In terms of size, DSLRs just can’t compete with mirrorless cameras due to technical structure of the former. Instead of launching a sequel to the EOS M, Canon decided to make DSLR smaller, introducing the world’s smallest and lightest DSLR, the EOS Rebel SL1 (known as EOS 100D in other countries). Measuring 116.8 x 90.7 x 69.4mm, and weighs only 407g, the SL1 is 25 percent smaller and 28 percent lighter than the T4i/650D. With a ultra-portable body, the camera still managed to offer high-speed and high image quality.
The Rebel SL1 packs a newly-developed 18 Megapixel CMOS APS-C image sensor with an ISO range of 100-12800 for high performance in both bright and dim light environments. It also sports DIGIC 5 image processor for speed and high image quality. The processor makes 4fps high-speed shooting possible. The compact DSLR features a new nine-point center cross type AF system for fast and sharp focus, and the system includes a new Hybrid CMOS AF II sensor to provide a wider AF area when shooting in Live View.
The super portable DSLR includes Scene Intelligent Auto Mode with improved scene detection to deliver optimized photos. There are new Special Scene modes including Kids, Food and Candle to ensure the best possible photos under difficult shooting conditions. Effect Shot mode can automatically create two shots, one with selected creative filter and one without. You can even preview Creative Filters and Background Blur Simulation in real-time during Live View shooting. There are also in-camera editing and cropping functions.
The Rebel SL1 supports Full HD video recording and its Movie Servo AF allows continuous autofocus tracking of moving subjects while recording video. It has a 3-inch Clear View LCD touchscreen display and an optical viefinder with 0.87x magnification. SD/SDHC/SDXC cards, including UHS-I cards are supported for storage.
Canon will release the ultra small DSLR in April for $649.99 for the body only or $799.99 with the new EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM kit lens.