Canon EOS Rebel T6s / 760D

24.2MP APS-C CMOS sensor | Top plate status LCD | Hybrid CMOS AF III focusing

What we like:

  • Good image quality
  • 3" articulating touch screen
  • Wi-Fi and NFC

What we don't:

  • Simplistic subject tracking
  • Dynamic range still lacking
  • Poor battery life when compared to DSLR rivals

The Canon EOS Rebel T6s (EOS 760D in most regions) is one of two Rebels built around a 24.2 megapixel APS-C sensor. The T6s offers a significant redesign for the Rebel line, bringing with it a rear thumb wheel and top-plate LCD screen.

Those additions represent a welcome change for the Rebel line in terms of ergonomics, though some users with larger hands may still find the grip too small. The back of the camera is dominated by a fully articulating and responsive LCD touchscreen, offering plenty of flexibility for live view shooting and image playback. One change for the worse is battery life which, at 440 shots per charge, is far below the average for this class.

Also new for the Rebel T6s is an autofocus system based on that from the original EOS 7D: that is, much more sophisticated than anything in previous Rebels, though not thoroughly cutting edge by today's (and the competition's) standards. The system offers 19 cross-type AF points in viewfinder shooting, and Hybrid CMOS AF III focusing in live view. Although continuous AF with a single AF point is quite good, as one would expect from a DSLR, the ability of the camera to automatically select AF points to stick with your subject is quite limited, and there's no face detection available in viewfinder shooting. However, face detection and tracking in live view is very reliable, but you may experience significant hunting in continuous AF and video.

"The new 24.2 megapixel sensor offers an increase in resolution over previous Rebels with no real drawbacks."

As to be expected from the Rebel line, image quality is solid. The new 24.2 megapixel sensor offers an increase in resolution over previous Rebels with no real drawbacks; dynamic range is marginally improved, and high ISO performance remains competitive. JPEG output features the pleasant color response, natural skin tones and well-balanced noise reduction that helped build Canon's reputation in digital photography.

In terms of video, the T6s is somewhat lacking in resolution and frame rates (there's no 4K or 60p options), but the Hybrid CMOS AF III means autofocus in video is much more useable than contrast-detect only systems found in many rivals. There's also an HDR mode that offers a tangible improvement in dynamic range for video, though it only works at 720/30p and below. In general, video quality looks decent in both bright and low light.

The T6s represents a substantial update for Canon's Rebel line. Though its Raw dynamic range and autofocus tracking lag behind the best cameras for the money, its combination of an intuitive touchscreen interface, tried-and-true ergonomics and solid JPEG and Raw image quality makes it a good choice if you want to buy into the Canon ecosystem. 

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