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Canon EOS Rebel T6i Camera Review

The Canon EOS Rebel T6i is the latest version of the Rebel family of cameras and represents a new split in the family with Canon now offering an “s” version in the Rebel T6s as well. The “T_i” cameras have been very popular with amateur photographers while still offering a number of features found on upper level bodies such as mirror lock up. This is a great camera for a photographer just starting out or even for a pro to use as a backup body.

Pricing*

  • Body Only - $749.99
  • Body with 18-55 IS STM Lens - $899.99
  • Body with 18-135mm IS STM Lens - $1099.00

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Size & handling

The camera is on the smaller side with a very thin grip. Too thin for some users, while others find it to be adequate. I strongly recommend holding one to determine if the grip is good for you or not. I don’t love it but I don’t hate it, however, I have smaller hands.

Autofocus Performance

The Canon EOS Rebel T6i inherits the autofocus system from the 70D when using the viewfinder for framing your images. However, Canon did not incorporate the dual pixel technology in the sensor like the 70D, so it will not focus as fast or smoothly as the 70D when using the LCD for composing your images.

What I Like

  • Articulating LCD Screen
  • Built in Wi-Fi
  • Wireless TTL Flash
  • Optional Battery Grip
  • Direct Controls (no menu diving to get to commonly changed settings)

What I Don't Like

  • Pentamirror Viewfinder is small and Dim (but no worse than other cameras in it’s class)
  • No top LCD Screen

The Bottom Line

The Canon Rebel T6i is a great update to the Rebel lineup. It is reasonably small (although larger than the mirrorless bodies) and offers reasonable performance and bang for your buck. I personally prefer the slightly larger bodies such as the Canon EOS 70D and EOS 6D, but I am considering a Rebel T6i as a backup body and lightweight travel option, especially with the new 70-300mm II lens that was recently announced for wildlife.

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Specs

Sensor Size APS-C (1.6x)
Megapixels 24
Body Construction Plastic w/metal chassis
Dimensions (WxHxD) 5.2 x 4 x 3.1
Weight 1.22
Weather Sealed No
Memory Card SD/SDHC/SDXC
Dual Command Wheels No
Viewfinder Type Pentamirror
Viewfinder Coverage 95
ISO Range 100-12800 (Extended Mode: 100-25600)
Mirror Lock Up Yes
Burst Rate 5
LCD Size 3
LCD Resolution 1,040,000
Articulated LCD Screen Tilt & Swivel
Touchscreen Yes
Image Stabilization No
Remote Shutter Release Wired & Wireless (InfraRed)
WiFi Yes
GPS Optional
AF Points 19 (all cross point - center Dual Cross Point f/2.8)
AF Sensitivity EV -0.5 - 18
Minimum Shutter Speed 30
Maximum Shutter Speed 1/4000
Flash Sync Speed 1/200
Built In Flash Yes
Wireless TTL Flash Yes
Video Specs 1920 x 1080: 30 fps, 25 fps, 24 fps
1280 x 720: 60 fps, 50 fps
640 x 480: 30 fps, 25 fps
Mic In Yes
Headphone Out No
Built In Mic Stereo

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