Canon EOS Rebel T6i Review

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

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

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The more recent model has several 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 wonderful camera to have, but other options are much better.

Canon EOS Rebel T6i Build Quality

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, it produces no creaking sound.

The textured coatings on the deep grip on the front of the camera and the little thumb bridge on the rear serve to make it feel comfortable and secure in your grasp while you are holding the camera.

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 vital settings that may be adjusted.

Alterations to the settings can be done by physically pressing buttons and knobs or touching the display itself. If you’re not used to a touch-screen camera, it’s possible that you’ll start by using the camera’s buttons and dials. Still, with time, you’ll gravitate more toward utilizing the touchscreen because it is easy to operate.

Canon EOS Rebel T6i Autofocus

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

On the other side of the camera, to the right of the thumb rest, there is a button that allows you to pick the AF point. However, this button does not enable you to switch between the several selection options. It would be helpful to adjust the AF point on the LCD while simultaneously composing shots through the viewfinder, as is possible with specific Panasonic cameras like the Nikon D5600.

Canon EOS Rebel T6i Performance

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

When the viewfinder is used, an individual sensor with 7,560 RGB and Infra-Red (IR) pixels is made available for 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 RGB-IR filter and is read individually.

Canon EOS Rebel T6i Image Quality

Despite having an additional 6 million pixels on the sensor, there is no discernible difference in the levels of noise in the photographs 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 with 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 preset settings becomes noticeable at 100% in JPEGs shot at ISO3200. Still, it does not become a significant problem until ISO12,800.

Canon EOS Rebel T6i Specs

Body typeCompact SLR
Body materialAluminum alloy chassis, composite exterior
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
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)
Storage typesSD/SDHC/SDXC (UHS-I compatible)
USBUSB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
HDMIYes (mini-HDMI)
Microphone portYes
Headphone portNo
Wireless notes802.11b/g/n with NFC
Remote controlYes (wired or via smartphone)
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

Canon EOS Rebel T6i Verdict

Canon EOS Rebel T6i Digital SLR with EF-S 18-55mm IS STM Lens - Wi-Fi Enabled
C $1,399.00
3 used from C $729.99
as of June 5, 2023 2:22 pm

Even though the EOS Rebel T6i / EOS 750D has been demoted in the Canon line-up due to the launch of the EOS Rebel T7i / EOS 800D, the T6i / 750D is still an excellent camera that is capable of producing images of exceptionally high quality. The control arrangement has been improved to the point that it is simple to use, and the touchscreen interface makes it much quicker to operate. In addition to all of this, the performance is rock solid.

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