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Canon T6i vs T7

The Canon EOS Rebel T6i (called Canon 750D in some regions) and the Canon EOS Rebel T7 (labelled Canon 2000D in some countries) are two digital cameras that were officially introduced, respectively, in February 2015 and February 2018. Both are DSLR (Digital Single Lens Reflex) cameras that are equipped with an APS-C sensor. Both cameras offer a resolution of 24 megapixels.

As their names suggest, both the Canon EOS Rebel T6i and the Canon EOS Rebel T7 belong to Canon's Rebel line of DSLR cameras. This range of APS-C cameras, which started out with the Canon EOS Digital Rebel in 2003, has been a big commercial success and the backbone of Canon's dominance in the digital camera market. The popularity of the Rebel cameras is the result of them inheriting much of the sensor and shooting technology from earlier released professional DSLRs, while being sold at a much more budget-friendly price point. The strong brand reputation of Canon and the comprehensive EOS system of compatible lenses and accessories further contributes to the appeal of the Rebel cams, including the Canon T6i and Canon T7. Below is an overview of the main specs of the two cameras as a starting point for the comparison.

Headline Specifications
Canon T6i versus Canon T7
Canon T6i Canon T7
Digital single lens reflex Digital single lens reflex
Canon EF mount lenses Canon EF mount lenses
24 MP, APS-C Sensor 24 MP, APS-C Sensor
1080/30p Video 1080/30p Video
ISO 100-12,800 (100 - 25,600) ISO 100-6,400 (100 - 12,800)
Optical viewfinder Optical viewfinder
3.0 LCD, 1040k dots 3.0 LCD, 920k dots
Swivel touchscreen Fixed screen (not touch-sensitive)
5 shutter flaps per second 3 shutter flaps per second
440 shots per battery charge500 shots per battery charge
132 x 101 x 78 mm, 555 g 129 x 101 x 78 mm, 475 g

Going beyond this snapshot of core features and characteristics, what are the differences between the Canon EOS Rebel T6i and the Canon EOS Rebel T7? 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 side-by-side display below illustrates the physical size and weight of the Canon T6i and the Canon T7. The two cameras are presented according to their relative size. Three consecutive perspectives from the front, the top, and the back are available. All width, height and depth measures are rounded to the nearest millimeter.

Size Canon T6i vs Canon T7
Compare T6i versus T7 top
Comparison T6i or T7 rear

If the front view area (width x height) of the cameras is taken as an aggregate measure of their size, the Canon T7 is somewhat smaller (2 percent) than the Canon T6i. Moreover, the T7 is markedly lighter (14 percent) than the T6i. In this context, it is worth noting that neither the T6i nor the T7 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 T6i gets 440 shots out of its LP-E17 battery, while the T7 can take 500 images on a single charge of its LP-E10 power pack.

The table below summarizes the key physical specs of the two cameras alongside a broader set of comparators. 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 T6i 132 mm 101 mm 78 mm 555 g 440 n Feb 2015 749 i
2.
 
Canon T7 129 mm 101 mm 78 mm 475 g 500 n Feb 2018 449 i
3.
 
Canon SL3 122 mm 93 mm 70 mm 449 g 1070 n Apr 2019 599 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 SL2 122 mm 93 mm 70 mm 453 g 650 n Jun 2017 549 i
7.
 
Canon T7i 131 mm 100 mm 76 mm 532 g 600 n Feb 2017 749 i
8.
 
Canon T6 129 mm 101 mm 78 mm 485 g 500 n Mar 2016 449 i
9.
 
Canon T6s 132 mm 101 mm 78 mm 565 g 440 n Feb 2015 649 i
10.
 
Canon T5 130 mm 100 mm 78 mm 480 g 500 n Feb 2014 449 i
11.
 
Canon T5i 133 mm 100 mm 79 mm 580 g 440 n Mar 2013 649 i
12.
 
Canon T4i 133 mm 100 mm 79 mm 575 g 440 n Jun 2012 849 i
13.
 
Canon T1i 129 mm 98 mm 62 mm 520 g 400 n Mar 2009 799 i
14.
 
Canon XSi 129 mm 98 mm 62 mm 524 g 500 n Jan 2008 799 i
15.
 
Canon XTi 127 mm 84 mm 65 mm 556 g 370 n Aug 2006 799 i
16.
 
Canon XT 127 mm 94 mm 64 mm 540 g 400 n Feb 2005 899 i
Notes: Measurements and pricing do not include easily detachable parts, such as add-on or interchangeable lenses or optional viewfinders.

The price is, of course, an important factor in any camera decision. The listed launch prices provide an indication of the market segment that the manufacturer of the cameras have been targeting. The T7 was launched at a markedly lower price (by 40 percent) than the T6i, 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. A large sensor will tend to have larger individual pixels that provide better low-light sensitivity, wider dynamic range, and richer color-depth than smaller pixel-units in a sensor of the same technological generation. Further, a large sensor camera will give the photographer additional creative options when using shallow depth-of-field to isolate a subject from its 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 and have a format factor (sometimes also referred to as "crop factor") of 1.6. Within the spectrum of camera sensors, this places the review cameras among the medium-sized sensor cameras that aim to strike a balance between image quality and portability. Both cameras have a native aspect ratio (sensor width to sensor height) of 3:2.

In terms of chip-set technology, the T6i uses a more advanced image processing engine (DIGIC 6) than the T7 (DIGIC 4+), with benefits for noise reduction, color accuracy, and processing speed.

Canon T6i and Canon T7 sensor measures

The two cameras under review do not only share the same sensor size, but also offer an identical resolution of 24 megapixels. This similarity in sensor specs implies that both the T6i and the T7 have the same pixel density, as well as the same pixel size. It should, however, be noted that the T7 is much more recent (by 3 years) than the T6i, and its sensor will have benefitted from technological advances during this time.

The T6i has on-sensor phase detect pixels, which results in fast and reliable autofocus acquisition even during live view operation.

The Canon EOS Rebel T6i has a native sensitivity range from ISO 100 to ISO 12800, which can be extended to ISO 100-25600. The corresponding ISO settings for the Canon EOS Rebel T7 are ISO 100 to ISO 6400, with the possibility to increase the ISO range to 100-12800.

T6i versus T7 MP

For many cameras, data on sensor performance has been reported by DXO Mark. 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 adjacent table reports on the physical sensor characteristics and the outcomes of the DXO sensor quality tests for a sample of comparator-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 T6i APS-C 24.0 6000 40001080/30p22.712.0919 71
2.
 
Canon T7 APS-C 24.0 6000 40001080/30p...... ..
3.
 
Canon SL3 APS-C 24.0 6000 40004K/25p...... ..
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 SL2 APS-C 24.0 6000 40001080/60p23.613.41041 79
7.
 
Canon T7i APS-C 24.0 6000 40001080/60p...... ..
8.
 
Canon T6 APS-C 17.9 5184 34561080/30p...... ..
9.
 
Canon T6s APS-C 24.0 6000 40001080/30p22.612.0915 70
10.
 
Canon T5 APS-C 17.9 5184 34561080/30p21.911.3724 63
11.
 
Canon T5i APS-C 17.9 5184 34561080/30p21.711.2681 61
12.
 
Canon T4i APS-C 17.9 5184 34561080/30p21.711.2722 62
13.
 
Canon T1i APS-C 15.1 4752 31681080/20p21.711.5663 63
14.
 
Canon XSi APS-C 12.2 4272 2848none21.910.8692 61
15.
 
Canon XTi APS-C 10.1 3888 2592none22.111.0664 62
16.
 
Canon XT APS-C 8.0 3456 2304none21.810.8637 60

Many modern cameras are not only capable of taking still images, but also of capturing video footage. Both cameras under consideration are equipped with sensors that have a sufficiently high read-out speed for moving images, and both provide the same movie specifications (1080/30p).

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Feature comparison

Apart from body and sensor, cameras can and do differ across a range of features. The T6i and the T7 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 T6i has a higher magnification than the one of the T7 (0.51x vs 0.50x), so that the size of the image transmitted appears closer to the size seen with the naked human eye. The following table reports on some other key feature differences and similarities of the Canon T6i, the Canon T7, and comparable cameras.

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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 T6ioptical n 3.0 1040 swivel Y 1/4000s 5.0 Y n
2.
 
Canon T7optical n 3.0 920 fixed n 1/4000s 3.0 Y n
3.
 
Canon SL3optical n 3.0 1040 swivel Y 1/4000s 5.0 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 SL2optical n 3.0 1040 swivel Y 1/4000s 5.0 Y n
7.
 
Canon T7ioptical n 3.0 1040 swivel Y 1/4000s 6.0 Y n
8.
 
Canon T6optical n 3.0 920 fixed n 1/4000s 3.0 Y n
9.
 
Canon T6soptical Y 3.0 1040 swivel Y 1/4000s 5.0 Y n
10.
 
Canon T5optical n 3.0 460 fixed n 1/4000s 3.0 Y n
11.
 
Canon T5ioptical n 3.0 1040 swivel Y 1/4000s 5.0 Y n
12.
 
Canon T4ioptical n 3.0 1040 swivel Y 1/4000s 5.0 Y n
13.
 
Canon T1ioptical n 3.0 920 fixed n 1/4000s 3.4 Y n
14.
 
Canon XSioptical n 3.0 230 fixed n 1/4000s 3.5 Y n
15.
 
Canon XTioptical n 2.5 230 fixed n 1/4000s 3.0 Y n
16.
 
Canon XToptical n 1.8 115 fixed n 1/4000s 3.0 Y n

One differentiating feature between the two cameras concerns the touch sensitivity of the rear screen. The T6i has a touchscreen, while the T7 has a conventional panel. Touch control can be particularly helpful, for example, for setting the focus point.

The T6i has an articulated LCD that can be turned to be front-facing. This characteristic will be appreciated by vloggers and photographers who are interested in snapping selfies. In contrast, the T7 does not have a selfie-screen.

Concerning the storage of imaging data, both the T6i and the T7 write their files to SDXC cards. The T6i supports UHS-I cards (Ultra High Speed data transfer of up to 104 MB/s), while the T7 cannot take advantage of Ultra High Speed SD 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 Rebel T6i and Canon EOS Rebel T7 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 T6iYstereomonoY-mini2.0YY-
2.
 
Canon T7Ymonomono--mini2.0YY-
3.
 
Canon SL3YstereomonoY-mini2.0Y-Y
4.
 
Canon T100Ymonomono--mini2.0YY-
5.
 
Canon 77DYstereomonoY-mini2.0YYY
6.
 
Canon SL2YstereomonoY-mini2.0YYY
7.
 
Canon T7iYstereomonoY-mini2.0YYY
8.
 
Canon T6Ymonomono--mini2.0YY-
9.
 
Canon T6sYstereomonoY-mini2.0YY-
10.
 
Canon T5Ymonomono--mini2.0---
11.
 
Canon T5iYstereomonoY-mini2.0---
12.
 
Canon T4iYstereomonoY-mini2.0---
13.
 
Canon T1iYmonomono--mini2.0---
14.
 
Canon XSiY----mini2.0---
15.
 
Canon XTiY-----2.0---
16.
 
Canon XTY-----2.0---

It is notable that the T6i has a microphone port, which is missing on the T7. Such an external microphone input can help to substantially improve the quality of audio recordings when a good external microphone is used.

The T7 is a recent model that features in the current product line-up of Canon. In contrast, the T6i has been discontinued (but can be found pre-owned on eBay). As a replacement in the same line of cameras, the T6i was succeeded by the Canon T7i. 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 how do things add up? Which of the two cameras – the Canon T6i or the Canon T7 – has the upper hand? Is one clearly better than the other? A synthesis of the relative strong points of each of the models is listed below.


Reasons to prefer the Canon EOS Rebel T6i:

  • Better jpgs: Has a more modern image processing engine (DIGIC 6 vs DIGIC 4+).
  • Better live-view autofocus: Features on-sensor phase-detection for more confident autofocus.
  • Better sound: Can connect to an external microphone for higher quality sound recording.
  • Larger viewfinder image: Features a viewfinder with a higher magnification (0.51x vs 0.50x).
  • More detailed LCD: Has a higher resolution rear screen (1040k vs 920k dots).
  • More flexible LCD: Has a swivel screen for odd-angle shots in portrait or landscape orientation.
  • Fewer buttons to press: Is equipped with a touch-sensitive rear screen to facilitate handling.
  • More selfie-friendly: Has an articulated screen that can be turned to be front-facing.
  • Faster burst: Shoots at higher frequency (5 vs 3 flaps/sec) to capture the decisive moment.
  • Faster buffer clearing: Has an SD card interface that supports the UHS-I standard.
  • More heavily discounted: Has been available for much longer (launched in February 2015).


Arguments in favor of the Canon EOS Rebel T7:

  • Less heavy: Has a lower weight (by 80g or 14 percent) and is thus easier to take along.
  • Longer lasting: Gets more shots (500 versus 440) out of a single battery charge.
  • More affordable: Was introduced into a lower priced category (40 percent cheaper at launch).
  • More modern: Reflects 3 years of technical progress since the T6i launch.

If the number of relative strengths (bullet points above) is taken as a guide, the T6i is the clear winner of the match-up (11 : 4 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 sports photographer will view the differences between cameras in a way that diverges from the perspective of a street photog, and a person interested in family portraits has distinct needs from a landscape shooter. Hence, the decision which camera is best and worth buying is often a very personal one.

T6i 11:04 T7

How about other alternatives? Do the specifications of the Canon T6i and the Canon T7 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 remains incomplete and does no justice, for example, to the way the T6i or the T7 perform in practice. 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 where reviews by experts come in. The table below provides a synthesis of the camera assessments of some of the best known photo-gear 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 T6i5/5..75/1004.5/54.5/5 Feb 2015 749 i
2.
 
Canon T7..o..3.5/53.5/5 Feb 2018 449 i
3.
 
Canon SL3..o79/1004/54/5 Apr 2019 599 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 SL24/5+ +78/1004.5/54.5/5 Jun 2017 549 i
7.
 
Canon T7i4.5/5..80/1004.5/54/5 Feb 2017 749 i
8.
 
Canon T64/5o73/1004/54/5 Mar 2016 449 i
9.
 
Canon T6s5/5+77/1004.5/54.5/5 Feb 2015 649 i
10.
 
Canon T53/5+..4/54.5/5 Feb 2014 449 i
11.
 
Canon T5i....76/1004.5/54.5/5 Mar 2013 649 i
12.
 
Canon T4i4/5+ +77/1004.5/54.5/5 Jun 2012 849 i
13.
 
Canon T1i..+ +74/1004.5/54.5/5 Mar 2009 799 i
14.
 
Canon XSi..+ ++ +4/54.5/5 Jan 2008 799 i
15.
 
Canon XTi..+ ++ +o4/5 Aug 2006 799 i
16.
 
Canon XT..80/100+ +o.. Feb 2005 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. Hence, a score should always be seen in the context of the camera's market launch date and its price, and comparisons of ratings among very different cameras or across long time periods have little meaning. Also, please note that some of the review sites have changed their methodology and reporting over time.

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    Specifications: Canon T6i vs Canon T7

    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 T6i Canon T7
    Camera Type Digital single lens reflex Digital single lens reflex
    Camera Lens Canon EF mount lenses Canon EF mount lenses
    Launch Date February 2015 February 2018
    Launch Price USD 749 USD 449
    Sensor Specs Canon T6i Canon T7
    Sensor Technology CMOS CMOS
    Sensor Format APS-C Sensor APS-C Sensor
    Sensor Size 22.3 x 14.9 mm 22.3 x 14.9 mm
    Sensor Area 332.27 mm2 332.27 mm2
    Sensor Diagonal 26.8 mm 26.8 mm
    Crop Factor 1.6x 1.6x
    Sensor Resolution 24 Megapixels 24 Megapixels
    Image Resolution 6000 x 4000 pixels 6000 x 4000 pixels
    Pixel Pitch 3.72 μm 3.72 μm
    Pixel Density 7.22 MP/cm2 7.22 MP/cm2
    Moiré control Anti-Alias filter Anti-Alias filter
    Movie Capability 1080/30p Video 1080/30p Video
    ISO Setting 100 - 12,800 ISO 100 - 6,400 ISO
    ISO Boost 100 - 25,600 ISO 100 - 12,800 ISO
    Image Processor DIGIC 6 DIGIC 4+
    DXO Sensor Quality (score) 71 ..
    DXO Color Depth (bits) 22.7 ..
    DXO Dynamic Range (EV) 12.0 ..
    DXO Low Light (ISO) 919 ..
    Screen Specs Canon T6i Canon T7
    Viewfinder Type Optical viewfinder Optical viewfinder
    Viewfinder Field of View 95% 95%
    Viewfinder Magnification 0.51x 0.50x
    LCD Framing Live View Live View
    Rear LCD Size 3.0inch 3.0inch
    LCD Resolution 1040k dots 920k dots
    LCD Attachment Swivel screen Fixed screen
    Touch Input Touchscreen no Touchscreen
    Shooting Specs Canon T6i Canon T7
    Focus System Phase-detect AF Phase-detect AF
    Continuous Shooting 5 shutter flaps/s 3 shutter flaps/s
    Shutter Life Expectancy100 000 actuations100 000 actuations
    Fill Flash Build-in Flash Build-in Flash
    Storage Medium SDXC cards SDXC cards
    Second Storage Option Single card slot Single card slot
    UHS card support UHS-I no
    Connectivity Specs Canon T6i Canon T7
    External Flash Hotshoe Hotshoe
    USB Connector USB 2.0 USB 2.0
    HDMI Port mini HDMI mini HDMI
    Microphone Port External MIC port no MIC socket
    Wifi Support Wifi built-in Wifi built-in
    Near-Field Communication NFC built-in NFC built-in
    Body Specs Canon T6i Canon T7
    Battery Type LP-E17 LP-E10
    Battery Life (CIPA)440 shots per charge500 shots per charge
    Body Dimensions 132 x 101 x 78 mm
    (5.2 x 4.0 x 3.1 in)
    129 x 101 x 78 mm
    (5.1 x 4.0 x 3.1 in)
    Camera Weight 555 g (19.6 oz) 475 g (16.8 oz)

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