Canon T6i Field Test: A great launching pad into the world of DSLR cameras


posted Friday, July 24, 2015 at 6:45 PM EDT


After taking on the new Canon T6s -- Canon's more advanced, more enthusiast-oriented Rebel DSLR -- photographer Jeremy Gray spent some quality time shooting with its sibling, the more entry-level Canon T6i. We've just published his full Canon T6i Field Test, and on most counts, the T6i is a solid, well-rounded and capable compact entry-level DSLR.

The Canon T6i features many of the same under-the-hood improvements as the T6s, including the higher-resolution 24.2-megapixel APS-C image sensor and faster DIGIC 6 image processor. It also shares the same upgraded 19-point, all cross-type AF system as the T6s and Canon 70D, as well as improved hybrid live-view autofocus. On most counts, the performance and image quality specs are largely identical between the T6i and T6s, though there are a few differences when it comes to live-view autofocusing. However, the biggest differences are to the external design and controls, with the T6i being seen as more of a direct descendant of the earlier T5i, its physical design and control scheme.

EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS STM: 250mm, f/7.1, 1/320s, ISO 640

With Jeremy's T6i Field Test, he's now had an opportunity to shoot with both cameras side-by-side. The T6s brings more enthusiast-oriented controls (and a few more shooting features), while the T6i remains more entry-level-focused. Both cameras, however, look to be very well-rounded, capable cameras for most subjects. Which one is right for you? Head over to our Canon T6i Field Test, which of course, includes a wide variety of excellent, real-world gallery photos from Jeremy's home state of Maine, and if you haven't done so already, be sure to read over his Canon T6s Field Test to compare and contrast (and for a quick a side-by-side comparison, check out our A vs. B. tool -- Canon T6s vs. Canon T6i).

EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM: 18mm, f/8, 0.3s, ISO 100
EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS STM: 250mm, f/5.6, 1/320s, ISO 500

Stay tuned as we finish up our Canon T6i and T6s reviews. They are now back in-house at IR, and we're wrapping up our lab testing as we speak, so be on the lookout for our final verdicts on these two cameras soon!

Canon T6i Field Test

Canon T6i OverviewLab SamplesGalleryT6i vs T6s