Entry level cameras are incredibly important to manufacturers, despite their low price point. This is because when starting the journey with a brand, many customers opt for these cameras and if good enough, consumers stay with the brand for a long time. Badged as the EOS 1300D outside the United States, the Canon EOS T6 Rebel is the latest entry-level DSLR and is a great purchase for anyone venturing into advanced photography. This Canon EOS Rebel T6 review seeks to examine what the camera has to offer.
Is the Canon EOS Rebel T6 worth the money? What kind of features does it have? Here is a quick glance into the specifications of the camera:
Type: Digital AF/AE single-lens reflex camera
Resolution: 18 megapixels
Sensor: APS-C CMOS sensor
Kit lens: 3.06x zoom (18 – 55 mm)
- Native ISO: 100 – 6400
- Extended ISO: 100 – 12800
Shutter speed: 1/4000 to 30 seconds
Continuous shooting rate: 3 frames per second
Size: 5.08 x 3.99 x 3.06 inches
Weight: 17.11 ounces
Media storage: SD, SDHC, SDXC
- 18.0 Megapixel CMOS (APS-C) image sensor and high-performance DIGIC 4+ Image Processor for excellent speed and quality.
- ISO 100-6400 (expandable to H: 12800) for shooting from bright light to low light. Compatible with Eye-Fi Cards. Multimedia cards (MMC) cannot be used
- Built-in Wi-Fi and NFC connectivity provide easy sharing to compatible smart devices, select social media sites and the Canon Connect Station CS100 device.
- 9 point AF system (including one center cross-type AF point) and AI Servo AF provide impressive autofocus performance with accurate results. AF Assist Beam - Effective range : Approx. 13.1 ft. / 4.0m. Periphery: Approx. 11.5 ft. / 3.5m
- High-performance Optical Viewfinder helps facilitate quick and accurate focusing by firmly framing and capturing the subject at hand.
The Canon EOS Rebel T6 borrows some features from previous high-end cameras and that’s not a bad thing. It comes with 1080p/30fps video recording, 9-point AF module as well as built-in WiFi. Its 500-shot battery life is quite respectable for a camera in its class. However, what makes the EOS Rebel T6 a favorite is not what’s inside but rather on the outside. Its $500 price tag and the fact that the features are better tuned to the needs of beginners are the main factors that make it so popular. While this is a smart move for Canon, the question still remains if this camera is worth its price.
Image Quality and Performance
After powering on, the Canon EOS Rebel T6 focuses and captures an image in 0.4-second; this is quite impressive for an entry level DSLR. The performance of the 9-point AF system in bright light conditions is average, but it does slow down when locking on objects in dim conditions. The metering system does a good exposure job in many situations. However, it tends to overexpose when confronted with high contrast scenes. Detail rendering at pixel-level is mediocre at best, but that’s to be expected of a cheap kit lens.
The step up to a DIGIC 4+ processor means that images in playback appear faster as compared to the predecessor. However, there is some noticeable lag when taking several still photos in quick succession. There is a good level of saturation and warmth in JPEG images. The Picture Styles feature also offers a variety of ways to tweak the tones to achieve the custom images you want.
Design and Controls
The overall design of the Canon EOS Rebel T6 is similar to that of the T5 in many ways. It has a textured coating on the rear thumb rest and chunky front grip. This creates the impression of a high quality camera than that of average beginner DSLRs. The configuration of the rear button is easy to figure out and quite similar to that of most Canon DSLRs. The Quick menu button labeled ‘Q’ allows you to access and adjust common settings. There are also dedicated buttons for functions like ISO, white balance, exposure compensation and autofocus mode.
The scrolling dial on top of the camera makes it easy to alter the shutter speed or aperture. Next to the viewfinder is the Live View button that allows you to compose shots on the LCD screen. This camera doesn’t have a touch screen and as such, all of the adjustments to settings have to be made via button controls.
- Built-in WiFi and NFC capabilities;
- 18 megapixel sensor with DIGIC 4+ image processor;
- Textured coating allows for a firmer grip;
- Good value for your money;
- Quite affordable;
- Compatible with up to 220 lenses currently on the market;
- Decent battery life of 500 shots;
- Noise results are very good;
- Easy handling and various scene modes for beginners;
- Compact DSLR design;
- Decent image quality given price range.
- LCD screen only has 920,000 RGB dots;
- Coverage of the viewfinder is below average;
- LCD screen lacks swivel mechanism;
- Lacks focus motor;
- Continuous shooting rate of 3 fps is slow;
- Viewfinder is smaller than what you’d expect at the price range;
- Lacks weather sealing.
Like the T5 that came before and close rivals from Pentax and Nikon, the Canon EOS Rebel T6 is clearly designed for beginners. It is also a good camera for casual photographers who don’t need advanced features. While it is similar to the T5 in a lot of ways, Canon did a good job with improving the LCD resolution and sharing with mobile devices thanks to inbuilt WiFi. It certainly shoots better photos than the average smartphone cameras and if you are on a tight budget, the T6 will prove a good purchase.
While it lags behind other 24 MP rivals, the Rebel T6 offers decent image quality. But if this Canon EOS Rebel T6 review has taught us anything, it’s that anyone who’s looking to step up from a smartphone camera will be pleased by what it has to offer. The addition of Wi-Fi connectivity is much appreciated and a 95% viewfinder coverage isn’t bad either considering the low price point. It goes without saying that we would have wished for more improvements. It seems a little disappointing that one should spend almost $500 on a camera that doesn’t have a touchscreen. There is also the issue of Canon relying on an old 18MP sensor and processor. Otherwise, the Canon EOS Rebel T6 is a good purchase if you don’t mind the small issues and really need a starter package with good color reproduction.