First, a quick comparison table to see all the specs, then a more detailed review of the differences (and similarities) to help you make a quick and easy decision.
Let’s jump right in…
The Differences Between Them
These two popular cameras from Canon are very similar, so let me make your life a little easier and highlight the main differences, and why they matter:
Weight & Size: the Canon EOS Rebel T7i is a touch smaller and lighter. Not a big deal, but every bit helps when you are lugging something around all day.
Battery life: The T7i has a little more life to it, with an approximate photo life of 600 vs 440 shots. It is hard to really know, but the new image sensor and some other changes appear to have given the battery a longer life.
Autofocus: Canon has really upped their game in this area with 26 more points of focus (45 vs 19) and also a new Dual Pixel Auto Focus (normally a pro-level feature) to the camera – this enables faster and more accurate auto-focus, always a good thing, right?
ISO Range: Although you probably won’t be shooting at the maximum ISO very often, for those that care, the new Canon EOS Rebel T7i boasts one setting higher with 25600 vs 12800 on the T6.
Burst rate: Again, slightly better on the Canon T7 – with 6 vs 5 frames per second maximum burst
Movies & Timelapse: A couple of notable improvements here on the T7 – 60fps is now available for 1080p and 720p, and it also has a timelapse option, which is nice for those wanting to become the next Casey Neistat! And, they have also added a 5-axis stabilization which works with compatible lenses.
Bluetooth: Being able to connect to your camera wirelessly is great. Trust me, I still use one camera that doesn’t, and it sucks. So, having an additional way to connect (Bluetooth) to the Canon T7i is another bonus. But, on top of that, it gives you the ability to use the Canon app on your phone without all the fuss of wifi.
Kit Lens: Most of you will buy this with the kit, so it’s worth mentioning. The Canon T7i lens has 4 stops of image stabilization built-in, which is certainly a huge plus.
All in all, the T7i is a bit of an upgrade to the Canon EOS Rebel T6i, but not huge. Some people will love the extra options, the faster auto-focus, and the longer battery life. But, keep in mind, it also costs (normally) a couple of hundred bucks more. As with any new tech, the older model suddenly looks cheap!
Aside from all those differences, what do these cameras have in common?
Fast focus: even without the better focus on the T7i, Canon excels in this area.
Wide ISO Range: From 100 – over 12800, you have lots of low light options if your lens does not have a wide enough aperture (always the better option)
Quality LCD: The 3-inch swivel with 10400 dots is going to give you lots of shooting options and angles, with a quality view. And there is also a viewfinder in case you want to use your eye or save battery.
Wide Shutter Speed Range: from an insane 1/4000 to 30 seconds, you can shoot anything from sports to night skies
Video: Ideally you would have 4K, but for a camera, under 1000 bucks (with kit lens) 1080p is more than enough. If you are serious about vlogging, there are better options.
Kit Lens: The 18-55mm is a decent enough lens to start with, giving you landscape to portrait options
It is no surprise that this level of DSLR is really popular with beginner or amateur photographers because you get so much bang for your buck. And now, with the T7i upgrade, you can take it to the next level too.
Is The Upgrade Worth It?
If you are just starting out and not sure you want to get into photography, or you have a budget limit, then I would just stick with the Canon T6i. The upgrade is not big enough to worry about for most people.
However, if you can afford the latest model, and you want to get into photography seriously, or need a little image stabilization or faster burst or frame rate, then the T7i is definitely the way to go. Before you know it (probably 2018) there will be yet another upgrade, so it pays to get the latest if you can. At least that is always my philosophy.