best cameras for
YouTube this year, is because it has all of the essential
features I feel like, that YouTubers need, specifically, right? When you have the flip screen, you got the great face
tracking, the autofocus. But it’s at such an affordable
price that you could maybe, if you have a fixed budget
for investing in gear, that some people, a
mistake I see them make, is they buy like, the
most expensive camera, and then they have no money leftover to think about lighting,
to think about microphones, to think about tripods. And so what’s cool is that
this camera comes in at a price that maybe instead of picking
up a more expensive camera, like say the 80D, you could reinvest that money
in other lenses, in tripods, you know, lighting,
microphones, accessories, even computers or video editing, to really potentially build out a YouTube studio with your budget. Question of the Day! What do you think about the SL2, and how do you think it
compares to other Canon cameras, or even cameras from other
brands on the market? Let me know in the comment section below. So thanks for checking out this video. Subscribe for more videos just like this. If you want to check out our best cameras for YouTube this year, you can watch that video right here. If you want to watch
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100 thoughts on “Best Budget Canon Camera — Canon SL2 Review and Video Test

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  2. it's incredible how everything I search on youtube about cameras, I end up on this channel..your tips are amazing, thank you very much

  3. I’m. 3 min in an I’m like ooooooh I get it ! Lol great way on explaining things and giving the previews on the cameras vids and pics

  4. When you make the videos I noticed how smooth and stabilized it was, were you using a tripod or stabilizer, if yes is it stable without anything?

  5. I wish I had been a bit more patient and got this little gem, but instead I'm stuck with a cumbersome 2nd-hand 600d. It does the job well, just a bit heavy in the hands

  6. Hey hope all is well. Love your channel. So. I currently got rid of my sony a6000. I have a few reasons why. Though i loved the camera i found it hard at times to make video of me doing my work. I am a barber and i like to record me doing my work and posting on social media especially instagram. At this moment i have 700.00 i can spend on a camera and i am in conflicts between the sl2 and the t7i. I do like the m50, but i am not worried about 4k vid and i dont want to spend moneyvon an adapter for the other canon lenses. I take alot of head and shoulder shots of my work. I rarely take photos of moving objects. No sports or wild life. I am more of a fan of stills. I am totally in live with the touch screen and how it flips and also something that i couldnt do with the a6000 is add a mic. Im confused between both the t7i and sl2. What would you suggest?

  7. Thank you Sean I actually purchased the SL2 and added a battery grip for more battery life. I’m not a photographer as much as a new film maker that wanted a great set up that would last me a few years. I’m starting with some of my Canon glass I already had but I’ll be adding Rokinon Cinema glass later. Thanks again to you and your wife for the demonstration of shallow dof

  8. Hey there Shawn, i want to thank you for the whole lot of videos you have done. im learning a ton from every one of them.

    lately ive been thinking about just dropping everything, but now im thinking i should just keep it as a hobbie

  9. Just recently bought this cannon sl2 and it is truly amazing I’m a begginer photographer and I would like to know where you purchased the stand on the camera also the microphone??

  10. I can't figure out how to get my SL2 to 16:9 ratio for pics and video? Nothing in the manual but it does say it can be done? I've read about an option 5 in live view? I can't find that either. Can someone help me out with step by step?

  11. I was trying to buy a t6i on amazon but accidentally bought this one because I didn’t look at the name properly. Haven’t really gotten the chance to actually really test it but I was surprised at how light it was and so far from what I’ve seen, the pictures it takes are pretty great for the prices. Now I just need lens to truly try it out.

  12. I tend to take a lot of close up video but my current camera (canon g7x mark ii) sucks at focusing. Im looking for something that can focus really well when transitioning from a subject to subject as well as being able to take really clear close up shots. Is this a good choice?

  13. Would you recommend this for a hiker? I love to hike and I want to take good landscape/nature photos. I don’t care for vlogging

  14. I have this camera and was shooting at 60fps (well, 59fps actually) and wanted to but my shutter speed to 120. It seems like it only does 100 or 125 though (at least from the Q menu). Anyone know if that can be changed in setting or is 125 close enough? Thanks!

  15. GET CANON SL2 with Two lens and moore things FROM AMAZON.COM https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B073ZML3JS/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&tag=tarielsidamon-20&camp=1789&creative=9325&linkCode=as2&creativeASIN=B073ZML3JS&linkId=80fe6edd7c48ed90fe647cd5e2d2b8ec

  16. Do you think it would be worth it to switch from the Rebel T6 to this. One of my biggest problems with the T6 is the lack of mic jack.

  17. Hi Shawn your the man. Best reviewer on you tube for me. Tell me is this a compatible with using a zoom h5 with music mics, for fab audio ? Im almost completely sold on this !!
    Thanks Neil

  18. Thank you! I was debating between this SL2 and the T6 as my first DSLR, and I am so glad I found this video. I'm going to get this one! 🙂

  19. I just bought this camera and I’m not sure how to flip the camera to record my face while I’m recording. Can anyone tell me how please? 🙂

  20. Thank you very much! II really got a lot out of this review. I've been a Nikon girl for about 8-10 years but I ordered one of these; mostly for video. I hope this is going to work. I am new at this whole thing but in the past setting up my Nikon D7100 on a tripod, hitting Start and running back in place was a PITB. I'm a singer so I got that microphone., like you have. (I do just in-house stuff and instructional video. I doubt I'll become a vlogger.). I also do dog and scenic photography. I really like the idea of the flip out LCD screen. I was looking at the M50 and I liked your review but it's out of my budget. Especially since I'm adding Canon and all my glass is Nikon mount.
    Two questions: how is the camera on action shots? How does the app work with an Android phone? Does it work pretty well? Do you have a tutorial out there for the Canon app? (OK, that was MORE than two questions.) Thank you again.

  21. I just bought a Canon SL2 for my channel. I am just getting started. This among several other videos of yours were helpful. Thank you

  22. Sean, could you make a video with even less expensive camera suggestions. For your international followers $599.00 USDollars (which is what Amazon has this camera priced for to-date) is pricey. In Mexican Pesos that's $12,000.00 pesos plus S & H. It could amount to half of a middle class monthly income or even a full months income. It would be SO helpful. Thanks in advance. – Greetings from Mexico

  23. I just bought this for my videos. I spent $640 Canadian for it. I really like it because it has a screen to flip to the side. Did I pay a good price and is it still a good 📷?

  24. You know you are interesting with your videos subjects but Gosh how annoying you can be… Be natural please. You don't have to play the comic guy… Maybe that's your nature but the way you acting, I just can't handle it.

  25. Can you compare the 200D to the new SL3 as I'm in Australia and looking to buy my 1st camera for shooting vlogs and landscape in Bali? Which one should I buy?

  26. I just ordered a new SL2 based on your recommendation. I have found that you are one of my most reliable sources of information. That's why I'm a subscriber. I just watched this video again and found that I purchased the right camera. Now I can hardly wait to get it in a few days. Thanks for your info !!!

  27. You always come through with the detailed reviews on the cameras I’m interested in buying. This video is extremely helpful. Thank you, I def want this as a beginner who will be establishing a fashion blog & YouTube channel soon 🥰

  28. So do you recommend then the SL2? Vs the 7ti ? What about the SL3 can you explain for me. Thanks 🙏

  29. Great video. I'm an instructional designer looking to create video content and film presentations and seminars from distances from 15 to 5 meters distance from our instructors. What camera would you recommend to do so? Is this camera one that you would recommend for this where the zoom would not lose quality when being edited in Adobe premiere and zooming in. Thank you for everything.

  30. having mainly use this camera for pictures, its not that bad at all, its actually pretty good for starters. the pictures i taken isnt too bad at all….that is only if there is some kind of light sources near by

  31. Hi Sean, Is this still a good beginner's DSLR for 2019? I am thinking of purchasing this camera to make YouTube videos and have never owned a DSLR before. Thanks for your reply!

  32. Thanks! This was super helpful! I'll be ordering mine this week to finally get my YouTube studio going. The Samsung S7 just isn't cutting it. 😂

  33. Thanks for all the info! Can anyone let me know if this camera would be good for overhead DIY videos?

  34. bruh i have the t6 right now but its hard to record videos with cuz you cant see the screen might just get one. plus the t6 doesnt have a microphone jack… maaaaaaaannnnnn

  35. How would you say this SL2 compares to the M50? I'm trying to find a decent camera with audio input and that might be able to utilize the lenses from my Panasonic Lumix FZ70. I'm putting together equipment to start doing YT videos and my Panasonic FZ70 doesn't have an audio input, nor does my Nikon B500.

  36. I keep on looking at cameras like the Sony A6000 for a smaller/lighter kit and just for the fun of trying something new but then I always remember the SL2, and having a TON of Canon and Canon mount great glass it just doesn't make any sense. Specially for the price of the bodies (The SL2 price is amazingly low for what it offers) and adding the extra cost and weight of an adapter). I'm gonna go ahead and buy it ASAP. Great review, liked! Thank you!

  37. I create videos of remote control cars and I currently use my phone to film, I’m just wondering if it’s worth trying to get a proper camera or should I wait until I grow a bit more. Currently I net 10 hours of watch time a month and have 180 subs, thankful for each one of the . Do you reckon my content is up to par for an up and coming channel? Thanks 🙏😊

  38. Hey Sean! I Really want my first camera for my youtube channel and I might get this one!! It's on sale today so I gotta maybe get it lol! I always wanted the Canon G7X cause youtubers have it, and I do want to make vlogs too, but I love how the SL2 has the flip screen also and has the ability to upgrade my audio 😀 !! I also am new to cameras so I think this would be perfect for me to start with!! 😀

    Also sorry one more thing lol, Should I get the Open box one? I'm worried its like scratched or something like that lol but it saves me an extra $60 CAD lol? Do you recommend open box cameras? Please help lol thank you as always!!!

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