Canon renews its dSLR for tinyish hands in the Rebel SL2

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Its a little bigger than its predecessor, the SL1, but it includes the most necessary updates.

Given that the originalEOS Rebel SL1came out four years ago, youd expect a little more in the way of updates for its successor, the SL2 (most likely named the 200D in the UK and Australia).  It remains the littlest dSLR in Canons stable, though its body weight has increased to about a pound (450g),

You can expect to see the Rebel SL2 by the end of July; it will run $550 for the body and $700 for a kit with the 18-55mm f4-5.6 IS STM lens. I dont know price or availability in other regions, but the US prices convert to about 350 and 540 or AU$72 and  AU$915, respectively.

The sensor graduates from the old Hybrid CMOS to the more current Dual Pixel CMOS sensor thats in theT7i/800D, though it still as a nine-point autofocus system like the SL1. So, its likely faster, but still doesnt cover much of the frame. The LCD now flips out as well, which enables the new selfie mode, and it adds Bluetooth to its wireless bag of tricks. Battery life looks significantly better, but continuous shooting is only a little faster. It does incorporate the newbie-friendly interface that debuted with the T7i.

Youve basically got three compact dSLR options: the SL1/SL2, theNikon D5600or thePentax K-70. Neither the Nikon or Pentax have comparable autofocus during movie recording as the SL2s will probably be given Canons history, and the Nikon at least is really weak if you want to transmit photos to your phone. But both Nikon and Pentax use sensors without antialiasing filters that blur the image, so youll probably get better photo quality out of them.

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