Canon’s new EOS Rebel SL1 is a recently released lightweight SLR. Canon is billing it as the smallest and lightest digital SLR on the market to use APS-C size equivalent sensors (the “SL1″ stands for “Super Lightweight”). With a body weighing in at less than a pound, it will offer great pictures and video while leaving your arm intact!
DAMN! That’s a Small Camera!
While small, the camera itself works on par with other Canon DSLR products. It fits comfortably in the hand, and its features will be quite familiar to a seasoned Canon user. At approximately 11.5 x 9 x 7 cm, you’ll feel like your camera took a (safe) trip through the dryer.
The decreased size hasn’t greatly reduced functionality, however there are some notable concerns for videography. The external controls remain relatively similar to larger-sized cameras, however the reduced size means it only has space for a mono-microphone. It does, however, retain a stereo microphone input, which may be a saving grace. Camera microphones generally leave something to be desired, and this continues the trend; you’ll want your own microphone plug in if you plan on any serious video shooting with professional audio.
Specs and Other Awesomeness
The sensitivity ranges from ISO 100-12,800 (expandable up to 25,600), and HD video capture of 1080p at 24 or 30 frames per second. The video capture has an autofocus feature, with continuous tracking of moving objects. It uses an 18.0 megapixel APS-C sensor, with a DIGIC 5 image processor; the video capture is variable, allowing from 0.35 megapixels, up to the full 18.0. Examples of the video look quite smooth and beautiful. What’s more, Canon has sweetened the deal of their new little imager by including their new EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM lens. This lens focuses quickly, and does so quietly, a definite bonus.
The main feature of this little beast is its speed; compared to some of its larger competitors, it shoots quickly, and is portable in ways they aren’t. This camera is like a bicycle in heavy traffic. It may not yet be quite as posh as the larger competition, but it will get you where you need to go faster and more conveniently than an SUV full of soccer children.
Demographic of the SL1
As far as overall features go, this camera seems designed more for the new-to-shooting crowd. It includes a retinue of preset functions, and multiple detection settings; from faces to colors to movement, it can do much of the work for you. It can also automatically produce dual images in various filters; two pictures for the price of one shot.
As far as cameras go, this little looker leaves something to be desired. It will get your job done like a camera strapped to a camel: quickly, efficiently, but you’ll want something more to deal with the sound. It will help you in the entry-level or as a fun new toy, but a microphone will much improve your life.
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