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Hot Scoop! New Canon EOS Rebel SL1 is First Model in New Rebel Series

Canon EOS Rebel SL1 front image Not much has leaked prior to the March 21, 2013 announce date of the new Canon EOS Rebel series, except that these will be smaller cameras than the existing Rebel bodies. The first model is to be known as the SL1. Presumably, Canon is trying to capture the mirrorless camera buyers who would prefer a true DSLR, but can’t afford even an entry-level model.

The advanced scuttlebutt touts a newly developed 18-MP CMOS APS-C sensor and Canon’s exceptional and thoroughly proven DIGIC 5 image processor. This combination of sensor and processor is certain to provide an image quality that the people buying this camera have never previously experienced in the compact cameras with which they’ve been shooting.

The processor is sure to deliver speed in both continuous shooting mode and the autofocus system. For a camera that will be reportedly compact and lightweight, 4 fps will allow its owners to capture outstanding action sequences.

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Canon has given the EOS Rebel SL1 a new Hybrid CMOS AF II 9-point system that includes a highly accurate dual-cross f/2.8 center point. The AF system includes phase-detection and contrast AF, providing superior speed and precision for both stills and video in Live View. An additional capability of the hybrid design is a wider focus area, so action captures are even easier.

Canon EOS Rebel SL1 back image Photographers new to the DSLR experience are likely to be amazed at how well the Rebel SL1 will shoot in low-light conditions, since the ISO range is a substantial 100–12,800 (expandable to H: 25,600) for stills and ISO 6,400 (expandable to H: 12,800) for videos.

Video is a fully capable system of 1080/30p/24p/25p Full HD as well as 720/60p and 480/50p. A Movie Servo AF that will provide continuous focus tracking of moving subjects and manual exposure control to enhance all recording modes even further. The new EOS Rebel SL1 also includes a full complement of video support functions: built-in monaural microphone, manual audio level adjustment and Video Snapshot with editing for expanded movie shooting options.


Those photographers wise enough to choose the new Rebel SL1 will have a larger display than might be expected. It is Canon’s 3” 1,040,000-dot Clear View Touch Screen LCD II that features a specialized coating resistant to smudges and fingerprints and a brightness level for viewing in strong outdoor light. Photographer will have easy touch control of most capabilities, including AF, so functionality is easy and doesn’t require much experience with this type of system. With an approximate 0.87 magnification, the optical viewfinder is certainly not the equivalent of a full-frame DSLR, but it will give beginner DSLR shooters all the view they need.

The new Canon EOS Rebel SL1 has a full complement of shooting and creative modes, so the inexperienced photographer can produce excellent results. The Scene Intelligent Auto Mode maximizes photo quality and easily detects scene details even in low-light situations. The advanced Creative Filters can be viewed in real time during Live View. Photographers can also utilize the advanced presets in the new Special Scene Modes for subjects, such as kids, food and candlelight, so images are clear and sharp.

The new Rebel EOS SL1 is compatible with SD/SDHC/SDXC memory cards, including new Ultra High Speed (UHS-I) cards and all of Canon’s EF and EF-S lenses.

The Rebel EOS SL1 Kit includes all the standard accessories, such as camera cover, strap, battery charger and battery pack.

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