Canon USA’s Ultracompact EOS Rebel SL1 Digital SLR

Canon USA’s Ultracompact EOS Rebel SL1 Digital SLR


Melville, NY—Canon’s Rebel SL1 is being marketed as “the world’s smallest and lightest DSLR” with an APS-C-size sensor. It incorporates a new 18MP CMOS (APS-C) sensor and Digic 5 processor in a body that measures 4.6×3.57×2.74 inches and weighs 14.36 ounces—making it 25% smaller and 28% lighter than the Rebel T4i.

For shooting in bright or dimly lit environments, the SL1 has ISOs of 100–12,800, expandable to 25,600 for photos; and ISO 6400, expandable to 12,800, for video. It has a 4-fps shooting speed and a nine-point center cross-type AF system with a hybrid CMOS AF II sensor.

Video features include movie servo AF, which provides continuous AF tracking of moving subjects. When recording video with one of Canon’s STM lenses, such as the EF-S 18–55mm f/3.5–5.6 IS STM that comes in the kit, movie servo AF takes advantage of the stepping motor to help achieve smooth, quiet continuous AF. The camera is capable of Full HD recording in various sizes and frame rates, with manual control of exposure, focus and live view features.

Other features include: a 3.0-inch touch-screen LCD with intuitive touch-panel operation (two-finger touch gestures are used for zooming, changing images, accessing menu and quick control settings and activating focus point and shutter release while shooting); scene intelligent auto mode, which detects faces, colors, brightness, movement, contrast and distance to automatically adjusts the exposure as needed; effect shot mode, which automatically creates one shot with a selected creative filter and one without; the ability to display creative filter and background blur simulation effects in real time during live view; in-camera editing; and scene modes.

Canon’s EOS Rebel SL1 has an SRP of $649.99 body only or $799.99 with the EF-S 18–55mm f/3.5–5.6 IS STM kit lens.