Best Canon DSLR for Video? — Canon SL2 VS. T7i VS. 80D

– Trying to decide between the Canon SL2, T7i and 80D? Well in this video, I’m
gonna be breaking down the pros and cons and
features of all of them. Coming up. (upbeat music) Hey what’s up, Sean
here, with Think Media. Bringing you the best tips and tools for building your influence
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consider subscribing. And hey, at any point during the video check out show notes and links in the YouTube description below. I’ll list out all of the
specs of these cameras, as well as anything else I
forget to mention in the video. Let’s jump into the comparison. So I wanted to shoot this video because I get the question a lot asking Sean which camera should I buy, what’s really the difference? And I wanted to dive into it specifically with these three models. Now one thing to mention is that all three of these are solid cameras and they have different
strengths and weaknesses. First and foremost, it’s important to note that the Canon SL2 at the
time of shooting this video comes in at $599 here in the US aka the 200D internationally and that is with the kit lens. The T7i is the 800D internationally and comes in at $799, so $200 more. And then the 80D comes in
at the time of shooting this video at $1,049
with the same kit lens that’s on the other cameras. And so of course check out current prices in the YouTube description below but there’s definitely a price gap here. So now let’s break down these
similarities and differences. So the first thing to note is that all three of these cameras actually have the same sensor. It’s a 24.2 megapixel APS-C sensor and that pretty much means that depending on a few of the other factors you can get the same video and photo quality more or less out of each of these. However there are some differences and we will get into those. You also have a flip screen on all three. So each of these is
great for YouTube content whether you want to be vlogging or whether you want to
even just be shooting in a home office or a bedroom or anywhere, be able to see yourself,
tap the screen for autofocus all those types of things. Amazing on all three. Additionally they each have
Wi-Fi, NFC and Bluetooth and so if you want to
grab photos or images off the camera when you’re on the go, post those on social media, you can do that on all three. And they also all have
Dual Pixel Autofocus which is a big deal because in the past the autofocus is so
good for tracking faces for, especially in video mode. One of the most popular features that helps Canon stand out is the fact that that
autofocus is so amazing. And one of the impressive things though is that they put Dual
Pixel Autofocus in the SL2. So for being a budget camera, it’s really kind of paired up with the others in that regard. Now speaking of video, these cameras actually have a lot of things in common. One of which is they all shoot 60 frames a second in video mode. Which means you can do 50% slow-motion if you edit your footage
in 30 frames a second and even slower than that if you edit in 24 frames a second. And they also all have time-lapse modes so this is something that YouTubers and vloggers, of course, love because you can just set the camera up, adjust the settings a little bit and then create a beautiful time-lapse. All right, so those were
the some of the similarities that all three cameras have in common but now let’s jump into
some of the differences. Now the Canon SL2 and T7i
are actually very similar and we won’t go too deep into that because I shot a whole video just comparing those two. So we’ll link that up on the YouTube card as well as in the description below. But one of the big differences that we start to note between these two and the Canon 80D is actually the battery and so these two actually
have the E17 battery and the 80D introduces the E6 battery. Which is what Canon uses
in their more pro line and you actually get about
a 60% longer battery life with the Canon 80D. Now one of the strengths that the T7i and the 80D have in common is they both have 45 points of autofocus, so they’re both great
photography cameras as well. Now the SL2 can shoot great photos, you have the same sensor but it only has 9 points of autofocus and so it’s not gonna be as good for wildlife, for soccer
games, for movement but if you want to track your subject and really make sure you
dial in that awesome shot these two are gonna be a lot stronger. And speaking of photography, the T7i and the 80D definitely
have some advantages. While they have different and higher performing metering modes they also have those points of autofocus and as we go across these cameras how many frames of photography they can shoot per second goes up. So the SL2 is at five frames a second, the T7i is at six frames, and the Canon 80D is at seven frames. So why is the Canon
80D $450 more expensive than the SL2 and $250 more
expensive than the T7i? Well there are a few things and mainly where it comes
in, is build quality. One of the things that
you get with the Canon 80D is a weather sealed body. You also have a much robust
heavier build quality which actually might be
something that is a downside if you want to use the camera for vlogging and carrying it around a lot you might not want a
little bit of extra weight that comes with the 80D. But the build quality doesn’t stop there the Canon 80D also has this
top viewable screen here something that you could
definitely live without if you’re just shooting YouTube videos but it is a nice feature so that you don’t have to always get down and look at your screen for your settings but you can just glance at them when you need to make some adjustments. And if you’re using this for
pro photography or whatnot having things like that an off/on button a lot more functionality with
the dials and the wheels. This is meant to be put
to work in a pro video or pro photography situation. And then it definitely also has some standout video features. Now all three of these
cameras have a mic input jack but the 80D adds a headphone jack as well which is a great feature and it also has a higher or less compressed video format when it comes to recording videos. So the first two, they all do 60 frames and they all do what
Canon calls IPB footage but they have a less compressed version in 80D called All-I. So again, the 80D is more of a pro video, if you want to use it
for some video production and even pro photography type of a camera but I would say that these two are more targeted at consumers but also prosumers, right? You maybe want to save some money but still create great content. Then that’s sort of where
the T7i and SL2 live, whereas the 80D is definitely
targeting future advancement maybe even if you started with it it’s something that
you could take with you and scale as you learn
more advanced skills and techniques with photo and video. Now one quick note to
mention about the 80D is that because it’s a
little bit of an older camera it actually has the Digic 6+ processor whereas the T7i and SL2
have the Digic 7 processor. Now a processor can influence things like how fast the camera operates but most of all it can
influence ISO performance and potentially low-light performance. However I don’t even
think this is something to consider too much, because I don’t see much of a difference in the final product of
the photo or the videos that come out of either camera but just something to put on your radar. All right, so now let’s jump into some video examples from
each of these cameras. Now here on Think Media, video is definitely our priority. There’s lots of great YouTube channels that would focus more on
the photo performance. For us, we use photography
for social media but these cameras, we pick them up mainly for YouTube content, for
creating video content and so that is what we’re
gonna be speaking to the most. All right, so for this
first series of examples we’re gonna do the vlog test. So what would it look
like if you were vlogging with each of these cameras. Now across the board we’re
using the 18-55 kit lens and the settings are matched
up on all of the cameras. So let’s check it out. Okay, test number one
is with the Canon SL2. Now all of these tests are
gonna be with the same settings. So we are at ISO 100, 125 shutter speed, because this is 60 frames a second video and then 5.6 on the aperture, just using the kit lens. And testing out this for vlogging. So this is the SL2, what do you think? All right now you are
seeing the Canon T7i. Now both the SL2 and the
T7i have similar weights. They weigh almost the exact same so they’re good for vlogging. We’re just holding it out here. And what I like about the kit lens, that we’re shooting all these videos on, is it has built-in image stabilization. So while there is shake
because we’re walking, it does smooth out the edges, you don’t have any jitter. And also I love these Canon cameras because of the Dual Pixel Autofocus tracks our faces well
for vlogging on the go. And finally we have the
Canon 80D vlog test. Now again the video quality between these cameras is pretty similar ’cause it’s the same sensor. And we’re using the same IPB mode that all of the cameras have in common. Now the 80D does have a higher video quality mode for pro video. But just for vlogging you’d probably shoot in something like this setting right here. Looks pretty good. All right, so then we just
did a standard video test and so here’s the SL2. Again, the kit lens on all of the cameras. And this is my wife Sonya just kind of walking towards the camera and this is where we can see the power of the Dual Pixel Autofocus
tracking her as she’s walking It’s very cool. Then we tested out the Canon T7i and you’re probably noticing but I’d love to hear
from you in the comments. Do these pictures look pretty similar? Is the video quality look similar to you? I definitely think so. But again, performing
great for video quality. And then finally the Canon 80D is performing great as well, right? And so Sonya just walking. We’re doing the Dual Pixel Autofocus, they all have touchscreen, and so all three cameras are definitely video powerhouses. And I would love to hear from you what you think about the
comparison of the footage. And then for our final test, we wanted to do a couple shots with that nice blurry background. So right now you’re seeing the Canon SL2. And actually we put on the
50 millimeter, 1.8 lens. Now I really recommend this lens because at $125 here in the US it has incredible image quality for both video and for photos. So then we put it on the T7i and again you can see that
nice blurry background. And what’s also cool about these cameras is they are doing pretty well in this mixed light situation. There’s a lot of bright light here as well as shadows. But we can definitely see the detail in each of these scenes. And then finally we put
the 50 millimeter, 1.8 on the Canon 80D. And again, really great shot,
that nice blurry background aka the bouquet of this shot, looks great. And so I’d love to hear from you. What do you think about the differences or the similarities in the video quality? So which cameras should you choose? Well let’s jump into a
few of my final thoughts. First and foremost the Canon
SL2 is the obvious winner when it comes to budget as it is the most affordable. It’s also a great camera because it’s nice, small, and portable. So if you want something
that’s really versatile, that can be as small as
possible out of all three, maybe you use for vlogging and for creating YouTube content and it shoots great
video that’s even on par with the other cameras in a lot of ways. However the weakness of the SL2 is definitely more advanced photography, the autofocus points and things like that. So if you were thinking more like: I want that middle choice, I want to shoot some video content but I also want photography performance, then the Canon T7i is a great choice. Similar to the SL2, shoots great video but packs a lot more features in with 45 points of autofocus, you know, an extra frame per second when shooting burst mode in photo and a few other standout features. I also think that the Canon SL2 and T7i are great options for people just getting into photo or video. Each of them actually has a beginner mode that you can turn on or off. So if you’re just getting started they’re great cameras to learn on but you can also grow into them. These again are targeted
more at the consumer market but also the prosumer market. And each of these is a
camera you could grow into. But of course the final winner when it comes to pro photo and pro video is of course the 80D. You have the weatherproof body, so it’s meant to be put to
work, taken on the road, you can shoot in the rain a little bit, you’ve got the headphone jack, and not just the mic
jack of the first two, for monitoring your
audio when shooting video and then you also have
many more pro features when it comes to photography and that higher compression
rate, bit rate for video. And so if you plan on not
just creating YouTube content, maybe of yourself in simple videos, but you plan on doing video production, you wanted to get into color grading, even making short films
and things like that, then the 80D is the obvious choice. The only downside being
it’s the most expensive, and it’s a little bit bulkier and a little bit heavier than the others. So each of them though,
in summation, is great. It just depends on what you need the most and what your budget is. But that brings us to
the question of the day and that is: What is your opinion when it comes to the
Canon SL2, T7i and 80D? Let me know in the comments section below. And remember that some of
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100 Replies to “Best Canon DSLR for Video? — Canon SL2 VS. T7i VS. 80D”

  1. I just started my channel last week and uploaded my first vid using the canon 200d with kit lens, I must say the quality is good I know eventually I would have to upgrade but for now I think the 200d is doing a great job, may I ask which camera and settings your using to film this vid?

  2. Hey…. excuse me???800 d body parts is bad?? I see a review there he said that this body is completely plastic……… it true?? please please I want to know surely about this……..

  3. Thank you for this vid. Pinned right now if sl2 or t7i… you helped me a lot.. im planning to buy sl2 with kit + canon 50mm f1.8… so if i will be buying the t7i with kit + 50mm f1.8, i'll just adx a little bit 🙂 thanks for this.

  4. Does anyone else hear "ADD" (attention deficit disorder) instead of "80d"? Do I need more Ritalin?

  5. Thank you for this video. I was very close to purchasing Rebel T7i but felt it was an entry level camera. I have a Rebel T2i and it's like an upgrade version of a point and shoot. After reading about Rebel T7i, I had my doubts. I wanted a more of a professional level but cannot afford $3000 camera that have that spectacular image quality, 50mega pixels. I need a camera that is capabile of producing Boca in both videos and in portrait shots.

  6. That's it, I'm buying the T7i. The 80D I don't even consider, the price difference is just too much without any obvious advantage. Although you said it's more professional, other than weather sealing I couldn't find any real advantage. The SL2 is the T7i with a worst focus through the view finder.

  7. Thank you for an excellent review. As someone interested in making music videos, you've pushed me away from the Nikon D5600 toward the Canon D7i. However, one important point that you didn't cover much is the low-light performance of these cameras. Many people are buying cameras such as these in hopes of making music videos from footage of live performances in dimly lit clubs and such. Please consider adding some low-light indoor and outdoor video footage in your future videos. It would make your already excellent reviews even better.

  8. Love your vids! You're my fav coach when it comes to all things gear! Which accessory's do you recommend for the Cannon Sl2? Are you using the Zhiyun-Tech TransMount Crane 3-Lab Handheld Tripod? Which accessory's for this cam and a true beginner? Need something super user-friendly… I'm hoping you have vids on how to USE this gear (step by step) next perhaps a "Vlogging for Dummy's" series pretty please! Or maybe it already exists. Lol. Newbie in the house! Keep up the amazing work! -Love

  9. Young man
    If video is your prime use, SLRs dont make it. They are photo cameras with video as a bonus. They dont even have 4K. Your smartphone does a far better job. Next step would be mirrorless.

  10. Im not a pro photographer coz im just using my phone frequently for my social media such as instagram and im not alao a videographer so i definitely gonna buy the t7i because of the autofocus and a cheaper price compare with the 80D

  11. I purchased the SL2 a week ago and this is my first Digital camera. For those who are just getting their first digital camera like I am need to consider not only the price of the kit camera but a 50mm prime Lens (1.8 f stop), SD cards, extra batteries, bag, tripod, lens covers, etc. My start up cost is $1000. Also, I would recommend joining a local photography club. As far as the SL2, it takes wonderful pictures and video. I know I will get years of great service out of this camera and possibly someday move up to a more professional camera down the road. All the best. Jim from Milton, GA

  12. Also the T7i weight 532 gr vs 80D weight 730 gr : 80D Unfortunately is more heavy and has an uncomfortable grip, is too big for me. Excellent review.

  13. None of them can shoot 4k or Log footage, making them all unusable for any pro job. The T7i is the same as the t3i, almost nothing has changed and now a google pixel gets better low light and is sharper. The SL2 is a gimmick "smallest DSLR" but still bigger than an equally priced mirror-less camera. and the 80D is actually good if you only care about autofocus, but its image quality is still horrible compared to other cameras in its price range. anything that shoots 1080 is now obsolete. Anything that cant shoot in log will blow out highlights. And good low light now means low noise at ISO 12,800 not passable noise at 800.

    If your dead set on canon go buy a t3i and a gimbal for the same price, you'll get smoother video at the same quality.

    Otherwise get a a6300/a6400/a6500 or gh5/gh4

  14. I got the 80D when it came out, it's my first camera ever and it's fantastic! I know it's overkill for a first camera, but I wanted something that would age well and it was definitely the rigth choice. I shoot video alone so the amazing autofocus feature saves me a lot of pain, battery life is also great and it's holding up nicely after two years. Now I'm saving for a second camera (I do drumming videos so I need a second POV) and it's definitely going to be the 200D. Once I save up some more money I'm getting the 50mm and the 10-18mm. Thanks for the great review!

  15. 80d is the better camera here but I'm using the T7i. SL2 is just too small. My hands have a hard time with the tiny controls. If you're concerned about weight, T7i weighs just over a pound. If you cant handle a pound I dont know what to tell you. If price is really the issue here, go with a SL2. But you would be happier saving up a few more bucks and getting a T7i which has a lot more features. Also note that for the cost of a new T7i you could also find a refurb 80d if you are ok with that.

  16. 2:41 creepy guy in polyester jacket and power balance rubber bracelet trying to hook up with married woman 🤣

  17. Oh man! I looked at so many cameras and kept going around in circles. Thank you for this. I think the sl2 is one of the best valued cameras out there in terms of video quality. To be on par with 80d in terms of quality is a huge deal. I want a camera for vlogging and self tapes for auditioning, but I didn’t want to spend money on features I wouldn’t use, thats why your videos are so great man, your content is fantastic, I like your videos and I’m subbed. You just keep doing you. P.S, not sure if your wife is pleased helping you with your videos, she seems shy! She reminded me of my wife when I film her! Except I don’t ask and she ends up chasing me with a baseball bat.

  18. Awesome video GREAT JOB!!! I own the 80d…Canon is the shit.. the 80d has a more natural feel and look for me. I shoot my videos Manual the 80d performs great in natural the three point lighting system the 80d ROCKS ..All three does my opinion the first three needed just a bit more lighting .again thank you GREAT JOB !!!

  19. What do you think is the best lens for the Canon SL2 if you're only going to be shooting up close for webinars in a studio setting? Great video. Thank you.

  20. Based on your expertise can you tell me if the t7i has better focusing system than 70D Also do you use auto focusing or do you focus manual I tried recording a tennis match and it was hard to do manual. Last question with Sony A6300 can I use canon crop or full frame?

  21. I had though to get Canon SL2 but after learning that 80d have headset Input to monitor the audio that the other don’t have. Thanks bro for sharing it. I will be buying 80d in next day.

  22. plz give me your old camera i can't buy i am poor . i am starting my youtube channel but i don't have camera

  23. Really good video and it has made my mind up for me . Even though I'm a beginner I will save for the 80D and could you put a link in the description for your beautiful wifes jacket so I can buy one for my wife please . Sorry for being cheeky

  24. please solve my confusion which dslr I have to choose for both photo and video with a low budget, for this session EOS80D my first rating.

  25. T choice is 80D coz it's huge. Say I bought T7i and some one comes by and call it a mirrorless I will probably kill him.

  26. Does anyone else find that on this particular video, the 80D video examples look washed out compared to the other 2?

  27. I honestly feel from what I took the time to observe, there is hardly any difference with the cheaper models, surprisingly. I was hoping that the difference would be dramatic, but I was surprised. Man… better I grab the SL2… actually an amazing camera for the price! Impressive video!

  28. Excellent video Sean! This seals the deal for me on the SL2. I'm just starting another YouTube channel and simply need a high quality video camera for shooting in an indoor Studio and I think for the price this works best for my needs. Thanks so much for your help and best of luck.

  29. I really don’t care about the video capabilities of either one of these cameras as I’ll be photography only but good vid.

  30. Hey Sean, great review. I'm currently using Canon T3i for youtube videos but I want to upgrade mainly because of the wifi/smart features which mine does not have. Recording myself is being hard to change camera settings. I need to go to the camera each time hahaha. 80D seems to be awesome because I am also creating football videos, as you mentioned for motion video the 80D is more recommended. Well, my question is, is there any another canon model with the same average price to 80D that can offer me even more features for football youtube videos ? Tks and great channel.

  31. Ah… (Big Sigh..)
    3 weeks of racking my brain, going back and forth. M50? 200D? T7i? 80D.
    Size doesn't matter for me. Video primarily and some playing around stills.
    I'm finished researching and am going 80D..
    I think.
    Great Video. Thanks for help

  32. haven't watched the video yet
    but i wanna say thank you for making your videos iv been aware of you for the last five years and appreciate the videos you have made to help me on my journey to being a creator

  33. So I'm looking to step up our video quality and looking at the 7i but as someone who works alone and have long videos it worries me about the 29 min limit most of our videos can go for a hour or two

  34. Of course the 80d is the best
    Maybe the sl3 might be a better option for som people but 80d still king

  35. thank you for your good tutorial . can someone tell me please — on which canon camera possible to do the TRIMMING AND EDITING RIGHT ON THE CAMERA , REAL TIME ON THE SPOT ? no one SHOW it on youtube !!!

  36. so should I get canon SL2 or canon T7 ? for learning/ first camera I have no idea, im want to buy a camera to learn ( help, thanks )

  37. I think instead of saying "internationally" you should say "overseas". These Canon cameras in Brazil have the same as in the US, and I believe it's the same for all other countries in the Americas.

  38. what is your opinion on 80d vs m50 for buying, for production use.. just myself, with some color grading etc…

  39. I've actually bought the 200D or SL2 over there , & it's a brilliant camera, & really lightweight too , & the pictures always come out really good ,even in automatic , but sometimes the flash does come up when you don't want it , so just put it onto the flash with a line across setting , I mostly only use the 18-55mm lens , & it's quite good & compact , alot of times I actually carry my camera around in my handbag , with it being so light .it really is a brilliant camera ,

  40. What's the best thing I can do if I have to shot a video at night with Canon T7i since its not good for lowlight shots? Help please I keep running into the grainy look ☹

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