Canon EOS Rebel T6s

ESTIMATED STREET PRICE: $849 (body only); $1,199 (with 18-135mm STM kit zoom)

INTRODUCED 2/2015

Canon’s new flagship entry-level EOS Rebel model, the T6s incorporates some Rebel "firsts." It’s the first Rebel model with a top-plate LCD panel (something users of higher-end EOS models have long enjoyed for easy setting of various camera functions) and a Quick Control Dial on the back, which is another higher-end EOS feature that makes it easier and quicker to set camera functions. The T6s also provides servo AF in live view mode, an electronic level display, digital zoom for movies and HDR video—features that the lower-priced T6i lacks.

Like the T6i introduced at the same time, the T6s features Canon’s highest-megapixel APS-C sensor, a new 24.2 MP CMOS unit that combines with DIGIC 6 processing (another first in an EOS Rebel) to improve image quality and speed up processing of those big image files. Normal ISO range is 100-12,800, expandable to 25,600.

Built-in Wi-Fi with NFC makes it easy to establish a connection and wirelessly transfer images to compatible smart devices, print images with a WiFi printer and even control the camera remotely from a smart device.

For viewfinder shooting, there’s 19-point phase-detection AF, all points being cross types that work with maximum apertures as small as ƒ/5.6. For live-view and video, there’s Canon’s Hybrid CMOS AF II, which combines phase-detection and contrast-detection, and covers 80% of the screen horizontally and vertically. The camera can shoot full-resolution still images at 5 fps, and 1080p video at 30/25/24 fps, plus 1280×720 HDR video at 30 and 25 fps. You can activate 3-10X Movie Digital Zoom to increase the range of your lenses.

Like the T6i, the T6s uses Canon’s LP-E17 lithium-ion battery pack, and gets about 550 shots per charge in viewfinder shooting and 200 in live view (per CIPA standard tests). Dimensions and weight are 5.2×4.0x3.1 inches and 18.4 ounces, respectively. Contact: Canon, www.usa.canon.com.

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