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Canon Announces Two New DSLRs, the Incredibly Small and Light SL1, and the T5i

03.21.13 @ 10:23AM Tags : , , , , , ,

Well, no more rumors — here they are. Canon has announced two new 18 Megapixel APS-C DSLRs, the T5i (also known as the 700D) and the SL1 (also known as the 100D), both part of the Rebel line. Rumored specs however, were pretty much on the money, with the SL1 being leaked online earlier in the week. While the T5i looks like a replacement for the T4i, the SL1 is really an entirely new product line for Canon, which is probably why they’ve decided to go with a new product naming scheme. Click through for more on the announcements and a few videos showing off the two cameras below.

Here are the specs on the T5i:

  • 18MP APS-C Sensor
  • DIGIC 5 Processor
  • 3″ Vari-Angle Touch Screen LCD
  • ISO 100-12800, Expandable to 25600
  • 1080p 30/24 and 720p 60 (25 and 50 for PAL countries)
  • Continuous Video AF
  • 5 fps // 22 JPEG or 6 RAW
  • 9-point All Cross-Type Autofocus
  • Multi Shot Noise Reduction
  • Price: $750 Body, $900 with EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM Lens
  • $1,100 with EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM Lens

Here is the SL1:

  • 18MP APS-C Sensor
  • DIGIC 5 Processor
  • 3″ Clear View II Touch Screen LCD
  • ISO 100-12800, Expandable to 25600
  • 1080p 30/24 and 720p 60 (25 and 50 for PAL countries)
  • Continuous Video AF
  • 4 fps // 27 JPEG or 7 RAW
  • 9-Point All Cross-Type AF System
  • Weighs 0.8 lb // 13 ounces
  • Price: $650 Body, $800 with EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM Lens

Neither camera has a headphone port, but they both do have manual audio controls. The 18-55 STM is actually a brand new lens for Canon, and it allows autofocus with both cameras, and any other camera that is compatible with STM (silent motor) lenses. While it seemed clear that one of these DSLRs was going to be the 60D replacement, the 70D, it looks like that has been pushed back for the time being. It’s not clear yet if these 18MP sensors are any different than what we have in the EOS-M and the T4i, but the sensor in those cameras was a slight upgrade from the 18MP sensor in cameras like the 7D/60D/T3i.


[via Canon Watch & Canon Watch]

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  • A lot of anger going on around here. Canon’s always moved at a glacial pace, the only difference nowadays is their apparent obsession with repackaging. What are you folks hoping they released? An Alexa-level 2k sensor for $1k? 24fps, 2k RAW? I think these budget cameras work fine for what they are and for what they cost. Sure it’d be great if Canon were a (far) more ambitious company, but that’s what the little guys are here for (RED, BMCC etc.).

    Btw, that SL1 almost hooked me (almost!) just because its so cute and tiny, would be great purely for stills with a stubby prime on it, fit into any bag.

    • Nobody is expecting an Alexa for $1K. But no Moire and Aliasing and maybe true 1080p (not up-res 720) is really just a basic requirement IMO. Not asking much in 2013. Even the 5D3 is still not 1080p, WTF?

      • Oh, why didn’t you say so earlier? There are plenty of cameras with those features. They’re just proper video cameras and not DSLRs.

        • @pat I am sure you would be showing us cheapskates similar sarcasm regarding RAW if BMCC hadn’t proven it can be done at a 3K price point.

          • @fiftybob, if you think the BMC solves the moire problem, you’re in for a surprise.

        • Name one proper videocamera at these price points that offers Super35mm sized sensors or something close. There are much better DSLRs than Canon’s in the video realm like the Nikon 5200 or the Panasonic GH2/GH3, for instance, and they don’t have to cost $3000, let alone $8000 like something comparable to these cameras image quality-wise. Canon can offer a lot more for a lot less.
          But the real problem isn’t for me, it’s for those who have invested in EF lenses and can’t really use them if they were to switch systems, and it sucks that the only options they’re given are either too crappy or too expensive.
          Hopefully the Metabones Speed Booster will change the scenario a bit.

        • Well, the GH2 / GH3 for one. No moire no aliasing true 1080p.

          • and also 3x the price of a T3i

          • Unfortunately the GH2 has no moiré, but has aliasing, and the GH3 has no aliasing but has moiré…
            Still, I think those are not “proper video cameras” as @pat meant. He was referring to cameras like the HV40 or the Canon XF-300. The GH2 and GH3 are actually DSLRs (or rather “DSLMs”), although bringing a more hybrid concept to the table (especially the GH3).
            @seenematic The GH2 was costing $600 before it got discontinued and the T3i, while costing around $520 for the body only, is not very comparable to the GH3 right now.

  • WOW! Where did all the comments go?

  • LOL! All you peeps hating are funny! Did you watch the release video? Touch screen, (nothing to new) kids mode, food mode, the intro music and how they talked about the product all points to soccer moms looking to get a bit more creative. It looks to me like Canon has a whole lot of sensors that they need to sell and a new body is a great way to mask it. Car makers have been doing it for years, slap last years v6 in it till we run out…Oh and put a wing and body kit on em to make em sell. Does this make them bad cameras? No, just new bodies and features with a inflated price tag. Now if Canon releases the 60d/7d upgrades with crazy prices and the same V6 from last year then I will jump ship!

  • “The 18-55 STM is actually a brand new lens for Canon, and it allows autofocus with both cameras, and any other camera that is compatible with STM (silent motor) lenses.”

    STM stands for “stepping motor”… not “silent motor”.

    • Right, I’ve written about them before, but it’s more useful to talk about them being quieter, which is one of the chief design differences.

  • Until they get rid of that damn jello, I’m keeping my ancient 5D MK I and just shoot on film.

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