Over the years, Canon constantly producing DSLR cameras equipped with topnotch technology. Two of those belong to one family series and those are Canon EOS Rebel SL1 and T6i.
Canon EOS Rebel SL1 is one of those DSLR cameras that made a name for itself in the camera world. Many tested its limit and compared it with another DSLR camera with the same class. As a result, for most of it, Canon SL1 is the better option.
We test it ourselves and compared Canon SL1 vs T6. The result is close, but in the end, Canon SL1 still wins our votes. Now we’re going to test its limit again by comparing it with Canon EOS Rebel T6i.
Canon main goal in designing T6i is to provide a faster way to share and transfer images with compatible devices. This makes Canon T6i as the first in EOS Rebel line that has a built-in Wi-Fi and NFC.
Now that we know what the two DSLR cameras become known for, we can move on to their unique features.
The table below will show you a brief comparison of Canon SL1 and T6i.
|Battery||Megapixel||Focus Points||Low Light ISO||Pixel Size||PRICE|
Canon EOS Rebel SL1
|Canon EOS Rebel T6i||510g||LP-E17|
Review of Best Product – Canon SL1 vs T6i
Aside from the portability, Canon SL1 has been known for its enormous performance. And the features that made it possible are:
- Pixel size
The pixel size refers to the amount of area of the sensor that is dedicated to each pixel. This is worth noting because pixel size affects the amount of light that a pixel can collect.
Canon SL1 has 18.5 microns sensor pixel area which is much larger than in T6i (13.8 microns). This means that it has more potential to collect more light which helps to have less noise for High ISO or low light images.
- Full HD video
Aside from creating amazing still images, Canon SL1 can also produce a video in Full HD by using its Full HD Movie Mode. This feature is accompanied by Movie Servo AF and Canon STM lenses to ensure smoother and quieter AF.
- Viewfinder Size
Canon SL1 has a viewfinder magnification of 0.55X which is much larger compared to T6i (0.51X). This is important to know because a larger viewfinder is more convenient to use and brighter too.
Aside from being the first of its line to have wireless connectivity, Canon also upgraded T6i feature and technology to ensure it will stand out from its competitors. Some of these upgrades are:
At first look, you’ll see that the screen of Canon SL1 and T6i are the same. They have a 3-inch screen with touchscreen capability and 1040k dots for resolution.
The only advantage of Canon T6i is, its’ screen is fully articulated. You can capture more angles and even shoot selfies on it easily.
- Focus Points
Focus points refer to the number of different points that a camera can focus on when shooting. This is important because the higher the focus points is the more details it can capture your subject and the background.
For Canon T6i, it has a good focus point of 19; while Canon SL1 only has 9.
- Battery life
Canon T6i is powered by LP-E17 lithium battery. This battery has an output of 7.2V and capacity of 1040mAh. With this, you can capture of up to 440 shots per charge.
Canon T6i also has a battery indicator on its LCD monitor to show the battery level.
- Hybrid CMOS AF III
The AF system helps to provide sharp-quality images by giving an accurate focus even you’re shooting a fast-moving subject. For Canon T6i, it has a Hybrid CMOS AF III which is a more sophisticated AF system to use for video and Live View shooting.
So no matter how unpredictable your subject moves, you can assure that you’ll still get sharp images.
Sharing a common advantage isn’t a surprise for Canon SL1 and T6i since they are under the same manufacturer and EOS Rebel series. First on the list is the superb responsiveness, this includes shutter lag, focus lag and startup delay.
Canon T6i actually has a millisecond advantage to SL1, but since it was close we decided to call it a draw.
Image and video quality-wise, Canon SL1 and T6i both provide great quality as they have a built-in flash which is useful in low-light condition, face detection focus for portrait photography, and external flash shoe for flash photography.
For tough lighting conditions, you can always adjust the AE bracketing.
The only disadvantages we found on Canon SL1 and T6i are they don’t have image stabilization and environment sealing.
These disadvantages aren’t something that you need to worry since there are solutions available that can fix it. Like for image stabilization, you can find compatible lenses that have an IS feature. While for weather sealing, there are the available protective casings for the cameras.
After reading the review, you’ll realize that Canon SL1 and T6i is both a great companion in photography. So, no matter what you choose, you’ll get good-quality images.
But if your skill is leveling up from beginner to intermediate, we recommend you to choose Canon T6i. Image quality-wise, Canon T6i has more advantage since it has a higher low light ISO setting, color depth, and dynamic range. These factors are a big help to capture sharp images in a low-lit to dark environment.
Other good reasons why we chose Canon T6i are listed as follows:
- It also has a much wider flash coverage of 12m compared to Canon SL1 (9.4m).
- The camera can be controlled using your camera just by using the wireless connection.
- Its LCD is selfie-ready.
- Lastly, it supported UHS-I memory cards while Canon SL1 has none.