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While the latest entry in Canon’s mid-range consumer DSLR lineup doesn’t inspire much excitement, that’s not the point of the EOS Rebel T6i (aka the 750D everywhere but in the US). It remains a reliable option for people looking for a functional camera capable of handling pet photography, kids’ soccer games, and vacation snapshots.
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In photo quality, it doesn’t compare favorably with competitors, but unless you make side-by-side comparisons you probably won’t notice or care. It’s faster than previous models, both for the viewfinder and back-display shooting, and gains Wi-Fi connectivity, both of which make it more attractive than its predecessor and worth a look if you’re thinking of upgrading from an older model.
Though they have notably different body designs, the T6i/750D and its more expensive sibling the T6s/760D are ultimately only slightly different. The T6s’ controls and layout are designed to appeal to a higher-end photographer, with advanced conventions like a top status LCD, lockable mode dial, and a lockable control dial on the back, with hopefully less cheap-feeling buttons.
EOS Rebel T6i (750D) key features
- 24.2MP APS-C CMOS sensor
- 19-point autofocus system
- Hybrid CMOS AF III focus system (live view)
- 7560 pixel RGB + IR metering sensor with skin tone detection
- 3″ fully articulating touchscreen LCD
- 5 fps continuous shooting
- 1080/30p video
- Wi-Fi with NFC
Design and Features
Although they’ve got different controls, the T6i and the T6s share the same dimensions and weight—4 by 5.2 by 3.1 inches (HWD) and 1.2 pounds without a lens. The T6i puts its mode dial and power switch on the right side of the top plate and omits the lock that prevents it from accidentally turning. Its placement makes the top plate a bit more busy than that of the T6s (which has a monochrome information LCD on the right side of its top plate) and makes the three top control buttons (which adjust the active focus area, ISO, and toggle the rear LCD) a little less comfortable to access.
- The display button isn’t present on the T6s; it uses an eye sensor to automatically disable the rear LCD when you bring the camera up to your eye. You’ll have to do that manually with the T6i or deal with the light from the LCD shining in your eye as you frame a shot. The T6i does automatically dims the rear display when you press the shutter button to activate the autofocus system, which is a definite plus.
- If you’re stepping up from an older Rebel and you already have lenses, you can purchase either camera as a body-only option. For new buyers, the T6i comes with two kit lens options, and the T6s have one. For $850 (that’s MSRP, so do some price comparison), you can get the T6i with an EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM lens. You can also opt for the EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM package for $1,049; this is also the kit lens offered with the T6s, for $1,149. (Quick primer: EF-S is Canon’s lenses made for APS-C sensors, IS stands for image stabilization, and STM refers to the built-in stepping motor for noise-free zooms when shooting videos.)
- The difference between the two lenses is the focal range – the 18-135mm gives you a longer zoom. If you were to buy the lenses on their own ($250 and $550, respectively), it’s a $300 difference. So, in our opinion, it makes more sense to go with the longer lens if the budget allows; splurge further for the T6s if you can swing it. If you already own Canon lenses or you want something different, skip the kit options. (Oftentimes, warehouse stores, like Costco, will offer a two-lens kit, so look out for those.)
Performance and Conclusions
The T6i and the T6s use the same autofocus system, 24-megapixel sensor, and image processor. I tested both cameras in the lab and, unsurprisingly, they are true equals in terms of focus performance and image quality. There is one small difference in the Live View focus system; the T6i cannot track a subject when shooting still images using the rear LCD.
The T6i’s photo quality and video quality are fine in good light — not best in class, but unless you compare side by side you probably won’t notice that they’re less sharp or that there’s less detail in highlights and shadows.
Noise isn’t the T6i’s worst enemy; the tonal range is. Noise always increases with ISO sensitivity, and in the T6i’s JPEGs, the noise reduction jumps between ISO 800 and ISO 1600, where you start to see color noise and smoothing. Depending upon the lighting, the scene, and how large you plan to display them, you can probably use the images through the ISO 25600 expanded setting.
But the bigger problem is that you start completely losing detail in blacks as exposure decreases. The default Auto Picture Style increases contrast a lot so in low-light JPEGs the shadows clip to black, but even in the raw files there’s not a lot of detail captured there compared with similar cameras like the Nikon D5500.
The video is good, but missing 60fps
If you’re interested in video, the T6i is certainly capable, too, but it, unfortunately, lacks the increasingly popular 1080/60p frame rate, but otherwise, the video quality is good and the touchscreen interface is very handy to adjust the focus point during the video. And while the T6i does not have the Dual Pixel CMOS AF technology of the higher-end 70D and 7D Mark II models, its updated Hybrid CMOS AF III system and full-time autofocus during videos was quick and accurate