Canon EOS Rebel T6i Review

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Canon EOS Rebel T6i Review

Up until very recently, Canon’s primary entry-level DSLR was the EOS Rebel T6i, which was also marketed under the name EOS 750D in markets outside of the United States. It competed with cameras such as the Nikon D3300 and D5600.

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Since its introduction at the beginning of 2015, the Canon EOS Rebel T6i/750D camera has been on the market for more than three years. Since then, the EOS Rebel T7i has taken its position as the current flagship model (known as the EOS 800D outside the US).

The more recent model has a number of enhancements, such as an improved sensor and much enhanced focusing capabilities when filming in Live View mode (when you shot using the rear display as opposed to the viewfinder). Although it is no longer included in Canon’s official lineup of digital single-lens reflex cameras (DSLRs), the EOS Rebel T6i/EOS 750D is still sold by select merchants. If money is tight, this is still a decent camera to have, but there are better options available elsewhere.]

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Features

  • 24.2MP APS-C CMOS sensor
  • Touchscreen display of three inches with adjustable viewing angles.
  • 1080p video capture – no 4K

The natural sensitivity range of ISO100-12,800 is carried over from the 18MP EOS Rebel T5i / EOS 700D sensor to the 24.2MP sensor of the EOS Rebel T6i / EOS 750D. This is despite the fact that the newer sensor is a step higher in resolution. There is also an option for expansion at ISO 25,600, which is used for situations with very little available light. The maximum native setting for filming a video is ISO6400, and the extension value may go up to ISO12,800.

The OS Rebel T6i / EOS 750D is a first for Canon DSLRs in that it has both Wi-Fi and NFC (Near Field Communication) technology. This enables the camera to be connected to a smartphone or tablet for the purposes of remote control and image sharing. It is also possible to link two cameras by just tapping their NFC logos together, after which photographs may be sent wirelessly between the two cameras.

A touch-sensitive Clear View II TFT screen of 3.0 inches and 1,040,000 dots is included on the OS Rebel T6i / EOS 750D, much like it was on the previous Rebel T5i / 700D. It also has an aspect ratio of 3:2, which corresponds to the ratio of the imaging sensor after it has been uncropped. Additionally, it has a vari-angle hinge on the side of the body, which allows it to be placed in a variety of positions. This comes in handy when you want to shoot low to the ground or overhead.

When taking pictures through the viewfinder, the autofocus mechanism is a 19-point phase-detection system. In the 19-point AF mode, the decision about the AF point can be left up to the camera; alternatively, it can be made manually in the Single-point AF mode or the Zone AF mode. In the Single point mode, all 19 of the points are accessible for individual selection, however, in the Zone AF mode, you only have the option of selecting from five different groupings of points.

When shooting in Live View mode with the Canon Rebel T6i or 750D, you have access to Canon’s Hybrid CMOS AF III technology, which includes Face recognition, Tracking AF, FlexiZone-Multi, and FlexiZone-Single modes.

This is an enhanced version of the Hybrid CMOS AF II system that can be found in the Canon EOS Rebel SL1 / EOS 100D. It has a bigger number of focusing pixels grouped in a more regular array than previous iterations of the system. According to Canon, it is about four times quicker than version II and two generations more advanced than the first Hybrid CMOS AF system that was included in the Rebel T5i.

The EOS Rebel T6i / EOS 750D does not feature a Servo autofocus option in Live View mode, in contrast to the Rebel T6s / 760D. As a result, there is no option for the focus to adjust continuously when the shutter release is held down and subject distance increases.

On the other hand, there is an option for Continuous AF available in the Live View part of the main menu. While the option is engaged, the focus will be changed relatively slowly even when the shutter release button is not being depressed. It is intended for usage in the video mode as well as the pre-focus function while taking still photographs.

Performance

  • rapid fire at 5 frames per second
  • Exposure with a greater emphasis on the active AF point
  • 440 shots per charge of the battery

In addition, the EOS Rebel T6i and EOS 750D are capable of continuous shooting at a rate of up to 5 frames per second. Although by today’s standards this may not appear to be very remarkable, it is quite helpful when participating in shooting sports. In addition, the burst depth has been raised from the Rebel T5i/700D’s 30 JPEGs or 6 raw files to a staggering 940 Large/Fine JPEGs or 8 raw files. This is a significant improvement over the previous model.

When the viewfinder is being used, an individual sensor with 7,560 RGB and Infra-Red (IR) pixels is made available for the purpose of assessing exposure. In the same manner, as the iFCL metering system found on the T5i, these pixels are organized into 63 segments (9 x 7), and the standard options of Evaluative, Centre-weighted, Partial, and Spot metering are available to use with them.

However, the partial coverage (6.0% of the viewfinder) and spot coverage (3.5% of the viewfinder) are a bit more accurate than they were in the T5i / 700D (9% and 4% respectively). Additionally, each pixel on the sensor has its own RGB-IR filter and is read individually.

Canon states that this technology is more accurate than the one found in the T5i due to its better color detection and it is quite similar to the one that is found in the superb EOS 7D Mark II. However, it is important to keep in mind that even when using the Evaluative mode, the metering is still tied to the AF points, which means that the brightness of the subject may have an effect on the exposure as a whole.

Design And Build Quality

  • The structure is made of aluminum alloy and polycarbonate.
  • Little has changed in terms of the design since the EOS Rebel T5i and EOS 700D.
  • 555 grams in weight, which is not very heavy at all

The aluminum alloy, polycarbonate resin, and glass fiber that make up the chassis of the EOS Rebel T6i / EOS 750D give it a very sturdy feel for an entry-level DSLR camera. When pressure is applied, reassuringly, there is no creaking sound produced by it.

The textured coatings on the deep grip on the front of the camera and the little thumb bridge on the rear of the camera serve to make the camera feel comfortable and secure when you have it in your hands.

Pressing the Q button brings up the Quick menu on the Canon EOS Rebel T6i and EOS 750D digital single-lens reflex cameras, which is consistent with the design of Canon’s other DSLRs. This provides a direct path to several important settings that may be adjusted. Alterations to the settings can be done either by physically pressing buttons and knobs or by touching the display itself.

It’s possible that, if you’re not used to using a touch-screen camera, you’ll start off by using the camera’s buttons and dials, but with time, you’ll gravitate more toward utilizing the touchscreen because of how easy it is to operate.

The EOS Rebel T6i / EOS 750D is a DSLR, hence it comes equipped with an optical viewfinder. In place of the pentaprism designs seen in more costly cameras such as the EOS 70D, Canon has opted to employ a pentamirror design instead. Because of this, the camera only displays around 95% of the image, whereas the pentaprism design featured in the EOS 70D displays 98% of the scene.

Because the screen is mounted on an articulating joint, it is possible to view it from a variety of different angles. Even while reflections might be a problem in extremely bright light, it is typically still feasible to make out sufficient information to assemble photographs. When composing shots at really difficult angles, it is very advantageous to utilize the screen to establish the AF point in Live View mode. In fact, it is possible to set the AF point and then trip the shutter all at the same time.

The mode of exposure is selected using the specialized dial located on the right side of the top plate of the T6i. There is no lock on the dial, but it doesn’t move around too easily and it provides access to exposure modes such as program, shutter priority, aperture priority, and manual. It also provides access to options such as Full Automatic (Scene Intelligent Auto), Creative Auto (which allows you to take control with simple instructions using terms that aren’t related to photography), and a collection of user-selectable scene modes, some of which are included within the Special Scene (SCN) mode. The dial does not have

Autofocus

  • 19-point AF, with all AF points being of the cross type.
  • AF that is the predictive
  • operating range of the autofocus down to -0.5EV

Once you have pressed the AF Area selection button once, you will be able to utilize the navigation buttons to establish the desired AF point for the camera. By repeatedly pressing it, you may switch between the several AF-point selection modes (Single-point AF, Zone AF, and 19-Point automatic selection AF).

There is also a button for selecting the AF point located to the right of the thumb rest on the back of the camera; however, using this button does not allow you to switch between the different selection modes. It would be useful to be able to adjust the AF point on the LCD while simultaneously composing shots through the viewfinder, as is possible with certain Panasonic cameras like the Nikon D5600.

Even with the kit lens attached, the phase detection AF system that is available for use while composing photographs in the viewfinder is quick and accurate even in conditions with very little available light. This translates to the fact that it is a far superior option for filming action or sport.

In 19-point mode, it does a fairly decent job of identifying the subject, however, Zone-AF and Single-point mode are better choices if you can maintain the active area over the right section of the scene. In 19-point mode, it does a very good job of identifying the subject.

I discovered that the Canon EOS Rebel T6i and EOS 750D are capable of getting things sharp rapidly while utilizing the Live View mode. As a result, it is feasible to compose photographs on the primary screen of the camera while hand-holding the device.

However, it is not really quick enough to use it to capture moving subjects, and there is no servo option, which means that it cannot adjust focus when subject distance changes when your finger is on the shutter trigger. Additionally, it does not have the ability to shoot in RAW format.

Because the EOS Rebel T6i and EOS 750D lack the Dual Pixel CMOS AF technology that is featured in other Canon cameras, the focusing process in Live View can be a little bit sluggish.

Image quality

  • ISO 100-12,800, with the ability to increase to 100-25,600
    Massive improvement in picture quality in comparison to the T5i and the 700D
  • Pleasant hues of the skin

Despite having an additional 6 million pixels on the sensor, there is not a discernible difference in the levels of noise present in the photographs when compared to those produced by the T5i or the 700D.

When viewed at 100% on-screen, the high sensitivity JPEGs shot by the EOS Rebel T6i or EOS 750D appear softer than the raw files that were concurrently captured, yet even at an ISO of 12,800, some of the images look nice when they are about A3 size (16 x 12 inches).

Because the noise in raw files is fine-grained and there is no banding, it is possible to make photos that have a bit more ‘bite’ than the JPEGs do. This occurs when all noise reduction is left off, as it is the norm.

Chroma noise doesn’t become truly noticeable in raw files taken at ISO1600 or above until they are expanded to 100%. (when all noise reduction is turned off). At the same time, the blurring of details that often occurs concurrently with noise reduction in the settings that are preset becomes noticeable at 100% in JPEGs shot at ISO3200, but it does not become a significant problem until ISO12,800.

Verdict

It is clear that the EOS Rebel T6i and EOS 750D can trace their ancestry back to the earliest days of digital photography since both cameras display that legacy. Those who are wanting to upgrade from a small camera or smartphone to a DSLR will find the EOS Rebel T6i / EOS 750D to be an excellent option. Both cameras have been given a high level of polish and have been designed with careful consideration.

The controls are within easy reach and the touchscreen is extremely nicely designed, allowing you to traverse the menus and make setting options with only a few touches. The overall design of the device makes it quite pleasant to hold and use. It is also quite helpful to be able to pinch-zoom into photographs in order to evaluate their level of clarity.

Having a screen that can be adjusted to different angles was one of the features that we enjoyed using the most since it made it simpler for us to assemble photographs from unnatural viewpoints and inspired us to be more inventive. A feature that allows the user to set the autofocus point and/or trigger the shutter with a tap on the screen is another useful feature.

Canon EOS Rebel T6i Specs

Body typeCompact SLR
Body materialAluminum alloy chassis, composite exterior
Sensor
Max resolution6000 x 4000
Image ratio w:h1:1, 4:3, 3:2, 16:9
Effective pixels24 megapixels
Sensor photo detectors25 megapixels
Sensor sizeAPS-C (22.3 x 14.9 mm)
Sensor typeCMOS
ProcessorDIGIC 6
Color spacesRGB, Adobe RGB
Color filter arrayPrimary color filter
Image
ISOAuto, 100-12800 (expandable to 25600)
Boosted ISO (maximum)25600
White balance presets8
Custom white balanceYes
Image stabilizationNo
Uncompressed formatRAW
JPEG quality levelsFine, normal
File formatJPEG (Exif v2.3, DPOF v2.0)Raw (Canon CR2)
Optics & Focus
AutofocusContrast Detect (sensor)Phase DetectMulti-areaCenterSelective single-pointTrackingSingleContinuousTouchFace DetectionLive View
Autofocus assist lampYes (via flash)
Manual focusYes
Number of focus points19
Lens mountCanon EF/EF-S
Focal length multiplier1.6×
Screen / viewfinder
Articulated LCDFully articulated
Screen size3″
Screen dots1,040,000
Touch screenYes
Screen typeTFT-LCD
Live viewYes
Viewfinder typeOptical (pentamirror)
Viewfinder coverage95%
Viewfinder magnification0.82× (0.51× 35mm equiv.)
Photography features
Minimum shutter speed30 sec
Maximum shutter speed1/4000 sec
Exposure modesProgramShutter priorityAperture priorityManualScene Intelligent Auto
Scene modesPortraitLandscapeClose-upSportsKidsFoodCandlelightNight portraitHandheld night sceneHDR backlight control
Built-in flashYes
Flash range12.00 m (at ISO 100)
External flashYes (via hot shoe)
Flash X sync speed1/200 sec
Drive modesSingleContinuousSilent single shotSilent continuousSelf-timerContinuous after self-timer
Continuous drive5.0 fps
Self-timerYes (2 or 10 secs)
Metering modesMultiCenter-weightedSpotPartial
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
Videography features
Resolutions1920 x 1080 (30p, 25p, 24p), 1280 x 720 (60p, 50p), 640 x 480 (30p, 25p)
FormatMPEG-4, H.264
Videography notesChoice of compression (standard, lightweight)
MicrophoneStereo
SpeakerMono
Storage
Storage typesSD/SDHC/SDXC (UHS-I compatible)
Connectivity
USBUSB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
HDMIYes (mini-HDMI)
Microphone portYes
Headphone portNo
WirelessBuilt-In
Wireless notes802.11b/g/n with NFC
Remote controlYes (wired or via smartphone)
Physical
Environmentally sealedNo
BatteryBattery Pack
Battery descriptionLP-E17 lithium-ion battery @ charger
Battery Life (CIPA)440
Weight (inc. batteries)555 g (1.22 lb / 19.58 oz)
Dimensions132 x 101 x 78 mm (5.2 x 3.98 x 3.07″)
Other features
Orientation sensorYes
GPSNone

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