Camera Rocket Review Our evaluation of SL1 vs 650D

Image Quality

RAW image quality independent of lens

DxOMark Low light, DxOMark Color depth and DxOMark Dynamic range


How fast and easily does the camera nail focus

Focus lag, cross type focus points and focus points


How much delay is there between you and your photo?

Focus lag, continuous shooting and Startup delay


What do the experts think?

Reviews from,,, and 2 more

No winner declared

Too close to call

Benchmarks Real world tests of Rebel SL1 vs EOS 650D

Low light image quality Highest ISO setting that still achieves great image quality

Rebel SL1
843 ISO
EOS 650D
722 ISO

Focus lag Delay between fully pressing shutter to image capture

Rebel SL1
264 ms
EOS 650D
269 ms

Shutter lag Delay to take a photo when prefocused

Rebel SL1
76 ms
EOS 650D
74 ms

Startup delay Delay from power on to first photo

Rebel SL1
600 ms
EOS 650D
700 ms

Continuous shooting Delay between fully pressing shutter to image capture

Rebel SL1
4 fps
EOS 650D
5 fps

Battery life How many photos per battery charge (CIPA)

Rebel SL1
380 photos
EOS 650D
440 photos

Features Key features of the Rebel SL1  vs EOS 650D 

Megapixels Maximum resolution images are captured at

Rebel SL1
17.9 MP
EOS 650D
17.9 MP

Max ISO Maximum light sensitivity of the sensor

Rebel SL1
25,600 ISO
EOS 650D
25,600 ISO

Focus points How many different points the camera can focus on

Screen size Larger screens make it easier to preview and review photos

Viewfinder size Large viewfinders are brighter and more comfortable to use

Rebel SL1
EOS 650D

Pixel size How much area of the sensor is dedicated to each pixel

Rebel SL1
18.5 microns
EOS 650D
18.5 microns

Reviews Word on the street

Rebel SL1  vs EOS 650D 

While video is probably the main application for the SL1’s improved Hybrid AF, I was pleasantly surprised by how well it worked when composing and shooting casual snapshots.
Rebel SL1

The control layout on the back remains essentially unchanged, but Canon tweaked the design on the menu and info buttons for the better; they're slighly easier to feel now.
EOS 650D

With its touchscreen, Hybrid AF and other user-friendly functions, the Canon 650D transforms the way you use a camera and how you take pictures.
EOS 650D


8.2 Out of 10
8.4 Out of 10

Specifications Full list of technical specs


Rebel SL1  vs
EOS 650D 
Megapixels 17.9 MP 17.9 MP
Resolution 5184 x 3456 5184 x 3456
Area 22.3 x 14.9 mm 22.3 x 14.9 mm
Crop factor 1.6x 1.6x
Pixel size 18.5 microns 18.5 microns
Light sensitivity 100 ISO to 12,800 ISO 100 ISO to 12,800 ISO
Light sensitivity (Boost) Unknown to 25,600 ISO 12,800 ISO to 25,600 ISO
CR2 14bit
Self cleaning sensor Yes Yes

focus system

Type Phase detection Phase detection
Focus points 9 9
Cross type focus points 1 9
Supports continuous Yes Yes


Viewfinder mirror Opaque Opaque
Viewfinder Yes Yes
Type Pentamirror Pentamirror
Coverage 95% 95%
Magnification 0.87x 0.85x
Viewfinder size 0.54x 0.53x


Max continuous shooting 4 fps 5 fps
Battery life 380 440
Continuous shooting
5 fps @ 5184 x 3456, JPEG, 22 shots
5 fps @ 5184 x 3456, RAW, 6 shots
4 fps, JPEG
Focus lag 264 ms 269 ms
Shutter lag 76 ms 74 ms
Startup delay 600 ms 700 ms


Rebel SL1  vs
EOS 650D 
Video 1920 x 1080 @ 30 fps 1920 x 1080 @ 30 fps (MPEG-4)
Shoots video in 24p Yes Yes
Shoots high speed video No No
External mic jack 3.5mm 3.5mm
Autofocus while shooting video Contrast detection Contrast detection
Autofocus type Contrast detection Contrast detection
Autofocus supports continuous Yes Yes


Size 3" 3"
Resolution 1,040 k dots 1,040 k dots
Has a touch screen Yes Yes
Has a flip out screen No Yes
Supports live view Yes Yes


Min 30 s 30 s
Max 1/4000 s 1/4000 s

form factor

Size 117 x 91 x 69 mm 133.1 x 99.8 x 78.8 mm
Thickness 69 mm 78.8 mm
Weight 407 g 575 g
Is weather sealed No No


Includes a GPS No No
Supports HDR Yes Yes
Automatic panorama No No
Create realistic 3D images No No
Image stabilization
Canon Rebel SL1
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