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If you think Canon's EOS M was too small, and their current DSLRs are too big, the new EOS Rebel SL1 may be just what you're looking for -- if you're willing to pay. The main goal behind the SL1 was to create a more compact camera with a DSLR body, and Camera Labs found the small body a non-issue, saying it "rarely felt cramped or compromised," and PC Advisor thinks the "design is just right." Despite its small body, Canon still produced a camera with solid imaging, that Pocket-Lint feels "may be small, but it's not cutting back on the quality front." TechRadar found the SL1 to be "capable of resolving lots of detail, with minimal evidence of image smoothing at lower sensitivities." TechRadar was also impressed by the design of the SL1, saying that "despite its small size, the button layout of the Canon EOS 100D is very good, not feeling cramped or awkward." show more

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8.0
12 reviews
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    7.8
  • Video quality
    8.0
  • Battery life
    6.8
  • Design and form factor
    8.1
  • Durability
    7.3
  • Speed (start-up time, lag)
    8.1
  • Ease of use
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9.0
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8.0
PC Mag Sep 5, 2013

Canon's high-performing EOS Rebel SL1 is the tiniest digital SLR you can put your hands on, but it may be too small for some hands.

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7.0
CNET Jun 14, 2013

While the Canon EOS Rebel SL1 is a perfectly reasonable entry-level dSLR, you can get the same photo and video quality in a smaller body for the same money (or less) by opting for a mirrorless interchangeable-lens model.

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8.0
Pocket-Lint May 7, 2013

The more we've used the 100D the more we've grown to like it. Add mighty image quality from this mini model and it just doesn't make sense to score it any lower despite its shortcomings in context to the rest of the EOS range. It's an impressive bit of kit.

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8.0
PC Advisor May 17, 2013

If you want a small camera, but absolutely have to have a proper viewfinder, this is your best bet at the moment. It’s surprisingly usable given its tiny dimensions, although its 18-megapixel sensor is getting on in age.

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9.0
TrustedReviews May 16, 2013

The Canon EOS 100D is an excellent DSLR that presents an interesting alternative to CSCs in terms of specification and size, as well as fitting in well with Canon’s entry-level DSLR selection.

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9.0
What Digital Camera May 10, 2013

Offering impressive features within a camera of this size suggests that cheaper DSLRs are starting to offer more to tempt people away from choosing compact system cameras.

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8.0
TechRadar May 2, 2013

If you're already a Canon owner looking for something small to add to your collection, this could be a good second shooter - though you might just baulk at its current asking price.

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8.0
Camera Labs May 7, 2013

Overall I'm going to give the EOS SL1 / 100D a Recommended rating. It misses out on our top award as I honestly think most people buying an entry-level DSLR would be better-served by a mirror-less camera these days.

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8.0
Digital Versus Jun 25, 2013

With the EOS 100D, Canon has effectively made a mini version of its 650D. This compact DSLR has the same main strengths as its full-sized counterpart, with a user-friendly design, a good sensor, quality electronics and an excellent screen ... However, the kit zoom lens lets the side down.

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8.0
Steve's Digicams Sep 23, 2013

...the Rebel SL1 provides some excellent features and performance speed in the entry-level DSLR camera market, and its improved autofocus system is impressive.

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8.0
Photography Blog May 30, 2013

In summary the EOS 100D / Rebel SL1 is a surprising camera in many ways, not least that it delivers the typical EOS experience without too many compromises at all. It makes a compelling alternative to a compact system camera when paired with the smaller Canon lenses.

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Engadget Mar 21, 2013

We spent some time with a pre-production SL1, and while we were able to shoot a bit, we weren't permitted to walk away with any sample images. From a performance perspective, the camera seemed quite speedy, with accurate and fast AF both through the viewfinder and in live view mode.

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Engadget Apr 16, 2014

The small body measures 116.8 x 90.7 x 69.4mm and feels genuinely small in the hand. We saw it with a 20mm pancake lens also dressed in white and that made the whole camera feel extra small.

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PC Mag Mar 21, 2013

Canon's newest SLR is impressively small. The EOS Rebel SL1 measures just 4.6 by 3.6 by 2.7 inches (HWD), and weighs a mere 14.4 ounces. It's not as small as a compact interchangeable lens camera, but the fact that it squeezes an 18-megapixel APS-C image sensor ... is impressive on its own.

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Digital Photography Review Mar 21, 2013

As attention-grabbing as the EOS 100D's small footprint undoubtedly is, what's equally impressive is that Canon has been able to retain most of the controls and features typically found on a Rebel-series camera.

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Imaging Resource Mar 21, 2013

For those out there who might have been intrigued by small, mirrorless CSCs, the Canon Rebel SL1 offers a seemingly strong alternative, but with the speed and promising image quality of a DSLR.

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Popular Photography Mar 21, 2013

We got a bit of hands-on time with the Rebel SL1 before the launch and we have to admit that it is pretty small. It actually feels pretty similar to Panasonic's Micro Four-Thirds powered GH3. The angle on the grip will likely take a little getting used to for some who are used to a full-sized DSLR.

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Reviewed.com Cameras Mar 21, 2013

If you’re in the market for a pocketable camera you can take absolutely everywhere, the SL1 is not going to fit the bill. Even the smallest DSLR is still bulky, especially paired with most of Canon’s EF and EF-S lineup of lenses attached.

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TrustedReviews Mar 21, 2013

As a mini EOS DSLR, the EOS 100D is bound to gain a lot of fans right off the bat. It’s priced to sit between the EOS 1100D and the 600D in Canon’s line-up, and as such sees Canon offering more choice then ever for the entry-level user.

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TechRadar Mar 21, 2013

This is a very interesting new camera, and it's great to see a company like Canon responding to the march of the compact system camera, rather than ploughing on with predictable DSLR designs.

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Camera Labs Mar 22, 2013

Canon's EOS Rebel SL1 / 100D is a very interesting new DSLR which takes-on the rise of mirror-less models with its compact and lightweight body. At the time of writing, this is the World's smallest DSLR with an APS-C sensor, shaving a comfortable centimeter in every dimension.

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USA Today Mar 21, 2013

We got our hands on the SL1 this week for a quick hands-on sneak peek, but Canon wouldn't let us publish any images because it was a pre-production model. But even in that setting, we could easily see the improved autofocus offered by the SL1.

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8.0
dropslash dropslash

I really only bought this camera because my Canon EOS M was leaving me seriously wanting. I was looking for a smaller, "everyday", camera and since I typically shoot on larger DSLRs I decided to give the SL1's form factor a shot. Surprisingly, it is much more comfortable than I was expecting, and...

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vinces6394 vinces6394

I have used this camera for a few weeks now with both the 40mm pancake lens and my trusty Canon L glass. As many reviews elsewhere have observed this camera makes sense with small lenses and when you add the larger zooms you do loose some of the benefits of the package. Still, it is small and...

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