Monthly Archives: May 2013

My New Canon Rebel SL1

Taken with Canon Rebel SL1 and Kit lens
Lizzy the cat. I took this inside, hand-held at ISO 400, using Aperture Mode. Shutter speed was only 1/13 sec, but the Image Stabilization of the lens allowed for a sharp photo.

I’m a push-over when it comes to new equipment, and if it’s a new Rebel.. well, shucks, as my Mother-in-law said more than once, “If you don’t have it, you need it.”

I totally agree, especially when Canon releases brand new technology at the beginner level. I have been a fan since Canon released the first Rebel.

This Canon EOS Rebel SL1 is not a remake of any camera, it is a new species. Lighter and smaller than any digital SLR on the market, it actually feels like a toy when you first pick it up. But it is not a toy by any stretch of the imagination. It has given me some really nice image quality so far.

And the new Kit Lens is pretty good, too. I like it lots better than the old 18-55mm kit lens. This one is built especially to handle the video function without a lot of focusing noise. If you have used a Canon DSLR for video, you know what it’s like.

This video is really short and sweet, but it pretty much shows the best of the new Rebel.

flowers taken with Rebel SL1
image taken at ISO 1600 has been cropped to view at 100%
flowers taken with Rebel SL1
image taken at ISO 6400 has been cropped to view at 100%

So, the image sensor and processor are the same as in the last 3 Rebels, 18 megapixels, so the image quality is expected to be the same, and I can vouch for that.. in the few pictures I have had the opportunity to take, I find no problem with quality. In fact, the quality seems better than my other Rebels with the old kit lens.

I have bumped the ISO up to 6400 just to see how that looks. I would not use it at that setting unless absolutely necessary, but the quality is OK considering the past models at that setting. There is some noise, but you have to look really close to see it.

The biggest negative for me is the lack of a swivel LCD screen. I have really gotten dependent on that feature with my T3i and T4i.

Over all, I would guess that the new Rebel will be a success. It packs a lot of punch for its size.

You can find a much more in-depth review about my new camera if you CLICK HERE.

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