Canon T6i Review
|Full model name:||Canon EOS Rebel T6i (EOS 750D)|
(22.3mm x 14.9mm)
|Viewfinder:||Optical / LCD|
|Native ISO:||100 - 12,800|
|Extended ISO:||100 - 25,600|
|Shutter:||1/4000 - 30 seconds|
|Max Aperture:||3.5 (kit lens)|
5.2 x 4.0 x 3.1 in.
(132 x 101 x 78 mm)
includes batteries, kit lens
|Full specs:||Canon T6i specifications|
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Sporting a brand new 24.2MP sensor, faster DIGIC 6 processor and an upgraded 19-point AF system, the T6i is a substantial update to the T5i and versatile option against the more basic T5. Ergonomically, it's nearly identical to its predecessor, which isn't a bad thing; controls are straightforward and the camera is lightweight and comfortable. Overall, while the Canon T6i is not a ground-breaking camera, it blends new features with tried-and-true Canon DSLR characteristics resulting in a very nice, well-rounded entry-level DSLR.Pros
Highest resolution Canon APS-C camera yet; Improved dynamic range over T5i; Good high ISO performance for its class; Very fast autofocus; Built-in Wi-Fi with NFC; Touchscreen tilt/swivel LCD.Cons
Shallow buffer depth with RAW files; Below average battery life; No Servo AF in Live View; No 60p video frame rate.Price and availability
Available since April 2015 in the US market, the Canon T6i is sold in three bundle variants: body-only for around US$750, in a kit with 18-55mm STM zoom lens for some US$900, or in a kit with 18-135mm STM zoom lens for about US$1,099.Imaging Resource rating
4.5 out of 5.0
Canon T6i Review
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Canon recently updated this model line with the Rebel T7i, which keeps a similar 24-megapixel APS-C sensor, yet offers a number of other upgrades, including a faster DIGIC 7 image processor, higher ISO range, more individual AF points (45 insteady of 19) and a faster burst shooting rate. To see how it compares to the T6i, read our Canon T7i review for more information or see a detailed side-by-side comparison!
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Looking for an affordable consumer-grade DSLR, but want something from the 2015 model year that incorporates plenty of up-to-date tech? If so, the Canon T6i (750D) has your name on it. Launched alongside the Rebel T6s -- Canon's 2015 flagship Rebel-series camera -- the T6i includes most of the same features at a noticeably lower pricetag. (And that's money back in your pocket -- or some spending cash for lenses and accessories, if you prefer.)
With a difference in list price of around US$100 at launch, it's pretty important to know what you're missing out on, though. Most notably, the Canon T6i lacks its flagship sibling's top deck LCD info display and rear-panel Control Dial interface, features that would likely make things easier on you if you're shooting with a higher-end Canon DSLR, and want to pick up a Rebel as a second body.
The Canon T6i also relies on the user to enable or disable its LCD monitor as needed, where the T6s does so automatically, saving time and battery life. And the T6i also lacks its sibling's single-axis electronic level, ability to adjust focus between burst frames in live view mode, and HDR / digital zoom functions for movie capture.
In most other respects, though, the Canon T6i is much the same camera at an even better price. You gain access to the same brand-new 24.2-megapixel CMOS image sensor as in the T6s -- the highest resolution ever provided by a Canon APS-C format DSLR. Output is handled by a DIGIC 6 image processor, making its first appearance in the Rebel series. Together, the pairing provide the same ISO 100-12,800 (plus 25,600 boost) sensitivity range and five frames per second burst rate as in the earlier Rebel T5i, despite a one-third increase in the total pixel count.
The Canon T6i also shares the same 19-point, all cross-type phase-detection autofocus coupled with the latest-generation Hybrid CMOS AF III autofocus, which yields significantly better performance and tracking in live-view shooting. And like the T6s, the Rebel T6i boasts a significantly improved 7,560 pixel RGB+IR metering sensor, sports a locking mode dial, and features a thru-the-lens viewfinder with Canon's Intelligent Viewfinder overlay function, another Rebel-series first. Also new are in-camera Wi-Fi wireless networking with Active NFC pairing, Silent Shooting mode support, flicker detection, and lens distortion correction among others.
Available since April 2015 in the US market, the Canon T6i is sold in three bundle variants: body-only for around US$750, in a kit with 18-55mm STM zoom lens for some US$900, or in a kit with 18-135mm STM zoom lens for about US$1,099.
Canon T6i Field Test
A great launching pad into the world of DSLR cameras
Introduction. The Canon Rebel T6i (EOS 750D) was announced alongside the Canon Rebel T6s (EOS 760D) and the two DSLRs share many important features with one another; both represent significant upgrades from the earlier Canon Rebel T5i. The T6s has some features that the T6i does not, but the T6i body-only costs $750 USD, $100 less than the T6s camera body. The T6i can be purchased with an EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM kit lens for an estimated retail price of just under $900 USD. At these prices, the T6i is an excellent value.
Key Features. The Rebel T6i brings a variety of improvements compared to the T5i, including an upgraded APS-C sensor that stands now at 24.2 megapixels rather than 18MP. The autofocus sensor has seen improvement, moving from a 9-point AF sensor to a 70D-like 19-point AF sensor in which all 19 points are cross-type phase-detection points. The metering sensor is improved as well, as it is now a 7,560 pixel RGB + IR metering sensor with skin tone detection. The T6i has a fully articulating 3" LCD with touchscreen capabilities and 1.04 million dots. The native ISO range is an impressive 100-12,800. The T6i is fairly quick as well, capable of continuously shooting at up to 5fps.
Canon T6i Technical Insights
A closer look under the hood!
Sensor. At the heart of the Rebel T6i is a newly-developed, 24.2-megapixel APS-C CMOS image sensor. Developed in-house by Canon, it's the company's highest resolution APS-C imager to date, and offers a total of around one-third more pixels than the 18-megapixel image sensor in the earlier Canon T5i. The image sensor is overlaid with a low-pass filter that subtly blurs the finest details to help fight moiré and false-color effects, a sensible choice in a camera aimed at consumers.
Processor. To help handle the higher pixel count, the Canon T6i also sports a new DIGIC 6 image processor in place of the DIGIC 5 chip used in the T5i. It's the first time that we've seen DIGIC 6 used in a Rebel-series camera.
Canon T6i Image Quality Comparison
Higher-res sensor: How does it stack up to the competition?
Here we use crops from our laboratory Still Life target comparing the Canon T6i's image quality to its predecessor, the T5i, as well as against several competing APS-C models -- and one Micro Four Thirds camera for good measure -- which all sit at similar price points or product categories: the Nikon D5500, Olympus E-PL7, Samsung NX500 and Sony A6000.
NOTE: These images are from best quality JPEGs straight out of the camera, at default settings including noise reduction and using the camera's actual base ISO (not extended ISO settings). All cameras in this comparison were shot with our very sharp reference lenses. Clicking any crop will take you to a carrier page where you can click once again to access the full resolution image as delivered straight from the camera. For those interested in working with the RAW files involved: click these links to visit each camera's respective sample image thumbnail page: Canon T6i, Canon T5i, Nikon D5500, Olympus E-PL7, Samsung NX500 and Sony A6000 -- links to the RAW files appear beneath those for the JPEG images, wherever we have them. And remember, you can always go to our world-renowned Comparometer to compare the Canon T6i to any camera we've ever tested!
Canon T6i Print Quality Analysis
Off the screen and onto paper!
Sporting the highest-resolution APS-C sensor ever packed into a Rebel-series camera, the 24-megapixel Canon T6i has an impressive showing in the print department. Surprisingly, prints up to 400 look practically identical with tons of detail and great colors allowing for very large prints. Hitting the middle ISO ranges, the T6i does very well to control noise and balance NR processing with a good amount of fine detail. And even at the tip-top of the ISO scale, this new Canon Rebel achieves useable results!
Canon T6i Conclusion
Blending new features with tried-and-true Canon DSLR characteristics
Released alongside the Canon T6s, the T6i sports a wholly similar design to the earlier Canon T5i, its direct predecessor. The T6s, on the other hand, offers a handful of more enthusiast-oriented features, such as a top-plate LCD screen and rear-panel Control Dial interface. For more entry-level or beginning DSLR photographers, the Canon T6i is more familiar territory, though it still comes with significant under-the-hood upgrades and improvements over the T5i.
New sensor packs in pixels but soft images straight from camera.
The headline upgraded feature is the all-new 24-megapixel APS-C sensor, which is a significant resolution bump over the 18-megapixel T5i and also the highest-resolution APS-C DSLR that Canon offers (alongside the T6s). It also brings the Rebel models more in line with competing models from Nikon and Sony. The new sensor packs in a lot of resolution and results in very good image quality. Based on our tests and our real-world Field Test, the T6i's higher resolution sensor captures highly detailed images, though images straight from the camera can appear slightly soft. Shooting in RAW and applying some sharpening in post helps bring out much more fine detail.
In the Box
The Canon T6i retail box ships with the following items:
- Canon EOS Rebel T6i (750D in Europe) body
- Body cap
- Ef Eyecup
- 18-55mm or 18-135mm IS STM lens (depending on bundle and market)
- Front and rear lens caps
- LP-E17 battery pack
- LC-E17 battery charger
- IFC-130U USB interface cable
- EW-300D shoulder strap
- EOS Digital Solution Disk CD-ROM
- Camera Instruction Manual booklet
- Large capacity SDHC/SDXC memory card. Look for at least a Class 6 speed grade card if you plan on shooting video, and consider a fast UHS-I card to minimize buffer clearing times.
- Extra LP-E17 battery pack for extended outings
- BG-E18 battery grip
- ACK-E18 AC adapter kit or DR-E8 DC coupler if you already have a suitable AC adapter (for studio shooting)
- Additional lenses
- External Speedlite flash, or other shoe-mount accessory flash
- Dioptric lenses for viewfinder (if built-in diopter adjustment is insufficient for your prescription)
- External monaural or stereo microphone
- HTC-100 or other Mini-HDMI cable
- Medium size camera bag
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