B&H Hands-On Review: the Canon EOS Rebel SL1

Read all about the world's most compact and lightweight DSLR camera, the Canon EOS Rebel SL1 — now in-stock at B&H Photo Video. Allan Weitz writes about the “Wow” factor of a surprisingly powerful camera despite the size.

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Canon EOS REBEL SL1 with EF-S 18-55mm IS STM Kit

Canon EOS REBEL SL1 with EF-S 18-55mm IS STM Kit

Read all about the world's most compact and lightweight DSLR camera, the Canon EOS Rebel SL1 — now in-stock at B&H Photo Video. Allan Weitz writes about the “Wow” factor of a surprisingly powerful camera despite the size.

New York City, NY (PRWEB) May 03, 2013

B&H Photo shares an InDepth review on the newly released Canon EOS Rebel SL1 camera.

Canon Rebel DSLRs have always been impressively smaller than the competition, going back to their original film models. Canon’s EOS Rebel SL1 doesn’t disappoint in the size department, either. If anything, the EOS SL1 elicited variations of “Whoa,” “Wow,” “Jeeeeez,” and “Is that really a DSLR?” when coworkers caught sight of the new Rebel as I encountered them in the office hallways. More than a few passers-by in the street also took note as they spied me shooting with the EOS SL1 around midtown Manhattan.

Despite the Rebel SL1’s diminutive size, it fills the hand securely, thanks in part to the "lip" on camera’s grip that protrudes between the user’s middle and index finger, the latter of which conveniently comes to rest directly over the shutter button. Shooters with larger mitts might find the graspable surface area of the EOS Rebel SL1 a bit tight, but my average-sized hands felt quite comfy when using the camera.

The Canon EOS Rebel SL1 features a similar 18MP APS-C CMOS sensor, with a 1.6x crop factor, and the same DIGIC 5 image processor found in Canon’s EOS Rebel T5i and EOS-M, a camera that other than the mirror system, shares many components with, and comparisons to, the Rebel SL1.

Canon EOS SL1 Product Highlights

    18.0MP APS-C CMOS Sensor
    DIGIC 5 Image Processor
    3.0" Clear View II Touchscreen LCD
    ISO 100-12800, Expandable to 25600
    Full HD 1080 Video with Continuous AF
    4.0 fps Continuous Shooting
    9-Point AF System
    Scene Intelligent Auto Mode
    Compact and Lightweight; Weighs 0.8 lb
    Compatible with Canon EF and EF-S Lenses

As with all DSLRs in this class, the EOS Rebel SL1 has a built-in flash (GN 9.4 at 100 ISO), which is the same output as the flashes found in Canon’s EOS T3 / 1100D, but slightly less than the output of Canon’s EOS T5i / 700D (GN 13). Also, you can't use the EOS Rebel SL1 / 100D's built-in flash as a wireless controller.

Like the EOS-M, the EOS Rebel SL1 has an ISO range of 100-12800, expandable to ISO 25600, a shutter-speed range of 30 seconds through 1/4000-second with a 1/200-second flash sync, 4 fps continuous burst rates (compared to 4.3 on the EOS-M), JPEG and RAW capture, and full 1080 x 1920 video capture at 24-, 25- or 30 frames per second with full AF during shooting.

The EOS Rebel SL1 features a 9-point Hybrid CMOS AF II autofocus system that has a precision cross-type f/2.8 center point and the advantages of both high-speed phase-detection AF and high-precision contrast AF, for quicker AF speed and accuracy when shooting in Live View mode. In addition, the Rebel SL1’s Hybrid CMOS AF II autofocus system also provides 80% frame coverage, which is greater frame coverage than the hybrid AF systems found in other cameras.

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