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If you are looking for a beautiful dSLR, perhaps the Canon EOS Rebel SL1 will impress you. Here is a complete review of the camera.
Thumbs Up: The Canon EOS Rebel SL1 is designed for small, delicate hands. With its well-executed design, the dSLR offers great photo and video quality
Thumbs Down: The Canon EOS Rebel SL1 lacks a few features.
Verdict: If you require an entry-level dSLR, the EOS Rebel SL1 is ok. Packing a small body, the camera offer decent photo and video quality
In September 2006, the Olympus E-410 EVOLT was launched. Back then, it was the smallest dSLR. Even until now, we are not sure of there has been any dSLR to compare its tiny size. However, the EVOLT incorporated Four Thirds-size sensor, which is not used in traditional dSLRs. Now, the Canon EOS Rebel SL1 is all laced to break the years of glory of the E-410 EVOLT, in terms of weight and compactness.
Though short on features, the Rebel SL1 offers good results. You can grip the camera with one hand conveniently, given that your hands are small or middle sized. The SL1 in the Canon EOS Rebel SL1 stands for ‘super lightweight’. Pretty self explanatory, isn’t it? It seems to be a miniature version of the T5i. The SL1 brings the updated Canon hybrid CMOS. According to Canon, this feature offers a larger area allotted for contrast AF system. This results in better autofocus outside the center area in Live View shooting mode and movie capture mode. The SL1 has a fixed touch-screen LCD, mono audio, and slower continuous-shooting feature. The miniature dSLR carries the same battery as in the Canon EOS M.
If you ignore the continuous shooting capability, the Canon EOS Rebel SL1 offers the same performance as the T5i. It will take 0.6 seconds to powering it on, focus and shoot. This means it is slower than Nikon but faster than Sony. In bright light, the dSLR takes 0.3-second to focus, expose and shoot. For dim light, this translates into 0.8-second, which is mediocre.
Talking of sequential shots, the timings are 0.2 second for JPEG and 0.3-second for RAW. If you use Flash, the shot-to-shot time will increase to 0.7 second.
We tested the EOS Rebel SL1 with a 95MB/sec SD card and we did not find any deterioration in speed for JPEG burst buffer. For day-to-day tasks, the SL1 does well. Still and Live View/Video modes offer fast and accurate autofocus capability. In the Live View, you can use the touch focus, which is quite useful. During shooting burst, the little focus points on the viewfinder make it difficult to position the focus on the subject.
The LCD on the SL1 brings excellent touch screen and interface like the T5i. However, it fails when used in direct sunlight. This is still ok for shooting stills. But for shooting video outdoors, this can be little disappointing.
Trimming the T5i, it seems, brings out the Rebel SL1. The fixed LCD and the lower and easier grip make the SL1 different from other dSLR cameras.
The mode dial is located on the right shoulder of the SL1. The mode dial offers you manual, semi manual and automatic modes. In addition, it has a three-way on/off/movie switch. The dSLR has the same three multishot modes (HDR Backlight Control, four-shot Handheld Night Scene mode, and Night Portrait) as the T5i. Moreover, the Rebel SL1 offers additional modes such as the kids, food, and candlelight scenes. The mode dial is smaller on the Canon EOS Rebel SL1.
The layout is almost same in both cameras. But the controls on the back are smaller on the SL1. They are less elevated as well. On the SL1, the touch screen offers most navigation controls such as white balance, drive mode, and autofocus mode. Overall good, but in sunlight it is frustrating.
The EOS Rebel SL1’s touch screen is responsive. It offers a simple-to-use UI. Ignore the fixed touch screen, and still the SL1 is disappointing in terms of features. At $700, it offers basic features but lacks many advanced capabilities such as GPS, wireless. Surprisingly, it lacks even the common features such as multiple exposure, time-lapse, and intervalometer (for counting time intervals). The SL1 has the Video Snapshot mode for shooting quick clips.
The Canon EOS Rebel SL1 is good on size, but less on features. If you compare it with mirrorless interchangeable-lens camera that have power zoom lens, it is not that small. The optical viewfinder on the SL1 is not any better than the electronic viewfinder. In short, it is better to check out other dSLR cameras in the price range.