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Canon EOS Rebel T6/EOS 1300D review:

The T6 isn't a bad cheap dSLR, but it's not a great one either

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The Good The Canon EOS Rebel T6's photo and video quality are definitely better than those of a point-and-shoot.

The Bad Its feature set is beyond minimal and it's slow for a family camera.

The Bottom Line The Canon EOS Rebel T6 (aka the EOS 1300D) hits the basics for a low price, but that's about it.

CNET Editors' Rating

6.8 Overall
  • Design 7.0
  • Features 6.0
  • Performance 7.0
  • Image quality 7.0

Why are you considering a cheap dSLR? Think it through before forking over the money for the Canon EOS Rebel T6, aka the EOS 1300D.

At $500 for the kit with an 18-55mm lens (£385, AU$650), it's really inexpensive for a model with a press release dated 2016. But newer is not always better. Much of the camera is based on a higher-end model from 2013 that's still available, the EOS Rebel T5i (EOS 700D), but with features stripped out and Wi-Fi added. And that model was only a minor update over its predecessor from 2012, the T4i (EOS 650D).

Like most basic dSLRs in its class, the T6 is basically a point-and-shoot with a big sensor for better photo quality; though one of the attractions of a dSLR is the ability to swap lenses, most people stick with the one that comes with the kit.

Fine for stepping up

The photos look like they were shot with a dSLR or mirrorless camera with the same size sensor, so they're definitely a step up from a phone or point-and-shoot. And they're about as good as its direct competitors, like the Nikon D3300 and the Pentax K-S2. But its photo and video quality aren't nearly as good as the Sony A6000's, either.

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