The EOS 750D is Canon’s key entry-level DSLR, but comes with a few more features designed to tempt slightly more experienced users.
In a first for Canon DSLRs, the 750D features both Wi-Fi and NFC (Near Field Communication) technology to enable it to be connected to a smartphone or tablet for remote control and image sharing. It’s even possible to connect two cameras just by touching the NFC logos together, to transfer images wirelessly.
It has a 3.0-inch 1,040,000-dot Clear View II TFT screen that’s touch-sensitive. Plus, there’s an aspect ratio of 3:2 to match the uncropped ratio of the imaging sensor, while the vari- angle hinge on the side of the body means it can be placed in a range of positions.
There’s also a 19-point phase- detect AF system when shooting through the viewfinder. The choice of AF point can be left to the camera to decide in 19-point AF mode, or it can be set in Single point AF or Zone AF mode. In the latter mode you have the choice of five groups of points for selection, whereas in Single point mode all 19 points are available for selection.
Build and handling
The 750D’s aluminium alloy and polycarbonate resin with glass-fibre chassis gives it a durable feel. And, reassuringly, it doesn’t creak when it’s gripped tightly.
Following the design of other Canon DSLRs, the 750D has a Quick menu that is accessed by pressing the Q button. This gives a quick route to some key features for adjustment. Setting adjustments can be made using the physical buttons and dials or by touching the screen. If you’re not used to using a touchscreen camera, you may find you start out using the buttons and dials, but gradually move over to using the touchscreen, because it’s so intuitive.
Being a DSLR, the 750D has an optical viewfinder. Canon has used a pentamirror design that shows around 95% of the scene, so you need to take care with composition to avoid including unseen elements around the edges.
As the screen is on an articulating joint, it can be seen from a wide range of angles. Reflections are an issue in very bright light, but it is usually possible to see enough detail to compose images. In Live View mode it’s especially helpful to use the screen to set the AF point, or even set the AF point and trip the shutter when composing images at very awkward angles.
The camera relies on an exposure compensation button. In manual exposure mode this button needs to be pressed while rotating the dial near the shutter release to set aperture, in the semi-automatic modes it’s used with the dial to adjust exposure compensation. It’s a quick and easy task, but the Quick Control dial on the 760D makes these adjustments a little faster.
“Connect two cameras by touching the NFC logos together to transfer images wirelessly”
The exposure mode is set using the dedicated dial on the right of the top-plate. There’s no lock on the dial, but it doesn’t get knocked out of position easily and it provides a route to the same exposure modes including program, shutter priority, aperture priority and manual, as well as options such as Full Automatic (Scene Intelligent Auto), Creative Auto (which allows you to take control with simple instructions using non-photographic terms) and a collection of user-selectable scene modes, including some within Special Scene (SCN) mode.
Pressing the AF Area selection button once allows the navigation buttons to be used to set the desired AF point. Pressing it multiple times toggles through the AF-point selection modes (Singlepoint AF, Zone AF and 19-Point automatic selection AF). There’s also an AF point selection button, but this doesn’t allow you to toggle through the modes. It would be nice to be able to set the AF point
on the screen while composing images in the viewfinder as you can with some Panasonic cameras and the Nikon D5500.
The phase-detection AF system that’s available when composing images in the viewfinder is fast and accurate, even in quite low light with the kit lens mounted. It means it’s a much better choice when shooting sport or action. In 19-point mode it does a pretty good job of identifying the subject, but Zone-AF and Single-point mode are a better choice, provided you can keep the active area over the right part of the scene.
Canon EOS 750D
Image sensor 22.3 x 14.9mm CMOS Focal length Equivalent to 1.6x the focal length of the lens
Shutter speed 30-1/4000 sec (1/2 or 1/3 stop increments), Bulb (Total shutter speed range. Available range varies by shooting mode)
LCD monitor Touchscreen vari angle 7.7cm (3.0″) 3:2 Clear View II TFT, approx. 1040Kdots
Storage SD, SDHC or SDXC (UHS-I)card
Battery 1 x Rechargeable Li-ion Battery LP-E17
Dimensions 131.9 x 100.7 x 77.8mm
Weight (body only) 555g (including battery and memory card)
When using Live View mode we found the 750D can get subjects sharp quickly, so it’s possible to compose images on the main screen when hand-holding the camera. However, it’s not really fast enough to use it to shoot moving subjects, and there’s no servo option, so it can’t adjust focus as subject distance changes when your finger is on the shutter release.
The 750D can also shoot continuously at up to 5fps. This may not seem fantastic by current standards, but it’s still very useful when shooting sport. Plus, the burst depth has been increased from the 30 JPEG or 6 raw files of the 700D to a whopping 940 Large/ Fine JPEGs or 8 raw files.
Viewed at 100% on-screen, the 750D’s high-sensitivity JPEGs look softer than simultaneously captured raw files, but even at IS012,800 some look good at around A3 size (16 x 12 inches).
As usual, when all noise reduction is turned off, the raw files have more visible noise at 100%, but it’s fine grained and there’s no banding, so it’s possible to produce images that have a bit more ‘bite’ than the JPEGs.
Chroma noise is only obvious at 100% in raw files captured at ISO1600 and above (when noise reduction is turned off). Meanwhile, the softening of detail that tends to go hand-in-hand with noise reduction in the default settings becomes apparent at 100% in JPEGs captured at ISQ3200.
The 750D can trace its heritage back to the early days of digital photography and it shows. A very polished and well thought-out camera, the 750D is a great intro to DSLR photography for those looking to make the step up from a compact or smartphone.
Capable of superb image quality, with the touchscreen interface making it much quicker to use.