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March 20, 2013

New Canon SL1 aka 100D: a new smaller Digital Rebel with Optical Viewfinder

Canon has decided to put on the skinny jeans on their new Canon Digital Rebel SL1 aka 100D. As hinted repeatedly during earlier interviews months/years ago, Canon is attempting to counter the popularity of the more compact mirrorless cameras with a more compact DSLR.

The SL1 will feature an 18mp APS-C sensor with DiGiC 5 and ISO 100 to 12800 (expandable to 25600). Burst mode is up to 4fps. Video options include 1080p (thank you CMOS sensors).

It will have a 3-inch fixed touch-screen on the back with around 1 million dots and an optical viewfinder. It has a 9-point AF system that includes a high precision dual cross f2.8 center point. Focusing options include the new Hybrid CMOS AF II, a combo of high-speed phase-detection AF and high-precision contrast AF.

The battery used is the LP-E12.

The Canon SL1 will be available in two kits, the body only going for $650 and with the new 18-55 lens going for $800. They are available for pre-order at those prices at Adorama (SL1 body or SL1 w/18-55).

It is interesting to note that with both the SL1 and the T5i/700D, the price delta between the body-only and the kit with the new 18-55 kit lens is $150 instead of the usual $100.

Canon SL1 First Impressions
+ side by side camera body multiple views, SL1/100D vs T5i/700D at ePhotozine
+ Imaging Resource
+ dpreview
+ Digital Camera Info
+ Photo Review with the Canon pyramid
+ Pop Photo and CNet (side by side picture with T5i/700D)
+ Engadget
+ The Verge
+ ThePhoblographer
+ Tech Radar

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