The Canon EOS R is Canon's first mirrorless full-frame camera. The EOS R is also the first full-frame and 35-mm Canon camera with a new mount since the introduction of the EOS system with EF mount in 1987. The camera is part of a completely new system that also includes a number of special lenses. With the EOS R, Canon takes a giant step toward a mirrorless future.
Together with the Canon EOS M50 system camera and the Canon EOS 2000D, the Canon EOS 4000D was announced on February 26, 2018. This is Canon's newest SLR camera at entry level. The Canon EOS 4000D has been available since April 2018 for a suggested retail price of € 409.99 for the EOS 4000D kit with the 18-55 mm DC lens. This makes Canon 4000D probably Canon's cheapest SLR camera.
There is still a large group of photography enthusiasts who have no need or budget for cameras that can take 20 images per second and can film in 4K. For that group, Canon has released the new EOS 2000D and EOS 4000D. With a new sensor, Canon's entry-level model is completely up to date.
The Canon EOS M50 is a mirrorless system camera with a good electronic viewfinder, a tilting and turning touchscreen and fast, accurate dual pixel AF. It is also the first Canon system camera with which you can film in 4K. The Canon M50 also does action photography well, with a 24-megapixel sensor with which you can get 10 frames per second, or 7.1 shots per second with continuous AF.
The Canon EOS 77D is a compact and affordable SLR camera with many capabilities. It has the convenience and dimensions of a starter model like the Canon EOS 800D, but the options of the EOS 80D. That makes it an ideal camera for both beginners and slightly more advanced photographers.
The Canon M5 is Canon’s new top model in the mirrorless M series. With this camera, Canon shows that they are taking the development of mirrorless cameras seriously. The M5 is an outstanding choice for Canon photographers who are looking for something an ounce lighter.
On the champion’s podium for full-frame cameras with the highest resolution, the highest platform is shared by two cameras: the Canon EOS 5Ds and the Canon EOS 5Ds R. These are actually the same camera with the same 50-megapixel sensor. But between the two cameras there is a small difference, which influences the resolution. The Canon 5Ds, which we reviewed previously, has an anti-alias filter, or “low-pass” as Canon calls it. On the 5Ds R, this filter is disabled. In theory, the Canon 5Ds R should be able to render a bit more detail, at the cost of a slightly greater risk of moiré.
Good news for Canon 5D mk2 and 5D mk3 owners: the Canon 5D mk4 has more megapixels, less noise and a more usable dynamic range. Add in 4K video with smooth and fast AF, a touchscreen, Wi-Fi, NFC and GPS, and it is clear that you take a big step forward with a Canon 5D mk4, relative to the Canon 5D mk3 or mk2.
In March 2016, the Canon 1300D was introduced: a starter model SLR camera with few new features and a very attractive price. It’s the successor to the Canon 1200D (February 2014), which was sold in large numbers. Canon 1300D and 1200D have the same sensor and image processor. The appearance is also practically the same. Built-in Wi-Fi and Dynamic NFC, focused on sharing photos with your smartphone on social media, are the plus points of the 1300D relative to the 1200D. The screen—not a touchscreen—on the back is the same size, but the screen of the 1300D has twice as many pixels as the screen of the Canon 1200D. Before you continue reading, we’ll give you a tip: Do you want an inexpensive Canon SLR, and do you not need wireless connections for sharing files through social media? Then if you get the chance, buy a Canon 1200D, since that is now even less expensive than the 1300D, while the image quality of the two cameras does not differ. In the conclusion, we’ll give you a tip for another Canon camera as an additional alternative to the Canon 1300D.
SLR or mirrorless?
Every photographer, from beginner to professional, can choose from a large number of system cameras. System cameras are cameras with interchangeable lenses. They are for sale with a mirror (Canon, Nikon, Pentax) and without a mirror (Olympus, Fujifilm, Sony, Canon, Nikon, Panasonic, Sigma, Leica). It is often suggested that the image quality only depends on the sensor size, but that is not the case. The quality of the sensors differs between brands, so that a good camera with a small sensor can beat out a camera from another brand with a larger sensor in terms of image quality (signal-to-noise ratio, dynamic range and resolution). If you do not spend much time photographing in situations with low light, then the image quality of cameras with a 1-inch, micro-43 or APS-C sensor is more than sufficient for a great enlargement. For beginners, factors like ease of use, speed of focus and the amount of noise that a camera makes are more important than the image quality of the different cameras that you can choose. It’s not clear to see in the video below, but from our measurements, it appears that the system camera used in this video focuses twice as sharply on a still subject as the Canon 1300D. For fast-moving subjects, they do not differ much from each other as far as AF speed is concerned.
If you use the screen on the back of the camera for taking pictures, then don’t choose an SLR.
If you don’t like the size of this SLR camera and changing lenses, then look at a Canon Powershot G7 (with a 1-inch sensor). With an SLR camera, you have to put your eye up against the viewfinder when you want to take a picture. If you like to use the screen on the back of the camera for taking pictures, then don’t choose an SLR. When you use the screen on the back of the Canon 1300D ("Liveview") for taking pictures, then automatic focusing of the Canon 1300D is very slow. In addition, the mirror pops up after a short time, so that you don’t see anything on the screen. With automatic focusing during video, you clearly notice that this camera uses a sensor with a pre-2014 design: on this point, the 1300D loses out to all mirrorless system cameras that are currently for sale. If you are accustomed to photographing with a smartphone, then the switch to a mirrorless system camera can be a more logical choice for you. For those who like to shoot without being noticed, the choice of a mirrorless system camera might be smarter. The video above is a comparison between an SLR camera and a mirrorless system camera from Panasonic in the normal mode. The Panasonic in the normal mode is already much quieter, but it also has—like many other mirrorless system cameras—a ‘silent mode’ as well, in which the camera is practically silent. More expensive SLR cameras sometimes also have a silent mode, but because there is always a mirror popping up and down to take a shot, a mirrorless system camera wins the noise comparison with both hands tied behind its back.
Canon EOS 1300D: Build quility & Features
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The Canon EOS 1300D is fitted with Canon’s DIGIC 4+ processor and an 18-megapixel APS-C format sensor. For beginners, an SLR can look intimidating. The Canon EOS 1300D helps users who are holding this SLR camera for the first time to get over that hesitation quickly. The number of buttons on the camera is manageable, and the camera sits nicely in your hand. The camera menu is very clear. With the Scene Intelligent mode (which can be found on the program button on the top of the camera), the camera handles everything and chooses the right settings for you. With a turn of the program button, you choose from shooting programs that are designed for specific subjects. In comparison with compact cameras, (both SLR and mirrorless) system cameras have fast auto focus. With the Canon 1300D, you can photograph moving subjects with a modest speed of three images per second.
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The optical viewfinder offers an effective viewfinder enlargement of 0.5x. That is smaller than the viewfinder of a Nikon starter SLR camera, although you won’t soon notice the difference. But some electronic viewfinders of Fujifilm, Panasonic, Sony or Olympus cameras are much larger, so that you more easily see what will be visible in the photo. With a mirrorless system camera, there is a TV in the viewfinder, as it were, with an image that is not as good as that from an optical viewfinder. The differences keep getting smaller, but it is certainly something to try out before making a choice.
Canon EOS 1300D: IMAGE QUALITY
As far as image quality is concerned, dynamic range, signal-to-noise ratio and resolution are the most important parameters that you as a photographer can control. The color reproduction depends on the image style that you choose on the camera. The color differences between the different image styles on one camera are greater than the color differences between camera brands. The dynamic range of a camera is a scale for how well a camera can simultaneously capture the color nuances in very light and dark colors accurately and without noise. In that area, the Canon 1200D lagged behind the competition, in particular Sony and Nikon. That is especially because of the high noise in the dark color areas. If you do not edit your photos (much), then you won’t notice the difference. But if you deliberately underexpose photos to lighten them in post-editing, or if you love bracketing and/or HDR photography, then you will see the noise. For the Canon 1300D, that is even more so the case. The APS-C sensor of the Canon 1300D is bigger than the micro-43 sensors of Olympus and Panasonic, but as far as resolution, signal-to-noise ratio or dynamic range is concerned, the bigger sensor does not pay off in higher image quality.
You can make full-HD videos with the Canon 1300D, but just like most Canon SLR cameras, not in 4K. For video recordings that you make with a Canon 1300D, it’s much smarter to focus manually. The AF during video on the Canon 1300D is very slow. The sensor does not have any hybrid AF technology, like you find in more expensive Canon cameras, with which you can focus quickly during video. With the Video Snapshot mode, you can record short clips that can be automatically merged into a video. You see this option on ever-more cameras, because it takes you so little time to make a video, while editing and merging video fragments in video software takes a great deal more time.
SHARING AND SAVING
If you are accustomed to photographing with a smartphone, then the chance is great that you share photos on social media. It used to be that you could not share photos that you made with an SLR camera. Today, it’s possible to share photos from all system cameras, with help from your smartphone. The Canon EOS 1300D can make contact with compatible Android devices/smartphones via NFC and Wi-Fi. Via Wi-Fi, you can also save photos or remotely operate your Canon 1300D with Canon’s Camera Connect app. Do be aware that the battery of the camera will run out sooner if you make heavy use of Wi-Fi.
‘Connect & share’ your shots via smartphone on social media
Differs little from the Canon 1200D: limited resolution and dynamic range
SLR camera is not as quiet as a mirrorless system camera
Screen cannot turn or tilt
Few video options, with very slow AF
18-55mm kit lens is noisy
The Canon 1300D offers the same ease of use and the same build and image quality as the Canon 1200D, which dates from 2014. The ability to share and save files is the primary improvement. Up against mirrorless system cameras from Olympus, Nikon 1, Sony, Fujiflim and Panasonic, it will be a good deal more difficult for the 1300D to beat out the competition than it was for the Canon 1200D. Those who like to use the screen on the back of the camera are better off with a mirrorless system camera, where the (touchscreen) screen does not shut off after a minute when you want to photograph with it, and those can also often tilt and/or turn. The optical viewfinder of the Canon 1300D gives a smaller viewfinder image than the electronic viewfinder of some mirrorless system cameras. The bigger the viewfinder image, the better you can see what will appear in the photo. Always look first through the viewfinder of a camera before buying it, since the preference for an (WYSIWYG) electronic or optical (not a TV, but real glass) viewfinder is strongly personal. There is also strong competition within Canon: The Canon 100D is a more compact model than the Canon 1300D with, aside from sharing files, better specifications. There are special memory cards for sale for a modest amount with which you can equip any camera with Wi-Fi, so that you can share your files via your smartphone. Because the Canon 100D has become much less expensive in recent years, this model is also an alternative for the Canon 1300D. If you are not planning to use different lenses (much), you can also consider a Canon EOS M10 or a Canon Powershot G7.
The Canon 80D is Canons newest SLR with APS-C sensor. "A powerful, fully equipped DSLR that offers everything that you need – at your fingertips – to further develop your talents in the area of photography and video " – so reads the press release from Canon. It’s not a starter model, but also not a top camera. It is one for the serious amateur. The body is practically the same as that of its predecessor, the Canon 70D, but it has a new 24-megapixel sensor with dual-pixel technology, with which it focuses lightning-fast during filming. We have not yet encountered any SLR camera that focuses as fast for photo and video as the Canon 80D. Are there also shortcomings? How good is the dynamic range of the Canon 80D, for example? After all, the dynamic range is the most eye-catching camera property on which Canon cameras have lagged behind the competition in recent years.
You can take great pictures with a smartphone. But in low light, the sensor quality of smartphones is still disappointing. The options and the lens quality of a smartphone are also limited after a certain point. Time for a “real camera” with more options and a bigger sensor. But not so complicated, big or heavy as an SLR camera. Time for a Canon EOS M10?
With the introduction of the Canon 5DS and 5DS R, there has been mention of the new norm for resolution of an SLR camera. Even so, the number of megapixels on a sensor is not the only factor that determines the resolution. The presence of an optical low-pass filter (5Ds) or a low-pass cancellation filter (5DsR) causes a (small) decrease in resolution. The quality of the lenses used and the image editing applied (contrast, noise suppression, sharpening) also have a big impact on the impression of sharpness. Finally, it is no longer up-to-date when talking about a new norm for resolution only to look at SLR cameras. Mirrorless system cameras, like the Sony A7R2 or the Samsung NX1, weigh in as well if a resolution norm is to be set.
Of course that takes nothing away from the fact that the Canon 5Ds offers a unique combination of resolution, speed, accuracy, reliability and durability. All lenses with an EF mount that you have now will become visibly better if they are combined with the Canon 5Ds instead of a Canon 5D MK3, Canon 6D or an older Canon SLR camera. The Canon 5Ds is also ideal for landscape, architectural, fashion or commercial portrait photography.
The price of the Canon 5Ds limits the target audience to professional and capital-rich, ambitious amateur photographers (pros and prosumers). What should they expect from the Canon 5Ds? Are extra megapixels still useful?
Finally a new 24-megapixel sensor in the Canon APS-C SLRs! That was the big news at the introduction of the Canon 750D and Canon 760D, February 2015. The previous sensor was already 6 years old. With 24 MP, these SLR cameras offer more pixels than the more expensive, recently released (and reviewed by us) Canon 70D and Canon 7D MK2. Other updates: a faster image processor, a better AF system with 19 cross-sensors, better film options and Wi-Fi. The Canon 750D and 760D are designed for the starting photographer who is looking for a mature camera with interchangeable lenses and all kinds of setting options, but who also wants to rely on the automatic settings. The 750D and the 760D differ in a number of details and in price; we are now testing the more expensive model, the 760D. That is available as a body and as a kit with a Canon 18-55 mm STM or a Canon 18-135 mm STM lens. How much better is that new sensor?
In all cases, a battery pack with charger, a camera strap and a USB cable are included. Three DVDs come along with it: one Portrait & Landscape Photography DVD, one DVD with the manual, and one DVD with various software such as Canon's RAW software and a picture style editor. The body looks professional.
Canon 760D compared with the Canon 700D
The Canon 760D has a more modern sensor than that of the Canon 700D and has more pixels (24 megapixel versus 18).
The Canon 760D offers better video specifications.
The Canon 760D has an improved processor (Digic6), which according to Canon has a positive effect on the signal-to-noise ratio at high ISO values.
The viewfinder of the Canon 760D offers more viewfinder information, but has a marginally smaller magnification (0.82 vs 0.85x) than the viewfinder of the Canon 700D. That difference is barely noticeable.
The Canon 760D, with 5 images per second, is just as fast as the Canon 700D, but has a larger buffer, so that you can shoot a series of 8 RAW shots or 940 jpg shots. The 700D shoots a max of 6 RAW or 30 jpgs in a row.
It has an improved auto focus (19 AF points vs 9 AF points on the 700D).
It lasts longer with one battery charge (550 versus 400 shots) and has Wi-Fi.
The list price has gone up by a few hundred euros.
Canon 760D versus Canon 750D
If you can spare 50 euros extra, then choose the Canon 760D.
Both bodies have the same 24 megapixel sensor and the same video performance (Full-HD @ 30p). And yet the two cameras are designed for different target audiences. The Canon 760D is for beginning amateur photographers who make frequent use of automatic shooting programs for photos and video. The Canon 760D offers more ease of use and some more options. It has a screen on top of the camera and a Quick Control Dial (which you also find on much more expensive EOS models) on the back. That makes the camera easier to use when you want to adjust the settings. The Canon 760D has an electronic level, which is missing on the Canon 750D. You use this to prevent a crooked horizon, and it should thus be a feature that many beginning photographers will also benefit from. The program-mode switch on the 750D is on the right next to the pentaprism housing, and for the Canon 760D, on the left. Because this switch sticks out on the 760D, the button has a locking button that you have to press in order to choose another program mode. The Canon 760D weighs 10 grams more than the Canon 760D, in part due to the extra LCD screen. The list price of the two models differs by fifty euros, and if you can spare that, we would always go for the 760D.
Design, build and ergonomics
For a camera in this segment, the body looks and feels very professional. Due to the deep handgrip and the thumb support, it sits nicely in the hand, despite the compact build. Everything feels solid; the covers for the electrical connections have a rubber sealant edge against dust and splashwater. The lens mount looks rock solid; you even have to use a fair amount of force when changing a lens. The slot for the SD card is to the side. You can thus change the card while the camera is on a tripod. The battery pack is on the bottom. According to Canon, it lasts for 440 shots, but not if you use the LCD screen as a viewfinder, since then that number decreases. We think that is on the low side. The operating buttons are in the proper and logical places: you will get accustomed to it quickly. With the quick menu press button (which is missing on the 750D) and the rotating disk, you can change most of the settings quickly. If you would rather work via the large camera menu, that’s possible as well; Canon menus are traditionally more clear and nicer to use than those of that other big Japanese brand. The only point of criticism: the changing of the ISO via the ISO button on top and a rotating disc requires two hands; that could be better. We would rather have the on-off button on the right by the release button (like on the 750D!).
With the settings disc on top, you operate the usual PSAM modes, but also the AUTO mode and the fun menus. The 760D has 10 of those. As serious photographers, we usually avoid those, but they are there. Of course there is a built-in flash, guide number 12. That can also serve as the trigger for external flashes.
The 760D has a 3-inch folding and rotating screen that also serves as a touchscreen. It is ideal when you want to work from difficult angles, great for selfies and handy for viewing the shots from above. Those who prefer the optical viewfinder (and who doesn’t!) will also be satisfied. The optical viewfinder is bright and covers 95% of the field of view. You see which AF fields are activated, and, if desired, you get the essential image information at the bottom. There is an eye sensor that switches off the LCD screen when you use the optical viewfinder. That saves the battery.
Canon 760D versus other brands
The Canon 760D, in price and specifications, is comparable with both SLR and mirrorless system cameras. The Nikon D5500 seems to us to be the most obvious camera, which has a lot in common with the Canon 760D. It is also an APS-C SLR camera with 24 megapixels, Wi-Fi, NFC and a screen that you can both tilt and turn. The mirrorless Samsung NX500 also has an APS-C sensor, a 28-megapixel BSI sensor with a higher dynamic range, and 4K video as well. The difference in resolution between 4K and full-HD is much more important than the differences in resolution between photo cameras. The Four Thirds Olympus OM-D E-M10 has a small sensor but a viewfinder image that is just as big as that of a full-frame Canon camera.
The maximum shooting speed of the 760D is slow at 5 fps in comparison with mirrorless system cameras. The silent mode is also certainly not silent in comparison with the silent mode of mirrorless system cameras such as the Panasonic G7.
The auto focus system is described as ‘hybrid’ by Canon. That is to say that focusing, as is usual for a DSLR, is done by phase detection, but that contrast detection is also applied. There are no fewer than 10 setting options. The phase detection system has 19 sensors, as many as in the 7D. You can select the points individually – also on the touchscreen – but also in groups. There is a tracking option, with which the camera can follow a subject that is in focus. It is a bit like the 3D system of Nikon, and it works on subject color. The phase detection AF is super-fast; the 760D needs about 500 milliseconds to focus from infinity to 1 meter, but it is not extremely accurate. At full aperture, we had a good number of shots that were a bit off. If you are going for speed and you use the optical viewfinder, then stopping down a bit is advisable. The body has no front focus/back focus correction option, which we feel is putting the cart a bit in front of the horse anyway. Front focus and back focus are often also dependent on the focal distance, and you therefore can’t add any value with it to cameras that do have an option for AF fine-tuning. If you are going for the highest accuracy, then use Live View AF, and then everything works perfectly.
One of our housecats, photographed with the 60 mm Macro lens, 1/1600 at f/5.6. Perfectly focused, with phase detection AF.
In the continuous mode, the 760D takes 5 shots per second. What we find at least as important: how long can the camera keep that up? With a ‘burst’ of less than one-and-a-half to two seconds, you namely don’t have much. With this body, it depends on the picture size: in JPEG, you can keep on shooting; in RAW it stops after about 7 shots. It isn’t bad, but that are cameras that do it better. The shutter of the 760D (up to 1/4000 of a second), aside from the ‘regular’ mode also has a ‘silent’ mode with dampened mirror noise. You can also choose the ‘silent’ option in the continuous mode. In comparison with mirrorless bodies, this SLR is still noisy.
High resolution and image quality
The resolution of the 760D is very good, better than all other APS-C cameras from Canon that we have reviewed previously, and comparable with that of, for example, the Nikon D3300. No wonder, since it also has a 24-megapixel sensor. We made the photo above with 1/50 at f/5 and 100 ISO, and it shows stunning detail sharpness. The lens was a 24 mm f/2.8 wide angle.
Canon 760D + Canon 24 mm f/2.8 STM @ f/10, 1/640, 800 ISO
The dynamic range of the 760D is good, and comparable with that of the much more expensive 7D Mark II. In comparison with Nikon, Panasonic or Olympus cameras, the Canon files have more trouble with noise in the dark areas. Certainly HDR photographers or Photoshoppers who like to adjust shadows/highlights in post-editing will notice that. We had, to be honest, expected a larger step forward with this entirely new sensor.
Canon cameras expose as much as possible to the right, in order to achieve as high a signal-to-noise ratio as possible. In addition, the contrast of the jpg files is beefier in comparison with other brands. In some cases, that goes awry. The practice shot below shows the difference between a RAW file (left) and the jpg file (right). Not only does the RAW file look more natural, it also has less trouble from over-exposure in the red and yellow channels. In order to make a really great picture, we would shift the curve in post-editing a good bit toward the ‘dark’.
Canon 760D + Canon 24 mm f/2.8 STM @ f/10, 1/250, 800 ISO
With some cameras, we see that the saturation decreases as the ISO value increases, but with Canon cameras the colors remain good, regardless of the level of the ISO setting. In daylight the color reproduction is very good, both in RAW files and jpg files with the Faithful picture style. In artificial light, the automatic white balance with our test set-up (incandescent lighting) is not flawless, but that applies for practically all cameras that we have reviewed. In short: The color reproduction of the Canon 760D is just as good as that of much more expensive cameras.
If you don’t work with RAW files or you choose for another picture style than Faithful, then the color deviation is much greater. But you also choose that because you like the colors. The standard image style, see for example the photo above of the Gorinchum hippy festival, produces somewhat more saturated colors with a bit more emphasis on red and higher contrast.
The trucks on the photo at the bottom are real “Ferrari red” and showed up that way on the print as well!
Canon 760D + Canon 24 mm f/2.8 STM @ f/9, 1/125, 100 ISO
The shots above illustrate the difference in noise at 100 ISO or 12,800 ISO in RAW files without applying noise suppression. The shot at 100 ISO is completely noise free, even at enlargement to 100%. Starting at 6400, you start to see noise, especially if you make the darker areas lighter.
Good news for those who do not photograph in RAW: the noise suppression in jpg files is very effective. Even at 12,800, there is little noise visible in the JPEG test shot, while the loss of sharpness due to the noise suppression is much less than expected. While the Canon 760D scores a bit lower for RAW files without noise suppression than the Canon 70D and Canon 7D MK2, for the jpg files, that difference disappears.
In comparison with the Canon 700D, the focusing for video is enormously improved: faster and more fluid. By touching the rotating and tilting touchscreen, you make a "focus pull" from one subject to another. Following subjects in Live View is remarkably good. With other brands, following subjects only works really well if the subject has a bright color, but the Canon 760D is also able to keep following subjects with colors that are not very distinctive. In particular facial recognition works perfectly.
Especially for video, Canon has released a series of lenses that use a stepper motor (STM) instead of an ultrasonic motor (USM) for the AF. That should be quieter. It is, however, certainly not completely silent.
Wi-Fi & NFC, no GPS
The Canon 760D has – like practically all cameras with interchangeable lenses – no built-in GPS. This is probably a choice that was made because GPS puts a real load on the battery use. If you want to save GPS information immediately when taking a picture, then you can purchase an optional GPS receiver, but that will cost you a couple hundred euros extra. Sharing pictures via social media seems to be becoming more popular than printing photos. All the camera manufacturers are therefore switching over to making wireless connections possible. The Canon 760D has Wi-Fi and NFC. In particular NFC provides a quick and easy connection for sending shots to a device with NFC functionality, like a smartphone. No fuss with passwords; you hold the smartphone against the camera, and it makes a connection. Because NFC only works at a very short distance, you do not have to worry that others can also make a connection with your camera.
Conclusion Canon 760D review
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5 fps is slow in comparison with mirrorless system cameras
Silent mode is not really silent
Battery on the small side
The Canon 760D – together with the Canon 750D – is the first Canon camera with a 24-megapixel APS-C sensor. No wonder that the Canon 760D achieves a higher score for resolution than all other Canon cameras with an APS-C sensor that we have reviewed until now. It is a very completely outfitted, solid camera where nearly everything is on it that you need as a serious amateur. The performance (resolution, dynamic range, noise and color management) are very good.
The price difference with the Canon 750D is small. In my eyes, the extra 50 euros for a Canon 760D is a good investment. The extra thumb controller with which you can adjust the camera settings is something you might not immediately use as a starter, but you do not have to choose another camera when you are a bit more advanced if you chose the Canon 760D. The more extensive video options and the electronic level are also options that you will not find that important as a beginner, but that you will really miss when you get to work more seriously.
In February 2015, the Canon 750D and Canon 760D were announced. With a 24-megapixel sensor, these new Canon SLR cameras offer more pixels than the more expensive, recently released (and reviewed by us) Canon 70D and Canon 7D MK2, which have a 20-megapixel sensor. The predecessor of the Canon 750D, the Canon 700D, has "only" 18 megapixels. Finally, the Canon 750D and 760D are for sale. We start with a review of the Canon 750D; the less expensive of the two cameras, with suggested retail prices of just under and above 750 euros—in both cases for the body only.
Canon 750D: What's in the box?
The Canon 750D is designed for the starting photographer, who relies on the automatic settings of his or her first (SLR) camera with interchangeable lenses. The Canon 750D is available as a body and as a kit with a Canon 18-55 mm STM or a Canon 18-135 mm STM lens. In all cases, a battery, battery loader, camera strap and a USB cable are included. The software that is included is very comprehensive and comes on three DVDs: a DVD Portrait & Landscape Photography, a DVD with the manual in several languages, and a DVD with various software (solution disk v30.1), including Canon's RAW software and a picture style editor.
Canon 750D vs Canon 700D
Although the Canon 700D will not immediately disappear from the market and can certainly become an interesting camera for bargain hunters, we consider the Canon 750D as the successor to the Canon 700D, which appeared nearly two years ago. The Canon 750D is markedly more expensive, but also has more to offer:
The Canon 750D has a more modern 24-megapixel sensor than the 18-megapixel sensor of the Canon 700D.
The Canon 750D offers better video specifications, WiFi and NFC.
The Canon 750D has a more modern processor (Digic6), which according to Canon has a positive effect on the signal-to-noise ratio at high ISO values and on the AF (19 AF points vs 9 AF points on the 700D).
The viewfinder of the Canon 750D offers more viewfinder information, but has a marginally smaller magnification (0.82 vs 0.85x) than the viewfinder of the Canon 700D. That difference (0.53x vs 0.51) is not noticeable.
The Canon 750D, with 5 images per second, is just as fast as the Canon 700D, but it has a larger buffer, so that you can shoot a series of 8 RAW shots or 940 jpg shots. The 700D shoots a max of 6 RAW or 30 jpgs in a row.
The Canon 700D is a couple hundred euros less expensive than the Canon 750D and lasts 20% longer on one battery charge (550 vs 440 shots).
Canon 750D versus Canon 760D
If you can spare the extra 50 euros, choose the Canon 760D as a starting photographer.
As far as the specifications are concerned. The Canon 750D and the Canon 760D have a lot in common. They have the same 24-megapixel sensor and the same video performance (Full-HD @ 30p). The Canon 760D weighs 10 grams more than the Canon 750D, because there is an extra LCD screen on top of the camera. Because of that LCD screen, the Canon 760D is 10 grams heavier. The suggested retail price of the two models differs by fifty euros. Even so, the two cameras are designed for different target audiences. The Canon 750D is for beginning amateur photographers who make a lot of use of automatic programs for photos and video. The Canon 760D offers more ease of use and options, which will appeal to a more experienced amateur photographer who more often adjusts the camera settings when making photos and videos. The screen on top of the camera and Quick Control Dial (which you also find on many more expensive EOS models) on the back of the camera are easier to use when you want to adjust the settings. The Canon 760D has an electronic level, which is missing on the Canon 750D. With this, you prevent a crooked horizon. That is just the kind of feature that many starting photographers would have benefited from if it were on the 750D. Both cameras have a DIGIC 6 image processor, with which you can make 5 shots per second (in RAW, in jpg that is dozens) with an ISO range of 100—12,800 (expandable to 25,600). Flicker Detection-technology, first applied in the Canon 7D Mark II, ensures consistently exposed recordings under fluorescent light or of a screen. In contrast with incandescent lights, fluorescent lights do not emit light continuously, so that with a short shutter time, you run the risk of an improperly exposed shot. Flicker detection is not on as a standard, but it is one of the many menu options that this camera offers.
Canon 750D: Build quality, competitors & features
Canon 750D vs Nikon D5500/D3300
The Canon 750D, in terms of price and specifications, is comparable with multiple cameras, both SLR and mirrorless system cameras. The Nikon D3300 and the Nikon D5500 (which also most resembles the 760D where price is concerned) seem to us to be the most obvious SLR camera competitors, which have much in common with the Canon 750D, including a 24-megapixel sensor.
The Nikon D3300 is much less expensive than the Canon 750D (nearly 40% and comparable with the Canon 1200D).
The Canon 750D and the Nikon D5500 have a tilting and rotating touchscreen; the Nikon D3300 does not.
Both Nikons are an ounce lighter than the Canon 750D (555 grams).
Both Nikons offer Full-HD video in 60 images per second (60p); the Canon 750D manages 30 images per second.
Both Nikons have a batter that lasts about twice as long and a slightly larger viewfinder.
The Nikon D3300 has 11 AF points, the Canon 750D has 19, and the Nikon D5500 has 39.
Canon 750D vs Olympus OM-D E-M10 vs Samsung NX500
Although there are still more SLR cameras sold than mirrorless system cameras, the compact system cameras are winning ground. The Canon 750D is, as far as price and specifications are concerned, comparable with multiple mirrorless system cameras, including the Panasonic G6, the Olympus OM-D E-M10 and the Samsung NX500. We briefly point out a couple of differences here.
The Olympus stands out with its effective, built-in image stabilization, but it has a 16-megapixel sensor. The Canon 750D offers 24 megapixels, and the Samsung NX500, 28 megapixels.
The Canon 750D and the Samsung NX500 are better suited for selfies.
The Samsung NX500, with 4K, has far and away the best pedigree when it comes to making videos.
The Samsung NX500 is lighter and remarkably more compact, but it has no built-in viewfinder.
The Olympus OM-D E-M10 has a beautiful, big electronic viewfinder, which is larger and offers more information (warning against over exposure, electronic level and a histogram) than the Canon 750D.
Design, build quality and ergonomics
The Canon 750D is beautifully finished and sits well in the hand. The build quality is good. This is a solid camera that is simple to operate. All the buttons are in logical places. If you have your eye in front of the viewfinder, then it is more difficult to see which button you are pressing on top of the camera. Canon has therefore equipped the middle of the three buttons on top right of the camera, where you can adjust the ISO settings, with a line. Handy.
Tilting and rotating screen
Because you can fold out the screen and then turn it, you can also make selfies with this camera, which you transfer simply with NFC to your smartphone. A tilting and rotating screen in handy in many situations where you hold the camera far above your head or where you are photographing close to the ground. In contrast with a mirrorless camera, you cannot use LiveView very long before taking a shot. The mirror soon folds back up, and then you have to put on the LiveView again. You can also fold the screen inwards, so that it is protected from scratches during transport.
Just like the Canon 70D, Canon 7D Mark II and the Canon 5D Mark III, the Canon 750D and Canon 760D are equipped with an "intelligent" viewfinder, on which extra information can be shown, such as a raster. When you look through the viewfinder, you can more easily see the focal point and any active AF areas. The shot information is also clearly displayed. Nikon cameras also have such options, although Nikon does not talk about an intelligent viewfinder. In comparison with an electronic viewfinder, I would not dare to talk about an intelligent viewfinder. With an electronic viewfinder, you can not only—even before you take a picture—get a warning in the frame against overexposure or underexposure. You can also see the effect of manual over- or underexposure or adjustments of the white balance in the viewfinder before you take the picture. An electronic level and a histogram can also be shown in the electronic viewfinder of a mirrorless system camera. In comparison with an electronic viewfinder, I would certainly not call this viewfinder intelligent. In the dark, an optical viewfinder is also much darker than an electronic viewfinder, so that it becomes difficult/impossible with an optical viewfinder to make a good composition in the dark. That is not a disadvantage of the Canon 750D. It applies to every SLR camera. And there are still many photographers who prefer an optical viewfinder.
Menu (with, among other things, automatic lens corrections)
The menus of Canon cameras are clearly divided into a few tabs, which are very intuitively categorized. When you select an item, a short explanation appears (as in the illustration shown here). Certainly for starters, this is very handy. Even if you are not accustomed to a Canon camera, you will soon be able to find your way through this menu structure. It is worth the effort to go through such a menu—whether or not with the directions in hand—directly after purchase. Not only do you learn to get to know the camera that way, but you can also immediately turn on a number of options. The camera can thus correct for distortion, chromatic aberration and vignetting of Canon lenses. Every user who only photographs in jpg because they want to spend as little time as possible on photo editing should turn on these three options be default. If the camera does not recognize a lens, then it does not do any corrections. So it nearly can't go wrong if you leave that option on by default. Undesired vignetting correction occurs very rarely.
More megapixels, unchanged dynamic range
Canon 760D and 750D have the same AF system with "cross-type" focus points. That is double in comparison with the number of AF points of the Canon 700D. This seems to me to be a more important detail for the target audience of the Canon 760D than for the target audience of the 750D.
High resolution and image quality
The Canon 750D is the first Canon camera with a 24-megapixel APS-C sensor that we have reviewed. Not surprising, then, that the Canon 750D achieves a higher score for resolution (comparable with the Nikon D3300, which also has a 24-megapixel sensor) than all other Canon cameras with an APS-C sensor that we have reviewed so far. You will not soon discover the difference in resolution between a 20-megapixel and a 24-megapixel sensor with the naked eye, and you will also only realize it with the use of a good lens.
More pixels on a sensor brings the risk of a lower dynamic range and a poorer signal-to-noise ratio. That turns out much better than expected in practice here. The difference in noise and dynamic range of the Canon 750D in comparison with the Canon 7D MK2 is measurable with Imatest, but in practice you will not notice it.
With some cameras, we see that the saturation decreases as the ISO value increases, but with Canon cameras, the colors remain fairly unchanged, regardless of the level of the ISO setting. In daylight, the color reproduction is very good, both for RAW files and for jpg files with the Faithful picture style. In artificial light, the automatic white balance in our test set-up (incandescent light) is not flawless, but that applies for practically all cameras that we have reviewed so far. Short summary: The color reproduction of the Canon 750D is just as good as that of much more expensive cameras. If you do not work with RAW files or you choose another image style than Faithful, then the color deviation is much larger. But then you choose those other image styles because those colors appeal to you. The standard image style, for example, produces a bit more saturated colors with somewhat more emphasis on red and a higher contrasts, so that skin tones appear browner.
Color reproduction Canon 750D at 100 ISO (jpg, Faithful picture style)
Color reproduction Canon 750D at 6400 ISO (RAW)
The pictures above illustrate the difference in noise at 100 ISO or 12,800 ISO in RAW files without the application of noise suppression. Even without noise suppression, you do not see any noise at 100 ISO, not even with enlargement to 100%. Only when you go to edit the picture and make the dark parts lighter does noise appear.
Good news for those who do not photograph in RAW: the noise suppression in jpg files is very effective. Even at 12,800, there is little noise visible in this test shot, while the loss in sharpness due to the noise suppression is much less than one might expect. If the Canon 750D scores a bit lower for RAW files without noise suppression than the Canon 70D and Canon 7D MK2, with the jpg files, that difference disappears.
Video, WiFi & NFC
Beginning filmmakers can record their memories with Full HD resolution as movies and use MP4 in order to easily share the image material online. With the advanced Hybrid CMOS AF III, subjects always remain sharp in frame, and it is possible to follow them or to quickly change subjects. The compatibility with STM lenses ensures superior precision and high speed next to silent and fluid focusing. The EOS 760D gives beginning filmmakers a series of creative film settings for recording unique image material in a simple way. Make attractive videos with the HDR movie mode that show all the details in both light and dark areas, or use Miniature Effect to directly create the effect of professional tilt-and-shift lenses.
In comparison with the Canon 700D, focusing for video is enormously improved: faster and more fluid. The Canon 750D has a new Hybrid CMOS AF III auto focus system, that, in combination with STM lenses, provides fluid focusing for Full HD video while following subjects. By touching the tilting and rotating touchscreen, you make a "focus pull" from one subject to another. The following of subjects in Liveview is remarkably good. With other brands, the following of subjects is only really good if the subject has an intense color, but the Canon 750D is also able to keep following subjects with few remarkable colors. The camera itself chooses a shutter time and aperture; you cannot adjust shutter time, aperture or ISO during video recording. For that, you have to opt for the Canon 760D, on which that is possible.
Wifi & NFC, no GPS
The Canon 750D has—just like practically all cameras with interchangeable lenses—no built-in GPS. This was probably chosen because GPS puts a real load on the battery. If you want to save GPS information directly when making a picture, then you can purchase an optional GPS receiver, but that will cost you a couple hundred euros extra. Sharing images with friends via social media seems to becoming more popular than printing photos. That's why all the camera manufacturers are starting to make wireless connections possible in their cameras. The Canon 750D is equipped with WiFi and NFC. In particular, NFC ensures an easy and fast connection for sending pictures to a smart device with NFC functionality. Most smartphones have NFC, so that you can send photos, immediately after making them, to the smartphone of a friend. There is no fussing with passwords; just hold your smartphone against the camera and make a connection. Because NFC only works from a very short distance, you don't have to worry about others being able to make connections with your camera.
Conclusion Canon 750D review
Conclusion Canon 750D review
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Flicker detection (handy in fluorescent lighting or recordings of TV)
Limited video options relative to the 760D
No electronic level (there is on the 760D)
Small price difference with Canon 760D
The price difference with the Canon 760D is small. In my eyes, the extra 50 euros for a Canon 760D is a good investment.
You might not immediately use the extra thumb controller with which you can adjust the camera settings as a starter. Even so, you will be happy with it when you are somewhat more advanced and do not have to go look for another camera. The extended video options and the electronic level (prevents a tilted horizon) are options that you will not initially find that important as a beginner, but that you will miss when you begin to work more seriously.
The Canon 750D is the first Canon camera with a 24-megapixel APS-C sensor that we have reviewed. Not that surprising that the Canon 750D achieves a higher score for resolution (comparable with the Nikon D3300, which also has a 24-megapixel sensor) than all other Canon cameras with an APS-C sensor that we have reviewed so far. The difference in resolution between a 20-megapixel and a 24-megapixel sensor will not soon be spotted with the naked eye, and you will also only realize it with the use of a good lens. That does not have to be expensive, as Canon, for example, shows with the outstanding Canon 40 mm STM pancake lens. We reviewed the Canon 750D with the Canon EF-S 60 mm macro-lens. More pixels on a sensor brings a risk of a lower dynamic range and a poorer signal-to-noise ratio. That goes much better than one might expect in this case. The difference in noise and dynamic range of the Canon 750D in comparison with the Canon 7D MK2 is not one that you will soon notice in practice.
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