Canon T6 Review

 

Basic Specifications
Full model name: Canon EOS Rebel T6 (EOS 1300D)
Resolution: 18.00 Megapixels
Sensor size: APS-C
(22.3mm x 14.9mm)
Kit Lens: 3.06x zoom
18-55mm
(29-88mm eq.)
Viewfinder: Optical / LCD
Native ISO: 100 – 6400
Extended ISO: 100 – 12,800
Shutter: 1/4000 – 30 seconds
Max Aperture: 3.5 (kit lens)
Dimensions: 5.1 x 4.0 x 3.1 in.
(129 x 101 x 78 mm)
Weight: 24.6 oz (697 g)
includes batteries, kit lens
Availability: 04/2016
Manufacturer: Canon
Full specs: Canon T6 specifications

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T6 SUMMARY

Canon’s most affordable entry-level DSLR, the Rebel T6 shares much with the earlier T5. It differs, though, in providing the wireless connectivity necessary to get your photos onto your phone (and from there, to Facebook) thanks to in-camera Wi-Fi connectivity. It also sports a noticeably better display. But can super-affordable pricing make up for its now rather long-in-the-tooth imaging pipeline? Find out in our in-depth Canon T6 review!

PROSGood image quality overall; Good value for money; In-camera Wi-Fi and NFC make light work of image sharing; Decent kit lens; Friendly, approachable design; Good ergonomics; Lots of room to grow in Canon’s ecosystem

CONSSlow burst shooting with very limited raw buffer; Resolution, dynamic range and high ISO performance trail current rivals; Mediocre autofocus performance; Limited feature set; Very basic movie capture features

PRICE AND AVAILABILITYAvailable since April 2016, the Canon T6 is sold in a kit with the EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS II zoom lens. US-market pricing for this bundle is set at around US$550, which is the exact same price point at which the earlier Canon T5 launched some two years earlier.

 

 Canon T6 Review

 

 

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If you’re shopping for a camera that will give you much better image quality than your smartphone, but you’re on a very tight budget, we have some good news for you. The Canon Rebel T6 is here, and it takes one of the most popular cameras in recent years, then tweaks the design to make it much easier to get your photos onto your phone.

The Canon T6 shares a whole lot with its well-received predecessor. Its smooth, polycarbonate body is nearly identical to that of the Rebel T5, and remains both friendly and approachable. (It’s also pretty similar to that of the previous-generation Rebel T3. If you’re considering an upgrade from that camera, you’ll find yourself almost immediately at home with the T6.)

On the inside, the Canon T6 also sports pretty much exactly the same imaging pipeline as its nearest predecessor. With a resolution of 18 megapixels from a roomy APS-C sized image sensor, the T6 might lag more expensive cameras in terms of resolution, but it arguably provides more than enough for the entry-level shooters at whom this model is aimed. Sensitivity ranges from ISO 100 to 6400 equivalents, and can be expanded to a maximum of ISO 12,800-equivalent, which again should be plenty for the needs of most entry-level shooters (and far beyond what your cameraphone will manage).

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If you’re planning on shooting sports, kids or other very active subjects, however, you may want to look at a more fully-featured camera instead. With a continuous shooting speed of just three frames per second, the Canon T6’s relatively modest burst-capture rate may leave you waiting and missing photo opportunities, especially if you’re a raw shooter. You’ll manage just five or six raw frames before the T6’s buffer fills, although in JPEG mode the new DIGIC 4+ image processor now allows an unlimited burst depth, according to Canon. (This is may well be true for typical scenes, but in the lab with a difficult to compress scene, the Canon T6 slowed down after 15 best quality JPEG frames versus 12 JPEGs for the T5. See our Performance page for more details.)

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So what’s new compared to the Canon T5? The biggest change in the new Rebel T6 is the inclusion of both Wi-Fi and Near-Field Communications technology. Wi-Fi lets you get your images off the camera and onto your Android or iOS smartphone or tablet with ease. From there, it’s just a few taps to get your photos onto social networks like Facebook, Twitter or Instagram so your friends and family can share in the moment while it’s still fresh. The NFC radio, meanwhile, makes it even easier for Android users to connect their smart device to the camera. Simply bumping the two devices together is enough to create a connection and start sharing your creations.

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Compared to its predecessor, the Canon Rebel T6 now sports a higher-resolution LCD monitor. If you shoot in live view mode, that should prove handy when you want to focus manually, with the crisper display making it easier to tell precisely where the sharpest point in the image is located. And of course, the higher resolution will also make for a more satisfying experience when reviewing the photos you’ve already captured.

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In other respects, the Canon T6 is a whole lot like its predecessor, although some minor tweaks can be found if you look more closely. For example, the Rebel T6 now offers a Food scene mode among the Basic Zone options on the mode dial, helping foodies to share their favorite culinary creations without needing to understand the subtleties of shutter speeds, apertures, white balance options and so forth. There’s also a new “white priority” setting for the T6’s auto white balance mode, which aims to better neutralize the warm color casts typical under incandescent lighting.

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