Every year, as the holiday season comes around, people will email and message me asking what to buy themselves or a loved one to start or expand upon their love for photography. A camera that offers interchangeable lenses, easy to use, good quality, compact, reliable, and can be had for under $1000 with a lens. I have that camera for you…
Canon has always made dependable high quality cameras for beginners and pros alike. When I’m not shooting with my Phase One medium format, I use my Canon cameras. In fact, I have probably half a dozen Canon DSLR’s sitting around the office for various purposes from still to video. Recently, Canon announced a cool new camera for their entry-level DSLR “Rebel” line called the SL1 that you should be pretty excited about. Here’s why:
- The SL1 is extremely light and compact as crop sensor DSLR cameras go. According to Canon: “For ultra portability with a minimal footprint, the EOS Rebel SL1 is the world’s smallest and lightest digital SLR. Weighing in at approximately 13 ounces, the EOS Rebel SL1′s astonishingly compact size does not compromise its excellent performance as a member of the Canon EOS family”
- It is a very respectable 18 megapixel still photos (RAW and JPG)
- Has an ISO range of 100-25,600, which makes it VERY capable in low light in comparison to previous models
- It shoots FULL 1080p HD video at 30p and 24p. It also shoots slow motion up to 60 frames per second.
- Its autofocus system is not as awesome as a $3k camera, but it will do a solid job for you.
- It accepts Canon’s FULL line of lenses (even the big expensive ones that the pros use)
- It also has a pop up flash installed and a flash hotshoe that accepts Canon’s full line of external flashes when your shooter wants to expand the camera’s capabilities
- The best part?! It can be currently had WITH an 18-55mm starter lens for a little over $500! It wasn’t that long ago you would have to pay over $1k for features like this.
Interested in this camera? Head on over to Amazon to order one today. They also list all of the specs in great detail.