The EOS Rebel T6i / EOS 750D can trace its heritage back to the early days of digital photography and it shows. A very polished and well-thought out camera, the EOS Rebel T6i / EOS 750D is a great introduction to DSLR photography for those looking to make the step up from a compact or smartphone.
Very comfortable to hold and use, the controls are within easy reach and the touchscreen is very well implemented, allowing you to navigate the menus and make setting selections with you a few taps. It's also very handy to be able to pinch-zoom into images to check sharpness.
We particularly liked having a vari-angle screen because it makes it easy to compose images at awkward angles and encourages you to be creative. It's also helpful to be able to set the AF point and/or trip the shutter with a tap on the screen.
The upgrade to the 24.2MP sensor is a very welcome improvement over the 18MP chip found in the Rebel T5i / 700D, which combined with excellent phase detection autofocus and metering systems, adds up to a very nice camera.
Perhaps the closest rival to the Rebel T6i / 750D, the D5600 sports a touchscreen vari-angle display and Nikon's SnapBridge connectivity. There isn't much wrong with the D5500's 24.2-megapixel, non-anti-aliased sensor either. It may be pinched from the older D5300, but it still delivers excellent image quality, while the advanced AF system is better than the EOS 750D's.
Read our in-depth Nikon D5600 review
Canon EOS Rebel T7i / EOS 800D
The replacement to the Rebel T6i, the T7i (known as the EOS 800D outside the US) features a number of improvements, including an tweaked 24MP sensor and a much better AF system. Not only is there a 45-point AF arrangement now, the T7i also sports Canon's Dual Pixel CMOS AF for excellent Live View focusing.
Canon EOS Rebel T6 / EOS 1300D
Fancy a Canon DSLR but don't want to splash a load of cash? The EOS Rebel T6 could be just the answer. This stripped down EOS doesn't have quite the same spec as Canon's pricier DSLRs, but it's a solid performer for those looking for a dependable camera that will deliver pleasing images.