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Canon EOS Rebel T6 Digital SLR Camera Review 18 May 2018

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What is Canon EOS Rebel T6 Digital SLR Camera?

Comprising a versatile set of imaging capabilities along with support for a connected workflow, the EOS Rebel T6 from Canon is a compact, sleek DSLR featuring an 18MP APS-C CMOS sensor and a DIGIC 4+ image processor. Combined, these two technologies avail rich image quality with reduced noise, along with a native sensitivity range of ISO 100-6400 that can be further expanded to ISO 12800 to suit working in low and difficult lighting conditions. The sensor and processor also enable the ability to shoot continuously at 3 fps for photographing moving subjects, as well as recording Full HD 1080p/30 video. Benefitting shooting with the optical viewfinder, a 9-point AF system incorporates a single center cross-type AF point for increased accuracy and focusing speed, and a contrast-detection focusing system offers refined autofocus precision for shooting movies or working in live view. The rear 3.0″ 920k-dot LCD offers a bright, clear image for playback and review, and built-in Wi-Fi with NFC also offers the ability to wirelessly share imagery from your camera to a linked mobile device for instant online sharing. Included with the camera body is the EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS II lens, which provides a 28.8-88mm equivalent focal length range that covers wide-angle to short telephoto perspectives.

Pros

Cons

Simple control layout 18MP sensor is far from class-leading
Lightweight camera body Limited high ISO range
Built-in Wi-Fi and NFC for quick photo sharing  Cheap-feeling body
Very nice JPEGs  Slow live view autofocus
Good battery life  No touch screen
 Poor quality kit lens


Canon EOS Rebel T6 – Design and Features

  • A large 3.0″ 920k-dot LCD monitor serves as a bright means for live view shooting and image playback.
    An optical pentamirror viewfinder presents a bright, clear view of the scene when shooting stills and is ideal for quick-paced subject tracking and working in bright conditions.
  • Built-in Wi-Fi with NFC permits pairing the DSLR with a smartphone or tablet for wirelessly sharing photos and movies for instant online posting. This connectivity is also compatible with the optional Canon Connect Station CS100 storage device.
  • Wi-Fi connectivity also enables wireless remote control over the camera from linked mobile devices using the Camera Connect app.
  • Compatible with the full lineup of Canon EF and EF-S-mount lenses.
  • Scene Intelligent Auto mode intelligently selects the appropriate camera settings based on recognized scene types for accurate exposures.
  • A Feature Guide helps to familiarize one with the various camera features and displays short descriptions of shooting modes, settings, and effects for easy operation.
  • Basic + and Creative Auto modes simplify the process of achieving certain creative looks.
  • Creative Filters allow you to refine the look of imagery in-camera, and include Toy Camera, Fisheye, and Miniature Effect, among others.
  • Video Snapshot lets you capture short 2, 4, or 8-second video clips then automatically compile them into a single video file for playback similar to a highlight reel.
  • Auto White Balance features a ‘white priority’ setting to maintain accurate color rendering and adjust for warmer tones when photographing in tungsten-lit conditions.
  • Picture Style: Auto, Standard, Portrait, Landscape, Neutral, Faithful, Monochrome, and User Defined 1-3.
  • Basic Zone exposure control settings: Scene Intelligent Auto, Flash Off, Creative Auto, Portrait, Landscape, Close-Up, Sports, Food, and Night Portrait.
  • Language support: English, German, French, Dutch, Danish, Portuguese, Finnish, Italian, Norwegian, Swedish, Spanish, Greek, Russian, Polish, Hungarian, Czech, Romanian, Ukraine, Turkish, Arabic, Thai, Simplified/Traditional Chinese, Korean, and Japanese

Canon EOS Rebel T6 – Performance

18MP APS-C CMOS Sensor and DIGIC 4 + Image Processor

At the heart of the Rebel T6 is an apt 18MP APS-C CMOS sensor and DIGIC 4+ image processor, which combine to provide both speed throughout the camera system as well as notable image quality. Up to 3 fps shooting is possible to suit photographing moving subjects, for unlimited JPEGs in a burst or up to 6 consecutive raw frames, and Full HD 1080p video at 30 fps can also be recorded. For working in a variety of lighting conditions, the sensitivity range of ISO 100-6400 can be further expanded to ISO 12800 to benefit photographing in low-light situations.

9-Point AF System

A 9-point phase-detection autofocus system incorporates a single cross-type point to lend a high degree of focusing accuracy in mixed and low-contrast lighting conditions. This focusing system also utilizes an AI Servo AF mechanism for faster tracking and more accurate results.

Conclusions

There’s really nothing wrong with the Canon T6. I’ll admit that I liked shooting with it better than I thought I would. It produces very nice, punchy JPEGs that you can share easily thanks to built-in Wi-Fi. It’s not the most solid-feeling ILC your money can buy, but on the positive side, that means it’s also pretty light and easy on the shoulders. It may not be at the cutting edge of photographic technology, but it does what it’s meant to do just fine.

The Canon T6 may be a fresh face, but there’s no part of this camera that we haven’t seen before. Its 18MP sensor likely dates back to the Canon T2i. It was a very good sensor in 2010, and still holds up pretty well, but if you consider the quality of the current DSLR and mirrorless competition, it’s looking a little stale.

Let’s be clear, there’s nothing inherently wrong with a six year old sensor. More demanding users might miss the improved resolution and dynamic range of a newer model, but you can take fantastic photos with a six year old sensor. Major prizes have been won by pictures taken with a six year old sensor. But when it’s your $500 on the line, our job is to advise you to spend it wisely. And a camera’s sensor is just one specification, albeit an important one, of many to consider.

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