If you've avoiding migrating to the world of DSLR photography -- and the impressive image quality that comes with it -- because of the large size of the cameras, you do have another option. Alleviate your concerns of the size of DSLRs by making use of\u00a0the smallest DSLR on the market, as shown in my Canon Rebel SL1 DSLR review. If you'd rather use film, take a look at our RE-35 Digital Film cartridge promises to convert any old school school camera to the digital age.\r\n\r\nThe Canon EOS Rebel SL1 release date of 2013 makes this an older model, but DSLR camera designs often have a lifespan of up to five years in the market, just because of the advanced features they carry. So don't let the age scare you for the little Rebel SL1 (known as the Rebel 100D in some parts of the world). The SL1 doesn't need a walking cane just yet. Instead, this DSLR remains relevant in the market in part because of its small size. And its age allows you to find it at a great price now. If you want a do it yourself SLR camera, take a look at our Konstruktor F SLR camera review for another option\r\nOverview\r\nSummary:\u00a0Canon created the smallest DSLR camera on the market in the Rebel EOS SL1, but the manufacturer didn't lose\u00a0image quality or performance levels while shrinking the camera body.\r\n\r\nWHY IT'S A TOP PICK:\u00a0Small DSLR body size doesn't mean sacrificing\u00a0top-notch\u00a0image quality.\r\n\r\nPrice:\u00a0$399 body only or $499 with 18-55mm lens from Amazon\r\nAvailable:\u00a0March\u00a02013\r\nModel:\u00a0Rebel EOS SL1\r\n\r\nWhat We Liked\r\n\r\n \tSmaller size and lighter weight of camera body is definitely noticeable versus other DSLRs\r\n \tAgainst\u00a0beginner level DSLRs, SL1's image quality\u00a0is very good\r\n \tFast performance levels and excellent battery life in viewfinder mode\r\n \tTouch screen LCD included\r\n \tEasy to operate\r\n\r\nWhat We Didn't\r\n\r\n \tImage quality doesn't stack up to more advanced DSLR models\r\n \tLenses for SL1\u00a0are same size as for other Rebel\u00a0DSLRs, somewhat compromising SL1's small form factor\r\n \tCamera's\u00a0battery life and performance speeds suffer\u00a0in Live View mode\r\n \tNo WiFi connectivity\r\n\r\nCanon Rebel SL1 DSLR\u00a0Key Specs\r\n\r\nDesign and Build\r\n\r\n\r\nIf you're seeking a Canon SL1 comparison with other DSLR models, it starts with the size of the camera. When considering the Canon EOS Rebel SL1 DSLR vs. T5i, another solid DSLR model from Canon, the SL1 is significantly smaller. The SL1 weighs 6 ounces less than the Rebel T5i, and it is 0.4 inches thinner and 0.6 inches less in length than the T5i. Although that may not sound like much, it's a size difference of more than 10% between the two Rebel models.\r\n\r\nThe Canon EOS Rebel SL1 DSLR vs. Nikon D3300 comparison also showcases the small size of the SL1. The D3300 measures 4.9 inches in length and 3.0 inches in depth, versus the 4.6 inches in length and 2.7 inches in depth of the Rebel SL1 \/ 100D. Again, this difference doesn't sound like much, but when switching back and forth between the Rebel SL1 and other DSLRs in a single photography session, the change in size\u00a0is definitely noticeable.\r\n\r\nOutside of its smaller form factor, the Rebel SL1 \/ 100D looks a lot like other Rebel DSLRs. It has an extended right-hand grip to help you hold the camera comfortably. There are quite a few curves on the camera's body, and the middle of the camera is raised to give the popup flash a good angle to the scene. It has a hot shoe in the middle of the top panel.\r\n\r\nOne thing to keep in mind with the Canon SL1 is that this camera works much more quickly in viewfinder mode than it does in Live View mode (where you frame the scene using the display\u00a0screen, rather than the viewfinder). It's a little frustrating to miss some photos because of shutter lag when shooting in Live View, so think about using viewfinder mode when shooting moving subjects.\r\n\r\nI really like the fact that Canon gave the SL1 a touchscreen LCD, which is a great feature to find on a beginner level DSLR. The photographers at whom Canon aimed the SL1 probably are migrating from the best compact digital camera or a smartphone camera, where a touch screen is becoming common.\r\nImage Quality\r\nWhile using the kit lens, the APS-C image sensor included in the SL1 produces images of a very good quality, just as you'd expect from an entry-level DSLR camera, though its performance isn't as strong as the best DSLR cameras. Colors are accurate and bright, and the images are sharply focused in nearly all shooting conditions.\r\n\r\nOne aspect of the 100D that works great in the entry-level portion of the DSLR market is that it's a strong performer in fully automatic mode. Although you have the ability to record in full manual mode or in Shutter Priority or Aperture Priority modes, a photographer who is new to DSLR photography will appreciate the fact that this model allows for very good\u00a0image quality in automatic mode. Later, as the inexperienced photographer learns more about the camera, he or she can use the manual control settings to improve\u00a0the image quality further.\r\nLow Light Performance and Movie Mode\r\n\r\n\r\nThe Rebel SL1 is able to record photos in low light more effectively than some previous entry-level Canon DSLR cameras, thanks in part to an improvement in the autofocus system. With older models, you may have noticed that the subject was blurred for a second or two during movies, which was extremely annoying. The new autofocus system in the Canon SL1 \/ 100D works faster, which is especially noticeable in movies. You can record movies at full HD resolution.\r\n\r\nThe Rebel SL1's low light photography performance lags behind more advanced DSLR cameras, as it offers a maximum ISO setting of 25,600, but\u00a0you shouldn't expect to achieve noise free photos beyond an ISO 6400 setting. Note that the standard range is a high ISO 100-12800 with an aperture of f\/3.5-5.6. This camera is compatible with STM lenses for smooth and consistent autofocus during video recording, which also work well with the Hybrid CMOS AF feature while shooting in 24 frames per second. The Hybrid AF feature also has a useful Live View AF mode on the rear LCD. Still, this model does a much better job in darkened scenes than what you'd receive\u00a0from a smartphone camera or a best point and shoot digital camera\u00a0model.\r\nBattery Life\r\nThe Canon EOS Rebel SL1 battery life is one area where you'll notice the smaller size of this camera. By shrinking the size of the SL1 \/ 100D, Canon had to shrink the battery a little bit versus other Rebel digital cameras, resulting in battery life that's below other\u00a0Canon DSLRs.\u00a0However, if you use viewfinder mode most of the time, you'll be able to conserve the battery life effectively enough to allow for a full day of photography on one battery charge.\r\nCanon Rebel SL1 Review Wrap Up\r\nMy Canon EOS Rebel SL1 review reveals a DSLR camera that does a lot of things well for a smaller than average camera, including good image quality and fast performance levels in viewfinder mode, all at a very good price versus other DSLRs. Outside of battery life, Canon didn't have to sacrifice much to shrink the body size of the SL1. Canon declares that this product is the world's smallest and lightweight full-featured digital SLR. But it has slow performance levels in Live View mode, and its low light performance isn't as good as higher priced cameras.\u00a0Ultimately,\u00a0Canon has aimed this model at the lower end of the DSLR market, so a few drawbacks are expected. It's one of the best DSLR cameras for beginners, but more advanced DSLR shooters will wish for a larger image sensor and faster performance levels than the Rebel SL1.