The Canon EOS Rebel T6 Digital SLR Camera Review
The smartphone era has turned us all into amateur photographers of sorts. Whether it’s the lovely meal that’s been set down in front of you, a cute pet, cuddly baby, or simply a friend you want to capture a moment with – we’re all taking pictures like never before. When the time comes for us to graduate to something a little more effective than our phone cameras, the next step for most will be a digital SLR camera.
That’s where Canon comes in to save the day. They have delivered plenty of digital cameras to the worldwide market over the years, and they’ve come through for us once more with their latest DSLR camera – the Canon T6. Let’s take a closer look at the camera’s characteristics, strengths, and weaknesses to help all of us out there looking to take the next step in our photographic journeys.
The T6 can be said to conform to what we expect of an entry-level digital SLR when it comes to its design. It comes in a black plastic body that weighs a comfortable 1.1 pounds, lens excluded. With your purchase of the T6, you’ll get a lens to accompany it, as Canon hasn’t given us the option of buying the body on its own. This will be the EF-S 18-55 mm, and it should be enough to handle anything except for the most professional photography tasks.
The front of the body doesn’t carry much in the way of controls, if not for the lens release button used when changing them. At the top of the camera, you’ll find the flash-raise button, on/off, shutter release, and the standard Mode dial. Most of the controls you’ll need to operate the T6 will be found on the back. Directly to the right of the viewfinder sits the Live View button, which allows you to stop and start video recording whenever the top Mode dial is configured to video. Between the LCD display and thumb rest, you’ll find a set of three buttons with varying functions. The AV button is what you’ll use to adjust the aperture size while in the manual setting, determine EV compensation while in other modes, as well as delete images as you review photos you’ve already taken. The disp. button will set the levels of information the camera displays on the LCD. Last of the three is the Q button, which allows you to scroll through the various elements on the display in order to adjust them such as ISO metering, lighting optimization, shutter speed, white balance, flash output, flash power, image quality, focus mode, drive, and aperture.
The LCD itself displays images at an impressive resolution of 920k-dots, which makes for very crisp images while reviewing as well as an effective way to frame your shots without having to rely on the optical viewfinder. With that said, it’s a shame that the LCD screen isn’t touch-enabled, especially considering the fact that most buyers of such a camera will have honed their photography skills using smartphones. It would have been more intuitive for many potential customers to have it included.
They might have missed a step with the LCD, but they made up for it with the addition of Wi-Fi capabilities on the T6. It works in conjunction with the Canon CameraConnect application freely available for Android and iOS that makes it incredibly easy to share images and video with friends and social media.
For more traditional connectivity, look to the left side of the camera under a flap of rubber to access the mini USB, mini HDMI, and 2.5mm wired remote ports. The SD/SDHC slots are to be found through the camera’s bottom near the battery.
The Canon EOS T6 is a strong performer in the class of entry-level digital cameras. You can get from power ON, confirm focus, and take a picture all in 0.4 seconds, which is a commendable speed by any comparison. The camera makes good use of its 9-point autofocus system to lock on and capture subjects in 0.13 seconds while in bright light and 1.4 seconds while in dim conditions – all well within acceptable performance levels.
Fans of burst shots are also accommodated, with the T6 being capable of capturing 3 frames for each second of exposure. The autofocus comes in to play here as well, as it does an excellent job of keeping subjects in the frame clearly focused even f they are in motion to or away from you. This is quite a feat for entry-level cameras, so we’ve got to give Canon well deserved kudos here.
The T6 makes good use of its 24-megapixel image sensors to deliver an impressive level of noise reduction in its images. When shooting JPGs through ISO 3200, it keeps noise well under 1.5%. You will be able to achieve incredible detail when taking pictures in RAW format all the way up to ISO 1600, but once you get to ISO 3200 and above, some fine lines and a little loss of detail starts to become apparent.
The T6 is capable of recording video in resolutions of up to 1080p30 utilizing the QuickTime format, although you won’t get crystal clear quality. This is to be expected of an entry-level camera, so it shouldn’t worry you. The video you take might take on a rather soft look, and a major inconvenience for video capture will be the fact that autofocus cannot be enabled in this mode unless you stop the video, refocus, and start off on another clip.
Overall, the T6 will give you everything and more than you would expect of a camera in its class, but it could have done much more in the video capture department.
– Crisp, exceptionally clear LCD display
– Effective on-screen shooting helper
– Built-in Wi-Fi
– Access to the Canon lens system
– RAW image capture support
– Inability to auto-focus while in video capture settings
– Slow focus times while in dim lighting
– Unavailability of touch-screen support on the LCD In Conclusion
To sum things up, here’s what the Canon EOST6 represents to the digital camera market; while it checks most of the boxes we look at when it comes to entry-level cameras, there is still quite a bit that they could have done with this with little extra fuss. Even with that said, it still makes for a great buy for those of us looking to make the move from amateur smartphone photography to something a bit more polished.