Canon Rebel SL2 vs Sony A6000. Which Camera You Should Buy?

Canon Rebel SL2 is the alias name to 200D, an entry-level DSLR camera from Canon. Compared to other entry-level DLSR cameras from Canon like 1300D and 750D, Rebel SL2 has a smaller body. The fact is, this camera is the smallest DSLR camera from Canon along with 100D. At least by the time this article is written.

Meanwhile, Sony A6000 is a mirrorless camera aimed at professionals, experienced users, and enthusiasts. Same as Canon Rebel SL2, Sony A6000 also has a compact body. One of the advantages of Sony A6000 is that this camera comes with a fast autofocus performance. Sony even once advertised this cameras as a camera with the world’s fastest autofocus.

Canon Rebel SL2 and Sony A6000 are different systems so you will find lots of differences when comparing them. Despite its smaller body, Sony A6000 has a slightly larger sensor than Canon Rebel SL2. We are going to discuss about the sensor of these cameras later, but first let’s take a look the specs and features they have.

Specs comparison: Canon Rebel SL2 vs Sony A6000

 Canon Rebel SL2 (Canon EOS 200D)Sony A6000
AnnouncedJune 2017February 2014
Sensor25.5-Mpix APS-C CMOS24-Mpix APS-C CMOS
DxOMark score7982
Color filter arrayRGBRGB
Resolution6288 x 40566024 x 4024
ISO100 - 51200100 - 25600
Fastest - Slowest speed (s)1/4000 - 30.01/4000 - 30.0
Frame rate (fps)511
Mount typeCanon EF-SSony E
Weight453 g344 g
Battery typeLi-ion, LP-E17, 7.2V, 1040mAhNP-FW50 (7.2V), 1080mAh
Number of autofocus points9179
Autofocus modesOne-shot, AI-Servo, AI FocusAF-A, AF-S, AF-C, DMF,MF
StorageSD, SDHC, SDXCSD, SDHC, SDXC, Memory Stick Pro Duo, Pro-HG Duo
Image formatJPEG, RAW (CR2)JPEG, RAW (ARW)
Other featuresLive view, dust cleaning, mirror lockup, articulating screen, touch screen, exposure bracketing, WB bracketing, USB, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, sound recording, external micro, histogram, live autofocusLive view, articulated screen, exposure bracketing, WB bracketing, Wi-Fi, USB, HDMI, sound recording, external micro, histogram
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Canon Rebel SL2 is a 24.2 MP camera that uses DIGIC 7 as the image processor while Sony A6000 uses Bionz X as the image processor. Regarding the specs, no camera is superior over each other. Although Sony A6000 has a slightly larger sensor than Canon Rebel SL2, the overall specs of these cameras are not much different because they are basically the entry-level cameras.

If you will use your camera to mainly take the pictures of moving objects, we suggest you to choose Sony A6000 instead of Canon Rebel SL2. First, Sony has more autofocus point numbers than Canon Rebel SL2. Sony A6000 has the autofocus points number of 179 while Canon Rebel SL2 has only 9 (same as 1300D). Second, Sony A6000 has more frame rates (11.0 compared to 5.0). It means that Sony A6000 is capable of capturing more images per shutter press on the continuous shooting mode.

As we have mentioned in advance, Sony once advertised A6000 as the camera as the world’s fastest autofocus. Sony A6000 has the autofocus with lag of 0.06 second and 11 fps continuous shooting with tracking AF. The maximum shutter speed you can set to, be it on Sony A6000 or Canon Rebel SL2, is 1/4000. While the slowest is 30 seconds. Canon Rebel SL2 has a higher ISO range than Sony A6000. It comes with the ISO range of 100 – 100 – 51200, while Sony offers only 100 – 25600.

Canon Rebel SL2

 

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Not all mirrorless cameras have a viewfinder, especially the ones categorized as entry-level. Despite its compact body Sony A6000 offers an electronic viewfinder. The viewfinder of Sony A6000 has the magnification of 0.7. The viewfinder of Sony A6000 lies on the right side (or left from your point of view) instead of on the center area like the majority of cameras.

Both Canon Rebel SL2 and Sony A6000 come with an articulated screen, but the screen of Sony A6000 doesn’t support touch operation while the screen of Canon Rebel SL2 does. The matter of sharpness, Canon Rebel SL2 is better than Sony A6000 as its screen has 1040000 dots. The screen of Sony A6000, meanwhile, has only 921600 dots. Both Canon Rebel SL2 and Sony A6000 have the same screen size of 3-inch.

Nothing special offered by these two cameras regarding video recording capability. They are only capable of recording videos with the maximum resolution of 1920 x 1080 / 60 fps. Both cameras offer Wi-Fi feature for wireless photo transfer. Using this feature, you can instantly transfer the the photos you took to smartphone/tablet for an instant use like social media post. In addition to Wi-Fi, Canon Rebel SL2 also offers Bluetooth. Other features offered by these two cameras include exposure bracketing, while balance bracketing and histogram.

Sensor comparison: Canon Rebel SL2 vs Sony A6000

As we mentioned a couple times, despite its smaller body Sony A6000 has a slightly larger sensor than Canon Rebel SL2. The sensor of Sony A6000 is about 11 percent larger with the crop factor of 1.5 while the sensor of Canon Rebel SL2 has the crop factor of 1.6.

Body comparison: Canon Rebel SL2 vs Sony A6000

Canon Rebel SL2 is a DSLR camera while Sony A6000 is a mirrorless camera so you know which camera has a bigger body. Take a look at the images we created below to figure out how far the difference between the body of Canon Rebel SL2 and Sony A6000.

Photo results comparison: Canon Rebel SL2 vs Sony A6000

In case you are curious about the image quality generated by Rebel SL2 and Sony A6000, we have taken some examples from Pixabay as shown below.

In the context of digital camera, there are some factors affecting the image quality generated by a camera. Of course, sensor is one of the determinants of image quality generated by a camera. Commonly, camera with a larger sensor is capable of generating better image quality since larger sensor means better low-light sensitivity and richer color-depth. It’s just, you need to know that sensor is not the only determinant of image quality. The used lens and applied settings also play a role in determining the quality of the image generated by a camera.

In order to allow you identifying the lens type and applied settings, we have also added the EXIF data of each photo below. Just take a look.

  • Canon Rebel SL2
  • Sony A6000

Conclusion

Canon Rebel SL2 and Sony A6000 are different systems so no wonder if you will some differences here and there. Physically, it’s clear that Sony A6000 has a more compact design since it is a mirrorless camera. Even so, Canon Rebel SL2 actually has a compact enough body as well. As mentioned on the beginning of this article, Canon Rebel SL2 is one of the DSLR cameras from Canon — other than SL1 (100D) — that has the smallest body.

One of the advantages of Sony A6000 over Canon Rebel SL2 is that is has a better autofocus performance. Overall, Sony A6000 is better for taking the photos of moving objects. In addition to has a better autofocus points, it also has more frame rates with the comparison of 11 and 8. As a mirrorless camera, Sony A6000 has a shorter battery life than Canon Rebel SL2. This is reasonable since a mirrorless camera has more electronic components need to be fired up when in use, including viewfinder. If you don’t mind to carry backup batteries when doing a photoshoot (especially outdoor), we think that Sony A6000 is a more recommended item.

Written by Editorial Staff

Editorial staff of Bettertechtips.com



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