Canon EOS Rebel SL1 Review

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This entry-level DSLR makes it easy to shoot great-looking photos and has plenty of features for more advanced photographers, including many compatible Canon lenses.

Canon EOS Rebel SL1 reviews identify this as a nice entry-level DSLR camera from a company known for them. Experts from Digital Photography Review are impressed with the 3-inch touchscreen, which is very responsive and easy to use. This is particularly true, they found, when shooting in live view and using the touchscreen to focus on something in the frame. The camera takes good pictures with accurate colors, according to this Canon Rebel SL1 review. Photos show little noise, even at high ISOs such as 6,400, a point where graininess often emerges. The camera's controls are easy to use and come in a small body, making this model well-suited to family photographers who want to step up from a point-and-shoot.

A reviewer from Camera Labs generally likes the small size of the Canon EOS Rebel SL1 (starting at $599, Amazon), although it may be a little too small for users with large hands. The camera includes an optical viewfinder in addition to the 3-inch LCD, which is a nice option not found on compact system cameras. This reviewer was also impressed with the highly responsive touchscreen, which can be used to navigate the camera's menus. Other cameras' touchscreen capabilities are limited to focusing in live view and flipping through photos. The Camera Labs reviewer praises the camera's build quality, saying it feels solid and well-made. The lens included in the kit he tested is 18mm-55mm and includes optical image stabilization. The camera focuses quickly and makes little noise.

The Canon EOS Rebel SL1, also known as the 100D, uses an 18MP APS-C image sensor. It records photos to SD, SDHC, or SDXC memory cards in JPEG or RAW format. The camera saves video in the MOV format and audio in the PCM format. The Rebel SL1 includes many preset picture styles, such as portrait, landscape, and monochrome. White balance settings include auto, cloudy, twilight, sunset, tungsten, and fluorescent. The Creative Zone settings let you set aperture priority or shutter priority, as well as manual exposure. The ISO settings range from 100 to 12,800 (expandable to 25,600). Shutter speeds range from 1/4000 to 30 seconds. The camera can shoot 4 frames per second in continuous shooting mode. The EOS Rebel SL1 is PictBridge compatible for easily printing photos. This camera has a mini-HDMI port and a USB 2.0 port for transferring and displaying photos. The camera is pretty svelte, at 14.36 ounces.

Canon's reputation for turning out good budget DSLRs continues with the EOS Rebel SL1. It's a cinch to use if you're a beginner but has enough settings and customization options to please more experienced shooters. Another notable feature of this camera is that it's compatible with Canon's large selection of STM lenses. In short, this is a well-made entry-level DSLR that takes great photos.

Michael Sweet

Michael Sweet writes about consumer electronics. If something runs on electricity or ones and zeroes, he's interested in it. Sweet has written about PC technology and consumer electronics for 14 years.

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