The Canon EOS Rebel family tree has two new sprouts: the T6s and T6i DSLRs. Featuring a newly developed 24.2-megapixel Canon CMOS imaging sensor, both cameras deliver the highest resolution available among EOS models with an APS-C format sensor, claims the company. Additionally, the cameras feature built-in Wi-Fi and NFC capabilities.
With multiple features most commonly found in advanced amateur cameras, the T6s is designed for photography enthusiasts, or those who are already experienced with entry-level cameras who want to take high-quality photos and videos, and look for more advanced features and functions. For more casual photography needs, or for users looking to purchase their first DSLR, the T6i camera prioritizes affordability, without sacrificing basic SLR performance attributes like quick shutter response.
The cameras have an ISO range of 100-12800 (expandable to 25600). The high-performance DIGIC 6 image processor helps provide outstanding image quality and speed, says Canon.
The cameras feature Canon’s new Hybrid CMOS AF III image sensor-embedded autofocus system, which allows for high levels of speed and accuracy when capturing Full HD video or high-resolution photos in Live View. This is particularly useful when capturing children playing sports, or animals in the wild, says the company. Both cameras have high-speed continuous shooting up to 5 frames-per-second (fps). For photographers who prefer to compose their images through a viewfinder, the cameras have a 19-point all cross-type AF system offering focus area selection modes.
Brand-new to the EOS Rebel line, the cameras feature built-in wireless capabilities, which allow users to wirelessly transfer images and videos to compatible smartphones and tablets through Canon’s free Camera Connect app. Images and videos can also be shared wirelessly to a wide range of popular social networking sites through Canon iMAGE Gateway. The camera’s built-in NFC (Near Field Communication) allows quick and simple pairing to a compatible Android device, or devices that support NFC. The built-in Wi-Fi functionality also allows users to wirelessly print images to any compatible printer.
Both cameras have a 3-inch Vari-Angle Touch Screen Clear View LCD monitor. This design enables flexible positioning for high or low framed shots, as well as clear viewing even when outdoors in the sunlight, says Canon.
Additionally, the cameras feature the latest version of Canon’s EOS scene analysis system, which helps photographers capture images in a wider range of situations by detecting near-infrared light and flickering light sources.
Also new to the entire EOS system, both models feature colour tone detection, which helps ensure individuals in photographs are properly focused and/or exposed by adjusting both autofocus and exposure metering.
The T6s and T6i feature EOS Movie mode which captures Full HD 1080p resolution video up to 30 fps in MP4 format. Manual exposure control, digital zoom and an external stereo microphone jack are provided in the T6s.
The cameras offer creative filters available as presets for photos and movies. These filters can be displayed in real time during Live View shooting. Users can add in-camera Creative Filters such as Fisheye Effect, Toy Camera Effect and Monochrome mode.
The T6s is the first EOS Rebel class DSLR to feature a top LCD panel, Quick Control Dial, Horizontal Level and built-in HDR movie capabilities. The new camera is also the first model in the EOS Rebel series to feature Servo AF in Live View, allowing continuous tracking of moving subjects during burst mode shooting sequences.
The Canon EOS Rebel T6s and EOS Rebel T6i are scheduled to be available at the end of April. The estimated retail price of the T6s is $929.99 (body only), and $1,279.99 bundled with an EF-S 18-135 STM lens. The EOS Rebel T6i has an estimated retail price of $849.99 (body only), $999.99 bundled with an EF-S 18-55 STM lens, and $1,199.99 bundled with an EF-S 18-135 STM lens.