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Canon 1100D vs T6

The Canon EOS 1100D (called Canon T3 in some regions) and the Canon EOS Rebel T6 (labelled Canon 1300D in some countries) are two digital cameras that were revealed to the public, respectively, in February 2011 and March 2016. Both are DSLR (Digital Single Lens Reflex) cameras that are equipped with an APS-C sensor. The 1100D has a resolution of 12.2 megapixels, whereas the T6 provides 17.9 MP.

Below is an overview of the main specs of the two cameras as a starting point for the comparison.

Headline Specifications
Canon 1100D
versus
Canon T6
Canon 1100D   Canon T6
Digital single lens reflex Digital single lens reflex
Canon EF mount lenses Canon EF mount lenses
12.2 MP, APS-C Sensor 17.9 MP, APS-C Sensor
720/30p Video 1080/30p Video
ISO 100-6,400 ISO 100-6,400 (100 - 12,800)
Optical viewfinder Optical viewfinder
2.7 LCD, 230k dots 3.0 LCD, 920k dots
Fixed screen (not touch-sensitive) Fixed screen (not touch-sensitive)
3 shutter flaps per second 3 shutter flaps per second
700 shots per battery charge500 shots per battery charge
130 x 100 x 78 mm, 495 g 129 x 101 x 78 mm, 485 g

Going beyond this snapshot of core features and characteristics, what are the differences between the Canon EOS 1100D and the Canon EOS Rebel T6? Which one should you buy? Read on to find out how these two cameras compare with respect to their body size, their imaging sensors, their shooting features, their input-output connections, and their reception by expert reviewers.

Body comparison

An illustration of the physical size and weight of the Canon 1100D and the Canon T6 is provided in the side-by-side display below. The two cameras are presented according to their relative size. Three consecutive views from the front, the top, and the rear side are shown. All width, height and depth measures are rounded to the nearest millimeter.

Size Canon 1100D vs Canon T6
Compare 1100D versus T6 top
Comparison 1100D or T6 rear

If the front view area (width x height) of the cameras is taken as an aggregate measure of their size, the Canon 1100D and the Canon T6 are of equal size. However, the T6 is slightly lighter (2 percent) than the 1100D. In this context, it is worth noting that neither the 1100D nor the T6 are weather-sealed.

The above size and weight comparisons are to some extent incomplete since they do not consider the interchangeable lenses that both of these cameras require. In this particular case, both cameras feature the same lens mount, so that they can use the same lenses. You can compare the optics available in the Canon EF Lens Catalog.

The following table provides a synthesis of the main physical specifications of the two cameras and other similar ones. If you want to switch the focus of the display and review another camera pair, you can move across to the CAM-parator tool and choose from the broad selection of possible camera comparisons there.

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Body Specifications
    Camera
Model
Camera
Width
Camera
Height
Camera
Depth
Camera
Weight
Battery
Life
Weather
Sealing
Camera
Launch
Launch
Price (USD)
Street
Price
1.
 
Canon 1100D 130 mm 100 mm 78 mm 495 g 700 n Feb 2011 449i
2.
 
Canon T6 129 mm 101 mm 78 mm 485 g 500 n Mar 2016 449i
3.
 
Canon 2000D 129 mm 101 mm 78 mm 475 g 500 n Feb 2018 449 i
4.
 
Canon 4000D 129 mm 102 mm 77 mm 436 g 500 n Feb 2018 399 i
5.
 
Canon T7 129 mm 101 mm 78 mm 475 g 500 n Feb 2018 449 i
6.
 
Canon T100 129 mm 102 mm 77 mm 436 g 500 n Feb 2018 399 i
7.
 
Canon 1200D 130 mm 100 mm 78 mm 480 g 500 n Feb 2014 449i
8.
 
Canon T5 130 mm 100 mm 78 mm 480 g 500 n Feb 2014 449i
9.
 
Canon SL1 117 mm 91 mm 69 mm 407 g 380 n Mar 2013 549i
10.
 
Canon T5i 133 mm 100 mm 79 mm 580 g 440 n Mar 2013 649i
11.
 
Canon 650D 133 mm 100 mm 79 mm 575 g 440 n Jun 2012 849i
12.
 
Canon G1 X 117 mm 81 mm 65 mm 534 g 250 n Jan 2012 799i
13.
 
Canon SX50 123 mm 87 mm 106 mm 595 g 315 n Sep 2012 429i
14.
 
Canon 600D 133 mm 100 mm 80 mm 570 g 440 n Feb 2011 599i
15.
 
Canon 550D 129 mm 98 mm 62 mm 530 g 440 n Feb 2010 699i
16.
 
Canon 450D 129 mm 98 mm 62 mm 524 g 500 n Jan 2008 799i
17.
 
Canon 1000D 126 mm 98 mm 65 mm 502 g 500 n Jun 2008 449i
Notes: Measurements and pricing do not include easily detachable parts, such as add-on or interchangeable lenses or optional viewfinders.

Any camera decision will obviously take relative prices into account. The retail prices at the time of the camera’s release place the model in the market relative to other models in the producer’s line-up and the competition. The two cameras under review were launched at the same price and fall into the same market segment. Usually, retail prices stay at first close to the launch price, but after several months, discounts become available. Later in the product cycle and, in particular, when the replacement model is about to appear, further discounting and stock clearance sales often push the camera price considerably down.

Sensor comparison

The size of the imaging sensor is a crucial determinant of image quality. A large sensor will generally have larger individual pixels that offer better low-light sensitivity, provide wider dynamic range, and have richer color-depth than smaller pixels in a sensor of the same technological generation. Furthermore, a large sensor camera will give the photographer more possibilities to use shallow depth-of-field in order to isolate a subject from the background. On the downside, larger sensors tend to be associated with larger, more expensive camera bodies and lenses.

Both cameras under consideration feature an APS-C sensor, but their sensors differ slightly in size. The sensor area in the T6 is 3 percent bigger. They nevertheless have the same format factor of 1.6. Both cameras have a native aspect ratio (sensor width to sensor height) of 3:2.

Technology-wise, the T6 uses a more advanced image processing engine (DIGIC 4+) than the 1100D (DIGIC 4), with benefits for noise reduction, color accuracy, and processing speed.

Canon 1100D and Canon T6 sensor measures

With 17.9MP, the T6 offers a higher resolution than the 1100D (12.2MP), but the T6 has smaller individual pixels (pixel pitch of 4.31μm versus 5.15μm for the 1100D). Yet, the T6 is a much more recent model (by 5 years and 1 month) than the 1100D, and its sensor will have benefitted from technological advances during this time that enhance the light gathering capacity of its pixel-units.

The resolution advantage of the Canon T6 implies greater flexibility for cropping images or the possibility to print larger pictures. The maximum print size of the T6 for good quality output (200 dots per inch) amounts to 25.9 x 17.3 inches or 65.8 x 43.9 cm, for very good quality (250 dpi) 20.7 x 13.8 inches or 52.7 x 35.1 cm, and for excellent quality (300 dpi) 17.3 x 11.5 inches or 43.9 x 29.3 cm. The corresponding values for the Canon 1100D are 21.4 x 14.2 inches or 54.3 x 36.2 cm for good quality, 17.1 x 11.4 inches or 43.4 x 28.9 cm for very good quality, and 14.2 x 9.5 inches or 36.2 x 24.1 cm for excellent quality prints.

The Canon EOS 1100D has a native sensitivity range from ISO 100 to ISO 6400. The corresponding ISO settings for the Canon EOS Rebel T6 are ISO 100 to ISO 6400, with the possibility to increase the ISO range to 100-12800.

1100D versus T6 MP

Since 2007, DXO Mark has published sensor performance measurements that have been derived using a consistent methodology. This service is based on lab testing and assigns an overall score to each camera sensor, as well as ratings for dynamic range ("DXO Landscape"), color depth ("DXO Portrait"), and low-light sensitivity ("DXO Sports"). The table below summarizes the physical sensor characteristics and sensor quality findings and compares them across a set of similar cameras.

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Sensor Characteristics
    Camera
Model
Sensor
Class
Resolution
(MP)
Horiz.
Pixels
Vert.
Pixels
Video
Format
DXO
Portrait
DXO
Landscape
DXO
Sports
DXO
Overall
1.
 
Canon 1100D APS-C 12.2 4272 2848720/30p21.911.075562
2.
 
Canon T6 APS-C 17.9 5184 34561080/30p........
3.
 
Canon 2000D APS-C 24.0 6000 40001080/30p22.611.9100971
4.
 
Canon 4000D APS-C 17.9 5184 34561080/30p21.911.469563
5.
 
Canon T7 APS-C 24.0 6000 40001080/30p........
6.
 
Canon T100 APS-C 17.9 5184 34561080/30p21.911.469563
7.
 
Canon 1200D APS-C 17.9 5184 34561080/30p21.911.372463
8.
 
Canon T5 APS-C 17.9 5184 34561080/30p21.911.372463
9.
 
Canon SL1 APS-C 17.9 5184 34561080/30p21.811.384363
10.
 
Canon T5i APS-C 17.9 5184 34561080/30p21.711.268161
11.
 
Canon 650D APS-C 17.9 5184 34561080/30p21.711.272262
12.
 
Canon G1 X 1.5-inch 14.2 4352 32641080/24p21.710.864460
13.
 
Canon SX50 1/2.3 12.0 4000 30001080/24p20.311.217947
14.
 
Canon 600D APS-C 17.9 5184 34561080/30p22.111.579365
15.
 
Canon 550D APS-C 17.9 5184 34561080/30p22.111.578466
16.
 
Canon 450D APS-C 12.2 4272 2848none21.910.869261
17.
 
Canon 1000D APS-C 10.1 3888 2592none........

Many modern cameras cannot only take still pictures, but also record videos. The two cameras under consideration both have sensors whose read-out speed is fast enough to capture moving pictures, but the T6 provides a better video resolution than the 1100D. It can shoot movie footage at 1080/30p, while the 1100D is limited to 720/30p.

Feature comparison

Beyond body and sensor, cameras can and do differ across a range of features. The 1100D and the T6 are similar in the sense that both have an optical viewfinder. The latter is useful for getting a clear image for framing even in brightly lit environments. The viewfinders of both cameras offer the same field of view (95%), as well as the same magnification (0.50x). The following table reports on some other key feature differences and similarities of the Canon 1100D, the Canon T6, and comparable cameras.

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Core Features
    Camera
Model
Viewfinder
(Type or
000 dots)
Control
Panel
(yes/no)
LCD
Specifications
(inch/000 dots)
LCD
Attach-
ment
Touch
Screen
(yes/no)
Mech
Shutter
Speed
Shutter
Flaps
(1/sec)
Built-in
Flash
(yes/no)
Built-in
Image
Stab
1.
 
Canon 1100Doptical n2.7 / 230 fixed n 1/4000s 3.0 Y n
2.
 
Canon T6optical n3.0 / 920 fixed n 1/4000s 3.0 Y n
3.
 
Canon 2000Doptical n3.0 / 920 fixed n 1/4000s 3.0 Y n
4.
 
Canon 4000Doptical n2.7 / 230 fixed n 1/4000s 3.0 Y n
5.
 
Canon T7optical n3.0 / 920 fixed n 1/4000s 3.0 Y n
6.
 
Canon T100optical n2.7 / 230 fixed n 1/4000s 3.0 Y n
7.
 
Canon 1200Doptical n3.0 / 460 fixed n 1/4000s 3.0 Y n
8.
 
Canon T5optical n3.0 / 460 fixed n 1/4000s 3.0 Y n
9.
 
Canon SL1optical n3.0 / 1040 fixed Y 1/4000s 4.9 Y n
10.
 
Canon T5ioptical n3.0 / 1040 swivel Y 1/4000s 5.0 Y n
11.
 
Canon 650Doptical n3.0 / 1040 swivel Y 1/4000s 5.0 Y n
12.
 
Canon G1 Xoptical n3.0 / 922 swivel n 1/4000s 1.9 Y Y
13.
 
Canon SX50202 n3.0 / 461 swivel n 1/2000s 2.2 Y Y
14.
 
Canon 600Doptical n3.0 / 1040 swivel n 1/4000s 3.7 Y n
15.
 
Canon 550Doptical n3.0 / 1040 fixed n 1/4000s 3.7 Y n
16.
 
Canon 450Doptical n3.0 / 230 fixed n 1/4000s 3.5 Y n
17.
 
Canon 1000Doptical n2.5 / 230 fixed n 1/4000s 3.0 Y n

Concerning the storage of imaging data, both the 1100D and the T6 write their files to SDXC cards.

Connectivity comparison

For some imaging applications, the extent to which a camera can communicate with its environment can be an important aspect in the camera decision process. The table below provides an overview of the connectivity of the Canon EOS 1100D and Canon EOS Rebel T6 and, in particular, the interfaces the cameras (and selected comparators) provide for accessory control and data transfer.

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Input-Output Connections
    Camera
Model
Hotshoe
Port
Internal
Mic / Speaker
Microphone
Port
Headphone
Port
HDMI
Port
USB
Port
WiFi
Support
NFC
Support
Bluetooth
Support
1.
 
Canon 1100DYstereo / mono--mini2.0---
2.
 
Canon T6Ymono / mono--mini2.0YY-
3.
 
Canon 2000DYmono / mono--mini2.0YY-
4.
 
Canon 4000DYmono / mono--mini2.0YY-
5.
 
Canon T7Ymono / mono--mini2.0YY-
6.
 
Canon T100Ymono / mono--mini2.0YY-
7.
 
Canon 1200DYmono / mono--mini2.0---
8.
 
Canon T5Ymono / mono--mini2.0---
9.
 
Canon SL1Ymono / monoY-mini2.0---
10.
 
Canon T5iYstereo / monoY-mini2.0---
11.
 
Canon 650DYstereo / monoY-mini2.0---
12.
 
Canon G1 XYstereo / mono--mini2.0---
13.
 
Canon SX50Ystereo / mono--mini2.0---
14.
 
Canon 600DYmono / monoY-mini2.0---
15.
 
Canon 550DYstereo / -Y-mini2.0---
16.
 
Canon 450DY- / ---mini2.0---
17.
 
Canon 1000DY- / ----2.0---

It is notable that the T6 offers wifi support, which can be a very convenient means to transfer image data to an off-camera location. In contrast, the 1100D does not provide wifi capability.

Both the 1100D and the T6 have been discontinued, but can regularly be found used on eBay. The 1100D was replaced by the Canon 1200D, while the T6 was followed by the Canon T7. Further information on the two cameras (e.g. user guides, manuals), as well as related accessories, can be found on the official Canon website.

Review summary

So what is the bottom line? Is the Canon 1100D better than the Canon T6 or vice versa? The listing below highlights the relative strengths of the two models.


Reasons to prefer the Canon EOS 1100D:

  • Longer lasting: Can take more shots (700 versus 500) on a single battery charge.
  • More heavily discounted: Has been available for much longer (launched in February 2011).


Arguments in favor of the Canon EOS Rebel T6:

  • More detail: Has more megapixels (17.9 vs 12.2MP), which boosts linear resolution by 21%.
  • Better jpgs: Has a more modern image processing engine (DIGIC 4+ vs DIGIC 4).
  • Better video: Provides higher definition movie capture (1080/30p vs 720/30p).
  • Larger screen: Has a bigger rear LCD (3.0" vs 2.7") for image review and settings control.
  • More detailed LCD: Has a higher resolution rear screen (920k vs 230k dots).
  • Easier file upload: Has wifi built in for automatic backup or image transfer to the web.
  • Easier device pairing: Supports NFC for fast wireless image transfer over short distances.
  • More modern: Reflects 5 years and 1 month of technical progress since the 1100D launch.

If the count of relative strengths (bullet points above) is taken as a measure, the T6 is the clear winner of the contest (8 : 2 points). However, the relevance of individual strengths will vary across photographers, so that you might want to apply your own weighing scheme to the summary points when reflecting and deciding on a new camera. A professional wedding photographer will view the differences between cameras in a way that diverges from the perspective of a travel photog, and a person interested in cityscapes has distinct needs from a macro shooter. Hence, the decision which camera is best and worth buying is often a very personal one.

1100D 02:08 T6

How about other alternatives? Do the specifications of the Canon 1100D and the Canon T6 place the cameras among the top in their class? Find out in the latest Best DSLR Camera listing whether the two cameras rank among the cream of the crop.

In any case, while the comparison of the spec-sheets of cameras can offer a general idea of their imaging potential, it says little about, for example, the shooting experience and imaging performance of the 1100D and the T6 in practical situations. User reviews, such as those found at amazon, can sometimes inform about these issues, but such feedback is often incomplete, inconsistent, and biased.

Expert reviews

This is why expert reviews are important. The table below provides a synthesis of the camera assessments of some of the best known photo-gear review sites (amateurphotographer [AP], cameralabs [CL], digitalcameraworld [DCW], dpreview [DPR], ephotozine [EPZ], photographyblog [PB]). As can be seen, the professional reviewers agree in many cases on the quality of different cameras, but sometimes their assessments diverge, reinforcing the earlier point that a camera decision is often a very personal choice.

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Expert Camera Reviews
     Camera 
 Model 
 AP 
 score 
 CL 
 score 
 DCW 
 score 
 DPR 
 score 
 EPZ 
 score 
 PB 
 score 
Camera
Launch
Launch
Price (USD)
Street
Price
1.
 
Canon 1100D..80/100..69/1004/54.5/5 Feb 2011 449i
2.
 
Canon T64/5o4/573/1004/54/5 Mar 2016 449i
3.
 
Canon 2000D..o....3.5/53.5/5 Feb 2018 449 i
4.
 
Canon 4000D..o3/5..3.5/53.5/5 Feb 2018 399 i
5.
 
Canon T7..o....3.5/53.5/5 Feb 2018 449 i
6.
 
Canon T100..o3/5..3.5/53.5/5 Feb 2018 399 i
7.
 
Canon 1200D3/5+....4/54.5/5 Feb 2014 449i
8.
 
Canon T53/5+....4/54.5/5 Feb 2014 449i
9.
 
Canon SL14/5+..78/1004/54/5 Mar 2013 549i
10.
 
Canon T5i......76/1004.5/54.5/5 Mar 2013 649i
11.
 
Canon 650D4/5+ +..77/1004.5/54.5/5 Jun 2012 849i
12.
 
Canon G1 X5/5+..76/1004/54.5/5 Jan 2012 799i
13.
 
Canon SX503/5+ +..72/1004.5/54.5/5 Sep 2012 429i
14.
 
Canon 600D3/5o..77/1004.5/54.5/5 Feb 2011 599i
15.
 
Canon 550D..+ +..77/1004/54.5/5 Feb 2010 699i
16.
 
Canon 450D..+ +..+ +4/54.5/5 Jan 2008 799i
17.
 
Canon 1000D..82/100..+ +3.5/54.5/5 Jun 2008 449i
Notes: (+ +) highly recommended; (+) recommended; (o) reviewed; (..) not available.

Care should be taken when interpreting the review scores above, though. The ratings are only valid when referring to cameras in the same category and of the same age. A score, therefore, has to be seen in close connection to the price and market introduction time of the camera, and comparisons of ratings among very different cameras or across long time periods have little meaning. It should also be noted that some of the review sites have over time altered the way they render their verdicts.

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Other camera comparisons

Did this review help to inform your camera decision process? If you would like to see a different side-by-side camera review, just use the search menu below. There is also a set of direct links to comparison reviews that other users of the CAM-parator app explored.

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    Specifications: Canon 1100D vs Canon T6

    Below is a side-by-side comparison of the specs of the two cameras to facilitate a quick review of their differences and common features.

    Camera Specifications
    Camera Model Canon 1100D Canon T6
    Camera Type Digital single lens reflex Digital single lens reflex
    Camera Lens Canon EF mount lenses Canon EF mount lenses
    Launch Date February 2011 March 2016
    Launch Price USD 449 USD 449
    Sensor Specs Canon 1100D Canon T6
    Sensor Technology CMOS CMOS
    Sensor Format APS-C Sensor APS-C Sensor
    Sensor Size 22.0 x 14.7 mm 22.3 x 14.9 mm
    Sensor Area 323.4 mm2 332.27 mm2
    Sensor Diagonal 26.5 mm 26.8 mm
    Crop Factor 1.6x 1.6x
    Sensor Resolution 12.2 Megapixels 17.9 Megapixels
    Image Resolution 4272 x 2848 pixels 5184 x 3456 pixels
    Pixel Pitch 5.15 μm 4.31 μm
    Pixel Density 3.76 MP/cm2 5.39 MP/cm2
    Moiré control Anti-Alias filter Anti-Alias filter
    Movie Capability 720/30p Video 1080/30p Video
    ISO Setting 100 - 6,400 ISO 100 - 6,400 ISO
    ISO Boost no Enhancement 100 - 12,800 ISO
    Image Processor DIGIC 4 DIGIC 4+
    DXO Sensor Quality (score) 62 ..
    DXO Color Depth (bits) 21.9 ..
    DXO Dynamic Range (EV) 11.0 ..
    DXO Low Light (ISO) 755 ..
    Screen Specs Canon 1100D Canon T6
    Viewfinder Type Optical viewfinder Optical viewfinder
    Viewfinder Field of View 95% 95%
    Viewfinder Magnification 0.50x 0.50x
    LCD Framing Live View Live View
    Rear LCD Size 2.7inch 3.0inch
    LCD Resolution 230k dots 920k dots
    LCD Attachment Fixed screen Fixed screen
    Shooting Specs Canon 1100D Canon T6
    Focus System Phase-detect AF Phase-detect AF
    Continuous Shooting 3 shutter flaps/s 3 shutter flaps/s
    Shutter Life Expectancy100 000 actuations100 000 actuations
    Fill Flash Built-in Flash Built-in Flash
    Storage Medium SDXC cards SDXC cards
    Second Storage Option Single card slot Single card slot
    UHS card support no no
    Connectivity Specs Canon 1100D Canon T6
    External Flash Hotshoe Hotshoe
    USB Connector USB 2.0 USB 2.0
    HDMI Port mini HDMI mini HDMI
    Wifi Support no Wifi Wifi built-in
    Near-Field Communication no NFC NFC built-in
    Body Specs Canon 1100D Canon T6
    Battery Type LP-E10 LP-E10
    Battery Life (CIPA)700 shots per charge500 shots per charge
    Body Dimensions 130 x 100 x 78 mm
    (5.1 x 3.9 x 3.1 in)
    129 x 101 x 78 mm
    (5.1 x 4.0 x 3.1 in)
    Camera Weight 495 g (17.5 oz) 485 g (17.1 oz)

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