Canon EOS Rebel SL1 Review

The Canon EOS Rebel SL1 DSLR Camera is a compact APS-C size digital SLR camera featuring an 18MP CMOS sensor and the DIGIC 5 image processor.

It is small and lightweight, and it has a DIGIC 5 image processor. With the 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 lens, it provides an effective variety of shooting possibilities from wide-angle to conventional focal lengths, depending on the situation.

The EOS SL1 delivers crisp details, accurate colors, and low-noise images in a small package with an easy-to-use UI in a compact form factor. In Live View mode, a 9-point autofocus system ensures quick focusing while shooting via the viewfinder, while Hybrid CMOS AF II boasts autofocus speed and accuracy when shooting through the lens.

The Rebel SL1 has a continuous shooting speed of up to 4 frames per second and a broad ISO range of 100-12800 (expandable to 25600), allowing you to shoot confidently in both bright and low light conditions.

A 3.0 on the scale “With a resolution of 1,040k dots, the Clear View II touchscreen LCD is ideal for composition and playback watching. The touchscreen’s easy operation offers multi-touch operation with quick access to functionality for setting adjustments and Touch Autofocus, as well as Touch Autofocus. Even in direct sunshine, the monitor’s smudge-resistant covering maintains its clarity. Additionally, an optical viewfinder with a magnification of 0.87x is offered for steady eye-level composition and framing.

Full HD 1080p at 30 frames per second and 24 frames per second is offered, with Movie Servo allowing for continuous focusing while recording. Manual exposure is available in video mode, and filming at 720p HD at 60 frames per second is possible. The device has a built-in mono microphone with manual audio level control, as well as the ability to take video snapshots and edit them.

Using the Scene Intelligent Auto Mode, the camera automatically makes the best camera settings depending on scene identification. Improved scene detection is especially useful when shooting night situations.

The use of advanced imaging capabilities such as Effect Shot mode and backdrop simulation is possible, and Creative Filters may be used to add expressive touches to your photographs, which can even be viewed in real-time while shooting in Live View mode. Special Scene Modes, such as Kids, Food, and Candlelight, let you choose the sort of photo you want and then let the camera take care of everything else.

A wide range of lenses from Canon’s EF and EF-S series is compatible with the EOS Rebel SL1. EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM lens, which provides wide-angle to standard length shooting capability and is particularly built for APS-C cameras, is used in this photograph as a compliment.

This lens has a focal length comparable to 28.8-88mm in the 35mm format, and its minimum focus distance is 9.8 inches “. This lens is equipped with Canon’s Optical Image Stabilization technology, which provides four stops of correction against blur produced by lower shutter rates while shooting hand-held in low light or at longer focal lengths when shooting in RAW.

Fast autofocus is provided via an internal focusing mechanism, which, in conjunction with a Stepping Motor (STM) and six group zoom system, facilitates the Rebel SL1’s Movie Servo AF function, which allows for smooth and silent continuous autofocus while video recording is being done.

It is possible to manually override the focus. In order to provide precise images across the zoom range, a high-precision aspherical lens is used, and Canon lens coatings are used to ensure proper color balance, low ghosting and flare, and little vignetting.

Canon EOS Rebel SL1 specifications

Body typeCompact SLR
Body materialAluminium alloy and polycarbonate resin with carbon and glass fiber
Max resolution5184 x 3456
Other resolutions5184 x 2912, 4608 x 3456,3456 x 3456, 3456 x 2304, 3456 x 1944, 3072 x 2304, 2592 x 1728, 2592 x 1456, 2304 x 1728, 2304 x 2304, 1920 x 1280, 1920 x 1080, 1728 x 1728, 1696 x 1280, 1280 x 1280, 720 x 480, 720 x 400, 640 x 480, 480 x 480
Image ratio w:h1:1, 4:3, 3:2, 16:9
Effective pixels18 megapixels
Sensor photo detectors19 megapixels
Sensor sizeAPS-C (22.3 x 14.9 mm)
Sensor typeCMOS
ProcessorDigic 5
Color spacesRGB, Adobe RGB
Color filter arrayRGB Color Filter Array
ISOAuto, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, 6400, 12800 (25600 with boost)
Boosted ISO (maximum)25600
White balance presets6
Custom white balanceYes (1)
Image stabilizationNo
Uncompressed formatRAW
File formatJPEG: Fine, Normal (Exif 2.3 compliant)Design rule for Camera File system (2.0),RAW: 14bit RAWDigital Print Order Format [DPOF] Version 1.1 compliant
Optics & Focus
AutofocusContrast Detect (sensor)Phase DetectMulti-areaCenterSelective single-pointTrackingSingleContinuousTouchFace DetectionLive View
Autofocus assist lampby built-in flash
Manual focusYes
Lens mountCanon EF/EF-S
Screen / viewfinder
Articulated LCDFixed
Screen size3″
Screen dots1,040,000
Touch screenYes
Live viewYes
Viewfinder typeOptical (pentamirror)
Viewfinder coverage95%
Viewfinder magnification0.87×
Photography features
Minimum shutter speed30 sec
Maximum shutter speed1/4000 sec
Exposure modesProgram AEShutter priority AEAperture priority AEManual (Stills and Movie)Scene Intelligent Auto (Stills and Movie)No FlashCreative AutoPortraitLandscapeClose-upSportsSCN
Scene modesKidsFoodCandlelightNight PortraitHandheld Night SceneHDR Backlight Control
Built-in flashYes (Pop-up)
Flash range9.40 m
External flashYes (via Hot-shoe)
Flash modesAuto, On, Off, Red-eye
Flash X sync speed1/200 sec
Drive modesSingleContinuousSelf timer (2s, 10s+remote, 10s + continuous shots 2-10)
Continuous drive4.0 fps
Self-timerYes (2s, 10s+remote, 10s + continuous shots 2-10))
Metering modesMultiCenter-weightedSpotPartial
Exposure compensation±5 (at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV steps)
AE Bracketing±2 (3 frames at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV steps)
WB BracketingYes (3 frames in either blue/amber or magenta/green axis)
Videography features
Resolutions1920 x 1080 (30, 25, 24 fps), 1280 x 720 (60, 50 fps), 640 x 480 (30, 25 fps)
FormatMPEG-4, H.264
Storage typesSD/SDHC/SDXC
USBUSB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
HDMIYes (HDMI mini)
Microphone portYes
Headphone portNo
WirelessEye-Fi Connected
Remote controlYes (RC-6)
BatteryBattery Pack
Battery descriptionLithium-Ion LP-E12 rechargeable battery & charger
Battery Life (CIPA)380
Weight (inc. batteries)407 g (0.90 lb / 14.36 oz)
Dimensions117 x 91 x 69 mm (4.61 x 3.58 x 2.72″)
Other features
Orientation sensorYes
GPS notesvia GPE2

Canon EOS Rebel SL1: Conclusion

Camera manufacturer Canon has taken its regular Rebel and shrunk it down to a more manageable size, stripping away only a few capabilities but introducing one very crucial new feature: better live view focusing. A mature camera for the family photographer that is not a hardship to carry around, but which can also serve as a dependable, lightweight backup for a more experienced photographer is the product of this development.

It will feel completely at home in the hands of individuals who are experienced with Canon SLRs, but others with smaller hands will not feel excluded or intimidated. For novice photographers, Canon still offers full-auto modes as well as Creative Auto mode, which provides straightforward, jargon-free access to features like color setting and background blur.

Experienced photographers will be able to pick up the Canon SL1 and feel right at home, thanks to the camera’s comprehensive collection of manual and semi-automatic settings.

A tendency toward larger camera bodies with a larger grip, as well as more enthusiast features, such as swivel displays and wireless external flash controls, has been seen in the advancement of the digital Rebel line for some time. The number of features increased to the point that it was impossible to distinguish between the T3i and the 60D, and most of the benefit found in the Rebel’s tiny size, as seen in cameras like the XTi/400D, was lost. The Canon SL1/100D alters all of that and brings the tiny SLR back into fashion.

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