Love the compactness, needs small lenses
I see no image quality issues that would distinguish the SL1 from any other SLR with an APS-C sensor. As an alternative body to carry with my 5DII, or as a light carry-around on hikes, it is what I expected.
I also bought the 40mm f 2.8 pancake and love it. It's a natural on the SL1. 40mm, though, crops to a less useful 60 or so. I need more alternatives to Canon's beer bottle zooms. At the VERY least, Canon, why not an EOS version of the 22mm you already have for the M-series? Such a useful focal length would be just right to live on my SL1.
December 5, 2013
Great Style and Performance!
This is my first real DSLR. I had been using a mirrorless camera for a couple of years, but found myself wanting a slightly bigger camera with a built-in optical viewfinder. After looking at some full size cameras from other manufacturers, I saw the SL1 and instantly liked it. I did some further research, and convinced myself that the SL1 would be my next camera purchase. No buyer's remorse for me! The SL1 is the perfect size, with the shutter button in an ideal location for my hold. The SL1 also has a couple of features I was not aware of, such as a viewfinder sensor that turns off the LCD when you bring the camera to your eye. Picture quality is good with pleasing sharpness and color tones. I tend to shoot in Program mode a lot, and I have noticed that shutter speeds are faster with the SL1 than with my previous camera. This tells me that the SL1 must have a better sensor, and/or that the lenses are doing a better job of gathering available light. Additionally, the touchscreen LCD is a joy to use, and complements the other controls very well. The menus and functions are pretty easy to understand too. All of this combined with style and good looks makes the SL1 a fantastic product---two thumbs up!
December 2, 2013
I purchased this camera as a gift for my daughter. Sorry My Dear, I opened it and charged the battery. I have not been so overwhelmed since I purchased my F 1. Just the capabilities got my creative juices flowing. I wish my blood would do the same. Excellent picture quality and the potential! I rather not get into the nitty gritty, but the touch screen capabilities, Thank You Canon!. All my film and digital wonders have been packed away, that body with all the glass I have, just excuse me while I go out shooting...
November 17, 2013
Great Camera at a Great Value
I should start by saying that this is my first DSLR camera. I feel like I can do almost anything that any other camera can do. The limits of this camera are only imposed by its user. That being said, there are some minor features that are missing from some of its larger brethren and the kit lens that comes with it does not have a distance focus scale. But these are relatively minor issues with the camera. The kit lens is excellent in terms of responsiveness and quick auto focus. The camera itself is very lightweight and easy to carry around. The image quality is far beyond what I was expecting. The camera is very easy to use and understand the various settings and functions on the camera. Battery life for me has been really, really good as well. I must say that I don't typically shoot more than 200 pictures at a time. But the auto off feature is a wonderful addition for battery saving.
I love this camera and so does my wife. I would recommend this to ANY beginner in the market for a DSLR.
November 8, 2013