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$499.00 - $699.99
Summary:An 18-megapixel camera from Canon with a 3-inch LCD, 3x optical zoom, and manual controls.
The EOS Rebel SL1 is an 18-megapixel camera with an 18mm-55mm kit lens that has a 35mm-equivalent focal length range of 28.8mm-88mm. It has a 3-inch LCD (1,040,000 pixels) and includes touchscreen capability. It also includes a through-the-lens viewfinder, which is helpful when composing in bright light.
Because it accepts interchangeable lenses, and includes a mirror and a through-the-lens viewfinder, we consider this model an SLR.
The camera's kit lens has a maximum aperture of f/3.5. The camera's shutter speed range is 30 seconds to 1/4000 of a second.
The EOS Rebel SL1 stores photos and video on SD/SDHC/SDXC memory cards. It captures images as JPG or RAW files at a top resolution of 5184 x 3456 and full HD-resolution video as MOV files at a top resolution of 1920 x 1080 at 30p fps.
Like most digital cameras, this model comes with a proprietary rechargeable battery.
The image stabilization system for this camera is optical.
The EOS Rebel SL1 measures 4.6 inches wide by 3.6 inches high by 2.7 inches deep, and weighs 23 ounces (1.5 pounds) (with battery, memory card, and strap).
About This Brand
Canon is the market leader in point-and-shoots, with an extensive line of models, which are known as PowerShots. Its compact camera line includes several different series. The A series are budget point-and-shoots while the ELPH series adds more creative features and advanced functions. Its N series provides an even larger number of features including Wi-Fi and photo-sharing. Canon’s D series cameras claim to be waterproof and shockproof. Its SX series are mostly superzooms and come in various sizes and include smaller or larger feature sets. Its high-end series, the S and G lines, include special modes and manual features, such as the ability to shoot RAW files and to focus manually. The EOS Rebel series helped to define budget SLRs. Other SLRs include a host of pro and more-advanced consumer models, including models that have large, full-frame sensors. Canon also offers a wider selection of lenses than most brands.
LCD size (in.) Diagonal measurement of the LCD monitor screen.
LCD size (in.)
35mm equivalent multiplier Many SLRs have sensors that are smaller than the actual size of one frame of 35mm film, which changes a lens's effective focal length. To determine the equivalent focal length, you multiply the lens's focal length by the appropriate multiplication factor. Most Nikon SLRs have a 1.5x factor, which changes the effective focal length of a 50mm lens to 75mm. An Olympus SLR's 2x factor would change a 50mm lens to 100mm.
35mm equivalent multiplier
Shutter speed range Shutter speed controls the length of time that the camera lets in light to expose the camera's sensor. This specification shows the range of selectable shutter speeds by defining the minimum and maximum shutter speeds.
Shutter speed range
30 - 1/4000
Still image formats The type of image file (or image file combinations) the camera uses to record and store digital images. Examples include JPEG and RAW file formats.
Still image formats
LCD pixel count Total number of pixels of the LCD monitor. In general, the higher the number of pixels, the clearer and sharper the image will be.
LCD pixel count
Memory card slots/type The number of slots and the type of memory card format the SLR uses for storing images.
Memory card slots/type
Width (in.) The width of the camera body is measured in inches and rounded to the nearest tenth of an inch.
Height (in.) The height of the camera body is measured in inches and rounded to the nearest tenth of an inch.
Depth (in.) The depth of the camera body is measured in inches and rounded to the nearest tenth of an inch.
Max. ISO This is the SLR's highest sensor sensitivity at full resolution.
Full frame A full-frame image sensor is the size of one frame of 35mm film and significantly larger than sensors found in many other digital cameras. Often, this type of sensor handles a wider variety of lighting situations more accurately. It also limits the amount of visual noise that can distort and degrade an image.
Live view This feature lets you compose directly on the camera's LCD, as you would on a point-and-shoot camera.
I am a through the eyepiece photographer and appreciate the ability to vet the photo as I am taking it. This camera does will in auto and manual modes and produces photos that get acclimation from family and friends. Bring your camera My son has since purchase the same camera and they are delighted.
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
from Palm Bay, FL
(10 of 10 customers found this review helpful)
Great first dSLR.
Easy to use
Low Cost Entry To Dslr
Low shutter lag
My wife wanted a replacement for our 7yr old digital point-&-shoot with better zoom capability. I wanted a camera with better image quality, shorter shutter lag (I was tired of missing shots waiting for the old camera to focus) and better low light capability. After reading many reviews for new point-&-shoots I did not feel any would be a significant improvement to our old camera so we decided to go for an entry level dSLR. The Canon SL1 really hit the mark. <br /><br />We have had the SL1 for 1yr and my comments are relative to our past experience with a P&S. In addition to the SL1/18-55 kit we purchased a 55-250 zoom lens. We have used the SL1 at family gatherings, holidays & birthdays; it is so simple to use anyone can pick it up and take some snapshots. We have also taken it on vacation to St Thomas, several day trips and school functions.<br /><br />The image quality is excellent even in low light. Using the zoom lens I can now get good pictures of my grandchildren on stage for school plays from the back row in a dark auditorium. The shutter reaction time is significantly faster so I know longer miss that candid shot of a child blowing out birthday candles or diving into the pool. <br /><br />While the SL1 is small as dSLRs go it is significantly bigger and heaver than a pocket P&S. While not uncomfortable it does seem more intrusive during a full day of sightseeing. We recently purchased the new Canon EFS 24mm wide-angle (pancake) lens which makes the whole package much smaller for a day trip. This worked very well for most of the day but there were a few times I found myself wishing I had the zoom lens.<br /><br />All in all we are very happy with the SL1 as a replacement for the old pocket point & shoot.
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
from Syracuse, NY
(9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)
Huge step up for a point and shoot user
I've been using the SLR1 for family trips and vacations. Without question I have loved the picture quality.<br /><br />For the most common types of family activities setting the camera to auto and snapping away does the trick. Other settings are there when you are ready, but as with any SLR there is a learning curve to understand how to compose a shot.<br /><br />I have found the touch screen a wonderful bonus that I didn't even know the camera had for the first month. You can control the camera through the typical menu and select buttons or the touch screen. One very handy feature is the touch to focus. Simply compose the shot on the screen, then touch the screen. The camera focuses and adjusts exposure on that point and takes a picture.<br /><br />If you use an eyefi card the camera recognizes it automatically and shows an animation indicating the card is transmitting. You can also turn off the eyefi card in the camera settings.<br /><br />I have purchased a faster lens to get pictures in extremely low light pictures the the jail scene in the Pirates of the Caribbean Attraction at Walt Disney World which has given me excellent results. However, the kit lens has proven sufficient for 95% of my shooting needs.<br /><br />The camera autofocuses in almost all situations except in extremely low light. In that situation it tries to use the flash to assist in focusing before taking a picture. If you turn the flash off then it will struggle to focus and you could be forced to focus manually. i.e.: fireworks photography.<br /><br />I have been very impressed with:<br />1. Fireworks photography<br />2. Indoor pictures without flash<br />3. Portrait, close up shots. (portrait setting)<br /><br />I have not yet tried video recording. In fact I have not figured out how to video and am disappointed it is not more intuitive. However I am confidant a quick glance at the manual will solve this.<br /><br />My only wish was for a few more settings for special situations/scenes. For example there is a no flash setting which is handy if you don't want or can't use a flash. hover you cannot control shutter speed or aperture in the setting. However with trial and error and learning more about SLR photography I have found the camera has the capabilities to grow along with me.