Canon EOS Rebel T6i in 2018: Budget-Friendly SLR Camera for Beginners (Review)

Canon Rebel T6i Review: Great SLR camera under $500 for beginners

If you are a Canon fan looking for a good budget DSLR under $700, then you might want to check out Rebel T6i (750D).

You might be wondering: what’s so great about this camera besides its price?

Let’s discuss it in this Canon Rebel T6i review (2018).


Canon EOS Rebel T6i, or 750D outside the America, is Canon’s budget SLR camera with NFC and Wi-Fi connection.

(Internet technology and gadgets fans will absolutely love this feature.)

Specifically, it was the Nikon that started the era of budget SLR cameras with a built-in Wi-Fi, with their release of Nikon D5300 in late 2013.

Later, this initiative was intercepted by the updated D5500 model.

Therefore, the Wi-Fi feature in Rebel T6i is quite an expected and correct step to a brighter future.

(It can be argued that Canon did a better job here than Nikon.)

To be fair, T6i (EOS 750D) has received a lot of improvements compared to the previous Canon camera models, which makes it a lovely purchase for beginners

Why is that so? 

Well, this baby has a lot of advantages, including (but not limited to) …

  • 24 MP sensor,
  • fast autofocus,
  • articulated touch screen,
  • and the presence of Wi-Fi and NFC

… all make the Rebel T6i a very good investment in your future as a photographer.

Let’s warm up with a video review.

Canon EOS T6i (750D) Video Review and Samples

Let’s have a look at Jim’s video review. He was trying to provide one for the average consumer, so it won’t sound too “tech-y” and I am sure you’ll enjoy it.

Quick Specs:

  • Camera type: Compact SLR camera
  • Camera weight: 555 g
  • How many pixels: 24 MP
  • Sensor size: APS-C (22.3 x 14.9 mm)
  • ISO: Auto, 100-12800 (expandable to 25600)
  • LCD Screen: Fully articulated
  • Touchscreen: Yes
  • Environmentally sealed: No

What you might like about this camera:

  • awesome work in Auto mode
  • fully articulated and responsive touch screen
  • 19-point phase autofocus (better than before) 
  • continuous shooting up to 5 fps
  • large buffer for JPG photos
  • great image quality at high ISO units
  • additional Scene modes and creative filters
  • video shooting with smooth and fast autofocus
  • remote control available

What you might not like about this camera:

  • small buffer when shooting in RAW
  • no HDR and interval shooting mode 
  • not very well optimized Wi-Fi power consumption

The Technical Aspects of Canon EOS T6i (750D) 

Here’s the thing:

If we look at the previous Canon models like Canon EOS Rebel T2i (EOS 550D) up to Rebel T5i (EOS 700D), we’ll see that there weren’t any serious innovations.

The cameras kept inheriting the same type of sensor and other similar features.

But finally, Canon followers saw an upgrade with the entry level SLR camera EOS Rebel T6i (EOS 750D).

As usual, the Canon EOS xx0D display screen is very comfortable.

  • An awesome fully articulated 3″ touch screen with a resolution of 1.04 million points was left unchanged, it is just as convenient as its competitor – the Nikon D5500.

For manual focus and input settings on the fly, this is a valuable quality.

Viewing photos on such a screen is a total pleasure, and, in our opinion, this articulated screen is more convenient than the one we saw in Nikon D750 full-frame SLR.

Speaking of:

The ability to change the position of the display is excellent when you shoot subjects that are much lower or higher than your eyes (flowers in a flowerbed, balloons in the sky, artists on the stage)…

… Or when sunlight interferes with viewing image details.

The display brightness is adjustable, and its stain-resistant coating makes it easy to shoot under extreme conditions (or when there are children, dogs, food nearby).

Overall, the T6i is pretty fast and you won’t encounter any issues, really.

  • Canon decided to raise up the resolution from 18MP to 24MP, which is neither good nor bad, as this update wasn’t reflected on the quality of the images.
Canon Rebel T6i Review 2018 and photo samples. Great budget SLR camera for still life photography.
EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS · 187.0mm · ƒ/5.6 · 1/4s · ISO 100

Some might not find this change in number of megapixels very important.

But they will love the color rendition.

The improvement in color rendition with artificial lighting and photo-sensitivity definitely pleases the eye.

About image quality:

Times when a good photo in the room couldn’t be taken without a flash or a high-speed lens are in the past. Now you can safely take photos from ISO up to ISO 12800, without much loss in image quality.

In general, good results with high ISO, as well as convenient control through the touch screen more and more level the difference between the top full-frame cameras and their budget counterparts.

(And this trend is observed with all brands.)

  • The flash on the Rebel T6i can work in a command mode, and it significantly wins against Nikon’s competitors.
  • The camera autofocus has now 19 focus points instead of 9, it became faster.

If the additional focus points are just a pleasant trifle, then the speed of autofocus and accuracy during serial shooting has increased noticeably.

  • The camera supports shooting at an exposure of 1/4000 to 30 seconds. When continuous shooting, it can output up to 5 frames per second in JPG and up to 8 in RAW.

This mode is useful when:

  • shooting fast-moving children,
  • reportage shooting (to avoid photos with open mouth and closed eyes),
  • taking group photos, and,
  • you shoot important (sports) events moments like jumps, stunts, performances.

In fact:

This burst rate is enough to be considered the best budget Canon DSLR for sports photography (with proper lenses).

  • Li-ion battery. (Charger is included).

Like all amateur Canon SLR cameras, 750D is powered by a lithium-ion battery.

LP-E17 is installed, withstanding at least 440 cycles of recharging. The camera allows you to save energy by automatically turning off the power after a certain period (you can set its duration in the menu).

  • Printing via Wi-Fi.

The camera can send photos for printing via Wi-Fi. Direct printing on Canon/Pixma photo printers with PictBridge is supported.

Files are stored on SD, SDHC or SDXC (UHS-I) cards up to 64 GB in size.

Canon T6i shoots in JPEG and RAW of the second version, and video shooting is in MP4 at a resolution of up to 1920×1080 pixels. 

  • Video capabilities

Camera’s video capabilities aren’t at the level of professional video-cameras but still pretty great: 

… Full HD video shooting is possible with a frequency of up to 30 fps when using autofocus, as well as with auto or manual settings.

Canon EOS T6i: Scene Modes and Creative Filters

Nature photography with Canon Rebel T6i. Photo of a bee collecting pollen.
105.0mm · ƒ/4.0 · 1/100s · ISO 100

It gets better:

When buying the first DSLR, amateur photographers are usually full of enthusiasm. Finally, after a point-and-shoot camera, you can play with the settings!

But in practice, preset Auto modes are used much more often than manual input of parameters.

Let’s agree that it’s much more interesting to concentrate on building a frame and strive to have time to take a shot of the elusive scene.

What do the developers of Canon EOS 750D offer in this regard?

In addition to the usual Scene modes like portraits, landscapes and sports, in this camera model there are also:

  • Candlelight,
  • Night Portrait,
  • Handheld Night Scene,
  • Kids,
  • Food and
  • HDR Backlight Control.

Besides the common Scene modes, there are also creative filter features such as:

  • Grainy B/W
  • Soft focus
  • Art bold effect
  • Water painting effect
  • Toy camera effect
  • Miniature effect

You can transform an image into an art work with the water painting effect, apply the “fish eye” effect, create a miniature effect, or use the toy camera effect as if it were shooting tiny cities with tiny people in it.

There are also special modes of video shooting, which are amazing during your travels, while on a holiday, or when working on a reportage.

And by the way, photo processing can be performed directly on Canon EOS T6i, without using the “Photoshop” program.

So, yes, there is definitely to play with the camera settings!

Canon Rebel T6i for 2018: My Final Thoughts

Photo of a flower with raindrops. Macro photography with Rebel T6i.
105.0mm · ƒ/9.0 · 1/200s · ISO 100

As a beginner, we’d suggest getting your new SLR camera with a kit lens 18-55 IS. (Relevant article: What is a kit lens and why you need it as a beginner?)

Canon Rebel T6i is a great budget SLR camera, with a new viewfinder and the ability to synchronize with a smartphone or tablet.

Not only the beginners, but also the enthusiast photographers, who have a certain level of experience, will enjoy this camera.

As it has been mentioned earlier, this SLR will sure appeal for technology geeks and avid users of social media.

Thanks to the presence of NFC and Wi-Fi, you will be able to shoot and upload your photos to your social media page straight away.

This is the reason why on this website, my team and I recommend T6i as one of the best budget cameras for Instagram and blog photos.

Last but not least: 

If you already have a similar model, like the Rebel T5i (700D) or Rebel T3i (600D), I wouldn’t recommend changing them to 750D, because in terms of image quality you won’t see any significant changes.

Are You Considering Canon Rebel T6i in 2018?
Your Thoughts?

I hope you enjoyed this Canon Rebel T6i review.

Now I want to hear from you:

Are a beginner looking for your first DSLR? Or you are simply looking to upgrade and be able to post awesome photos on your Instagram page?

Did you enjoy the sample photos?

Maybe you have questions or suggestions?

Let me know by leaving a quick comment (click to jump straight to comment form).

Canon EOS Rebel T6i in 2018: Budget-Friendly SLR Camera for Beginners (Review)
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