Canon Rebel T6 1300D vs T5 1200D vs T6i 750D vs Nikon D3300

March 24, 2016

Canon Rebel T6 camera with colorful background

In this article, I’ll compare the Canon EOS Rebel 1300D / T6 vs 1200D / T5, T6i / 750D and Nikon D3300 (most popular DSLR camera on amazon.com as of the time of writing, so I added it to this comparison as well).

All of these cameras are entry-level compact DSLR cameras. Before we start learning more about the new T6 and compare it against the other cameras, let’s first take a look at the current prices for each one.

  • T6i / 750D (+ 18-55mm): ~$750
  • T6 / 1300D (+ 18-55mm): ~$550
  • Nikon D3300 (+ 18-55mm): ~$450
  • T5 / 1200D (+ 18-55mm): ~$400

* rounded up prices via amazon.com as of 3/24/2016. Visit amazon.com for updates prices.

As you can see from the above price comparison table, the T6i/750 is an upper entry-level model and costs around $350 more than the T5 and $200 more than the new Canon Rebel T6. The T6 is around $150 more expensive than its predecessor, the T5. Keep in mind that all these prices are for the 18-55mm kit because as of the time of writing, the T6 / 1300D is only offered as a kit and not body only, so I compared it against other kits.

Canon Rebel T6 / EOS 1300D

OK, now it’s time to learn more about the new T6 and see if there is anything to get excited about. The Canon T6 is aimed at beginners, but it also a good fit for enthusiasts on a very tight budget, photographers who prefer spending most of the budget on an extra lens or a better lens than the kit offering. It also a good choice for travelers either want to travel relatively light and prefer a small DSLR body, they are on a tight budget, they prefer to leave their more expensive pro DSLR at home or they are on a tight budget and this is the best they can buy at that moment.

The Canon EOS 1300D / T6 replaces the T5, but boasts relatively minor differences, including faster processor, higher resolution display, ‘White priority’ White Balance mode, food scene mode, as well as WiFi and NFC wireless connectivity.  The T6 uses the same 18-megapixel image sensor, AF system, video capabilities and all the other features of the T5. No that that wireless connectivity is a nice addition because it makes it easier to transfer your images and videos to your smartphone. It’s very useful for travelers who might opt for capturing photos with their smartphone, but now that it’s easy to shoot with a DSLR and share images, they might prefer to shoot with a DSLR for its better image quality, low-light performance, lens selection and the ability to create photos with very shallow depth of field effect.

On the outside, the T6/1300D looks almost identical to the T5/1200D, with some cosmetic change and it looks less rounded and it’s now more streamlines with the other cameras in the lineup.

Canon T6 vs T5 side by side size comparison

Canon T6 vs T5 side by side size comparison (via camerasize.com)

In my opinion, one of the most important addition is the Wi-Fi and NFC connectivity. NFC makes it easier for people to bind their smartphone or tablet device with the camera. It also makes it easier to bind the T with the Connection Station C5100 device if you have it at home.

The T6 can also capture very high-quality photos in low light and has a native ISO 100-6400 range, which can also be expanded up to ISO 12800 when shooting in very limited light conditions. Just attack a fast prime lens on it (e.g. 50mm f/1.4), and you’ll able to shoot in almost any light conditions.

So although there isn’t anything overwhelmy excited to talk about when we compare it to the T5, on its own, the T6 is a great little camera. It can take gorgeous pictures in low-light, it is relatively small and lightweight (check out camerasize.com and compare it versus other DSLR cameras), it has wireless connectivity,3-inch 920K high-resolution display, good ergonomics and buttons that offers quick access to change camera settings, built-in pop-up flash, 3fps burst, 1080p30/24fps video recording and optical viewfinder. As I mentioned, it’s a beginner’s camera, if you need more, you’ll need to check out Canon’s more expensive entry-level models or pick up a mid-range DSLR.

T6 1300D vs T5 1200D vs T6i 750D vs D3300

As I mentioned before, the Canon EOS 1300D/Revel T6  can appeal to a very large audience, but it’s mainly aimed for beginners and enthusiasts on a very tight budget.  People who pick this camera are those who appreciate the advantages of a DSLR camera in general, prefer a DSLR over mirrorless for its better battery life (you can shoot only via the viewfinder, which saved battery) and those who prefer Canon’s lens selection.

Canon T6, T5, T6i and Nikon D3300 cameras side by side

Canon T6, T5, T6i and Nikon D3300 cameras side by side (via camerasize.com)

Canon Rebel T6 /
EOS 1300D /
Kiss X80
Canon Rebel T5 /
EOS 1200D /
Kiss X70
Canon Rebel T6i /
EOS 750D /
Kiss X8i
Nikon D3300
Announced March 10, 2016February 12, 2014February 6, 2015January 7, 2014
Build QualityCompositeCompositeAluminum alloy chassis, composite exteriorCarbon fibre plastic composite
Weather SealedNoNoNoNo
None of the cameras have weathersealing protection.
Sensor18.0MP (effective)
22.3 × 14.9 mm (APS-C)
CMOS
Low-pass filter
18.0MP (effective)
22.3 × 14.9 mm (APS-C)
CMOS
Low-pass filter
24.2MP (effective)
22.3 x 14.9 mm (APS-C)
CMOS
Low-pass filter
24.2MP (effective)
23.5x15.6 mm (APS-C)
CMOS
DX Format

No OLPF
Both the D3300 and 750D have the same sensor resolution, higher than the T5 and T6. The D3300 is the only camera among the three that lacks an optical low-pass filter, which should help the D3300 produce sharper and more detailed image, but at the cost of more visible moire in certain type of scenes.
ISO100 - 6400
12800 (extended)
100 - 6400
12800 (extended)
100 - 12800
25600 (extended)
SO 100-12,800
Hi-1 25,600 (extended)
Both the 750D/T6i and D3300 have a broader ISO range of one stop compared to the T5 and T6.
Image ProcessorDigic 4+Digic 4Digic 6Expeed 4
The new Rebel T6 features an updated image processor. According to Wikipedia, Canon claims that the new DIGIC 4+ processor is 60% faster than the original DIGIC 4 processor.

The DIGIC 6 has improved low-light and AF performance, provides 60p at Full HD movie recording as well as improved stabilization. In 2016 Canon has introduced the DIGIC 7, used in the PowerShot G7 X Mark II, but it's not used in the T6.
AF System9 AF points (1 cross type center)9 AF points (one center cross-type AF point)Hybrid CMOS III

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

Range: EV -0.5 -18
Nikon Multi-CAM 1000

11 point AF (1 cross type center)

Range: EV -1 -19
The Canon T6i has the most advanced AF system for Live View and video recording compared to the other three. It uses Canon's latest Hybrid CMOS III which has proven to be super fast and very accurate for subject tracking.

Regarding stills, the T6i has more AF points and all of them are cross-type, which provide the camera with more accurate subject tracking performance. All the other cameras have 1 AF point which is cross type.
Metering Sensor--7560-pixel RGB+IR
63 segments

Spot: 3.5% of frame

Range: EV 1-20
420-pixel RGB

Spot: 2.5% of frame

Range: EV 0-20 (Matrix or center-weighted)

EV 2-20 (Spot metering)
The Canon rebel T6i has a much more advanced light metering sensor, which is new to the Rebel series. It uses IR color info to further optimize the accuracy of the light metering sensor.
It also helps the camera focus faster and more accurately.
Shutter Speed30 - 1/4000 sec30 - 1/4000 sec30 - 1/4000 sec30 - 1/4000 sec
Pop-up FlashYesYesYesYes
ViewfinderPentamirror
95% coverage
0.80x magnification
Pentamirror
95% coverage
0.80x magnification
Pentamirror
95% coverage
0.82x magnification
Pentamirror
95% coverage
0.85x magnification
LCD3.0"
Fixed
920K-dots
3.0"
Fixed
460K-dots
3.0"
Touchscreen
Vari-angle
1040K dots
3.0"
921K-dots
Fixed
The Canon EOS 750D has the best display among the four, it has the highest resolution, it's vari-angle and the camera offers touch operation via the touchscreen.
Burst3 fps3 fps5 fps

Buffer size: 940 JPEG / 8 RAW
5 fps

Buffer size: 100 JPEG / 6 RAW
Movie Recording
*NTSC
1080p30/24
720p60
480p30

MP4/H.264 (IPB)
Monaural sound
1080p30/24
720p60
480p30

MP4/H.264 (IPB)
Monaural sound
1080p30/24
720p60/30
480p30

MP4/H.264 (IPB)
Stereo sound
1080p60/30/24
720p60
640x424 pixels 30fps

Stereo sound
Mic InputNoNoYesYes
Headphone JackNoNoNoNo
The Nikon D3300 is the only camera among the four that offers Full HD video recording at 60 progressive frames, as well as 30p and 24p that the other camera offers. Both the D3300 and the 750D have mic input, the T6 and T5 lacks this feature.

The 750D / T6i however has the biggest advantage, and that its Hybrid CMOS III AF system, which means that the camera utilizes phase-detection pixels and the information from the contrast-detection sensor (aka Hybrid AF) to provide photographers with much faster and more accurate subject tracking performance and better AF performance when shooting movies or capturing stills in Live View.
Clean HDMINoNoYesYes
WirelessWi-fi / NFCOptional (via Eyefi card)Wi-fi / NFCOptional (WU-1a wireless mobile adapter)
Both the T6 and T6i have built-in Wi-Fi and NFC, which is essential if you want to effortlessly share your images with friends on social networks or just transfer them to your phone for later use or for backup.

The Nikon D3300 and the T5 lack a built-in wireless connectivity, but you have optional accessories that you can buy to enable this feature.
Battery Life
(CIPA)
500 shots500 shots440 shots700 shots
The D3300 has really impressive battery life for its size.
Dimensions129 x 101 x 78 mm (5.08 x 3.98 x 3.07″)130 x 100 x 78 mm (5.12 x 3.94 x 3.07″)132 x 101 x 78 mm (5.2 x 3.98 x 3.07″)124 x 98 x 76 mm (4.88 x 3.86 x 2.99″)
Weight485 g (1.07 lb / 17.11 oz)480 g (1.06 lb / 16.93 oz)555 g (1.22 lb / 19.58 oz)430 g (0.95 lb / 15.17 oz)
Built-in GPSNoNoNoNo

Conclusion

As we’ve mentioned earlier, the Canon Rebel T6 / EOSD 1300D adds only little compared to its predecessor the T5 / 1200D. You get a newer processor, a new ‘white priority’ WB mode that helps produce more neutral color in tungesten lighting, there is the new food scene mode, higher resolution display, Wi-Fi / NFC and a slight cosmetic change to the camera shell.  Is it worth an extra $150, I’m not sure.

Having Wireless connectivity is very useful nowadays, but you can always transfer your images after you come back home. If it’s a camera for traveling, it might be more important, because you’ll want to share some images the moment you take them, rather after you get back to the hotel.

I think that this announcement is better for the T5, because  the price will probably get lower in the upcoming weeks after the T6 is released. The Canon Rebel T6i / EOS 750D is more advanced. It has better build quality, broader native ISO range, faster processor, much more advanced AF system, slightly larger Viewfinder, faster burst, articulating touch-screen display, mic input to improve video’s audio quality. It’s better for those who demand better AF performance for both still and videos and also plan to shoot many videos with it – it’s an excellent Hybrid camera.

The Nikon D3300 is one of my favorites entry-level DSLRs. It’s behind the T6i in terms of AF performance, but it’s AF system has a slightly broader sensitivity range. It offers 1080p 60fps, which the other camera lack and has a great battery life. It does lack built-in wireless connectivity, there is no mic input,  it has a smaller buffer than the T6i, it lacks an articulating touch-screen display as the T6i and it features less advanced light metering sensor.

That being said, it costs around $300 less than the T6o/750D. I know many people who would prefer to put that extra money in an extra lens and be fully satisfied with what the D3300 has to offer. If you don’t need a strong video features nor a super fast subject-tracking performance, the D3300 is an excellent alternative. This is one reason why the D3300 is so popular. It’s an excellent camera for beginners and even enthusiasts on tight budget. When I bought the D3300 I purcahsed it with the 18-55mm and 70-300mm lenses, and I had a blast with it. Image quality is superb, and if you plan to shoot in low-light, get a fast prime, but image quality is amazing nevertheless.

Price wise, the D3300 still holds its place strong. It cost around $100 less than T6, but in some areas it’s even better than the T6. It has larger viewfinder, faster burst, mic input, better battery life, more AF points, broader ISO range and higher sensor resolution. Like Canon, The D3300 does lack wireless connectivity, which might make it less attractive for those who need this feature.

So the T6 does have something to offer and it does fills up the gap in Canon’s lineup, while enjoying updated features that makes it more attractive to potential customers, that until now might opted to go with the D3300 instead of the T5.

So which one do you prefer? – Share your opinion in the comments section below. Thanks for reading.



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