Canon’s T5i and T6i cameras pose a bit of a dilemma for photographers. That’s because photographers may have difficulty, at least initially, understanding how the value differs in these two cameras.
Canon, the manufacturer, delivers great cameras – no question. But what makes one of these cameras of greater value than the other? The kind of value that would justify an increase in price. How much, in other words, has really changed – and hopefully improved – between the Canon T5i and Canon T6i?
To solve the matter conclusively, read on. In this article, you’ll learn what makes each camera valuable. And, perhaps more importantly, you’ll also get a clear sense of which one is right for you.
Summary of Canon T6i and Canon T5i
In a hurry? Don’t worry. You don’t have to read this entire article if time’s an issue. Here are some quick recommendations on which camera to pick based on your situation.
For the photo-sharing “junkie”, sharing photos as much (or more) than taking them
The Canon T6i – it’s the only one with Wifi, allowing easy sharing of photos on Facebook.
For the price-conscious, squeezing pennies as carefully as the camera buttons
The CanonT5i – simply because it’s cheaper.
For the beginner learning photography
The Canon T6i – It offers more features (like 3 new exposure modes) and lets you learn photography on the cutting-edge.
For the paparazzi or other pro
The Canon T6i – It allows you to shoot JPEG images at 180 frames per burst, versus just 22 before (with the T5i).
Ok, let’s roll. On with our look at the two cameras. For there are some specific technical features definitely separating the 2 cameras.
Wifi in a digital camera? You got that right. It seems a bit weird to be writing about Wifi here, but its inclusion is a definite difference. The T6i does indeed include the ability to wirelessly connect to the internet.
You can also easily connect the camera to smart phones. That capability comes thanks to Near Field Communication (NFC) for android devices and a free Canon app on Google play and the App Store (Apple iOS). Another of the wireless features is being able to print wirelessly to those printers with wireless Pictbridge capability.
Canon themselves makes a few such printers, so may check them out. Then again, does wifi and connectivity even matter? That depends really on what you’re using the camera for. It may be a good option if you’re using the camera to get photos and movies to then share heavily with others.
Here, you’ll probably crave connectivity any time, any place. But if that’s not on your mind, this added feature alone may not be enough to choose. You probably need more information, so as to make a decision between the T5i and the T6i. So let’s move on…
The T5i was a leader at the time of its release by having a touch screen. The 3-inch LCD touch screen is mighty 1,040k dots. The screen was also exemplary in its ability to be moved around at various angles (or “articulated”). That flexibility made the T5i fantastic for unusual shots.
And the T6i? More of the same on resolution. It’s also at 1,040k dots. In fact, it’s virtually the same in all other categories too. Nothing’s really changed here. Apart from, say, the screen’s weight. The screen, along with the rest of the T6i, are indeed slightly lighter than the T5i.
But this is not a major difference. The T6i is 19.58 ounces, while the T5i is 20.5 ounces. Hardly anything that you’ll notice.
Then’s there ISO. If you’re comparing cameras this closely, you may already know what ISO means. Still, it never hurts to clarify – especially for those who may not be as clear on it.
So we are clear, ISO shows the sensitivity of your camera to light. When it’s put at high settings, your camera become more sensitive to light. ISO therefore becomes important depending on how well-lit the place you’re taking photos is. If you’re snapping some shots inside, for example, graininess in your photos may become an issue. This would result from using a higher ISO with less light.
Knowing all that, the T5i has an ISO range of 100-25,600. This is the range over which the ISO settings can be adjusted. And the T6i? 100-25,600. No difference. There is a difference, however, and it’s in the sensor. The camera’s sensor also impacts how your photos turn out, so we can discuss it here, in the same “breath” as ISO.
For the T5i, the sensor has a maximum resolution of 18 pixels. Compare that to the T6i with its resolution of 24 megapixels (mbps). This update is a definite difference. Not necessarily earth-shattering. Yet a clear sign that Canon is actively working to distinguish each camera, build upon past efforts, and stay current with the 24 mbps of competing brands.
Exposure are another of the areas where the T6i does indeed differ from its predecessor. With the T6i, you get three more “scene” modes for exposure. These scenes are “kids”, “food”, and “candlelight”. Whether you’ll need these 3 new exposures is up to you. We’re not sure they make much difference, honestly.
If Canon had offered say many more scenes, this might be a clear choice. But 3? Ummm…No. These exposures probably won’t be your sole determination. Speaking of making a determination, we can now do just that. For at this point, the differences between the 2 cameras are pretty clear. Which is to say that, aside from features like an increase in megapixels – there’s not a tremendous amount which has changed between these models.
You can’t go wrong with the updates we’ve covered. On the other hand, if you’re price conscious, then the T5i will more than suffice. It may be “older”, but it’s still a best-selling camera beloved by countless photographers.