Canon were quick to jump in the entry-level camera bandwagon when the market began asking for it. The company released CanonT5 and T6 four years apart, and aside from the age and price variations, very few differences are really worth noting.
If you currently have a T5, you may be mulling over replacing it with T6, but are the extra dollars worth it? Is there considerable advancement in terms of photo quality? Read below to find out.
Features and Specs
T5 and T6 look largely similar despite being years apart in maturity. Their weights are also close. T5 weighs 480 g, and T6 weighs 485 g.
The sensor size tells you how much light is captured during shots. The larger the sensor, the more light is obtained and the better the final image. Both models use APS-C CMOS sensors. The area for both is 332.3 mm^2. The sensor processors differ, though. The T6 uses the DIGIC 4+ image processor, which is an upgrade from the DIGIC 4 in T5.
Sensor Shift Stabilization
T5 uses sensor shift stabilization, which is something T6 does not do. The good thing about this feature is that it counterbalances the vibration of the camera by moving the sensor, not the lens. So it does not matter which lens you pop in. The stabilization is there.
The T5 and the T6 have the same megapixel count, which is 18.0 MP.
Both T5 and T6 have an ISO range of 100-6400 (can be extended to 12800). This is a fair enough range that should allow you to shoot under a wide variety of lighting conditions. However, for the price of these two cameras, we have seen wider ISO ranges from other brands.
Both models shoot at 3 fps at high-resolution continuous shooting. This is a decent enough rate for entry-level cameras, but some can do 5 fps for the same price.
T5 and T6 both support RAW shooting.
This is another similarity shared by T5 and T6. Both shoot 1080p videos at 30 fps. Moreover, they both use continuous AF when recording.
Both models have 9 focus points. This is a typical number for entry-level cameras. In addition, T6 allows AF tracking, and T5 does not.
T5 and T6 both use eye-level optical pentamirror viewfinders. The good thing about optical viewfinders is that it allows you to compose your shot while seeing exactly what your lens sees in real time. These do not need power (as opposed to electronic viewfinders), so your battery life is not drained.
In terms of viewfinder material, pentaprisms are better than pentamirrors. However, pentamirrors are much lighter and cheaper. Pentaprisms are available on high-end models because they are so costly.
Both T5 and T6 have internal flash and hot shoes for off-camera flashes.
The shutter speed is what you need to take a look at if you want to know if you can shoot fast-moving subjects without blur. In the case of T5 and T6, they both have a shutter speed of 1/4000s, which is also quite typical among cameras of this caliber nowadays.
NFC capability is one of the advantages that T6 has over T5, which does not have this feature at all. The benefit of having an NFC-capable camera is that you can easily and quickly share photos with other gadgets that have NFC.
Another feature you can find in T6 but not in T5 is built-in Wi-Fi (802.11n).
T5’s screen size may be the same as that of T6, but its resolution is higher at 920k dots (T6’s is 460k dots.).
Battery life is also approximately the same for both (500 shots).
This is a feature that T5 introduces. According to Canon, “White Priority” allows you to produce pictures taken under incandescent lighting with neutral tones still.
A neat mode you can find in the dial of T6 is called “Food Mode.” It automatically enhances the brightness and the color of your food, and you can easily share these photos. We do not think this is any substantial jump, though. Any self-respecting food photographer (or an aspiring one) should never rely on an automatic mode to shoot food.
Both T5 and T6 have bulb shutters. This is what you use for long-exposure shots. A bulb shutter holds the shutter open manually.
Both models have HDMI out, which is neat and allows you to use an external screen to see what you are shooting or just shot.
Which One to Buy?
All in all, we think that the more expensive price tag of T6 is justified only if you care that much over built-in Wi-Fi, NFC, and a higher-resolution screen.
However, when it comes to photo quality, T5 and T6 are very much the same. Their specs that can affect the way you take photos are largely identical. They have the same megapixel count, ISO range, viewfinders, internal flash and hot shoe, bulb shutters, and even HDMI out. However, the T6 does come with a new feature called “White Priority” and an upgraded sensor processor.
They also share a lot of weaknesses, namely, screens that cannot swivel or tilt and the absence of focus peaking, touchscreen, Bluetooth, GPS, on-sensor phase detection, headphone jack, external mic jack, top deck display, and slow-motion video capability.
And to be completely frank, for the prices of T5 and T6, you can already get these absent features from other brands. However, Canon is Canon, and there is a reason they remain a big name in the realm of photography.
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