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Along with the barely updated Canon T5i (700D) Canon announced the Rebel SL1, a slimmed down version of the T4i and now T5i cameras.

It is the internals of the T5i/T4i with a few differences

  • 80% coverage of AF in Live View, this is an increase and should make live view focusing better, not necessarily faster, just better.
  • 4fps – max of 7 RAW and 28 JPEGs, this is down from 5fps with 10 RAW in the T4i/T5i
  • 9 focus points but only the center focus point is cross type.
  • Creative filters can be display in real time during live view shooting
  • Background blur display in live view ( I too am curious to know more)
  • New Scene Modes- Kids, Food and Candlelight (not present in T4i or T5i)


Externally the camera has a few difference

  • Mono mic
  • Non-articulating LCD screen
  • Multi purpose buttons surrounding the multi purpose SET/Q menu – on the T5i and T4i the button surrounding the set menu are all labeled and the Q button is different.
  • Camera does retain all other buttons found on the T4i/T5i cameras.
  • It is smaller, a good bit smaller, paired with the 40mm STM lens, this will be quite the tiny powerhouse.

Available at the end of April – $799 for SL1 with 18-55 STM lens | Body only 


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  1. I think they are releasing too many models too fast. They need to take their time and update one model with all the bells and whistles and not charge you an arm and leg.

    Pretty pathetic how quickly they are releasing models and with barely any significant updates. You would think that they were acting like Apple does with the iPads.

    Would be nice to see the cost of lenses come down as well. IMO they are too expensive.

  2. I too wish they would slow down the Rebel release cycle, you aren’t the only one that has made the Apple comment/comparison and that is not a good place for Canon to be. Lenses – I can’t quite decide how I feel about lens pricing – on one hand they are highly technical and precision engineered pieces of optics, on the other hand I look at 3rd party prices vs Canon prices and the gap is quite large with the performance gap being much smaller or non- existent, the new Sigma 35 f/1.4 is a great example, sharper and cheaper for a few hundred dollars less than Canons version.

  3. You have a recommendation for a good lens for someone that likes to do a lot of landscape, lightning shots but will also work for family shots, etc. I would like to find a fast lens for a decent price (say 300-400 range) but have no idea where to start the search.

    Right now I have the 50mm 1.8, 18-200 kit and 75-300 on a Canon 60D.

  4. will the SL1 be compatible with the rebel lenses. This is all so confusing now for me. I have been price shopping 🙂 because I have wanted the T4i w/18-135…now not sure. T5i or SL1…what the heck??? price is a big factor, but I hear the t4i has been discontinued, not sure I want to buy a discontinued model…help!!!!!!!

    • The SL1 is and will be compatible with all EF and EF-S lenses (Rebel Lenses). I agree it has gotten a bit confusing. I still think the t4i with 18-135 STM, despite eventual discontinuance, is a good value. It will be sometime before the T5i drops to a similar price and the t5i offers very little over the t4i. The Sl1 could be considered if you are willing to make a few sacrifices for a smaller body. Happy to chat a bit more about this.

  5. Jay First lens that comes to mind is the Tamron 28-75 f/2.8, you give up a bit of wide angle but the pay off is constant f/2.8 aperture making it a fast lens and lovely for portraits especially up around 50-75 at f/2.8. It is above your budget at $499. In the 300-400 range the only thing I am comfortable recommending is something like the Sigma 30 f/1.4 – a very fast lens, a nice multi purpose focal length and in your budget.

  6. > Background blur display in live view ( I too am curious to know more)

    Effect Shot mode and Background Simulation
    Among the dynamic new features designed to make creative photography both intuitive and fun, the EOS Rebel SL1 has Background Simulation, which makes it easy for beginners to achieve dramatic blurred or sharpened backgrounds. The result is previewed on the LCD screen, so users can see in advance how their final image will look. Plus, a new Effect Shot feature automatically captures two shots simultaneously: one without effect, and one with a preselected Picture Style or Creative Filter effect. This makes it easy to see how each effect changes the photo without compromising the original image. Effect Shot mode is available in both Live View and viewfinder-based shooting, and can easily be viewed immediately in playback mode.


    • If this is legit it sounds like true depth of field preview, in real time, which is quite nice. If it isn’t true depth of field preview and is just a filter I am far less interested.

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