• APS-C 332.3mm2
  • 18.0 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 12,800
  • 35mm 861.6mm2
  • 26.2 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 40,000

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Differences

Canon SL1 advantages over Canon 6D Mark II

  • Less expensive
    $679 vs $1999
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • Internal flash
    Internal flash vs None
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • Lighter weight
    623g vs 1560g
    Lighter weight
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
    1140 vs 98 shots
    Take more JPEG shots before waiting (burst mode)

Canon 6D Mark II advantages over Canon SL1

  • Tilt-swivel screen
    Tilt-swivel vs none
    Tilt and swivel the screen for maximum shooting flexibility
  • Larger sensor
    35mm vs APS-C
    More sensor area. Bigger is (generally) better.
  • Bigger pixels
    ~ 5.67 vs 4.30 microns
    Better low-light and dynamic range (all else equal)
  • 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
  • Better color depth
    24.4 vs 21.8 bits
    Capture richer, more accurate colors
  • Higher effective ISO
    2,862 vs 843 iso
    Take photos in low light with less noise
  • Built-in GPS
    GPS vs None
    Geotag your photos
  • Longer stills battery life
    More info 1200 vs 380 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
  • More cross-type AF points
    45 vs 1
    Cross-type AF points improve autofocus performance
  • Pentaprism viewfinder
    Pentaprism vs Pentamirror
    Much better viewfinder picture fidelity
  • Newer
    14 months vs 6 years old
    Newer cameras often support more advanced features
  • Less shutter lag
    0.17 vs 0.26 sec
    Focus and take a photo quickly (wide angle)
  • More viewfinder magnification
    0.71x vs 0.54x
    Get a bigger view of the scene through the eye-level viewfinder
  • More pixels
    26.2 vs 18.0 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • More AF points
    45 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
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    6.5 fps vs 3.9 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)
  • Faster RAW shooting
    6.5 fps vs 4.0 fps
    Faster RAW shooting in burst mode
  • Bigger RAW buffer
    20 vs 8 shots
    Larger buffer for RAW shots (burst mode)
  • Higher extended ISO
    102400 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
  • Touchscreen
    Both provide
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Both provide
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • External Mic Jack
    Both provide
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • HDMI out
    Both provide
    Use HDMI output 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
  • 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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  • Extremely compact and lightweight for a DSLR; Delivers good image quality that's virtually identical to the Canon T4i/T5i; Accurate and relatively fast autofocus with improved Live View and Movie Hybrid CMOS II AF; Full 1080p HD movie recording; Better-than average kit lens (EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM).

  • Still not as compact as most mirrorless cameras; Slightly worse than average dynamic range and high ISO performance; Poor battery life.

  • Great vari-angle touchscreen; Dual Pixel CMOS AF; Good image quality in most situations; Impressive performance for its class.

  • Disappointing dynamic range; No 4K video; Optical viewfinder comes up short; Narrow AF point coverage through viewfinder.

The Competition

Compared to Pentax K-5 IIs

Canon SL1
Pentax K-5 IIs
  • $549
  • APS-C
  • Touchscreen
  • On-sensor phase detect
  • $673
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Less expensive
Canon 6D Mark II
Pentax K-5 IIs
  • $1599
  • 35mm
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Larger sensor
  • $673
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization

Compared to Sony A58

Canon SL1
Sony A58
  • $549
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Touchscreen
  • $598
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
Canon 6D Mark II
Sony A58
  • $1599
  • 35mm
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Lens selection
  • $598
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Focus peaking

Compared to Canon T5

Canon SL1
Canon T5
  • $549
  • APS-C
  • Touchscreen
  • Higher effective ISO
  • $472
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Longer stills battery life
Canon 6D Mark II
Canon T5
  • $1599
  • 35mm
  • Larger sensor
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • $472
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Internal flash

Compared to Nikon D750

Canon SL1
Nikon D750
  • $549
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Touchscreen
  • $1797
  • 35mm
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels
Canon 6D Mark II
Nikon D750
  • $1599
  • 35mm
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Touchscreen
  • $1797
  • 35mm
  • More dynamic range
  • Internal flash

Compared to Pentax K-1 II

Canon SL1
Pentax K-1 II
  • $549
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Touchscreen
  • $1897
  • 35mm
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
Canon 6D Mark II
Pentax K-1 II
  • $1599
  • 35mm
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Bigger pixels
  • $1897
  • 35mm
  • Focus peaking
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
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