Whoa! This camera is incredible! Before I purchased this, I had an SL1. It was a great camera, but the autofocus couldn't meet my standards. This camera exceeds them. With the 19 all cross-type focus points, this camera is sharp and lightning-quick. The articulating monitor is pretty neat to have too, as I film myself a lot for blogging. The 5 fps shooting also comes in handy.
But enough about specs! How about the video? It is spectacular! One thing that the SL1 lacked was compact video sizes. On this camera, I can get 2 hours of 720p HD for only 4 GB! That's pretty awesome! And on top of that, quality is crisp, and the microphone actually is pretty good for a built in one. I just wish recordings didn't cut off at 30 minutes. This camera also feels GREAT to hold. It feels professional, while it is also lightweight.
I highly recommend this camera. Don't worry-it is perfect for beginners and intermediates.