Canon launches EOS Rebel SL1, ‘the world’s smallest and lightest DSLR’ (hands-on)


We’ve seen a lot of cameras over the last few months that attempt to get DSLR-level image quality from a smaller, point-and-shoot-style body, but Canon’s taking a different approach. It’s just shrinking the DSLR: the company has announced the EOS Rebel SL1, which it says is “the world’s smallest and lightest DSLR.” The SL1 weighs about 14 ounces, and reps said it’s about 30 percent smaller than other Rebel models; indeed, after a few minutes of using the SL1 any other DSLR feels enormous.

The smaller body does require a few hardware sacrifices — the SL1 has a smaller battery and grip than the T4i, for instance, and in some ways is even a little harder to hold than a larger camera. Its LCD is fixed to the back of the camera….

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