I’ve been running around with the new Canon Rebel SL1 for the past couple days. I’ll have some sample images and a full review later; however, I wanted to take a moment and pass along some first impressions from my brief time with the new camera.
First off, as you have probably heard by now, it is very small. Shockingly so for a DSLR. I thought this might be an issue for me since I tend to prefer a larger camera; however, it is very refreshing to see something different coming from Canon – and the size actually works quite well.
While the Rebel T5i looks a little yawn-worthy (more on it soon too) due to lack of serious upgrades from the T4i, the SL1 seems to hit the mark. Whatever Canon’s plans for lenses have been for the camera, the Rebel SL1 was destined to be paired with the Canon EF 40mm f/2.8 STM. It’s a perfect match in focal length and size for the SL1.
Shooting with the SL1 is very much like the past few Rebel cameras. Autofocus is responsive and accurate – and image quality is very promising. That said, contrast AF in live view and video mode is typical Canon (i.e., slow and awkward).
In short, the Canon Rebel SL1 looks like it will become my recommendation for the entry-level camera of choice for Canon shooters. Of course, I’ll have more with complete caveats and insights in later coverage of this compact DSLR.
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