Canon Rolls Out World's Smallest and Lightest DSLR

Paul Lilly

This tiny Rebel packs an 18MP CMOS sensor.

Today is a big day for Canon , which announced a few new cameras, including one the company claims is the lightest and smallest digital SLR (DSLR) on the planet, the EOS Rebel SL1. Canon's newest Rebel with a cause features a newly developed 18.0-megapixel CMOS (APS-C) sensor and DIGIC 5 Image Processor, the combination of which is supposed to deliver high quality shots at a fast rate.

"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."

So, how small is it? The EOS Rebel SLI DSLR's body measures 4.6 inches (W) by 3.57 inches (H) by 2.74 inches (D) and weighs 14.35 ounces. That's about 25 percent smaller and 28 percent lighter than the EOS Rebel T4i.

Despite it's relatively small size, the new Rebel features an ISO range of 100-12800 (expandable to H: 25600) for photos and ISO-6400 (expandable to H: 12800) for video. It has a new nine-point center cross-type autofocus (AF) system with a Hybrid CMOS AF II sensor, which Canon claims offers a wider focus area when shooting photos or video in LIve View mode.

Does any of this tickle your fancy? If so, you'll be able to buy one in April for $650 (body alone) or $800 (body + new EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM kit lens).

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