Canon T6s / 760D vs T6i / 750D vs T5i / 700D vs 70D

April 30, 2015

Canon T6s camera on a dark blue background

In this article I’ll compare the new Canon Rebel T6i / EOS 750D versus Revel T6s / EOS 760D, T5i / 700D vs 70D. All fourare DSLR cameras. Both the T6i and T6s are the new releases, and I will compare them both versus the an older generation but popular camera, the T5i.  If you are planing to but a new DSLR or upgrading your current camera to one of the new models, this comparison articles is for you.

Canon EOS 750D/T6i and EOS 760D/T6s Introduction

Before we get into the comparison, I want you to know a bit more about the two new DSLR cameras that Canon announced on February 6, 2015. Among the two, the T6s is the more advanced and more expensive one. As of the time of writing, the T6s costs approx. $850 (body only) on and $1200 with the 18-135mm lens. Whether the T6i costs approx. $750 and $1100 with the 18-135mm lens.  Both cameras are considered as top end entry-level tier cameras.

So the differences between the T6i and the T6s is only about $100. So what the T6s has that the T6i does not?

  • HDR movie mode
  • Weights 10 grams more (0.03 lb / 0.05 oz more)
  • 0.2m taller
  • Has a top LCD panel
  • Viewfinder shows an electronic level
  • Movie digital zoom while shooting
  • More advanced control layout
  • Tracking autofocus (Servo AF) in Live View
  • Eye sensor for the viewfinder
  • Quick control dial on the back (instead of buttons)

Both cameras have new sensor, autofocus system, new image processor, new metering sensor (RGB+IR), Clean HTML and NFC/Wi-Fi connectivity.

750D vs 760D camera size comparison

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The T6s / 760D was designed to appeal to more advanced photographers. It carries a designed that is closer to the Canon EOS 70D than its predecessor, the Rebel T5i. You’ll need to decide whether those extra features worth $100 or whether it would be smarter to invest that money in a better lens or additional accessories.

Both cameras has a variety of advanced features that will satisfy the demands of both beginners and enthusiast photographers as well. You’ll enjoy a brand new 24.2 MP CMOS sensor, Canon’s latest Digic 6 image processor, Full HD video recordin,g 5 fps burst shooting, Canon’s latest Hybrud CMOS AF III autofocusing system (contrast AF + phase-detect AF) with 19 AF points (all cross-type), creative filters, Canon’s latest RGB_IR metering sensor and a lot more!

So what is that RGB+IR metering sensor that everyone is talking about? – This is the same AF sensor technology first introduced in the Canon EOS 7D Mark II, although it has only 7560 pixels instead of 150,000-pixel.

The T6i and T5i sensors feature the same RGB+IR metering sensor. In this technology, the sensor features IR pixels to detect infrared light. This helps the EOS scene detection system to do a better analysis of the scene and improve the AF accuracy. Furthermore, the camera utilizes that IR information together with RGB pixels to more accurately majoring brightness, color information and faces.

It’s great to see Canon implementing one of its latest and advanced technologies into these two relatively low-tier cameras. This means that beginners can enjoy a speedy and accurate AF performance that until now existed only in more advanced cameras.

Before we move on, here’s a useful overview of the the cameras made by

Now that you’ve got a better understanding over the differences between the T6s and T6i,  it’s time to move on to the comparison section.

T6s vs T5i vs 70D

Because the amount of differences between the T6s and T6i aren’t that big and you’ve already become familiar with them in the section above, I’ve decided to omit the T6i in the comparison table. I will emphasize the areas where there is a change between the T6s and T6i, but I thought it would be easier to read when I just focus on the T6s and present to you a four column table instead of five, just saying.

So let’s take a closer look at the specs differences between those three cameras. Let’s see whether you should buy the 70D instead of the T6s, or whether the T6s offer a better value instead.  You can also get a good look of the key differences between the T5i / 700D and the T6s, so you’ll know whether it’s worth upgrading from the older model or not.

Rebel T6s / 760DRebel T5i / 700DEOS 70D
AnnouncedFebruary 6, 2015March 21, 2013July 2, 2013
The T6s is a new-gen camera, features some technologies that weren't available back when the T5i and 70D were announced, and you'll see those in this comparison table.
Build QualityAluminum alloy chassis, composite exteriorStainless Steel and polycarbonate resin with glass fiberAluminum alloy chassis, composite exterior
Weather SealingNoNowater and dust resistance 'equivalent to the EOS-1N' (shouldn't be used in rain)

"even under adverse weather conditions or any outdoor shooting environment" -- "***Not recommended to use in the rain" (source
Shutter Life100,000-cycle100,000-cycle100,000-cycle
All three cameras are very durable and built to last. The 70D does have an advantage as it offers weather sealing, which means better protection against dust and humidity, but it's not recommended to use it in the rain as it's not designed for this purpose.
Sensor24.2MP (effective)
22.3 x 14.9 mm (APS-C)
Low-pass filter
Anti-dust System
18.0MP (effective)
22.3 x 14.9 mm (APS-C)
Low-pass filter
Anti-dust System
20.2MP (effective)
22.5 x 15.0 mm (APS-C)
Low-pass filter
Fluorine coating
Anti-dust System
All three cameras offer high resolution image output, with the 760D offering the highest resolution and the 700D the lowest of the three. It's not a big difference resolution wise, so I wouldn't give a big weight on this.

The fluorine coating of the 70D helps to repel oils, solvents and mold spores.

The T6s does have a new generation sensor, so in the next section we'll see whether this new sensor offers better high ISO performance than the other two cameras.
Image ProcessorDigic 6Digic 5Digic 5+
The Digic 6 is Canon's most powerful image processor to date.
The Digic 5+ offers enhancements to the Digic 5 and it's 17x faster than Digic 4. It also provided improved nosie reduction performance and more advanced signal processing.

The Digic 6 introduced in 2013 offer various improvements over the Digic 5, including better low-light performance, improved AF algorithms, improved performance (up to 14 fps), 1080p60 (progressive scan) video recording capability, improved digital image stabilization for movies.

The Digic 5+ is used in Canon's high-end cameras like the EOS-1D X, 6D, 5D Mark III.

The Digic 6 is used in the lower-end tier including the PowerShot S120, PowerShot G16, G1 X Mark II but also in Canon EOS M3 mirrorless camera.

So it seems that the Digic 5+ is optimized for the high-end models, whether the Digic 6 is optimized for the hardware of the lower-tier cameras, but this is just an assumption based on the implementation of the sensor on various Canon cameras.
ISO Range100 - 12800
Boost: 25600
Auto: up to ISO6400
100 - 12800
Boost: 25600
Auto: up to ISO12800
100 - 12800
Boost: 25600
Auto: up to ISO12800
Pixel Sizeapprox. 3.72 µmapprox. 4.3 µmapprox. 4.1 µm
High ISO
T6s vs T5i: The high ISO performance is very similar up to ISO1600, but from that point on we can see that the T6s does a better job maintaining less chroma noise.

This is great considering that the T6s has smaller pixels due to its higher resolution. I'm very glad to see this, which means that the new sensor and the new processor helps the T6s to outperform the T5i in high ISO test (I've checked it on imaging resource comparometer tool), but again, the differences is not big and only visible at upper ISO sensitivity levels, mostly above ISO 3200.

T6s vs 70D: There is very little difference between the two, but the 70D seems to have slightly less noise in msot part.

All the three cameras have showed impressive results overall. It's great to see this considering the resolution difference.

I did compare the T6s vs T6i and was surprised to see that the T6s being slightly better than the T6i, showing less image noise. It's a very small difference, and I would ignore it.

So all in all: 70D takes the first place, T6s/T6i the second place and T5i the last place, but the differences aren't substantial. If Canon had went with a 18MP on the T6s, we probably would had seen a much better improvement.
AF SystemHybrid CMOS III

19 AF points (all cross-type - f/2.8 at center)

Range: EV -0.5 -18

Hybrid CMOS AF

9 AF points (all cross-type - f/2.8 at center)

Range: EV -0.5 -18
Dual Pixel CMOS AF

19 AF points (all cross-type - f/2.8 at center)

Range: EV -0.5 -18

+/- 20 steps (wide and tele setting for Zooms)

- Adjust up to 40 lenses individually

- Adjust all lenses by same amount

- Remembered by the serial number of the lens
The 70D does offer AF microadjustment, which is a feature highly demanded by professional and enthusiast photographers.

This allows photographers to move the sharpest plane of focus forward or backwards and do it per lens. This is very important for critical work where sharpness has to be spot-on.

You can view more info in this quick video guide by PhotoRec Toby in this link.

Furthermore, both the T6s and T6i inherit the 70D advanced autofocus system, with the T5i trailing behind with a less advanced system.

This means better accuracy and speedier and more accurate AF tracking performance of the in favor of the T6s/T6i and 70D. So if AF performance is important to you, you should give more weight to those cameras.
Predictive AFup to 10mup to 10mUp to 8m
Both the T5i, T6s and T6i have longer range for the predictive AF to work in.
Metering Sensor7560-pixel RGB+IR
63 segments

Spot: 3.5% of viewfinder

Range: EV 1-20
63-zone SPC

Spot: 4% of viewfinder

Range: EV 1-20
63-zone Dual Layer

Spot: 3.0% of viewfinder

Range: EV 1-20
The new T6s and T6i utilize Canon's latest metering sensor technology innovation. The new metering sensor now better understands how to read color and intelligently used it to promote better AF decisions based on its scene recognition system.
Shutter Speed30 - 1/4000 sec30 - 1/4000 sec30 - 1/8000 sec
The 70D is the only camera among the three (actually four if you add the T6i) that offers 1/8000 sec shutter speed. This helps photographers to gain more control over the exposure and allows them to have better results when shooting very fast moving subjects.
WB color
Temperature Settings
WB BracketingYesYesYes
95% coverage

0.82x magnification

Eye sensor (T6s)
95% coverage

0.85x magnification

Eye sensor
98% coverage

0.95x magnification
The Canon EOS 70D has a larger and brighter viewfinder, utilizing pentaprism instead of pentamirror.
LCD Monitor3.0"
1040K dots
1040K dots
1040K dots
All the four cameras have a touchscreen. That said, all feature a high-quality high-res large display which make it easy to inspect focus and sharpness when shooting outdoors. Nothing extraordinary here, but Canon DSLRs monitors are known for their high quality, and the ones on the new T6i and T6s are not exception.

I personally don't care about the touchscreen operation, but I'm sure that some people would prefer it if some other family members want to use the camera, and they have less experience in operating a DSLR camera. So it might become helpful in those situations.
Flash12m Built-in pop-up
1/200 sec sync speed
13m Built-in pop-up
1/200 sec sync speed
12m Built-in pop-up
1/250 sec sync speed
Flash Exposure Compensation'+/- 2EV in 1/2 or 1/3 increments+/- 2EV in 1/2 or 1/3 increments+/- 3EV in 1/2 or 1/3 increments
Flash BracketingYes (via external flash)Yes (via external flash)Yes (via external flash)
Burst5 fps

940 JPEG / 8 RAW buffer max speed
5 fps

22 JPEG / 6 RAW buffer max speed
7 fps

65 JPEG / 16 RAW
We can see that the new processor of the T6s and T6i allows the camera to maintain its maximum continuous shooting speed for a longer period of time than the 70D and T5i/700D.
Movie Recording

T6s only: HDR movie 720p30

MP4/H.264 (IPB)
Stereo sound

MP4/H.264 (IPB)
Stereo sound
1080p30/24 (intra or inter frame)
720p60 (intra or inter frame)
480p30 (inter frame)

Stereo sound
Mic InputYesYesYes
Headphone JackNoNoNo
All three cameras offer the same frame rate and resolution. The Canon EOS 70D is better for videos because it offer photographers to choose between two video compression types, so they can get a better quality video shooting intra frame. They can choose shooting with a stronger compression that also leads to smaller video file size. With the other models you are stuck with IPB which is more compressed.

None of these cameras have headphone input so you can't monitor the audio, but all of them offer mic input, which you can connect an external stereo mic and improve the audio capture quality for your videos.
Top LCD PanelT6s: Yes
T6i: No
Both the Canon Reel T6s and Canon EOS 70D have a top LCD for viewing the camera settings. This is useful at times when you want to quickly view the current camera settings without diving into the menu system and without the LCD turned on, which can save battery life as well.
Clean HDMI
Yes Both T6s and T6i)NoNo
RGB HistogramYesYesYes
WirelessWi-Fi / NFCNoWi-Fi
Battery Life440 shots (CIPA)440 shots (CIPA)920 shots (CIPA)
Battery Grip
Dimesions760D: 132 x 111 x 78 mm (5.2 x 4.37 x 3.07″)

750D: 132 x 101 x 78 mm (5.2 x 3.98 x 3.07″)
133 x 100 x 79 mm (5.24 x 3.94 x 3.11″)139 x 104 x 79 mm (5.47 x 4.11 x 3.09″)
Weight760D: 565 g (1.25 lb / 19.93 oz)
750D: 555 g (1.22 lb / 19.58 oz)
580 g (1.28 lb / 20.46 oz)755 g (1.66 lb / 26.63 oz)
Flicker DetectionYesYesNo (?)

AF Performance in Live View and Video Recording

The new Canon T6s (760D) and T6i (750D) both utilize the Hybrid CMOS AF III focus system, whether the 700D/T5i uses the Hybrid CMOS AF system and the 70D uses the Dual Pixel CMOS AF.

The 70D offers superior video and Live View AF performance compared to the Hybrid CMOS AF, around 30% faster from what I’ve read. In thee Dual Pixel CMOS have sensor, all of the pixels on the sensor are able to perform both contrast-based and phase-difference measurement that dramatically improve the AF performance in Live view and Video recording.

The Hybrid CMOS AF III found on the T6s and T6i has more focusing pixels and it’s 4x faster than the Hybrid CMOS AF II found in the EOS 100D. The Dual Pixel CMOS AF is Canon’s most advanced AF system for video recording and live view, but the new Hybrid CMOS AF III now offers an improved speed and offer performance closer to that of the Dual Pixel CMOS AF.


Both the Canon T6s / 760D and the T6i / 750D offer numerous advantages over their predecessor, the T5. Among those advancements are higher-resolution sensor with better high ISO performance,   updated processor,  more advanced AF  system,  better light metering system,  bigger buffer for continuous shooting, HDR movie mode (on the T6s), top LCD panel (on the T6s), Wi-fi and NFC, improved control layout (on the T6s) that should better appeal to advanced photographers and more buttons that offer fast access to frequently used camera settings. If those appeal to you, you should consider buying the T6i or T6s instead of the older model.

I’m not sure whether I would upgrade to the T6i or T6s from the T5i if I was a beginner, but it’s more of a personal preference. I think that more experienced photographers will appreciate and might take advantage of the faster AF system, bigger buffer, but again, you should carefully examine the differences before making up your mind.

The Canon EOS 70D is i no doubt the more advanced camera among the three. It is weather-sealed, offer slightly better high ISO performance (from what I’ve seen), has more advanced AF system (Especially when shooting videos), have lens AF micro adjustment feature, faster maximum shutter speed (twice that of the other cameras), larger pentaprism viewfinder, faster burst, more advanced video shooting functions, much longer better battery life, etc.

The 70D was designed to appeal to experienced photographers and it’s the obvious upgrade path from the entry-level models. It’s still an APS-C camera, so you can still continue to enjoy your APS-C lenses. I had the 70D and I found it an amazing camera to shoot with, it didn’t limited me at all. Now that the T6i and T6s are here, the decision might be a bit harder. The T6s costs only $150 less than the 70D, so it’s not a big difference.

You need to ask yourself whether you will take advantage of what the 70D has to offer that the T6s doesn’t have. I think that if you are an experienced photographer, you should focus on the T6s and the 70D, and for video recording, I would get the 70D instead of the T6s  or the T6i.

All in all, four excellent DSLR cameras that will satisfy your shooting habit or professional needs for years to come. Hope you enjoyed reading this comparison, and if you did, please don’t forget to Like and share it with your friends.

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