• 35mm 864.0mm2
  • 21.1 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 6400
  • APS-C 332.3mm2
  • 24.2 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 25,600

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Differences

Canon 5D Mark II advantages over Canon SL2

  • Larger sensor
    35mm vs APS-C
    More sensor area. Bigger is (generally) better.
  • Bigger pixels
    ~ 6.41 vs 3.72 microns
    Better low-light and dynamic range (all else equal)
  • Fast startup
    ~0.40 vs 0.6 sec
    Faster startup lets you catch the moment
  • Higher effective ISO
    1,815 vs 1,041 iso
    Take photos in low light with less noise
  • Longer stills battery life
    More info 850 vs 650 shots
    Capture more photos
  • More telephoto lens reach
    105 mm vs 88 mm
    Capture objects farther away with the kit lens
  • Top deck display
    Yes vs No
    Check settings with a screen on top of the camera
  • Pentaprism viewfinder
    Pentaprism vs Pentamirror
    Much better viewfinder picture fidelity
  • More viewfinder magnification
    0.71x vs 0.54x
    Get a bigger view of the scene through the eye-level viewfinder
  • More AF points
    15 vs 9
    More AF points improve autofocus
  • Wider angle kit lens
    24 mm vs 29 mm
    Capture more of the scene with the included lens
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
    75 vs 22 shots
    Take more JPEG shots before waiting (burst mode)
  • Bigger RAW buffer
    11 vs 5 shots
    Larger buffer for RAW shots (burst mode)
  • Faster shutter
    1/8000 vs 1/4000 sec
    Shoot wide open in bright light

Canon SL2 advantages over Canon 5D Mark II

  • Less expensive
    $649 vs $2699
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • Tilt-swivel screen
    Tilt-swivel vs none
    Tilt and swivel the screen for maximum shooting flexibility
  • Touchscreen
    Touch vs No touch
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Wi-Fi vs None
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • NFC
    Yes vs No
    Simplifies pairing your camera with supported phones
  • Built-in Bluetooth
    Yes vs No
    Always-on wireless connectivity
  • More dynamic range
    13.4 vs 11.9 evs
    Retain detail in highlight and shadows
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Yes vs No
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • Internal flash
    Internal flash vs None
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • Newer
    13 months vs 10 years old
    Newer cameras often support more advanced features
  • Shoots 24p video
    Yes vs No
    Gives your movies a big-screen feel
  • Lighter weight
    668g vs 1588g
    Lighter weight
  • Less shutter lag
    0.08 vs 0.21 sec
    Focus and take a photo quickly (wide angle)
  • Shoots 60p video
    Yes vs No
    A faster framerate can give you more editing options
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    5.0 fps vs 3.9 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)
  • Faster RAW shooting
    5.1 fps vs 3.9 fps
    Faster RAW shooting in burst mode
  • Higher extended ISO
    51200 vs 25600 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Both provide
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • External Mic Jack
    Both provide
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • HDMI out
    Both provide
    Use an external screen to monitor or review video
  • Hot shoe
    Both provide
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities
  • Bulb shutter
    Both provide
    Hold the shutter open manually for long exposures

Common Weaknesses

  • Focus peaking
    Neither provide
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Neither provide
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • In-camera panoramas
    Neither provide
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • Built-in GPS
    Neither provide
    Geotag your photos
  • Dual card slots
    Neither provide
    Gives you more storage flexibility
  • Headphone jack
    Neither provide
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video
  • Slow-motion videos
    Neither provide
    Shoot slow-motion videos

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Review Excerpt

  • Higher resolution and better image quality than SL1; Much improved dynamic range; Excellent Dual Pixel CMOS AF; Compact body with improved ergonomics; Articulating touchscreen; Full HD movies up to 60p; Better battery life.

  • Shallow buffer depth with RAW files; Dynamic range and high ISO performance still not as good as leading competitors; No 4K video option; OVF only offers 9 AF points.

The Competition

Compared to Sony A900

Canon 5D Mark II
Sony A900
  • $2699
  • 35mm
  • Lens selection
  • Higher effective ISO
  • $3000
  • 35mm
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • More pixels
Canon SL2
Sony A900
  • $594
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • $3000
  • 35mm
  • Larger sensor
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization

Compared to Nikon D3X

Canon 5D Mark II
Nikon D3X
  • $2699
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • Shoots 1080p video
  • $6999
  • 35mm
  • Fast startup
  • More dynamic range
Canon SL2
Nikon D3X
  • $594
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • $6999
  • 35mm
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels

Compared to Sony A850

Canon 5D Mark II
Sony A850
  • $2699
  • 35mm
  • Lens selection
  • Higher effective ISO
  • $2219
  • 35mm
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • More pixels
Canon SL2
Sony A850
  • $594
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • $2219
  • 35mm
  • Larger sensor
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization

Compared to Nikon D5600

Canon 5D Mark II
Nikon D5600
  • $2699
  • 35mm
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels
  • $597
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Tilt-swivel screen
Canon SL2
Nikon D5600
  • $594
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • On-sensor phase detect
  • $597
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Fast startup

Compared to Nikon D3500

Canon 5D Mark II
Nikon D3500
  • $2699
  • 35mm
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels
  • $497
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Built-in Bluetooth
Canon SL2
Nikon D3500
  • $594
  • APS-C
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Touchscreen
  • $497
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Larger sensor
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