Canon is a very popular camera manufacturer, based on the number of units sold. The Rebel EOS line is very commonly used. Many who bought these cameras years ago now want to consider an upgrade. Getting a new Canon digital single lens reflex camera is a great idea for many Rebel owners. The new models are much more powerful than the older examples.

T2i Owner Considerations
The Canon Rebel EOS T2i was a great camera that was released in 2010. It improved on the earlier T1i and offered some enhanced features such as an 18 megapixel sensor, a larger display, and somewhat faster frame capture rate.There remain several limitations, however. Newer models offer greatly improved image processing abilities. Many of the newer cameras offer a better auto focus system. They capture better images in low light situations. This could be a very compelling reason to consider an upgrade.

T2i EF and EF-S Lens Mount
The T2i allows mounting of either the EF or EF-S lens types. When evaluating a Canon upgrade, you might want to stick with the same lens mounting system. This would mean upgrading to a Canon 70D or 7D. These two differ quite significantly. The T5i is also an option. It is a direct replacement for the T2 and is the least expensive of the upgrade possibilities.

The Canon Rebel EOS T5i is a direct and simple replacement for the T2i. It is functionally equivalent, based on form and lens mounting. It provides an 18 megapixel sensor which is a similar to the earlier model. The new camera features a better auto focus system, however. This is very noticeable for those who do a lot of video recording.

Canon EOS Rebel T5i Digital SLR with 18-55mm STM Lens
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Now available with a much improved kit lens.

T5i Solid Platform

This camera has been shipping since March 2013. A very feature packed camera, it may be superseded by a newer type in the future. (A T6i?) Prices, while good today, could be lowered significantly if a newer device is released. This occurred with the T4i when it was superseded. Each of these is excellent, however. In fact, they are the same device, essentially, as the newer camera only received some changes to the rubber covering. A bargain can be had on those cameras that have been replaced by newer technology.

Canon EOS 70D Digital SLR Camera with 18-135mm STM Lens
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Significant upgrade. Actually available for a great price.

Canon 70D Upgrade for T2i

The Canon 70D is a very capable Canon camera. It offers even more sensitive response with its 20.2 megapixel sensor. This is a slight improvement. It also uses DIGIC 5+, reportedly 17 times faster than the earlier DIGIC 4 system. This allows continuous shooting at a very high image capture rate which is great for video capturing. It also has much improved noise correction abilities with signal process technology. These features let the photographer capture great images in fast situations, such as at a sporting games.

Canon EOS 7D Mark II Digital SLR Camera with 18-135mm IS STM Lens
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A very powerful camera.

Upgrading to the Canon 7D Mark II

The Canon 7D Mark II is a great upgrade. It has an even more sensitive 20.2 megapixel sensor. It uses the dual DIGIC 6 focus system. This allows for extremely fast imaging, stabilization and much greater noise reduction. Extremely responsive image capturing in low light situations is also a benefit. This camera can use either the EF and EF-S type of lenses.

Canon EOS 6D 20.2 MP CMOS Digital SLR Camera with 3.0-Inch LCD and EF24-105mm IS Lens Kit
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Excellent for all applications, especially low light photography.

Upgrading to the Canon 6D

The Canon 6D is a full frame model which does not accept the EF-S lenses. Only the EF lenses may be used. The terminology for the Rebel sensor is "Cropped" because it is a smaller device than with the 6D. The full sized sensor allows the full frame to capture a larger, or wider, image. The field of view is said to be wider. The 6D is a significant upgrade to the T2i. It offers much better image capturing in low light. In fact this unit is perhaps the best in the line for such photo opportunities. It also has DIGIC 5+ image focus processing which is an advance. This allows faster capturing of images and better video focus results.

Since the Canon 6D does not accept the new type of lenses, it may be a less popular upgrade for those that have a  large collection of lenses. The lenses that must be used with this camera generally are more expensive. This is not true in ever case, however. The Canon f/1.8 50mm known as the "Nifty Fifty" is very inexpensive. It works very well with the entire line of Canon EOS cameras. Those photographers who do upgrade to this full frame device may want to sell their old lenses and use the money to buy ones that do fit.

Used Canon optics retain their value quite well in the used market. Older models often sell for a high percentage of their original price. This is more true for better quality lenses, less true for lower quality ones. Many lenses that were sold as a kit with Rebel cameras are of lower quality. These were inexpensive when new and are worth much less in the used market. There may not be much gained by selling some of these. Instead, keep them with the older camera and sell them together as a package for best results.

Upgrading to Other Full Frame Cameras
Canon offers several other upgrade units. These are known as professional devices. Great images are often captured with them. Most are very large, heavy and very expensive. They are built to weather near constant use in virtually all conditions. Many are quite weather tight, allowing photographers to capture images in bad weather. Check the owner's manual of each unit to see how to maintain these cameras in professional shops.

The very high cost of the professional units, such as the 1D, may preclude them as upgrade candidates. These are intended for professional, or constant use. Devices such as the Rebel T2i were intended for consumer, or ordinary use. For many photographers, the costly price of professional units may be too much. The basic Rebel EOS T5i upgrade is quite a lot more powerful. The direct upgrade may be offer years of service, with a great many additional features, and at a very reasonable price.