Should I Get the Canon EOS Rebel SL2 or Rebel T6?

The Canon EOS Rebel SL2 / 200D and Rebel T6 / 1300D represent the brand's budget level DSLR offerings, and while high level features are certainly compromised, thankfully, image quality – at least from an APS-C/crop sensor perspective – is not. To aid in your decision making between the two cameras, let's dive into their differences to see which may be the best fit for your needs.

Let's first take a look at the Rebel SL2's advantages in this comparison.

Advantages of the EOS Rebel SL2 over the EOS Rebel T6:

  • More resolution: 24.2 MP vs. 18
  • DIGIC 7 processor vs. DIGIC 4+
  • Evaluative, partial, center-weighted & spot metering vs. evaluative, center-weighted & partial
  • Larger ISO range: 100-25600, H:51200 vs. 100-6400, H: 12800
  • Larger viewfinder magnification: 0.87x vs. 0.80x
  • Vari-angle touchscreen 7.7 cm (3.0"), approx. 1040k dots vs. non-vari-angle, non-touchscreen 7.5cm (3.0") TFT, approx. 920k dots
  • Slightly more powerful pop-up flash: 9.8 GN vs. 9.2
  • Fine Detail Picture Style vs. N/A
  • Continuous shooting (2-10 shots) after 10-second timer vs. N/A
  • Faster burst rate: 5 fps vs. 3
  • 1080p 60fps vs. 1080p 30fps
  • Better Live View focus: Dual Pixel CMOS AF vs. contrast AF
  • Timelapse movie recording vs. N/A
  • Wi-Fi, NFC & Bluetooth vs. Wi-Fi & NFC
  • 3.5mm microphone terminal vs. N/A
  • Better battery life: approx. 650 shots vs. 500
  • Smaller and lighter: 4.82 x 3.65 x 2.75" (122.4 x 92.6 x 69.8mm), 15.98 oz (453g) vs. 5.08 x 3.99 x 3.06" (129.0 x 101.3 x 77.6mm), 17.1 oz (485g)

And now let's look at the Rebel T6's advantages.

Advantages of the EOS Rebel T6 over the EOS Rebel SL2:

  • Faster pop-up flash recycling time: approx 2 sec. vs. 3
  • Lower cost

Another difference between the two cameras is that the Rebel SL2 records video in .MP4 format for normal recording (.MOV for timelapses) while the Rebel T6 records in .MOV format. Either format may be a Pro/Con depending on one's desired recording preference.

Who should opt for the Canon EOS Rebel SL2

With the Rebel SL2's numerous feature benefits over the Rebel T6, anyone whose budget extends to the SL2 and can shoot with the body comfortably (not necessarily everyone can), the choice is easy – get the Rebel SL2.

Who should opt for the Canon EOS Rebel T6

Considering the Rebel SL2's strong list of advantages over the T6, there are still groups of photographers who may be inclined to purchase Rebel T6 over the SL2, including:

  • Those whose budget is a primary limiting factor.
  • Those with larger hands who will prefer the T6's larger body.
  • Those who will be using the camera in risky situations, such as remote setups or a gifting to a youth photographer-in-training.


Few camera comparisons are as clear-cut as this one. Almost any of the Rebel SL2's benefits listed above could easily justify its higher, but still-very-reasonable price tag over the Rebel T6, with the sum of those benefits providing an excellent overall value for consumers. However, while the Rebel T6's larger body may be appreciated by select photographers, its very low price tag will likely prove to be the ultimate deciding factor for the majority who add it to their kits, or more likely, begin their photography kits with.

More Information

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Posted: 8/18/2017 7:38:03 AM ET   Posted By: Sean
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