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Canon 350D vs T6

The Canon EOS 350D (called Canon XT in some regions) and the Canon EOS Rebel T6 (labelled Canon 1300D in some countries) are two digital cameras that were announced, respectively, in February 2005 and March 2016. Both are DSLR (Digital Single Lens Reflex) cameras that are equipped with an APS-C sensor. The 350D has a resolution of 8 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 350D
versus
Canon T6
Canon 350D Canon T6
Digital single lens reflex Digital single lens reflex
Canon EF mount lenses Canon EF mount lenses
8 MP, APS-C Sensor 17.9 MP, APS-C Sensor
no Video 1080/30p Video
ISO 100-1,600 ISO 100-12,800 (100 - 25,600)
Optical viewfinder Optical viewfinder
1.8 LCD, 115k 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
400 shots per battery charge500 shots per battery charge
127 x 94 x 64 mm, 540 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 350D 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

The physical size and weight of the Canon 350D and the Canon T6 are illustrated 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 size dimensions are rounded to the nearest millimeter.

The 350D can be obtained in two different colors (black, silver), while the T6 is only available in black.

Size Canon 350D vs Canon T6
Compare 350D versus T6 top
Comparison 350D 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 T6 is notably larger (9 percent) than the Canon 350D. However, the T6 is markedly lighter (10 percent) than the 350D. In this context, it is worth noting that neither the 350D 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.

Concerning battery life, the 350D gets 400 shots out of its NB-2LH battery, while the T6 can take 500 images on a single charge of its LP-E10 power pack.

The following table provides a synthesis of the main physical specifications of the two cameras and other similar ones. If you would like to visualize and compare a different camera combination, you can navigate to the CAM-parator app and make your selection from a broad list of cameras 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 350D 127 mm 94 mm 64 mm 540 g 400 n Feb 2005 899 i
2.
 
Canon T6 129 mm 101 mm 78 mm 485 g 500 n Mar 2016 449 i
3.
 
Canon T7 129 mm 101 mm 78 mm 475 g 500 n Feb 2018 449 i
4.
 
Canon T100 129 mm 102 mm 77 mm 436 g 500 n Feb 2018 399 i
5.
 
Canon 77D 131 mm 100 mm 76 mm 540 g 600 n Feb 2017 899 i
6.
 
Canon 750D 132 mm 101 mm 78 mm 555 g 440 n Feb 2015 749 i
7.
 
Canon 760D 132 mm 101 mm 78 mm 565 g 440 n Feb 2015 649 i
8.
 
Canon T5 130 mm 100 mm 78 mm 480 g 500 n Feb 2014 449 i
9.
 
Canon SL1 117 mm 91 mm 69 mm 407 g 380 n Mar 2013 549 i
10.
 
Canon T5i 133 mm 100 mm 79 mm 580 g 440 n Mar 2013 649 i
11.
 
Canon 650D 133 mm 100 mm 79 mm 575 g 440 n Jun 2012 849 i
12.
 
Canon 500D 129 mm 98 mm 62 mm 520 g 400 n Mar 2009 799 i
13.
 
Canon 450D 129 mm 98 mm 62 mm 524 g 500 n Jan 2008 799 i
14.
 
Canon 30D 144 mm 106 mm 74 mm 785 g 750 n Feb 2006 1,399 i
15.
 
Canon 400D 127 mm 84 mm 65 mm 556 g 370 n Aug 2006 799 i
16.
 
Canon 20D 144 mm 106 mm 72 mm 770 g 700 n Aug 2004 1,499 i
17.
 
Canon 300D 142 mm 99 mm 72 mm 649 g 400 n Aug 2003 899 i
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 listed launch prices provide an indication of the market segment that the manufacturer of the cameras have been targeting. The T6 was launched at a markedly lower price (by 50 percent) than the 350D, which puts it into a different 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. Then, after the new model is out, very good deals can frequently be found on the pre-owned market.

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Sensor comparison

The size of the imaging sensor is a crucial determinant of image quality. All other things equal, a large sensor will have larger individual pixel-units that offer better low-light sensitivity, wider dynamic range, and 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 are more costly to manufacture and tend to lead to bigger and heavier cameras 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 1 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 350D (DIGIC II), with benefits for noise reduction, color accuracy, and processing speed.

Canon 350D and Canon T6 sensor measures

With 17.9MP, the T6 offers a higher resolution than the 350D (8MP), but the T6 has smaller individual pixels (pixel pitch of 4.31μm versus 6.41μm for the 350D). Yet, the T6 is a much more recent model (by 11 years) than the 350D, 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 350D are 17.3 x 11.5 inches or 43.9 x 29.3 cm for good quality, 13.8 x 9.2 inches or 35.1 x 23.4 cm for very good quality, and 11.5 x 7.7 inches or 29.3 x 19.5 cm for excellent quality prints.

The Canon EOS 350D has a native sensitivity range from ISO 100 to ISO 1600. The corresponding ISO settings for the Canon EOS Rebel T6 are ISO 100 to ISO 12800, with the possibility to increase the ISO range to 100-25600.

350D versus T6 MP

Since 2007, DXO Mark has published sensor performance measurements that have been derived using a consistent methodology. This service determines an overall sensor rating, as well as sub-scores for low-light sensitivity ("DXO Sports"), dynamic range ("DXO Landscape"), and color depth ("DXO Portrait"). 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 350D APS-C 8.0 3456 2304none21.810.8637 60
2.
 
Canon T6 APS-C 17.9 5184 34561080/30p...... ..
3.
 
Canon T7 APS-C 24.0 6000 40001080/30p...... ..
4.
 
Canon T100 APS-C 17.9 5184 34561080/30p21.911.4695 63
5.
 
Canon 77D APS-C 24.0 6000 40001080/60p23.613.3971 78
6.
 
Canon 750D APS-C 24.0 6000 40001080/30p22.712.0919 71
7.
 
Canon 760D APS-C 24.0 6000 40001080/30p22.612.0915 70
8.
 
Canon T5 APS-C 17.9 5184 34561080/30p21.911.3724 63
9.
 
Canon SL1 APS-C 17.9 5184 34561080/30p21.811.3843 63
10.
 
Canon T5i APS-C 17.9 5184 34561080/30p21.711.2681 61
11.
 
Canon 650D APS-C 17.9 5184 34561080/30p21.711.2722 62
12.
 
Canon 500D APS-C 15.1 4752 31681080/20p21.711.5663 63
13.
 
Canon 450D APS-C 12.2 4272 2848none21.910.8692 61
14.
 
Canon 30D APS-C 8.2 3504 2336none21.510.8736 59
15.
 
Canon 400D APS-C 10.1 3888 2592none22.111.0664 62
16.
 
Canon 20D APS-C 8.2 3504 2336none21.911.0721 62
17.
 
Canon 300D APS-C 6.3 3072 2048none21.010.8544 55

Many modern cameras cannot only take still pictures, but also record videos. The T6 indeed provides for movie recording, while the 350D does not. The highest resolution format that the T6 can use is 1080/30p.

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Feature comparison

Beyond body and sensor, cameras can and do differ across a range of features. The 350D 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%), but the viewfinder of the T6 has a higher magnification than the one of the 350D (0.50x vs 0.49x), so that the size of the image transmitted appears closer to the size seen with the naked human eye. The adjacent table lists some of the other core features of the Canon 350D and Canon T6 along with similar information for a selection of comparators.

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Core Features
    Camera
Model
Viewfinder
(Type or
000 dots)
Control
Panel
(yes/no)
LCD
Size
(inch)
LCD
Resolution
(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 350Doptical n 1.8 115 fixed n 1/4000s 3.0 Y n
2.
 
Canon T6optical n 3.0 920 fixed n 1/4000s 3.0 Y n
3.
 
Canon T7optical n 3.0 920 fixed n 1/4000s 3.0 Y n
4.
 
Canon T100optical n 2.7 230 fixed n 1/4000s 3.0 Y n
5.
 
Canon 77Doptical Y 3.0 1040 swivel Y 1/4000s 6.0 Y n
6.
 
Canon 750Doptical n 3.0 1040 swivel Y 1/4000s 5.0 Y n
7.
 
Canon 760Doptical Y 3.0 1040 swivel Y 1/4000s 5.0 Y n
8.
 
Canon T5optical n 3.0 460 fixed n 1/4000s 3.0 Y n
9.
 
Canon SL1optical n 3.0 1040 fixed Y 1/4000s 4.9 Y n
10.
 
Canon T5ioptical n 3.0 1040 swivel Y 1/4000s 5.0 Y n
11.
 
Canon 650Doptical n 3.0 1040 swivel Y 1/4000s 5.0 Y n
12.
 
Canon 500Doptical n 3.0 920 fixed n 1/4000s 3.4 Y n
13.
 
Canon 450Doptical n 3.0 230 fixed n 1/4000s 3.5 Y n
14.
 
Canon 30Doptical Y 2.5 230 fixed n 1/8000s 5.0 Y n
15.
 
Canon 400Doptical n 2.5 230 fixed n 1/4000s 3.0 Y n
16.
 
Canon 20Doptical Y 1.8 118 fixed n 1/8000s 5.0 Y n
17.
 
Canon 300Doptical n 1.8 118 fixed n 1/4000s 2.5 Y n

The 350D writes its imaging data to Compact Flash cards, while the T6 uses SDXC cards.

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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 350D 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
Microphone
Internal
Speaker
Microphone
Port
Headphone
Port
HDMI
Port
USB
Port
WiFi
Support
NFC
Support
Bluetooth
Support
1.
 
Canon 350DY-----2.0---
2.
 
Canon T6Ymonomono--mini2.0YY-
3.
 
Canon T7Ymonomono--mini2.0YY-
4.
 
Canon T100Ymonomono--mini2.0YY-
5.
 
Canon 77DYstereomonoY-mini2.0YYY
6.
 
Canon 750DYstereomonoY-mini2.0YY-
7.
 
Canon 760DYstereomonoY-mini2.0YY-
8.
 
Canon T5Ymonomono--mini2.0---
9.
 
Canon SL1YmonomonoY-mini2.0---
10.
 
Canon T5iYstereomonoY-mini2.0---
11.
 
Canon 650DYstereomonoY-mini2.0---
12.
 
Canon 500DYmonomono--mini2.0---
13.
 
Canon 450DY----mini2.0---
14.
 
Canon 30DY-----2.0---
15.
 
Canon 400DY-----2.0---
16.
 
Canon 20DY-----1.1---
17.
 
Canon 300DY-----1.1---

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 350D does not provide wifi capability.

Both the 350D and the T6 have been discontinued, but can regularly be found used on eBay. The 350D was replaced by the Canon 400D, 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.

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Review summary

So what is the bottom line? Is the Canon 350D better than the Canon T6 or vice versa? A synthesis of the relative strong points of each of the models is listed below.


Advantages of the Canon EOS 350D:

  • More heavily discounted: Has been available for much longer (launched in February 2005).


Arguments in favor of the Canon EOS Rebel T6:

  • More detail: Has more megapixels (17.9 vs 8MP), which boosts linear resolution by 50%.
  • Better jpgs: Has a more modern image processing engine (DIGIC 4+ vs DIGIC II).
  • Broader imaging potential: Can capture not only stills but also 1080/30p video.
  • Larger viewfinder image: Features a viewfinder with a higher magnification (0.50x vs 0.49x).
  • Larger screen: Has a bigger rear LCD (3.0" vs 1.8") for image review and settings control.
  • More detailed LCD: Has a higher resolution rear screen (920k vs 115k dots).
  • Longer lasting: Gets more shots (500 versus 400) out of a single battery charge.
  • 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 affordable: Was introduced into a lower priced category (50 percent cheaper at launch).
  • More modern: Reflects 11 years of technical progress since the 350D launch.

If the count of individual advantages (bullet points above) is taken as a guide, the T6 is the clear winner of the contest (11 : 1 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.

350D 01:11 T6

How about other alternatives? Do the specifications of the Canon 350D 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 technical specifications can provide a useful overview of the capabilities of different cameras, it says little about, for example, the shooting experience and imaging performance of the 350D and the T6 in practical situations. User reviews that are available, for instance, at amazon can sometimes shed light on these issues, but such feedback is all too often partial, inconsistent, and inaccurate.

Expert reviews

This is why hands-on reviews by experts are important. The adjacent summary-table relays the overall verdicts of several of the most popular camera review sites (amateurphotographer [AP], cameralabs [CL], 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 
 DPR 
 score 
 EPZ 
 score 
 PB 
 score 
Camera
Launch
Launch
Price (USD)
Street
Price
1.
 
Canon 350D..80/100+ +o.. Feb 2005 899 i
2.
 
Canon T64/5o73/1004/54/5 Mar 2016 449 i
3.
 
Canon T7..o..3.5/53.5/5 Feb 2018 449 i
4.
 
Canon T100..o..3.5/53.5/5 Feb 2018 399 i
5.
 
Canon 77D4.5/5..82/1004.5/54/5 Feb 2017 899 i
6.
 
Canon 750D5/5..75/1004.5/54.5/5 Feb 2015 749 i
7.
 
Canon 760D5/5+77/1004.5/54.5/5 Feb 2015 649 i
8.
 
Canon T53/5+..4/54.5/5 Feb 2014 449 i
9.
 
Canon SL14/5+78/1004/54/5 Mar 2013 549 i
10.
 
Canon T5i....76/1004.5/54.5/5 Mar 2013 649 i
11.
 
Canon 650D4/5+ +77/1004.5/54.5/5 Jun 2012 849 i
12.
 
Canon 500D..+ +74/1004.5/54.5/5 Mar 2009 799 i
13.
 
Canon 450D..+ ++ +4/54.5/5 Jan 2008 799 i
14.
 
Canon 30D..+ ++ +o.. Feb 2006 1,399 i
15.
 
Canon 400D..+ ++ +o4/5 Aug 2006 799 i
16.
 
Canon 20D....+ +.... Aug 2004 1,499 i
17.
 
Canon 300D....+ +.... Aug 2003 899 i
Notes: (+ +) highly recommended; (+) recommended; (o) reviewed; (..) not available.

The above review scores should be interpreted with care, though. The ratings were established in reference to similarly priced cameras that were available in the market at the time of the review. A score, therefore, has to be seen in close connection to the price and market introduction time of the camera, and rating-comparisons among cameras that span long time periods or concern very differently equipped models make little sense. Also, kindly note that some of the listed sites have over time developped their review approaches and their reporting style.

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Other camera comparisons

Did this review help to inform your camera decision process? In case you would like to check on the differences and similarities of other camera models, just use the search menu below. As an alternative, you can also directly jump to any one of the listed comparisons that were previously generated by the CAM-parator tool.

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    Specifications: Canon 350D 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 350D 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 2005 March 2016
    Launch Price USD 899 USD 449
    Sensor Specs Canon 350D Canon T6
    Sensor Technology CMOS CMOS
    Sensor Format APS-C Sensor APS-C Sensor
    Sensor Size 22.2 x 14.8 mm 22.3 x 14.9 mm
    Sensor Area 328.56 mm2 332.27 mm2
    Sensor Diagonal 26.7 mm 26.8 mm
    Crop Factor 1.6x 1.6x
    Sensor Resolution 8 Megapixels 17.9 Megapixels
    Image Resolution 3456 x 2304 pixels 5184 x 3456 pixels
    Pixel Pitch 6.41 μm 4.31 μm
    Pixel Density 2.42 MP/cm2 5.39 MP/cm2
    Moiré control Anti-Alias filter Anti-Alias filter
    Movie Capability no Video 1080/30p Video
    ISO Setting 100 - 1,600 ISO 100 - 12,800 ISO
    ISO Boost no Enhancement 100 - 25,600 ISO
    Image Processor DIGIC II DIGIC 4+
    DXO Sensor Quality (score) 60 ..
    DXO Color Depth (bits) 21.8 ..
    DXO Dynamic Range (EV) 10.8 ..
    DXO Low Light (ISO) 637 ..
    Screen Specs Canon 350D Canon T6
    Viewfinder Type Optical viewfinder Optical viewfinder
    Viewfinder Field of View 95% 95%
    Viewfinder Magnification 0.49x 0.50x
    LCD Framing Live View
    Rear LCD Size 1.8inch 3.0inch
    LCD Resolution 115k dots 920k dots
    LCD Attachment Fixed screen Fixed screen
    Shooting Specs Canon 350D Canon T6
    Focus System Phase-detect AF Phase-detect AF
    Continuous Shooting 3 shutter flaps/s 3 shutter flaps/s
    Shutter Life Expectancy50 000 actuations100 000 actuations
    Fill Flash Built-in Flash Built-in Flash
    Storage Medium CF cards SDXC cards
    Second Storage Option Single card slot Single card slot
    Connectivity Specs Canon 350D Canon T6
    External Flash Hotshoe Hotshoe
    USB Connector USB 2.0 USB 2.0
    HDMI Port no HDMI mini HDMI
    Wifi Support no Wifi Wifi built-in
    Near-Field Communication no NFC NFC built-in
    Body Specs Canon 350D Canon T6
    Battery Type NB-2LH LP-E10
    Battery Life (CIPA)400 shots per charge500 shots per charge
    Body Dimensions 127 x 94 x 64 mm
    (5.0 x 3.7 x 2.5 in)
    129 x 101 x 78 mm
    (5.1 x 4.0 x 3.1 in)
    Camera Weight 540 g (19.0 oz) 485 g (17.1 oz)

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