Melville, NY—Canon’s new portable DSLR, the Rebel SL2, is targeted at photographers wanting to step up from a smartphone or point-and-shoot camera. With its introduction, Canon hopes to alleviate some of the concerns for first-time DSLR users.
The SL2 “features the world’s fastest AF speed at 0.03 second,” allowing for quick focusing, Canon announced. And when designing the DSLR, Canon considered feedback from entry-level photographers who expressed interest in going beyond program mode. The result was the creation of the “feature assistant” user interface.
Before capture, photographers can see on the LCD monitor how switching modes on the mode dial or tweaking settings like exposure compensation alters the image. This function also guides them on capturing more compelling images, such as those with shallow depth of field, or giving moving subjects a frozen or flowing look.
Canon EOS Rebel SL2 Upgrades
The SL2 also boasts other enhancements over its predecessor: a 24.2MP APS-C-format CMOS sensor; a Digic 7 processor; and a Dual Pixel CMOS AF system with phase detection. The camera provides an ISO range of 100–25,000 that extends to 51,200. It is also capable of capturing photos at 5 fps and Full HD 60p video recording.
Its 3-inch, 1.04M-dot LCD provides 170º coverage, has anti-smudge and antireflective coatings as well as seven brightness levels. Touch gestures can be used for zooming in and swiping through captured images or accessing menu and quick control settings. The touch screen also lets users select selfie mode with one touch.
Complemented the LCD is an eye-level, 95%-coverage optical viewfinder with a 9-point AF system. Other features include Wi-Fi, NFC and Bluetooth technology as well as an external microphone input.
Canon’s EOS Rebel SL2 measures 4.8×3.7×2.8 inches and weighs 14.3 ounces. It has a suggested retail price of $549.99 body only. In a kit with the Canon EF-S 18–55m f/4–5.6 IS STM lens, it sells for $699.99. usa.canon.com