Pros Digic 5 processor
Excellent image quality
Incredibly small and incredibly light
Interface and ease of use
Autofocus is quick and very accurate
Cons People complain about the 'only one cross-type' sensor, but for me no complain at all
Summary It's odd, because it's also one of the cheapest DSLR's Canon sells, but the nature of the game, is that Canon introduces the best technology into their more expensive lines first, the 7D in 2009, for example. The same sensor technology and advances has then been put into each successive camera, the T3i, the T4i, the 60D, etc., and finally, it has trickled down into the Eos SL1.
Having used the 7D, the 60D, and the SL1, I can say the SL1's user friendliness and ease of use is up with the 7D, and indeed better than the 60D or the T2i (haven't used T4 or the new T5). Another strange thing about Canon, is they'll sometimes put really neat features into their lower end cameras to kind of see how they work out, as a test of sorts.
The reason I say the SL1 is better than the 7D is the 7D had the digic 4 processor while this has the digic 5 processor. sensors being even identical, the better processor will enhance noise reduction in low light shooting, and the speed of the processor being 6 times faster adds to snappyness all around.
The SL1 does indeed have a touch screen, and actually, it's very useable, close to using an iphone in touch sensitivity, and the beauty of Canon's design is, you can turn it OFF, and you can navigate all the menus without using it at all either, which is something very important to me. I don't want my nose hitting the screen to suddenly change a setting while looking through the viewfinder, or maybe i want to save that extra bit of battery life, etc.
it is indeed small, and my only real beef with the SL1 is that while the whole point of it is it being small and portable as all heck, my hand wants just a little bit more depth in the grip itself. otherwise, a perfect little camera. I'm sure some third party vendor is going to come out with an extension grip, or one of those hand strap accessories to remedy this.
I wear glasses, and this viewfinder will be smaller than a 5DmkIII or 7D, and again don't like my nose smashing on the screen, so, I HIGHLY recommend the EP-EX15II extender for the viewfinder. Just look it up on amazon. it makes using the viewfinder infinitely more useable, and it's a very inexpensive accessory.
That being said, I think Canon has a winner on their hands. I will take the SL1 + 40mm pancake combo over the FujiX100S or even Canon's G1X, or any other compact, 4/3's, or other 'lightweight' body camera. This is the one to beat!
people complain about the 'only one cross-type' sensor, but I've found the autofocus points to be speedy and smart and accurate. The only time this should even be an issue is when holding the camera vertical/portrait mode, but what I tend to do is half-press to focus the center point where I want focus, and then compose the shot with button still pressed, then push all the way to take the shot. even with 20 cross-type focus sensors, you're better off just using the center to get focus anyways. At least, that's how I shoot.
One other caveat is you should get at least one STM lens for this body. The kit lens is probably good, I didn't get it, the 40mm STM is a beautiful lens, perfect wide open, so at least get one STM lens, so you can appreciate the very fast focus speed and better autofocus during video shooting. An STM on this body makes autofocus during video actually possible and useable! a feat Canon had not accomplished until now.
*Note, before you have to purchase, check for best price for the "Canon EOS Rebel SL1" at: Digitalcamerasdirect.blogspot.com/p/canon-eos-rebel-sl1.html
I hope this helps.
Pros Excellent photo quality. It's light and very fast. Has point and shoot features, but also allows for more photographic creativity for those who are looking for more professional features
Cons No Wi-Wi or GPS built in
Summary This is a great "upgrade" camera for those who looking to upgrade from a Phone camera or a Point and Shoot compact.
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