Michael Topham finds out if the EOS 760D justify its higher price and is it the best choice for aspiring enthusiasts
Canon EOS 760D Review – Build and Handling
On first glance the differences between the 750D and 760D are neither radical nor particularly obvious, but they are significant. On closer inspection you’ll notice the 760D is the more advanced looking of the two, with its mode dial shunted to the left of the top plate to free up room on the right for an LCD panel. Up until now all of Canon’s three-digit DSLRs have been lacking an LCD panel on the top plate and it’s typically a feature we’re used to seeing on advanced models targeted at enthusiasts. The overall design is more in keeping with the 70D than it is the 700D and the aluminium alloy chassis and polycarbonate resin with glass fiber finish combine well to give it reassuringly strong feel in the hand.
Unlike the 750D that has its on/off switch offset to the side of the mode dial, the on/off switch is positioned below the mode dial. Whereas the 750D allows you to turn the camera on, control the shooting modes and drive it all from your right hand with exception to the main menu and info buttons, the 760D brings your left hand into play much more. Those with an eye for detail will also notice the 760D has a locking mode dial to prevent the shooting mode unintentionally being changed or knocked on the move.
The cosmetic differences between the 750D and 760D extend to the rear panel. The rotational thumbwheel provides independent control of aperture in manual mode – something that’s only possible on the 750D by holding the exposure compensation button and using the single command dial on the top plate. The rear thumbwheel doubles up as a handy way of adjusting exposure compensation in program, aperture priority and shutter priority modes – the only drawbacks being that it’s a touch on the small side and doesn’t offer the same level of resistance as the rear dials on Canon’s more expensive enthusiast DSLRs.
Above the viewfinder there’s a small sensor that turns off the display on the rear screen when the camera is raised to the eye. This helps to preserve battery life and to ensure it doesn’t become a nuisance in use it’s rather clever in its behaviour, automatically deactivating when settings are adjusted via the quick menu and when shots are inspected in playback mode.
The pair of zoom buttons are great for zooming in and inspecting image sharpness in playback mode, but how often they’ll see use depends on the type of user and whether they’d prefer to take advantage of pinch and zoom gestures via the touchscreen. On the subject of the screen, there’s a deep indent at the rear of the body that allows it to be pulled out more easily than the 700D’s display and the articulation mechanism is fluid with just the right level of resistance.