Canon’s Compact Rebel SL1 DSLR Unveiled

Canon Rebel SL1 Front

Canon has taken the wraps off its new and tiny Rebel SL1 entry-level DSLR. All of the key details about the SL1 are already known thanks to several leaks leading up to the camera’s launch.

Canon Rebel SL1 Size Comparison

As a refresher, I have included a quick overview below.

Canon Rebel SL1 Key Specs

  • 18.0MP APS-C CMOS Sensor
  • DIGIC 5 Image Processor
  • 3.0″ Clear View II Touchscreen LCD
  • ISO 100-12800, Expandable to 25600
  • Full HD 1080 Video with Continuous AF
  • 4.0 fps Continuous Shooting
  • 9-Point All Cross-Type AF System
  • Scene Intelligent Auto Mode
  • Compact and Lightweight; Weighs 0.8lb
  • Compatible with Canon EF and EF-S Lenses

The SL1 follows the new T5i with new “creative modes” that allow users to add effects to images either during capture or via editing options during image review.

The Canon SL1 should be available in April for $649.99 for the body only or $799.99 with the new EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM kit lens, which was discussed in greater detail in the Canon Rebel T5i coverage.

Check availability for the Canon Rebel SL1 via the links below.

Canon Rebel SL1 (body only): B&H Photo | Adorama | Amazon

Canon Rebel SL1 w/ EF-S 18-55mm IS STM lens: B&H Photo | Adorama | Amazon

Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM lens: B&H Photo | Adorama



  1. Alan says

    Looks like dslr squished into ultra zoom point n shoot body. Hopefully nikon won’t go for same path..

    • Matthew says

      Yeah… This is weird. It makes me wonder if Canon is throwing in the towel in the mirror-less market. It’s weird to have the EOS M, SL1, Rebel, XXD, XD and DXX Series. That’d be like McDonalds offering a Small, Small-Medium, Medium, Large and Extra Large Coke. The Small-Medium is awkward.

      It also seems like they took every extra ounce of spare weight off of this thing which means two things:

      1. It’s probably not comfortable. Just look at the grip section. They eliminated it. I have a hard enough time with the little Rebel XSi we have for our photobooth as it is.

      2. It’s awkwardly balanced with normal lenses. The Rebel series is already small and not very well balanced with longer or heavier lenses (even a 35/1.4 or 17-40L are awkward), so I can just imagine this thing. I can’t wait to see the reports of people mounting a 70-200 f/2.8 on this and warping their lens mount.

      Not sure what Canon is doing, but they should either phase out the EOS M (which was a joke, in my opinion) or phase out the Rebel. All three is just weird.

  2. zahid says

    I agree with Mathew that Canon made a mistake with the “M” which for a canon follower like me is not forgivable. Now days even with start-up like Gopro valued at $3B that canon cannot afford to buy forget about more importantly your customers disappointment

    Canon Innovate and provide the best the technology has to offer and nothing short at acceptable cost that marketing stunts

    I wrote pretty negative review of the M as it could have been an jewel for Canon that so many pro’s and advance photographers were hoping to buy…but everything about it including lack of grip seemed an over sight…did they put on a heavy lens like the 100-400 and see how it handles?

    This new EOS SL1 DSLR seems interesting but what is this about entry level camera? Surly it could for some of us wanting “M” as a 2nd body or travel camera that could be the Holy Grail. However, reading Mathews notes, this camera also looks half-baked …Canon what are you doing when there is so much technology to add to camera from de-warp to lens shading to better focuses, wi-fi to cell phone and adding timer that goes >30sec for those long exp

    I do camera designs and I feel I can teach canon a thing or two than these series of camera launch on monthly bases that Nikon and canon are doing now….I hope the next 5D is well worth the wait as nothing between that’s worth buying