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

4.175 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


  • 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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