Overview: The Canon EOS Rebel SL2 is one of the world's smallest
and lightest digital SLR camera, and follow-up to the SL1 from 2015. The SL2 has a standard Canon EF mount, and is
compatible with Canon EF lenses, including EF-S lenses. No lenses are included
in the "body only" kit.
Viewfinder: The Canon EOS Rebel SL2 uses an
eye-level SLR viewfinder with pentamirror with 0.87x magnification (w/50mm lens) for approximately 95%
vertical and horizontal coverage. It has a -3.0 to +1.0 diopter adjustment so you can focus
the viewfinder to suit your eyesight (with or without eyeglasses). When using
the self-timer or remote control, when your eye does not cover the viewfinder
eyepiece, stray light may enter the eyepiece
and affect the exposure when the image is captured. To prevent this, you can use
the supplied eyepiece cover, attached to the neck strap, to cover the eyepiece.
3" Clear View LCD II Touch Screen Monitor: The EOS Rebel
SL2 features a flip-out, Vari-angle 3" Clear View LCD II Touch Panel monitor,
that allows you to shoot at a variety of angles. It has a 3:2 aspect ratio and approximately 1,040,000
Live View composition and viewing recorded images. The screen has the same
capacitive technology as today's popular mobile devices, and delivers intuitive
touch panel operation. Two-finger gestures (multi-touch) can be used for zooming
or changing images, menu and quick control settings can be accessed, and focus
point and shutter release can be activated with the touch of a fingertip. The LCD monitor offers 100% viewing coverage and 7 brightness
levels to choose from.
Live View: The Live
View Function enables viewing your subjects directly on the camera's 3" LCD
monitor. The camera allows you to magnify any part of the scene 5x or 10x for
precise manual focusing. You can choose one of two grid overlay options (3x3 or
6x4) for the LCD
screen to help you line up vertical and horizontal lines. The
can be controlled remotely via a computer through a USB connection, or
wirelessly with the optional
24.2 Megapixel CMOS Sensor:
Canon's large-area CMOS (Complementary Metal Oxide Semiconductor) sensor
captures images with exceptional clarity and tonal range, and offers
million total pixels and 24.2 million
effective pixels. This APS-C-sized sensor (22.3mm x 14.9mm) has the same 3:2 ratio
as film cameras, enabling an effective angle of view that is 1.6x the normal EF
Lens focal length.
DIGIC 7 Image Processor: The Rebel SL2 is equipped with
Canon's DIGIC 7 Image Processor. The DIGIC 7 works with the CMOS sensor to
deliver images with great detail. Improved light sensitivity allows you to shoot
at higher resolution with less noise in dark conditions. The camera can achieve
higher ISO sensitivity (up to ISO 25600), and can shoot continuously at up to 5
frames per second.
The camera records still images in JPEG
and RAW formats. You can choose from the following image
sizes: Large, Medium, Small 1, and Small 2. For each resolution
(except Small 2), you can set the compression to Fine or Normal. For
RAW images, you can record only at 6000 x 4000. You can set the camera to RAW + JPEG and record a RAW image and a Large
Fine JPEG image simultaneously.
Aspect Ratio: The camera's image sensor has an aspect ratio of
3:2. You can choose to record still images in 3:2, 4:3, 16:9, and 1:1 aspect
ratios. This gives you the option of selecting any of the following image sizes:
|Quality ||Aspect Ratio and Pixel Count |
|3:2 ||4:3 ||16:9 ||1:1 |
|Large ||6000 x 4000 |
|5328 x 4000 |
|6000 x 3368 |
|4000 x 4000 |
|Medium ||3984 x 2656 |
|3552 x 2664 |
|3984 x 2240 |
|2656 x 2656 |
|Small 1 ||2976 x 1984 |
|2656 x 1992 |
|2976 x 1680 |
|1984 x 1984 |
|Small 2 ||2400 x 1600 |
|2112 x 1600 |
|2400 x 1344 |
|1600 x 1600 |
RAW File Format: The
RAW file format records the image data as captured by the camera's CMOS sensor
without further processing and converts it to digital data and records it onto
the card as is. RAW images can be adjusted, then developed and produced into
JPEG or TIFF images using the downloadable Digital Photo Professional software.
Recording Media: The EOS Rebel SL2 records images on an SD,
SDHC, and SDXC memory cards, including UHS-I (Ultra High Speed)
memory cards. It is also compatible with some brands of Eye-Fi
cards that feature wireless transfer of images, although their performance is
No recording media is supplied with
Self Cleaning System:
Dust that settles on the sensor surface of the
camera is removed using ultrasonic vibration. This Self Cleaning Sensor Unit
routine is automatically activated whenever the camera is powered on or off. (It
can also be manually activated.) A special collar positioned around the sensor
collects the loosened dust. In case visible dust still remains, you can delete
the effect of the dust particles from the image via the downloadable Digital
The EOS Rebel SL2 offers nine different shooting modes arranged on the Mode Dial in the following zones:
- Program AE:
This is a general-purpose shooting mode, the camera automatically sets
the shutter speed and aperture value to suit the scene's brightness.
- Shutter-priority AE: In this mode, you set the shutter speed and the
camera automatically sets the aperture value to suit the brightness of
- Aperture-priority AE: In this mode, you set the desired aperture
value and the camera sets the shutter speed automatically to suit the
Exposure: You set both the shutter speed and aperture
value as desired.
- Basic Zone:
- Scene Intelligent
Auto: The camera analyses the scene, and automatically
selects the settings.
- Flash Off: Disables the
- Creative Auto: In this auto mode, you can still
set the brightness, flash mode, sharpness, image recording quality, and
picture style settings.
- Special Scene: Once you select the Special Scene
Mode, you can choose from the following modes: Portrait, Group Photo,
Landscape, Sports, Kids, Close-up, Food, Candlelight, Night Portrait,
Handheld Night Scene, and HDR Backlight Control
- Creative Filters: Once you choose the Creative
Filters mode, you can select one of the following: Grainy B/W, Soft
Focus, Fish-eye Effect, Water Painting Effect, Toy Camera Effect,
Miniature Effect, HDR Art Standard, HDR Art Vivid, HDR Art Bold, and HDR
Shooting Movies: The EOS Rebel SL2 can record movies in High
Definition or Standard Definition at different frame rates. Movies are recorded
in MOV format with MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 compression, and AAC audio. Movies can be
recorded in IPB Standard compression or IPB Light for smaller file sizes. You can
record audio using the built-in microphone (monaural), or with an
optional stereo microphone with a 3.5mm plug. When shooting movies, a
large-capacity SD card with an SD Speed Class 10 or faster is recommended.
Cards slower than Speed Class 4 may not record your movies properly. You can select from the
following recording sizes and frame rates:
- 1920 x 1080: Full HD recording quality with a 16:9 aspect ratio; Available frame rates:
60 fps, 30 fps, 24 fps
- 1280 x 720: HD recording quality with a 16:9 aspect ratio; Frame rate: 60 fps,
- 640 x 480: Standard definition recording quality with a 4:3
aspect ratio; Frame rate: 30 fps
Movie Servo AF: When Movie Servo AF is enabled, you
can shoot a movie while focusing a moving subject continuously.
Video Snapshots: A video snapshot is a short movie clip
lasting 2, 4, or 8 seconds. You can combine a series of video snapshots into an
album, and save them as a single movie file. The compiled video is perfect for
sharing online or displaying on an HDTV via the HDMI port.
9-Point Auto-Focus System:
The EOS Rebel SL2 features a
high-precision 9-point wide area auto-focus that uses cross-type points with
lenses f/5.6 or faster, enabling the camera to focus faster, more accurately,
and in ever more complex lighting. In addition, the camera incorporates a diagonally mounted,
high-precision cross-type sensor at the center AF point that is sensitive to
both vertical and horizontal lines when fast lenses (f/2.8 or faster) are used,
for added accuracy and precision with these wide-aperture lenses. All focus
points can be chosen automatically or manually.
The camera employs one of 3 AF systems to let you seize every
photo opportunity with fast, accurate focus:
- One-Shot AF: suited for still
subjects, the camera focuses only once.
- AI Servo AF: for moving subjects when the focusing distance keeps
changing. The subject will be focused continuously while the shutter button
is pressed halfway.
- AI Focus AF: switches from
One-Shot AF to AI Servo AF automatically if the subject starts moving.
Manual Focusing: If you choose to focus manually, you will
need to set the focus mode switch on the lens from AF to MF, and turn the lens
focusing ring until the subject looks sharp in the viewfinder. You can magnify
the image 5x or 10x for better visibility when focusing.
ISO Speed: The Image Sensor's sensitivity to light, or
the ISO Speed, can be set to suit the ambient light level. In Basic Zone
modes, the ISO speed is set automatically from 100 to 6400. In other modes, you can set the
ISO automatically or manually from 100 to 25600, with expansion to 51200.
You can also maximum ISO speeds of 400 to 25600 for ISO Auto.
White Balance: You can choose
from the following white balance settings:
- Auto: the camera sets the white balance automatically
according to shooting conditions
- Daylight: for recording outdoors on a bright day
- Shade: counters strong blue tones in open shade on sunny
- Cloudy: for cloudy days, dusk and dawn
- Tungsten Light:
for incandescent illumination
- White Fluorescent
Light: eliminates typical green color casts
- Flash Use:
a starting point for studio strobes and Canon Speedlites
- Custom: enables you to manually set the white balance for a
specific light source for better accuracy. By selecting this image, you
import the white balance data for the setting
- Other WB Settings:
- Color Temperature: manually set color temperature
- White Balance
Correction: You can correct the standard color temperature for the
white balance setting. It has the same effect as using a color temperature
conversion filter or a color compensating filter.
Color Space: The color space refers to the range of reproducible colors. With this camera,
you can set the color space for captured images to sRGB or Adobe RGB. For normal
images, sRGB is recommended. In the Basic Zone modes, sRGB will be set
Shoot With Ambience Selection: Except in the Scene Intelligent Auto and
Flash Off Basic Zone modes, you can select the ambience for shooting. You can
choose from Vivid, Soft, Warm, Intense, and Cool, each at Low, Standard, or
Strong effects. You can also choose Brighter or Darker, with Low, Medium, and
High settings, and a Monochrome setting, with
Blue, B/W, or Sepia effects.
Style: By selecting a picture style you
can achieve various effects matching your photographic expression or the subject.
Picture Style setting is not available in Basic Zone modes, except Creative
Auto. Picture Style selections include: Auto, Standard, Portrait, Landscape,
Fine Details, Neutral, Faithful, Monochrome, or User Defined.
Exposure Compensation: Exposure compensation is used
to alter the camera's standard exposure setting. You can make the image look
lighter (increased exposure) or darker (decreased exposure). The exposure
compensation amount can be set up to +/-5 stops in 1/3-stop or 1/2-stop increments.
Bracketing: With auto exposure
bracketing (AEB), the camera automatically changes the exposure level up to +/-2
stops in 1/3-stop increments for three successive shots. When in Single Shooting
mode, the camera will change the exposure level on three single shots (requiring
three presses of the shutter release). In Continuous Shooting mode, or when
shooting with the self-timer or optional remote controller, you can take
three shots with one press of the shutter release, and the exposure levels will
change with each shot taken.
AE Lock: AE lock enables you to lock the exposure at a different place from the point of
focus. After locking the exposure, you can recompose the shot while maintaining
the desired exposure level. This feature is useful for backlit and spotlighted
Bulb Exposures: When bulb is set, the shutter is open during the time you keep pressing the
shutter button fully. Bulb is useful when a long exposure is necessary for
capturing night scenes, fireworks, the night sky, etc. The optional
remote switch is also recommended for bulb exposures. It connects to the
camera's 2.5mm sub-mini remote jack.
Flash: The camera's built-in retractable, auto pop-up flash
with E-TTL II autoflash metering. The flash takes approximately 3 seconds to
recycle for the next flash. The viewfinder has an icon to let you know the flash
is ready. You can set the flash exposure compensation to +/- 2 stops in 1/3-stop
increments. The flash range varies with the ISO speed. Other flash functions
- AF-Assist: Under
low-light conditions, the built-in flash fires a brief burst of flashes when you
press the shutter button halfway. This is to illuminate the subject to enable
easier auto-focusing. It is effective up to approximately 13.1 feet away.
- FE Lock: FE (flash
exposure) lock obtains and locks the correct flash exposure reading for any part
of a subject.
- Red-Eye Reduction: Using the
camera's Red-Eye reduction lamp before taking a flash picture will reduce the
common phenomenon of red-eye effect.
GPS-ready: The EOS Rebel SL2 is compatible with the optional GP-E2 GPS Receiver. The GP-E2 mounts to the camera's hot shoe, and records
location information, such as longitude, latitude, elevation, direction, and
time data for attaching to your photos and videos.
External Flash: In addition to the built-in flash, the EOS
Rebel SL2 has a hot shoe for adding optional external flash units. The camera is
compatible with Canon's entire line of EX-series Speedlites,
plus Macro Lites for close-ups. Canon EX-series
Speedlites offer professional-quality illumination for virtually any subject.
The built-in flash can work as a Master unit with Canon Speedlites with the
wireless slave feature and trigger the Speedlite(s) to fire.
Metering Modes: You can select from the following metering modes:
- Evaluative Metering: The camera's standard metering mode
utilizes 315 zones within the frame, and is suited for most subjects even under
backlit conditions. After detecting the main subject's position, brightness,
background, front and back lighting conditions, etc, the camera sets the proper exposure.
- Partial Metering: Effective when the background is much brighter than the subject
due to backlighting, etc; uses approximately 6%
of the frame at the center.
- Spot Metering: For metering a specific part
of the subject; uses approximately 2.6%
of the frame at the center.
- Center-weighted Average
Metering: Metering is weighted at the center and then averaged for
the entire scene.
Continuous Shooting Mode: In Continuous Shooting mode, you
can shoot up to about 5 frames per second. The maximum number of shots in a
single burst will vary with the image quality setting:
|Image Quality ||Compression ||Pixels ||File Size (MB) ||Possible Shots 8 GB Card ||Maximum Burst |
|Large ||Fine ||24M ||7.6 ||950 ||Full |
|Normal ||3.9 ||1840 ||Full |
|Medium ||Fine ||11M ||4.1 ||1790 ||Full |
|Normal ||2.0 ||3480 ||Full |
|Small 1 ||Fine ||5.9M ||2.6 ||2730 ||Full |
|Normal ||1.3 ||5260 ||Full |
|Small 2 ||3.8M ||1.8 ||3810 ||Full |
|RAW + JPEG ||24M ||29.4+7.6 ||170 ||6 |
|RAW ||29.4 ||210 ||6 |
Self-Timer: The camera will
record an image following a preset time delay after pressing the shutter
release. The self-timer lamp and beeper will indicate a countdown before the
picture is taken. You can choose from the following self-timer modes:
- 10 Second: The camera takes a single image 10 seconds after
pressing the shutter release button. You can also use the optional
control in this mode.
- 2 Second: The camera takes a single image 2 seconds after
pressing the shutter release.
- 10 Second Continuous Shots: The camera begins taking a series of
images (two to ten) 10 seconds after the shutter release button is pressed.
Mirror Lockup: The Mirror Lockup feature helps prevent
camera vibration when using a super telephoto lens or shooting close-ups.
Auto Rotation: Vertical shots can be rotated
automatically so that they are displayed upright during playback.
Image Review: The image can be displayed on the LCD
monitor immediately after you shoot. The review time can
be set to off (not displayed), 2 seconds, 4 seconds, 8 seconds, or Hold, which keeps the image
displayed on the LCD monitor until the camera is focused again.
Slide Show: You can view all images on the
memory card one after another with the Auto Playback function (slide show). You
can set the time each image is displayed on
the LCD monitor to 1, 2, 3, 5, 10, or 20 seconds. The transition between slides
can be selected from 2 Slide-in and 3 Fade effects.
This feature allows you to view four (2 x 2), nine (3 x 3), 36 (6 x 6) or 100
(10 x 10) images at once on the LCD monitor so that
you can search for an image quickly.
When viewing a still picture in single image playback mode, you can magnify the
image from 1.5x to 10x. While the image is magnified, you can scroll anywhere
around the image.
Rotating Images: You can rotate an image by 90° or 270°
clockwise in the LCD monitor.
Resize Images: To create images that you can share by email
or online, you can resize JPEG images in the camera, and save them as new files.
The aspect ratio cannot be changed, but you can resize the image to a smaller
Cropping: Images can be cropped in the camera and saved as a
new file. You can zoom in on subjects anywhere in the frame, switch the
orientation or even change the aspect ratio.
PictBridge Printing: Using the supplied USB
cable, you can connect this camera directly to a PictBridge compliant printer.
PictBridge is a standard that allows you to connect a PictBridge compliant
camera directly to a PictBridge compliant printer and make prints, regardless of
DPOF Print Settings: On the memory
card, you can select which
image or images you want to print and how many copies you want. This is
convenient for printing images all at once, on optional Canon direct print
function compliant printers, on PictBridge compliant printers, or at
participating photo labs.
Wireless Functions: The EOS Rebel SL2 offers Bluetooth,
Wi-Fi, and NFC wireless communications:
- Bluetooth: You can connect the camera to your
smartphone via Bluetooth to facilitate a Wi-Fi connection directly between
the smartphone and the camera. You can also use a Bluetooth connection to
pair the camera to the optional
BR-E1 Wireless Remote Control for remote shooting.
- Wi-Fi: When connected via Wi-Fi, you can perform a
range of tasks wirelessly:
- Connect to a Smartphone: Connecting to a smartphone
lets you view images stored in the camera. You can also operate the
camera remotely from a smartphone or camera. The Canon Camera Connect
app, available from the App Store or Google Play, must be downloaded to
- Transfer Images Between Cameras: You can transfer
still images and movies shot with this camera to other Canon cameras
with built-in Wi-Fi functions. The camera can be connected to only one
camera at a time.
- Print Images to a Wi-Fi Printer: You can directly
print images by connecting the camera with a wireless LAN-compatible
printer supporting PictBridge (Wireless LAN). Up to 3 printers can be
registered to the camera.
- Save Images to Connect Station: The optional CS100
Connect Station is a device that allows you to import captured still
photos and movies for viewing your TV, tablet, or smartphone, or sharing
them over a network. You can easily save still photos and movies to
Connect Station by holding the camera close to the Connect Station.
- Send Images to a Web Service: You can share images
with family and friends or share images using a range of Web services
via the Canon iMAGE Gateway, a free online photo service for Canon
- NFC Function: The Rebel SL2 supports NFC (Near-Field
Communication) which enables you to connect the camera to a smartphone or
Connect Station by touching them together. While playing back images, you
can send images to the smartphone by touching an NFC-enabled smartphone to
the camera. NFC-enabled smartphones operate on the Android platform running
OS version 4.0 or later, and are labeled with the NFC "N-mark." The camera's
"N-mark" is located on the left side of the camera body.
App Compatibility: The Canon Camera Connect app, required
for connecting the camera to a smartphone, is compatible with iOS version 8.0 or
later and Android devices version 4.1 or later.
HDMI Outputs: The camera is equipped with a mini-HDMI jack
(Type C) which allows you to connect the camera to an HDTV. The HDMI output terminal is CEC-compatible.
A mini-HDMI-to-HDMI cable is required.
Digital Terminal: The Digital Terminal (Mini-B USB 2.0) allows you to
connect the camera to your computer via a USB cable (sold separately) for
downloading the recorded images and movies, or for connecting to a compatible
Microphone: The camera has a 3.5mm minijack input for connecting an
Remote: A 2.5mm sub-minijack is provided for use with the optional
RS-60E3 Remote Switch. The wired remote switch has a 2' cord, and is recommended
for long exposures and bulb shooting.
Battery: The EOS Rebel SL2 operates on the supplied
Lithium-Ion battery (7.2V, 1040 mAh, 7.5Wh). Battery performance decreases when used in
temperatures below 32° F. The battery can be charged in the supplied LC-E17
battery charger in approximately 2 hours. Typical battery life for the LP-E17 battery is as follows:
|Shooting Method ||Temperature ||Shooting Conditions |
|No Flash ||50% Flash |
|Viewfinder ||At 73° F ||840 ||650 |
|At 32° F ||770 ||620 |
|Live View ||At 73° F ||290 ||260 |
|At 32° F ||260 ||240 |
|Shooting Method ||Temperature ||LCD On ||LCD Off |
|Time-lapse Movie Shooting ||At 73° F ||2h 15m ||3h 15m |
|At 32° F ||2h ||3h 10m |
|Movie Shooting ||At 73° F ||2 hours |
|At 32° F ||1 hour 45 minutes |
Auto Power Off: To save battery
power, the camera turns off automatically after a period of non-operation. The
Auto Power Off time can be set to 30 seconds or 1, 2, 4, 8, or 15
Auto Power Off function will not activate in Auto Playback Mode.
Optional AC Power: With the optional ACK-E18 AC
adapter kit, you can connect the camera to a household power outlet and not
worry about the battery becoming exhausted.
Software: The EOS Rebel SL2 does not include any software in
the box. The following camera software is available via download from the Canon
- Digital Photo Professional 4:
Digital Photo Professional 4 allows you to browse, select, and develop RAW
images. You can make image adjustments in the Picture Style format.
- EOS Utility: EOS Utility establishes communication
between your computer and the camera. When connected, you can download
images from the camera's memory card to your computer, plus change camera
settings and shoot remotely from your computer.
- Map Utility: Map Utility allows you to display
geotagged images on a map.
- Picture Style Editor: Picture Style Editor lets you
edit Picture Styles and create and save original Picture Style files.
- EOS Sample Music: Music files can be downloaded for use
as background music during slide shows.
Operating Systems: The above software is compatible with the
following operating systems:
- Windows: Windows 10, Windows 8.1, Windows 7
- Macintosh: macOS Sierra v10.12, OS X El Capitan v10.11,
OS X Yosemite v10.10