Updated (March, 2013): Compare the Canon Rebel SL1 vs Canon Rebel T4i

Canon Rebel SL1

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Canon Rebel SL1

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Canon Rebel T3i

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Canon Rebel T3i

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Reasons to buy the Canon Rebel SL1

Touch screen
Touch screen
Less buttons
In-camera HDR
HDR
Combines multiple exposures
Autofocuses shooting video
Badge
Contrast detection
Really small
Size
Prosumer size 117x91x69 mm
 

Reasons to buy the Canon Rebel T3i

Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
 

differences

Advantages of the Canon SL1

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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
Autofocus
Video autofocus
Contrast detection vs None
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Automatically focuses shooting video
Startup delay
Much less startup delay
600 ms vs 1500 ms
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2.5x less delay when turning on
Size
Much smaller
117x91x69 mm vs 133x99x79 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
Light sensitivity (boost)
Better boost ISO
25,600 ISO vs 12,800 ISO
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The SL1's boost ISO is 1 f-stop better
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 1 f-stop better
Viewfinder size
Slightly larger viewfinder
0.54x vs 0.53x
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Almost the same
Shutter lag
Slightly 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
Lowest price
Cheaper
$449.00 vs $499.00
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The best price we've seen is $50 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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0.2 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
              Screen resolution High resolution screens Help
              1,040k dots
              Lens availability Many lenses available Help
              197 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%
              Sensor size Very small sensors Help
              APS-C 22.3x14.9mm
              Cross type focus points Few cross-type focus points Help
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              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              SL1:4 fps
              T3i:3.7 fps
              Battery life Few shots per battery charge Help
              SL1:380 shots
              T3i:440 shots
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur
              Shutter lag Significant shutter lag Help
              SL1:264 ms
              T3i:283 ms
              Focus points Few focus points Help
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              Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
              Need to shelter it from weather
              Viewfinder size Below average viewfinder size Help
              SL1:0.54x
              T3i:0.53x
              Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
              SL1:11.3 EV
              T3i:11.5 EV
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              SL1:63.0
              T3i:65.0
              Color depth Poor color depth Help
              SL1:21.8 bits
              T3i:22.1 bits
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              SL1:843 ISO
              T3i:793 ISO

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $599 - $699 body only

              $597 - $700 with 18-55mm lens

              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Cross type focus points Has significantly more cross-type focus points
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $449 - $499 with 18-55mm lens

              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $309 - $527 body only

              $389 - $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
              Nikon D3300

              Nikon D3300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $439 - $497 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is much less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
              Thickness Is thicker
              Size Is significantly larger
              Nikon D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $497 body only

              $597 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 60D

              Canon EOS 60D

              Pro DSLR

              $699 - $899 body only

              $959 - $1,182 with 18-135mm lens

              Viewfinder size Slightly larger viewfinder
              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D5100

              Nikon D5100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $385 body only

              $429 - $499 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
              Weight Is significantly heavier

              Canon Rebel SL1 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

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

              Canon Rebel T3i Competitors

              Advantages

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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?