Canon EOS Rebel SL1 announcement

Canon EOS Rebel SL1 camera size comparison

Canon officially announced their smallest DSLR camera: the EOS Rebel SL1. The main specs are:

  • 18.0MP APS-C CMOS Sensor
  • DIGIC 5 Image Processor
  • 3.0" Clear View II Touchscreen LCD
  • ISO 100-12800, Expandable to 25600
  • Full HD 1080 Video with Continuous AF
  • 4.0 fps Continuous Shooting
  • 9-Point All Cross-Type AF System
  • Scene Intelligent Auto Mode
  • Compact and Lightweight; Weighs 0.8lb
  • Compatible with Canon EF and EF-S Lenses
  • Price: $649

Press release:

New EOS Rebel SL1 Digital SLR Camera Fuses Advanced Image Quality and Features into an Ultra-Portable Body

MELVILLE, N.Y., March 21, 2013 – Continuing the quest to deliver superb product innovations, Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, today announced the world's smallest and lightest DSLR* camera: the EOS Rebel SL1 Digital SLR Camera. It features a newly developed 18.0-megapixel CMOS (APS-C) sensor and high-performance DIGIC 5 Image Processor for exceptional image quality and speed. With its combination of lightweight size, ease of use and outstanding image quality, the EOS Rebel SL1 is perfect for users looking for the ideal camera to bring sightseeing on vacation or to capture the everyday.

"The EOS Rebel SL1 Digital SLR Camera represents a new era in DSLR versatility: ultra-portable, full-featured DSLR cameras," said Yuichi Ishizuka, executive vice president and general manager, Imaging Technologies & Communications Group, Canon U.S.A. "The EOS Rebel SL1 combines the high speed, high image quality and expanded shooting range of a DSLR camera, with the easy and fun usability of a point-and-shoot camera."

Advanced Image Quality in a Compact Body

As the world's smallest and lightest DSLR, the new camera body is 4.6" (w) x 3.57" (h) x 2.74" (d), and weighs only 14.36 oz.** In comparison, the EOS Rebel SL1 is approximately 25 percent smaller and 28 percent lighter than the EOS Rebel T4i digital camera.

The EOS Rebel SL1 features an 18 megapixel CMOS (APS-C) sensor that performs exceptionally well in both bright and dimly lit shooting environments with an ISO range of 100-12800 (expandable to H: 25600) for photos and ISO-6400 (expandable to H: 12800) for video. Canon's DIGIC 5 Image Processor technology allows for exceptional image quality and shooting speed up to four frames per second (fps).

The camera includes a new nine-point center cross-type autofocus (AF) system to help achieve fast, sharp focus. The new AF system also includes a new Hybrid CMOS AF II sensor, which provides a wider focus area when shooting photos or video in Live View mode, and a continuous AF speed that's increased from previous EOS models.

To help capture video with ease, the EOS Rebel SL1 features Canon's Movie Servo AF, which provides continuous AF tracking of moving subjects. When shooting video with one of Canon's new STM lenses, such as the EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM (available in the standard lens kit), Movie Servo AF takes advantage of the lens' stepping motor for smooth and quiet continuous AF. The camera is capable of Full HD shooting in a number of recording sizes and frame rates, and enables easy manual control of exposure, focus and Live View features. The combination of Canon's new Hybrid CMOS AF system II and EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM lens is ideal for shooting video helping to ensure only the sounds of the scene are recorded.

Allowing for clear and easy viewing even in bright environments, the Touch Screen three inch Clear View LCD monitor II provides a rich and expansive display as well as providing intuitive touch panel operation. Two finger touch gestures (multi-touch) can be easily used for zooming or changing images, accessing menu and quick control settings, and activating focus point and shutter release while shooting.

Creativity at your Fingertips

The EOS Rebel SL1 encourages users to explore their creative side with a wide array of features for convenience and simple shooting. The EOS Rebel SL1 is equipped with 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. The results are photos with a wide dynamic range, ideal for users without advanced photography knowledge or experience.

Users can also access advanced imaging features like the new Effect Shot mode, which automatically creates two different shots, one with a selected creative filter and one without. In addition, Creative Filters and Background Blur Simulation can now be displayed in real time during Live View shooting. Editing photos is also a snap with the Rebel SL1's in-camera editing and cropping functionality. This feature allows users to view and crop the image using the camera's LCD touch screen and save the edited version as a separate file.

For those who would like to take beautiful photos with ease, the EOS Rebel SL1 offers a variety of scene modes to explore. New special scene modes include Kids, Food and Candlelight, giving users advanced presets to help ensure the best possible photos even under difficult shooting conditions.

Pricing and Availability

The new EOS Rebel SL1 Digital SLR Camera is scheduled to be available in April for an estimated retail price of $649.99 for the body alone or $799.99 bundled with the new EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM kit lens.

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  • Cute.

  • ssrdd

    640usd for its plastic same old 18mp crap?n wtf

  • It’s just like iPad & iPad Mini, except not so much. Nothing to see here. Move along.

  • Softondemand

    I don’t get why new dslrs use digic 5 while as the new compact uses digic 6. Or does it even matter?

  • a4

    Could anyone enlighten stupid me on what’s the point of this ridiculously small body?

    • A1

      there there. people come in all shapes, sizes and colors. don’t be so hard on yourself. you should join the circus or something.

      • a4

        Apart from your awkward attempt to insult, do you have also anything meaningful to say on the topic?

    • Oz

      To compete with m43 etc. Having a big dslr is, according to some, very uncool and makes you look creepy.

    • George

      Backup camera in the bag. I really do not want to carry 2 full size cameras when the second is only just in case. Not to mention the cost of buying 2 cameras in the several thousand price range, and only using one of them before it is time to upgrade. It is just cheap insurance.

      • a4

        Good point. Then, however, my idea of a backup body would be something more Oly-E420-like, a small and light body, yet with still much more evenly distributed mass. And I wouldn’t mind sacrificing the built-in flash, being then left just with a hotshoe (perfectly fine with me, it’s a backup body afterall) and an even sleeker and smaller body.
        Of course I haven’t held this one yet, but since none of the – already small – Rebels have been really comfortable for me to hold (same goes for the entry level Nikons), I guess this one will be a dread in this regard. And still it won’t be much of a competition for the m43…

        • No longer Pablo Ricasso

          My idea of a “backup body” is the thing I was using everyday just before I bought the last better thing. I would never waste money buying a new backup anything. Nor is that the intended niche for this. It is their cheap answer to the D3200 and they are only a couple of years behind. I would expect a newer better one in a half a year, but they’ve been pretty slow lately. I suppose they will need the mid and high end camera to have a sensor update before the rebel gets one and then maybe they will wait even longer before updating this. We should remind ourselves that the rebel was just updated today and has this same sensor…

    • bob2

      Not everybody wants a 1Dx or D4. In fact, many people outside of these enthusiast websites want something like a dslr, but not so big, because they don’t define themselves and their egos by the size of their cameras (yes, a Freudian reference). Maybe you’ve seen the Sony camera ads parodying the “serious” photographers–and often, it’s not far from the truth.

      Certainly, after having shot pro SLR and dSLRs for a long time, I’m tired of carrying a giant camera to my child’s parties or events–it’s overkill, even if I can get super clean ISO 25600 photos of black cats in coal mines at 8FPS. Now I just bring the little Olympus Pen to the parties and have a bit more noise in my photos, but much more fun.

      • a4

        Yes, I get your point. But come on – DSLR body measuring 117mm? That’s not “not so big”, that’s pretty f***in’ tiny to be even held! and has nothing to do with Freud. While I like the idea of small “street” cameras (mirrorless nowadays) I cannot imagine shooting this without risking spasm in my fingers and/or disjoining my wrist (still you have to mount relatively big and heavy EF(S) lenses). Mentioned mirrorless are usually even smaller, but they also mount smaller and lighter lenses…

  • NotSure

    Is this the size of a D40?

  • regular

    The size reduction is sooo impressive that viewers can not figure it out, and schematics are needed.

  • BP2012

    649$ for this ???

    • No longer Pablo Ricasso

      Hey, you do have to admit that this is better than 5 something for the stripped down 12 megapixel mini that it just replaced…

  • x4rd

    Old Pentax K5 costs even less and it kicks this particular Canon. Nothing to do here

    • sio

      but pentax doesn’t make real cameras and their lenses are crap. this might be a simple camera but it can take the best lenses out there… therefore it’s always better than any pentax,

      • kickars

        Have you used Pentax’s Limited lenses?

        • loki989

          Yes, they should have noise warning stamped on the box.

        • what it means is

          limited quality

      • pentax makes crap lenses? only someone that has never shot with them could likely say that

        • loki989

          Or someone that’s had multiple SDM failures. Or someone that does any price comparison. Or someone that doesn’t like loud noise from their primes.

          • price compared to what? the limiteds are easily in the zeiss range of quality, both in optical quality and build. They are also cheaper. The DA* lenses are pretty special too. Yeah a lot of their lenses are screw driven. That’s fine with me personally. If I need stealth I can just manually focus. as far SDM failures, yeah that was a bad deal that affected pretty much two lenses. they finally admitted that it was faulty and that they had fixed it as of this year. I don’t have any sdm lenses personally, but it wouldn’t stop me from buying one. They tend to seize from lack of use more than anything. Let’s start talking about leica lenses and how much they cost. Quality generally carries a premium.

          • loki989

            If I was going to buy a K-5 IIs (I just bought a 6D coming from Sony) I had ZERO Pentax glass in my short list. Here’s what the breakdown was:

            Sigma 17-50 f2.8
            Sigma 35mm F1.4
            Sigma 70-200mm F2.8
            Samyang 14mm f2.8

            The Sigma 17-50 beats the SDM 16-50 for $400 less. The Pentax is unacceptably bad at F2.8.

            The Sigma 35mm should need no introduction. Yes, it’s larger than the 31mm. I guess if small size is all you care about, then the 31mm is nice.

            The only thing with the reach of the Sigma 70-200mm in the Pen lineup is the 60-250mm, and it’s $2 grand.

            Last, the 14mm Pen is decent, but at 14mm where I don’t care about AF, I’d rather save the $300 and get the Samyang, and the Sammy has better distortion characteristics.

            Now, by comparison, the Canon, Nikon, and Sony rundowns I did to compete with the above all landed on native glass, with the exception of the Sigma 35mm and Sammy in 2 configs.

            Pentax’s claim to fame is the myriad of primes. I’ll give them that. If you don’t care about anything else and want a bunch of screw driven old school metal body primes, they’re great. A case can easily be made that overall, for most people, their lens lineup is crap for the money, as I know from my own experience. It’s a real shame too, I do like the K-5 I’ve spent some time with.

      • Shawn Young

        Keep on trolling.
        I’ve traveled and shot beside Mr. Jay Dickman. Dickman shoots Pentax. I happen to shoot Nikon.
        Dickman’s images are featured regularly in National Geographic. Mine, well, have never been.
        Dickman has won the Pullitzer Prize. Me, not so much.

        Dickman can afford to shoot whatever he wants. He wants to shoot Pentax and has done very well with it.

        • bob2

          Mr. Jay Dickman is an Olympus Visionary, likely sponsored. You can confirm that on the Olympus website. He does not shoot Pentax. He may have a long time ago, but he uses OLYMPUS, since at least 2006, maybe earlier. I don’t know of ANY pro that shoots Pentax these days.

          Pentax surely makes some nice lenses, just like [fill in camera company here].

        • Simba

          I am sure he can take award winning photos with your Nikon.

      • No longer Pablo Ricasso

        Pentax cameras probably work better than anybody’s. And they work seamlessly with manual focus stuff.

      • hexx

        pentax making crap lenses??? i’m sure you’re talking based on your experience (or lack of it)

    • No longer Pablo Ricasso

      It will cost less in a few minutes….

  • hexx

    lack of imagination…. really, horrible

    • ois

      this camera and your comments have a lot in common

      • No longer Pablo Ricasso

        sio = ois = similar comments about competitor’s product.

      • hexx

        Could you please elaborate a bit? Tell me what is so unique about this camera, what is it that really makes you want to buy it? I can’t find anything that stands out, that would make me want one. It’s the same stuff all over again, just another Rebel/EOS whatever they call it in the long line of forgettable Canon dSLRs. What was the last proper Canon that made you want it? 5D/Mk2, 7D, 30D? since then it’s just the same stuff

  • hiplnsdrftr

    Canon made the SL1 to compete with Sony NEX, Panasonic G5, Olympus PEN, etc. without going mirrorless. For some reason Canon is terrified of mirrorless?

    • Kirutsmutsa

      I beg to differ. I think this is made to compete with d3200, a37, k-x or whatever all the entry level dslr’s are called. There are still many people who doesn’t believe mirrorless cameras are as good as dslr’s and will just stare blankly at you if you ramble about sensor-size and flange distance. They just want a dslr for their super sweet 16, and this little babby will fulfill their wishes while being a cute camera that will attract mom’s attention when she pass by it in best-buy.

  • xc1427

    need more pancake

  • zTy


  • waterengineer

    If you are a Canon shooter and a backpacker this would be great.

    • Remedy

      Sorry but in my world camera’s purpose is something more than sitting in a backpack. So for you the real joy is that it’s gonna take not much space in backpack, who cares using it with something else then a cap is gonna be a pain, as long as it fits in backpack…. right? :/

      • waterengineer

        Did you read what you wrote before you posted? Is English your first language? What are you trying to say? Are you just trolling?

        There are many other and better cameras for everyday use, and around town use. If you do not recognize the size/wight advantage to this small body for carrying in a backpack through the back country, far from civilization for say, 100 miles, then too bad for you.

  • wylun

    … and then the Canon SL1 battery grip was announced….

  • Remedy

    Is there a bottom in this sea of retardness? Or is it aimed at 4 year old children size-wise? Facepalm to the square.

  • MB

    Actually the worst about S1 is that it is … small …
    It seams way too small to handle … small is not always beautiful.

    • Kotozafy

      Completely agree with you. But remember that in the early 2000, all phone mobile makers ferocely competed to offer the smallest phone !

  • Dominic


    …oh wait, wrong thread, sorry.

  • George

    Would be nice if only the low light focus was better that -.5 ev. The whole point of high ISO is not needing a flash. Too bad that it is crippled that way.

    Just another camera with a fatal flaw.

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