Canon Announces World’s Smallest APS-C DSLR

Camera industry has been obsessed with size lately and Canon has moved the standards of small DSLR cameras with the introduction of 100D (Rebel SL1). As of today, this is the smallest and lightest APS-C DSLR camera. At this point, you could say – big deal! Mirrorless cameras are the way to go if you want small. Well, perhaps in most cases. But the 100D is indeed tiny, not just as a DSLR, but even compared to some mirrorless cameras. The Panasonic GH3 – a compact system camera with a smaller sensor – is actually bigger in every dimension. Quite a feat by Canon, I’d say.

Canon 100D Rebel SL1 Announced

Fortunately, small size doesn’t mean compromised image quality. Canon claims the new Rebel features a newly developed 18 megapixel CMOS sensor along with the powerful Digic V processor. The sensor isn’t new as such, but likely the same unit found in EOS M mirrorless camera and Canon’s previous DSLRs. In fact, a sensor with extremely similar specs has been first introduced with the 7D back in September 2009. However, throughout its lifespan, it appears to have been tweaked somewhat. The most notable difference is the ISO range of 100-12800 (against 100-6400 of the 7D). Also, despite its diminutive size, the new Canon 100D/SL1 still features a 0.87x pentamirror optical viewfinder with 95% coverage and a 3″ LCD touchscreen with 1.04 million dots.

Other features include a 4 fps shooting speed, Full HD video with mono microphone, shutter speed range of 30-1/4000s and a nine-point AF system with one cross-type sensor in the middle. The biggest selling point is, of course, the small size and user-friendly operation.

Canon 100D Rebel SL1 Rear

Specifications and Official Press Release

Here are the main Canon 100D/Rebel SL1 specifications:

  • 18 megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor with 1.6x crop factor
  • Native ISO 100-12800 range
  • 9-point AF system with one cross-type sensor
  • 4 frames per second continuous shooting
  • 3″ 1.04 million dot LCD touchscreen
  • Battery good for around 380 shots
  • Weighs just 407g (0.90 lb/14.36 oz) with a battery
  • Measures just 117x91x69mm (4.61×3.58×2.72″)
  • Expected price with the 18-55mm kit lens around $800


Canon 100D Rebel SL1 Top

New EOS Rebel SL1 Digital SLR Camera Fuses Advanced Image Quality and Features into an Ultra-Portable Body

MELVILLE, N.Y., March 21, 2013MELVILLE, N.Y., March 21, 2013 – Continuing the quest to deliver superb product innovations, Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, today announced the world’s smallest and lightest DSLR* camera: the EOS Rebel SL1 Digital SLR Camera. It features a newly developed 18.0- megapixel CMOS (APS-C) sensor and high-performance DIGIC 5 Image Processor for exceptional image quality and speed. With its combination of lightweight size, ease of use and outstanding image quality, the EOS Rebel SL1 is perfect for users looking for the ideal camera to bring sightseeing on vacation or to capture the everyday

‘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.’

Advanced Image Quality in a Compact Body

Canon 100D Size Comparison

Illustration comparing relative size of EOS M, SL1 and T4i

As the world’s smallest and lightest DSLR, the new camera body is 4.6″ (w) x 3.57″ (h) x 2.74″ (d), and weighs only 14.36 oz.** In comparison, the EOS Rebel SL1 is approximately 25 percent smaller and 28 percent lighter than the EOS Rebel T4i digital camera.

The EOS Rebel SL1 features an 18 megapixel CMOS (APS-C) sensor that performs exceptionally well in both bright and dimly lit shooting environments with an ISO range of 100-12800 (expandable to H: 25600) for photos and ISO-6400 (expandable to H: 12800) for video. Canon’s DIGIC 5 Image Processor technology allows for exceptional image quality and shooting speed up to four frames per second (fps).

The camera includes a new nine-point center cross-type autofocus (AF) system to help achieve fast, sharp focus. The new AF system also includes a new Hybrid CMOS AF II sensor, which provides a wider focus area when shooting photos or video in Live View mode, and a continuous AF speed that’s increased from previous EOS models.

To help capture video with ease, the EOS Rebel SL1 features Canon’s Movie Servo AF, which provides continuous AF tracking of moving subjects. When shooting video with one of Canon’s new STM lenses, such as the EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM (available in the standard lens kit), Movie Servo AF takes advantage of the lens’ stepping motor for smooth and quiet continuous AF. The camera is capable of Full HD shooting in a number of recording sizes and frame rates, and enables easy manual control of exposure, focus and Live View features. The combination of Canon’s new Hybrid CMOS AF system II and EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM lens is ideal for shooting video helping to ensure only the sounds of the scene are recorded.

Allowing for clear and easy viewing even in bright environments, the Touch Screen three inch Clear View LCD monitor II provides a rich and expansive display as well as providing intuitive touch panel operation. Two finger touch gestures (multi-touch) can be easily used for zooming or changing images, accessing menu and quick control settings, and activating focus point and shutter release while shooting

Creativity at your Fingertips

The EOS Rebel SL1 encourages users to explore their creative side with a wide array of features for convenience and simple shooting. The EOS Rebel SL1 is equipped with Scene Intelligent Auto Mode, an advanced function that detects faces, colors, brightness, movement, contrast, distance and other factors and automatically adjusts and selects the exposure method needed. The results are photos with a wide dynamic range, ideal for users without advanced photography knowledge or experience.

Users can also access advanced imaging features like the new Effect Shot mode, which automatically creates two different shots, one with a selected creative filter and one without. In addition, Creative Filters and Background Blur Simulation can now be displayed in real time during Live View shooting. Editing photos is also a snap with the Rebel SL1’s in-camera editing and cropping functionality. This feature allows users to view and crop the image using the camera’s LCD touch screen and save the edited version as a separate file.

For those who would like to take beautiful photos with ease, the EOS Rebel SL1 offers a variety of scene modes to explore. New special scene modes include Kids, Food and Candlelight, giving users advanced presets to help ensure the best possible photos even under difficult shooting conditions.

Pricing and Availability

The new EOS Rebel SL1 Digital SLR Camera is scheduled to be available in April for an estimated retail price of $649.99 for the body alone or $799.99 bundled with the new EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM kit lens.

For more information about the EOS Rebel SL1 Digital SLR Camera, and a full list of product specifications, visit

* Among digital SLR cameras which use APS-C size equivalent sensors. As of March 1, 2013.
** Weight specifications are for camera body only; does not include battery or memory card

Pre-Order Links

We trust B&H more than any other reseller when purchasing our gear. We will receive a small support if you choose to pre-order through the following links – it helps to keep us going. Thank you!

  • Click here to pre-order Canon EOS 100D/Rebel SL1 body + EF-S 18-55mm IS STM kit lens for $799.
  • Click here to pre-order Canon EOS 100D/Rebel SL1 body only for $649.


  1. 1) stephen
    March 21, 2013 at 8:46 am

    a tiny camera with a potentially big zoom lens hanging off of the end.. what’s the point, unless you only use a standard prime lens…

    • 1.1) StephenColbertsGhost
      March 23, 2013 at 12:31 pm

      I don’t see your point at all — whoever said that using primes is a BAD thing in the world of DSLRS?? If you want a tiny megazoom — Canon has hundreds of them for you to choose from.

      I am a Nikon user, and I think this is a great move (as long as a grip can still be possible — I prefer a square shape to a rectangle, for holding, even for M3/4 bodies).

      Throw ONE moderate variable zoom and smaller f/2.8 primes in your bag, and you’re set for all your low-weight shooting needs.

      • 1.1.1) stephen
        March 23, 2013 at 1:55 pm

        I never mentioned anything about primes… which are of course small.. i specifically mentioned zoom lenses ..
        and could you give me an example of a tiny megazoom… ?????
        any APC zoom has got to be larger then its m4/3 equivalent…
        Whey sony first came out with their NX cams, i wondered by they had these huge lenses …and of course, it was the larger sensor…

        i went on the canon lens site and panasonic m4/3 and compared lenses.. the micro 4/3 lenses were 40% lighter than the canons.. (i compared 2, panasonic 470 gm, canon 670) and of course larger…
        if you can show me these tiny megazooms, then i’m into keep buying SLR’s….

  2. 2) Crocodilo
    March 21, 2013 at 9:11 am

    Great news. This and a small 24mm or 35mm fast prime might be fantastic.
    (this opinion coming from a Nikon user)

  3. 3) HomoSapiensWannaBe
    March 21, 2013 at 9:14 am

    Cute. Too bad it isn’t mirrorless and doesn’t have a 24mp full frame sensor and EVF in it.

    I guess we are going to have to wait a few more years for the inevitable dribble of new technology. Gotta protect those cash cows!

    Meanwhile, I hope Sony, in alliance with Olympus, keeps being disruptive to conservative Nikon & Canon.

  4. March 21, 2013 at 9:18 am

    Nice little camera. I think this could be an option for the next iteration of Nikon’s entry level DSLR (d3xxx). Together with a fast prime such as the 35mm F/1.8 DX or the 50mm F/1.8 this would make a really good camera for street photography, candid potraits, even events. Especially if Nikon could integrate it’s superiour hybrid AF system from the 1 series.

  5. 5) jason
    March 21, 2013 at 9:24 am

    Neat concept, but realistically, when you slap a big ol’ DSLR lens on it, it will be large and unergonomic. DSLR is feeling the punch in the groin from the mirrorless market for sure, especially when the celebrities like Z. Arias and D. Hobby have been promoting the Fuji X stuff. I guess time will tell on this one!

    • 5.1) StephenColbertsGhost
      March 23, 2013 at 12:36 pm

      That’s completely untrue — put any f/2.8 lens on it that isn’t a huge tele, and you’re prefectly fine. Even an 85/1.8 would work just fine. Also, there are variable zooms which are QUITE small and light.

      You people can’t analyze this body from the perspective of a pro or even a low-light shooter. You need to see it from the perspective of a light-weight shooter who wants as much light as possible.

      In my opinion the only mistake Canon is making is using such an old sensor and any other intentional crippling. They should have made this into a beast that could take on ANY M4/3 camera when coupled with f/1.4 lenses.

      A LOT of people just want a prime and a light weight POWERFUL body when they go out shooting.

      I don’t know why Canon and Nikon think that only kids or entry-level want a lightweight body that is streamlined.

  6. 6) Mustafa
    March 21, 2013 at 9:35 am

    Small camera Ok.. What about small lenses?
    if this is system camera, then it should have also small lenses. And there are no APS-C small lenses.

    It looks Canon’s primary objective is not to please customers, but to confuse them and hurt mirrorless camera sales. I wish they’ve put time and resources to develop this camare to enhance their mirrorless line.

    • 6.1) stephen
      March 21, 2013 at 9:47 am

      The bigger the sensor, the bigger the lenses.. even if the camera is as big as a deck of cards there will be (as of today’s technology) no special ‘system lenses’.
      i dont think they will hurt mirrorless sales if the lenses needed are APS-C sized.

      • 6.1.1) Mustafa
        March 21, 2013 at 10:01 am

        I agree on, there wont be a special line of smaller aps-c lenses for this camera.

        I could be wrong, but I assume Canon will try to use it’s marketing power to hit potential mirrorless buyers.

    • 6.2) mike
      March 22, 2013 at 9:57 am

      Have you heard of the Canon pancake 40mm f2.8 lens that Nikon does not have?

      • 6.2.1) StephenColbertsGhost
        March 23, 2013 at 12:43 pm

        40/2.8 is excellent on Full-frame. But on cropped bodies, its too long to be in close quarters (like in a house). That being said, the normal primes aren’t prohibitively big. But Canon SHOULD make pancakes (as SHOULD Nikon).

        A 24mm f/2 pancake + a 35 f/1.8 normal + 85 f/2 pancake would be an amazing set!

  7. March 21, 2013 at 10:04 am

    But how much beneficial is a smaller DSLR when the lenses are not getting any smaller.. The mirrorless system will probably still be smaller when comparing apple to apple lenses..


    • 7.1) StephenColbertsGhost
      March 23, 2013 at 12:46 pm

      The way lenses are getting fatter and fater… as cameras get smaller and smaller… the future of cameras looks to be just something to stick to the end of your lens, like a lens cap with an viewfinder — to hold up to your eye, like a telescope.. and then click a picture. Ahoy! =P

  8. March 21, 2013 at 10:16 am

    What’s the point Canon ? … “Marketing giant”
    no weather sealed body neither full frame ? :)
    I think it’s made for “tiny people” :)

    Canon has made STM primes lately small “pancake” style lenses ,which are very good.

    This camera is for people with tiny or short hands who want to get a DSLR experience, mostly PnS shooter women.
    Good for 10-12 yr kids who are serious about PGy.

    “It features a newly developed 18.0- megapixel CMOS (APS-C) sensor” …I don’t think so …how can one assure that it’s newly developed ?
    Don’t expect anything new in IQ with the same old tweaked sensor.

    If space saving was the point then the Fujis and other micro 4/3 s are already here :)

    Thank you Romanas for taking the time to let us know :)

  9. 9) Jorge Balarin
    March 21, 2013 at 10:35 am

    Could be good for my eight years old daughter, but also for other people.

  10. 10) Keith
    March 21, 2013 at 10:52 am

    Ok, candidly, I don’t get it… Personally, I love bigger cameras, even to the point of always adding the extra battery component (MB-D80, MB-D11, etc)… I always have a major problem when ever anyone asks me to take a shot for them with some “little” camera…it’s just so uncomfortable to me I never get the shot I’d expect… I get that it’s sometimes more convenient for some folks, but I’ll take the bigger body every time for stability and comfort which equates to a better shot for me…

    • 10.1) StephenColbertsGhost
      March 23, 2013 at 12:49 pm

      Luckily, you have many choices. But people who prefer smaller lighter cameras have very few choices — and most of them are CRIPPLED choices. So instead of saying you “dont get it” — you should be saying “Canon should stop crippling small cameras, because I will always buy a bigger one anyway. So its not competition for my money. So please offer a smaller camera that is FULLY ENABLED for those who need smaller cameras, but are experts in photography, smaller women, some very talented kids, little people, people who NEED light weight while traveling or have back injuries or are have disabilities, etc, etc… there are millions of these people who CANNOT have a bigger camera & deserve a choice that is not the equivalent of a pocket camera or 5 years old technology.”

  11. 11) FrancoisR
    March 21, 2013 at 10:54 am

    I already see my 40mm pancake (portrait lens?) mounted onto it and at that price it could be: I use it till they come up with a decent mirrorless (and throw away)… While I can use my boat load of EF lenses without a $200.00 adapter. How about an affordable underwater case? At that size it would sink my AW-100 lol. Does’nt look as stupid to me. I will sell some useless Nikon glass and get one for sure.

    Thanks Romanas!

  12. 12) Spy Black
    March 21, 2013 at 6:27 pm

    Not for nuthin’, but if you’re going to claim your APS-C DSLR camera is small, show it against a APS-C DSLR, not a D800! Compared to, say, a D3200, it’s probably not going to be THAT much smaller.

    • Profile photo of Romanas Naryškin 12.1) Romanas Naryškin
      March 22, 2013 at 12:14 am

      I’ve shown it against Olympus OM-D for that purpose – a tiny camera. The 100D isn’t much bigger. Showing it against D800 allows us to see indeed how small it really is.

      • 12.1.1) Spy Black
        March 22, 2013 at 9:29 am

        The OM-D is not an APS-C camera, neither is the D800. That’s my point. Put it against and APS-C camera such as the D3200 if you want to show how small it is. There’s no doubt that it’s small, but don’t compare apples to oranges.

        • Profile photo of Romanas Naryškin Romanas Naryškin
          March 22, 2013 at 9:47 am

          Yes, the OM-D has a slightly smaller sensor still, and is a mirrorless camera. Yet the new Canon is nearly as small.

          My goal was to compare this to other cameras of known size – show it next to something we know is small, and something we know is quite large. Comparing small objects to small objects distorts the size. If you do want to see such a comparison, here’s the link –,317

          You are right, it’s not much smaller – half to a centimeter in the two dimensions. But taking into account that D3200 is already seen as tiny for a DSLR, Canon has, again, achieved quite a feat,I think.

          • StephenColbertsGhost
            March 23, 2013 at 12:52 pm

            I was also VERY interested in that comparison — thanks for the link (please put it in your main article so that other readers can benefit)!! =)

          • Spy Black
            March 23, 2013 at 4:39 pm

            There you go. Although obviously smaller, not so small-looking anymore, now is it?

            • Spy Black
              March 23, 2013 at 4:40 pm

              Notice how they leave the lens on the Nikon to make it look bigger too. ;-)

  13. 13) Anthony Bridges
    March 21, 2013 at 9:02 pm

    Sounds like a good idea. I carry a camera along with me most of the time unless I’m going to work. I usually carry the 5D classic or the 5DIII. The 40mm pancake on this new camera would be a nice combo for the walkabout shooting I do.

  14. 14) Henrik Manoochehri
    March 21, 2013 at 9:40 pm

    I don’t understand the need for a mirror and pentaprism anymore. Can someone explain this to me please? Why can’t we just have mirrorless viewing and fully electronic shutter already? this would eliminate so many problems like flash use at any shutter speed; multiple shutter burst for possible hdr single image in camera, etc.; Less mechanical stuff that can break; less vibration; constant focus; let me see,,, what else?

  15. 15) Keith
    March 22, 2013 at 2:57 am

    It looks fine for what it is supposed to achieve, butwhen comparing it to a OM-D for size does not really tell the whole story, it is a lot deeper front to back of the body and the aps-c lens sizes will still remain the same so, for me it is not in the same territory size wise as most mirrorless cameras, even the Sony NEX with lens attached still looks significantly smaller overall.
    But sales will tell the story and it will no doubt fill a niche market.

  16. 16) Ertan
    March 22, 2013 at 4:13 am

    You need to see the camera to understand how tiny it is. I think it’s a good strategy because Canon is really trying to “attack” the mirrorless using his already tried&proven system. Yes the lenses are big, but you also have smaller options. And Canon now has alternatives in all camera systems: Mirrorless (EOS-M), sub-entry level (100D), entry-level (1100D), sub-mid level (700D), mid-level (60D), pro-advanced (7D), amateur full frame (6D), pro-advanced full frame (5DMarkIII), top pro (1Dx). Yes some series need to be updated (EOS-M is the weakest link) but they still cover %99 of the market.
    I sometimes hate Canon for being such a good market analyst because most of their non-pro equipment is like “this is all you need, and we are not giving you any more”.

  17. 17) stephen
    March 22, 2013 at 10:05 am

    I can’t believe all these people discussing the minutae of millimeters and centimeters between different cameras… I wonder if the ancient Greek Philosophers sat in the Public Baths and had conversations like this ?

    Plato: Ah Socrates my friend ! Have you seen Heronas’ new steam engine design ?
    Socrates: Yes, i understand he is looking to create a smaller version of his original design. it will be his ‘Micro’ engine. it will revolutionize the industry !
    Plato: but it is only 17 mm smaller than the original !
    Socrates: well, if it is more than 3/4xroot of 7squared of the length smaller , then it is a micro engine.
    Plato: ok. who gives a Rat’s A$$ . Nozzles spin around the same way.. it will drive a motor the same way… Micro.. macro.. who cares… now pass me the soap… and stop looking at me that way.

  18. March 22, 2013 at 11:05 am

    This might be awesome with the pancake lens Canon also has! Could be a good alternative to the OM-D!

    • 18.1) stephen
      March 22, 2013 at 1:02 pm

      For street photography ..etc.. i agree.. but if you want to go telephoto, then you’re stuck with big lenses again…. the pany 12-35 (and olympus’s version to come) is still way smaller than a wide APC-s tele

  19. March 23, 2013 at 1:04 pm

    The emails keep piling up LOL :) .. and for a camera that 99.99% of you guys will never buy or don’t need.
    OK ,I thought of a good use of this tiny camera hold it in your hands like if you are going to sneeze and take a shot … “quietly” :) ,that solves the zoom or tele problem ,just get close enough to your “target” :)

    and now I’m not following this post anymore ;)

  20. 20) Nick C
    March 25, 2013 at 9:50 pm

    I’m a Nikon guy and I think this is welcome news. OK, it’s not going to cause sleepless nights for the D4 or D800 folks and it is not going to be at the top of the sales charts. But I do think there is a market for this type of camera.

    Last weekend, I was at the Field Museum in Chicago. Taking pictures of family in front of “Sue”, children’s orchestras, the normal stuff. I made the deliberate choice to take only the RX100, leaving the DSLR at home. I saw others taking the same pictures with big Canons, a D800 with grip, and a Leica (shooting indoor available light….). There were lots of folks wearing LowePro back packs, Think Tanks, etc as if they were on some type of expedition. Nothing wrong with that of course, but to me, it seemed like a lot of unnecessary effort for the likely results.

    I forced myself to learn the capabilities of the Sony and sure there some shots that suffered because of the format, but overall, I was surprised and pleased with the output. That camera can can capture some pretty good images. My only regret is not having a table top tripod. I am aware of the constraints – none of those pictures are going to be printed large. ISO 1600 at f/2 has significant limitations. But a small chasis DSLR with an excellent DX format ISO range, reliable/quick focus, full CLS capability, etc would appeal to many, including myself.

    Think of a solid PDAF capable camera with all the features we come to expect but in a small package and I suspect it would sell. What I don’t want is a small entry level DSLR that is basically a trimmed down feature less version of a Dxxxx. Don’t start with the Cadillac and trim down until you get what is believed to be desirable. Start with some end goals and then design those into the smallest package possible. And then, don’t be shy to market and sell that concept accordingly (it is OK to be different from m4/3…..). Well done Canon – let’s see if Nikon can raise the bar.

Comment Policy: Although our team at Photography Life encourages all readers to actively participate in discussions, we reserve the right to delete / modify any content that does not comply with our Code of Conduct, or do not meet the high editorial standards of the published material.

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *