Today, Canon announced its newest addition to the DSLR lineup. EOS Rebel SL1 Digital SLR Camera is the smallest and lightest DSLR camera in the world. Featuring brand new 18.0-megapixel CMOS (APS-C) sensor with DIGIC 5 Image Processor technology and a 3 inch Clear View LCD monitor II, EOS Rebel SL1 offers a lot to a consumer without advanced knowledge in photography. With the announcement of this camera, Canon continues the recent company trend of bridging consumer and amateur/professional level equipment.
EOS Rebel SL1 features new nine-point center cross-type AF system, which will helps achieve fast and sharp focus in variable lighting conditions as well as continuous AF tracking of objects while shooting full HD video in Movie Servo AF mode. New Hybrid CMOS AF system II, implemented in EOS Rebel SL1, has been designed to work hand in hand with the new STM lenses by Canon, such as EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM.
Following wide success of Instagram and similar features implemented by other consumer oriented cameras, EOS Rebel SL1 will have an Effect Shot mode. In this mode a user can create two photos, one with selected filter applied and a backup without any filters. Simulated background blur and a host of other effects filters can be previewed live via the 3 inch touchscreen.
While technically aimed at consumers, Canon is still hoping all the new technologies used in EOS Rebel SL1 will attract professionals wanting to put down their full frame DSLRs for some relaxed shooting. The camera bundled with the new EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM kit lens will be available in April 2013 for an estimated price of $799.99 or $649.99 (body only)