Your video camera is the epicenter of your video kit. What camera you choose depends on your budget, what else you need the camera for (i.e. if you want to sell your video services, or if you are into photography as a serious hobby) and where you plan to post your videos (web-only, theater, broadcast, etc). You can shoot your videos on anything from your iPhone to a DSLR to a top of line digital cinema camera. This post is a Canon EOS 200D / Canon Rebel SL2 review.

So,  if you are wanting to take video a little more seriously, and to move away from iPhone photography, and if you love the blurred background look, then I have may the perfect camera for the job.  This Canon EOS 200D / Canon Rebel SL2 review might be just the post you need to read, to discover whether this pocket friendly camera (in terms of price), might be a good choice for you.

What I love about the SL2 is it’s so lightweight and compact and it takes great photos and videos. I’ve had this camera for about 3 months now. It’s amazing.

This camera is Canon’s smallest DSLR. It has a cropped sensor, at 1.6x. It has 24 megapixels and shoots photos at up to 5 frames per second. Its shoots 1080p at up to 60 frames per second. It doesn’t have 4k, but as I explained before, for me, this is not necessary. It shoots at 1080p at 24fps for cinematic quality, which I love.

This neat little camera has great image quality. For the purpose of this Canon EOS 200D / Canon Rebel SL2 review, I’ve compared it against images from my Canon 5d Mark iii, and it stands up well. When you increase the ISO, you do get some noise, but as long as you have reasonable light in your studio, you’ll get a beautifully clear image. There are clear differences in the build qulity, and of course there are difference in the images it outputs, but for an entry level DSLR, and a run about vlogging camera for more experienced photographers, this camera, in my opinion, hits the mark.

I bought this camera for use in my portable studio and for vlogging. It has a flip out screen which can be turned around to front facing, and has amazing Dual Pixel autofocus for both photo and video.  The autofocus is super quiet and has great tracking capabilities… so it does what it is supposed to do… follow you!

Of course the autofocus and flip screen is really handy for self-portraits too, and you can trigger the camera from your smartphone rather than user the time, if you’d prefer.

Really, so far, I cannot fault this camera. As this is a Canon EOS 200D / Canon Rebel SL2 review, I’ve dug deep, and aside from the performance in low and high light conditions, the only other trouble I’ve had is that the camera doesn’t like momeory cards with low read and write speeds. It shouts off if your card class is too low. This is not unique to this camera – I’ve seen it in others over the years. It’s an easy fix, you just need to use Class 10 or above memory cards. I use the Kingston

There are a few buttons and dials on this camera to allow manual control, but it’s not overwhelming. This camera has Wifi with NFC and it also has Bluetooth. With Canon’s Canon Connect app you can transfer your images wirelessly so that you can transfer photos directly to your mobile device.

Another great thing about this camera is that you can use lenses made for full frame cameras. So if you already have a full frame Canon DSLR, or even a cropped sensor Canon DSLR, then your lenses will fit on the Canon 200D.  The lenses that will not fit are the ones with M in the title, made of the M series of cameras.

So all in all, this is a great camera.  For this use, a portable studio that you can use for your online videos for your business, vlog, and photos for your website, than this could be the ideal camera for you. It’s easy to use, lightweight, has amazingly effective and quiet autofocus and is one of the least expensive DSLRs on the market.

But what if you already have a camera?  And what if it doesn’t have auto focus and focus tracking?  There’s a great little gadget that I sue for my other camera – my 5dmark 111, called the CamRanger. It allows you to control your Nikon or Canon DSLR from your smartphone or tablet. I’ll put a link to that in the “Optional” section below. I use the iPhone clamp or adaptor that I have included in the video section, to put my CamRanger on top of my camera. You’ll need a hot shoe mount to do this, I’ve included a link to a two pack of these in the Optional section as well It’s a handy to have a spare one in your kit as they are easy to lose.