Rebel entry-level camera showdown: Canon EOS Rebel T7i vs. T6i

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    Making sense of Canon’s entry-level DSLR line (generally known as Rebels right here within the U.S.) is just not precisely straightforward. Whereas the nomenclature is usually easy sufficient to grasp — the upper the quantity, the newer the mannequin — figuring out the precise variations between generations might be considerably troublesome. That is very true when specs could learn the identical however are, in truth, completely different, as is the case with the 24-megapixel sensors discovered within the two cameras we’re evaluating right here: The EOS Rebel T7i and EOS Rebel T6i.

    Each of those fashions are more likely to present up on the radar of a newbie photographer searching for his or her first “actual” digicam, however their similarities could result in some head-scratching. In any case, from the surface, they give the impression of being almost an identical. Every has the identical viewfinder, identical Three-inch touchscreen, and (nearly) an identical management structure. For some potential prospects, the choice could possibly be made with a coin flip. Others will doubtless gravitate towards the cheaper one. However as related because the T7i and T6i are, there are a number of vital variations price paying attention to, and there’s a motive why we referred to as the T7i Canon’s most refined Rebel to date in our overview.


    Being the older of the 2, it ought to come as no shock that the T6i makes due with some underpowered in comparison with the T7i. The picture processor — the half chargeable for truly studying the info off of the picture sensor, tweaking colour and tone curves, making use of noise discount, and sending the picture file to the reminiscence card — could make a giant distinction in efficiency, and the T6i makes use of the older Digic 6 processor whereas the T7i has the newer Digic 7.

    One factor this implies is that the T7i can shoot at 6 frames per second constantly, versus simply 5 on the T6i. That 1 fps enhance could not sound spectacular, however that’s a 20-percent enchancment and will imply the distinction between nailing the proper motion shot or lacking it totally.

    When you do wish to shoot any motion, from youngsters’ soccer video games to air racing, the actual good thing about the T7i is the autofocus system. It has 49 factors in comparison with the T6i’s 19, providing fairly a bit extra flexibility.


    By and huge, the 2 cameras share an identical interfaces. So far as exterior buttons go, there is just one notable distinction: The addition of a wi-fi connectivity shortcut key on the again of the T7i. Each cameras provide Wi-Fi and NFC, however the T7i additionally makes use of Bluetooth for hassle-free connections to Canon’s cellular app.

    On the software program facet, the T7i gives one thing very distinctive: A guided menu system that Canon calls the Function Assistant. It’s designed to assist get new customers up and working as shortly as attainable, and replaces the usual Canon consumer interface with a simplified model that illustrates the completely different taking pictures modes with footage and plain-English explanations. It’s designed particularly for the contact interface, making it very approachable for the brand new era of photographers who grew up with smartphones.

    Skilled customers can flip the Function Assistant off and the T7i will revert to the usual interface, so that you’re not giving something up by having it.

    Picture high quality

    Each cameras have the identical decision — roughly 24 megapixels — however the sensor within the T7i is definitely a totally completely different unit, inherited from the EOS 80D. Mixed with the brand new processor, it boasts improved low-light taking pictures, with a better most ISO setting of 51,200 in comparison with 25,600 on the T6i. It additionally gives elevated dynamic vary, serving to to protect element in high-contrast scenes (assume sunny days with vibrant skies and darkish shadows on the bottom).

    Nevertheless, in observe, these variations could have little impact on perceptual picture high quality within the majority of conditions. To really reap the benefits of the sensor in both of those cameras, you’ll have to shoot in RAW, however most rookies could discover it simpler to easily keep on with JPEGs. A RAW file might be altered to drag out the utmost element of a picture, however a JPEG simply isn’t as malleable. So except you’re prepared to place within the further work, you won’t discover the distinction between the 2 sensors.


    Each the T6i and T7i shoot Full HD 1080p video, however the T7i can do it at as much as 60 frames per second, in comparison with simply 30 on the T6i. Neither goes to win awards for video high quality, particularly at a time when so many different cameras have already embraced 4K decision. So as an alternative, the controversy between the video modes in these two Rebels comes right down to which is the extra practical, and the T7i wins simply.

    That is once more because of the brand new sensor, which employs Canon’s improved on-chip section detection expertise referred to as Twin Pixel Autofocus (DPAF). Historically, when in dwell view mode (as is required for taking pictures video), DSLRs are notoriously gradual to focus. DPAF modified the sport. It’s so easy and correct that you simply’ll really feel such as you’re taking pictures video on a camcorder. It makes the method of recording house motion pictures almost easy, and for those who shoot quite a lot of video, this can be motive sufficient to choose the T7i over the T6i.


    On the time of writing, the T6i 18-55mm lens kit retails for just $599, whereas the T7i with the 18-55mm lens goes for $799. That $200 premium for the newer mannequin is a big chunk of change, notably for novice customers for whom images is extra of a pastime than a occupation.

    For a lot of customers and in most typical conditions, the T6i will most likely additionally yield equally good outcomes because the T7i. That makes it the higher purchase for informal photographers on a finances, however these with the cash to burn will discover extra to like within the T7i. 

    For rookies, the brand new Function Assistant and streamlined wi-fi connectivity are nice, whereas DPAF makes taking pictures sharp movies a breeze. Aspiring fanatics may also respect that the T7i leaves way more room to develop into, with a higher-density autofocus system, sooner efficiency, and better most ISO. It additionally has a modest picture high quality edge that may please pixel-peepers seeking to push their gear to the boundaries.

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