Canon EOS Rebel T6 Review

“Entry-level” cameras are quite significant for manufacturers, despite the fact that their prices are relatively modest. This is the camera with which the customer begins their adventure with a brand, and a significant number of customers who begin this trip with a particular brand will remain loyal to that brand for a very long time.

The Canon EOS Rebel T6 (also known as the EOS 1300D in countries other than the United States) has now been superseded by the EOS Rebel T7 / EOS 2000D, with the most notable improvement being the inclusion of a 24-megapixel sensor in the more recent camera.

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Today, as a result of this, you can purchase a camera with a lot of features for a price that is pretty low. The Canon EOS Rebel T6 / EOS 1300D is the company’s most recent entry-level offering, and it is now being sold at a price that is ideal for novice photographers, students, or anybody who has never used a DSLR before. In point of fact, it is considerably less expensive than the majority of standard compact cameras.

It appears that Canon has once again played it relatively safe with the specification sheet, which helps to keep the camera affordable for those all-important entry-level customers. The Rebel T6 does not represent a significant upgrade from its predecessor, the EOS Rebel T5 / EOS 1200D – which itself was hardly a huge overhaul of the EOS Rebel T4 / 1100D.

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  • APS-C CMOS sensor, 18MP
  • 3.0-inch screen, 920,000k dots
  • 1080p video capture

The sensor has the same number of megapixels as the one found in the EOS Rebel T5 and the EOS 1200D, which is 18 million, but the processor has been given a very minor boost to the DIGIC 4+ (the Rebel T5 has a regular DIGIC 4). On the other hand, when one considers that Canon’s most recent processor is the DIGIC 7, the 4+ appears to be a very outdated piece of technology.

Because the EF-S lens mount used by the EOS Rebel T6 and EOS 1300D is compatible with all of the lenses in Canon’s EF line, consumers have access to a vast selection of options that are priced to accommodate a variety of budgets.

The Canon EOS Rebel T6 and EOS 1300D share some of the same additional features as their predecessor, the Canon EOS Rebel T5. It utilizes the same basic 9-point autofocusing technology but adds one cross-type (higher-sensitivity) point to the center of the array. In addition, there is an optical viewfinder with a 95% field of vision. While this may not seem like a significant limitation at first, while studying the photographs, you may see that undesirable components have crept into the edges of the frame.

The native sensitivity range of ISO 100-6,400 has not changed, and it can be expanded all the way up to ISO 12,800. However, due to the slightly improved CPU, a little increase in low-light performance is anticipated. Having said that, the ISO range appears to be very limited in comparison to competitors that are considerably more recent.

In addition to the completely automated and scene shooting modes that you might anticipate seeing in a camera geared at beginning photographers, this model also includes:

The screen is one component that has undergone development and improvement. The LCD display of the EOS Rebel T6 / EOS 1300D measures 3 inches and has 920k dots, while the LCD display of the T5 had just 460k dots. Because of this change, viewing photos and navigating the menus should be an overall more satisfying experience.

The addition of built-in Wi-Fi and near-field communication (NFC) connection is the most notable improvement made to the EOS Rebel T6 and EOS 1300D cameras. This gives you the ability to manage the camera from a connected device, such as a smartphone or tablet, and it also allows you to transmit photographs from the camera to your devices so that you can instantly share them online.

There are fully automatic and scene shooting modes, as well as manual and semi-automatic aperture priority and shutter priority shooting modes, and the ability to shoot in raw format. You would expect to find fully automatic and scene shooting modes in a camera that is aimed at beginning photographers.

As was the case with the T5, the Rebel T6 is capable of capturing video in Full HD (1920 x 1080 resolution), and it also allows for manual control of the video recording process. The camera can record at frame rates of 30, 25, or 24 frames per second; however, 4K video recording is not supported.

Design And Build Quality

  • Construction made of polycarbonate
  • Little has changed in the design between the EOS Rebel T5 and EOS 1200D.
  • Weighs 485g

The EOS Rebel T6 and the EOS 1300D have a design that is almost identical to the one seen on the previous model, the T5. It has a textured coating on the chunky front grip as well as the rear thumb rest, which helps to create an impression of quality that is higher than that of a typical entry-level camera. As a result, the camera has the feel of a Canon Rebel T6i or EOS 750D, which are both in the middle range of the brand’s offerings.

Although the grip itself is well curved to suit your middle finger when your index finger rests on the shutter release, people with bigger hands may find that it is a little less comfortable to handle than those with smaller hands.

If this is your first camera, the back button structure is straightforward and simple to comprehend and master. However, anyone who has previously used a Canon DSLR will find the button layout to be instantly recognizable, making it just as simple to operate as a second camera.

You may rapidly access often changed settings and make adjustments with the help of a button labeled “Q,” which opens a “Quick menu.” While there are also dedicated buttons for essential settings such as white balance, autofocus mode, ISO (sensitivity), and exposure compensation, the Quick menu will save you from having to rummage around in the menus in the case of options such as Image Quality and Picture Style. This is because the Quick menu contains all of the most commonly used options.

Depending on the shooting mode that you are currently using, the scrolling dial that is located on top of the camera, just beneath the button that releases the shutter, is in the optimum position for making rapid adjustments to either the aperture or the shutter speed. If you are using the camera in manual mode, you may use the dial to modify either the shutter speed or the aperture; however, you will need to hold down the exposure compensation button at the same time.

Because the EOS Rebel T6 does not have a touchscreen, all changes to the settings must be done using the physical controls. Fortunately, there are sufficient direct access buttons to make this process easy and not cumbersome.

A button for adjusting the focusing point may be found directly to the right of the thumb rest on the camera. Because there are only nine points to pick from, all of which are clustered rather centrally, it is quite likely that you will need to recompose the shot and focus again in order to capture subjects that are closer to the frame’s edges.

Because there is no dedicated video button on the camera, the main dial on top of the device is used to switch between shooting modes, including video mode. Because there is no dedicated video button, selecting video mode via the dial makes it somewhat more difficult to quickly capture footage than it would be if there was a separate button.

You may arrange your photographs using the LCD by clicking the live view button, which is located next to the viewfinder on the camera. Autofocus speeds are noticeably slower when using live view, but it is useful for shooting still life and macro subjects, where the emphasis is more on precise focusing rather than speed – you can magnify the view by 5x or 10x for maximum accuracy. Live view is useful for shooting still life and macro subjects.

In addition, there is a button that is only devoted to selecting the drive mode. Unfortunately, the improvement to the DIGIC 4+ processor did not result in an increase in the maximum frame rate; it is still merely 3fp.

However, this camera was not intended with high-speed action or sports shooting in mind, thus the lack of an increase in the highest frame rate is not surprising. However, the buffer capacity has been increased, and the 1300D is now capable of shooting 1100 JPEGs or a far more modest six raw files before its shooting speed begins to decelerate.

The viewfinder of the Canon T6i is identical to the one found in the Canon T5. Although many people will argue that optical viewfinders are superior to electronic viewfinders, a viewfinder like this one, which only provides a field of view of 95 percent, leaves you vulnerable to having unwanted objects creep into the edges of the frame. This is something that would not occur if you were using an electronic viewfinder that covered the entire frame 100 percent.

Because it is optical rather than electronic, you also won’t be able to see the results of changes to the settings in the viewfinder as you make them. This is something that would be very helpful for individuals who are just beginning to get the idea of how a DSLR works.

When it comes to the filter effects that can be applied in-camera, there is not a very large variety to pick from, which may be a bit frustrating to enthusiastic Instagrammers who are just starting out with DSLRs. You do, however, have the ability to choose from a number of different Picture Styles. These Picture Styles include conventional options, such as Landscape and Portrait, as well as an attractive Monochrome effect.

When you apply a Picture Style to an image, as long as you are shooting in raw format, you will have access to an unaltered version of the image to use in the event that you require it in the future, in addition to the processed version. You may also apply filters after the photo has been taken by accessing the playback menu; in this case, the camera will store a new JPEG in addition to the original image.

Even while Wi-Fi and NFC connection are very common in modern cameras, the fact that it is included in the Rebel T6 makes it perhaps the most significant improvement over the T5.


  • 9-point AF, 1 cross-type AF point
  • AF-assist illuminator
  • It is possible to follow subjects that are moving.

When there is sufficient light, autofocus rates are often rather fast, although they experience some degree of slowdown in low-light circumstances. When testing the EOS Rebel T6 / EOS 1300D with Canon’s EF-S 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 IS lens, we did not have any issues with the autofocus; however, the performance of other lenses may vary.

By selecting the AI Servo AF mode, you will be able to follow subjects that are in motion. The Canon EOS Rebel T6 was able to keep up with somewhat slow-moving things, such as a person walking across a scene, rather smoothly, but it suffered a little bit when it came to keeping up with speedier subjects.

Having said that, this camera does not make the claim that it is a camera that is suitable for those who are interested in sports and action; for that, you will need to check further up the Canon line; but, for general photography, it will be sufficient.


  • rapid fire at 3 frames per second
  • iFCL metering system
  • Battery capacity of 500 shots

The Canon iFCL metering technology is utilized by both the Rebel T6 and the EOS 1300D, just as it was by the T5. In general, this does a good job of producing accurate exposures; however, because priority is given to the active autofocus point, if whatever you’re focusing on is particularly bright or dark, this can skew the overall exposure reading. I found that on several occasions, I needed to dial in a little exposure compensation in order to get the results I wanted.

The auto white balance function of the Canon Rebel T6 performs admirably in a wide variety of lighting environments. The results are not bad, but if you want the highest level of accuracy, it may be good to switch to a setting that is more appropriate, such as fluorescent. Artificial lighting makes the tones appear a bit warmer than is correct.

When the sky is cloudy, I find that the photographs produced by the Cloudy setting have a tint that is a tad bit too warm for my taste. The automated mode works nicely in these situations.

It would appear that the upgrade to the DIGIC 4+ CPU has resulted in a slight increase in operational speeds when compared to the T5. This results in photographs appearing in playback mode somewhat faster, however, there may still be a discernible lag if you shoot multiple photos in rapid succession.

The battery life that is quoted is slightly lower than that of the competing Nikon D3300, but it is far higher than what is available from the vast majority of small system cameras. According to the results of our tests, this number is rather accurate, and I was able to photograph for several hours without seeing a significant decrease in the amount of battery life that was displayed.

Image quality

  • ISO 100–6,400, with the ability to extend to 100–12,800
  • Integrated filter with a low pass bandpass
  • 7 different styles of images

The Rebel T6 / EOS 1300D utilises the same sensor as the T5, but it is equipped with the DIGIC 4+ processor rather than the DIGIC 4. This results in a very minor improvement in image quality. Therefore, it should not come as a surprise that the Rebel T6 performs quite similarly to the T5 according to our tests.

The image quality is rather impressive, and those who are just starting out with digital single-lens reflex photography should be blown away by the capabilities of the Canon EOS Rebel T6 / 1300D.

JPEG images display a good level of warmth and saturation directly from the camera, which is consistent with what we have become accustomed to seeing from cameras across Canon’s range. Picture Styles are a good way to tweak the tones depending on the subject; for instance, you may discover that portraits will benefit from the more subdued tones of that preset.

Raw images are a little more subdued than JPEGs, with a bit less contrast, giving you plenty of scopes to process files according to your own preferences. You can use either Canon’s Digital Photo Professional software, which is bundled with the Rebel T6, or a third-party application such as Adobe Camera Raw or Lightroom. JPEGs are the more common format for digital photography. JPEGs are a lossy format, meaning that they are compressed and stored in a manner that allows them

When it comes to detail resolution, Canon’s 18 million pixel sensor has proven to be a capable performer, both in the T5 and elsewhere. The general impression of detail in JPEG images is very good from ISO100 all the way up to ISO3,200, and the quality only begins to decrease slightly when you reach ISO6,400.


The image quality of the EOS Rebel T6/EOS 1300D is decent, but it isn’t anything particularly groundbreaking because it’s about on a level with the now three-year-old T5, and when compared to 24MP competitors, it falls behind. However, if you are upgrading from a tiny camera or the photographic capabilities of a mobile phone, you will be extremely delighted with what this camera is capable of.

The inclusion of Wi-Fi is certainly something to be thankful for, but if you were hoping for something that was innovative in any manner, you would be sorely disappointed.

This limitation is not unusual for entry-level DSLRs, but it is something you need to think about when you snap a photo. The viewfinder is bright and crisp, but having just a 95 percent field of vision can lead to complications when composing images.

The Canon EOS Rebel T6 / EOS 1300D suffers from the same drawback as its predecessor, the Canon EOS Rebel T5 / 1200D: it’s not quite as impressive as its predecessor. Canon has not included much in the way of new technological advancements in this camera. Instead, the company has chosen to rely on an older sensor and an older CPU so that it can continue to offer a product at an excellent value.

It would have been nice to see a touchscreen introduced for the EOS Rebel T6 / EOS 1300D. This is especially true when taking into consideration the fact that many of the users of these cameras will be accustomed to operating smartphones and tablets and are likely to miss the ability to touch a screen to change settings, set the focus point, and so on.

The Canon EOS Rebel T6 / 1300D is an excellent camera for those who are just starting out in photography since it provides decent picture quality in a package that is both affordable and simple to operate. It is a good choice for people who are searching for their first DSLR but don’t want to spend an excessive amount of money, and it will introduce you to both the Canon EOS ecosystem and to DSLR photography in general, with the hundreds of lenses and accessories that are available for these cameras.

Canon EOS Rebel T6 Specs

Body typeCompact SLR
Max resolution5184 x 3456
Other resolutions3456 x 2304, 2592 x 1728, 1920 x 1080, 720 x 480
Image ratio w:h1:1, 4:3, 3:2, 16:9
Effective pixels18 megapixels
Sensor photo detectors19 megapixels
Sensor sizeAPS-C (22.3 x 14.9 mm)
Sensor typeCMOS
ProcessorDigic 4+
ISOAuto, ISO 100-6400, expandable to 12800
Boosted ISO (maximum)12800
White balance presets6
Custom white balanceYes
Image stabilizationNo
Uncompressed formatRAW
JPEG quality levelsFine, Normal
AutofocusContrast Detect (sensor)Phase DetectMulti-areaCenterSelective single-pointTrackingSingleContinuousFace DetectionLive View
Digital zoomNo
Manual focusYes
Number of focus points9
Lens mountCanon EF/EF-S
Focal length multiplier1.6×
Articulated LCDFixed
Screen size3″
Screen dots920,000
Touch screenNo
Screen typeTFT LCD
Live viewYes
Viewfinder typeOptical (pentamirror)
Viewfinder coverage95%
Viewfinder magnification0.8× (0.5× 35mm equiv.)
Minimum shutter speed30 sec
Maximum shutter speed1/4000 sec
Aperture priorityYes
Shutter priorityYes
Manual exposure modeYes
Subject / scene modesYes
Built-in flashYes (Pop-up)
Flash range9.20 m (at ISO 100)
External flashYes (via hot shoe)
Flash modesAuto, On, Off, Red-eye
Continuous drive3.0 fps
Self-timerYes (2 or 10 sec)
Metering modesMultiCenter-weightedPartial
Exposure compensation±5 (at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV steps)
AE Bracketing±2 (3 frames at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV steps)
WB BracketingYes
Resolutions1920 x 1080 (30p, 24p), 1280 x 720 (60p), 640 x 480 (30p)
FormatMPEG-4, H.264
Storage typesSD/SDHC/SDXC card
USBUSB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
HDMIYes (mini-HDMI)
Microphone portNo
Headphone portNo
Wireless notes802.11b/g/n with NFC
Remote controlYes (wired or wireless)
Environmentally sealedNo
BatteryBattery Pack
Battery descriptionLithium-Ion LP-E10 rechargeable battery & charger
Battery Life (CIPA)500
Weight (inc. batteries)485 g (1.07 lb / 17.11 oz)
Dimensions129 x 101 x 78 mm (5.08 x 3.98 x 3.07″)
Orientation sensorYes

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