T7i or SL2 for small travel DSLR?

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  1. photoflyer

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    I want a small DSLR to take along on business travel. The SL2 looks perfect for 549 but I have tons of airline miles and can get a T7i for 115k miles. Small size ui key but it looks like the T7i is not much bigger. Thoughts?


     
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    YES, both are rather small d-slr bodies. I dunno...what are the European names for those models? Look at DxO mark.com for comparisons of technical image quality and image result specs, using the European model names.

    Carol_H has a similar question posted today at indecision involving the SL2 and the Canon T6i.
     
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    I'll vote SL2 but mirrorless is smaller and lighter and better for travel - M6, M100, M50, etc
    and they can easily use the big DSLR lens
    www.flickr.com/photos/mmirrorless
     
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    Here is a comparison of the 2 cameras.
    Canon SL2 vs Canon T7i Detailed Comparison

    I would not overlook a mirrorless for compact travel.
    Example, the Olympus OM-D E-M10 + 14-42 EX pancake lens. This is small and compact, about the size of a medium size P&S. The E-M10 is 100 grams lighter than the SL2, which is 80 grams lighter than the T7i. The body sizes are similarly smaller.
    The catch is that most mirrorless do not do action/sport as well as dSLRs. Some are better than others.

    My own "tweener" / travel camera is an Olympus OM-D E-M1 mk1 + Panasonic 12-60.
    It is a smaller/lighter option to my D7200 + 18-140 lens.
     
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    right, do not overlook mirrorless for compact travel

    mirrorless and 'pancake' lens are smaller and lighter ... and can easily use the big DSLR lens
    and some mirrorless do "action" photos pretty good ... with 20 year old lens !
    www.flickr.com/photos/mmirrorless
     
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    The SL2 (and the SL1 before it) was the “most compact” DSLR camera body in the industry. But using “compact” and “DSLR” in the same sentence is a bit of an oxymoron. No DSLR is really all *that* small. No DSLR is going to fit in your pocket (unless you’ve got really baggy clothes with enormous pockets).

    The “body” of a mirrorless camera will certainly be much smaller. But while you can get point & shoot cameras that have lenses that retract into the body when you power them off... any camera with a removable lens doesn’t have lenses that fold flat. Even a mirrorless camera will have some bulk (but considerably less than a DSLR).

    There’s a “right” camera for everything. The priorities for portraiture are different than the priorities for action photography which are different than the priorities for landscape or architecture ... the list goes on.

    If I wanted camera *just* for travel... a mirrorless system might be high on the list of options.
     
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    BTW, depending on how you travel, even the SL2 may be too big to pack in hand carry.
    I've been on business trips where all I could take was a small P&S. First priority on my hand carry was my work computer, so there was no room for a dslr.
     
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    I was recently on a 7 day trip, Iowa to California and back by train.

    I took a DSLR, a 4k action camera, and my Samsung Galaxy Sky cell phone and a clip on wide angle/macro lens.
    99.9% of what I shot was video. 75% of the video was shot using the DSLR.
    I had a monopod that has 3 fold out feet and a pan tilt fluid head, and a Rode external mic that I could plug into either the DSLR or the cell phone.
    I also had some other mounting accessories for the cell phone and the action camera.

    On my next trip I will be leaving the DSLR at home.
    My cell phone will be my primary travel camera.
     
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    Update. I used the miles and got the T7i. I really liked the size of the SL2 but the T7i is only a bit larger and I have so many miles I thought I would save the $ 550.

    It arrived yesterday and it looks like it is going to be a great compliment to the 6D mark II and easy to take on trips.

    Thanks for the input.
     
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    OK. good the T7i is working fine and you saved money
    www.flickr.com/photos/mmirrorless
     
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    That was going to be my suggestion. The T7i. They are so close in comparison, except size, and you can get it with no money out of pocket. Kind of a, "no brainer". Let us know how you like it.

    I have the T2i and there really isn't any improvement until I upgrade to the 6i or 7i. Or go down another line. Would love to hear your thoughts on it.
     

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