Canon EOS Rebel SL2 Camera Review

Canon EOS Rebel SL2 Camera Review Black Friday & Cyber Monday Deal
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This tech gear talk is sponsored by gizmo go get cash for your old tech what’s up guys – G here and welcome to another tech gear talk today I’m going to tell you why you should still consider getting the Canon SL – in 2020 if you’re a beginner and you’re just starting out a lot of times you immediately go for the latest and greatest cameras on the market but let’s see if we can still make a compelling case for a camera that was released two and a half years ago I’m gonna cover some of the reasons why I still use the SL – even now and make sure that you stay till the end because the last two reasons are the ones that I think most people don’t really take into consideration and they’re probably two of the most important things that you should do when you’re buying a camera – start with the SL – renders colors beautifully right out of the camera this has been a canon strengths for years and personally I appreciate being able to grab a JPEG right out of the camera and use it without having to mess around with the colors too much if you want to have even more control over your image you can always shoot in RAW and then you can really start playing around with more advanced editing I test a lot of cameras and I’ve been doing this for a while now so I can get good results with any camera at this point but being able to get great color and accurate skin tones right out of the gate is awesome the SL 2 also uses a 24 megapixel sensor which we see Canon use on much more expensive models so you’re getting a higher level of performance out of lower price point and 24 megapixels is plenty for what most people are ever going to need out of this type of camera.


Canon EOS Rebel SL2 Camera

The next thing I want to bring up is that the SL 2 is easy to use and has everything you need to learn photography and video a lot of times people buy a first camera that can be just too advanced for them and even may be intimidating and at the end it could just become overwhelming what’s great about the SL 2 is that it’s very simple to use and at the same time it has all the more advanced modes that you need to grow as a creator when you get it you can start up by shooting a full automatic mode which can cause program or P on the dial menu over here that means that the sl2 will pick the right aperture shutter speed and ISO for you all you need to do is concentrate on framing your shot as you start learning more about exposure you can move to aperture priority or shutter speed priority and if you’re not familiar with these aperture priority means that you pick the aperture or how wide you want the opening to be in the lens and then the camera will adjust the shutter speed to make sure that you have the right amount of light to get a proper exposure and shutter speed priority is the exact opposite you pick the shutter speed or how long the shutter will stay open and then the camera will pick an aperture for you so you can see it’s really easy to learn about exposure with the sl2 and you can see the results right in the LCD and play around once you get a better understanding of exposure you can move on to manual mode where you can pick the aperture shutter speed and ISO you have full control over every element of your exposure now once you know how to do that you can pick up any camera in the world and be able to get a proper exposure sure it might look different and the dials might be in a different location but once you find aperture shutter speed and ISO on any camera you’re good to go and the sl2 even has exposure compensation which gives you more advanced options like intentionally over or under exposing your image just in case you need help with exposure.

I’ll link to a video up in the corner in the description that explains everything in more detail and hopefully help you out for video you can just select the frames per second option and then set your shutter speed accordingly and you’re all set now in that respect video is a little more simple than photography because you very rarely change your shutter speed now speaking of video the sl2 lets you shoot 1080p at 24 30 and 60 frames per second which are definitely the three most popular frames per second settings if you want a softer and more cinematic look then I suggest that you shoot at 24 frames per second if you want the sharpest and most crisp footage you can get out of the SL 2 then shoot at 60 frames per second I like to shoot somewhere in the middle so all of my videos are shot at 30 frames per second in the newer version of this camera the sl3 cannon actually remove the option for 24 frames per second which a lot of people complained about and I created a cinematic look tutorial for the SL 2 and I’ll link to it up in the corner and in the description so you can see how you can get your footage to go from this to this now before I continue if you like what you’ve seen so far let me know by giving this video a thumbs up it helps me know what kind of content you guys like so I can make more of it and if it’s your first time here go ahead and hit the subscribe and notification button so you can stay up to date on all the latest gear and tutorials now back to the SL – some people may notice that it can’t shoot 4k video but what you want to think about is whether you actually need or even want 4k footage like do you have a computer that’s powerful enough to edit it do you want to deal with larger files that require more storage do you want to buy faster and more expensive memory cards that can handle that higher bitrate there’s not one answer that fits everyone so I’d like to bring these things up and help you make an educated decision now personally when I shoot for YouTube or just family stuff I don’t shoot in 4k the next thing I want to talk about is this awesome fully articulating touchscreen this is by far my favorite design because regardless of how I use the camera I can always get the screen to face me so if I’m shooting from the hip so the camera is below eye level or if I have it close to the ground I can just point this screen up like this if I have the camera on a tripod or if I’m shooting over a group of people I gotta go the other way I can go ahead and have it face down when I’m on a slider or a gimbal there are times where having the screen face the side is the best option and this is also true if I’m shooting vertically with the camera below eye level I can still see exactly how I have my shot framed without having to get my head all the way down to the ground and finally when I’m in front of the camera or vlogging I can just flip the screen to face the front not everyone is gonna use their camera in all the ways that I mentioned but I always like having the option available to me what I need it now on top of the flexibility in terms of positioning the screen is also a full touch screen so you can control the camera from the screen without having to use the directional pad on the back I can do everything from control my aperture shutter speed and ISO I can even enable touch shutter which will get focus and then take a shot when I touch this screen so that way I don’t have to use the shutter at all now the touch functionality also extends to the main menu and canons main menu system is super simple everything is organized into sections that make sense and the labels are easy to understand now remember that I mentioned that some cameras can be really complicated and the menu system can quickly become overwhelming now this isn’t gonna be an issue for you with the SL 2 and on top of that using the touchscreen is just super intuitive I mean we’re using our cell phones we’re using so many touch enabled devices that interacting in that way with the camera creates a really good user experience now the last thing on the screen is the quick menu which you can activate by clicking the Q or set button or by clicking the Q that’s on the top right of the LCD and this brings up the quick menu which has all of the most used functions and settings you can change focus mode drive mode white balance picture style and a lot more and all of this without even having to go into the main menu ok so it’s easy to use but what about the auto focus no problem when we use the LCD we get to use canons super reliable dual pixel autofocus system which is one of my favorites you have face tracking so whether you’re shooting video or taking portraits using the LCD the sl2 will automatically detect and track faces for you and then keep them in focus there also a ton of auto focus points to select from if you want to manually choose where the camera should focus now if you want to use the viewfinder you are limited to 9 autofocus points that means that you can either let the SL to automatically select one of the nine points for you or you can manually select which one you want to use the nine autofocus points in the viewfinder are a limitation of an entry-level model like the SL 2 but what I need more than that and I have the SL 2 with me I can always use the LCD and then use the dual pixel autofocus system which like I said is great another great feature of the SL 2 is that you can shoot in body time-lapse there’s a movie mode that will allow you to shoot Full HD or 1080p time-lapse right in the camera all you need to do is enable it in the settings and you select an interval which is how long you want the camera to wait between each shot and you select the total number of shots that you want the SL 2 to take and that will dictate how long your time-lapse will be and finally you select whether you want the exposure to change with each shot or you want the SL 2 to keep the initial exposure for all subsequent shots you can also decide whether you want the LCD to show you ever exposure or if you want the camera to beep with each shot and if you do choose to turn the LCD off you save battery life for much longer time lapses so this is a great feature it’s so easy to use and you can get another type of shot without having to do a lot of work moving on another fantastic feature about the SL 2 is that you can remotely control it for both photography and video using the Canon camera connect app this is a feature that I use all the time for video and it even has some applications for photography so for video you can pretty much change any setting you can get your exposure just right make sure that you’re framed correctly and then you’re in focus and then start and stop your video so it’s kind of like having a remote monitor but even better because you’re not tethered to the camera for a photography again you can lock in your exposure and then you can trigger the camera remotely and this is a fantastic feature for macro photography where you don’t necessarily want to touch the shutter which can create some camera shake once you have your images and video you can wirelessly move both to your phone make a quick edit or not and then post then this is such a better workflow than having to take the SD card out move everything to your computer then figuring out how to get it to your phone now next I want to cover a couple of smaller items and then I’ll get to the two really important things that I mentioned in the beginning the first smaller item I want to mention is that the SL 2 has a center pin on the hachi which was removed in the newer SL 3 and even the full-frame RP now this means that the SL 2 can easily use essentially any Canon compatible third-party flash or trigger which give you much more cost-effective options now with some of the newer models canon remove this pin which requires you to buy higher cost canon accessories now you saw me remove this I have these on all my cameras instead of the little cap that comes down here and it’s a level so I bought like ten of these for I don’t know I think it was like six bucks and I have them at all my cameras and now I can easily level them whenever I’m on a tripod and if you’re interested I’ll put a link to these in the description they’re so inexpensive and they’re really so useful now the next item I want to talk about is the mic input which lets us connect an external microphone to the SL 2 and then get much better audio than the internal microphone a lot of people spend the majority of their time looking at cameras and lenses but then they completely overlook audio this could be a big mistake because audio plays such a huge role in how the viewer perceives your content so here I’m recording on a canon SL 2 internal mic I’m sitting about three feet away from the camera in a fairly well treated room so this should give you a pretty good idea of what you should expect if you’re using the built-in microphone and here I am using the rode videomic pro plus it’s a shotgun microphone it’s placed directly out of frame so it’s about 18 inches away from me right here and what I like about this setup is that I can move as far away as I want from the camera and then just bring the mic with me because it’s still tethered right into the SL 2 and hopefully this gives you a pretty good idea of what using an external microphone can do for your audio I have a dedicated video where I reviewed a whole line of microphones and I’ll link to it up in the corner and in the description so you can find something that works for your budget okay so now let’s get two things that I think a lot of people forget to consider the first is the lens system when you’re buying a camera you think about what you need now and what you might need in the future and one of the most important things that you should consider is the lens system when you buy good lenses they stay with you much longer than a camera body like I have Canon L Series lenses I’m using one right there I’ve got a bunch more back there I’ve had some of them for over ten years and I don’t plan on upgrading them any time soon because they’re still excellent during that time I’ve upgraded the camera body probably like five or six times but I’m still using the same lenses now the SL two can accept both EF and EFS mount lenses which means that you have access to an amazing line-up of lenses not only do you have a lot of options but since you can use both aps-c and full-frame lenses you can start investing in higher quality glass and then keep it as you upgrade to something like the 90 d speaking of upgrading his Moger is a new site where you can sell your old cameras cell phones laptops game consoles and used electronics not only will Gizmodo give you money to help fund your new upgrade but you won’t be responsible for toxic chemicals from those old devices leaking into the land it’s super easy just click the link in 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better body so if I had a thousand dollars to spend I would spend half of it on the body and the other half on lenses instead of buying the most expensive body that I can afford and then using inexpensive lenses and I’d love to know what you think about this approach okay so in my opinion the SLT still represents an excellent value even in 2020 it’s a great beginner camera and it will allow you to learn everything you need to know about exposure it’s easy to use it has a great fully articulating touch screen the dual pixel autofocus system is fantastic we have an external mic input for better audio great color remote control functionality and an extensive lineup of EF and EFS mount lenses I’d love to know what you think about the SL – do you still think it’s a good beginner camera and then why or why not if you’re looking for a much more advanced DSLR from Canon you should definitely check out the t8i or the 90 D I’ll put links in the description to both of those the SL 2 body sells for around 500 bucks brand-new and again I’ll put links in the description to the body as well as the lenses of some accessories that I like because there are always specials and discounts and those links will be automatically updated with the lowest pricing I really hope I was able to give you a good overview of the SL 2.

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