Canon EOS 750D Camera Review
First Impressions: A new king of entry-level DSLRs?
The Canon EOS 750D is a 2015 entry-level DSLR. Contrary to what the name may suggest, it’s not a direct replacement for the Canon 700D, but will instead live alongside it this year.
It gets you a 24.2-megapixel DSLR designed for accessibility, with a classic PASM mode dial and similar handling to the 700D. It’ll sell for £599 body-only. It launched alongside the new EOS 5DS and 760D.
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Canon EOS 750D: Design and Handling
The Canon EOS 750D is an entry-level model, and with that comes a hard plastic construction rather than the sort of magnesium alloy frame used in more expensive models like the 5DS. It’s of a very much classic Canon DSLR style.
The grip style, control layout and handling are all familiar. Control revolves around a standard PASM mode dial and one primary control dial, which sits just behind the shutter button for easy access.
If you’re looking for real pro-level control, this isn’t it. However, the Canon 750D has the perfect layout for those starting to get into manual photography. And for most, there’s little reason to progress beyond this stage. If you’re looking to get really serious, check out the slightly more advanced 760D.
The D760 has a more ‘pro-style’ control layout
The Canon 750D also has Wi-Fi and NFC, two neat connectivity extras that you don’t see in every Canon DSLR. Similarly, its vari-angle screen is something generally left out of top-end DSLRs even though it’s very useful.
Its 3-inch screen moves out on a flexible hinge that makes shooting above and below head-level a lot easier. So far, though, much of what we’ve described in the Canon 750D was in the 700D too.
Canon EOS 750D: Features and What’s New?
Perhaps the most obvious upgrade in this model is sensor resolution. The Canon 750D has a 24.2-megapixel sensor, up from 18 megapixels in the 700D. Both are the same size, APS-C, but the newer model will get you more detail when shooting at lower ISO settings in decent lighting.
In fact, the entire camera’s brain has been thoroughly updated. The AF system is close to the hybrid system seen in the more expensive Canon 70D, with 19 AF points — up from just nine in the 700D. It just doesn’t have the 70D’s more advanced Dual Pixel CMOS AF. However, it does use a new on-sensor Hybrid CMOS AF III, meaning you’re not just left with basic contrast detection focusing when you use the live view mode or record a video.
The processor has been upped a generation too. The DIGIC 6 should provide the 750D with 2015-grade speed, although we’ll have to assess burst shooting and start-up speeds at review.
Among entry-level DSLRs, one of the Canon 750D’s big wins is in-body 5-axis stabilisation. This grants you stabilisation with any lens, making handheld shooting much simpler. While every APS-C sensor has its limits, there’s plenty of scope for night shooting too, with ISO settings going up to 12,800.
Canon doesn’t need to be flashy with its entry-level DSLRs. The Canon 750D is free of gimmicks, and has the sort of control layout we think is just perfect for hobbyist photographers not too worried about shooting (and looking) like a pro photographer 24/7.
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