Canon Rebel SL1 vs Canon Rebel T3i

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Canon Rebel SL1

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Canon Rebel T3i

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Reasons to buy the Canon Rebel SL1

Touch screen
Touch screen
Fewer buttons
In-camera HDR
HDR
Combines multiple exposures
Movie continuous focus
Movie continuous focus
Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
Autofocuses shooting video
Badge
Contrast detection
 

Reasons to buy the Canon Rebel T3i

Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies

Items often bought with the SL1 or T3i

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Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Canon Rebel SL1.
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differences

Advantages of the Canon SL1

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Autofocus
Video autofocus
Contrast detection vs None
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Automatically focuses shooting video
HDR
Has in-camera HDR
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
Touch screen
Has a touch screen
Yes vs No
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Fewer buttons to worry about and direct interaction with camera menus
Startup delay
Significantly less startup delay
600 ms vs 1500 ms
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2.5x less delay when turning on
Size
Much smaller
117×91×69 mm vs 133×100×80 mm
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More than 30% smaller
Low light performance
Slightly lower noise at high ISO
843 ISO vs 793 ISO
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The SL1 has a slight edge (0.1 f-stops) in low-noise, high-ISO performance
Thickness
Much thinner
2.7" vs 3.1"
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More than 10% thinner
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
12,800 ISO vs 6,400 ISO
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The SL1's maximum light sensitivity is 2 f-stops better
Viewfinder size
Slightly larger viewfinder
0.54x vs 0.53x
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Almost the same
Shutter lag
Less shutter lag
264 ms vs 283 ms
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Around 10% less delay when taking photos
Weight
Significantly lighter
407 g vs 570 g
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Around 30% lighter
Continuous shooting
Shoots slightly faster
4 fps vs 3.7 fps
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Around 10% faster continuous shooting
Light sensitivity (boost)
Better boost ISO
25,600 ISO vs 12,800 ISO
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The SL1's boost ISO is 2 f-stops better
Lowest price
Slightly cheaper
$399.00 vs $458.89
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The best price we've seen is $60 cheaper (more than 10% less)
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Advantages of the Canon T3i

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Color depth
Better color depth
22.1 bits vs 21.8 bits
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Distinguishes 0.3 more bits of color
Screen flips out
Has a flip-out screen
Yes vs No
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Flip-out screens can be helpful when composing tricky shots or taking movies
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
11.5 EV vs 11.3 EV
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0.4 f-stops more dynamic range
Overall image quality
Slightly better image quality
65.0 vs 63.0
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Almost the same
Battery life
Slightly longer battery life
440 shots vs 380 shots
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Around 20% more shots per battery charge
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Which camera do we recommend? Relative to the best recent entry-level DSLRs, and ignoring price

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              similarities

              Compared to recent entry-level DSLRs

              Common Strengths
              Lens availability Many lenses available Help
              220 lenses
              External mic jack Have external mic jacks Help
              Record higher quality audio with a microphone
              Common Weaknesses
              Fastest shutter speed Slow max shutter speed Help
              1/4000 of a second
              Viewfinder coverage Below average viewfinder coverage Help
              95%
              Cross type focus points Few cross-type focus points Help
              1
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              SL14 fps
              T3i3.7 fps
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              17.9 MP
              Focus points Few focus points Help
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              Shutter lag Significant shutter lag Help
              SL1264 ms
              T3i283 ms
              Battery life Few shots per battery charge Help
              SL1380 shots
              T3i440 shots
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              SL112,800 ISO
              T3i6,400 ISO
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur
              Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
              Need to shelter it from weather
              Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
              SL111.3 EV
              T3i11.5 EV
              Viewfinder size Below average viewfinder size Help
              SL10.54x
              T3i0.53x
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              SL163.0
              T3i65.0
              Color depth Poor color depth Help
              SL121.8 bits
              T3i22.1 bits
              Movie format Both shoot high resolution HD movies Help
              1080p @ 30fps
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              SL1843 ISO
              T3i793 ISO

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $312 body only

              $360 - $399 with 18-55mm lens

              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Canon Rebel T5i

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $494 - $649 body only

              $579 - $649 with 18-55mm lens

              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Cross type focus points Has slightly more cross-type focus points
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Nikon D3300

              Nikon D3300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $430 - $497 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is significantly less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
              Thickness Is thicker
              Size Is significantly larger
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $289 body only

              $349 - $447 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Canon EOS Rebel T6i

              Canon EOS Rebel T6i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $749 body only

              $799 with 18-55mm lens

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Color depth Has slightly more color depth
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $405 - $497 body only

              $479 - $500 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is significantly less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has much better image quality
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Canon EOS 70D

              Canon EOS 70D

              Pro DSLR

              $799 - $999 body only

              $900 - $1,099 with 18-55mm lens

              Viewfinder size Slightly larger viewfinder
              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker

              Canon Rebel SL1 Competitors

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              No significant competitors found that are specific to the Canon Rebel SL1.

              Canon Rebel T3i Competitors

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              No significant competitors found that are specific to the Canon Rebel T3i.

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              Avatar for Aaron Stewart Aaron Stewart (5:43 PM, December 10, 2014)
              Does the SL1 have WiFi Capabilities? If not, which Canon models do?