Canon EOS Rebel SL1 DSLR Camera

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78% Gold Award
For a great many looking for SLR quality in a smaller package, the Canon Rebel SL1 delivers both with confidence and grace, and offers the advantage of a larger APS-C sensor.”

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Key Features

  • 18 MP APS-C CMOS sensor
  • 4 FPS continuous shooting
  • 9 point AF system, center AF point is cross-type
  • ISO 100-12800 (expandable to 25600)
  • 1080 (30, 25, 24 fps) and 720 (60, 50 fps) HD video (29min limit, H.264 format)
  • 3" touch panel LCD screen with 1,040,000 dots
  • Movie Servo AF for continuous focus tracking of moving subjects
  • Special scene modes for shooting kids, food, by candlelight, and creative filters
  • GPS compatible with the GP-E2 (sold separately)

Product Description

Distinguished by its impressively small form factor, the Canon EOS 100D shares the 18MP resolution, DIGIC 5 processor, 3" touchscreen and 1080p30 video capability of the mirrorless EOS M. Canon's hybrid phase/contrast detect AF system has been tweaked, however, to provide much greater scene coverage, and this tiny DSLR can shoot at up to 4 fps.


Body type
Body type Compact SLR
Max resolution 5184 x 3456
Other resolutions 5184 x 2912, 4608 x 3456,3456 x 3456, 3456 x 2304, 3456 x 1944, 3072 x 2304, 2592 x 1728, 2592 x 1456, 2304 x 1728, 2304 x 2304, 1920 x 1280, 1920 x 1080, 1728 x 1728, 1696 x 1280, 1280 x 1280, 720 x 480, 720 x 400, 640 x 480, 480 x 480
Image ratio w:h 1:1, 4:3, 3:2, 16:9
Effective pixels 18 megapixels
Sensor photo detectors 19 megapixels
Sensor size APS-C (22.3 x 14.9 mm)
Sensor type CMOS
Processor Digic 5
ISO Auto, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, 6400, 12800 (25600 with boost)
White balance presets 6
Custom white balance Yes (1)
Image stabilization No
Uncompressed format RAW
Optics & Focus
  • Contrast Detect (sensor)
  • Phase Detect
  • Multi-area
  • Center
  • Selective single-point
  • Tracking
  • Single
  • Continuous
  • Touch
  • Face Detection
  • Live View
Manual focus Yes
Lens mount Canon EF/EF-S
Screen / viewfinder
Articulated LCD Fixed
Screen size 3
Screen dots 1,040,000
Touch screen Yes
Live view Yes
Viewfinder type Optical (pentamirror)
Viewfinder coverage 95%
Viewfinder magnification 0.87×
Photography features
Minimum shutter speed 30 sec
Maximum shutter speed 1/4000 sec
Aperture priority Yes
Shutter priority Yes
Manual exposure mode Yes
Subject / scene modes Yes
Built-in flash Yes (Pop-up)
Flash range 9.40 m
External flash Yes (via Hot-shoe)
Flash modes Auto, On, Off, Red-eye
Continuous drive 4 fps
Self-timer Yes (2s, 10s+remote, 10s + continuous shots 2-10))
Metering modes
  • Multi
  • Center-weighted
  • Spot
  • Partial
Exposure compensation ±5 (at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV steps)
AE Bracketing ±2 (3 frames at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV steps)
WB Bracketing Yes (3 frames in either blue/amber or magenta/green axis)
Videography features
Resolutions 1920 x 1080 (30, 25, 24 fps), 1280 x 720 (60, 50 fps), 640 x 480 (30, 25 fps)
Format H.264, Motion JPEG
Microphone Mono
Speaker Mono
Storage types SD/SDHC/SDXC
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
HDMI Yes (HDMI mini)
Wireless Eye-Fi Connected
Remote control Yes (RC-6)
Battery Battery Pack
Battery description Lithium-Ion LP-E12 rechargeable battery & charger
Battery Life (CIPA) 380
Weight (inc. batteries) 407 g (0.90 lb / 14.36 oz)
Dimensions 117 x 91 x 69 mm (4.61 x 3.58 x 2.72)
Other features
Orientation sensor Yes
GPS Optional
GPS notes via GPE2


DPReview Conclusion

Scoring is relative only to the other cameras in the same category at the time of review.

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Gold Award
Gold Award
78 %
Overall Score

The Canon EOS Rebel SL1 / 100D is an ideal camera for consumer users looking for better image quality, with improved live view and movie-mode autofocus in a small body. Its touchscreen interface offers a modern set of digital controls in a camera that will still feel familiar to more traditional SLR users.

Good For

Users who want to shoot in live view and record movies, but also want the benefits of an APS-C digital SLR in a smaller body.

Not So Good For

Enthusiasts looking for more bells and whistles, like an articulating LCD or wireless remote control of flash.

User Reviews

4.24 out of 5 stars
  • Alan in Utah, May 10, 2013 GMT:
    Great small backup and travel camera

    Bought this camera as a another backup to my 5D MkII and as my go-to travel camera when I don't want to pack a big kit. So far, I've put about 1,500 images though it and have the following observations: 1- image quality is great. On par or better than a 7D I tested it against. Didn't compare it to the 5D yet, but will. I'll shoot some test RAW files and run them through Adobe Bridge at equal resolutions. 2- Shot my son's soccer match. Blew through about 1,000 shots. After about 300 shots, the ...

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  • Kevin Chiou, Aug 27, 2013 GMT:
    Like it very much

    I first would like to thank team for writing such detailed reviews on camera and lenses to help us making the right decisions for our need. My first purchase of digital DSLR was 2006; I stopped using it since two years ago because its highest ISO setting was only 1600. Then I purchased a Canon Powershot S100, I find the photo clarity and sharpness from Canon are very good. However S100 was not meeting my need to take very quick snaps for my children - 3 years old, 5 years old, ...

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  • Nexxer, Sep 14, 2013 GMT:
    Great Camera For Travel or Really Pretty Much Anything

    So in the course of downsizing from my Nikon D300 with the yummy 17-55mm 2.8 lens, which got a bit cumbersome for travel, I waited and purchased a Sony NEX-7 with the kit 18-55 lens. After a year and some patience waiting for some better glass from anyone for this camera I finally gave up and purchased the Canon SL1, but coupled it with the Sigma 17-50mm 2.8 lens. Ok, so it is (a bit)  larger and heavier combination then with the kit lens but the combination of camera body and lens has to be ...

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  • wburychka, Jun 9, 2014 GMT:
    This little camera body is not just for downsizing

    DPReview, in its list of who would buy this camera, left out an ever expanding group:  people who want to downsize the load they have.  Not to over use the term, but in fact, it was the Baby Boom generation that built the DSLR camera industry.  The boomers were at the place where they had plenty of disposable income at the time DSLR's became a consumer product.  They bought and bought all the new stuff, the big white lenses, carbon fiber tripods, flashes, and all the other stuff.  Now, ten ...

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EOS Rebel SL1: The World's Smallest and Lightest DSLR, by Canon

Questions & Answers


Would I really notice the difference in IQ between a NEX5/6 and a Canon 100/700D?

Hi all, I'd really appreciate some practical advice on a problem I've been having recently - I'll try and get to the point quickly and clearly: The problem: Bottom line is I love the photos my NEX-5N gives me - I'm really happy with the sharpness I get with my lenses and the dynamic range, quality, resolution and high-ISO performance of the sensor. The problem I'm having is that I don't really 'enjoy' using the camera, in that it's not a very satisfying experience for me. I think the problem I'm having is the interface, the controls/buttons available, and the lack of viewfinder. I recently went to the shops and played with both an NEX-6 and a Canon 100D/SL1. (1) To be honest, I wasn't really a fan of the EVF on the NEX-6 (I'm not 'trolling', I can see the clear benefits to people that shoot in creative styles and/or with MF lenses!) and I really didn't like the lack of a touch screen (I love touch focusing on the 5N, rather than focus and recompose).

willym asked
11 months ago


I agree the 5n is awkward to hold but I bought the viewfinder. I also have a nex 6 which I prefer because of the flash being able to tilt and bounce off the ceiling. I also have a canon 600D which is similar to the 700D. I like my canon lenses better but the combo is too heavy for me at 74. In another thread I have asked why people are buying an adapter to fit the nexes for canon ef lenses instead of just buying the canon 100D but am no wiser after somebody tried to answer. I personally think that there is no bad camera on the market but no perfect camera either. My printer an Epson 2880 doesn't print bigger than 13x19 so all print very nicely as I take raw and use photoshop printing from my raw edited files. I know that doesn't answer your question  but it isn't only the camera it is the lenses too which are important. try and compare the cameras there and you may be a little wiser. I really like the LCD of the sony and don't like a fixed LCD of any camera but that ... Continue Reading

Fredy Ross answered
11 months ago

Hi Will. I owned both NEX C3 and Canon EOS-M (similar jpeg engine to 650d/700d/sl1). Yes, I noticed the slight drop in IQ immediately. Its particularly noticeable @iso3200 and beyond. NEX have about 1 stop advantage over canon at high iso ( nex iso3200 look like iso1600 on canon ). NEX also have much better dynamic range in both HW sensor and Software Optimizer (Sony DRO vs Canon HTP). So yes, NEX have better IQ, but (like you) I hate NEX control/button/menu. They really annoy me with constant digging through menu, and losing shots in doing so. After switching to canon, I learned to appreciate canon's simple arrangement. Every important buttons ISO/WB/Drive/Flash Compensation can all be easily access with a simply button push. I don't need to dig through the menu, and I no longer losing my shots digging through stupid menu. Canon SL1 is an amazing camera. I too, much prefer its OVF over EVF of NEX-6. It's faster, more natural, and never missed a shot due to EVF blackout. If you can ... Continue Reading

007peter answered
11 months ago

Exaggerate a bit much STEVE!  Please show me then.  Here are the iso3200 image downloaded from ImageResource: From left to right: Canon 700D vs EOS-M vs NEX-5T @iso3200 I know you HATE eos-m and never had a good thing to said about in you past post.  But you never owned one either.  I owned one, and I tell you, the difference between 700d vs EOS-M isn't significant. Continue Reading

007peter answered
11 months ago


SL1 focus.
oldbaldeagle asked
1 year ago


sorry about above ! I've just received my SL1 and it seems ok but I have query on focus. Can I set a single focus point ie center point spot focus ? Can't find it in manual or see it when playing. I do need it so I hope you can . Continue Reading

oldbaldeagle answered
1 year ago

I just received this camera too as a second camera for every day shooting :) You can change the AF points. Choose the AF points selection button and while holding it first use the dial just behind the shutter button to select one point AF. With the arrows around the QSet button at the back you can select the AF point you want. Continue Reading

LifeIsMyLens answered
1 year ago

Press the button that looks like a rectangle with a plus sign in it.  Upper-right on the back of the camera.  Use the wheel to scroll through or the pad to move to the available points.   You'll likely not be able to do this in some of the auto modes.  P, Av, Tv, and M should be fine. Continue Reading

Rob Bernhard answered
1 year ago


What is the best camera for a visually-impaired photographer?

Hello, guys and gals! I am thinking about buying a DSLR/mirrorless camera and I need your help in choosing one. If I had to describe my vision problem, I would say that normal vision is like a long telephoto lens, while my eyes are wide-angle primes. I see everything much smaller than people with normal vision, but colors and focus/sharpness are not a problem. I would like to find a camera more suited for me, but it also MUST be a good interchangeable-lens camera, I won't buy another compact again. I bought the Fujifilm FinePix S4000 2 years ago and I only like one thing about it: its looong zoom (one of the longest at the time, equiv. to 700mm+ on a FF.) Image quality is bad even in good light, white balance and focus are terrible in low light. I went for a cheaper "superzoom" and I regretted not buying a DSLR. I compose using both the LCD screen and the EVF, since I rely on autofocus and I see well enough to frame the picture. However, it would be nice if I had a larger viewfinder. ...

7 months ago


Viewfinders have three ratings: Magnification, coverage, and crop factor. The image size is: Magnification * coverage / crop factor If you want a big image, you want a low crop factor. Full frame is the way to go. If you cannot do full frame, a decent EVF will beat even the nicest APS OVFs. A Sony A77 viewfinder has a magnification of 0.72x. For comparison, a D7100 is 0.61x. A 70D is 0.59x, and only 95% coverage. An A6000 is 0.70x. I have good vision, and I really don't enjoy using APS OVFs all that much, even on the very high end. If you step down to a 100D or a D3200, the OVFs are painfully bad -- 0.54x and 0.5x respectively with 95% coverage. On the Sony end, I would look much more at the A-mount than E-mount. A-mount lens options are probably better in your price range than Canon/Nikon, at least if you want image stabilization. Wide aperture primes on A-mount all become stabilized. That's super-nice. Continue Reading

Alphoid answered
7 months ago

Difficult to say what you need to assist you with using a camera, but I cam across the following for videography. It clips over the lcd screen on your camera and magnifies the display a little. Might be worth visiting a store somewhere to try one out. I've only seen one on a canon camera, but am sure they are available for other makes and models.. Hope that helps a little! Continue Reading

cnw180 answered
7 months ago

Thanks. I've seen a video of something like that on Youtube. But I'd probably end up not using it because it makes the camera so much bigger. Maybe a magnified eyepiece would be better? Continue Reading

wideangleprime answered
7 months ago


  • EOS Rebel SL1 Body
  • Lens Kit includes EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM lens
  • Eyecup Ef
  • Battery Pack LP-E12
  • Battery Charger LC-E12
  • Wide Strap EW-300D
  • USB Interface Cable IFC-130U
  • EOS Digital Solution Disc
  • Software Instruction Manual CD
  • Camera Instruction Manual

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Warranty Information

"Canon U.S.A., Inc. and Canon Canada Inc. (collectively "Canon") warrant to the original end‐user purchaser, when delivered in new condition in its original container, that the Product will be free from defects in materials and workmanship under normal use and service for a period of one (1) year from the date of original purchase. Product returned to a Canon repair facility and proven to be defective upon inspection will, at Canon’s sole discretion and without charge, be (a) repaired utilizing new, remanufactured, repaired and/or recycled parts; (b) exchanged for a new Product or; (c) exchanged for a refurbished Product, as determined by the Canon repair facility. Warranty exchange or replacement does not extend the original warranty period of the Product. "

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