Canon has announced the word's smallest and lightest DSLR*
, the EOS Digital Rebel SL1. 25 percent smaller and 28 percent lighter than the EOS Rebel T4i
, the SL1 boasts many of the same features from the T4i (and the new T5i) save for slower speed capabilities and no vari-angle LCD display.
The SL1 compact DSLR includes an 18-megapixel APS-C sized image sensor, the DIGIC 5 image processor, an ISO range up to 6400, four frames-per-second continuous shooting, a 3.0-inch Touch Screen (fixed), and it works well with Canon's STM lenses (one comes in the standard kit) for virtually silent, continuous Auto or Manual Focus during Full 1080p HD video recording.
*The world's smallest and lightest DSLR with an APS-C sized image sensor
as of March 1, 2013
For novices worried about making the jump from a point-and-shoot digicam to a DSLR, the SL1 offers Scene Intelligent Auto Mode, "an advanced function that detects faces, colors, brightness, movement, contrast, distance and other factors and automatically adjusts and selects the exposure method needed." Effect Shot Mode is another great feature, which adds a Creative Filter to stills, but captures two separate images (one stylized, one clean) to provide users with after-the-fact flexibility.
A few new Scene Modes on this camera, including Kids, Food, and Candlelight, round out the creative effects, while Background Blur Simulation will make any photo and any lens look like an extreme telephoto shot. All filters and modes and auto focus settings can be adjusted on the fly in Live View via the touch screen LCD display.
Canon EOS Digital Rebel SL1 Features
- 18-megapixel APS-C sized CMOS image sensor
- DIGIC 5 image processor
- 3.0-inch Clear View Touch Screen Display (fixed)
- ISO 100-12800
- 4 frames per second high speed burst shooting
- Hybrid CMOS AF II Auto Focus Sensor
- Live View
- Movie Servo AF (compatible with STM lenses)
- Full HD 1080p movie recording
- Scene Intelligent Auto Mode
- Effect Shot Mode
- Creative Filters
- Background Blur Simulation
- In-Camera Editing and Cropping
- Scene Modes, including the newly created:
- .6"W x 3.57"H x 2.74"D
- 14.36 oz (body only)
Canon's EOS Digital Rebel SL1 will be available in two versions this April (2013): an MSRP $649.99 for body-only, and an MSRP $799.99 for a kit with the EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM lens.
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