Canon unveils 100D/Rebel SL1 world’s smallest and lightest APS-C DSLR


Canon has announced the EOS 100D/Rebel SL1, the world’s smallest, lightest DSLR. It shares the 18MP resolution, DIGIC 5 processor, 3″ touchscreen and 1080p30 video capability of the mirrorless EOS M. The camera does introduce much wider scene coverage of Canon’s Hybrid AF system and shoots at up to 4 fps. The 100D has a recommended price of $799.99/£799 with the co-announced EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM kit lens.

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New EOS Rebel SL1 Digital SLR Camera Fuses Advanced Image Quality and Features into an Ultra-Portable Body

MELVILLE, N.Y., March 21, 2013MELVILLE, N.Y., March 21, 2013 – Continuing the quest to deliver superb product innovations, Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, today announced the world’s smallest and lightest DSLR* camera: the EOS Rebel SL1 Digital SLR Camera. It features a newly developed 18.0- megapixel CMOS (APS-C) sensor and high-performance DIGIC 5 Image Processor for exceptional image quality and speed. With its combination of lightweight size, ease of use and outstanding image quality, the EOS Rebel SL1 is perfect for users looking for the ideal camera to bring sightseeing on vacation or to capture the everyday

‘The EOS Rebel SL1 Digital SLR Camera represents a new era in DSLR versatility: ultra-portable, full- featured DSLR cameras,” said Yuichi Ishizuka, executive vice president and general manager, Imaging Technologies & Communications Group, Canon U.S.A. “The EOS Rebel SL1 combines the high speed, high image quality and expanded shooting range of a DSLR camera, with the easy and fun usability of a point-and-shoot camera.’

Advanced Image Quality in a Compact Body

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As the world’s smallest and lightest DSLR, the new camera body is 4.6″ (w) x 3.57″ (h) x 2.74″ (d), and weighs only 14.36 oz.** In comparison, the EOS Rebel SL1 is approximately 25 percent smaller and 28 percent lighter than the EOS Rebel T4i digital camera.

The EOS Rebel SL1 features an 18 megapixel CMOS (APS-C) sensor that performs exceptionally well in both bright and dimly lit shooting environments with an ISO range of 100-12800 (expandable to H: 25600) for photos and ISO-6400 (expandable to H: 12800) for video. Canon’s DIGIC 5 Image Processor technology allows for exceptional image quality and shooting speed up to four frames per second (fps).

The camera includes a new nine-point center cross-type autofocus (AF) system to help achieve fast, sharp focus. The new AF system also includes a new Hybrid CMOS AF II sensor, which provides a wider focus area when shooting photos or video in Live View mode, and a continuous AF speed that’s increased from previous EOS models.

To help capture video with ease, the EOS Rebel SL1 features Canon’s Movie Servo AF, which provides continuous AF tracking of moving subjects. When shooting video with one of Canon’s new STM lenses, such as the EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM (available in the standard lens kit), Movie Servo AF takes advantage of the lens’ stepping motor for smooth and quiet continuous AF. The camera is capable of Full HD shooting in a number of recording sizes and frame rates, and enables easy manual control of exposure, focus and Live View features. The combination of Canon’s new Hybrid CMOS AF system II and EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM lens is ideal for shooting video helping to ensure only the sounds of the scene are recorded.

Allowing for clear and easy viewing even in bright environments, the Touch Screen three inch Clear View LCD monitor II provides a rich and expansive display as well as providing intuitive touch panel operation. Two finger touch gestures (multi-touch) can be easily used for zooming or changing images, accessing menu and quick control settings, and activating focus point and shutter release while shooting

Creativity at your Fingertips
The EOS Rebel SL1 encourages users to explore their creative side with a wide array of features for convenience and simple shooting. The EOS Rebel SL1 is equipped with Scene Intelligent Auto Mode, an advanced function that detects faces, colors, brightness, movement, contrast, distance and other factors and automatically adjusts and selects the exposure method needed. The results are photos with a wide dynamic range, ideal for users without advanced photography knowledge or experience.

Users can also access advanced imaging features like the new Effect Shot mode, which automatically creates two different shots, one with a selected creative filter and one without. In addition, Creative Filters and Background Blur Simulation can now be displayed in real time during Live View shooting. Editing photos is also a snap with the Rebel SL1’s in-camera editing and cropping functionality. This feature allows users to view and crop the image using the camera’s LCD touch screen and save the edited version as a separate file.

For those who would like to take beautiful photos with ease, the EOS Rebel SL1 offers a variety of scene modes to explore. New special scene modes include Kids, Food and Candlelight, giving users advanced presets to help ensure the best possible photos even under difficult shooting conditions.

Pricing and Availability

The new EOS Rebel SL1 Digital SLR Camera is scheduled to be available in April for an estimated retail price of $649.99 for the body alone or $799.99 bundled with the new EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM kit lens.

For more information about the EOS Rebel SL1 Digital SLR Camera, and a full list of product specifications, visit

Canon Rebel SL1 / EOS100D specifications

MSRP $799.99/£799 with 18-55mm STM
Body type
Body type Compact SLR
Body material Aluminium alloy and polycarbonate resin with carbon and glass fiber
Max resolution 5184 x 3456
Other resolutions 5184 x 2912, 4608 x 3456,3456 x 3456, 3456 x 2304, 3456 x 1944, 3072 x 2304, 2592 x 1728, 2592 x 1456, 2304 x 1728, 2304 x 2304, 1920 x 1280, 1920 x 1080, 1728 x 1728, 1696 x 1280, 1280 x 1280, 720 x 480, 720 x 400, 640 x 480, 480 x 480
Image ratio w:h 1:1, 4:3, 3:2, 16:9
Effective pixels 18.0 megapixels
Sensor photo detectors 18.5 megapixels
Sensor size APS-C (22.3 x 14.9 mm)
Sensor type CMOS
Color space sRGB, Adobe RGB
Color filter array RGB Color Filter Array
ISO Auto, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, 6400, 12800 (25600 with boost)
White balance presets 6
Custom white balance Yes (1)
Image stabilization Unknown
Uncompressed format RAW
File format
  • JPEG: Fine, Normal (Exif 2.3 compliant)
  • Design rule for Camera File system (2.0),
  • RAW: 14bit RAW
  • Digital Print Order Format [DPOF] Version 1.1 compliant
Optics & Focus
  • Contrast Detect (sensor)
  • Phase Detect
  • Multi-area
  • Selective single-point
  • Single
  • Continuous
  • Face Detection
  • Live View
Autofocus assist lamp by built-in flash
Manual focus Yes
Lens mount Canon EF/EF-S mount
Screen / viewfinder
Articulated LCD Fixed
Screen size 3
Screen dots 1,040,000
Touch screen Yes
Live view Yes
Viewfinder type Optical (pentamirror)
Viewfinder coverage 95 %
Viewfinder magnification 0.87×
Photography features
Minimum shutter speed 30 sec
Maximum shutter speed 1/4000 sec
Exposure modes
  • Program AE
  • Shutter priority AE
  • Aperture priority AE
  • Manual (Stills and Movie)
  • Scene Intelligent Auto (Stills and Movie)
  • No Flash
  • Creative Auto
  • Portrait
  • Landscape
  • Close-up
  • Sports
  • SCN
Scene modes
  • Kids
  • Food
  • Candlelight
  • Night Portrait
  • Handheld Night Scene
  • HDR Backlight Control
Built-in flash Yes (Pop-up)
Flash range 9.4 m
External flash Yes (via Hot-shoe)
Flash modes Auto, On, Off, Red-eye
Flash X sync speed 1/200 sec
Drive modes
  • Single
  • Continuous
  • Self timer (2s, 10s+remote, 10s + continuous shots 2-10)
Continuous drive Yes (4 fps)
Self-timer Yes (2s, 10s+remote, 10s + continuous shots 2-10))
Metering modes
  • Multi
  • Center-weighted
  • Spot
  • Partial
Exposure compensation ±5 (at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV steps)
AE Bracketing ±2 (3 frames at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV steps)
WB Bracketing Yes (3 frames in either blue/amber or magenta/green axis)
Videography features
  • H.264
  • Motion JPEG
Microphone Mono
Speaker Mono
Resolutions 1920 x 1080 (30, 25, 24 fps), 1280 x 720 (60, 50 fps), 640 x 480 (30, 25 fps)
Storage types SD/SDHC/SDXC
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
HDMI Yes (HDMI mini)
Wireless Eye-Fi Connected
Remote control Yes (RC-6)
Battery Battery Pack
Battery description Lithium-Ion LP-E12 rechargeable battery & charger
Battery Life (CIPA) 380
Weight (inc. batteries) 407 g (0.90 lb / 14.36 oz)
Dimensions 117 x 91 x 69 mm (4.61 x 3.58 x 2.72)
Other features
Orientation sensor Yes
GPS Optional
GPS notes via GPE2

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Come on Canon, you cannot “send into battle” only light tanks and super-heavies… There is an armada of crap cameras challenging the grounds right now… Where is the Medium “Panzer Abteilung” (EOS 70D, EOS 7D Mk II)?! Cheers! 🙂

Zvonimir Tosic

Brilliant move from Canon — finally a camera that makes tiny kindergarten fingers happy (Canon had huge complains from kindergartens across the world, that their DSLRs were unusable by 5-year olds).
Now, if they could pull out the same trick with their lenses, especially zooms, and shrink them too. O boy, shall we dare to see … 18-55mm f11-f16 for APS-C ! .. now, that would be something!


You should not be worried and buy a Pentax 645 instead. Cheers! 🙂

IVAN is picturing

I like the idea of being small and light. But I will not buy this one with the 18 mp sensor. Please Canon, will you release one with 6D’s full-frame sensor instead?


Now they have live view and up-to-date AF, but no vari-angle monitor? Cam would have been so much more useful with a vari-angle monitor, even if it had gained another 2,5 millimeters around the waist.


Too expensive, at least in the UK.


Why so cheap in USA? So it’s $799.99 or £799. With todays exchange rate $799.99 = £529,28. Or to look at it another way £799 = $1207. So either USA are getting it cheap or UK are being ripped-off. Even our 20% tax doesn’t account for that much difference.


I believe the street price will be different and the price in the UK will be significantly lower. When a Pentax K-30 costs cca. 380 pounds, it is obvious that Canon can not afford to sell 100D for 799.
I ordered my last camera from the UK since it was cca. 100 eur cheaper than in my country.


It’s called rip-off britain:


Despite its size it’s still a DSLR. And an expensive one as well.
Will buyers looking for something compact really pick the SL1 over a mirrorless system ? I doubt so. A camera that looks like a DSLR is appealing to certain customers but deterrent to many others.


this attempt is not vain. If tha main argument of mirrorless fans is the size and weight, it is a good idea to offer a small and light DSLR, which goes closer to mirrorless, but still having the advantages of a true DSLR (fast PDAF, OVF).
I also appreciate smaller DSLRs and my old Pentax K-x was a dwarf in comparison with high-end APSC DSLRs like Canon 7D. However I doubt whather it was clever to minimize the grip just to get a bit of size and weight down.
Anyhow a good move from Canon (in contrast with useless 700D).


Honey, I shrunk the Rebel!


This is a sweet little camera. I’ll be considering selling my 50D to get this camera. The size can make it a great travel camera. Put a 50mm lens and it can be a fairly good stealth/street camera.


I think the Sony NEX will still be smaller APS-C and the Pentax Q is still the smallest ILC…

but thanks for the effort, Canon.


as a DSLR. It should be..i don’t know if sony a37 slt is that small.


Other than DSLR addict, not much people really need a “compact” camera that looks like a DSLR. NEX-7 also got viewfinder and movable LCD (the Canon one does not).


The 100D should compete with DSLR-style mirrorless like Pana G5 or Samsung NX20 and it seems Canon got really close to those mirrorless cameras.
NEX-6 is a different camera, styled mor like rangefinder than a DSLR.


Great for giving this to your kids to learn photography. Especially if already have canon lenses


Who is doing APS right? Fuji.
Nikanon… Give a good alternative to the X-e1 and X-1 Pro.


Smart move from Canon. People want small and they got small without introducing a new mount. Ah and OVF!


This will sell well. God knows why.


Because less T5i will be sold.


It seems like there is nothing new as far as Canon sensors…
Nothing new in AF area. What’s left? Let’s make it smaller…


Which part of “wider hybrid AF coverage” did you miss? All of it?

cd cooker

If this one is called 100D, what is the road map of 60D family? 70D, 80D, 90D, and then what?




epic fail


wow,, you just do everything the internet tells you,, don’t you? Why not throw in a ZOMG!, ‘SWAG’ or ‘Seems Legit’ while you’re at it?


I noticed it is smaller than the Sony SLT A35/37(and may complained they were compact for an DSLR as the grip was small), but it’s barley lighter than the A35. Those cameras already feel pretty well built so it be interesting how this Canon compares.


There is generally a limit to how small you will want a camera when the lenses are big. Trying to use this 100D with even a basic 55-250mm is going to be a problem.

I own the A37 and while its fine when using primes or the kit lens it becomes very uncomfortable when I attach my CZ 24-70mm f2.8 or a Tamron 70-200mm.

Such dimensions are fine with mirrorless cameras as the lenses are much smaller than DSLR lenses


This camera is intended for people who wont upgrade from the kit lens and is aimed squarely at the DSLR-like mirroless and bridge camera markets. If the price comes down a little it could be very popular.


Canon, you’re doing it wrong.


The Rebel T5i is a fail for being almost identical to the previous model, but this offers something genuinely new, not just to Canon but to any APS-C DSLR manufacturer.

There is a market for people who want something that looks like a ‘proper camera’ but in a smaller size. I don’t know how big that market is but it’s far far too soon to declare this DOA.


Unless a person is only planning on using this with pancake lenses, I’m not sure what the point is.


Ask this also to EOS M, SONY NEX and SAMSUNG NX users 🙂


@panos: its not tha same, since mirrorless cameras have also smaller lenses than DSLRs. This “smallest DSLR” will still have to use the same big lenses as 60D, 7D etc.


@iudex: as you noticed in my comment I included only APS-C mirrorless. Lens size is depended mainly in sensor size and all the fore-mentioned systems have the same sensor size.


@panos_m: It is really hard for you to find a zoom lenses in DSLR that is as small as NEX’s 16-50 lenses (with similar zoom range). Therefore, as least don’t use NEX in your example.


@panos_m: Not entirely true. Lens size is dependent on sensor size only if you decided to create smallest possible lenses. Then this limit comes into play. Smaller sensor’s lens designers could design a lens that is bigger than larger sensor’s lens. So it is design dependent too. BTW there are some ultra small lenses available for 35mm film cams.


@Rockchan: fair enough. I will remove NEX based on the particular zoom (and I will add the pancakes from Sony and Samsung also). But what about a lens like the Sony 55-210? And what if Canon deliver smaller APS-C lenses in the future? Pentax have already done it.


@zxaar: of course but I thought that the argument here is about smallest possible lenses.

David Hurt

Why not have this body with Digic 6??????


Or USB 3.0


Sweet! It’s nice that the one rumor that made a little sense actually was true. Too bad about the T5i….that makes absolutely zero sense.


I’m actually happy to see Canon announce this model. I have a 1Ds mkII so the normal Rebel looks tiny to me, so I’d be very interested to see one of these ‘in the flesh’

I have no intention of buying one but know a few people who would really appreciate the size. Just need a slightly wider pancake lens to go with it.

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