Canon is one of the most well known camera companies around the world and has a die hard following like no other that stays up to date on all the latest and greatest that Canon has to offer. But what if you’re not a Canon super fan and all those letters and numbers mean nothing to you because you just want to make sure that you are buying the camera that makes the most sense for you? This series will be covering the line-up with comparisons and each ending with a summary and my pick between the two featured cameras.
-The entry level
Every camera manufacturer usually has one or two entry level cameras that offer all the basic necessities to get going in a interchangeable lens system at a comfortable price point. Canon is no different and has two offerings in this department the T6 and the SL2.
Sensor size: APS C
MP Count: 18mp
Processor: Digic 4+ processor, ISO range 100-6400 (12,800 expanded)
Autofocus system: 9 point
Frame rate: 3fps, 6 shot RAW buffer
Video: 1080p @ 24 and 30fps, 720p @ 60fps
Modes: Manual, Shutter priority, Aperture priority, Program, Auto, Creative Auto, Portrait, Landscape, Close-up, Sports, Food, and Night Portrait
Features: Wifi/NFC and pop-up flash
Strengths: cost, comes in a kit, light, and you have an interchangeable lens system
Weaknesses: No flippy twisty screen, low megapixel count, poor dynamic range, slow shooting, old autofocus system, plasticy feel
Cost: $449.98 after $300 instant savings
Summary: The Canon T6 is one-hundred percent an entry level camera that offers the absolute bare necessities to get started with using an interchangeable lens design. The benefits of that is that it helps keep the price low because of the lack of bells and whistles but it may make you want to upgrade your camera to something that packs more features sooner than if you went one step above it.
Sensor size:APS C
MP Count: 24.2
Processor: Digic 7, ISO 100- 25,600
Autofocus system: 9 point Dual Pixel
Frame rate: 5fps 6 shot RAW buffer
Video: 1080p @ 24 and 30fps, 720p @ 60fps, 1080p Time-Lapse @ 30fps
Modes: Creative Zone, Program AE (shiftable), Shutter-priority, Aperture-priority, Manual, Auto, Flash Off, Creative Auto, Portrait, Group Photo, Landscape, Sports, Kids, Close-up, Food, Candlelight, Night Portrait, Handheld Night Scene, HDR Backlight Control, Grainy B/W, Soft Focus, Fish-eye effect, Water painting effect, Toy camera effect, Miniature effect
Features: Flippy Twisty screen, Touch screen function, Wifi,
Strengths: Compact size, improved ISO range, higher resolution, improved processor, fully articulating screen, touch screen system, Dual Pixel AF, feature packed, great for vlogging, lightweight, can buy body only and pair with any lenses you want or use your existing Canon lenses
Weaknesses: speed, AF points, not weather sealed, still lots of plastics, small size can be bad for people with big hands
Cost: Body Only: $549.99, with 18-55mm lens: $599.99
Summary: Even though the SL2 can be grouped in as an entry level camera it offers far more features and convenience than it’s cheaper counterpart the T6. If you know straight off the bat that fast action isn’t going to be something that you will be shooting very often than this camera will fit 95 percent of all your needs as a beginner and even moving into that pro-amatuer area. The Sl2s twisty flippy touch screen puts you in this century for technology and convenience. Also it’s Dual Pixel Auto Focus makes it fantastic for smooth and accurate transitions and focus point changes during video.
Final Summary: Compared to the rest of the line up both of these cameras are great for the budget minded person. However the SL2 with all of it’s features and creature comforts just leaves the T6 in the dust. It’s 24.2MP sensor and Digic 7 processor alone makes the T6 look like a dinosaur, but adding the improved autofocus system, touch screen system, and twisty flippy screen just rubs it in the face of the T6 even more. So if you are looking for a camera that will give amazing auto systems and functions to capture all those important life moments, a pro-am body that will give you great results, a nice lightweight and small video camera, and much much more than the SL2 is the one for you.
The next upcoming comparison will be the wonder twins the T7i and the 77D.