Canon EOS Rebel SL2

A light, easy-to-use step up from a smart­phone

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$549 (body), $699 (with 18–55 mm lens) From Canon, Fea­tures 24.2 MP APS-C CMOS sen­sor, ISO100–25,600, 3.0-inch vari-an­gle screen

To tempt you from your phone’s cam­era to a DSLR, the Rebel SL2 has a selfie mode, skin smooth­ing and back­ground blur­ring, and a graph­i­cal in­ter­face that de­scribes the ef­fects of chang­ing key set­tings. It also in­cludes lens ab­ber­a­tion cor­rec­tions found on pricier EOS mod­els.

The aut­o­fo­cus sys­tem per­forms fine in good light and darker in­door con­di­tions in gen­eral, and bet­ter with low-con­trast sub­jects than ex­pected. How­ever, in sit­u­a­tions like track­ing mov­ing sub­jects you’ll be left want­ing.

The cam­era uses phase-de­tect AF for faster Live View fo­cus­ing speeds; fo­cus­ing is smooth and fast, and eas­ily matches mir­ror­less ri­vals. Nine AF points are ar­ranged in a di­a­mond and fairly well spread out, but with just one cross-type point, you may need to ro­tate the cam­era to achieve fo­cus.

Detail is very good up to ISO1600. There’s no noise at ISO3200, what’s vis­i­ble at ISO6400 is con­trolled, and ISO12,800 is still very use­able. Dy­namic range is also good, but lacks some ri­vals’ scope to recover detail in raw files.

The body feels un­pleas­antly pla­s­ticky, yet the hand grip is wel­comely deep. The ISO/dis­play but­tons are some­what spongy, and the shut­ter re­lease has a hol­low­ness. 650 shots per charge is bet­ter than com­pa­ra­ble mir­ror­less ri­vals, but that plum­mets to 260 when us­ing Live View pretty much full-time.

the bot­tom line. The EOS Rebel SL2 isn’t a bad op­tion for new cre­ative pho­tog­ra­phers, but there are bet­ter-value al­ter­na­tives. Phil Hall

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