Very good camera for those with hands small enough to hold it comfortably
D. Johnson, Amazon
5 January 2014
Summary: The Canon Rebel SL1 is a great camera. It pretty much takes the majority of features of a T5i and crams them into a smaller body. Image quality is very good (though possibly not as good as what Nikon offers at this price point), and the camera is very responsive. Its biggest asset, though, is its size. It really is tiny. And light. It's hard to imagine how the workings of an SLR camera can be fit into something so small and lightweight.
Summary: I had a Nikon D600, which I loved. I like to take pictures of birds every day at a nearby lake, though, and the Nikon with the 70-300 lens was very heavy and hurting my shoulder. I saw the SL1,w as impressed by its size and decided to try it. I love the camera, but Canon needs to step up their quality control. The first unit I had stopped auto focusing after a week and had to be returned. I am not at all rough on equipment.
Conclusion: 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.