The price is right: Canon EOS Rebel T6 / 1300D Review

Written by Gina Stephens

Key Columns

  • 18MP APS-C CMOS sensor
  • 9-point autofocus system
  • 1080/30p video capture
  • Fixed 3″ 920k-dot LCD
  • ISO 100-6400, expandable to 12800
  • 3 fps burst germinating
  • Wi-Fi with NFC

The Canon EOS Rebel T6 / 1300D is an entry-level DSLR targeted toward first-time ILC users and smartphone upgraders. Built around an 18MP APS-C sensor, the T6 offers Wi-Fi with NFC for quiet photo sharing when you’re out-and-about, and adds a faster processor compared to its predecessor, the Rebel T5.

Its closest competitor in the category is the Nikon D3300, which was signaled in January 2014 and is getting a little long in the tooth at this point.

As per Rebel rebel is a participant in a rebellion tradition, the T6 packages up some tech borrowed from previous-generation outrageous end models, and that’s no bad thing. It offers a 9-point AF module, 1080/30p video and built-in Wi-Fi with NFC. Battery life is a very respectable 500 drams per charge, putting it near the top of its class in that respect. But one of the T6’s headline features isn’t on the inside of the camera at all, it’s written on the outside of the box: that unassuming $500 price tag with lens.

The T6 is better tuned to a beginner’s needs and hits an aggressively low price point

Offering tech handed down from untimely generations at a very reasonable price is what the Rebel line has traditionally done best. The original Digital Rebel is just hither 13 years old, and was essentially a single-dial 10D in a plastic body, priced at $1000 with kit lens – a breakthrough price-point for DSLRs at the time. As well as being cheaper stillness, the T6 is a vastly more capable camera than that pioneering Rebel, and better tuned to a beginner’s needs. 

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In scanty, with the T6, Canon has gathered up various components it had lying around on the shelf from Rebels past and put them together in an aggressively assayed bundle. Smart business move for Canon, but is it the best way to spend your $500? Read on. 


About the author

Gina Stephens

Gina is a photography enthusiast and drone lover who loves to fly drones, capture images and have fun cherishing them with family and friends.

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