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CanonEOS Rebel SL1 DSLR Camera (Body Only)
 
4.8

(based on 67 reviews)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (53)
  • Good image quality (46)
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (38)
  • Large clear LCD (38)
  • High ISO performance (28)

Cons

  • Short battery life (3)

Best Uses

  • Travel (40)
  • Family photos (36)
  • Landscape/scenery (34)
  • Low light (22)
  • Sports/action (18)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (25), Semi-pro photographer (15), Pro photographer (7), Enthusiast (6), Casual photographer (5)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (57), Yes (5)

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5.0

Great Little Camera

By Shari

from Pittsburgh, PA

About Me Semi-Professional

Pros

  • Battery Charges Quickly
  • Durable
  • Easy To Use
  • Great Action Shots
  • Great For Low Light
  • Lightweight
  • Reliable

Cons

  • Battery Drains Fast

Best Uses

  • Hobbyists
  • Home
  • Traveling

Comments about Canon EOS Rebel SL1 DSLR Camera (Body Only):

I just ordered this camera last Thursday and received it promptly on Monday as expected. So first and foremost, kudos to the folks at B&H for shipping my product on time and in great condition.

I mainly use this camera to take photos for a client for publication on their website. The subjects can range from students in a classroom to a basketball game. My old camera, a Rebel XSi, was not great with low-light photography. I've only used the SL1 for a few days, but already notice a great improvement in the quality of both low-light and action shots.

The camera is very light and small, which I also appreciate. I have small hands, so for me, it's a perfect fit. I can see where a man or someone with larger hands might have difficulty holding it comfortably, though.

I was able to use all of my existing lenses with this camera, so that was another plus.

So far, I'm not seeing much of a down side to this camera. If you're a professional photographer, this camera is most definitely not sophisticated enough for your needs. But for those of us who are using a camera recreationally or just occasionally, it more than fits the bill.

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5.0

Perfect camera

By Zanne

from NM

Comments about Canon EOS Rebel SL1 DSLR Camera (Body Only):

I researched a lot of cameras before purchasing the Canon EOS SL1. It fits perfectly in my hands. It accommodates other lenses. Very easy to use. Included software and online tutorial make it fun to learn how to use it in manual mode. B&H was great to order and return. I would order again from them and highly recommend anyone else to order with confidence.

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5.0

Fantastic Camera

By Dallionz

from Texas

About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Durable
  • Easy To Use
  • Lightweight
  • Quiet
  • Reliable

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Everyday use
    • Portraits

    Comments about Canon EOS Rebel SL1 DSLR Camera (Body Only):

    I bought this product primarily to take candid photos of my family as well as portraits of our two children as well as our family together.

    This camera is fast, durable, quiet, and comfortable to hold. I've always loved Canons. My last camera was a 60D and this one outperforms it in many ways.

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    • No

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    5.0

    amazing clarity and accuracy

    By Don

    from Wethersfield, CT

    About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Lightweight
    • Reliable

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Everyday use
      • Home
      • Landscape Photography
      • Macro Photography
      • Portraits
      • Traveling

      Comments about Canon EOS Rebel SL1 DSLR Camera (Body Only):

      The camera is used for all types of photography. The camera is amazingly easy to use being lightweight and compact. Quality of images are fantastic.

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      • No

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      5.0

      Great Little Camera

      By Neal

      from Vero Beach, FL

      About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Accepts My Canon Lenses
      • Great price
      • Lightweight

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Everyday use
        • Home
        • Landscape Photography
        • Portraits
        • Traveling

        Comments about Canon EOS Rebel SL1 DSLR Camera (Body Only):

        Updated my EOS 30D. Wonderful improvements .. like going from a flip phone to a smartphone. The chromatic aberration correction for all of my Canon lenses is a plus. My old Canon film camera remote and cable work on the SL1, takes great pictures in the program mode for me, my wife took great pictures in the auto mode (you should change the the auto ISO MAX to 400 for less grainy results). The small size is of the SL1 is perfect. The programmable options are outstanding. B&H delivered on time as ususal

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        5.0

        Small and Light

        By HiMike

        from Honolulu

        About Me Semi-Professional

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Lightweight

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Everyday use

          Comments about Canon EOS Rebel SL1 DSLR Camera (Body Only):

          I bought this because I needed something small and light to get more use out of my Canon EF lens collection. The image is deceptive. You need to look carefully at how much of the front of the camera the lens mount takes up in the photographs. When I got the box I was disappointed in how big the box was. Then I opened it and had to dig about a bit to find the camera body. It is quite small and very light.

          Surprisingly it is not that ugly with the 40 mm pancake lens on it and it seems to love that lens. The controls are of course shoved around and pushed together, but it is Canon for sure. The fingers found everything after just a bit of experience and in no time I was changing settings without removing my eye from the finder as you should be able to on a Canon with its nice ergonomics. It fit in the hands surprisingly well! The initial images are very impressive and even with it set to shoot RAWS in Neutral they were crisp and "Canon like".

          It is a fat little spud and with the 40 mm pancake mount it is not going to win any beauty contests but it seems to belong together and the main thing is the way it fits the hands and how much fun it is to shoot. With the pancake lens it hangs on the strap perfectly waiting to be used. The 40 mm is a bit long in the focal length however.

          Overall it is just what I was hoping for, a light weight option for some of my smaller Canon lenses to create a constant carry around type camera from a system I have already invested in. And in spite of the compacting the fingers think it retained the essential Canon controls. The isolated ISO set button is especially handy as I shoot a lot of AP and using ISO to help determine shutter speed is very important to me. So a simple method of doing an ISO reset quickly by feel is nice.

          The battery is more G series than EOS series and the second one is a bit pricey. But I have had bad experiences with third party camera batteries and never had a problem with the Canon factory ones so I just forked over for a second one.

          The only thing I did not like was the bright red Canon strap. Forgive me. I put on a Sony Alpha black strap I had which was less conspicuous...

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          5.0

          Super Lightweight DSLR

          By SkeetPhoto

          from Melbourne, Australia

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
          • Good Image Quality
          • Great battery life
          • High ISO Performance
          • Large Clear LCD
          • Light weight

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Family Photos
            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Travel

            Comments about Canon EOS Rebel SL1 DSLR Camera (Body Only):

            The camera produces brilliant images straight out of the camera. The in camera software and menus are easy and straight forward to use. For a small camera, there are the right buttons and dials for experienced photographers for full and quick control over the camera operation. Plus there are useful auto settings on the top dial. There is an ISO button next to the front function wheel. There are also exposure lock and exposure compensation buttons on the rear. It even has a depth-of-field preview button! Plus lens correction data built in.There is also a handy built in flash that works great for fill flash. The rear LCD is bright and accurate and also a touch screen, which I have now become accustomed to using and it well laid out. There is live-view which is activated by a button on the rear and also allows different image aspect rations to be used. There is also an adjustable viewfinder diopter.I am using an older EF 35mm f/2 lens on the camera and the EF 50mm f/1.8 II. This is a responsive camera that produces wonderful, high resolution images. It is so light to carry and I am so happy with this purchase.

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            5.0

            Excelente Cámara

            By SRL Fan

            from San Juan, PR

            About Me Photography Student

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Fast Shutter Speed
            • Good Image Quality
            • High ISO Performance
            • Large Clear LCD

            Cons

            • Short Battery Life

            Best Uses

            • Family Photos
            • Indoors/Low Light
            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Wildlife photos

            Comments about Canon EOS Rebel SL1 DSLR Camera (Body Only):

            Soy estudiante de fotografía y decidí comprar esta cámara porque es ideal para llevar a cualquier lugar. Su peso y su tamaño evitan que me fatigue rápido por cargarla. No quería comprar la T3i, pues la encontraba un poco deficiente, ni tampoco la T5i porque es enorme. La SL1 es muy cómoda, tiene colores realmente impresionante para ser una cámara "barata" dentro de la extensa gama que tiene Canon. Para quienes tienen poca experiencia utilizando una DSLR es realmente fácil de utilizar, y para quienes están en un nivel mas avanzado también tiene la parte de programación manual, TV y AV. Yo decidí comprarla con un lente EF de 50mm con la apertura maxima f/1.8. Resulta muy luminosa y perfecta para escenas con poca luz. De las pocas cosas que no me gustan es que su cuerpo es plástico, así que, tienes que tener extremada precaución con no dejarla caer. Ademas, la batería se agota un poco rápido. Por lo demás es perfecta.

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            • No

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            5.0

            Great little camera

            By Typical Disney Dad

            from Cromwell, CT

            About Me Casual Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Accepts Older Eos Lenses

            Cons

            • No tilt screen

            Best Uses

            • Family Photos
            • Indoors/Low Light
            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Sports/Action
            • Travel
            • Video
            • Weddings/Events
            • Wildlife photos

            Comments about Canon EOS Rebel SL1 DSLR Camera (Body Only):

            This camera is very compact but has all of the features that you want in a DSLR. Easy to carry and operate. I got it for my wife and expected it to be too small to feel comfortable in my hands but that is not the case.

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            • Yes

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            5.0

            What a great value!

            By Jen

            from San Diego, CA

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
            • Good Image Quality
            • Good Image Stabilization
            • Large Clear LCD
            • Lightweight Camera Body
            • Quiet

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Family Photos
              • Indoors/Low Light
              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Sports/Action
              • Travel
              • Wildlife photos

              Comments about Canon EOS Rebel SL1 DSLR Camera (Body Only):

              I upgraded from the Rebel XT (8mp) to this SL1 (18mp) and wow, what an improvement! The SL1 has so many additional features that improve the ease of use but still allows you the benefit of shooting fully manual as well. The biggest improvement to me is how LIGHT the camera is. I love taking quality photos, but the weight of carrying a heavy camera and lenses, especially when traveling, has been off putting for me. I am excited to take this new camera to Europe in less than 2 months.

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              5.0

              I would buy this product again and again

              By Rut loves photography

              from Kennedale, TX

              About Me Casual Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
              • Fast Shutter Speed
              • Good Image Quality
              • Good Image Stabilization

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Family Photos
                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Sports/Action
                • Travel
                • Video

                Comments about Canon EOS Rebel SL1 DSLR Camera (Body Only):

                This camera is lightweight. Easy to use. I had a T4I and what a difference in carrying it around.

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                4.0

                Small and lightweight with high quality

                By baysal adanus

                from TR

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Compact design
                • Easy To Use
                • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
                • Good Image Quality
                • High ISO Performance
                • Large Clear LCD
                • Lightweight

                Cons

                • No Lcd Tilt
                • Short Battery Life

                Best Uses

                • Family Photos
                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Travel
                • Video
                • Weddings/Events

                Comments about Canon EOS Rebel SL1 DSLR Camera (Body Only):

                With canon 40mm pancake lens, this is the smallest DSLR-lens combination in the world while keeping the image quality as good as larger products such as 650D. The responsiveness and the image quality of the LCD display makes the adjustments an easy task. If size and weight is important for you (it is for me) with high image quality, this camera is one of the best choices.

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                5.0

                Lightweight w/ all the bells & whistles

                By SuzanneC

                from Stuart, FL

                About Me Pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
                • Fast Shutter Speed
                • Good Image Quality
                • Good Image Stabilization
                • High ISO Performance
                • Large Clear LCD
                • Quiet

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Family Photos
                  • Indoors/Low Light
                  • Landscape/Scenery
                  • Sports/Action
                  • Travel
                  • Weddings/Events
                  • Wildlife photos

                  Comments about Canon EOS Rebel SL1 DSLR Camera (Body Only):

                  I use this professionally as a macro camera. It is much more user friendly than another (big name) camera that I own. It was SO lightweight - before I added the heavy (non-Canon) lens. I used both cameras at the same photo shoot and found the photos from the SL1 to be more vivid than my other camera. It's very easy to use, the menu is set up so I can easily find what I'm looking for, and the touch screen is awesome! I love this camera and I'd recommend it for personal and professional use. (I have not used the video yet)

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                  4.0

                  Really nice

                  By John

                  from Brazil

                  Comments about Canon EOS Rebel SL1 DSLR Camera (Body Only):

                  The same power from its bigger brother (T5i), in a smaller body. Compact and excellent to use as a backup since fits most modern Canon lenses. Only complain is that the grip could be bigger without altering the overall size.

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                  5.0

                  Love my new camera!

                  By GrandPen

                  from Spokane, WA

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about Canon EOS Rebel SL1 DSLR Camera (Body Only):

                        This was a great choice for my first DSLR! It is small and light but has all the features and quality of a larger camera body.

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                        5.0

                        In my professional opinion, AMAZING!!!

                        By Highly Satisfied Customer

                        from SC

                        About Me Pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy To Use
                        • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
                        • Fast Shutter Speed
                        • Good Image Quality
                        • Good Image Stabilization
                        • High Iso Before Grain
                        • High Iso Before Noise
                        • High ISO Performance
                        • Highly Detailed Photos
                        • Large Clear LCD
                        • Quiet

                        Cons

                        • Lens Creep At Times
                        • Some Abnormal Lens Creep

                        Best Uses

                        • Family Photos
                        • Indoors/Low Light
                        • Landscape/Scenery
                        • Sports/Action
                        • Travel
                        • Video
                        • Weddings/Events
                        • Wildlife photos

                        Comments about Canon EOS Rebel SL1 DSLR Camera (Body Only):

                        I am a pro photographer and wanted a lightweight camera for international travel. WOW!! This camera has blown me away!! I purchased body only, having plenty of lenses on hand. Every lens I put on this camera seems enhanced even more than my high dollar cameras! Extremely sharp detailed photos! Vivid color. Tons and tons of user friendly options built in, many automatic settings that are awesome if you're in a hurry. Extremely easy to access everything, especially with the touch screen! Wish my high end cameras had such easy access at just a touch! I put an old 55-250 kit lens on that I had laying around. I have never, honestly, had that lens perform with the quality it gave on this body! I cannot say enough good things about this wonderfully small, lightweight camera! I can add my heavy lenses and only have half the weight I would have had without compromising photo quality. I'm sitting here having a hard time thinking of what ISN'T great about it...any problems I have had have been the result of the learning curve, not the camera! I guess perhaps there are times that my expensive lenses search longer than normal for focus. (I had previously purchased, and returned the T5i, due to lower quality photos...no comparison to this camera, in my honest opinion)

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                        5.0

                        The complete camera

                        By Callexusjim

                        from Phoenix, Arizona

                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy To Use
                        • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
                        • Fast Shutter Speed
                        • Good Image Quality
                        • High ISO Performance
                        • Large Clear LCD
                        • Quiet

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                            Comments about Canon EOS Rebel SL1 DSLR Camera (Body Only):

                            This was a gift to my 14 year old granddaughter as her first DSLR. I had a couple EF lenses for her to use as she gets familiar with it. What a blast. Her poor cat is becoming blind from the flash. When she starts her photography class in the fall she'll probably have shot 10,000 exposures. It does have everything!

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                            4.0

                            GREAT little DSLR

                            By Steve in Tn.

                            from Tennessee

                            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                            Verified Reviewer

                            Pros

                            • Easy To Use
                            • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
                            • Good Image Quality
                            • Large Clear LCD
                            • Quiet

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Family Photos
                              • Landscape/Scenery
                              • Travel

                              Comments about Canon EOS Rebel SL1 DSLR Camera (Body Only):

                              This little camera may not "impress", but while other people are getting cramps dragging around their hulking big and heavy cameras, you will be getting shots as good or better than they are with this small, lightweight beauty. I have had the pro level Canon cameras, including the 1Ds and the 5D MkII. I actually like this little shooter better than any of them. Use it with the pancake 40mm lens and you have an amazing device that is a joy to use all day long. My ONLY wish was that it had a little cleaner images at high ISO, but it is totally clean at 800 and usable at 1600 at moderate size prints. Any higher ISO and quality does suffer, so try to keep the ISO to 800 and under and you will be very pleased with this camera.

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                              5.0

                              Smaller and lighter than you think

                              By DGA

                              from Pound Ridge, NY

                              About Me Casual Photographer

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Easy To Use
                              • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
                              • Good Image Stabilization
                              • Large Clear LCD
                              • Quiet

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Family Photos
                                • Landscape/Scenery
                                • Travel

                                Comments about Canon EOS Rebel SL1 DSLR Camera (Body Only):

                                This camera is hardly larger and heavier than most point and shoot cameras - but the image quality is light years ahead, the manual controls are the equal of more expensive DSLRs and yet - you can use it on full program, too.

                                A great camera that proves good things come in small packages

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                                4.0

                                Just what I was looking for...

                                By BeatleJohn

                                from Boston MA

                                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Easy To Use
                                • Good Image Quality
                                • Size Size Size

                                Cons

                                • None experienced so far

                                Best Uses

                                • Family Photos
                                • Indoors/Low Light
                                • Sports/Action

                                Comments about Canon EOS Rebel SL1 DSLR Camera (Body Only):

                                Long time user of Canon camreas and lenses, this camera is perfect for my needs. As Canon says, 'world's smallest and lightest dslr.' It travels very well yet is comfortable in my large, man hands. This camera has great features including HD video. It runs w/ a standard HD memory card. (The camera ships w/ a 16gb card, which gives you almost 2200 shots, on high settings.)It has all of the great features I've come to expect from Canon. Definitely worth checking out!!!

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