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  • 18 MP APS-C CMOS sensor
  • 4 FPS continuous shooting
  • 9 point AF system, center AF point is cross-type
  • ISO 100-12800 (expandable to 25600)
  • 1080 (30, 25, 24 fps) and 720 (60, 50 fps) HD video (29min limit, H.264 format)
  • 3" touch panel LCD screen with 1,040,000 dots
  • Movie Servo AF for continuous focus tracking of moving subjects
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DPReview Gold AwardJuly 2013
For a great many looking for SLR quality in a smaller package, the Canon Rebel SL1 delivers both with confidence and grace, and offers the advantage of a larger APS-C sensor.
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Conclusion

The Canon EOS Rebel SL1 / 100D is an ideal camera for consumer users looking for better image quality, with improved Live View and movie-mode autofocus in a small body. Its touchscreen interface offers a modern set of digital controls in a camera that will still feel familiar to more traditional SLR users.

Reasons to buy

  • Small and light with good grip for small to medium-size hands
  • High ISO shots are quite usable, even above ISO 6400
  • Excellent LCD and responsive touchscreen
  • Full HD video recording and stereo mic jack
  • Useful night modes

Things to consider

  • May be too small for those with larger hands
  • AF illuminator integrated into flash
  • Flash produces red-eye in Night Portrait mode
  • Non-STM lenses struggle in Live View and in Movie Servo AF
  • Default dynamic range lags behind its peers

Suggested for

Users who want to shoot in Live View and record movies, but also want the benefits of an APS-C digital SLR in a smaller body.

Not suggested for

Enthusiasts looking for more bells and whistles, like an articulating LCD or wireless remote control of flash.
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Photo Sensor Size APS-C (22.3 x 14.9 mm) APS-C (22.3 x 14.9 mm) APS-C (22.3 x 14.9 mm) APS-C (22.3 x 14.9 mm)
Megapixels 18 MP 18 MP 18 MP 18 MP
ISO Range Auto, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, 6400, 12800 (25600 with boost) Information not provided Auto, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, 6400, 12800 (25600 with boost) Auto, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, 6400
Display Size 3 inches 3 inches 3 inches 3 inches
Continuous Shooting Speed 4 5 4 3
Wireless Communication Technology EyeFi EyeFi EyeFi None
Image Stabilization None None None None
Weight 0.9 pounds 1.3 pounds 0.9 pounds 1.1 pounds
Dimension 3.6 x 4.6 x 2.7 inches 3.9 x 5.2 x 3.1 inches 3.6 x 4.6 x 2.7 inches 3.9 x 5.1 x 3.1 inches
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (253 customer reviews)
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Ignite Your Imagination

EOS Rebel SL1

As the world's smallest and lightest digital SLR*, the new EOS Rebel SL1 is small in size but enormous in performance. With a newly-designed Canon 18.0 Megapixel CMOS (APS-C) sensor and speedy Canon DIGIC 5 Image Processor, it delivers images of extraordinary quality – ideal for those stepping up from a smartphone or compact camera. An impressive ISO range of 100–12800 (expandable to H: 25600) for stills and 100–6400 (expandable to H: 12800) for video plus up to 4.0 fps continuous shooting make this camera the go-to for any photo opportunity, even in dim lighting or when capturing fast action subjects. And Hybrid CMOS AF II delivers accurate AF tracking during Live View shooting, helping ensure your photos and movies are crisp and clear. The EOS Rebel SL1 makes amazing movies with Canon EOS Full HD Movie Mode with Movie Servo AF, working in concert with Canon STM lenses for smooth and quiet continuous AF. In addition to its Optical Viewfinder, the EOS Rebel SL1 has a bright, wide Touch Screen 3.0" Clear View LCD monitor II, perfect for viewing a number of special scene modes and Creative Filters available in real-time display. Here is the DSLR you'll want to bring with you everyday and ignite your imagination!

* Among digital SLR cameras that use APS-C size equivalent sensors. As of March 1, 2013, based on Canon's research.

Amazing Capture and Processing Power, Astonishingly Compact.

EOS Rebel SL1
World's smallest and lightest digital SLR*

For ultra portability with a minimal footprint, the EOS Rebel SL1 is the world's smallest and lightest digital SLR*. Weighing in at approximately 13 ounces, the EOS Rebel SL1's astonishingly compact size does not compromise its excellent performance as a member of the Canon EOS family: it features an 18.0 Megapixel CMOS (APS-C) sensor, the speedy DIGIC 5 Image Processor, a wide ISO range for both stills and video, and advanced AF performance. Designed for entry-level DSLR users, the EOS Rebel SL1 ensures performance and operation while still remaining compact.

18.0 Megapixel CMOS (APS-C) sensor

The EOS Rebel SL1 features a newly-developed Canon 18.0 Megapixel CMOS (Complementary Metal Oxide Semiconductor) sensor in the world's smallest and lightest digital SLR*. Perfect for enlargements or for cropping detailed portions of the composition, the camera's sensor captures images with exceptional clarity and tonal range. This first-class sensor features many of the same technologies used by professional Canon cameras to maximize each pixel's light-gathering efficiency and has center pixels that aid in the EOS Rebel SL1's accurate AF performance. This APS-C size sensor creates an effective 1.6x field of view (compared to 35mm format).

ISO 100–12800 (expandable to H: 25600) for stills; ISO 100–6400 (expandable to H: 12800) for videos

Thanks to its DIGIC 5 Image Processor, the EOS Rebel SL1 features an ISO range of ISO 100–12800 (expandable to H: 25600) for stills and ISO 100–6400 (expandable to H: 12800) for videos that makes shooting possible in situations previously unthinkable without flash. The EOS Rebel SL1, with the DIGIC 5 Image Processor's remarkable noise-reduction technology, performs brilliantly in low-light shooting. Used with one of Canon's EF or EF-S lenses with Optical Image Stabilizer, the EOS Rebel SL1 can record beautiful images and video even when light sources are scarce.

DIGIC 5 Image Processor

The EOS Rebel SL1's DIGIC 5 Image Processor works with the camera's CMOS sensor to deliver images with incredible detail in more situations, without the need for artificial light sources. With the power of the DIGIC 5 Image Processor, the EOS Rebel SL1 can achieve higher ISO sensitivity, can shoot up to 4.0 fps continuously and can even perform advanced functions like displaying art filters in real time, new scene modes, lens correction and much more. The camera's brilliant imaging core supercharges every facet of still and moving image capture.

* Among digital SLR cameras that use APS-C size equivalent sensors. As of March 1, 2013, based on Canon's research.

Never Miss a Moment!

High-speed continuous shooting

The EOS Rebel SL1 can shoot up to 4.0 frames per second (fps) for up to approximately 7 consecutive RAW files or approximately 28 full-resolution JPEGs. Shooting at speeds of up to 1/4000 sec., the EOS Rebel SL1 can capture even rapidly unfolding scenes with ease.

True HD Performance, Rebel Simplicity.

EOS Rebel SL1
EOS Full HD Movie Mode with Movie Servo AF

The EOS Rebel SL1 offers easy-to-use, professional video capture without compromise. Capable of shooting in a number of recording sizes and frame rates, the EOS Rebel SL1 offers outstanding video capturing performance, quality and simplicity. The EOS Rebel SL1 enables easy manual control of exposure, focus and Live View features, even in-camera editing! Movie Servo AF allows continuous autofocus tracking of moving subjects while recording video. When shooting video with one of Canon's STM lenses, Movie Servo AF takes advantage of the lens' stepping motor for smooth and quiet continuous AF. With an STM lens attached, the EOS Rebel SL1 meets high standards for SLR moviemaking performance!

Resolution & Recording Sizes Frame Rates
Full HD
1920 x 1080
16:9 format
30 fps (29.97)
25 fps – PAL standard
24 fps (23.976)
HD
1280 x 720
16:9 format
60 fps (59.94)
50 fps – PAL standard
Standard Definition (SD)
640 x 480
30 fps (29.97)
25 fps – PAL standard

Built-in monaural microphone, manual audio level adjustment

The EOS Rebel SL1 has an internal monaural microphone for audio capture and a wind filter feature to reduce wind noise when shooting outdoors. Sound recording levels can be manually (up to 64 different levels) or automatically controlled. A built-in attenuator is also provided to reduce audio clipping. For more advanced audio recording, the EOS Rebel SL1 is compatible with many third-party electret condenser microphones with a 3.5mm diameter plug.

Video Snapshot

With the Video Snapshot feature, the EOS Rebel SL1 can capture short video clips (of 2, 4 or 8 seconds) then combine them automatically into one video file as a snapshot or highlights "album". With no editing needed after shooting, the compiled video is perfect for sharing online or displaying directly on an HDTV via the camera's HDMI port. Additionally, stills can be recorded during video shooting simply by pressing the camera's shutter button. During playback, video clips in an album can be reordered or deleted.

Multi-touch, Brilliant View.

Touch Screen Wide 3.0-inch Clear View LCD monitor II with multi-touch operation and Touch AF

Using capacitive touch screen technology similar to today's popular mobile devices, the EOS Rebel SL1's gorgeous LCD monitor is touch-sensitive, delivering intuitive operation with ease. Two-finger touch gestures can be used for zooming or changing images. Menu and quick control settings can be accessed, and focus point and shutter release can be activated with the touch of a fingertip using Touch AF. Displaying fine detail (at approximately 1.04 million dots), the camera's Touch Screen Wide 3.0-inch Clear View LCD monitor II is perfect for composing and reviewing images. Thanks to a new, solid construction between the monitor's resin-coated cover and the liquid crystal display, reflections are minimized, and the display can be viewed, without glare, from any number of angles. The LCD's surface is treated with a smudge-resistant coating to minimize fingerprints and to maintain a bright, clear image display.

Optical Viewfinder with approx. 0.87x magnification

In addition to its amazing multi-touch screen, the EOS Rebel SL1 also sports an Optical Viewfinder, ideal for composing shots when shooting in bright conditions or capturing the moment as it unfolds. Shooting with the Optical Viewfinder also ensures steadier images. The viewfinder displays exposure, AF, flash, plus other relevant image information right along with the image. The 0.87x magnification factor ensures that subjects are easier to find and track.

Innovative AF Solutions for Consistently Excellent Performance.

9-point AF system (including a high-precision dual-cross f/2.8 center point)

When shooting through the viewfinder, the EOS Rebel SL1 has exceptional autofocus with a sophisticated 9-point AF system, including a high-precision dual-cross f/2.8 center point, for accurate focus whether the camera is oriented in portrait or landscape position. A proven AI Servo AF system achieves and maintains consistent focus with an exceptional degree of reliability.

EOS Rebel SL1
Hybrid CMOS AF II

Canon's amazing Hybrid CMOS AF System is perfect for shooting photos and video in Live View. Combining two different kinds of AF – phase and contrast detection – and aided by pixels on the camera's CMOS sensor that assist in predicting subject location, continuous focus tracking becomes faster and more accurate than ever before in Live View. And with the EOS Rebel SL1 you'll get Hybrid CMOS AF II, which provides the same fantastic performance as the original but boasts an increased AF area that covers approximately 80% of the sensor for easier composition. This performance is enhanced further by Canon's line of STM lenses, which provide smooth and quiet operation.

Complex Functions Made Simple.

Scene Intelligent Auto mode

The EOS Rebel SL1 features Scene Intelligent Auto mode, which incorporates a number of Canon technologies to deliver the best possible exposure. Joining Picture Style Auto, Automatic Lighting Optimizer, Automatic White Balance, Autofocus, and Automatic Exposure, Scene Intelligent Auto mode analyzes the image, accounting for faces, colors, brightness, moving objects, contrast, even whether the camera is handheld or on a tripod, and then chooses the exposure and enhancements that bring out the best in any scene or situation. Users without extensive photography knowledge or experience will not need to puzzle over settings; the Scene Intelligent Auto mode simplifies DSLR image capture so photographers can simply concentrate on composing images.

Creative Features, Amazing Images.

Advanced Creative Filters that can be displayed in real time during Live View shooting

Adding to the fun and creative possibilities available with the EOS Rebel SL1, the camera offers seven different creative filters for still images: Art Bold Effect, Water Painting Effect, Miniature Effect, Fisheye Effect, Grainy B/W, Soft Focus and Toy Camera Effect. Each effect can be applied in three different levels (low, standard and strong), and easily previewed on the LCD panel during Live View shooting. The EOS Rebel SL1 also features the new Miniature Effect for Movies. You will be amazed and delighted by the artistry that these creative filters will allow you to create.

Effect Shot mode and Background Simulation

Among the dynamic new features designed to make creative photography both intuitive and fun, the EOS Rebel SL1 has Background Simulation, which makes it easy for beginners to achieve dramatic blurred or sharpened backgrounds. The result is previewed on the LCD screen, so users can see in advance how their final image will look. Plus, a new Effect Shot feature automatically captures two shots simultaneously: one without effect, and one with a preselected Picture Style or Creative Filter effect. This makes it easy to see how each effect changes the photo without compromising the original image. Effect Shot mode is available in both Live View and viewfinder-based shooting, and can easily be viewed immediately in playback mode.

The Right Mode for the Right Situation.

EOS Rebel SL1
New Special Scene Modes: Kids, Food and Candlelight

The EOS Rebel SL1 has three new easily accessible scene modes to capture the perfect image the first time. Kids mode ensures high-speed shutter priority, focus tracking, healthy skin tones and flash when needed; Food mode delivers bright, vivid food images, limits flash by default and limits the red tint often associated with "restaurant plate" photography. With Candlelight mode, the camera will take care not to blow out the scene, maintaining the glow of the candle, leaving the flash off and reducing exposure fluctuation.

Flexible and Reliable Recording.

Compatibility with SD/SDHC/SDXC memory cards, including Ultra High Speed cards

The EOS Rebel SL1 uses popular SD, SDHC, SDXC, and is even compatible with Ultra High Speed (UHS-I), memory cards. Compact and available in large capacities, SD, SDHC and SDXC memory cards are a perfect complement to the camera's compact design.

Additionally, the EOS Rebel SL1 is compatible with Eye-Fi* SD cards, which are outfitted with a Wi-Fi® transmitter (IEEE 802.11b/g) and an internal antenna for wireless, high-speed transfer of images. With an Eye-Fi card installed, the EOS Rebel SL1 can display the Eye-Fi's connection status and error notes with ease, for fully functional wireless uploading of images directly from the camera.

* Canon cameras are not guaranteed to support Eye-Fi card functions, including wireless transfer. In case of an issue with the Eye-Fi card, please consult with the card manufacturer. The use of Eye-Fi cards may not be available outside the United States and Canada; please contact the card manufacturer for territory availability.

A Comprehensive System of Optics Perfect For Video and Stills.

Compatible with EF and EF-S lenses

The EOS Rebel SL1 is compatible with all Canon lenses in the EF lineup, including compact and lightweight EF-S lenses, ranging from ultra-wide angle to super telephoto lenses and including the STM series, like the new EF-S 18–55mm f/3.5–5.6 IS STM, optimized for video shooting. Canon lenses employ advanced optical expertise and micron-precision engineering to deliver outstanding performance and deliver beautiful results. Special technologies like Canon's Optical Image Stabilizer help to minimize the effect of camera shake, effectively adding up to four stops of light; STM lenses even feature a stepping motor for smooth and quiet continuous autofocus while capturing video. With an array of lenses perfect for travel, sports, still life and everything in between, photographers can truly maximize the quality and performance of their EOS Rebel SL1.

More Features for Increased Versatility.

Lens Aberration Correction

The EOS Rebel SL1 features lens correction tools that compensate for lens characteristics that can affect overall image quality. The EOS Rebel SL1's lens peripheral illumination correction feature corrects light falloff in the corner of the image according to the characteristics of the lens being used. It even has correction data for a number of popular lenses stored in its memory. With the EOS Rebel SL1's chromatic aberration correction tool, distracting color fringing can be corrected at the time of shooting.

Feature Guide

To help explain the specific function of features found on the EOS Rebel SL1, the Feature Guide displays a simple description helpful in determining the applicability for the situation at hand. It is displayed in each shooting mode, during mode dial operations, and for Quick Control screen functions. It appears automatically when a function is selected – a lifesaver when trying to determine the best mode or function for the next picture. The feature guide works automatically by default, and can be disabled easily through the camera's menu.

GPS Compatible

With the optional GPS Receiver GP-E2 attached to the hot shoe or the digital terminal, the EOS Rebel SL1 can record location, including latitude, longitude and altitude, and has the ability to track the trajectory of movement with its logging function. An electric compass records the camera's orientation during each shot, and world time information is recorded through GPS syncing.

JPEG Resizing

To create images suitable for sharing by email or online, the EOS Rebel SL1 can resize JPEG files, in-camera, of varying pixels (aspect ratio cannot be changed, only the image size can be decreased) while leaving the original image untouched.

Photobook Set-up

Photographers can share their images in book form with the EOS Rebel SL1's convenient Photobook Set-up feature. Users can easily choose specific images, images in a folder and even all images, then specify their sequence and layout. The results can be printed in book form with ease.

Image Rating

To help organize images recorded to the camera's storage, the EOS Rebel SL1 makes it simple to rate individual images from one star to five. Therefore, image browsing, printing and slide shows can be based upon those ratings.

Cropping

Eliminating the need to post-process in the computer, photographers can easily crop their photos right in the EOS Rebel SL1. Perfect for direct connection to a printer, or in situations when it wasn't possible to zoom in enough with a zoom lens, cropping is a viable solution thanks to the camera's excellent 18.0-megapixel resolution. Users can choose vertical or horizontal images, and 3:2, 4:3, 16:9, even 1:1 aspect ratios.


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Customer Reviews

This is an easy camera to use and the photo quality is very good.
Brice
The user interface is great and makes you enjoy taking pictures and learn the basics of photography.
Carlos M
It feels solidly built and it's small size is perfectly proportioned for my hand.
Lipps

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661 of 681 people found the following review helpful By D. Alexander TOP 500 REVIEWER on May 4, 2013
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This is a very compact DSLR similar in ability and layout to a Rebel T2i/T3i for stills. Enhanced autofocus has made it Canon's best DSLR for point-and-shoot style movies (superseded by the 70D in 2014). Paired with small primes, it makes for an exceedingly capable travel camera. Larger kits can make the T5i preferable. Smaller kits come more readily from mirrorless cameras with smaller senors.

==== Rebel T5i:
18 MP
5 fps
9-point AF w/ 9 cross points
Hybrid AF w/ 9% frame coverage
1080p/30, 720p/60
Articulating touchscreen
Stereo mics
13m flash range
20 oz

==== Rebel SL1:
+ 14 oz, 30% smaller by volume
+ Hybrid AF w/ 64% frame coverage
-- 4 fps
-- fixed touchscreen
-- 9 point AF w/ 1 cross point
-- 9.4m flash range
-- mono mic

DIFFERENCES:

* Size.

This is the smallest DSLR from any make. It's a whole size tier below the T5i and level with a number of mirrorless bodies. Whether that's a worthwhile ergonomic compromise depends on the use case. With a small lens like a 40/2.8, the combined package reduces to prosumer point-and-shoot dimensions. Anything more ample (even the kit 18-55) and the bulk of the lens rapidly offsets the SL1's space efficiency.

In-hand, the SL1 is a fingertip camera. The palm of my large right hand doesn't rest easily against the body without finger contortions, so support comes mostly from the left under the lens. It feels (and looks) lilliputian if you're used to larger DSLRs, but that's the only real adjustment; the button layout has no surprises relative to the T2/3/4/5i.

* Single cross-point AF.

First, context: Canon uses autofocus to differentiate between DSLRs.
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228 of 235 people found the following review helpful By S Mack on November 4, 2013
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Im a casual photographer, who travels a lot and wanted a SLR to take with me. I also want to enhance my photography as a hobby, although I don't plan on ever being professional. I've owned several compact digital prior to this camera.

Size:
Even though I knew what I was ordering, I couldn't get over the size. It's so small for an SLR and so lightweight. I've checked multiple times because I didn't think it was loaded in my bag, it felt empty. No kidding, it's that light weight. But still has all the buttons you need, well placed and easy to operate. It also feels tough and durable, so don't be dissuaded by the light weight or small size. I'm not sure about the concern some voiced about it being "too small" to hold. It's very comfortable. If you are going to shoot for 2 hours straight and/or have shot with a larger camera for 5 years, then maybe this would take some getting used to. But it's very easy to manage, comfortable to hold and feels solid in my hand.

Performance:
I've been experimenting for a couple months now with various settings, different creative shots and I love the camera. Any failures are certainly mine as an amateur. It's easy to shoot, fast enough (I'm not shooting for the NHL) and takes accurate, colorful pictures that are only limited by my creativity. I've shot macro, landscape, architecture, pets and portraits. I love it. It has a deep, feature rich set of custom options, menus and settings. I'm almost addicted to loading my amazing photos into a post photo software (name omitted) and playing with them to see how incredible they can get. That being said, they look incredible (when composed properly) straight from the RAW image. Also remember, this is a canon, so you can use virtually any lens ever created by them.
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354 of 379 people found the following review helpful By Doctor.Generosity TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on May 3, 2013
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I am impressed with my new Canon SL1 with the 18-55 kit lens. As a long time dedicated amateur photographer with a shelf full of other equipment, including fancier and much more expensive equipment, this will now be the one I take with me and use most of the time. Here's why:

* Incredibly small and incredibly light. The biggest single reason for the recent spate of mirrorless cameras (Sony NEX, Fujifilm X) is now negated! I am sitting here looking at the SL1 next to my Fujifilm XE-1 with a comparable 18-55 zoom lens. The SL1 is lighter and smaller than the Fuji mirrorless camera with its electronic viewfinder. The SL1 optical viewfinder, while more compressed than the one in a large high-end DSLR, to my eyes is still far superior to any electronic viewfinder, which is like looking at a fuzzy little television from the 1960's. Canon appears to have achieved the small size by repackaging the sensor and shutter; impressive engineering and I expect that Nikon and others will have to follow suit. Let's hope we will now see a new generation of tiny DSLRs.

*Image quality: OK you say, it's small. So what am I giving up? Answer is - not really much. Image quality is excellent. The electronics of sensors have advanced rapidly in the last few years and the newest entry level camera is going to perform better than the high end product you bought two years ago. And new half frame sensors may be comparable to full frame sensors from a few years back. Also, the entry level DSLR market is the most competitive. Nikon (D3200) and Canon (SL1 or T5) are forced to give you more for your money than with high end full frame cameras. The SL1 is a bargain.
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