Canon's latest rebel is the smallest DSLR ever
The Bottom Line
It’s not easy to compare the EOS Rebel SL1 to other cameras. While the Lumix GH3 is ever so slightly larger, most ILCs—especially those that seek to mimic the rangefinder style—are actually smaller. Furthermore, their native lenses are often also smaller.
In ads for ILCs and DSLRs, you’ll most likely be told about video shooting these days, but we’re not convinced that people are shooting more videos than stills with these kinds of cameras. Whatever you capture, if you plan to hold the camera above your head, or shoot at low angles, it’s not as flexible a body as Canon’s own T5i (tested in our August issue) or the Fujifilm X-M1. And if you want built-in Wi-Fi, you’ll need to look elsewhere, or else opt for an Eye-Fi card to go with the littlest EOS.
But the SL1’s optical finder still beats any of the electronic viewfinders available in the SLR-style ILCs. Photographers who don’t love the blocky shape of rangefinder-style ILCs will find in the SL1 a truly portable camera that can tackle most of the situations a casual shooter will encounter.
Add to that the vast number of lenses available for the Canon mount (some of which will look silly and may not balance well when attached to the SL1’s tiny body), plus all the accessories available for the Canon system, and the SL1 makes a very compelling option right now. And, the images we got from the APS-C-sized sensor look great. For most family shooters and anyone looking for an easy-to-carry vacation camera, Canon’s EOS Rebel SL1 is an excellent option.
IMAGING: 18MP effective, APS-C-sized CMOS sensor captures images at 5184x3456 pixels with 14 bits/color in RAW mode.
STORAGE: SD, SDHC, SDXC. Stores JPEG, CR2 RAW, RAW + JPEG.
VIDEO: Up to 1920x1080p30 MPEG-4/H.264 MOV; built-in mono mic, stereo minijack mic input; hybrid contrast/phase detection AF with continuous AF in video mode; maximum clip length approximately 29 min 59 sec.
BURST RATE: Full-sized JPEGs (Fine mode): 4 fps up to 1140 shots; RAW (14-bit): 4 fps up to 8 shots when using a UHS-I memory card.
AF SYSTEM: TTL phase detection with 9 focus points (center cross-type at f/5.6, vertical line sensitive at f/2.8). Single-shot and continuous with predictive focus tracking, and face detection.
SHUTTER SPEEDS: 1/4000 to 30 sec (1/3-EV increments); shutter life not rated METERING: TTL metering using.
63-zone sensor with evaluative, centerweighted, partial (approx. 9% of finder), and spot (approx. 4% of finder) metering; 1–20 EV (at ISO 100, f/1.8).
ISO RANGE: ISO 100–12,800 (in 1/3- or 1-EV increments); expandable to ISO 100–25,600.
FLASH: Built-in pop-up with TTL autoflash, GN 31 (ISO 100, feet), covers 18mm angle of view; flash sync to 1/200 sec.
VIEWFINDER: Fixed eye-level pentamirror.
LCD: Fixed 3-in. LCD touch screen with 1,040,000-dot resolution; 7-step brightness adjustment.
OUTPUT: Hi-Speed USB 2.0, mini HDMI video, composite video.
BATTERY: Rechargeable LP-E12 Li-ion, CIPA rating 380 shots.
SIZE/WEIGHT: 4.6x3.6x2.7 in., 0.9 lb with card and battery.
STREET PRICE: $649, body only; $799, with EF-S 18–55mm f/3.5–5.6 IS STM lens.
VIEWFINDER TEST: Accuracy, 95% (Excellent); Magnification, 0.87X (Very Good).
FOR INFO: www.canoneos.com.