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Canon T6s: A New Entry Level Twist From Canon | T6i also announced

By Anthony Thurston on February 6th 2015

The Canon 5Ds, 5Ds R, and 11-24mm will get all of the headlines, but Canon also made several other announcements last night. Starting from the top, Canon announced the next step in their Rebel line of cameras, the T6i and T6s.

Canon T6i & T6s

Canon T6i

Canon T6i

Although many of you will be more interested in the higher end cameras, the updates to the Rebel line in the T6i and T6s look to be good ones for beginners and consumers looking to get into the interchangeable lens game.

The T6i is what you would expect from a Rebel line camera in terms of design and specs, nothing too impressive, but a very capable camera.

Canon T6i Images & Specs

  • 24.2MP APS-C CMOS Sensor
  • DIGIC 6 Image Processor
  • 3.0″ 1.04M-dot Vari-Angle Touchscreen
  • Full HD 1080p Video Recording
  • 19-Point All Cross-Type AF System
  • 5 fps Shooting & Extended ISO to 25600
  • Hybrid CMOS AF III & EOS Scene Analysis
  • Creative Filters
  • Built-In Wi-Fi Connectivity with NFC
  • CS100 Connect Station Support

canon-t6i-top-back

Now the T6s – this is an interesting development. This is the first Rebel line camera to have the more professional top plate LCD that many of you Pro and semi-Pro photographers know and love. This is a clear move by Canon to make the Rebel line more appealing to enthusiasts and advanced amateurs that maybe don’t need more camera than the T6i, but want that top LCD.

canon-t6s-front

Canon T6s Images and Specs

  • 24.2MP APS-C CMOS Sensor
  • DIGIC 6 Image Processor
  • 3.0″ 1.04M-dot Vari-Angle Touchscreen
  • Full HD 1080p Video & HDR Movie Mode
  • 19-Point All Cross-Type AF System
  • 5 fps Shooting & Extended ISO to 25600
  • Hybrid CMOS AF III & EOS Scene Analysis
  • Top LCD Panel & Quick Control Dial
  • Built-In Wi-Fi Connectivity with NFC
  • CS100 Connect Station Support

canon-t6s-top

That extra LCD does bring in a nice little premium over the T6i model, but it will be well worth it for those who know that they want it. The interesting thing about these bodies though, is the pricing.

Both the T6i and the T6s come in at over $1000 in the 18-135mm kit, and in the $700-$800 range for the body only. This is hardly budget consumer territory. It will be interesting to see how these do against stiff mirrorless competition that offers similar features for less money (in many cases).

At any rate, if you are interested, you can pre-order the T6i body only for $749 or $1099 with the 18-135mm kit. If you prefer the T6s, you can preorder that in the body only for $849 or $1199 in the 18-135mm kit. Both models are expected to begin shipping sometime in April.

Anthony Thurston is a photographer based in the Salem, Oregon area specializing in Boudoir. He recently started a new project, Fiercely Boudoir to help support the growing boudoir community. Find him over on Instagram. You may also connect with him via Email.

13 Comments

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  1. Graham Curran

    So what model is this inEurope where we don’t have the Rebel monicker?

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  2. Murray Severn

    Sounds interesting. Will be good to see the reviews in time.

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  3. Brian Stricker

    I like it. I have been thinking of another body and this might be an option because of good specs in a good size.

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  4. Ed Wilts

    I’d be much, much happier if the T6s added GPS without me having to double the body price or add a bulky $250 accessory.

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  5. Ed Rhodes

    wow, 19 cross-type AF points. here i am with a 6D and its lowly 1 cross-type.

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    • Dave Haynie

      I’m a 6D shooter too… I think 6D people know how to use a camera. All those cross points are a crutch, I tell you! My (selling soon) 60D has all-cross points…. did I ever use them? Nope. After decades of focusing and metering from the center, then composing, the 6D does just what I want… and that one cross point IS the best cross point sensor in any Canon camera. I do understand why beginners and sports photographers benefit from way-too-many AF points.

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  6. Basit Zargar

    great gear

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  7. Jill Schindel

    I’m impressed that there are all cross-type AF points. I’m still rocking a T2i due to having about a $0 photography budget these days (can’t wait for that to change when I catch up in some other areas). I’ve been frustrated by the AF and the low light image quality. I was thinking I’d have to upgrade to the 7d Mark II for better autofocus or the 6D for better low light performance, but maybe I’ll have to wait for reviews on the T6s to see how it does before I pull the trigger on a more expensive camera? The autofocus at least is probably much better than my model.

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    • Michael Burnham

      The T2i was a great camera for the money and time it was released. I used one for several years as a back-up and as a primary lighter-weight weekend walking around camera. Mine served me very well.

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    • Michael Burnham

      Well color me wrong- my money was on the 20 MP sensor form the 70D migrating down to the Rebel line. It seems that Canon was feeling the head from Nikon’s enthusiast 24 MP offerings. Really looking forward to reading the tests and reviews on these. Rebels from the T2i forward have made very capable enthusiast cameras and competent back-ups for pro use. Canon getting into the 24 megapixel game is exciting but I would like to see the dynamic range of the sensor before jumping in.

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  8. Cody Edger

    I’ve always been a big Rebel fan. I started on a t3i. Great for beginners and I even know a few “semi-pros” that use them on reg. The specs on the t6i/s is actually a huge jump in lineup. I’d have to side by side comparison and trials, but I would dare to say that the t6i/s could easily go head to head with the 60D and possibly the 70D, fps aside.

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    • Greg Silver

      Agreed – really fond of the Rebel line. The Rebels were getting a little tiring but this new refresh is very much welcome.

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