March 14, 2015 at 8:34AM


Should I get a Canon T6?

I'm working on a low, low budget film. If I can't get any grants for it then I'm going to have less than $1000 for a camera. I'm thinking of getting a Canon EOS Rebel T6 as soon as it's released. I used to have one of the older rebels so I've got a few EF and EF-S lenses (not prime!), memory cards, and batteries sitting around.

But... I'm worried about settling for the wrong camera. The T6 only has 30fps; and I might at some point want to get some cool slow motion shots. Is there anything superior that I could get for under $1000, and would allow me to use the same lenses?


I haven't read any reviews of how the new T6i shoots video, but I would be cautious about buying this camera for video work. Over the last 5 years Canon has done nothing to fix the moire problem that all of their APS-C cameras have, so it would not surprise me to hear that this new model still has the same problem. ( I am waiting for reviews that say otherwise )

If you need an APS-C body for your EF/EF-S lenses I would save some of your money and look at buying a new or used Canon T3i/T4i/T5i body, which ever model you can get a good deal on. Adding the free Magic-Lantern app to the mix you can produce very nice shots with these cameras, but just be careful about being bitten by moire.

3,000+ Vimeo Videos Shot with the Canon 3Ti

...After buying a low cost Canon body, I would invest any money left over into other production gear to make your videos : field-monitor, tripod, monopod, audio gear, lighting gear, slider, etc...

March 15, 2015 at 3:53PM

Guy McLoughlin
Video Producer

That is a good idea. I heard about the moire problems before. I'll wait and see if they manage to fix it before making a purchase. Thanks for your help.

When it comes down to shooting video, is there really not that much difference between a T3 and T5?

March 22, 2015 at 6:26PM, Edited March 22, 6:26PM


I haven't seen anything so far to convince me that a Canon T5i beats a Canon T3i when it comes to shooting video.

Guy McLoughlin

March 25, 2015 at 3:04PM

Thank you for your help Guy, not just in this thread, but all across the board you're giving a lot of helpful information and for someone like me who is just getting started it really helps out.

Right now I'm thinking I'd probably be better off getting a Sony A5100. I think it'd be worth spending $150 more than a T3 body (or $150 less than a T6) and get 60fp and not have to worry about the moire. The lense that comes with it seems pretty good, and if I need to use any of my Canon lenses I could try an adapter.

Philip Hawken

March 30, 2015 at 4:25PM

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