When I’m on the road or at an event sometimes my smartphone camera can only do so much, in the end I want better looking photos. Now Canon and Nikon are the two DLSR cameras that really come to mind. Canons latest T6 model the Canon EOS Rebel T6i through their consumer grade camera lineup retails for around $350 with the 18 to 55 millimeter kit lens. This review is geared towards the average consumer so I’m here to help you make a smart purchase decision. The T6 remains small and compact with its durable poly carbonate plastics, subtle grips are provided throughout the camera, but one area that I wish the head texture was on the card door itself where your palm plants against the camera. It’s not too bad since Canon does provide a decent deep grip here for holding, alleviating any slippage. The overall quality feels great, though the camera itself weighs just a little over a pound and up to 18 ounces now with the battery and kit lens attached.
The tap buttons and dials provide very good feedback with a nice firm press, but the rear is a bit softer and more flush against the body when compared to the aforementioned buttons, but the actions are still executed perfectly fine. A hot shoe makes a return for connecting accessories like a speed light or an external microphone and moving to the left side of the camera are ports for that microphone and a remote control, and mini HDMI is also provided for connecting this to a monitor or TV. And lastly is a port labeled AV out which I use to connect my camera directly to my computer for file transfers. It’s unfortunately not a micro USB port but it’s a mini USB port so the more common cables you use to charge your phones tablets and other devices won’t work here. The cables are indeed affordable now but keep in mind it uses a different USB connection, At the rear like most consumer grade DSLRs there’s a swivel touchscreen perfect for those who intend on blogging yet perfect for those timed grouped photos to ensure everyone’s in the picture. The screen itself is a 3 inch TFT LCD screen that’s not plastic feeling but a smooth and solid piece of glass. Some consumer grade cameras do feel more plastic and cheap but the LCD here is simply amazing. It’s not an OLED screen but the colors still pop and the richness and contrast looks very accurate and honestly it’s a pleasure to look at.
The very last set of features which are now more common on consumer grade cameras is, NFC an abbreviation for Near-Feld Communication. So now you can just tap your phone and your T6i will automatically connect to it with the Canon Connect App. You can also use your phone as a remote monitor and then tap your phone to take a photo, which is highly convenient. Now it unfortunately doesn’t work in video mode though. When testing other cameras NFC function the Canon EOS Rebel T6i performs very similar, it’s not 100% smooth flowing, but if you are taking still photos it’s still very useful. In the app you can change settings and possibly the best feature for me here you can wirelessly download photos from the camera to your smartphone for posting onto social media. Professional level Canon and Nikon DLSR cameras don’t even offer that feature built-in but overall when using the camera it’s easy to learn where all the settings are and the layout is pretty simple. When turning on the camera all of your settings are displayed and if you don’t like using the buttons press the Q button and your LCD becomes your interactive menu for adjusting your settings, white balance, ISO levels, exposure, photo profiles, you name it. If you need to go into Live View, press the icon and when in photo mode like before all your on-screen menus are now selectable for adjusting. Another cool feature is when you tap anywhere on your LED screen you want the camera to focus on, it basically alleviates going through the viewfinder and pressing the directional buttons on the back of the camera. And for those moments or objects that are moving too quickly or if you are a blogger and you want the camera to follow your face either in video or photo mode, you can tap on the subject, your camera starts tracking it easily as it’s now extremely zippy and fast since Canon has upgraded to the digit 6 processor, helping with the cameras speed and also helping with the new sensor that’s on board.
The T6i features the most megapixel of any sensor camera coming in at 24.2 megapixels in total, no not to mention there’s an increase in auto focus performance as well. The T5i came with 9 auto focus points versus the Canon T6i now coming in with 19 and all 19 are cross-focusing type as well. What this all really means is the more area of crossing points you have the faster you’ll be focusing images and with more precision as well, especially for those again moving objects and people. A prime example of how this could be tricky though is the Nikon D50 500, a direct competitor that is to the T6i has an impressive 39 focus points but of all those 39 only 11 are actual cross-type, the more cross-type the more effective your auto focus system is but for now it’s getting really technical here and let’s get back to the basics.
This is such a fantastic camera for those who are not tech or camera savvy. Right out the box this camera provides awesome colorful and sharp photos without any adjustments. The Canon EOS Rebel T6i does very well with making colors pop yet still keeping all the colors still balanced and not over saturated and not overdone. I also found that he burst shot mode is perfect for catching those very fast-moving moments and I’m thoroughly impressed by this consumer grade camera as it’s practically ready to use right out the box! Another feature, macro shots or very zoomed in close-up shots and they did very well. Color reproduction is still vibrant with no need to edit photos when you get home. And my last but very important test was, the low-light performance. Using this in auto mode the low-light performance still does well. There are some spots where there is light and the objects there are blown up a bit, but regardless I’m still impressed that there’s not much noise from high ISO levels in the dark areas of the photo. I did switch over to manual mode for the nighttime shots just to achieve the best photos that I could get and the lack of noise I think is simply amazing and don’t forget, all this is handheld and actually without a tripod. The last low-light tests that I performed was in a parking deck where I brought the ISO levels up to the maximum of 12,800 and of course it does introduce some noise but for a camera under $500 and for a camera considered as a consumer camera and not semi-professional, again I was very impressed.
Now for those who are playing and doing videography or blogging in general this can record up to 1080p at 30fps and Canon does advertised up to 60 frames per second however the smooth 60 frames per second is only reserved for the 720p resolution. The competition, like the Nikon D50 500 does offer full 1080 with 60fps there but again I like the auto focus very much on the T6i as it’s smooth and it’s virtually silent when compared to Nikons that I’ve been using. The only thing that I see missing though really for videographers is audio monitoring. You can’t tell if this microphone is either too loud or too low there’s really no headphone port but other than that I highly recommend this camera for the average consumer or those who really who want a darn good at DSLR for $500 or less. Click the link below to check out the Canon EOS Rebel T6i in store, Thanks.
Rated – (4.7 / 5)
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