The Canon EOS Rebel SL1 may be one of the smallest DSLRs you've ever seen, but make no mistake, it's every ounce a Rebel. Canon has managed to pack almost every popular feature from its class-leading line of Rebel cameras into a smaller, but full-featured design. In some cases, it's even exceeded the benchmarks set by its predecessors.
The SL1 boasts Canon's second-generation hybrid autofocus, a system that pairs contrast detection and phase detection to draw upon the strengths of both for superior focusing performance. In this camera, the coverage area for the system has been expanded to fill almost 80% of the live view area, making for better overall performance in tricky situations.
Canon also included their ultra-quiet, 18-55mm image-stabilizing zoom lens with this kit for capturing outstanding, blur-free photos and videos under all kinds of shooting conditions.
It's going for speed
Action and sports photographers will appreciate the difference the DIGIC 5 image processor makes. The SL1 fires off continuous 18-megapixel still shots at 4 frames per second. And because the processor enables greater light sensitivity and noise reduction, it's easier to increase your shutter speed so you can freeze the fast moving action at the perfect moment, even when your surroundings get hectic. Plus, the controls are built for speed as well: the SL1's mode select dial presents your options logically and simply. Even the dial's icons are raised a bit to make them easier to discern in low light.
The Canon EOS Rebel SL1 is significantly smaller that the Canon EOS Rebel T5i at right (not included), while offering similar performance.
A nice touch(screen)
The LCD display on the back has some cool tricks as well. It features three diagonal inches of gorgeous, 1,040,000-dot high-resolution screen. Given the overall size of the SL1, this is a notable achievement. And get this: it's touch-enabled, allowing you a lightning-fast method of controlling your camera's settings. In fact, the touchscreen acts in a manner similar to many smartphones, so you'll find the interface easy and intuitive.
Clear as a bell
Video shooters will also appreciate the external stereo microphone input and the settable microphone input levels. Canon realizes that acquiring good audio is the first step towards making your videos truly professional, so the SL1 is loaded with features that will help you do just that.
Geared to your pace
Don't worry that the Canon EOS Rebel SL1, with all its helpful settings, will be complex. Intelligent auto modes, autofocus, and scene detection will ensure great results for beginners; you can explore custom options as you gain confidence with the camera. A plethora of creative options await the curious and the enthusiastic.
- 18-megapixel effective recording
- APS-C-size Hybrid CMOS image sensor (22.3 x 14.9 mm) includes a broad area of pixels dedicated to phase-detection autofocus, adding a second method of determining focus
- EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM lens (35mm equivalent focal length: 29-88mm)
- hybrid autofocus offers a widened area of contrast detection and phase detection components for enhanced full-time subject tracking, even while shooting video
- touchscreen-enabled high-res 3" LCD (1,040,000 dots) with Live View allows composing shots on-screen in real-time
- refined, 360-degree-rotating mode selection dial features raised icons for improved operation anytime, even in low light
- high-def movie mode with full-manual exposure, continuous autofocus, selectable frame rates, and dedicated record button
- Video Snapshot mode captures short video clips in two, four, or eight second bursts to easily create exciting, "multi-take" movies
- DIGIC 5 image processor provides exceptional image quality and enhanced low-light sensitivity
- optical viewfinder with diopter adjustment
- integrated cleaning system keeps image sensor clean for spotless photos
- manual audio level adjustment
- 9-point autofocus system for rapid, precise autofocusing, central sensor optimized to f/2.8
- 63-zone metering system for accurate exposure
- hot shoe for Canon EX-series Speedlite flash accessories
- built-in wireless flash control can operate multiple off-camera Canon Speedlite flashes to create dramatic lighting effects
- Compatible Lenses:
- compatible with Canon EF and EF-S lenses
Exposure Modes and Controls:
- continuous shooting mode: 4 frames per second (up to 28 JPEG images, or 7 RAW images)
- shutter speed range: 30-1/4,000 seconds, bulb
- sensitivity or ISO (film speed equivalent) range: 100-12,800 (25,600 expanded)
- shooting modes include: scene intelligent auto, program auto, creative auto, HDR backlight control, multi-shot noise reduction, flash off, shutter-priority, aperture-priority, and manual, portrait, landscape, night portrait, handheld night scene
- flash sync at 1/200 second
File Formats and Storage:
- still image storage modes: RAW (14-bit), JPEG (Fine, Normal, EXIF 2.3 compliant), or RAW+JPEG (Fine/Large)
- top JPEG resolution (pixels): 5,184 x 3,456
- movie file formats: MOV (Video: H.264, Sound: Linear PCM)
- movie image size: up to 1,920 x 1,080 resolution (up to 30 progressive frames per second)
- uses optional SD, SDHC, and SDXC memory cards
Connections and Dimensions:
- high-speed USB interface
- audio/SD video output (NTSC/PAL selectable)
- mini HDMI output (cable not included)
- external stereo microphone input jack (microphone not included), internal monaural microphone
- input jack for Canon RS-60E3 wired remote (also compatible with Canon RC-6 wireless remote)
- 4-5/8"W x 3-5/8"H x 2-3/4"D (without lens)
- weight (body only): 13.06 oz.