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Unveiled: Canon Brings Wi-Fi to Entry-Level Rebel T6 DSLR

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After a series of upgrades to their mid and high-end DSLR lines, Canon has brought a couple of enhancements to their entry-level series with the release of the EOS Rebel T6 DSLR Camera. This model builds upon its predecessor by implementing the DIGIC 4+ processor for improved imaging performance and built-in Wi-Fi and NFC for directly connecting to a smartphone, tablet, or the Canon CS100 Connect Station. It does retain the 18MP APS-C format CMOS sensor at its core for clear images with a wide tonal range and natural color throughout the sensitivity range of ISO 100-6400, which can be expanded to ISO 12800 for extreme low-light situations.

Being powered by the DIGIC 4+ processor, the T6 has a variety of advanced features for responsive image capture, including a nine-point autofocus system with one center cross-type point for quickly locking onto subjects. It also has an AI Servo AF setting that can help with tracking moving subjects and can shoot continuously at a rate of 3 fps. Along with this, the T6 can record Full HD 1920 x 1080p video at 30 fps.

Designed for beginners, this DSLR has a selection of shooting modes that include Scene Intelligent Auto, Basic+, and Creative Auto that will assist new photographers in capturing beautiful images as well as the standard program, aperture priority, shutter priority and full manual settings for advanced techniques. Operating the camera is made easy on account of an optical viewfinder for natural eye-level use and a large 3.0” 920k-dot rear LCD monitor that supports live view, image review, and the menus.

Other features that made their way into this release include a “White Priority” white balance setting that will compensate for the warmer tones of tungsten lighting, something we first saw in the EOS 5DS and 5DS R. It also has a variety of Creative Filters, including Toy Camera, Fisheye, and Miniature Effect that can help users take photographs with a unique aesthetic.

This camera accepts lenses from Canon’s entire line of EF and EF-S mount system and comes bundled with the mid-range EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS II. This offers a versatile zoom range equivalent to 28.8-88mm on 35mm sensors that can work with large groups or focus in on a single subject. Built-in image stabilization furthers the lens’ usefulness by counteracting the effects of camera shake on both stills and video. Additionally, Canon has made a two lens kit that adds the EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6 III lens to the mix as well as a shoulder bag to carry all of your equipment. This lens provides shooters with a super telephoto range equivalent to 120-480mm and will greatly improve your reach

EOS Rebel T6 DSLR Camera
Lens Mount Canon EF/EF-S
Image Sensor APS-C CMOS
Effective Pixels 18.0 MP
Total Pixels 18.7 MP
Maximum Resolution 5184 x 3456
Aspect Ratio 3:2
Still Image File Format JPEG, raw
Storage Media SD, SDHC, SDXC
Card Slot 1 x SD
Viewfinder Type Eye-level single lens reflex with fixed pentamirror
Frame Coverage 95%
Magnification 0.8x
Eyepoint 21mm
Diopter Adjustment -2.5 to +0.5 m-1
Shutter Type Vertical-travel shutter with electronic first-curtain
Shutter Speed 1/4000 to 30 sec., bulb
Flash Sync Speed 1/200 sec.
Drive Modes Single, Continuous, Self-Timer
Top Continuous Shooting Rate 3 fps
Self-Timer 10, 2 sec.
Exposure Metering System Dual-layer metering sensor with 63 zones
Metering Method Evaluative, Partial, Center-Weighted
Metering Range 1-20 EV at ISO 100
Exposure Modes Program, Shutter-Priority, Aperture-Priority, Manual, Scene Intelligent Auto, Flash Off, Creative Auto, Portrait, Landscape, Close-Up, Sports, Food, Night Portrait
Exposure Compensation ±5 EV in 13 or 1/2-stop increments
ISO Sensitivity ISO 100-6400 (Expandable to ISO 12800)
Autofocus System TTL phase-difference detection system
Number of Focus Points 9 points (1 cross-type)
Focus Modes One-Shot AF, Predictive AI Servo AF, AI Focus AF, Manual
Autofocus Sensitivity 0-18 EV with center point; 1-18 EV with all other points
Built-In Flash Yes, pop-up with guide number of 30.2' / 9.2 m at ISO 100 and 17mm coverage
Flash Control E-TTL II
Flash Compensation ±2 EV in 1/3 or 1/2-step increments
External Flash Interface Hot shoe
White Balance Modes Auto (Ambience Priority or White Priority), Cloudy, Custom, Daylight, Flash, Fluorescent, Shade, Sunset, Tungsten, Twilight
Movie Recording Full HD 1920 x 1080: 30p, 24p
HD 1280 x 720: 60p
SD 640 x 480: 30p
Movie Metering Evaluative metering with 315 zones
File Format MOV
Compression MPEG4 AVC/H.264
Audio Recording Yes, built-in mic
Audio File Format Linear PCM
External Microphone Input No
Headphone Jack No
Maximum Recording Time 29 min 59 sec.
Monitor 3.0" / 7.6 cm 920k-dot LCD
Monitor Viewing Angle 170°
Interface 1 x Mini-USB 2.0
1 x Mini HDMI
1 x 2.5mm sub-mini wired remote port
Wi-Fi Yes, built-in IEEE 802.11b/g/n with 49.2' / 15 m range
GPS No
Power Source 1 x LP-E10 Rechargeable Li-Ion Battery Pack
Battery Life Viewfinder: 600 shots at 73°F / 23°C
Live View: 190 shots at 73°F / 23°C
Operating Environment Temperature: 32 to 104°F / 0 to 40°C
Humidity: 85% or less
Dimensions 5.1 x 4.0 x 3.1" / 129.0 x 101.3 x 77.6mm
Weight 15.5 oz / 440 g body only

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Has Canon resolved the sensor issues from last year's T6i and T6s models?

Hello Dr. John,

Yes, Canon resolved early issues with those camera's shortly after they were released. The T6 uses a different sensor altogether, so I would not expect any issues related to the T6i and T6s to show up here.

Thank you Shawn!

Does the T6 also replace the SL1?

Hi Peter,

The T6 does not replace the SL1. The SL1 stands on its own as a unique, super compact DSLR.

Thanks!

I am considering the t6 and t6i. What is the differences that should sway my decision? Thanks.

Hi Keith,

The T6i is an all-around better camera. It has the newer DIGIC 6 processor, a 24MP image sensor, a vari-angle touchscreen, a 19-point AF system, and performs better in low light. If you are just starting out in photography, the T6 is a much more affordable option, but if you are looking for better build quality, image quality, and handling and are more advanced in photography you will likely be happier with the T6i.

How does the T 6 Compare to the SL1

Hi Roy,

The main difference between the two is the SL1 being the smallest DSLR currently available from Canon, though there are some other differences regarding image quality and performance. The SL1 and T6 will have very similar image quality, though the SL1 with its DIGIC 5 processor (compared to DIGIC 4+ in the T6) should see about a stop better ISO performance in low light as it has an extended ISO range up to 25600 and the T6 can only reach 12800. Also, the SL1 has a touchscreen LCD while the T6 has a standard fixed LCD. Also, the SL1 has a faster 4 fps continuous shooting rate (vs 3 fps) and a enhanced Hybrid CMOS AF II for live view and video that the T6 lacks. Otherwise, these cameras are very similar.

Also, to add to this comparison. The T6 does have Wi-Fi and NFC while the older SL1 does not.

How does the T6 compare to the T5i?

Hi JV,

When comparing the T6 to the T5i there are two main considerations: image quality and handling. The T5i and T6 will have very similar image quality, though the T5i with its DIGIC 5 processor (compared to DIGIC 4+ in the T6) should see about a stop better ISO performance in low light as it has an extended ISO range up to 25600 and the T6 can only reach 12800. In terms of handling, the T5i will have a larger body with better tactile controls as well as a vari-angle touchscreen LCD. The T6 has a more compact design and a fixed non-touch LCD. Also, the T5i has a faster 5 fps continuous shooting rate (vs 3 fps) and a enhanced Hybrid CMOS AF for live view and video that the T6 lacks.

Also, to add to this comparison. The T6 does have Wi-Fi and NFC while the older T5i does not.

I have a T6S, what are the differences between the models?

Hi Lee,

In short, the T6s is a more capable model with better specs and features in almost every area. The T6 released today is meant to replace the T5 as Canon's entry-level option and is not meant to compete directly with the T6i and T6s.

Thanks

More of a question I have the T3.  With the battery adaptor and the Batteries of the T3 work with the T6?

Hi Michael,

The new T6 uses the same LP-E10 battery pack as the T3 and T5, so existing batteries will be 100% compatible with the new camera.

How does this compare to the T6i?

Hi Sheiron,

The T6i is an all-around better camera. It has the newer DIGIC 6 processor, a 24MP image sensor a vari-angle touchscreen, a 19-point AF system, and performs better in low light. If you are just starting out in photography, the T6 is a much more affordable option, but if you are looking for better build quality, images, and handling and are more advanced in photography you will likely be happier with the T6i.

Whats the difference between this T6 and the T6s? I was planning on purchasing the T6s and would like to know if I should wait...

Hi Laura,

The T6 replaces the T5 as the entry-level option in Canon's Rebel lineup and will not replace the T6i or T6s. The T6s is the top Rebel and has numerous features and image quality not found on this new camera. If you were already planning on picking up the T6s, then it is likely the better option for you because of its enhanced performance.

Does this mean Canon will discontinue the T6S?
 

Exactly what I want to know. Weird that Canon is unveiling a new T6 with less resolution. I'm planning on purchasing a T6s in the future to get the improved resolution and other features, but I want to know it still will be available.

Hi Dawn,

The T6s isn't going anywhere for now. The T6 replaces the T5, and sits below the T6i and T6s in Canon's line. If you were already planning on getting the T6s, it offers better quality and features than the T6 and is likely the better option for you.

Hi Rich,

The T6 is actually a replacement for the T5 and sits below the T6i and T6s. The T6s and T6i are more capable cameras with better features, controls, and image quality. The new T6 is meant as a beginner or entry-level option for users looking to get started in photography. All three T6 models will continue to be available.

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