Canon’s $550 Rebel T6 Brings NFC And Wi-Fi To Entry-Level DSLR Market

Digital SLR cameras are finally starting to catch up with smartphones! Surprised by that statement? Well, we're not talking about picture quality—DSLR cameras still and might always take better photos than smartphones—but in terms of offering basic connectivity features even in entry-level models. Such is the case with Canon's new EOS Rebel T6, an entry-level DSLR with built-in Wi-Fi and NFC support.

We take Wi-Fi and NFC support for granted when it comes to most mobile devices, including tablets and smartphones, but it's not difficult to find a DSLR that lacks one or both, especially in what's considered budget territory (for a DSLR). But those same amenities found in Canon's higher priced DSLRs are now available in an entry-level model. This is just the third EOS Rebel model to feature built-in Wi-Fi and NFC, the other two being the EOS Rebel T6s and T6i introduced a year ago.

Canon EOS Rebel T6 Front

The inclusion of Wi-Fi and NFC support in the EOS Rebel T6 lets photographers share their pictures and videos to select social media sites, transfer to a mobile device, and print when connected to a compatible device using the Camera Connect app. Photographers can also use their iOS and Android devices as remote controls, which can be useful when taking a self-portrait or group shot.

Beyond wireless capabilities, the EOS Rebel T6 boasts an 18-megapixel CMOS (APS-C) image sensor paired with Canon's DIGIC 4+ Image Processor for fast, high quality shots. It has an ISO range of 100-6400 in whole-stop increments (expandable equivalent to ISO 12800), 9-point auto-focus system (including one center cross-type AF), and a 3-inch LCD monitor.

Canon EOS Rebel T6 Back

"Smartphone users passionate about photography and ready to take that next step to creating their best images and videos ever will appreciate the ease-of-use and affordability of the new EOS Rebel T6 camera," said Yuichi Ishizuka, president and COO, Canon U.S.A., Inc. "With the latest addition of the EOS Rebel T6 camera, the Canon EOS Rebel series continues to be one of the most popular DSLR camera lines on the market."

You can record video with the EOS Rebel T6. It supports Full HD 1080p (1920x1080) at 30 frames per second or 24 frames per second, HD (1280x720) at 60 frames per second, and SD (640x480) at 30 frames per second.

The EOS Rebel T6 will be available in April for $550 bundled with the EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS II standard zoom lens.