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There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws.
82

There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws.

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Engadget Summary

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." Overall, the Canon SL1 offers a compact DSLR experience without compromising on image or build quality, but at a premium price. If you really like the feel of a DSLR body but need to save on space, consider the SL1, but for $200 less you can pick up the Sony NEX-5R which gives you a comparable experience and the same image quality in an even smaller package.

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User Reviews

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vinces6394
I have used this camera for a few weeks now with both the 40mm pancake lens...read more
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Kyle Mercury
I really only bought this camera because my Canon EOS M was leaving me seriously...read more
90
Nick Berardi
The best in its category. We highly recommend it. - Engadget
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Battery life

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Image quality

78
 

Ease of use

80
 

Durability

75
 

Speed (start-up time, lag)

80
 

Video quality

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Design and form factor

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How It Stacks Up

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