Canon EOS Rebel SL1 (Canon 100D)

Canon EOS Rebel SL1 CameraCanon Rebel SL1  (Canon 100D)

A new breed of camera from Canon the Canon EOS Rebel SL1, known in Europe and Worldwide as the Canon EOS 100D, was released to the market in April 2013.  It is an entry level camera which is perfect for those wanting to venture into DSLR photography – perhaps upgrading from a compact or wanting more than taking snaps with their smart phone.  It has lots of program and preset functions but with full manual capabilities as the user becomes more adventurous.  The release of the Canon Rebel SL1 (Canon 100D) was timed along with the release of a new STM kit lens.  STM (Stepping Motor Technology) enables near silent focus when recording video.

The Canon EOS Rebel Sl1 has an important claim to fame being the World’s Smallest and Lightest, Entry-level Digital SLR Camera.  Aside from camera functionality it can record Full HD EOS Movies. With a 18.0 Megapixel CMOS (APS-C) sensor and DIGIC 5 Image Processor, it delivers images of brilliant quality.  It has a wide ISO range of 100-12800 (expandable to H: 25600) for photos, enabling shooting at low levels of light and 100-6400 (expandable to H: 12800) for video.  It can shoot photos at up to 4.0 frames per second when continuous shooting mode.  If you are new to DSLR cameras the terminology can be confusing –  take a look at this helpful article “Upgrading to a DSLR Camera”.

Features of Canon Rebel SL1 – Canon 100D

  • World’s smallest (116.8 x 90.7 x69.4mm) / lightest (370g)
  • STM Lens Support for Quiet AF in Movies
  • 18.0 MP APS-C CMOS Sensor
  • DIGIC 5 Image Processor
  • 3.0 inch (1040k) Clear View II TFT Touch Screen LCD
  • ISO 100-12800, Expandable to 25600
  • Full HD Movie Mode with Movie Servo AF
  • 4.0 fps Continuous Shooting
  • 9-point AF system
  • Seven Creative Filters that can be displayed in real time
  • New Special Scene Modes: Kids, Food and Candlelight

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Specification of Canon Rebel SL1 (Canon 100D)

The Canon Rebel SL1 camera has many of  the latest features seen on the  Canon range. If you would like to view the full specification you can visit

Size – only weighs 13 ounces (369 grams)

Image Size/Quality –  18 megapixel CMOS (APS-C) sensor and wide ranging ISO of 100-6,400 (expandable to 12,800)  for photos and ISO 100-6400 for videos.

Image format – Still Photos  recorded in JPEG and/or RAW. Vidoes are recorded in MOV format.

Speed – Up to 4 frames per second (FPS) continuous shooting.

Video – Full HD Movie with focus tracking. It has a series of frame rates options, manual exposure option, built in microphone with manual audio level adjustment.

LCD – 3 inch Clear View Touch Screen. Touch auto focus and menu selection.

Autofocus – 9 point autofocus for accurate focusing when using the viewfinder. The AF system provides high speed detection and high precision contrast focusing.

Automode – If you are venturing into DSLR photography you can use Scene Intelligent Auto Mode ensuring optimized photos in all manner of different settings.

Special Effects – Effect Shot Mode, Background Simulation and Creative Filters that can be used in Live View Mode.

Why Buy the Canon Rebel SL1 – Canon 100D

Reviews of the Canon Rebel SL1*

Awesome Camera – Great camera. Lightweight, easy to use, and great image quality. I love it. (March 2015)

Live view mode – This is my first DSLR and it is somewhat more difficult to figure out all the camera can, and can’t do. I was not accustom to using the view finder. I like the live view mode better; but was disappointed that all the options are not available using this shooting mode. Canon also warns of the camera over heating and going into auto shutoff if using live view shooting mode for extended shooting. Then you have to wait for the camera to cool down before resuming shooting in live view mode. This is the only negative that I have found thus far. (Feb 2015)

The Perfect DSLR – Moving up from a Canon point-and-shoot camera, I looked at a number of DSLR’s before choosing the SL-1. I am really pleased that it takes great pictures even in poor conditions. Also important is that it’s small and light. The two other things that I think are important is that you can treat it like a point-and-shoot if you want. Take off the lens cap, flip the switch to turn it on (it’s the switch labeled On and Off), hit the camera button to turn on the LED screen, and push the button to take the picture. The other thing is that are no buttons or whatever on the side of the camera where you would normally hold it. (Feb 2015)

Fantastic Camera – His is my first real camera since a point and shoot I bought 12 years ago. I mostly take photos with my iPhone. I never realized what I was missing until my son was born. My wife and I were never satisfied with the photos we took of him. As you know, babies rarely stay still long enough for a proper photo. We decided to buy our first real camera based on a relative’s recommendation. We decided on the SL1 after talking to a Canon rep at Best Buy. It is a beautiful camera. So light and compact. My wife and I have small hands so this was a big deal to us. It is also surprisingly easy to use. We were afraid of too many settings but they make sense on this camera. Even in full auto mode the photos are gorgeous. We are experimenting with the many manual settings. This is a great camera for those new to the hobby. I highly recommend it. (Jan 2015)

*Sample Reviews courtesy of Canon USA


STM Lenses – perfect lenses for the Canon T6i

We saw the introduction of the Canon STM lens in 2012. Designed to be used with their APS-C digital sensors cameras they have features that are particularly suited for those wanting to capture video – even the on/off switch now has a video selector.
There are now three STM lenses suited to the likes of the Canon 650D, 700D and new 100D

•Standard Kit Lens – Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM lens. Features 4 stop Image Stabiliser for use in low light. Focusing as close as 0.25m.

•Zoom Kit Lens – Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM Zoom lens. Features 4 stop Image Stabilisation and focusing down to 0.39m.

•Pancake Lens – Canon EF 40mm f2.8 STM lens Fixed Focal length lens. Wide f2.8 aperture for use in low light. Very shallow depth hence called a pancake lens.