ESTIMATED STREET PRICE: $749 (body only); $899 (with 18-55mm STM kit zoom); or $1,099 (with 18-135mm STM kit zoom)
The EOS Rebel T6s’ "kid brother," the Rebel T6i features the same new 24.2-megapixel Canon CMOS APS-C sensor and DIGIC 6 processor, built-in WiFi with NFC, and even compact 5.2×4.0x3.1-inch external dimensions (although the T6i, at 18.0 ounces, is 0.4-ounce lighter). The main differences between the new Rebels are that the T6i lacks the T6s’ top LCD panel, rear Quick-Control Dial, Servo AF in live-view mode, electronic level display, digital zoom for movies and HDR video capability. If these things are important to you, get the T6s; if not, you get the same image quality and performance in the T6i for $100 less.
Both cameras feature an eye-level pentamirror viewfinder that shows approximately 95% of the actual image area, and a three-inch vari-angle touch-screen LCD monitor that makes for easy odd-angle shooting and focus changes in video mode. A new 7560-pixel RGB+IR metering sensor can detect the primary light source and even flickering light for more-accurate exposures in a wide range of shooting situations.
Canon’s Hybrid CMOS AF II provides improved AF speed and accuracy in live view and video modes (albeit without the T6s’ live-view Servo AF), while AF in viewfinder operation is 19-point (all cross-type) phase-detection for maximum apertures as small as ƒ/5.6. Like the T6s, the T6i can shoot full-resolution still images at 5 fps and 1080p video at 30/25/24 fps.
Like all recent APS-C EOS cameras, the T6i can use all Canon EF and EF-S lenses, providing focal lengths from 8-15mm fish-eye zoom and 10-18mm superwide zoom to 800mm supertelephoto, including TS-E tilt-shift lenses and 1.4X and 2X EF extenders. With the APS-C sensor’s 1.6X focal-length factor, this gives the T6i user access to full-frame-equivalent focal lengths of 12.8-2560mm. Contact: Canon, www.usa.canon.com.