Canon EOS Rebel SL1 DSLR Camera Review

Canon has long suggested that a smaller version of its classic SLR design may be used to compete with mirrorless cameras from Nikon, Sony, Olympus, and Panasonic. This has been a long-standing rumor. Canon has put its cards on the table with the unveiling of the EOS 100D / Rebel SL1 digital SLR camera. The Canon Rebel SL1 is billed as “the world’s smallest and lightest APS-C DSLR,” and it brazenly combines the DSLR operating trademarks of the Rebel series with an extremely compact body.

The Rebel SL1 is significantly smaller and lighter than the co-announced Rebel T5i, thanks to the downsizing of internal components that has resulted in a smaller shutter mechanism, thinner sensor module, and smaller-footprint circuit board, while offering the same 18MP resolution, DIGIC 5 processor, and, presumably, image quality. In fact, the Rebel SL1 is comfortably the smallest DSLR we’ve seen yet, and it’s not that far off from ‘SLR-style’ mirrorless devices such as the Panasonic Lumix DMC-G5 in terms of size.

As eye-catching as the Rebel SL1’s compact footprint is, what’s equally surprising is that Canon has been able to preserve the majority of the controls and functions that are generally available on a Rebel-series camera while keeping the camera’s overall size down.

There are a number of features that will be recognizable to Canon DSLR users, including a front dial and dedicated ISO, exposure compensation, and autofocus/autoexposure buttons. Its touchscreen has the same resolution as the Rebel T4i and T5i, however, it is fixed rather than articulated, unlike the Rebel T4i and T5i.

Canon’s Hybrid CMOS AF technology, which was first seen in the Rebel T4i, is now available in version two of the Rebel SL1 camera. While Canon makes no promises regarding the hybrid phase/contrast-detect system’s focus speed enhancements, the new version covers a substantially larger amount of the live view area than the previous model (80 percent of the area). The version featured on the EOS M and T4i, on the other hand, should be a substantially more helpful alternative as a result.


Body typeCompact SLR
Body materialAluminium alloy and polycarbonate resin with carbon and glass fiber
Max resolution5184 x 3456
Other resolutions5184 x 2912, 4608 x 3456,3456 x 3456, 3456 x 2304, 3456 x 1944, 3072 x 2304, 2592 x 1728, 2592 x 1456, 2304 x 1728, 2304 x 2304, 1920 x 1280, 1920 x 1080, 1728 x 1728, 1696 x 1280, 1280 x 1280, 720 x 480, 720 x 400, 640 x 480, 480 x 480
Image ratio w:h1:1, 4:3, 3:2, 16:9
Effective pixels18 megapixels
Sensor photo detectors19 megapixels
Sensor sizeAPS-C (22.3 x 14.9 mm)
Sensor typeCMOS
ProcessorDigic 5
Color spacesRGB, Adobe RGB
Color filter arrayRGB Color Filter Array
ISOAuto, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, 6400, 12800 (25600 with boost)
Boosted ISO (maximum)25600
White balance presets6
Custom white balanceYes (1)
Image stabilizationNo
Uncompressed formatRAW
File formatJPEG: Fine, Normal (Exif 2.3 compliant)Design rule for Camera File system (2.0),RAW: 14bit RAWDigital Print Order Format [DPOF] Version 1.1 compliant
Optics & Focus
AutofocusContrast Detect (sensor)Phase DetectMulti-areaCenterSelective single-pointTrackingSingleContinuousTouchFace DetectionLive View
Autofocus assist lampby built-in flash
Manual focusYes
Lens mountCanon EF/EF-S
Screen / viewfinder
Articulated LCDFixed
Screen size3″
Screen dots1,040,000
Touch screenYes
Live viewYes
Viewfinder typeOptical (pentamirror)
Viewfinder coverage95%
Viewfinder magnification0.87×
Photography features
Minimum shutter speed30 sec
Maximum shutter speed1/4000 sec
Exposure modesProgram AEShutter priority AEAperture priority AEManual (Stills and Movie)Scene Intelligent Auto (Stills and Movie)No FlashCreative AutoPortraitLandscapeClose-upSportsSCN
Scene modesKidsFoodCandlelightNight PortraitHandheld Night SceneHDR Backlight Control
Built-in flashYes (Pop-up)
Flash range9.40 m
External flashYes (via Hot-shoe)
Flash modesAuto, On, Off, Red-eye
Flash X sync speed1/200 sec
Drive modesSingleContinuousSelf timer (2s, 10s+remote, 10s + continuous shots 2-10)
Continuous drive4.0 fps
Self-timerYes (2s, 10s+remote, 10s + continuous shots 2-10))
Metering modesMultiCenter-weightedSpotPartial
Exposure compensation±5 (at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV steps)
AE Bracketing±2 (3 frames at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV steps)
WB BracketingYes (3 frames in either blue/amber or magenta/green axis)
Videography features
Resolutions1920 x 1080 (30, 25, 24 fps), 1280 x 720 (60, 50 fps), 640 x 480 (30, 25 fps)
FormatMPEG-4, H.264
Storage typesSD/SDHC/SDXC
USBUSB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
HDMIYes (HDMI mini)
Microphone portYes
Headphone portNo
WirelessEye-Fi Connected
Remote controlYes (RC-6)
BatteryBattery Pack
Battery descriptionLithium-Ion LP-E12 rechargeable battery & charger
Battery Life (CIPA)380
Weight (inc. batteries)407 g (0.90 lb / 14.36 oz)
Dimensions117 x 91 x 69 mm (4.61 x 3.58 x 2.72″)
Other features
Orientation sensorYes
GPS notesvia GPE2

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Jeffrey has been a journalist for over 21 years, and his love for photography brought him to the industry in 2014. With his extensive experience, he has honed his skills in capturing beautiful images in various genres, including landscape, portrait, and street photography. He also deeply understands camera technology and has tested and reviewed countless cameras, lenses, and accessories. Jeffrey’s expertise and attention to detail make him a valuable team member.