Canon EOS Rebel SL1

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canon_eos sl1Canon calls it the world’s smallest and lightest DSLR. It’s the EOS Rebel SL1 and it features a newly-developed 18.0-megapixel CMOS (APS-C) sensor and DIGIC 5 image processor.

The camera body is 4.6 (w) x 3.57 (h) x 2.74 (d) inches, and weighs only 14.36 oz. In comparison, the SL1 is approximately 25 percent smaller and 28 percent lighter than the Rebel T4i.

Canon says the sensor 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.

The image processor is said to deliver exceptional image quality and shooting speeds up to four frames per second (fps).

The camera includes a new nine-point centre cross-type autofocus (AF) system for 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.

The 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 18-55 mm 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 Touch Screen 3.0-inch Clear View LCD monitor II provides 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.

The SL1 offers Scene Intelligent Auto Mode, an advanced function that detects faces, colours, brightness, movement, contrast, distance and other factors and automatically adjusts and selects the exposure method needed.

Users can also access advanced imaging features such as 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.

The camera has in-camera editing and cropping. 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.

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.

The EOS Rebel SL1 DSLR will be available in April for an estimated retail price of $679.99 for the body alone, or $829.99 bundled with the new EF-S 18-55 mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM kit lens.

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