Canon EOS Rebel SL1 DSLR Camera with 18–55mm IS STM Lens: The compact and lightweight Canon Rebel SL1 provides full-featured DSLR performance, without the bulk. An 18.0-megapixel CMOS sensor with Dual DIGIC 5 processing and Full HD video allow you to capture special moments with exceptional quality. The user-friendly interface makes this camera ideal for those stepping up from a point-and-shoot or compact system camera.
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Working Semi-Pro and love this camera!
Posted by: DCM1024 from: SC on
I own a 5D3, 5D2 and 5 "L" lenses, so you might think that I wouldn't like this camera but I absolutely love it! With the 40mm pancake attached it will fit in my purse. The image quality is excellent, both with the two STM lenses I own plus my "L" lenses. I used it on a Bridal shoot as a backup with the 35L and was very pleased with the quality. One of my favorite combos is this camera with the 100mm F2.8L IS Macro. I use this camera anytime I don't want the size and weight of the 5D bodies, for times when I don't want to risk loss or damage to the more expensive equipment but I would also pull it out on a paid shoot at anytime I need a backup. I feel that it was worth every penny that I paid for it and would not hesitate to buy it again. Lots of fun, easy to use and great image quality.
13 out of 13 found this review helpful.
Awesome DSLR for first time users...
Posted by: DivM from: OKC,OK on
This is my first DSLR camera...Did lot of research beforehand.....Looked at T5i, 60 D and 7 D......and then looked at SL1....Obviously price factor came into effect and SL1 was much affordable than other options I chose.....BUT MIND IT! It is no way LESS than the other Canon counterparts when it comes to image quality, features and usage of other canon lenses EF and EF-S....Nice 18.0 MP sensor that is old but still feels new...Another great feature is the new STM kit lens 18-55 mm...Much much better than old canon kit lens....Video quality is sharp and auto focusing is quick...Images are really sharp and if you are like me who have used Point and Shoot for this long...you will feel the obvious difference and sharpness of the pictures as well as the focusing marvel...Mirrorless cameras are good but DSLR is a different ballpark and if you are looking for something light on travelling, if you are a parent who wants to take kids pictures almost everyday or every week with them moving around swiftly, if you are into casual camera shooting but still vale the quality, this is the camera worth every bit of its money! Great Camera, great user friendliness and super duper results....Trust me go for it....you wont regret!!!!
25 out of 25 found this review helpful.
Posted by: bravoiii from: GA on
Wonderful camera. Incredible image quality..Wife gets a new Rebel DSLR every few years (birthday / holiday gift, etc) as upgrades become available - fortunately in the same price range...have had several - over the past 11 years. We sell the prior one b/c they are well kept and hold their value as a used camera very well. She rec'd this one for mother's Day 2013. Kept all prior Canon DSLR lenses which work great on this model as well and she normally just uses the auto mode for excellent results and now that HD video is available on the SL1...she has the best of both worlds with the fastest model we have had in an even smaller / lighter package than ever before. I know some pros who also use these as backups for their multi thousand dollar rigs and say they do an excellent job as well and are highly recommended for anyone wanting the speed / flexibility and image quality these models provide at a great price for the performance it provides.
7 out of 7 found this review helpful.
Amazed with this camera.
Posted by: JTMartin from: Denver on
I am amazed at how easy this camera is to operate. This is my first DSLR and I love everything about it. Some professional reviews claim that the size is too small but I am 6'5" and I coming from a point-and-shoot. The bottom line is that the size is perfect and makes the camera very portable. I bought the 40mm lens and the 55-250mm because both were on sale and really compliment the package. Auto focus during video works great (I did have to buy a faster recording memory card) and auto focus for photos is snappy. This camera is absolutely perfect for families and first time DSLR buyers. The touch screen is VERY intuitive and extremely useful. I cannot say enough good things about this purchase.
12 out of 12 found this review helpful.
Great beginner camera or larger SLR compliment!
Posted by: robd54 from: Portland, CT on
I have had many dSLR cameras over the years (Rebel XT, 30D, 7D, 5D mkIII, etc.) and currently primarily shoot with a 5d MKIII with various L lenses. I got to the point where that was either too heavy or I was afraid of damage at certain events (family related) where I was looking into a mirrorless system. But once I saw this in person and the size, especially with the 40 2.8 pancake I knew this was the answer. I can use all my lenses and equipment but have it be smaller and lighter to carry around. I got the bundle with the 18-55 and 55-250 for weight reasons as well.
When I got home, I took some shots and was blown away. The IQ was excellent as is the high ISO performance, even with the kit lens. I even think some of the IQ is better or similar to my old 7D! While it doesn't compare to the 5D, it is the PERFECT compliment for it. I will note the 70-200 2.8 IS does look funny on the SL1, but still great performance.
I would highly recommend this to any new beginner looking to get into and learn (or T5i) but highly recommend for those like me who have larger kits and want a lighter, smaller option when lugging around stuff is not as ideal.
8 out of 8 found this review helpful.
Great starter camera for a young professional
Posted by: NotUrAvgJoe from: Vestavia Hills, AL on
This camera is great for shooting high quality images as well as HD video. The touch screen interface is awesome once you get used to it (it took me a few hours to get it down). Battery life isn't amazing, however it all depends on how often you use the touch screen to view your pictures and videos. Shooting HD video does drain the battery life, however the sound quality is better than I expected. This is great for my 300 and 400 level media classes. I would recommend this to anyone who wants great DSLR performance in a small, light body.
13 out of 13 found this review helpful.
The Speedy, Small, Super SL1!
Posted by: MHein17 from: on
See that alliteration up there? Try that for a tongue twister! This DSLR is amazing! It's compact where it needs to and performs when it needs to, seriously the SL1 packs a punch. Bought this back in 2014 and I'm still using it like it was new to this day. I got rid of the kit lens and bought a 40mm for street photography and the SL1 looks like an advanced point and shoot camera. It's incredibly versatile and easy to carry. I've held my friends Canon 60Ds and 7D with some heavy lens and it feel like holding a brick. Not with this, it doesn't.
Onto the IQ. The pictures are clear and ISO also keeps up. You can push it to about 3200 with little noise on the 40mm if you're holding it really still. IQ is also related to the lens you're using so when I get my Sigma 17-50mm f2.8 that I bought from Best Buy this weekend, I can definitely give it another go around. This cameras been out for a while now, but it's still well worth it if you're looking for something light and efficient. If you wanna be walking around while traveling without feeling neck pains, this camera's for you. Pack this with either the 40mm f2.8 / 50mm f1.8 for primes or 15-85mm/ 17-55mm for zooms and you'll be good to go with the perfect walk around camera/lens setup.
Bad thing about the camera is that if you decide to put a heavier lens on it such the 17-55mm f2.8 lens from Canon (which I was going to buy, but didn't because of the price tag), the distribution of weight isn't good and you'll be forced to hold the lens to balance since the said lens will be ~600g and this is ~400g.
- Really compact and easy to carry around when traveling
- Battery lasts really long
- Auto focus system is quick
- Could have better sensor since Canon bumped up the 18 mp to 24, but this camera is from 2013 so what can you do.
- When equipped with heavier lenses, the balance can be off putting and will cause lopsidedness.
- The grip on the right side could be a little more protruding.
11 out of 11 found this review helpful.
Unbeatable dslr in a small body
Posted by: quinner from: Greenwich, CT on
I bought this after my 5D MkII was stolen from my car. While I don't expect this camera to replace that $3000 camera it has been impressive. What you get is a DSLR in same size as the mirrorless cameras, and in comparison to those cameras the SL1 wins emphatically. You get a real optical view finder, interchangable lenses and a DSLR size sensor. You also get all the latest DSLR features that my 5d did not have, notably the excellent video mode with auto focus. Picture quality is excellent when shooting RAW (not jpg), autofocus is quick and the handling is good for such a small camera. The noise control could be better, however I am used to a full frame camera which will always be better.
I also purchased the 40mm STM lens, I thought the focal length would be odd on a crop sensor however it is very usable and it is a very sharp lens. The camera body and this lens can fit in a large coat pocket.
Canon has done a great job with this camera.
7 out of 8 found this review helpful.
Perfect for travel and action shots
Posted by: Kharv from: on
As a geologist (and someone obsessed with her pets), I needed a nice camera to take in the field for my research (and for my dog's Instagram account). Since this is one of the smallest DSLR bodies out there, it seemed perfect. I don't even notice the weight of this camera in my day pack, but it still takes high quality pictures. So far, I've just used the stock lense that comes with it, and I have to complaints. The shutter speed is fast and the settings are SUPER easy to adjust, especially compared to my older Rebel body. I haven't had a field season since I bought it, so I can't attest to its durability for the hikers/campers out there, but I can attest to the quality of its action shots and landscapes -which is high. I have a speedy German Shorthaired Pointer, who is notoriously difficult to shoot. With my old Rebel body, I could never get a good shot of her unless she was sitting still (which is a rare occasion). The wide ISO range (400-6400 I think), which can be easily adjusted from the main screen, allows me to get nice action shots even in low-light conditions. My only complaint (if you can call it that), is that I've found that I have to save the photos as raw files, which takes more storage space and I have to change the file type before I can edit them. If I don't, my edits get grainy. Of course, that may be an effect of someone who is fairly new both with Adobe products, and to using a DSLR for more than a point-and-shoot. That being said, this camera has the potential to take me a long ways in my photography skills.
4 out of 4 found this review helpful.
Great price for a camera bundle
Posted by: donfr from: on
In looking for a good SLR camera that is easy to use, I choose the Cannon SLR Rebel 1. Although this camera has been out for a few years, several of my friends had recommended this one. The bundle comes with two very good interchanable lenses, a very nice case with lots of compartments, and a decent 32GB scan disk card. This has a very good viewfinder or large enough LED screen to preview and see your photos before and after taking the photo. The manual settings are very easy to use, but you can also make this camera as automatic as you wish. Just being a beginner, I am learning quickly how to set most of the settings manually and ending up with very high- quality photos.