Canon EOS Rebel SL1 Digital SLR with 18-55mm STM Lens


Canon EOS Rebel SL1 Digital SLR with 18-55mm STM Lens

  • 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
  • Special scene modes for shooting kids, food, by candlelight, and creative filters
  • GPS compatible with the GP-E2 (sold separately)
Ignite Your Imagination 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

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  1. 900 of 920 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Excellent Entry Level DSLR with Advanced Ability, November 4, 2013
    S Mack (Southern California) –

    This review is from: Canon EOS Rebel SL1 Digital SLR with 18-55mm STM Lens (Electronics)
    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.

    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.

    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.

    The improved AF Focus and STM lens is evident when shooting video. Video is amazingly clear, the AF does a good job keeping up with most subjects (again not shooting NHL or nocturnal animal scenery). The touchscreen, nearly silent lens combo is a huge improvement over prior versions. All but the most demanding professionals will find it does a remarkable job.

    Not many, seriously.
    No built in stereo mic..(minor issue use an external)
    No built in wifi (use an eye fi card)

    I kept this simple as there are some more technical reviews out there. I thought simple usage from a consumer standpoint would be most helpful. My advice, be very careful hanging your hat on some of the Amazon reviews that are overly technical. Some of the reviewers don’t know as much as they pretend and quote erroneous facts, like the fact that this camera uses “contrast phase detect” for it’s auto focus. Wrong, older canon’s did, not this one. If you really need the technical details read a review by dpmag, dppreview, camera labs etc. They will be spot on accurate and not a pseudo professional opinion. Happy hunting…

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  2. 191 of 194 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Amazing little and lightweight Rebel., January 12, 2014
    Amazon Customer (CT USA) –

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    This review is from: Canon EOS Rebel SL1 Digital SLR Camera (Body Only) (Electronics)
    Its been a few years since I owned a Rebel. In 2004 I purchased the original Rebel 300D, it was my first digital SLR. I purchased it leaving my well loved film Minolta Maxxum 8000i behind. Since that first original Rebel which I later gave to a friend, I have purchased three (3) additional Canon camera bodies in the last 3 years. A Canon 40D, a Canon 7D, and my current pro body and first full-frame, the 5D Mark III. Unfortunately magnesium alloy bodies can get very heavy and too big and noticeable for just casual shooting. I wanted a smaller camera that I can have with me all the time but it seems like Sony has the best mirror-less camera as of the date of this writing (1/11/2014. The Sony 7r would mean not only buying an expensive new body, but new lenses. I’m to heavily invested in Canon L and prime lenses today.

    Along comes this little gem, the SL1 or 100D. It is not mirror-less, and if you connect a large lens it loses its size advantage quickly but with a smaller lens, you essentially have a mini t5i that you can fit into a small backpack and have with you all the time with very little or no compromises. Amazon’s pricing during the 2013 Christmas holiday season made it even more irresistible — a downright steal. It has most of the features its bigger siblings in the Canon EOS lineup has with wonderful full-time hybrid CMOS autofocus during video mode shooting. It has Multi-frame noise reduction, high resolution rear touch screen, shoots full HD 1080p at 30 fps, most of its intelligent and creative modes allow shooting in RAW, which If I remember correctly was not the case with earlier Rebel cameras; perfect for handing the camera off to friends and relatives to take a picture of you but yet still have some control over the exposure when you do, and have a high quality CR2 raw file for further editing in Photoshop later. It has amazing low light capability, up to ISO 25600, 14-bit per channel with highlight controls. This little camera can also serve as a second camera because its compatible with all Canon’s EOS lenses. It has some creative filters, although the miniature effect is the only one I like, especially in video mode. Some of the special effects can be added later after the photograph has been taken and it will allow you to apply the effect on a copy, rather than the original photograph so you will have both the original photo and one with the special effect. This little camera has built-in lens aberration correction and in camera cropping just like its bigger brothers do and a programmable auto focus system like other Canon’s do too. You can also program the asterisk button on the rear to detach auto focus from shutter release if you like this. I have this setup on my Canon 5D Mark 3 and after getting use to it, find it more useful than having AF and Shutter on a single button. It has a mirror lockup to reduce vibration with larger telephoto lenses. It has four metering modes, evaluative, partial, spot and center-weight metering modes. Full data display with RGB or combined histograms, Auto Lighting Optimizer, in camera HDR (3 frames) , touch screen LCD display that let you skip, zoom in or out with your fingers with familiar finger gestures like those used for iPhone and Android.

    What it does lack is a headphone jack for monitoring audio levels, the battery is small, so video recording time will not be as good as other Canon cameras, so have a charged up spare battery for recording video. Lenses with IS switched on and using the built-in flash will kill the battery quickly. But if you use a fast 50mm 1.8 or 1.4 or even the Canon 40mm f/2.8 STM lens, you should get the most battery life you can per charge. I think this is probably the best camera deal for dSLR photography, especially if you can get it with instant cashback or rebates so shop around.

    Update 1/18/2014:

    Just thought I pass on this tip to other photographers. The Opteka LP-E12 batteries make good additional batteries for the SL1. They give you slightly more life and 1/4th the price of the original Canon battery. Opteka LP-E12 2000mAh Ultra High Capacity Li-ion Battery Pack for Canon EOS-M & EOS Rebel SL1 DSLR Cameras So if you shoot plenty of video, the Opteka battery seems to be a good choice, and at one fourth the price of the original Canon part, you can have four times the battery life.

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  3. 890 of 934 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    The most compact Rebel, but few small lens choices, May 4, 2013
    D. Alexander
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    This review is from: Canon EOS Rebel SL1 Digital SLR with 18-55mm STM Lens (Electronics)

    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


    * 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. More expensive cameras tend to have ‘better’ autofocus. Precisely what that means, and whether it matters, depends on your requirements. With the addition of movie capability, we’ve got three parameters to consider: stills with static subjects, stills with movement, and movies with movement. A complicating factor is that performance depends greatly on whether you’re shooting through the viewfinder or from the rear LCD (“Live View”). Unlike point-and-shoot and mirrorless bodies, Canon DSLRs (and all others save Sony’s) have two entirely separate autofocus systems.

    When I talk about ‘phase-detect’ AF and ‘cross-points’, these are characteristics of the viewfinder AF system. The SL1’s phase-detect AF array has 9 points. Only the center point is a cross-point. Cross-points (shaped like a +) detect contrast in any orientation. The 8 outer points (shaped like lines) only see contrast that’s near perpendicular to them. The practical implication is that the T4i/T5i will be somewhat faster and more consistent with off-center compositions with wide-aperture lenses (e.g., 50/1.8) and motion-tracking.

    Both systems outperform the contrast-detect focus in any current mirrorless body with motion. You focus through an optical viewfinder that’ll never wash out, show noise in dim lighting, lag the action, or smear colors. In exchange, you lose the clever information overlays of electronic viewfinders (EVF), the face tracking that’s become a part of many contrast-detect systems, and the precise matching between what the EVF shows and the camera records.

    Here’s the phase-detect breakdown for this body:

    VF, stills, static: fast and accurate in frame-center
    VF, stills, movement: moderately fast and accurate in frame-center
    VF, movies, any subject: not possible

    This is the same AF array as in the T2i/T3i. If you were happy with those bodies, you’ll be equally so with this one.

    * Hybrid AF II.

    In the T3i and prior, Live View focusing from the rear LCD was achieved by contrast-detect. This method is vastly slower than phase-detect and, in Canon’s DSLR implementation, isn’t capable of tracking motion in movies. It’s reasonably quick and quite accurate with stills. It isn’t possible to use the main phase-detect array without interrupting Live View because a mirror gets in the way.

    The T4i/T5i added a second phase-detect system integrated into the imaging sensor itself that boosted acquisition speed and improved motion tracking to mediocre/adequate levels, but only for the center 9% of the frame. The SL1 expands this system to 64% frame coverage. The result is significantly more confidence with continuous autofocus in movies. With off-center subjects, it hunts (bringing the scene in and out of focus) much less than the T4i/T5i.

    Here’s the contrast-detect breakdown:

    LV, stills, static: reasonably fast and accurate over the whole frame
    LV, stills, movement: slow, accurate when it can keep up
    LV, movies, static: reasonably fast, occasional hunting
    LV, movies, movement: slow, accurate when it can keep up

    Motion tracking is still short of…

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