Canon EOS Rebel T6i Brief Review



  • 24.2 megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor
  • Macimum shutter speed 1/4000
  • ISO range 100-12800
  • Low pass filter
  • 19-point phase detection autofocus
  • Continuous shooting up to 5 fps
  • Manual modes and focus
  • RAW and JPEG
  • Manufacturer estimated shutter lag time .075 sec.
  • Hot shoe slot
  • 1080p HD video at 30 fps
  • 3” tilting touchscreen
  • Wi-fi and NFC
  • Li-ion battery rated at up to 550 shots
  • Weighs 19.58 oz. (555g)
  • Release Date: 2015-02-04
  • Final Grade: 93 4.65 Star Rating: Recommended

Canon boosts resolution for entry-level DSLRS with the EOS Rebel T6i
Camera giant Canon has boosted a few specs for their latest affordable DSLR, the T6i.
By Hillary Grigonis, Last updated on: 3/18/2015

The Canon EOS Rebel T6i and T6s boasts the highest resolution the popular EOS line has seen yet, thanks to a 24.2 megapixel APS-C sensor. The T6i model is designed for affordability, while the T6s is a flagship model for more advanced users.

Both of the T6 models use the same high resolution sensor and a processor that allows for a 5 fps continuous shooting rate. Unlike Nikon's latest APS-C DSLRs, both models still include the optical low pass filter--cameras without the filter tend to have higher levels of detail in the shots. That high resolution sensor will also capture 1080p HD video at 30 fps.

Canon has tweaked their autofocus speed with both T6 models, with a new sensor-embedded hybrid system. The new autofocus enhances the speed when using live view or capturing video, which has always traditionally lagged behind focus speeds when using just the viewfinder. Canon's DSLRs have been known as the better option for video, so it's a nice enhancement to see. That live view mode is made possible with a 3" tilting touchscreen LCD.

Both the T6i and T6s also include wi-fi and NFC, a first for Canon's EOS line. Users can pair the camera with a Canon printer and wirelessly print images, or access some of the camera's features with a smartphone.

The T6i is the less expensive option of the two, designed for beginners and those simply on a budget. What does the T6s have that the T6i does not? The T6s includes a second screen at the top displaying shooting information, as well as a few other advanced convenience features like a quick control dial, built-in level and HDR video capability. Tracking autofocus is also available in live view on the T6s, where it's limited to the viewfinder on the T6i. There's just a $100 difference between the two models--image quality should be identical, but the T6s has a few more convenient features.

The Canon EOS Rebel T6i looks to be a solid option for beginners as well as enthusiasts on a budget, with a high resolution and nice extras like wi-fi. It's expected out by the end of April, 2015. The body only will list for $750, or pair it with an 18-55 mm lens for $900 or a 18-135mm lens for $1,100.

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