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Canon SL3 (250d) vs Canon SL2 (200d) Ultimate Comparison


what’s up guys Iggy here and welcome to another tech gear talk today we’re going to compare two fantastic beginner DSLR cameras the canon SL 2 and a newer SL 3 depending on where you’re from the SL 2 is also known as the 200 D and the SL 3 is also known as the 250 D or 200 d mark 2 but to keep things simple we’re going to call them the SL 2 and the SL 3 the SL 2 is easily one of canons most popular beginner cameras and I was super excited when the SL 3 was announced you can see that the cameras are similar in terms of look and I’ll tell you soon in terms of functionality and performance but there are some critical differences between them that you should know about before you choose one over the other we’re gonna talk about the strengths and weaknesses of each option when it comes to both photography and video and at the end of this video I’ll help you decide which one is best for you depending on what you plan on using it for and it might not be what you think ok let’s

get started I’m gonna get into details for each aspect of the 2 camera but I want to start out with some overall key features starting out with the SL 2 it has a 24 megapixel aps-c CMOS sensor and it uses canons dual pixel autofocus system Canon implemented the digit 7 processor which helps with speed and performance as well as overall image quality it has a 3-inch fully articulating touchscreen LCD and it can shoot video at up to 1080p at 60 frames per second being a DSLR the SL 2 uses an optical viewfinder a big feature for a camera at this price point is that the SL 2 has an external mic input which lets you use an external microphone for better audio and it also has Wi-Fi and Bluetooth so you can easily move images to your mobile device and even control the camera remotely using the Canon camera connect app moving on to the SL 3 it also has a 24 megapixel aps-c CMOS sensor and also uses canons super nice dual pixel autofocus system it has the newer digit 8 processor which improves

speed performance and image quality it also has a 3 inch fully articulating touchscreen LCD and can shoot video at up to 4k 24 frames per second like the SL 2 it also as an optical viewfinder it also has Wi-Fi and Bluetooth functionality but you can now more easily connect to the camera and move images and video to your mobile device and of course control it completely using the Canon camera Connect app in terms of ergonomics the sl3 is very similar to the SL to the lines are a little bit sharper but the feel is essentially the same as far as differences I did notice that the mode dial on top no longer has a no flash and creative auto modes the other thing I noticed is that the flash on the SL 3 is triggered using this small flange right here whereas on the SL 2 there is a flash trigger button right here on the side both cameras are small and light with the SL 3 being something like 4 grams lighter which isn’t noticeable this is one of my favorite things about these cameras because in both cases you’re getting a versatile and powerful DSLR camera in a

compact and light form factor I also like that they’re not too small so especially for people with larger hands some cameras kind of feel like a toy and a little bit more difficult to handle as far as battery life the SL 2 is rated for 650 shots which I always thought was a lot this pretty much let me shoot all day without having to worry about a backup battery the SL 3 is rated for 1070 shots which is a significant step up and now I can definitely shoot all day without having to worry about battery life in case you already have an SL 2 and you’re upgrading to the SL 3 they both use the same battery so you’ll have an immediate backup both cameras use an optical viewfinder which helps preserve the battery life when you’re not shooting images in live view now both the SL 2 and the SL 3 have a 24 megapixel aps-c CMOS sensor which Canon uses on more expensive aps-c models all things being equal the bigger the sensor the better it is and a bigger sensor means better image quality because it’s able to use more information to create an image with more detail and better dynamic range this aps-c sensor is great if you’re shooting landscape portraits if you want to do street photography if you want to take it with you while you travel or even if you’re just doing family on lifestyle photography it’s also a great choice for shooting video creating content for YouTube or if

you’re just a hobbyist it’s gonna give you really nice and crisp video and of course canons color science is fantastic so all in all the 24 megapixel aps-c sensor on the SL 2 and the SL 3 gives you really nice performance at a very affordable price as far as processors the SL 2 use it the digit 7 and the SL 3 uses the newer digit 8 together with a nice sensor both cameras will give you sharp images and video and good low-light performance the new processor on the SL 3 is more efficient and it’s responsible for the improved battery life and the ability to process 4k video so as far as processors go I’m going to give the advantage to the SL 3 because of the benefits of the new processor general menu operation is fast for both cameras both have quick start up and things like image preview and video playback are quick and responsive one of the features that I look at for every camera that I get is continuous or burst shooting so you can just point the camera at a subject hold the shutter down and the camera will just keep firing and this is a nice feature if you’re photographing sports pets if you’ve got kids running around or any time where you’re trying to photograph a fast-moving

subject now of course the more frames you can shoot per second the more exposures you’ll have to pick from later on and this is an area where Canon didn’t make an improvement so both the SL 2 and the SL 3 can shoot it up to 5 frames per second as far as continuous shooting it’s a tie next I want to talk about resolution and frame rates for photography both cameras offer 6000 by 4000 pixel images so as far as head-to-head resolution it’s a tie as far as image quality I’ve been getting pretty similar results I’ll do a more detailed image quality comparison in another video so if you’re interested in seeing that make sure that you subscribe and have notifications turned on now let’s get to video recording options and one of the biggest selling points of the SL 3 is that Canon added 4k video at 24 and 25 frames per second and this is enlarged due to the improved ability of the digit 8 processor and it’s one of the biggest again if not the biggest upgrades on the SL 3 and I’ll get back to 4k on the SL 3 in a minute I just want to finish the comparison now this is where things get a little wonky and I’m not exactly clear what Canon is doing here before I get into the options I want to mention that your choice of frames per second comes down to what kind of look you want your video to

have so if you like a more cinematic look then you’re gonna shoot at 24 frames per second if you want your footage to be super sharp and crisp you can shoot at 60 frames per second I like a little bit of both so I shoot my videos and edit them at 30 frames per second and the nice thing if you do shoot your videos at 30 frames per second like I do that can play my 60 frames per second footage from either one of these cameras at 30 frames per second and I can slow things down by 50% okay the SL 2 can shoot Full HD or 1080p at 24 30 and 60 frames per second if you’re shooting in NTSC the SL 3 only offers 1080p at 30 and 60 frames per second so can I remove the ability to shoot at 24 frames per second this is something that I just can’t understand I have plenty of content around this topic so I don’t want to go too deep into it but if you watched my SL 2 cinematic footage tutorial you know that if you want to get cinematic looking footage you want to shoot at 24 frames per second so now in the SL 3 shooting at 24 frames per second is only available if you shoot in 4k and you might say fine I’ll just shoot 4k video there’s plenty of

advantages to shooting in 4k ok so let’s talk about 4k just like on the m50 with the SL 3 you have to apply an additional crop factor when shooting in 4k and the total crop factor is 2.6 for X and this ends up being really significant and I’ll give you an example using a very popular lens from my best lenses for the SL 2 video the 50 millimeter F 1 point 8 I’m going to put it on the SL 3 if I shoot at 1080p it converts it to 80 millimeter equivalent field of view because the SL 3 has an aps-c sensor okay no problem there I knew that going in but what I want to use it in 4k if I want to shoot at 24 frames per second I have to apply an additional crop factor which gives me around a hundred and thirty two millimeter field of view and in addition to that the famous dual pixel autofocus doesn’t work when you’re shooting in 4k now this was also true on the m50 and if you watched my SL 2 vs M 50 comparison I don’t give the m50 such a hard time because I always had the option to shoot at full HD or 1080p at 24 frames per second in that case I was looking at 4k as a choice if you want to shoot in 4k on an entry-level camera from Canon the price was this additional crop factor but now there is no other option if I want to shoot at 24 frames per second so how am I gonna do this comparison I’m

finding it pretty difficult to give the edge to the SL 3 as far as resolution and frame rate and here’s why if you want 24 frames per second then you have to shoot super cropped 4k on the SL 3 and with no dual pixel autofocus if you don’t want 24 frames per second then you’re not getting 4k on the escalatory anyway because there is no option for 4k 30 so I’m just not sure that it’s a better value and it’s actually a little more restrictive than the SL 2 so I’m struggling a little bit here to give one of these the edge and I’d love to know what you think in the comment section the nice thing for anyone not shooting in North America or the few other countries that use NTSC is that you can still shoot at 25 frames per second in both 1080p and 4k next I want to talk about one of the most exciting features of the SL 3 and that is a clean HDMI out this means that the SL 3 can output video that does not include the menu and focus overlays with the SL 2 unless you use special software you could only stream by using manual focus and then hiding the on-screen elements to mimic a clean HDMI out but with the SL 3 you can have the auto focus with face and eye detection on and still get beautiful crisp and InFocus video right to your stream you can also record for 2 to 10-bit video externally and get amazing footage with more information to use

when colour correcting and grading so for anyone who wants to stream the SL 3 is an incredible option and definitely has a huge advantage over the SL – alright let’s move on to lens options both the SL 2 and the SL 3 can accept canon EF and EFS mount lenses this is a huge bonus and a means you have access to the entire lineup of Canon lenses anything from inexpensive EFS lenses to the most expensive L Series glass works beautifully on both of these cameras and I’ll put a link up in the corner and in the description to a video that will help you pick the best lenses for both of these cameras alright next let’s talk about autofocus and this is something that you definitely want to consider when you’re choosing a camera and the good news here is that both the SL 2 and the SL 3 use canons dual pixel autofocus which is so good this is definitely one of the best autofocus systems on the market at any price point and I never get any type of focus hunting when I use it for photography when using the viewfinder both cameras have a nine point autofocus system with the

center point being a cross type autofocus point I was hoping to see more AF points on the SL 3 but no luck when using the LCD for photography we now use the dual pixel autofocus system so we have face tracking both the SL 2 and the SL 3 will identify a face and then track it as it moves through the frame and then keep it in focus and you’re able to use the left and right arrow buttons to move from one face to another within your frame which is really cool when there’s more than one person in your shot I couldn’t find information about the number of positions available for autofocus point on the SL 2 but in the SL 3 it’s 3975 whatever the number is gonna be on the SL 2 I’m just assuming it’s gonna be a lot less a great new feature on the SL 3 is the addition of eye detection autofocus which can be used to prioritize focus on the subjects eye this is awesome for portraits when you no longer have to worry about where your focus point is and you’re getting much more precise focus on the eye rather than just generally on the face now if you have multiple faces in the same shot again you can use the right and left arrow to select a different subject and if I detection is on you can use the arrows to switch between the subjects eyes for video great continuous autofocus is a absolutely critical if you’re vlogging I’m walking around you can always set your

focus to manual but as you’re moving and the camera is moving it’s moving closer and farther away from you or you might get tired and switch hands and the camera doesn’t stay the same distance from you so it’s beautiful to be able to just turn on face detection and all you have to worry about is being framed correctly and a camera will automatically keep you in focus like I said in the past about other Canon cameras that use the dual pixel autofocus system absolutely crushes it going back to eye detection with the SL 3 we can use eye detection both in 4k and Full HD video so as long as the subject is facing the camera both face and eye detection worked really well for me now for the purpose of creating YouTube content or shooting interviews or just video in general I think that good continuous autofocus is definitely a feature they are gonna want another cool thing that I can do with both of these cameras is click on different items on the screen and I can easily change focus so I can

get a really cool transition where in my video I might be talking about one thing so I keep it in focus and then I want to shift the viewers attention to something else I’m talking about so as I talk about it I click on the other subject and then it brings it into focus and then finally both of these cameras have awesome subject tracking so you can just click on anything in your shot and you’ll get a little white square around it and then both the SL 2 and the SL 3 will track that subject as it moves through the frame I want to point out again that for the SL 3 the dual pixel autofocus doesn’t work when you’re shooting in 4k so just keep that in mind as far as autofocus goes I’m going to give the edge to the SL 3 because I detection gives you an extra level of precision when it comes to autofocus now something else that I loved about both the SL 2 and the SL 3 for video is that they both have a 3.5 millimeter mic input and that’s a great feature if you want higher production value because it allows you to use an external microphone instead of the built-in stereo mic so I can easily connect a shotgun mic to both my SL 2 and SL 3 and I’ll immediately get better audio and I get a really nice and compact setup

it’s light its portable and I get great video in focus and great audio and it’s just perfect for vlogging for shooting talking head video and really just any time where you want to get more directional sound pickup instead of the omnidirectional microphone that will pick up sound from everywhere there are a lot of outstanding microphone options on the market and I’ll put some links in the description to some of my favorites and I also did a comparison of some of the popular shotgun microphones to help you pick the right microphone for the budget that you have now as far as using a lavalier microphone I can use a wired lab with both the SL 2 and the SL 3 if I don’t mind being tethered to the camera and I can even go wirelessly if I want that way I don’t have to worry about being attached to the camera I can always put the camera down and step back and the microphone is still on me and that way I get consistent sound now a huge improvement with the SL 3 is that you can now see the audio levels on the LCD and this is true while you’re setting up but more important that you can see them while you’re recording so you can easily see that your audio is not clipping or isn’t too low and you can make any necessary adjustments as far as audio goes I’m gonna give the edge to

the SL 3 because I think that being able to see the audio levels is such an important feature next I want to talk about the size weight and build quality and these cameras are virtually identical Canon definitely got positive feedback about the form factor of the SL 2 and they simply modernized it a bit by adding a little bit sharper lines on the SL 3 for DSLR cameras both of these are crazy light and even with the 18 to 55 kit lens they’re both under two pounds the SL 3 does weigh 4 grams less but that’s not anything that you’re ever going to notice so as far as portability goes I’m gonna call it a tie because again they’re virtually identical both the SL 2 and the SL 3 have optical viewfinders which I really like because they give you a sense of being in the scene a good optical viewfinder is also a good option when you’re shooting in low-light because the resolution and responsiveness don’t drop like they could on some out

viewfinders from a specs perspective I couldn’t find a difference between the two view finders and in real life they seem to be identical to me I’m not gonna give either of these in advantage because again they seem to be the same view finder moving on both the SL 2 and SL 3 have a super versatile 3-inch 1.04 million dot fully articulating touchscreen it can be flipped and locked into position on the back of the camera if you’re behind the camera or flipped again for protection and storage when it’s not in use I love the fact that I can point it up when I’m shooting from waist level or on a tripod or any time when the camera is lower than I am I also like the flexibility of having it point down if the cameras above my head finally I like to either have it flipped out and pointed back or just point it to this side when I’m using it on a gimbal and that way I never need an external monitor as far as the screen goes again I want to call it a tie because the LCD is the same next let’s talk about connectivity and remote control options both the SL 2 and the SL 3 come with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth options that work with a Canon camera

connect app and the app lets you connect to a mobile device wirelessly and then transfer images and videos so you can very quickly share them also both the SL 2 and the SL 3 can use the app to remotely control the camera for pictures so you can have the camera set up you can use your phone as a remote screen change settings and focus and then take the picture when it comes to video both the SL 2 and the SL 3 give you complete control over the camera using the Canon camera connect app you can frame your scene you can change settings you can see and set focus and you can remotely start and stop recording and this is an incredible feature if you’re shooting by yourself it makes being in front of the camera a lot easier there’s no more walking back and forth to the camera to start and stop it I can sit down move myself with the camera until I get the shot exactly how I want it to be framed and then I start and stop the video right from my phone now as far as the interface the SL 3 uses a more user-friendly integration for wireless settings in the menu

there is actually a dedicated top-level menu option which I like because I don’t have to go searching for that feature even though it’s just a slight advantage I’m gonna give the edge to the SL 3 all right I want to talk about if few other features that might help you make a buying decision and then we’ll get to the final verdict so both cameras do embody 1080p time-lapse and it’s super simple to do it it’s much easier for most people than having to use an external intervalometer and then taking those pictures and converting them into a time-lapse using software the sl3 has three specific time-lapse in areas built-in so fast slow and slower subject movement it will automatically pick the right settings for your time-lapse shot if you want a little more control there’s also a custom setting which gives you full control you can just select the interval in seconds which is how long you want there to be between each shot you can select how many shots you want the camera to take and then whether you want the exposure from the first image to remain the same throughout or you want the camera to do auto exposure for every picture how the sl2 on the other hand doesn’t come with presets or the ability to save them so you have to select your setting every time again for

beginners or even for me it’s nice to have these presets at the same time I think once you do a few time-lapse video you’ll easily get the hang of using the custom feature I’m gonna give the edge here to the SL 3 because of these additional presets on top of that the SL 3 can also do 4k time lapse which is a game changer first if you’re working on a 4k timeline you’re gonna need to fill your frame second if you’re working on a 1080p timeline having a 4k time lapse gives you some awesome options when it comes to framing if you have any questions about that please let me know in the comment section and I’ll help you out another new feature only offered on the SL 3 is smooth skin mode which offers five levels of skin smoothing to help reduce blemishes and make this subject skin appear soft next I want to discuss the hotshoe functionality and like I said in my review of the SL 3 this isn’t something that I would normally discuss because it’s pretty straightforward but there’s a little wrinkle here with the SL 3 canon remove the center pin so the SL 3 is not compatible with most third-party flashes and accessories the SL 2 does have the center pin so you can use much less expensive options if plan

on adding an external flash again this is a strange move by Canon I’m assuming they did this to keep users within the ecosystem but once again it’s something that could frustrate some users finally let’s talk about price and value and my goal with every product comparison is to give you a detailed overview of the products and then compare them in a way that relates to real-life use and if you found this video helpful please let me know in the comments section it really helps me out I’m also going to include links in the description to where you can buy these cameras as well as some of my favorite lenses and accessories and if you end up using those links to buy anything not just those items you help support my channel for free and allow me to create more content for you so thank you now at the time of shooting this video the SL 2 costs four hundred and ninety nine dollars and the SL three costs five hundred and forty nine dollars that’s a fifty dollar difference now depending on when you’re watching the price may be a little bit different but the SL two should be a

little less expensive than the SL three I don’t normally look just at price I look at value I think about what you’re paying and then what you get and I figure out what’s the best combination alright so which of these is a better value when the SL three came out I immediately jumped to the conclusion that it’s a better value because it was only an extra fifty bucks but here’s what I decided if you plan on using one of these cameras for photography and time-lapse then the SL three is a better value in my opinion you’re getting much better battery life you’re getting eye detection and newer processor easier connectivity and a 4k time lapse option if you plan on doing live streaming then again the SL 3 is a clear winner because it comes with a clean HDMI out which lets you get clean crisp and InFocus video right to your live streaming software now if you plan on using one of these cameras for video things get a little less clear if you want 24 frames per second you want to shoot at 1080p you need to go with the SL 2 if your priority is to shoot in 4k at 24 frames per second and you’re okay with the added crop factor and no dual pixel autofocus then you should get the SL 3 if you don’t care about 24 frames per second and you’re gonna shoot at 30 or 60 frames per second then once again I would say with the sl3 because you’re getting additional features like eye detection and 4k time lapse and the improved battery life you

can’t have everything in any camera so it comes down to what’s important to you I do my best to answer every question so if you have any additional questions just fire away like I said I’ll put links in the description to where you can get the sl3 and SL 2 as well as some of the popular kits and accessories and there are always holiday specials and discounts and those links will be updated with the lowest pricing I also have links in the description to a more detailed video about each of these cameras in case you want a more in-depth review I really hope this video gave you a good comparison between the SL 2 and SL 3 and I would love to hear in the comments section which one of these options is best for you if this video was helpful please let me know by giving it a thumbs up tweet it share it and if you haven’t yet hit the subscribe and notification buttons you can always find me on Instagram Twitter and Facebook at

Tech your talk and you know what I always say buy it nice or buy twice good luck and see you soon but here’s what I decided if you plant Canon implemented that Canon implemented the digit Canon implemented the jibba jibba jibba or even if you’re just doing family on lifestyle lifestyle lifestyle with no dual Auto pull out of pocus hocus pocus is that you can still shoot a twenty five phrase fresh rifra and they simply modernized it modernized modernized it that what they did and Bluetooth options that work with the cabmen book caman kim and coming to work with the cabin now on top of that the SL truth through again I’m throwing it wears on the SL – there is a flash release button but it’s not on so it won’t work and it doesn’t have a battery so it’s still not going to work but I’ll be back and then it won’t work

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