Canon T6i

 
Canon EOS Rebel T6i front
 
  • 24MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 3" Fully Articulated Display
  • ISO 100 - 12800 (Increase to 25600)
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • Canon EF/EF-S Mount
  • 555g - 132 x 101 x 78mm
  • Introduced February 2015
  • Additionally Known as EOS 750D / Kiss X8i
  • Superseded the Canon 700D
  • Successor is Canon T7i
  • Read full specs
  • Alternatives
  • Size Comparison
Portability
66
Imaging
68
Features
76
Overall
71

Canon T6i overview

Canon T6i is Canon's Entry-Level DSLR camera originally announced on February of 2015. It comes with a 24 MegaPixel, CMOS APS-C sized sensor and has a maximum resolution of 6000 x 4000. The camera is referred to as "EOS 750D / Kiss X8i" in other markets.

Canon introduced this camera in an effort to improve the previous Canon 700D (Read Full Comparison) and then released the fresher Canon T7i (Read Full Comparison) as a way to improve this camera.

The T6i is ranked #13 out of 79 in Entry-Level DSLR cameras and all-around #137 out of 1428 for cameras in our list. Remember to test our Advanced camera filter to find camera ratings based on your customized criteria.

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Canon T6i family

The Canon T6i comes with a history of related cameras. Below, you can look at all older and the latest models along with important specifications.

ModelVisualizeResolutionSensor SizeMax fpsReleased
Canon-EOS-Rebel-T8i front thumbnailCanon T8i
T6i vs T8i
24MPAPS-C7.5 fps2020
Canon-EOS-Rebel-T7 front thumbnailCanon T7
T6i vs T7
24MPAPS-C3.0 fps2018
World's smallest camera makes it into Guinness Book of Records
Canon-EOS-Rebel-T7i front thumbnailCanon T7i
T6i vs T7i
24MPAPS-C6.0 fps2017
Canon-EOS-T6 front thumbnailCanon T6
T6i vs T6
18MPAPS-C3.0 fps2016
Canon-EOS-Rebel-T6i front thumbnailCanon T6i24MPAPS-C5.0 fps2015
Canon-EOS-Rebel-T6s front thumbnailCanon T6s
T6i vs T6s
24MPAPS-C5.0 fps2015
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Canon-EOS-700D front thumbnailCanon 700D
T6i vs 700D
18MPAPS-C5.0 fps2013
Canon-EOS-650D front thumbnailCanon 650D
T6i vs 650D
18MPAPS-C5.0 fps2012
Canon-EOS-600D front thumbnailCanon 600D
T6i vs 600D
18MPAPS-C4.0 fps2011
Canon-EOS-550D front thumbnailCanon 550D
T6i vs 550D
18MPAPS-C4.0 fps2010
Canon-EOS-500D front thumbnailCanon 500D
T6i vs 500D
15MPAPS-C3.0 fps2009
400 Megapixel mode coming to Fujifilm GFX 100
Canon-EOS-450D front thumbnailCanon 450D
T6i vs 450D
12MPAPS-C4.0 fps2008
Canon-EOS-400D front thumbnailCanon 400D
T6i vs 400D
10MPAPS-C3.0 fps2006
Canon-EOS-350D front thumbnailCanon 350D
T6i vs 350D
8MPAPS-C3.0 fps2005
Canon-EOS-300D front thumbnailCanon 300D
T6i vs 300D
6MPAPS-C3.0 fps2003

Canon T6i Pros and Cons

Below is a collection of benefits and drawbacks of the Canon T6i based on aspects that are typically viewed as useful in a camera.

above average min ISO (100)
built-in touchscreen
comes with HDMI socket
comes with microphone socket
flash built-in
focusing manually
good sensor size (APS-C)
great video quality (1920 x 1080 pixels)
includes face detect autofocus
includes tracking focus
MP count good (24MP)
NFC connectivity
pretty good screen size (3 inches)
saves RAW formats
screen can move to multiple angles
screen has good resolution (1,040 k dots)
selfie friendly screen
supports phase detect autofocus
supports touch to focus
switch lenses (Canon EF/EF-S mount)
does not have image stabilization
max frames per second low (5.0 frames/s)
missing headphone socket
missing Timelapse mode
not so great battery (440 CIPA)
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Canon T6i Sensor specifications

The Canon T6i houses the DIGIC 6 processor chip. The sensor spec in the Canon T6i is 22.3mm x 14.9mm (APS-C). The 332 mm² sensor has the ability to resolve 6000 x 4000 pixels and aspect ratios of 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9.

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The CMOS sensor boasts 24MP and gives a native ISO range of 100 - 12800. This ISO can also be increased digitally to a high of 25600. RAW format is saved therefore the user has wider room to maneuver in post.

The picture below displays the T6i's sensor dimensions in comparison to other common sizes. The T6i sensor comes with a crop factor of 1.6 and is highlighted in green.

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To get an idea of different aspect ratios, you should refer to the visual below.

Camera sensor aspect ratios

Canon T6i dimensions

Canon T6i is 1.22 pounds (555 grams or 19.58 oz) and features outer size of 132mm x 101mm x 78mm (5.2" x 4.0" x 3.1"). The weight of normal Entry-Level DSLR camera is 538 grams so the Canon T6i is on par when compared with various competitors.

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Listed below is a visual of the Canon T6i beside a soft drink to help you have a sense of its scale.

Canon EOS Rebel T6i dimensions scale

The top view here will show you the button arrangement on the T6i.

Canon EOS Rebel T6i topview buttons dials

Canon T6i Lens specifications

The T6i uses the Canon EF/EF-S mount and has 324 lenses on sale. Below is a few of the lenses we have in our collection which will fit the T6i.

ModelVisualizeFocal LengthApertureStabilizedWeight
Canon-EF-135mm-f2.8-SF lensCanon EF 135mm f2.8 SF135mmf/2.8 390g
Tokina-AT-X-Pro-11-16mm-f2.8-DX-II-Canon-EF lensTokina AT-X Pro 11-16mm f2.8 DX II11-16mmf/2.8 560g
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Tamron-SP-15-30mm-F2.8-Di-VC-USD-Canon-EF lensTamron SP 15-30mm F2.8 Di VC USD15-30mmf/2.8 1100g
Sigma-800mm-F5.6-EX-DG-HSM-Canon-EF lensSigma 800mm F5.6 EX DG HSM800mmf/5.6 4900g
Tamron-SP-AF-17-50mm-F2.8-XR-Di-II-LD-Aspherical-IF-Canon-EF lensTamron SP AF 17-50mm F2.8 XR Di II LD Aspherical IF17-50mmf/2.8 430g
Sigma-85mm-F1.4-EX-DG-HSM-Canon-EF lensSigma 85mm F1.4 EX DG HSM85mmf/1.4 725g
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Tokina-AT-X-Pro-12-24mm-f4-DX-II-Canon-EF lensTokina AT-X Pro 12-24mm f4 DX II12-24mmf/4.0 540g
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Canon T6i Connectivity

The T6i has the following connectivity:

  • USB Yes
  • Wireless Yes
  • NFC Yes
  • HDMI Yes

Cameras which include NFC or Bluetooth connectivity can easily be used wirelessly through smartphones. You can easily send photos and sometimes adjust camera settings without the hassle of connecting physically to the camera.

Some applications even give a Liveview and click the shutter in case you aren't near the camera. If the camera features a HDMI out, it could be hooked up to an external screen. The majority of cameras will allow you to recharge the battery through the USB socket.

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Canon T6i Video specifications

The maximum video resolution in the Canon T6i is 1920 x 1080 and it can shoot in MPEG-4 and H.264 format. 1080p resolution will provide a decent balance in quality vs file sizes but FULL HD is not going to give you much room to downsample. While the camera includes a microphone port, it is unfortunately lacking a headphone port which means you will not have the option to monitor your sound levels.

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Canon T6i Weather Sealing

There is no weather sealing on the Canon T6i so you need to be cautious in rainy or dusty situations.

Canon T6i Display and Viewfinder

The Canon T6i comes with a 3" fully articulated display screen supporting a resolution of 1,040k dots.

It includes a selfie friendly display to shoot self portraits as well as group photos when required. Additionally the display screen is touch friendly which means you can easily set focus point plus adjust settings using your fingertips.

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The View Finder specifications regarding Canon T6i are below:

  • ViewFinder Optical (pentamirror)
  • Coverage 95 percent
  • Magnification 0.51x

In those bright outdoor situations which make the camera screens washed out and tough to view, viewfinders are very valuable.

Canon T6i Shutter specifications

Canon T6i has the ability to shoot continuously at 5.0 frames/s. The max shutter speed is 1/4000s.

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Canon T6i Flash and Hot shoe specifications

Canon T6i includes both integrated flash and also external flash ability. The highest flash sync speed is 1/200s.

Canon T6i Autofocus specifications

Canon T6i includes both Phase Detect Auto Focus along with Contrast Based Auto Focus. Phase Detection focusing is more quicker and accurate when compared to Contrast Based focusing. The camera comes with Face detect making it valuable for people photography.

The AF system comes with 19 focus points to choose from. Canon T6i has touch to focus. You can use your fingers in order to shift focus. It also features Tracking Auto Focus for things on the move. Canon T6i has got manual focusing in case it is required in low light conditions or you want to have more exact focusing control.

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Canon T6i Battery life

The battery (LP-E17) on the Canon T6i is built to last for 440 shots with respect to the CIPA specifications which is lower when compared to its competitors. The general Entry-Level DSLR camera battery life is 592. Pentax K-x offers the highest possible (1900) battery life in this category of cameras.

Below is a listing of Entry-Level DSLR cameras which have the best battery life:

ModelVisualizeBattery LifeRAWNFCBluetooth
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Canon-EOS-Rebel-SL3 front thumbnailCanon SL3
T6i vs SL3
1070 yesnoyes

Canon T6i for specific types of photography

The following bar chart provides a analysis of the Canon T6i for specific types of photography. To learn more, browse to the specific section below.

Portrait photography with Canon T6i

The Canon T6i receives a rating of 80 which is superb, meaning that it is a excellent fit to use for portrait photography. Photographing portrait photos leans heavily to sensor specs, RAW support together with the capability to utilize external lighting.

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focusing manually
MP count good (24 megapixels)
decent sensor size (APS-C)
comes with face detection focusing
exports RAW formats

Street photography with Canon T6i

With a above average points tally of 71, the Canon T6i is a good option to buy for street photography. A very good street photography camera provides a fine balance of picture quality and portability.

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screen can move to multiple angles
decent sensor size (APS-C)
supports RAW formats
features focus by touch
does not have image stabilization

Sports photography with Canon T6i

A above average sports photography score of 62 suggests the Canon T6i is a very decent choice for taking pictures of sports. A camera should have great focusing plus fast continuous shooting for sports photography.

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MP count decent (24 megapixels)
sensor size is good (APS-C)
comes with tracking focus
comes with phase detect autofocus
slow fps (5.0 frames/s)
lack of image stabilization
terrible battery (440 CIPA)

Canon T6i Travel photography information

Size is pretty important when picking a travel camera. Over-all, the Canon T6i gets a above average 66 as a travel camera which is a respectable choice to take on your journeys.

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includes touch focus
decent MP (24MP)
has built in flash
selfie friendly screen
no Time Lapse mode
terrible battery (440 shots)

Canon T6i as a Landscape photography camera

In case you're looking to choose a digital camera for landscape photos, the most critical factor will no doubt be image quality. The Canon T6i at it's nice rating of 67 as a landscape camera is a fine pick compared to it's competitors.

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you can focus manually
change lenses (Canon EF/EF-S mount)
screen size is decent (3")
sensor resolution is decent (24MP)
good sensor size (APS-C)
delivers RAW formats
does not have image stabilization
not so great battery life (440 CIPA)
no Timelapse recording

Canon T6i as a Vlogging camera

A vlogging camera should really posses a articulating display, mic input and ideally image stabilization. Considering all things, the Canon T6i is a respectable fit as a vlog camera as it delivers a above average score of 73.

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screen is selfie friendly
built-in touchscreen
offers face detection autofocus
high res video (1920 x 1080 pixels)
comes with external mic support
does not have image stabilization

Canon T6i Alternatives

If you are looking for replacements to the T6i, below is a number of the highest placed cameras that fall within the family of Entry-Level DSLR.

The graph just below provides you an overview of the T6i vs it's highest ranked competitors suggested previously.

Following are additional cameras you may look into as alternatives. To read through a complete comparison, visit the "compare" link.

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Specifications

General Information
Brand Name
Canon
Model type
Canon EOS Rebel T6i
Also referred to as
EOS 750D / Kiss X8i
Type
Entry-Level DSLR
Introduced
2015-02-06
Physical type
Compact SLR
Sensor Information
Sensor type
CMOS
Processor Chip
DIGIC 6
Sensor size
APS-C
Sensor measurements
22.3 x 14.9mm
Sensor surface area
332.3mm²
Sensor resolution
24 megapixel
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio
1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Maximum resolution
6000 x 4000
RAW pictures
Maximum native ISO
12800
Maximum boosted ISO
25600
Min native ISO
100
Autofocusing
Manual focusing
Touch to focus
Continuous autofocus
Single autofocus
Tracking autofocus
Autofocus selectice
Center weighted autofocus
Autofocus multi area
Live view autofocus
Face detect autofocus
Contract detect autofocus
Phase detect autofocus
Total focus points
19
Cross type focus points
19
Lens
Lens support
Canon EF/EF-S
Total lenses
326
Focal length multiplier
1.6
Screen
Type of display
Fully Articulated
Display size
3 inches
Display resolution
1,040k dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch capability
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type
Optical (pentamirror)
Viewfinder coverage
95 percent
Viewfinder magnification
0.51x
DXO scores
DXO All around rating
71
DXO Color Depth rating
22.7
DXO Dynamic range rating
12.0
DXO Low light rating
919
Features
Slowest shutter speed
30 secs
Maximum shutter speed
1/4000 secs
Continuous shooting rate
5.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Exposure compensation
Yes
Custom white balance
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash distance
12.00 m (at ISO 100)
External flash
AE bracketing
WB bracketing
Maximum flash synchronize
1/200 secs
Exposure
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Supported video resolutions
1920 x 1080 (30p, 25p, 24p), 1280 x 720 (60p, 50p), 640 x 480 (30p, 25p)
Maximum video resolution
1920x1080
Video data format
MPEG-4, H.264
Microphone port
Headphone port
Connectivity
Wireless
Built-In
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS
None
Physical
Environmental sealing
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight
555 gr (1.22 pounds)
Physical dimensions
132 x 101 x 78mm (5.2" x 4.0" x 3.1")
Other
Battery life
440 photographs
Form of battery
Battery Pack
Battery ID
LP-E17
Self timer
Yes (2 or 10 secs)
Time lapse shooting
Storage type
SD/SDHC/SDXC (UHS-I compatible)
Card slots
One
Price at launch
$749