As expected, Canon has finally unveiled a new small DSLR ‘SL1’ which is termed as “world’s smallest and lightest DSLR camera,” by the company. According to Canon, it is 25 percent smaller and 28 percent lighter than the Rebel t4i.
Canon SL1 features a new 18-megapixel sensor with APS-C size and a 9-point AF system along with 3-inch LCD touch screen. The new AF system now boasts a new Hybrid CMOS AF II sensor which widens the focus area for shooting in Live View. It is powered by DIGIC5 image processor which ensures smooth and hassle free performance. Canon has used special lenses for a whisper-quiet autofocusing along with a native ISO range of 100-12800 for stills, and 100-6400 for video. Weighing at 14.36 ounces the overall dimensions of SL1 are 4.6 x 3.6 x 2.7 inches; considering these dimensions Canon has made some sacrifices like lack of Wi-Fi connectivity. The Canon SL1 is expected to ship in April at $649 for the body only and $799 for the body and lens kit.
Canon has also introduced an update to its entry-level Rebel lineup of DSLRs with T5i, which also features 18 Megapixel CMOS sensor along with a Digic 5 processor. It is capable of shooting the stills with ISO range between 100 -12800 with 5 frames per second. Canon T5i boasts Live View just like SL1 and is capable of capturing full HD videos in 1080p quality. It comes in three packages; the body only will cost you $749.99, the EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM lens kit comes with the price tag of $899.99 while the EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM lens kit will be yours for a hefty $1,099. It will also ship sometime in April along with the SL1.