Another day, some more camera announcements. Today’s are in the forms of Canon’s new entry level series, the well-liked Rebel line. There are two models, a lower and higher one as you’d expect. The lower one is being dubbed the SL1, and makes the time-limited claim of being the world’s smallest DSLR. The other is the T5i, which presumably is an incremental update to the T4i’s guts. So, let’s see what we’ve got here then.
The big news on the Rebel SL1 is “small.” It’s been made tinier. It’s not big. Actually, there’s a diagram Canon made to show you how not big it is. It looks like this:
Now, that’s the sort of decrease in size that Myron Reducto would be all over.
I feel shrinky, oh so shrinky, I feel shrinky, and dinky…
So, yus, it’s tiny. 4.6″ (w) x 3.57″ (h) x 2.74″ (d), and 14.36 back-breaking ounces, per their press release, but what kinda credentials is this guy packing inside that diminutive frame? Well, a Rebel, it turns out. It’s got pretty much everything you’d typically expect from a Rebel. 18 megapixel sensor, DIGIC V processor, native ISO 100-12,800 (25,600 expanded), a 9-point hybrid CMOS AF system, 3″ touchscreen, live view, HD video, yadda yadda. A quick read through the long and boring specs table shows a few more of the compromises made to keep this small and cheap. The AF points only work down to about +0.5 EV, metering only goes down to 1 EV (although it’s 0 in live view, interesting enough), shutter speeds top out at 1/4000 second, and x-sync stops at 1/200 (which is actually better than the far more expensive EOS 6D, mind you). Not a bad set of compromises given the target market will be much more casual users than pros, but it’s worth noting performance will start to get shakier once the sun is down due to some of those. The body has the usual entry-level omissions, such as no PC port or secondary control wheel, but otherwise actually does a good job of keeping the usual Rebel controls around and just pushing them tighter together.
The fun-sized Rebel SL1 will run all of $649.99 for the body only, or $799 with a new 18-55mm STM (STM indicating it has a stepping motor built for smoother, quieter AF during video use). Availability is slated for “April.” Read more specs or preorder one here: http://robertscamera.com/catalogsearch/result/?q=eos+rebel+sl1
And then there’s the EOS Rebel T5i (continuing the warm and familiar branding nomenclature we all know and get confused by). The core specs should sound familiar: 18 megapixels, DIGIC V, ISO 100-12,800 (25,600), max shutter of 1/4000, x-sync at 1/200, same AF and metering functions, both have built-in mics and phono ports for external ones, and so on. The Rebel T5i differs in the LCD (which is flippy in addition being a 3″ touchscreen, you see), an extra frame-per-second in continuous drive mode (5 instead of 4), and support for an external battery grip (BG-E8). It might also have some different scene modes to offer, but on the hard facts those are most of what separate this guy from the little brother. Well, that, and the $100 higher price tag, with the T5i running $749.99 body only or $899.99 with the new 18-55 STM. Once again, availability is in April. Read more about it or preorder it on our site here: http://robertscamera.com/catalogsearch/result/?q=eos+rebel+t5i