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CanonEOS Rebel SL1 DSLR Camera (Body Only)
 
4.8

(based on 80 reviews)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (60)
  • 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 (48)
  • Family photos (36)
  • Landscape/scenery (34)
  • Low light (22)
  • Sports/action (18)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (25), Semi-pro photographer (15), Enthusiast (10), Pro photographer (7), Casual photographer (5)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (67), Yes (5)

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4.0

good little slr

By west sider

from new york, ny

About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Compact Great Results
  • Lightweight
  • Reliable
  • Uses All Canon Slr Lenses

Cons

  • Terrible Instruction Book

Best Uses

  • Everyday use
  • Home
  • Macro Photography
  • Traveling

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

This is a very good full featured, yet light and compact slr camera. All of my lenses from my previous Canon slr fit, and it weighs at least a pound less and is extremly comfortable to use. I take alot of macro shots of food at farmers markets and the difference in weight makes it so much easier to hold and focus. A small camera that produces great pictures.
My only critcism is that the instruction book is printed in extremly small type with poor illustrations, and is very difficult to understand and follow. Nowhere is there an overall view of the camera with a guide to the location of the different controls.

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5.0

My 1st DSLR

By Tennessee Mike

from Gatlinburg, TN

About Me Casual user

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Lightweight
  • Reliable

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Home
    • Landscape Photography
    • Traveling

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

    Lightweight, great features and excellent picture quality! I wish I had upgraded years ago! Easy to use and understand.

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    5.0

    Mighty MITE

    By JRWPIX

    from Traverse City, MI

    About Me Professional

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Brilliant
    • Easy To Use
    • Lightweight
    • Reliable

    Cons

    • No Built-in Time-lapse

    Best Uses

    • Everyday use
    • Home
    • Impressing Friends
    • Landscape Photography
    • Traveling

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

    I have been working with EOS1Dx's and 1Ds's since 2002. They are my bread and butter. For my carry-around camera, I've tried the little Olympus X10-20-30, and the Sony X100's. I've TRIED to like them, but the trade off in speed and image quality is a huge gap. The reviews were positive on the SL1, so I bought it at B&H, bundled with the EF40mm2.8 pancake. All I can say is wow!
    The proof is plugging the SD card into the laptop and dropping my jaw. Image quality is simply amazing, compared to ANYTHING. I could make my living off from this camera and lens alone. Yes, it's plastic....and that makes it lighter and stronger. The touch screen is amazing...better than an iPhone! I thought this would be a cheap toy.....right up to the first 1000 photos....now I think its one of photography's best bargains anywhere. This camera makes photography FUN!

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    5.0

    Perfect

    By Lauren

    from Georgia

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

    This was my first DSLR, I was looking for something simple to use but yet very effective in the quality. I have a friend that is a professtional photographer that helped me along the way and we came to this one its been an awesome camera. Its lightweight and easy to use, and its small frame makes it not too bulky. The quality of the images have been fantastic as I'm learning, and the live view makes it easy to see the setting as you go along. So glad I chose this one!

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    5.0

    love the sl1

    By fishdrjr

    from Crossville tn

    About Me Semi-Professional

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Durable
    • 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):

      i love this canon rebel SL1 camera. my last one, the rebel xti, had issues with focusing. this one is fast and easy to use, plus is sharp and crystal clear focus. it is easy to get use to using and supper light too. i love canon and this one is just another one of there great products at a awesome price.

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      5.0

      Amazing Little DSLR

      By The Chad

      from Kansas City, MO

      About Me Professional

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Lightweight
      • Quiet
      • Reliable

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Everyday use
        • Home
        • Street Photography
        • Traveling

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

        I mainly shoot with my 5Ds, but I needed a smaller body for some experimental street photography. This little SL1 has been an amazing addition to my collection of gear. It's super-light, small, quiet, and focuses quick with an assortment of lenses.

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        4.0

        Great DSLR for travel

        By tmax218

        from Phoenix, AZ

        About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Lightweight
        • Reliable

        Cons

        • Strap Is Uncomfortable

        Best Uses

        • Everyday use
        • Landscape Photography
        • Traveling

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

        I got this body as an alternative to lugging my heavy Canon 50D on vacations. This weighs significantly less and is a bit less conspicuous. I get very usable images from this body with my existing Canon lenses (24-105L, 17-55, 50, 40 and 25). It is not going to be as good as a 5D, 6D, or 7D, but for the amateur hobbyist with the ability to shoot in Manual and RAW, it is an excellent choice. Added benefit is HD video, though this takes some getting used to as the camera works a bit to find its focal points. The STM lenses make a difference with focus noise. But good video will take some practice. Overall, highly recommended for the right purpose with the right expectations.

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        4.0

        Works well.

        By Indigo

        from Knoxville, TN

        About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

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        Pros

          Cons

            Best Uses

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

              Works very well, takes good quality pictures and video for prosumer purposes. Great for the price. Some of the menu navigation can be tedious though, and not having a physical button/dial for aperture is annoying.

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              4.0

              Reading the manual

              By Peteymac

              from Lake Arrowhead, CA.

              About Me Semi-Professional

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Durable
              • Lightweight
              • Reliable

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Filming Short Movies

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

                It's my first DSLR. I'm reading the manual about how to begin shooting movies.
                B&H has very helpful videos about all that kind of stuff. The delivery came fast, and in perfect condition across 3000 miles.

                I'll be able to give a better review after I try my first project! I'm psyched to have an audio in and manual options for movies!

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                5.0

                Compact DSLR

                By bhuser

                from Brooklyn

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

                This camera delivers great quality and features for its price and size

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                5.0

                Discreet street camera

                By Steven

                from San Francisco

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

                Bought this paired with a 40mm pancake. Street photos are a little easier to shoot now. Some don't notice it. Those who do usually don't care, they just assume I'm a tourist.

                This camera shines with a small lens for mobility as it weighs next to nothing. Paired with a larger lens it starts to feel more like a t4i without an articulated screen.

                If you want something for video, this camera is capable but not ideal. An articulated screen is a huge convenience you shouldn't ignore.

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                5.0

                My Little Canon SL1 Does Big Work Well

                By Georgie Porgie

                from Boston, MA

                About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Durable
                • Easy To Use
                • Lightweight
                • Reliable

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Everyday use
                  • Home
                  • Portraits
                  • Traveling

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

                  There was something missing in my Canon assembly of cameras and lenses and the EOS Rebel SL1 turned out to be that something. I needed a true DSLR that would accept my array of Canon lenses but have a smaller body than my other Canon cameras. Now I have it from good old B&H.

                  The SL1 fits right into the palms of my big hand and my shutter finger is always poised just right over that button. The photos I take with the camera as fine and sometimes better than the ones I take with my other Canon cameras.

                  I do miss the articulated LED that I have on, for example, my Rebel T3i's. But the LED that is at the back of the SL1 is big and beautiful.

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                  4.0

                  Love the portable size!

                  By Phantom

                  from Nashville, TN

                  About Me Professional

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use
                  • Lightweight

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Everyday use
                    • Traveling

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

                    Purchased this with the 40mm pancake lens. Great camera to carry around!

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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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                      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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                        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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