Despite their low price point entry-level cameras are incredibly important for manufacturers. These are the cameras with which the consumer starts their journey with a brand – and many of those consumers will stay with that brand for a very long time.
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Canon EOS Rebel T6: Price
Because of this, you can get a lot of camera for relatively little money these days. The Canon EOS Rebel T6 / EOS 1300D is definitely Canon’s latest entry-level proposition, and it’s available at a great price for beginners, college students, or anyone new to DSLR photography. In fact, it’s cheaper than a lot of average compact cameras.
Canon EOS Rebel T6: Features
The sensor is the same as the EOS Rebel T5 / EOS 1200D’s at 18 million pixels, while the processor gets a modest upgrade to the DIGIC 4+ (the Rebel T5’s had a standard DIGIC 4). However, considering that Canon’s latest processor is the DIGIC 7, the 4+ is now looking like pretty previous technology.
The EOS Rebel T6 / EOS 1300D uses the EF-S lens mount, which is compatible with all of Canon’s EF range of lenses, so there’s a wealth of choice out there to suit all budgets.
Several of the other features of the Canon EOS Rebel T6 / EOS 1300D are the same as in the Rebel T5. It has the same modest 9-point autofocusing system, with one central cross-type (more sensitive) point. There’s also a 95% coverage optical viewfinder – while it doesn’t sound like you’re missing much, you can get unwanted elements creeping into the edge of the shot when reviewing images.
Native sensitivity remains at ISO100-6,400, expandable up to 12,800, but presented the slightly better processor a modest improvement in low-light performance is normally promised. That said, the ISO range right now looks quite limited compared to much newer rivals.
Canon EOS Rebel T6: Build and handling
The overall design of the EOS Rebel T6 / EOS 1300D is just about the same as the outgoing T5. There’s a textured coating on the chunky front side grip and the rear thumb rest, which helps to create an impression of quality higher than that of a typical entry-level camera, making it feel more like a mid-range Canon such as the Rebel T6i / EOS 750D.
The grip itself is nicely contoured to fit your middle finger when your index finger rests on the shutter release; those with larger hands may find it a little less comfortable to hold, though.
The rear button configuration is easy to understand and get to grips with if this is your first camera and will be familiar to anyone who’s used a Canon DSLR before, which makes it equally simple to use as a second camera.
A ‘Q’ or Quick menu button enables you to quickly access and adjust commonly used settings. While there are also dedicated buttons for essential settings such as white balance, autofocus mode, ISO (sensitivity), and publicity compensation, in the case of options such as Image Quality and Picture Style the Quick menu will save you having to delve around in the menus.
Canon EOS Rebel T6: Autofocus
Autofocus speeds are generally pretty quick in good light, slowing down just a little in darker conditions. The EOS Rebel T6 / EOS 1300D was reviewed with Canon’s EF-S 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 IS zoom lens and we encountered no problems with the AF, although other lenses may perform differently.
Switching to the AI Servo AF setting enables you to track moving subjects. The Rebel T6 was able to keep up with relatively slow-moving subjects, such as a person walking across a scene, relatively very easily, but struggled a little with faster subjects.
Canon EOS Rebel T6: Performance
Like the T5, the Rebel T6 / EOS 1300D uses Canon’s iFCL metering system. On the whole, this does a good job of producing accurate exposures, although, as priority is given to the active AF stage, if whatever you’re focusing on is particularly bright or dark this can skew the overall exposure reading; on many occasions, I found I needed to dial in just a little exposure payment to get the desired results.
The Rebel T6’s auto white balance system copes well with a variety of lighting conditions. Under artificial lamps, tones look a touch warmer than can be accurate; the results aren’t unpleasant, but for maximum accuracy, it can be beneficial to switch to a more appropriate setting, such as for example Fluorescent.
In overcast conditions, the automatic option works well – the Cloudy establishing produces images that are a little too warm for my liking.
It seems that the step up to the DIGIC 4+ processor has boosted operation speeds a touch compared to the T5. This means images are marginally quicker to appear in playback mode, although there can still be a noticeable lag if you take several photos in quick succession.
Canon EOS Rebel T6: Specifications
|Body type||Compact SLR|
|Max resolution||5184 x 3456|
|Effective pixels||18 megapixels|
|Sensor size||APS-C (22.3 x 14.9 mm)|
|ISO||Auto, ISO 100-6400, expandable to 12800|
|Lens mount||Canon EF/EF-S|
|Focal length mult.||1.6×|
|Max shutter speed||1/4000 sec|
|Storage types||SD/SDHC/SDXC card|
|USB||USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)|
|Weight (inc. batteries)||485 g (1.07 lb / 17.11 oz)|
|Dimensions||129 x 101 x 78 mm (5.08 x 3.98 x 3.07″)|
Canon EOS Rebel T6: Conclusion
Right out of the box, the Canon EOS Rebel T6 provides a beginning photographer with decent picture quality. For fast picture sharing, it’s a lightweight, easy-to-use DSLR with Wi-Fi. The sensor lags behind the competition and its Live View shooting experience is disappointing, but without much effort on the part of the user, it generates good JPEGs. Overall, for beginners, its very fair price point makes it a decent investment.