T6i (EOS 750D)
Canon Digital Rebel T6i (EOS 750D) (19.5 oz./554 g with battery and card, about $749) and 50mm f/1.8 STM. bigger. I got my T6i at Adorama. I'd just as well have gotten it at Amazon, at Crutchfield or at B&H. It comes with or without your choice of lens; the standard 18-55 STM lens is great, and the 18-135 STM lens is my favorite if you need more zoom reach.
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Top, Canon T6i. bigger.
Canon T6i. bigger.
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Canon T6s: the same thing with a few extra controls and features.
Sample Images (many more farther down) top of T6i review
What really impresses is how I get great-looking photos right out of the T6i with no editing or processing required. This is the greatest thing I can say about any camera; its color, exposure, focus and auto white balances are always right-on, so pictures look much better than I get from other brands of camera like Fuji or Sony. With the T6i, I can point and shoot and get great results:
Perfect exposure and auto white balance (color); most cameras won't look this good.
Bingo! Great color and exposure right out of the camera. Many other cameras would overexpose and wash-out the tan rocks.
This is shot in shade, and looks warm as wood should. Many cameras make images that are too blue-gray in the shade, while my T6i makes wood look as it should.
The Canon EOS Rebel T6i (Kiss X8i in Japan and EOS 750D in the rest of the world) is a basic lightweight DSLR with great performance. It's easy to shoot, shoots well, and the pictures look much better than many other brands of cameras.
All the pictures from my T6i are sharp, well exposed and have great color, which is more than I can say for what I get from more expensive cameras from other brands.
Built-in Flash works as wireless commander
Touch Flip Screen
The screen swivels all around, and you can touch it to make the camera do what you want.
As-shot distortion correction
The 6Ti can be set so JPGs are recorded with lens distortion automatically corrected.
Even the 5DS R can't do this! Ha!
As-Shot, In-Finder Cropping
The T6i can be set to crop to 4:3, 16:9 and 1:1 ratios, and the viewfinder is marked with lines to show you the actual image area that gets recorded.
The T6i can shoot through flickering light by synchronizing the actual instant of shutter release to the lighting automatically.
This lets you shoot in gyms, stadiums and auditoriums and get great color and exposure at high shutter speeds.
It also lets you get much better results under fluorescent and LED lighting.
Smaller Video File Size Options
New "lightweight" video file size options take up only a fraction of the usual file space.
This typically triples the amount of video you can record on a card.
Use the GPS Receiver GP-E2 ($230) if you want.
No Battery Percentage Meter
It has only a battery bar icon.
No second card slot
No PC (Prontor-Compur) flash sync terminal
Use a hot-shoe adapter, or I prefer wireless strobe triggers.
No Silent Mode in Live View
No AF Fine Tuning
Not needed, either.
Only Reasonably-Crazy High ISO Settings
ISO 6,400 is more than enough for me to shoot under full moonlight handheld without any image stabilization, and the T6i goes to ISO 12,800.
Other cameras usually go to more foolish ISOs that no one really needs for quality work; if it gets that dim, add more light if you want a good photograph.
No Auto Brightness Control for LCD
24 megapixels CMOS; 6,000x 4,000 pixels native.
14.9 x 22.3 mm.
Pixel wells are 3.72µm square.
Ultrasonic cleaner with dust delete data. (No fluorine coating.)
LARGE (24 MP) 6,000 x 4,000 pixels.
JPG MEDIUM (11 MP) 3,984 x 2,656 pixels.
JPG SMALL 1 (6 MP) 2,976 x 1,984 pixels.
JPG SMALL 2 (2.5 MP) 1,920 x 1,280 pixels.
JPG SMALL 3 (0.35 MP) 720 x 480 pixels.
Cropped Aspect Ratios
Crop modes at 4:3, 16:9 and 1:1.
The finder shows these with two lines.
ISO 100 - 12,800.
100 - 6,400 in most modes.
The only adjustment is the maximum ISO, settable from ISO 400 to ISO 6,400.
ISO 6,400 is the default highest Auto ISO.
With flash, Auto ISO is fixed at 400, but will dip to 100 if overexposure would happen. If bouncing an external flash, Auto ISO will vary from ISO 400 to 1,600.
No Kelvin setting.
±9 levels of blue/amber and ±9 levels of magenta/green bias.
sRGB and Adobe RGB.
19 cross points for f/5.6
Center point also adds precision for f/2.8.
AF range: LV -0.5 ~ 18.
No AF Assist light, but will try to fire the flash to help.
Front, Canon T6i. bigger.
All Canon EOS EF and EF-S lenses made since the 1980s work perfectly.
The only Canon lenses that don't work are the old manual focus FD lenses and earlier.
7,560-pixel RGB+IR meter sensor.
63 segment (9x7) evaluative, as well as 100% averaging, 6% central and 3.5% spot metering.
Meter range: LV 1~20.
Soft-touch electromagnetic release.
Vertical metal focal plane.
First curtain electronic; second curtain mechanical.
1/4,000 ~ 30 seconds and Bulb.
2s or 10s self timer.
1/200 flash sync.
3 FPS in silent mode.
With flash: 86 ms.
Silent mode: 100 ms.
Silent mode with flash: 250 ms.
These are presuming the T6i is already awake. Camera turn-on time is an additional 165 ms if the camera is asleep.
Flash exposure lock (FEL).
No Prontor-Compur (PC) terminal; use the built-in flash to trigger your slaves or use a hot-shoe adapter for corded sync.
Yes, pops up.
E-TTL II for use with all EX flashes.
No Prontor-Compur (PC) terminal.
0.82x magnification with 50mm lens.
23.2º apparent angle.
-3 ~ +1 diopters.
Depth-of-field preview button.
AF points and focus confirmation
ISO speed (always displayed)
Exposure bar graph
Spot metering circle
Flicker detection indicator
Flash exposure compensation
Red-eye reduction light
Highlight tone priority (D+)
Maximum burst (1-digit display)
White balance correction warning
SD card information
Still and video.
AF during Live View.
315 zone, center-weighted, 10% and 2.7% spot metering.
3x3 or 6x4 Grid.
Meter range: LV 0 ~ 20.
No silent Live View mode.
MPEG-4 AVC / H.264 video with linear PCM stereo audio.
1,920 x 1,080
29.97p, 25p and 23.976p: 216 MB/minute.
29.97p and 25p "lightweight:" 87 MB/minute.
1,280 x 720
59.94i and 50i: 187 MB/minute.
29.97p and 25p "lightweight:" 30 MB/minute.
640 x 480
29.976p and 25p: 66 MB/minute.
29.976p and 25p "lightweight:" 23 MB/minute.
Canon T6i. bigger.
3" TFT Color.
3:2 aspect ratio.
No auto brightness control.
One SD slot for SD, SDHC, SDXC, UHS-1 and Eye-Fi cards.
2.5mm Remote cord connection.
USB & analog A/V(NTSC or PAL analog video) combined; also used for connecting GPS Receiver GP-E2.
Mini-HDMI Type C.
The LP-E17 is rated for 550 shots. (470 at 0ºC/32ºF; 200 with live view or 1700 with live view at 0ºC/32ºF.)
You'll get less if you use the flash.
When used with the second battery in the grip, the rated number of shots doubles.
LC-E17 folding plug 100-240V 50-60 cps charger.
Internal rechargeable battery for the clock. Takes 8 hours to charge and runs for 3 months if main battery dies.
5.20 x 3.98 x 3.07 inches WHD.
131.9 x 100.9 x 77.8 millimeters WHD.
19.525 oz. (553.5 g) with battery and card, measured.
19.6 oz. (555 g) with battery and card, rated.
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Made in Japan.
32º ~ 104º F.
0º ~ 40ºC.
Not more than 85% RH.
Thursday, 05 February 2015.
End of April, 2015.
February ~ October 2015: $749.
Canon T6i box. bigger.
The T6i is a great little camera. It's easy to use, very lightweight, handles well, and the pictures look great.
Autofocus is fast and sure.
When set to its auto AF-Area select modes, it selects the correct AF areas all by itself and tracks them very quickly — for photos of things.
It has no face recognition, so you have to stop and assign AF points manually for people pictures.
Video autofocus is awful.
High ISOs look phenomenal.
They go to ISO 12,800, and at ISO 12,800 the pictures still look great.
The only reason it doesn't go to higher ISO settings is because Canon wants you to pay more for another camera if you need them.
The image quality of the T6i at 12,800 is the same as other current Canons at ISO 12,800, just that the T6i can't be set higher. Other cameras that can be set higher simply look worse when set there. You can push ISO in Photoshop.
Auto ISO is on by default.
It does what it wants to; there is no way to program anything other than the maximum ISO to which you want it to climb.
It seems to be programed for slowest shutter speed equal to 1/focal length.
This is a a problem for me; I always use use 1/250 for sports, 1/125 for people and a slower version of 1/focal length for photos of things.
It's super sharp.
The only limitations are your skill as a photographer and the lenses you use.
The Quiet Mode isn't much quieter than the regular mode, but it's not much slower, either.
To set the Quite Mode, press the [ Q ] button, tap the plain rectangle icon along the bottom and turn the dial until you get a rectangle or rectangles with an "s."
Video looks great if used under professional conditions where your actors hit their marks and your focus pullers have everything under control.
For normal people, video is poor because autofocus is s-l-o-w!
The built-in mic is S-t-e-r-e-O and sounds fine.
Even with the latest STM lenses, the audio tracks will have humming sounds from the lens trying to focus, which its doing all the time unless your subjects aren't moving.
Just use your iPhone for better results.
Stills with Video
The shutter button will snap stills while rolling video, but you will hear the camera shutter click in the audio track!
Your iPhone does this much better.
The LCD is sharp, bright and colorful.
The touch sensitive screen works as well as an iPhone screen, but smaller.
With no auto brightness control, it's usually too dark outdoors unless you stop and set it.
Playback is fun because you can zoom and scroll with your fingers.
As all Canons have done for over 15 years, the image is softer for a moment as you scroll, and pops-in sharply in a fraction of a second.
With Image Review ON (to see pictures automatically after shot) the playback controls (zoom, swap and scroll) are locked-out until you hit Play.
Like most DSLRs, playback isn't smart enough to rotate the image as you rotate the camera. Your phone is smarter here.
Cards are titled EOS_DIGITAL.
Vertical images are flagged for rotation so they look appropriate in most software, but the actual image data itself is not rotated. This is typical for all digital cameras today.
Usage top of T6i review
The "light" video mode options use less data, so you can record much more video. I'd suggest them. You set these in the Menu system.
For pictures of things, I set Picture Style (press [ Q ], then the left middle box with the six dots) to Standard, 6 sharpening and +4 saturation.
For pictures of people, I set Picture Style (press [ Q ], then the left middle box with the six dots) to Standard, 6 Sharpening, 0 or +1 Saturation and maybe 0, -1 or -2 Contrast.
To set the Quiet Mode, press the [ Q ] button, tap the empty rectangle along the bottom and then turn the dial until you get a rectangle or rectangles with an "s."
I find the 5 FPS "continuous" mode too fast; I usually get a couple of frames when I just want one. There is no 3 FPS setting that I prefer, because it lets me get one frame when I want, and more if I hold down the shutter button. Here's a trick: the Continuous Silent mode runs at 3 FPS, so I prefer this setting.
The 6Ti is a great little camera. So is the even smaller and lighter Canon SL1, which sells for less.
The only things the T6i doesn't do well are focus while rolling video, and that the T6i has fewer external controls than Canon's pro cameras for people like me who know how to use all the settings. The T6i (and SL1) have the same settings and take the same pictures as the larger professional cameras, but it takes longer to set the T6i and SL1 because some of these settings are behind more menus instead of direct buttons and dials. If you shoot every day as I do, I don't mind spending more for my 5DSR. See also Is It Worth It?
There is little functional difference between the T6i and SL1, so unless some feature like a flip screen or the great [ Q ] quick-control screen of the T6i is important to you, even the SL1 takes the same pictures as the most expensive Canons.
The T6i is but one out of about a dozen different Canon DSLRs. They all take the same pictures; the only significant difference among them is how easy they are to hold, to carry, and to get adjusted for each shot. I prefer the more expensive cameras with C1, C2 and C3 memory settings on their mode dials, since I often have to switch between different kinds of shooting (landscapes or people) from shot to shot. However, the picture quality of any current Canon DSLR will have the same great colors and sharpness.
What you have to ask yourself is do you know what all the settings do (few people do), and if so, are you willing to pay more to be able to set them more quickly with things like a rear dial on the T6s? What you're really asking yourself among the Canon DSLRs is do you really know how to use everything, and if you do, do you want easier access to these controls? For most people the answer is NO!, in which case these less expensive cameras take the same great photos as Canon's $6,000 cameras.
If you think you'll like the T6i, you'll love it when you actually get yours. It's small, light, easy to use and the pictures look much better than anything I can get with even the most expensive mirrorless cameras like the $3,200 Sony A7R II. The T6i also weighs less than the Sony, so go T6i!
The basic 18-55 STM lens is great for just about anything.
For one-lens do-everything use where you need more zoom range, I love the Canon 18-135 STM.
If you need a longer tele for sports, the 55-250mm STM is excellent.
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