The Canon Rebel T6 camera, alternatively known as 1300D is an entry level DSLR camera. Basically, the Canon Rebel T6 camera is targeted at people using ILC for the first time. Photographers upgrading from smartphones are also a market for this camera which is an upgrade of its predecessor, the Rebel T5, offering improved features like the 18MP APS-C sensor, Wi-Fi connectivity, and a faster processor. The closest thing to rival this Canon model is the Nikon D3300, which was announced on January 2014.
Although the Canon Rebel T6 has been succeeded by the Canon EOS 2000D, it’s still a great choice and even though it may not be the best pick for professionals with years of experience, it is a great option for beginners. The camera is a good second-hand option for photographers seeking to get on the first stair of the DSLR ladder and due to its low price, it appeals to first-timers (using the DSLR). The Canon Rebel T6 can also be used as a backup or travel camera by photographers who own the advanced models. This Canon Rebel T6 review is an assessment on the specifications, main features, battery life, best lenses to use with the T6 model, and how to use the camera kit.
Canon EOS Rebel T6 camera kit was introduced in 2016. The camera has megapixels of 18.0. To top it up, the camera has a total megapixel of 18.7. The pixel has a size of 4.30µm and its dimension is 5184 x 3456. The aspect ratio of Canon T6 is 3:2. The camera has an image processor of DIGIC 4+ and 1.6x FOVCF. This is simply an overview of the specs of the Canon Rebel T6. An ample review of Canon Rebel T6 specifications is highlighted below:
When the Canon Rebel T6 is used to take shots through the viewfinder, it uses a TTL-SIR phase-detection autofocus sensor that defines the subject’s distance. The autofocus sensor uses a total of nine autofocus points; this is the same as Rebel T5, however, one point has a working range of 1-18 EV. The key point works to f/5.6; it also has a lengthened working array of 0-18 EV.
The focus points can be selected in two ways – manually or automatically. The location of a designated point is overlaid in the viewfinder. The selected point is also visible on the LCD monitor. One-shot, predictive AI Servo, and AI focus are the modes in Canon T6 autofocus. The last two modes are switched between automatically. There is no AF assist lamp for the Canon T6 model, instead, the internal popup flash strobe is provided for firing bursts of flash while focusing.
In the live view mode, the dedicated autofocus cannot function by default. Thus, in the live view mode, the Canon Rebel T6 switches to contrast-detection autofocus alone. In the contrast-detection autofocus option, there is a choice of FlexiZone or live autofocus. Each of this choice provides for coverage across 80% of the frame width and height.
Alternatively, you can focus manually – either in live view mode or shooting through the viewfinder. In the live view mode, there is an option of 5x or 10x extension of the live view feed in order to define the point of focus more accurately.
The Canon T6 camera has an integral, popup flash strobe with a guide number of 9.2 meters which is about 30.2 feet at ISO 100. Also, there is a flash hot shoe for external Speedlite strobes. The flash exposures of Canon T6 are gotten using an E-TTL II metering which has an option of average metering codes. There is the provision of a flash exposure lock. The compensation provided by the presence of the Flash exposure is made possible within a range of +/-2EV in 1/3 or ½ EV increments.
The internal strobe of the flash pops up automatically whenever it is needed. The strobe also recycles around the intervals of two seconds.
- Wireless connectivity:
Proving its evolvement from its predecessor, the Canon T6 has the specification of an in-camera Wi-Fi wireless network capability. This feature of wired connectivity enables the transfer of images on the camera to Android and iOS devices. The Wi-Fi allows the viewing of the images on a larger display. The wired connectivity system has support for 802.11b/g/n wireless networks and operation in the access point or infrastructure modes.
Asides the Wi-Fi connectivity, there is the option of a Near-Field Communications antenna. The antenna makes the connection of smart devices to the camera easier. The presence of the antenna enables a mere bumping of the two devices together enough to create a connection and start sharing the camera’s creations. Unfortunately, iOS devices do not have access to this feature. This is attributed to the fact that Apple policy supports the locking down of its hardware solely for its own usage.
- Wired connectivity.
In sharp contrast to its wireless connectivity, Canon T6 specifications include wired connectivity. For instance, the USB 2.0 High-Speed connection caters for the data transfer. The type C HDMI mini-connector puts photos or movies on a high-definition display as it switches automatically to support displays from 480p to 10080i resolution.
The storage of images and movies by Canon T6 is primarily on Secure Digital cards. These cards have higher-capacity SDHC and SDXC card types. Due to the modest performance by the T6 model, there is no support for a higher-speed UHS-I standard. Instead, the speed is at the regular, lower rate. Images on T6 can be stored in different formats such as compressed JPEG format, 14-bit CR2 raw format – a Canon’s proprietary. Movies are saved in a MOV container which uses H.264/MPEG-4 AVC compression.
- White Balance
In semblance to the T5 model, the Canon T6 has white balance options such as Auto Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Tungsten, White Fluorescent. However, there is a new innovation to this specification as there is a new setting known as the new “White Priority” setting. The white priority has the capacity to cast warm color, this is a feature typical with shots under luminous lighting for better counterbalancing.
A 3.0-inch LCD monitor which has a resolution of around 920,000 dots (a significant increase over the 460,000-dot resolution by the Canon T5) sits on the rear of the Canon T6. The monitor has a display which is 170o viewing angles, both horizontally and vertically. The display, however, cannot be used to frame selfies. Also, it lacks a touch-screen overlay which prevents a set of focus and the control of the other features of the camera.
Included in the Canon T6 camera kit is an eye-level pent mirror viewfinder which has a 95% coverage. The viewfinder is 00.8x magnified. The viewfinder features an immovable focusing screen and shows information regarding highlight tone priority, monochrome shooting, white balance correction among others.
The Canon Rebel T6 has an 18-megapixel, APS-C sized CMOS image sensor. The sensor has a Bayer color filter array and 22.3 x 14.9mm dimensions. The chip of the APS-C sized CMOS image sensor has a total resolution of 18.7 megapixels.
The sensor has a low-filter which prevents moiré and false color artifacts. The sensor does not have a built-in cleaning mechanism, unfortunately. Alternatively, you can set your camera to detect the locations of dust particles on the sensor. Afterward, fill these dirty areas with data from the surrounding pixels. The sensor can be also cleaned by hand.
Canon Rebel T6 Review: Battery Performance
The Canon Rebel T6 pulls power from a proprietary LP-E10 lithium-ion, a rechargeable battery pack. There is a specialized LC-E10 battery charger included in the package of Canon T6. However, there is no option of in-camera battery charging in the Canon T6.
Canon T6 battery life is CIPA-rated at 500 frames on a charge when an optical viewfinder is used. This shows a striking feature similar to that of the T5 model. In the live view mode, the 500 frames fall just to 180 shots.
The battery box of Canon T6 provides a channel that permits an optional dummy-battery type DR-E10 DC coupler, which powers the camera through a CA-PS700 AC adapter. The battery life can be labeled a little bit mediocre for a DSLR.
VERDICT – Good.
Canon Rebel T6 Review: Performance
One worthy point to note about the T6 performance is that it is highly sedated – which is often the case at the entry-level end of the photography market. Harmonized, the image sensor and processor provide for burst capture at a fast rate of three frames per seconds for as many as six or five raw +JPEG frames. If you switch to JPEG capture alone, you’ll be able to shoot JPEGs for as long as there are sufficient card space and battery power for typical scenes. Canon T6’s full autofocus shutter response is slower than the average for a DLSR. On the average, the built-in flash takes 1.8 seconds to restore after a full-power usage – this is a plus on the overall performance of the Canon T6 model.
Overall, the Canon T6’s performance can be considered average for an entry-level DSLR. The burst speed of Canon T6 is quite below average in this era. However, it is able to capture some action. You need to keep your expectations low as it may not be able to capture active subjects effectively.
VERDICT – Below average for an entry-level DLSR.
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Canon Rebel T6 Review: Lens Quality
A lens is undoubtedly the most important accessory of a camera. There is no universal lens for a camera as different occasions demand a different lens. The same applies to Canon T6. Hence, it is essential that you know the best lens that can be used with your Canon T6 for optimal performance.
Basically, there are two types of lenses: prime lenses and zoom lenses. Of the two basic types, the zoom lenses are the most versatile as it enables you to “zoom in” into objects that are far away from you. In sharp contrast, the prime lens has a fixed focal length and is the best choice for portrait photography. The best Canon T6 lenses are:
- Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 STM
This lens is inarguably the most popular lens. It is also a considerable cheap lens. The compatibility of this lens is with the Canon T6 and Canon full-frame camera
- Canon EF 85 mm f/1.8 USM
This lens is a canon long lens. It is specifically made for weddings and concerts photography. It is a type of prime lens. It is best for capturing people’s faces it prevents face distortion.
- Canon EF-S 10-18 mm f/4.5-5.6 IS STM
This lens is a zoom lens which has an ultra-wide angle. It is the small, cheap, and lightest zoom lens. It is an ideal design for architecture, landscape, and traveling photography.
- Canon EF-S 55 mm – 250 mm f/ 4-5.6 IS STM
This is a zoom lens which is a perfect fit for both professionals and non-professionals. This lens has Canon famous STM focus motor which makes its image sharpness top notch.
- Sigma 30 mm f/1.4 DC HSM
This Sigma made lens is popular for its artistic photography wonders. It is a prime lens that is a bit wider and sharper, thereby, allowing more light.
The Canon T6 Camera How-to Manual Guide:
- Begin with the P (Program auto) mode. Afterward, slowly work into shooting in shutter priority (TV) and aperture priority (AV). Then, move to the full Manual Mode where there is a description of each mode.
- Change the settings of the camera to by design, rotate vertical images in the camera and on the computer.
- If you want to shoot in a quiet environment, such as a museum, turn off the beeper [shooting menu – tab 1]
- Avoid image noise by keeping the ISO at 1600 or below.
- Press the camera icon to the right of the viewfinder to access Live View which tosses up a mirror so the scene in the LCD can be viewed. For movies, move the mode dial to the movie camera icon; automatically, the camera will enter the live view. Afterward, press the camera icon next to the viewfinder to start or stop recording a video.
Pros and Cons of the Canon T6
- Good battery life
- Excellent JPEGs
- Simplistic control layout
- Lightweight camera body
- Built-in Wi-Fi
- No touch screen feature
- Its image sensor is below average
- Slow live view auto-focus
- A restricted high ISO range
- Cheap-feeling body
The Canon EOS Rebel T6 is a pretty good camera for a beginner photographer. The camera has good image quality. It is also light weighted, easy-to-use and has a Wi-Fi used for easy sharing. It is not the best choice for photographers looking for best-in-class resolution and video extras like filter modes. In summary, it has a reasonable price which makes it a good value for money for beginners.
Overall Score- 69%