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Canon’s T6i & T6s: The Best Rebels Yet?

By Anthony Thurston on May 1st 2015

Canon’s new T6i and T6s are starting to arrive in stores across the globe and look to capture the imaginations of newbie photographers everywhere. But what makes these any better than the last generation T5i? Or the slightly older SL1?

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In the case of the T6s, you get a few slightly more professional features including a top LCD and a couple more dials. The T6i is, well, more of the same – your average Rebel line update. That said, these are both very capable cameras in a variety of situations.

Chris Nicholls and the team at the Camera Store TV recently took both new bodies out for a spin and did one of their wonderful video reviews. It is well worth the watch for anyone even slightly considering a new Rebel T6i or T6s.

If you are interested, you can get your hands on either camera over on B&H now. The T6i comes in at $749 while you can nab the slightly more premium T6s for just a $100 more at $849.

What are your thoughts on the new T6i and T6s from Canon? Do you think that these new models fit well into the current marketĀ or is Canon again lagging behind the curve? Leave a comment below and let us know what you think!

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.

Q&A Discussions

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  1. John Williams

    I have demo the T6i and the T6s bc I work partial time for a big box and I have set up the displays. There is really no difference between the t4i, t5i and new t6i besides wifi/nfc and focus points. I didn’t test it(t6i, t6s) in low light, but they focus the same as the t5i. As for the t6s, I think this is decent improvement over the t5i in terms of capabilities. If I was upgrading from the t3i I would go for the T6s or 70d. If I was buying my first dslr(assuming I want a Canon), and I have some photo background, I would buy a new or used t5i. The big question is why Canon doesn’t have at least 60fps 1080p in 2015. My daughter’s pink HTC camera can shoot 60fps/1080p lol

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  2. Ed Rhodes

    i would hope it was the best yet. you want your products to be a progression, not a regression :)

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    • Dustin Baugh

      Exactly. Of course it’s the best Rebel yet. And the next Rebel will be even better.

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    • J. Dennis Thomas

      Yeah, but Canon’s Rebel upgrade path hasn’t been huge jumps more like little sidesteps. This is a bigger improvement than previous incarnations. The sensor issue notwithstanding.

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    • adam sanford

      J Dennis is right. They have been packing the same-ish 18 MP sensor on the Rebel line since the T2i, instead opting to jazz up video, AF or burst instead of the sensor itself. So the T6 rigs should have an improvement in detail if nothing else.

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    • Dave Haynie

      It’s not hard to see the T2i, T3i, T4i, and T5i as a series of basically the same camera and sensor with a few new features (video modes, etc) enabled in each new generation. It’s not exactly that, but it kind of seems that way. So sure, each one got better, but it sure seemed like Canon just bumped the model number every so often just to keep the current model under two years old — kind of a market necessity — rather than any real interest in upping the ante. This one, particularly with the addition of the T6s, is at least a real improvement that you can see without needed to dig deep into the spec sheet.

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  3. J. Dennis Thomas

    Hmmm. I seem to remember a lot of Canon users on forum (ahem, DPReview…) quite brashly jumping all over the M9 for the very same sensor defect although it took years, not months for the M9’s to develop problems.

    And then the same Canon folks laughing away at Nikon’s D600 splatter problem.

    Just goes to show these things can happen no matter what company or price-point the camera is at.

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    • adam sanford

      For the record, not all Canon guys are petty fanboys — I was not laughing at the D600 problem. Every company drops the ball from time to time. I was much more shocked at *how* Nikon handled it. I think we’d all agree that everything about the sensor oil issue — the non-recall at first, the D610 release, the class-action lawsuit, being banned from China, etc. — was not Nikon’s finest hour. I generally hold Nikon (even as a Canon guy) in very high regard.

      But things like this do happen — Canon’s had light-leak on the top LCD affect long exposures, weird white potentially allergenic residue around the grip materials, etc.

      What remains to be seen is how widespread this issue is with the new T6 rigs. But with Roger Cicala’s story, there’s blood in the water right now, so all sorts of interested parties will be investigating this.

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    • J. Dennis Thomas

      I didn’t say “all” Canon users, I said “a lot” especially on that specific site, which is well known for it’s trolling community.

      Nikon dropped the ball on that. Not sure why. It’s not a very “Japanese” thing to do. As a culture they are very conscious about taking responsibility for their actions.

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    • adam sanford

      I tend to avoid DPReview for that very reason. Decent reviews, but the forums are radioactive. SLRL is soooo much more grown-up and respectful.

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    • J. Dennis Thomas

      That’s why I’m here. I actually turned down a job with DPReview because it’s such a horrible experience to even look at the site.

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  4. adam sanford

    You mean the best rebel yet *with a sensor defect*? Check out what Uncle Roger at LR had to say just yesterday:

    http://goo.gl/BWp1Jv

    Canon has a decent track record for owning these sorts of issues and getting them sorted. Here’s hoping this issue only impacts initial production lots.

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    • Thomas Horton

      Well some of them from a very small sample set had the bad sensors. In a perfect world this should never happen, but…

      It does sound like Canon is addressing this problem well. We will have to see how they really handle it and how widespread this problem is.

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  5. Thomas Horton

    That’s a nice camera. I just wonder if the price is a bit high for the targeted demographic. At getting near a grand, there are options that are competitive.

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    • Mike Jacoubowsky

      Keep in mind that some of us are tied to a given brand due to investment in glass. It’s quite expensive to “start over” with a new platform. For those in that group, the T6s represents a significant improvement over past Rebels (I’ve had a T3i for several years that’s capable of pretty good images but not good at all focusing; just playing for a few minutes with the T6s shows me it’s a huge improvement).

      What Canon has to do to keep the ball rolling is address Nikon & Sony’s advantages at higher ISO. I’m having to stick with Canon, but when others ask for recommendations, I’d telling them to consider Sony or Nikon. That’s a big OUCH for Canon, even though they’ve likely got me grandfathered-in for the long haul.

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    • adam sanford

      Mike, if you are in the Rebel-ish market and AF is driver for you, skip the extra pixels of these new Rebels and have a good look at the 70D, which packs DPAF, AF microadjustment, and a more a solid build quality.

      Heck, I even saw a new 7D2 for sale around $1,199 this week, which is nuts.

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    • Thomas Horton

      Yeah, that investment in glass is where they got ya! Almost like being an addict… you have to go to one dealer, pay their price, and accept what they give you.

      An awesome business model from the manufacturer’s viewpoint. Not so good from the customer’s viewpoint.

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    • Dave Haynie

      The higher price definitely suggests Canon still thinks there’s room in their line for some of the older Rebel models. Though I kind of agree, at least if you look on the Rebel line as an entry level series. The video mentions the Sony A6000, and while that’s a very different kind of camera to use, no one’s been more aggressive on body prices than Sony lately.

      Obviously, if you already have a Canon system, and you’re going for a Rebel to Rebel upgrade, or maybe look at the T5s as a lower cost second/backup body, maybe. Though I typically work with just one body, and keep the backup tucked away in a deep camera bag compartment. I’m not looking for something nearly as large as my 6D.

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