What’s up guys in today’s Tech Gear Talk video we’re going to compare the Canon M6, G7 X Mark II and SL2. I recently reviewed all 3 in details and I’ll put links at the bottom to the individual videos in case you want more details and test footage and audio from each of these cameras.
All three of these cameras are around the same price range and are excellent choices for someone who’s looking for a small, portable camera that will do a great job for both photography and video. Also, if you’re creating content for YouTube or social media in general, if you’re vlogging, or shooting video for your small business these are definitely cameras you should consider.
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Alright let’s jump right in and talk about the strengths and weaknesses of these three cameras.
When you take a picture, the mirror flips up and out of the way and then the shutter opens and the light hits the sensor. If you’re shooting video, the mirror just locks in the open position and the light continues to hit the sensor. Now in a mirrorless camera, obviously there is no mirror, so the sensor sits directly being the shutter and the lens. The sensor is constantly being exposed to the light and when you go to take a picture, it’s covered then uncovered and covered again by the shutter.
The SL2 is a DSLR and the M6 and G7 X Mark II are mirrorless cameras. And as I mentioned, you can see that they are smaller and so are the lenses they use.
In this case the edge goes to the SL2 and the M6 with the much larger sensor size. All three of these cameras use the Digic 7 processor which is super nice, it makes all three fast and responsive, and obviously in this case it’s a draw.
On the other hand, the SL2 and the M6 both have interchangeable lenses. So that means that even if you start out with a kit lens like the 15-45mm on the M6 or the 18-55mm on the SL2, you can always buy additional lenses that will give you either a wider angle or more telephoto. I go into the lens options for these 2 cameras in more detail on the individual videos so check them out if you want more info.
In this case the edge goes to the SL2 and the M6 with a slight edge to the SL2.
So for continuous video autofocus I’m going to give the edge to the SL2 and the M6 over the G7 X Mark II
As far as portability goes, I give the advantage of the G7 X Mark II followed by the M6 and then finally the SL2.
One thing I want to mention is that if you plan on using an external mic and have the screen face the front with the M6 and the SL2, you can’t mount the mic on the hot shoe of the M56 because it will block the screen. It’s not a huge deal, you can get an adapter that will let you mount the mic to the side of the M6, but with the SL2, because the screen flips to the side, you can mount the mic directly to the camera.
I want to point this out because in my reviews I like to include as much real-life experience as possible. I would give a slight advantage to the SL2 here because of the additional orientations of the screen and the fact that it’s never blocked by the mic but at the same time the flip out screen creates a much wider footprint so you have to decide what’s more important to you and how do you plan on using these cameras.
BUT, and this is huge for me. At this time, only the SL2 lets you use the remote control feature for video. So with the M6 and the G7 X Mark II, you can only take pictures, even if you’re in video mode. And actually, once you connect a mobile device, video is completely disabled on the cameras.
The SL2 on the other hand, lets you frame your scene, change settings and then remotely start and stop recording!! That is such a cool feature and is so convenient. There is no more walking back and forth to the camera to start and stop, I can sit down, move myself or the camera until I get the shot exactly how I want to be, then start and stop the video right from my phone or tablet.
I’m giving a huge advantage to the SL2 in this case, with the disclaimer that it’s hugely beneficial to how I use this camera and if you don’t plan on ever need a remote monitor or control, then this wouldn’t really matter to you.
Overall this is pretty much a draw for me but I could see how someone who is just starting out may like the simplicity of the mirrorless camera over the SL2.
Again, for beginners, it’s nice to have those presets, and at the same time, I think once you do a few timelapse videos, you’ll easily get the hang of using the custom feature. I’ll probably end up shooting a quick tutorial about this and posting it later.
The edge here probably goes to the M6 and G7 X Mark II, and at the same time if you really plan on moving a lot, I would probably recommend thinking about a 3 axis gimbal for super smooth footage.
For some people getting a small camera, not having to worry about which lens you’re going to take, and just having the simplicity of an all in one, is going to be the priority.
For other users, having a full-featured DSLR with tons of interchangeable lens options a more versatile flip screen, an optical viewfinder and remote control during video are going to sound like the best fit.
And then for another group of users, the best combination of features is going to be somewhere in the middle.
You can’t have everything in every camera so it comes down to preference. They are all fairly similarly priced and I’ll put links in the description to all three cameras as well as some popular kits. There are always holiday specials and discounts so the links will be updated with the lowest pricing.
I also have links below to the more detailed video about each camera if you want a more in-depth review.
Canon EOS M6: https://www.techgeartalk.com/canon-eos-m6-mirrorless-camera-ultimate-review/
Canon SL2: https://www.techgeartalk.com/canon-eos-rebel-sl2-camera-review-and-sample-footage/
Canon G7 X Mark II: https://www.techgeartalk.com/canon-g7-x-mark-ii-camera-review-test-footage/
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