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Canon Unveils the Rebel SL1, the World’s Smallest and Lightest DSLR

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Canon did a pretty good job of keeping its new tiny DSLR a secret… until last week. One week after rumors of the camera first emerged, Canon has officially announced the Rebel SL1, the world’s smallest and lightest DSLR.

The camera packs DSLR image quality, form factors, and controls into a package that’s a little smaller than its larger Rebel counterpart and a little bigger than the EOS M mirrorless camera.

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The camera measures 4.6×3.57.2.74-inches, and weighs just 14.36 ounces. It’s 25% smaller and 28% lighter than its older sibling, the Rebel T4i.

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Inside the camera is an 18-megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor that has an ISO range of 100 to 12800 (expandable to 25600). Backed by a DIGIC 5 processor, the camera is capable of shooting up to 4 frames per second.

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Focusing is aided by a new nine-point autofocus system with a cross-type point at the center.

On the video side of things, there’s Full HD video recording with Movie Servo AF, which does continuous autofocus tracking on moving subjects.

On the back of the camera is a 3-inch touchscreen with multi-touch capabilities.

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On the top is a pop-up flash:

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For consumers and beginning photographers (the target demographic for this new camera), there are helpful features for ensuring high quality shots. A Scene Intelligent Auto Mode detects the subject of photos and automatically chooses proper exposure settings for you.

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There’s also an Effect Shot mode that can use Creative Filters and Background Blur Simulations. After shooting photographs, users can edit photos immediately using editing and cropping tools build right into the camera.

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The Canon Rebel SL1 will hit store shelves starting in April 2013 with a price of $650 for the body itself or $800 when bundled with a new EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM kit lens.


 
 
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  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Michal-Rosa/1061853192 Michal Rosa

    So basically Canon is saying “we can’t match the others when it comes to the mirror-less cameras so we are going to create something that we know how to make”

  • http://twitter.com/MmYeahNah Jacqui Dee

    Glad they’ve put full HD into it. The touchscreen will be appealing, especially since the 650d already has one. It seems to be a pretty attractive feature to people. The small size will be pretty appealing to consumers as well.

  • Matt Higby

    Nothing wrong with a plain and simple DSLR. No it may not be the most innovative camera of the year but not every single DSLR Canon makes has to appeal to the pros. For the average consumer, this camera seems great! Small, light, easy to use, and the option to use the entire EF and EF-S lens line up.

  • Z

    How does the size compare to Panasonic GH3?

  • itai bachar

    more like, we understand mirrorless is a handicap, and we give you small and light dslr, like you asked.

  • ietion

    I like it, I think it is a move in the right direction. Till recently I had a 450 for when i had to travel light. An even smaller version like this one sounds even better for such cases.

  • https://twitter.com/#!/thelonelylights Adam Cross

    this camera seems really cool and the price is ok – though you can get the 650D for the same price now

  • Mikey-Hikey

    at the same size as my trusty old k-x, this should be a nice addition to canon lineup for travels and such. Just stick a pancake on it and you can fit into your jacket’s pocket

  • M.H.

    GH3 is larger.

  • Thisisme

    According to B&H’s comparison chart, this does NOT shoot in RAW it only says jpeg

  • Ivan

    Why is that? I can’t see anything inherently wrong with supercompact DSLR bodies. Note that we are literally conditioned to associate BIG with PRO in DSLR segment, assuming anything else makes little sense. Camera like SL1 does not fit that preconception and for some readers it automatically looks wrong.

    I think this is a VERY GOOD move by Canon, offering a compact system with several optical advantages compared to mirrorles system cameras (resulting from longer flange focal distance) as well as the possibility to use existing lenses. Kudos to Canon, now waiting for similar move by Pentax.

  • Cezar B

    who cares, get your exposure/white balance right the first time :P

  • Ivan

    Why is that? I can’t see anything inherently wrong with supercompact
    DSLR bodies. Note that we are literally conditioned to associate BIG
    with PRO in DSLR segment, assuming anything else makes little sense.
    Camera like SL1 does not fit that preconception and for some readers it
    automatically looks wrong. But why?

    I think this is a VERY GOOD
    move by Canon, offering a compact system with several optical advantages
    compared to mirrorles system cameras (resulting from longer flange
    focal distance) as well as a possibility to use existing lenses. Kudos
    to Canon, now waiting for similar move by Pentax.

  • nikonian

    Id like to see it next to an e430… Oly was the king of tiny dslrs for a decade

  • http://www.facebook.com/unregistered.coward Doug Dobson

    The specs clearly state RAW format.

  • http://twitter.com/geeves geeves

    My hand is cramping just looking at this! But will be interesting to see these out in the open.

  • Furunomoe

    Background blur simulation… on a APS-C sensor DSLR…

  • http://www.facebook.com/jeff92k7 Jeff Foster

    Wow, that thing is tiny. I never thought that anyone could make a DSLR that actually makes the kit lens look big. I know a couple of budding photographers that might like this camera (once the price comes down to a reasonable level for an “entry level” camera.)

  • Jake

    Right, because all RAW is ever used for is fixing what we did wrong, and not sharpening, noise-reduction, post-processing/editing, customizing, experimenting, having maximum data retention, and basically not trusting a machine to know what we want.

  • szmilo

    How does the size of this compare to my Canon A-1 film camera?

  • reynold

    Background Blur Simulations… mmmh.. i don’t need f1.8

  • sam

    finally, there is something that is on the right track…

    from beginning of time, dslr have grown bigger and fatter on each generation, with same sensor size, but bigger and bigger body..

    now finally there is some smaller body

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Neoracer-Xox/1037144278 Neoracer Xox

    This will not do at all, BIGGER IS BETTER!!! It impress’s the chicks to see a HUGE ass camera with 2 battery grips and a huge ass 1000mm zoom lens, trust me!!!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/norshan Norshan Nusi

    It might be designed for girls as well.

    Some of them complained about the heaviness of mid level DSLR…wait….

  • Greg

    Woot! Wifey has arthritis and cannot handle my larger Canons – but this will allow her to enjoy photography and give me a new photo buddy! Great thing is we can share lenses with the EF mount. Really looking forward to learning more about this camera and surprising her with it! Just to reiterate for the naysayers – this is a small DSLR that folks with physical difficulties will have an easier time handling and it has an EF lens mount so we don’t have to buy new lenses that only fit one or the other camera.

  • http://www.facebook.com/leoabreuphoto Leonardo Abreu

    That’s awesome! Imagine this camera with the pancake lens!

  • zhixian

    sl1 pretty nice camera… but missing on lenses… no point putting a 17-55 2.8 on it… it defeat purpose of having a small body. comparing to 12-35mm and g5 the different still a lot.

  • http://www.facebook.com/philiphan Philip Han

    The first thing that popped into my mind was SL1 + 40mm f/2.8 = Street Photography DSLR. So maybe some Pro users might end up using it that way, but then again if you’re a Pro you can probably afford a Leica.

  • targ8ter

    I actually want a Canon mirrorless. Since I primarily shoot video, the optical viewfinder isn’t so useful for me. If there was a mirrorless camera with a folding screen AND an eyecupped EVF, I’d be in.