With only £50 separating the EOS 750D from the EOS 760D it asks the question; is there a need for two beginner models so similar in the Canon EOS line-up? Michael Topham investigates
Canon EOS 750D at a glance:
- 24.2-million pixel APS-C CMOS sensor
- ISO 100-12,800 (extendable to ISO 25,600)
- 30 – 1/4000 sec shutter speed
- 3in, 1,040k-dot LCD monitor
- 5fps continuous shooting
- £689 with 18-55mm IS STM lens
Over the years Canon has produced many excellent cameras for those taking their first steps into DSLR photography. If you’re after a basic, inexpensive model the EOS 1200D makes a great choice, while for those conscious of size and weight the petite EOS 100D ticks the boxes and is comparable in size to many CSCs.
Sitting just above these two is the two-year-old EOS 700D – a DSLR that adds a few more attractive features to its specification to tempt aspiring photographers who’d like a vari-angle touchscreen and the ability to shoot a faster continuous burst. It’s still available to buy and at a very reasonable price, although its reign as the flagship beginner model in Canon’s EOS line-up has come to an end with the introduction of the EOS 750D and EOS 760D.
Whereas the 760D leans a little further towards the needs of an aspiring enthusiast, the 750D is targeted at people new to the EOS system, such as those stepping up from a compact camera or a smartphone who desire greater flexibility and more advanced manual control. It inherits many of the core features you’ll find on the 760D and on paper looks like an extremely capable DSLR for its proposed audience.
One of the camera’s headline features is the introduction of a new 24.2-million-pixel sensor that looks to improve upon the 18-million-pixel sensor that we’ve seen in all of Canon’s three-digit DSLR’s since the EOS 550D. Let’s begin by taking a closer inspection of the 750D’s features and see how it differs to the 760D.
Canon EOS 750D Review – Features
To ensure the 750D keeps apace with rival DSLRs and CSCs Canon has been forced to filter down advanced features from cameras higher up in their EOS range. For some time now we’ve got used to Canon playing it safe with a 9-point diamond formation AF system on their beginner DSLRs, so it’s good to see the EOS 750D (and the EOS 760D) encompassing a more sophisticated 19-point all cross-type autofocus system.
This arrangement of AF points – combined with a working range of EV-0.5-18 – is identical to Canon’s EOS 70D, however instead of employing Canon’s Dual Pixel CMOS AF technology the EOS 750D features the same Hybrid CMOS AF III system that debuted on the EOS M3.
This system uses sensor-based phase detection points to enhance focus speed and accuracy in Live View and is said to be close to the speed of Dual Pixel AF as well as being up to four times faster than the EOS 100D.
Despite having a higher pixel count than the 700D, the 750D’s 24-million-pixel APS-C CMOS sensor provides the same standard sensitivity range of 100-12,800, with an extended ISO 25,600 setting also available. Flicking the on/off switch an extra notch enters the camera’s video mode and here the maximum native sensitivity setting is ISO 6400, expandable to ISO 12,800.
Frequent users of video are catered for with a 3.5mic port at the side and full HD video (1920×1080) captured at 30,25 or 24fps. There’s the option to lower the resolution (1280×720) and shoot at 60,50 or 30fps if preferred, while another useful video feature not often found on beginner DSLRs is the option to manually control sound levels in-camera.
To ensure the 750D is up to the task of processing its data as fast as possible, Canon has paired the new sensor alongside their latest DIGIC 6 image processor. This allows the camera to shoot continuously at up to 5fps which, although it isn’t any faster than the speed at which the 700D shoots, it’s useful for upping the hit rate when shooting action or sport sequences.
Where the processor reveals its greatest benefit, however, is in its increased burst depth. Previously it was possible to rattle off 30 JPEGs or 6 raw files at 5fps on the 700D, whereas now it’s possible to shoot 940 JPEGs or 8 raw files consecutively.
Turning to the rear, the 750D’s optical viewfinder reveals 95% coverage of the frame as opposed to 100%. This is typical of a consumer-level DSLR, but it’s important to remember that when composing an image more of what you see through the viewfinder will be captured at the edges of the frame.
The 750D improves upon the 700D’s 63-zone SPC metering system with a 7560-pixel metering sensor that’s sensitive to red, green, blue and infrared light. To further improve exposure accuracy, the metering is linked to the selected AF points in evaluative mode, with partial (6% of viewfinder), spot (3.5% of viewfinder) and center-weighted modes all available.
Beneath the viewfinder, little has changed, with Canon opting to keep the same 3-inch touch sensitive Clear View II TFT screen that impressed us on the 700D. This offers a resolution of 1040k-dots and displays in the 3:2 aspect to match the aspect ratio of the imaging sensor.
Until now, built-in Wi-fi and Near Field Communication (NFC) has been absent on Canon’s beginner-level DSLR’s. Those who’d like a quick and convenient way of transferring images and movies to compatible smartphones, tablets or printers will welcome the addition of wireless technology on the 750D.
Not forgetting Canon’s Camera Connect app that’s free to download via the App Store for iOS devices or Google Play for Android, this can be used to fire the camera remotely and apply adjustments to common settings such as aperture, shutter speed and ISO.
Other features include +/-5EV exposure compensation control, a shutter range of 30-1/4000sec and a small pop up flash with a guide number of 12m @ ISO 100. It accepts a LP-E17 battery rather than the LP-E8 battery as used on the EOS 700D, and in typical Canon fashion a selection of picture styles and creative filters are available for those who’d like to artistic license to experiment.