Canon on Thursday announced the world’s smallest ever DSLR, the new EOS Rebel SL1. If you’re familiar with Canon’s famous lineup of cheapo entry-level DSLR cameras, the SL1 will immediately feel like part of the family—just smaller and lighter. Basically, the SL1, which weighs in at 14.36 ounces, is a shrunken T4i. And that’s what’s so great about what Canon has managed to do.
While there are a few small sacrifices—the biggest being no tilting touch screen—the SL1 is almost a spitting image of last year’s T4i: same 18-megapixel APS-C image sensor, same DIGIC 5 image processor and same 1080p video recording with continuous autofocus. The SL1, though, is 25 percent smaller and 28 percent lighter. For consumers looking for a great camera without the bulk, this is an excellent option to consider.
Overall measurements are 4.6 x 3.6 x 2.7 inches (T4i is 5.2 x 3.9 x 3.1 inches)—you can see the size comparison between the SL1, T4i and EOS M. There’s a noticeable difference, which could be both good and bad depending on how comfortable it is for you when shooting. Some people don’t mind the bulk of larger DSLRs, while others find the designs a bit cumbersome after extended use.
The SL1’s has an ISO range of 100 to 12800 (expandable to 25600), nine-point autofocus system with a cross-type point at the center and can also shoot up to 4 frames per second. There’s also a 3-inch touchscreen and pop-up flash (along with hotshoe).
Beginner photographers are the obvious demographic here, and the price reflects that. With a starting out price of $650 for the body-only, and $800 with new EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM kit lens, this sounds like a solid purchase for those looking to get solid images and video.