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Canon serves up two DSLRs for different amateur photographers

Create: 07/01/2017 - 09:56
Canon EOS 6D Mark II and EOS Rebel SL2


  • Cameras succeed earlier models: full-frame 6D and entry-level Rebel SL1
  • Both models have Vari-angle 3.0-inch LCD monitors
  • Rebel SL2 has Feature Assistant to teach new photographers

Canon’s two news digital SLRs serve opposite points in the amateur market.

The Canon EOS 6D Mark II is a full-frame camera, while the EOS Rebel SL2 is an entry level camera. Both bodies succeed similarly named cameras in Canon’s lineup.

Both camera have WiFi, GPS and Bluetooth built-in to make connectivity with a computer or smart device easier and can shoot Full HD 60p video.

Canon EOS 6D Mark II

This is Canon’s least-expensive full-frame camera, which it describes as the “gateway” for photographers to step into the full-frame arena.

Much about the camera has changed, including the pixel count (26.2-MP vs. 20.2-MP), the autofocus system and the addition of an articulating 3.0-inch LCD monitor that is now touch-enabled.

The shutter speed range runs from 30 seconds to 1/4,000 plus B. The frame rate jumps to a maximum of 6.5 frames per second, up from 4.5 frames per second.

There is no built-in flash, but there is a hot shoe that is compatible with all of Canon’s E-TTL II Speedlites.

Images are saved as RAW or JPG and are saved to a single SD card that slots into the side of the body. Movies are saved in MP4.

The camera is powered by Canon’s LP-E6N battery, which is rated for about 1,200 shots – nearly triple the capacity of the older LP-E6 battery, which can also be used.

There is a new battery grip BG-E21 for the EOS 6D II. The older BG-E13 grip for the 6D isn’t compatible with the Mark II. The grip holds an extra battery and doubles shooting capacity while providing extra controls, including a shutter release for vertical shots.

  Canon EOS 6D Mark II Canon EOS 6D
Sensor Full-frame 26.2-MP CMOS Full-frame 20.2-MP CMOS
ISO sensitivity 100-40,000,
expandable to 50-102,400
expandable to 50-51,200
Image processor Digic 7 Digic 5+
Autofocus Dual Pixel CMOS AF, up to 45 points Dedicated CMOS AF, up to 11 points
LCD monitor


3.0-inch Vari-angle


Fixed 3.0-inch
not touch-enabled

Size and weight (body)

5.7 x 4.5 x 2.9 inches
(144.0 x 110.5 x 74.8mm)

26.7 ounces (765 grams)

5.7 x 4.4 x 2.8 inches
(144.5 x 110.5 x 71.2mm)

26.7 ounces (755 grams)

The EOS 6D Mark II DSLR camera is scheduled to be available in late July 2017 in several packages:

  • US$1,999.00 for body only
  • US$3,099.00 for body and Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM II lens
  • US $2,599.00 for body and Canon EF 24-105mm f/3.5-5.6 STM lens

Canon EOS Rebel SL2

As the smallest member of Canon’s digital Rebel series, the camera maker is targeting smartphone and point-and-shoot users who are looking to step up their photography.

Canon has increased the pixel count and ISO range in this model. The Rebel SL2 now uses a 24.2-MP CMOS sensor compared with the 18-MP CMOS sensor in the Rebel SL1. Take a look at the table below to see what's changed in the Rebel SL2 when matched up with the Rebel SL1.

Both cameras use a pentamirror, rather than pentaprism.

To make things easier for the novice, the Rebel SL2 has a “Feature Assisant.” Unlike other digital assistants, the camera does not speak to you, and you cannot speak commands to the camera.

When used with Live View, the Feature Assistant shows the user how changes in certain functions will affect the final image. This includes changes in aperture, exposure compensation and depth of field. By the way, the 3.0-inch touch-enabled LCD monitor articulates.

Canon claims the Rebel SL2 has the fastest autofocus in its class at 0.03 seconds. The camera can record RAW and JPG images to a single SD card that slots in through the camera base. Movies are recorded in the MP4 format.

The Rebel SL2 uses a new battery – the LP-E17. The camera is not compatible with the LP-E12 that the Rebel SL1 uses. Canon does not make a battery grip for this model, although one might be available in the future from a third-party company. The battery provides power for about 840 shots using the viewfinder. Live View consumes a great deal more energy, as the capacity sinks to 290 shots.

The Rebel SL2 has a pop-flash, as well as a hot shoe for Canon’s Speedlites.

  Canon EOS Rebel SL2 Canon EOS Rebel SL1
Sensor APS-C 24.2-MP CMOS APS-C 18-MP CMOS
ISO sensitivity 100-25,600,
expandable to 51,200
expandable to 12,800
Image processor Digic 7 Digic 5
Autofocus Dual Pixel CMOS AF, nine points Hybrid CMOS AF II, nine points
LCD monitor
LCD monitor 3.0-inch Vari-angle touchscreen
Fixed 3.0-inch not touch-enabled
Size and weight (body)

4.8 x 3.7 x 2.8 inches
(122.4 x 92.6 x 69.8mm)

16.0 ounces (453 grams)

4.60 x 3.6 x 2.7 inches
(116.8 x 90.7 x 69.4mm)

14.4 ounces (407 grams)

The Canon EOS Rebel SL2 is available in black or white and is scheduled to be available in late July 2017 in two packages:

  • US$549.99 for body only
  • US$699.99 with Canon EF-S 18-55m f/4-5.6 IS STM lens

About the Author

Mike Elek is a longtime journalist and was one of the original editors for The Wall Street Journal Online. He also has worked as a reporter and editor in Pittsburgh; Philadelphia; Vineland, N.J.; Poughkeepsie, N.Y.; New York City; and Hong Kong. He is a U.S. Air Force veteran. He shoots with film and digital cameras.