The Canon Rebel SL2. Is it good enough for Wedding Photography?

The Canon Rebel SL2, also known as  Canon 200D outside of North America. Is it good enough for wedding photography? The simple answer is, NO.

Is the Canon Rebel SL2 a bad Camera? the answer is also NO.

The Canon Rebel SL2 is actually a great camera, a REALLY GREAT Camera if used in the right situation.

Released in June 2017, the Canon EOS Rebel SL2 camera has a powerful 24 Megapixel CMOS (APS-C) sensor, that can capture high-resolution images of immense quality in a wide variety of lighting situations.

  1. It is fast and accurate with a Dual Pixel CMOS Auto Focus with Phase-detection
  • It comes equipment with a front flip  3.0-inch LCD screen that’s very responsive to the Touch
  • It comes with Built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth Technology to make transferring easy by removing the step of uploading images to a computer back to your phone to social media. Shoot in JPEG upload directly to your phone using the Canon App. And you’re done.

In addition, the Bluetooth lets you connect to a Wireless Remote Control like the BR-E1 for remote shooting, as well as pick up GPS shooting location data from your smartphone.

  • You can film in Full HD 1080p at 60 frames per second & it comes equipped with an External Microphone Input. Vloggers will appreciate the ease with which it can record quality audio that’s immediately ready for uploading.

The Canon SL2 features a DIGIC 7 Image Processor, with an ISO range 100–25,600. Personally I set the camera to Auto-ISO and I cap the ISO to 6400. The image beyond that range can be pretty grainy. And once night times rolls out, I usually attach an external flash and continue to take beautiful images.

Image Taken with Canon SL2 – 18-55mm Lens

Obviously the Canon SL2 is a traditional DSLR camera and features an Optical viewfinder with a 9-point AF System. I don’t do a lot of fast paced, action shots. So I set it to single point auto focus and call it a day. I am more of a wedding and family portraits photographer and my subjects stay still for me.

But is the Canon SL2 good enough for taking wedding pictures. Again, the answers is simply NO. Not long ago, I took this camera at an elopement ceremony to serve as secondary/back up camera.

During the reading of the vows, I tried taking pictures with it and it started registering an error message. I tried turning it on and off. Nothing happened. Since, I didn’t have time to mess with it during arguably the most important part of the ceremony, I tossed it back into my bag and went back to my primary camera. Mind you, I owned this camera for several months then and had taken thousands of pictures with it, without a single failure and yet it lets me down at the worst time. It took taking the battery out, to get it back to work. Unsettling to be honest when you’re kind of relying on it on a paid job. PHEW!

What about sports. Is it good enough for that application? It really depends on your expectations.

The Canon SL2 is not a bad sports camera. I’ve used on occasion at baseball games and it does a great job of capturing still images but the 5 frames-per-second can be limiting. Then the buffer kicks in and you have to wait up 10-15 seconds before you can resume shooting. But then again the SL2 was never designed for sports photography. Canon other line like the 5D and the top of the line 1DX are much better suited for fast moving subjects and sports action.

  • New DSLR users would love its feature assistant function. The camera helps users take advantage of its advanced features and create impressive photos with ease. By explaining and illustrating the camera’s shooting modes and their effects with sample photos of each mode, Feature Assistant encourages experimentation and provides guidance for creating amazing photographs. Perfect for the Newbie. For those who are more experienced with DSLRs and Canon cameras can reset the navigation screen to its traditional interface and you will feel right at home.

Its best asset in my mind is really its weight and portability. This camera is perfect for travel, and vlogging on the go. It is so light and compact compared to other full frame cameras. Throw it your backpack, along with a variable zoom lens like a18-55mm lens, that it is typically sold with you won’t mind hauling all day. Through family outings and travel with no compromise in performance.

You can go one step further and pair it with a 50mm 1.8 lens and it can produce beautiful bokeh and quality separation between your subject and the background.

Image taken with Canon SL2 – 50mm 1.8 Lens

So would I recommend this camera in 2020. Absolutely! With its 24 mega pixel sensor It will stand toe to toe with new DSLRs on the market, even though this camera was released 3 years ago. Today it can be had for a relatively inexpensive price (under $500 Canadian dollars) and believe me when I tell you it can produce gorgeous pictures.

For the value you can’t beat it. Buy it and you won’t regret it. As they say the best camera you to have is the one you have on you and you will always have the SL2 on by your side.

Published by Samatar David

Ottawa-Gatineau Wedding Photographer

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