As photography becoming more and more popular these days, camera manufacturers continue to create new technologies to upgrade their camera models. This is to ensure they will cater all their loyal consumer demands and needs.
And when they release one, enthusiasts will immediately check on it and compares to the previous model to see their difference, new addition and so on. This is exactly what happens when Canon launched EOS Rebel T7i as a replacement of EOS Rebel T6i.
Canon T6i was released on February 2015 and it became popularly known for its 2 features: selfie-friendly touchscreen monitor, and as the first on EOS Rebel line to have a built-in Wi-Fi and NFC.
For years since it was released, Canon T6i has proven to be an effective tool for new photographers.
Two years later, Canon released a newer model to replace Canon T6i. And that model is Canon EOS Rebel T7i.
The table below will show you a brief comparison of Canon T6i and T7i specification.
|Sensor||Processor||Focus Points||Digital Video Stabilization||ISO||PRICE|
|Canon EOS Rebel T7i||485g||CMOS Dual Pixel AF||Digic 7||45||Yes||100-25600|
|Canon EOS Rebel T6i||510g||CMOS Hybrid AF III||Digic 6||19||None||100-12800|
Just by looking at the table, you’ll immediately have an idea on the upgrades that Canon worked on to T7i. But before you can appreciate those, you have to identify first their similarities. This is to ensure if the additional features are worth adding or not.
- Vari-angle Touch Screen 3.0-inch ClearView LCD II Monitor
One of the many reasons why everyone loves smartphones is because of its touchscreen function. In one simple touch, you can do everything easily – call someone, send an email, research, play games and so on.
This is exactly the main goal of Canon for adding a Vari-angle Touch Screen 3-inch ClearView LCD II monitor on both T6i and T7i, to make the user’s life easier and convenient.
The LCD monitor size is 3-inch and constructed with a resin-coated cover and a liquid crystal display.
- Selfie-Friendly LCD Monitor
Aside from the touchscreen capability, the screen is flexible too. You can rotate it when taking selfies or groupies, or tilt it so you can comfortably shoot at any angle or position.
- AE Bracketing
Shooting with bad lighting or HDR can be challenging. But you’ll never have that problem with Canon T6i or T7i because they have AE bracketing.
Automatic Exposure (AE) Bracketing is a function commonly seen in most DSLR cameras. This feature works by taking 3 photos in just one click of the shutter button. Each photo has different exposure, you will then decide which of it you’ll keep and not.
- Microphone Port Accessibility
Video recording is one of the strengths of Canon T6i and T7i. So having this feature is a great advantage. Now you can assure that your video will not only have great details but sounds too.
- Face Detection Focus
This feature is helpful for shooting portraits.
- Camera Remote Control
Since Canon T6i and T7i have wireless connectivity, you can control them just by using your smartphone.
Canon T6i vs T7i
Canon T6i exteriors were made from Polycarbonate resin with glass fiber to ensure durability. While for the chassis, it was made with Aluminum alloy together with a polycarbonate resin with glass fiber.
For its touchscreen LCD monitor, it has been treated with a smudge-resistant coating to maintain its clearness.
For the sensor, Canon T6i and T7i have the same CMOS Sensor. Their only difference is the AF system. For Canon T6i, it has Hybrid CMOS AF III.
The Hybrid CMOS AF is a focus technology designed for entry-level EOS cameras. This technology is a combination of phase detection which provides speed, and contrast detection which provides accuracy. These two technologies guarantee an increase in the cameras’ AF performance.
For years Canon continues to upgrade it. Now, Canon T6i is equipped with Hybrid CMOS AF III. This version is much faster and accurate when shooting fast-moving subjects (both images and videos).
Canon T6i is reliable to use in shooting sports, landscapes, and selfies.
Unfortunately, this also means that Canon T7i doesn’t have any form of environmental sealing. So, extra care is highly needed when shooting in places with harsh weather condition.
Canon T7i may have lots of similarities to T6i, but feature-wise, it has more to offer. Those features are listed as follows:
- Dual Pixel CMOS AF
The Dual Pixel CMOS AF was designed for Canon EOS lenses and the majority of EF lenses. This technology works by seeing all the effective pixels on the sensor and used it to form an image and, at the same time, perform phase-detection autofocus.
The phase-detection will work by accurately establish the distance between the subject and to where the lens should focus. All these while locking your subject to ensure that even if they move the focusing will never change.
- 45-point all cross-type Autofocus System
Composing a perfect image is one of the challenges every new photographer’s faces. With Canon T7i, you’ll never have that problem because it was equipped with a 45-point all cross-type Autofocus System.
This autofocus system will help the optical viewfinder to get the subject in focus, fast and with no virtual delay.
- Battery Life
Canon T6i and T7i are powered by the same battery LP-E17 lithium-ion battery with 1040mAh capacity. But even so, Canon T7i still can capture more shots (600) than T6i (440) per charge.
- Movie Electronic IS
Canon T7i may not have image stabilization but it offers a digital video stabilization named Movie Electronic IS.
When this feature is enabled, it will help the camera to lessen the blurring effect of camera shakes. If you want to maximize its function, you can attach a compatible lens and this feature will add 5-axis stabilization in horizontal, vertical and rotational planes.
- Time-Lapse Movie Mode
Creative options are one of the edges of Canon T7i over its competition. One of it is Time-Lapse movie mode.
From the name “time-lapse” itself, it will create an effect that the time appears to be moving faster than normal. You can do this by setting the interval and number of frames to capture; then choose the exposure you want.
Once everything is set, press the Live View button.
- Wireless Connectivity
Just like Canon T6i, T7i is equipped with a built-in Wi-Fi and NFC. The only difference of Canon T7i is the additional Bluetooth connectivity.
To answer the question above, “Which should you buy – the older model or the replacement?”
Based on the details we wrote above, Canon T7i is the best option – the replacement. Though it provides the same quality as Canon T6i, T7i has more advantage when it comes to battery life, creating creative movies and images, shooting in burst mode, and getting a fast and accurate autofocusing.
It’s just a bonus that it’s lighter and portable too.
You can also check out more review on Canon T6i here.