Canon Rebel SL1 / EOS 100D vs Rebel T5i / EOS 700D

April 7, 2013

Canon Rebel SL1 and T5i dslr cameras

In this article I compare the Canon EOS 100D / EOS Rebel SL1 versus Rebel T5i / EOS 700D.  There is roughly a $100 difference in price between the two, with the SL1 being the cheaper option. Although the difference in price, some customers might be tempted to purchase the SL1 due to its more compact size.  There 100D / SL1 is a mixed bag for me when I consider its size, the thing is that there are already much smaller CSC on the market that are much smaller, and yet still feature an APS-C size sensor (ie. Sony NEX-6). Still, the SL1 is a DSLR camera tat features a reflex mirror. As you soon find out, the SL1 is more than just a compact DSLR.

 

SL1 Size Comparison

The first thing we’ll discus is the Canon Rebel SL1 size.  An image worth a thousand words..

Canon SL1 vs T5i vs T5i

Canon SL1 vs T5i vs T5i Size Comparison (via camerasize.com) - Click to Enalrge

The image above tells the whole story. You can clearly see that the 100D/SL1 is smaller than the T5i/700D, but it doesn’t match the compactness of the Sony NEX-6, which is a Mirrorless Interchangeable Lens camera that features an APS-C size sensor.  So it seems that by adding a new model to the EOS lineup, Canon wants to attract advanced photographers who still prefer shooting with a DSLR but prefer using a camera that is as compact as possible.

 

Let’s make things clear,  the Canon EOS 100D / Rebel SL1 is not a camera that you can put in your pocket (obviously), and you will most probably need a small bag to carry it around. Let’s not forget the lens that need to be attached to the camera. So in general it doesn’t really matter whether you choose to go with the T5i, SL1 or even the 5D Mark III, you will still need a bag to carry your camera and lens(es).

Having said that, the Rebel SL1 is 12$ narrower, 9% shorter and 12% thinner than the T4i. It weight 407g, which is 29% less than the Canon Rebel T5i, which weights 575g. You would certainly notice the difference when holding it in your hand. If you have small hands, you will certainly appreciate its smaller size factor.

Another important thing to note is that the Canon EOS 100D / SL1 has the same EF mount as all the other EOS Canon cameras. This means that this camera is compatible with all Canon EF and EF-S lenses.  Those lenses are much less compact than those for the Micro Four Thirds or other CSC lenses. This means that you will still have to use lenses that are designed for the EF/EF-S mount which are relatively large in size. Having said that, I think that the SL1 will be a perfect match for the new EF-S 18-55mm f/2.4-5.6 IS STM and the 40mm f/2.8 STM pancake lens, especially the 40mm which is a very slim lens as you can see from the image below.

Canon 40mm and 18-55 mounted on Canon Rebel SL1

Canon 40mm and 18-55 mounted on Canon Rebel SL1

I really love the SL1 + 40mm combination, don’t you?

I don’t think that the size factor here should be a major factor when purchasing a new DSLR. You can clearly see that the SL1 has a very flat grip. This makes the SL1 not the best choice for handling large lenses. Larger DSLR cameras stabilize the lens weight much better and have better ergonomics to support it. I don’t think that will pose a problem for those who buy this camera, because this camera is not aimed towards the enthusiast / pro market, but rather for the family photographer or the first time shooter whom wants to explore the world of DSLR cameras.

You will decide whether the size of the Canon Rebel SL1 / 100D is a major factor for you or not.

Canon Rebel SL1 / EOS 100D vs T5i / 700D

In order to make a smart buying decision, you should fully understand the differences between the T5i and SL1. You should consider the difference in price and do your on calculations whether or not the T5i worth the extra money or not.  Both the EOS 100D and EOS 700D were announced at the same day on March 21, 2013.  $100 is not a low for those who are going to invest in a DSLR camera, and I know that if you are reading this article you are already considering the two and need to decide which one to go with.

Before we go on talking about the difference in more details, let’s take a look at a side by side specs comparison table. This table should give you a good overview of the differences between the T5i and SL1. Spend a few moments going over the features and understand them . You might find out that one camera is missing an important features that you really want to have  while the other model does have it.

100D / SL1700D / T5iSide Notes
AnnouncedMarch 21, 2013March 21, 2013Both cameras were announced at the same day
Sensor18.0 MP
APS-C (22.3 x 14.9 mm)
CMOS
18.0 MP
APS-C (22.3 x 14.9 mm)
CMOS
Both cameras have the same sensor and same resolution
Build QualityAluminium alloy and polycarbonate resin with carbon and glass fiberStainless Steel and polycarbonate resin with glass fiber
iSO Range100-12800 (expansion to ISO 25600)100-12800 (expansion to ISO 25600)Both cameras have the same ISO arnge
AF Points9-point
Only the center is point is cross-type
9-point
All cross-type
The T5i has a more advanced AF sensor with all AF points cross type, which should lead to a faster and more accurate AF performance for tracking fast moving subjects across the frame
LCD3-inch
1,040K-dots
Fixed
Touch Screen
3-inch
1,040K-dots
Full Articulated
Touch Screen
The SL1 lacks an articulated display, the T5i does. It's petty that Canon didn't include a tilt/swivel display on the SL1.
EVFOptical (pentamirror)
coverage: 95%
magnification: 0.87x
Optical (pentamirror)
coverage: 95%
magnification: 0.85x
100D has a bit larger magnification, not a big difference here. This means that with a 50mm lens on the SL1 the scene through the viewfinder will appear to be 87% compare to looking at them with you own eyes.
Shutter Speed30 - 1/4000 sec30 - 1/4000 secSame shutter speed range, nothing to report here
Number of Shooting Modes1815*including P, TV, Av, M. The SL1. SL1 add 'Candle Light' , 'Food', 'Kids' shooting modes
Pop up FlashYes
9.4m
Yes
13m
Both cameras have a pop up flash, the T5i has a stronger flash
Flash X-sync1/200 sec1/200 secBoth cameras have the same X-sync speed
Continuous Shooting4fps5fpsThe T5i has a bit faster burst shooting
AE Bracketing±2 (3 frames at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV steps)±2 (3 frames at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV steps)
Exposure Compensation±5 (at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV steps)±5 (at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV steps)
WB BracketingYes (3 frames in either blue/amber or magenta/green axis)Yes (3 frames in either blue/amber or magenta/green axis)
Video1920 x 1080 (30, 25, 24 fps), 1280 x 720 (60, 50 fps), 640 x 480 (30, 25 fps)1920 x 1080 (30, 25, 24 fps), 1280 x 720 (60, 50 fps), 640 x 480 (30, 25 fps)Both cameras can shoot Full HD videos with same optional frame rates
Built-in MicMonoStereoThe T5i has a built-in stereo microphone. Both cameras feature a 3.5mm microphone jack for connecting an external stereo microphone to improve sound quality when recording videos.
Battery Life (CIPA)380 shots550 shotsT5i has a much better batter life
Dimensions and Weight117 x 91 x 69 mm (4.61 x 3.58 x 2.72″)

407 g (0.90 lb / 14.36 oz)
133 x 100 x 79 mm (5.24 x 3.94 x 3.11″)

580 g (1.28 lb / 20.46 oz)
The SL1 is smaller and weight less
AF Sensor TypeHybrid CMOS AF IIHybrid CMOS AFSl1 utilizes a new variant AF sensor. Version 2 adds more pixels dedicated to phase detection autofocus, This should lead in theory to a faster and more precise focus during video recording

What are the important differences that you should be aware of?

  1. T5i has an AF sensor with all points cross-type, which makes the camera perform better when shooting fast moving subjects
  2. T5i has an an articulating display, the SL1 is a fixed one
  3. SL1 has a few more shooting modes
  4. T5i shoots 1 fps faster in continuous shooting
  5. T5i as a built-in stereo mic compare to mono on the SL1
  6. T5i has a better battery life
  7. SL1 is smaller than the T5i
  8. SL1 utilizes the new Hybrid CMOS AF II sensor that should in theory lead to a faster and more accurate continuous subject tracking in videos

 

You can see that there are several differences that you should be aware about. The most important differences In my opinion are the lacks of an articulated display on the SL1, SL1 being smaller and the built-in stereo mic on the T5i. So it seems that video enthusiast might like the T5i offer better, and I’m pretty sure that some of you might choose the T5i / 700D f or that reason.

Hybrid CMOS AF II vs Hybrid CMOS AF

According to Canon the new sensor uses phase detection pixels  across 80 per cent of the sensor’s imaging surface to provide increased AF speed and tracking performance in videos.  I didn’t find anyone comparing the two ina resulting any improvement in performance. I find it a bit odd that Canon put it on the SL1 instead and not on the T5i which is more video-oriented camera. So with no real test how better is the AF II, I would probably wouldn’t see this as a big factor when purchasing either cameras. If you have tested the two and compare the AF performance on both cameras, I would be glass to hear your opinion, so please comment below.

Conclusion

I am quite confused with the decision to add a new camera to the EOS lineup. I am pretty sure that Canon has its own reasons and there is a market for those type of cameras.  I don’t think that you should base your decision on the camera size alone, but if you if you don’t think that you take advantage of the T5i extra features, the SL1 is a cheaper choice and it’s the SMALLEST and lightest DSLR camera on the market. If you intend to purchase a large lens, I would recommend having a larger camera instead that will stabilize the lens weight better. Furthermore, the SL1 doesn’t have a compatible battery grip to my knowledge, but if it were it would ruin the all idea of buying a compact DSLR in the first place.

I also think that the Canon Rebel SL1 / EOS 100D is a great family camera due to its size. It means that if more than one person is using the camera, it would be more convinient to use for the other family members, that feel a bit awkward for them to use a DSLR camera.

 

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