Canon EOS Rebel SL1 vs Canon EOS Rebel T3i

This is a full comparison between the cameras Canon EOS Rebel SL1 and Canon EOS Rebel T3i. We compare them by looking at the categories you see below.

Canon EOS Rebel SL1
Canon EOS Rebel T3i


These cameras are both manufacturered by Canon.

Canon EOS Rebel SL1 were released 2013 and Canon EOS Rebel T3i was released 2011. That is a 2 years difference. In tech, this period of time can be of interest since technology is always improving etc.

Camera Manufacturer Released
Canon EOS Rebel SL1 Canon 2013
Canon EOS Rebel T3i Canon 2011

Type of camera

Both these cameras are DSLR cameras. No difference there.

Sensors / crop factor

Both these cameras have the same sorts sensor (called "APSC") which means that if you compare the cameras side by side the lenses will also have the same experienced focal length. Neither of the cameras have a Full frame sensor which means that you will get a "crop factor" where the cameras sensor size effect the focal length with a multiplier.

Camera Experienced focal length when using a lens with 50mm focal length (ex a common "50mm f/1.8")
Canon EOS Rebel SL1 80 mm (a Canon APS-C sensor have a crop factor / focal length multiplier by * 1.6)
Canon EOS Rebel T3i 80 mm (a Canon APS-C sensor have a crop factor / focal length multiplier by * 1.6)

Learn more about crop factor and focal length multiplier here:
Camera selection can affect the focal length (Canon)


Both these cameras has the exact same resolution. Canon EOS Rebel SL1 has a 18 MP (Megapixels) resolution while Canon EOS Rebel T3i has 18 MP. If we break down this in more detail this is the data behind the numbers:

Camera Megapixels Pixel (total) Pixels (width) Pixels (height)
Canon EOS Rebel SL1 18 MP 17915904 5184 3456
Canon EOS Rebel T3i 18 MP 17915904 5184 3456

ISO range

Both of these cameras offers the exact same ISO range. They both have 100 to 12800.

Camera ISO Range
Canon EOS Rebel SL1 100-12800
Canon EOS Rebel T3i 100-12800

Autofocus and lens compatibility

Both of these cameras have a built-in autofocus motor. Some lenses, that supports autofocus, does not have a autofocus motor of their own but this wont cause any problems with these two cameras.

Here is a complete overview of which lenses that work with each camera:
Lens compatibility chart for Canon EOS Rebel SL1
Lens compatibility chart for Canon EOS Rebel T3i

Pictures per second

Depending on what you are shooting the FPS, or frames/pictures per second, can definately be of interest. Canon EOS Rebel SL1 can shoot up to 4 pictures per seconds and Canon EOS Rebel T3i can shoot up to 3,7 pictures per seconds.

Camera FPS (Frames per second)
Canon EOS Rebel SL1 4
Canon EOS Rebel T3i 3,7

Ability to record movies

It is becoming more and more popular to record movies with digital cameras.

It is only one of these two cameras that support recording of movies and movie clips and that is Canon EOS Rebel T3i. Sadly, the Canon EOS Rebel SL1 does not support this.


The weight of the camera can be an extremely important factor, especially if the camera is about to be used, carried around, for several hours at the time.

Canon EOS Rebel T3i weighs 570 gr (equal to 1,26 lb) which is 40% heavier than Canon EOS Rebel SL1 and its 407 gr (or 0,9 lb).

Camera Weight (in gram) Weight (in pounds)
Canon EOS Rebel SL1 407 gr 0,9 lb
Canon EOS Rebel T3i 570 gr 1,26 lb