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 – Performance
The performance of the 760D is identical to that of the 750D – hardly surprising given that the two cameras share the same innards and only differ slightly in their external design. Conducting a test of the processing power revealed that it’s capable of shooting JPEG files continuously at 5fps for as long as the shutter is depressed, just like the 750D. Switching the file format to raw asked more of the DIGIC 6 processor, but it still happily recorded 8 frames at 5fps to our Lexar Professional 2000x 64GB SDXC UHS-II memory card before requiring a breather.
Compared to its rivals, the 760D’s arrangement of 19 autofocus points across the frame is superior to the 11-point AF array as offered by the Pentax K-S2, however it’s no match for the impressive 39-point AF system found on the Nikon D5500. The AF points are laid out well with five points top to bottom in the centre, reducing to two rows of three points, with two single points at the edge. Like the 750D there’s the option to reposition the AF point using the touchscreen or the dpad, but when the camera raised to the eye, the eye sensor automatically turns the screen feed off meaning you’re reliant on using the latter. Entering Zone AF allows you select from five areas, with the central area covering nine AF points as opposed to four at the sides and top and bottom of the frame.
As we’ve come to expect from Canon, the touchscreen responsiveness is particularly impressive and can’t be faulted. Though some of the icons in the main menu appear small they’re easy to pinpoint by touch. Zooming into images did reveal there’s a fraction of a second delay before an image is rendered at full quality and the same can be said when swiping across the screen with your finger whilst reviewing shots in playback mode.
Pairing the 760D with our 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 IS STM lens revealed a fast, silent and smooth focus acquisition both in and out of Live View. The idea of Canon’s stepping motor technology (STM) is to ensure fast focusing while eliminating any nasty whirring noises that can disturb audio recording. It’s particularly effective and no alarming or off-putting autofocus noises were traced in video footage. The focus-tracking feature is also handy for maintaining focus on an area in a scene when the camera is panning or moving, and it can keep up to speed with most subjects provided they don’t move too erratically.
To balance highlight and shadows in-camera, users have the option to select from three Auto Lighting Optimizer modes, with the option to disable it altogether. There’s an HDR backlight control mode too within the scene modes that combines three exposures to create an image with a wider dynamic range, but to resolve ultimate sharpness it should only be used to capture static subjects. The 7560-pixel metering system can generally be relied upon to produce accurate exposures and there were only a few occasions where I found myself dialling in -0.7EV to preserve highlight detail in high-contrast scenes where highlight clipping was obvious.