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Hey whats up everyone, my names Chris Winter and today I’m going to do an in depth review of the brand new Canon SL2 or 200D, so hopefully i can help you decide if it’s the right camera for you.
So let’s start off this review by first taking a look at build quality of this new Canon SL2. And the first thing you notice is that this is a tiny little DSLR.
In fact it’s one of the world’s smallest DSLR’s which is something you really feel once you pick it up. The SL1 which came before the SL2 really introduced the idea of tiny DSLR’s and I’m glad they’ve kept the size in the SL2.
Now with micro four third cameras really coming into the mainstream these days, we’re seeing smaller and smaller cameras. But if you are looking for that tradition shape of a DSLR, the SL2 is about as small as you can get, which will be great for travel.
Now even though the SL2 is a tiny DSLR, Canon have been pretty agressive in trying include a tonne of new features, one of which is on the back here.
And that’s here with it’s brand new articulating screen. I’m not going to lie, but when I heard rumors that the SL2 was going to have an articulating screen I got pretty excited and to see it come through I’m very happy.
It’s also a fully articulating screen as well which is great for getting your shots from different angels, whether thats from up high or down low or even flipped to the front which is brilliant for filming yourself, but we’ll talk more about that later on.
Either way the inclusion is one of the best new features on the Canon 200D.
Now staying on the back of the Canon 200D, another brilliant feature is that this articualting screen is a touch screen as well.
Now sometimes you might think that a touch screen is a little bit of a gimmick, but ever since I first used one a few years back on the Canon 70D I’ve found them to be incredibly useful.
Sure I still use the buttons on the camera and the dials on top, but having the touch screen makes life so much easier.
Now another nice inclusion with the Canon SL2 is it’s inclusion of a microphone jack. This means that rather than relying on the inbuilt mics on teh SL2, you can plu in a shotgun mic or a wireless mic and record fantastic audio.
Unfortunately we are still missing a headphone jack which would have been nice to see, but I probably didn’t expect it in a camera this cheap.
Now the inbuilt mic isn’t terrible, but it isn’t great, so I’d highly recommend getting a mic to plug in and you should be good to go.
Now if I was to point out a weakness on the SL2 it would probably be it’s battery life.
The SL2 uses the LP-E17 battery which is found in some other Rebels series cameras and it isn’t the best in terms of holding battery.
For stills the 200D was fine, but it did chew through battery pretty quickly when shooting video, so I’d advise in picking up another battery from places like Amazon or eBay.
Ok so now I want to touch on the video side of the Canon SL2 and this is where things get impressive.
To me the Canon SL2 is essentially a mini Canon 80D or Canon 77D, it’s brilliant.
The SL2 has a few killer video features which I never thought I’d see in a budget beginners DSLR.
Firstly, it’s got that fully articulating screen which I was talking about before. For video it really does make shooting a lot easier. Rather than trying to see the rear LCD in akward positions, you can move the camera around with ease simply moving the LCD.
We’ve also got that touch screen which again makes life a lot easier. So rather than having to pull focus manually, on the Canon SL2 you can now simply touch on the screen and whever you touch will pretty magically go into focus.
And really that’s all down to the new Dual Pixeld Autofocus system in the SL2. It’s trickled down from the 70D and 80D and is to me the best autufocus system for video in any camera on the market.
The 200D also has face tracking autofocus which is actually somethign Im using right now. So rather than having someone behind you keeping track of focus, you can just let the camera do the work and it actually works really well.
So as you can probably tell, I’m in love with this little DSLR. This is the best beginner DSLR you can buy at the current time and if you’re thinking about buying one today, I’d highly recommend it.
I hope you all have a fantastic day and I’ll see you next time.