• APS-C 366.6mm2
  • 24.3 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 25,600
  • APS-C 332.3mm2
  • 24.2 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 25,600

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Differences

Sony A6000 advantages over Canon SL2

  • Focus peaking
    Peaker vs Non-peaker
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • Larger sensor
    APS-C vs APS-C
    More sensor area. Bigger is (generally) better.
  • In-camera panoramas
    Yes vs No
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • Higher effective ISO
    1,347 vs 1,041 iso
    Take photos in low light with less noise
  • Thinner
    45 mm vs 69 mm
    Thinner
  • Lighter weight
    468g vs 668g
    Lighter weight
  • More viewfinder magnification
    0.70x vs 0.54x
    Get a bigger view of the scene through the eye-level viewfinder
  • Wider angle kit lens
    24 mm vs 29 mm
    Capture more of the scene with the included lens
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    11.1 fps vs 5.0 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
    47 vs 22 shots
    Take more JPEG shots before waiting (burst mode)
  • Faster RAW shooting
    11.1 fps vs 5.1 fps
    Faster RAW shooting in burst mode
  • Bigger RAW buffer
    22 vs 5 shots
    Larger buffer for RAW shots (burst mode)

Canon SL2 advantages over Sony A6000

  • Lens selection
    Excellent vs Good
    Better lens selection gives you more options
  • Tilt-swivel screen
    Tilt-swivel vs tilt-only
    Tilt and swivel the screen for maximum shooting flexibility
  • Touchscreen
    Touch vs No touch
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • Fast startup
    ~0.60 vs 2.2 sec
    Faster startup lets you catch the moment
  • Built-in Bluetooth
    Yes vs No
    Always-on wireless connectivity
  • Longer stills battery life
    More info 650 vs 360 shots
    Capture more photos
  • More telephoto lens reach
    88 mm vs 75 mm
    Capture objects farther away with the kit lens
  • External Mic Jack
    Jack vs No jack
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • Newer
    2 years vs 5 years old
    Newer cameras often support more advanced features

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Both provide
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Both provide
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • NFC
    Both provide
    Simplifies pairing your camera with supported phones
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Both provide
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • Internal flash
    Both provide
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • 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

  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Neither provide
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • Built-in GPS
    Neither provide
    Geotag your photos
  • Top deck display
    Neither provide
    Check settings with a screen on top of the camera
  • 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

User reviews

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Buy the Canon SL2

Review Excerpt

  • Amazing image quality for the price; Blazing-fast hybrid autofocus; Swift burst shooting with generous buffer depths; Good battery life with LCD monitor; More compact than a DSLR; In-camera Wi-Fi wireless networking

  • Continuous autofocus can't match its burst rate; High-ISO JPEGs can look overprocessed; Sluggish startup; No touch-screen display; Wi-Fi can be a bit frustrating to use

  • 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 Samsung NX1100

Sony A6000
Samsung NX1100
  • $398
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Focus peaking
  • $450
  • APS-C
Canon SL2
Samsung NX1100
  • $449
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • $450
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Larger sensor

Compared to Sony A5100

Sony A6000
Sony A5100
  • $398
  • APS-C
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • Higher-res screen
  • $348
  • APS-C
  • Touchscreen
Canon SL2
Sony A5100
  • $449
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • $348
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor

Compared to Canon EOS M3

Sony A6000
Canon EOS M3
  • $398
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Larger sensor
  • $429
  • APS-C
  • Touchscreen
  • More telephoto lens reach
Canon SL2
Canon EOS M3
  • $449
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • $429
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Higher effective ISO

Compared to Nikon D5600

Sony A6000
Nikon D5600
  • $398
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • In-camera panoramas
  • $547
  • APS-C
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Lens selection
Canon SL2
Nikon D5600
  • $449
  • APS-C
  • On-sensor phase detect
  • Has anti-aliasing filter
  • $547
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Fast startup

Compared to Nikon D3500

Sony A6000
Nikon D3500
  • $398
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • In-camera panoramas
  • $397
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Less expensive
Canon SL2
Nikon D3500
  • $449
  • APS-C
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Touchscreen
  • $397
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Larger sensor
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