Canon has announced its newest DSLR camera, the EOS Rebel SL1, which the company is promoting as “the world’s smallest and lightest DSLR camera.”
The body of the camera is 4.6 x 3.57 x 2.74 inches and weighs 14.36 ounces, which, in comparison, is about 25 percent smaller and 28 percent lighter than the previous model in the EOS Rebel line, the T4i.
The SL1 has an 18 megapixel CMOS sensor with an ISO range of 100-12800, a nine-point center cross-type autofocus, and the ability to shoot in both live and regular view modes. The camera is capable of shooting full HD 1080p video, and has a 3-inch fixed LCD touchscreen that allows users to flip through pictures by swiping left or right.
The camera sells as a body only unit for $650, or packaged with the 18-55mm IS STM lens for $800, and will be available in April.
TechnologyGuide sister site DigitalCameraReview got some hands on time with the Rebel SL1 at a recent event in New York, and found that the camera feels as lightweight as Canon claims it to be and also noted it will easily fit into a small hand, while users with large hands may want something bulkier.
DCR also wrote that the autofocus works well in both live and regular shooting views, and suggested getting the 40mm f/2.8 STM pancake lens instead of the packaged 18-55mm IS STM lens.
To find out more, head on over to DCR for the full Canon EOS Rebel SL1 hands-on preview.