Canon EOS 750D Review: A Good Beginning

Detailed review Canon EOS 750D

Coming nearly two years after the EOS 700D, the Canon EOS 750D is a remarkable upgrade over its predecessor’s offering. We’ve got the standard kit, paired with an EOS 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM lens. Out of the box, the EOS 750D looks like a neat, compact DSLR – much like Canon’s other entry-level DSLR offerings. It has a polycarbonate body, which feels quite well built and sturdy. Edges and curves are constant refined since Canon’s 550D, but with the 750D, Canon decided to make it more upright with rounded corners, as opposed to the rounded sides of its predecessor 700D.

We took the EOS 750D for a few laps around town, and that’s how it went.

Body and design
The Canon EOS 750D is noticeably less focused on giving the impression of a DSLR trying to look attractive, which the 700D tried somewhat with its low, rounded sides. As with most budget DSLRs, the 750D has a polycarbonate body rather than the magnesium alloy found on more expensive cameras. This cost-effective framework makes entry-level DSLRs lighter than professional ones, helping amateur photographers get used to their new camera. The body of the 750D is solidly built, without compromising on the strong feel of the DSLR. At 525 grams, the 750D is 15 grams lighter than the 700D, but 140 grams heavier than the comparably priced Canon EOS 100D. Nikon’s offerings in a similar price range are the D5300 and D5500, which weigh 480g and 420g respectively.

Canon has managed to fit the controls and buttons into a simple, convenient arrangement. The mode wheel misses out on some higher-end features, though it offers plenty of automatic modes for beginners. The control wheel is well placed, easy to reach. Waterproofing is not good, although it would be hard to find waterproofing in this price range. Of the notable DSLRs, only the recently launched Pentax K-S2 has water resistance in this price range. The EOS 750D is all about ease of use. The controls are neatly arranged in an easy-to-understand format, coupled with Canon’s simple interface that helps beginners and professionals alike. It doesn’t get a second LED display for controls, which is usually found in more expensive cameras. The EOS 760D, the older brother of this one, gets more controls along with the control panel with LED display, so if you’re looking at a 70k-ish price range and are adept at handling DSLRs, you’d rather consider it over the 750D.

While the EOS 750D has the standard EF lens mount, the camera doesn’t give us confidence that it’s sturdy enough to mount larger, heavier lenses like the EF 300mm telephoto or the 100-400mm telephoto zoom. But that’s pretty much the case with most DSLRs in this budget and doesn’t really threaten the EOS 750D’s excellent usability. All in all, a great proposal.

Screen and viewfinder
The Canon EOS 750D has the same display as the EOS 700D, a Clear View II LCD with a 3:2 aspect ratio and support for touchscreen operation. The screen can be rotated 270 degrees, making it much easier to shoot from awkward angles. The display is bright and has some electronic controls in the menu to bring it up to full brightness, to maintain the visibility of sunlight. The touch response is smooth, allowing finger-focusing, one-touch shooting and easy swipe-to-view images, very good features for a beginner.

Like its major competitor, the Nikon D5500, the Canon EOS 750D has a pentaprism viewfinder that covers 95% of the shooting area. This means that while clicking photos, five percent of additional information rests on the sensor, but cannot be viewed. Again, the Pentax K-S2 scores with a 100 percent opaque viewfinder. The EOS 750D is no mean feat, though, with an excellent display that reproduces accurate colors and a responsive touchscreen.

Performance
To focus
This is an area where the Canon EOS 750D has significantly improved over the 700D’s 9-point autofocus system. While it’s not as fast accurate as the Nikon D5500’s 39-point autofocus system, it does beat the Pentax K-S2, which has an 11-point autofocus system. The 19-point phase-detection autofocus mechanism is definitely a step back from contrast-detection autofocus, but with the smaller sensor and Canon’s Digic 6 image processor powering the 750D, the phase-detection mechanism keeps the camera fast and autofocus is fast. The seven-column autofocus points on the viewfinder track subjects for quick focus, and are consistent and accurate. In Live View mode, focus and focus tracking are both fast and accurate – there’s no jerk in focus shifts, and the servo works very smoothly and quietly, so noise from the lens’s image stabilizer doesn’t interfere with video recording.

Burst Shooting and Connectivity
An excellent aspect of the Canon EOS 750D is that it does not suffer from intensive use. Shooting bursts are 5 frames per second. For RAW files, burst photography is limited to eight files, while extending to an impressive 940 files in the JPEG format. In terms of connectivity, there are options to synchronize the camera with an app on your phone, via WiFi and NFC. In addition to image transfer and remote shutter control, there are also options for adjusting other settings on the camera.

Image and videography
The 24.2 megapixel sensor is a considerable improvement over the 18 megapixel sensor of the Canon EOS 700D. However, focusing remains a bit on the soft side due to the anti-aliasing (AA) filter. While the AA filter reduces noise in images, focusing requires a significant amount of effort to achieve accuracy while being operated manually.

The shutter speed has the standard range: 30 seconds (bulb) to 1/4000”. Sensitivity ranges from ISO 100-12800, with an option for notches up to 25600, although it gets extremely noisy in these ISO levels. The EOS 750D has a dynamic range of 11 stops and the low dynamic range is visible in photos against a backlit background. There’s a multi-exposure HDR mode that slightly improves the contrast range, although you’ll need a camera stand to shoot in this mode. While this hinders overall quality in some exceptional cases, it’s not a major flaw that takes the shine off the EOS 750D.

The video quality, as seen in previous Canon DSLRs, is quite good with adequate lighting conditions. The 750D doesn’t disappoint either, and it remains a strong contender for independent, amateur to semi-professional filmmakers who have valued Canon’s video production quality. The highest video recording capability here is at 1080p resolution at 30fps, the same as before. In addition, to facilitate serious videography, Canon has added support for connecting a unidirectional condenser microphone with a 3.5mm audio jack, as well as options to control the volume of the audio recording.

Here are a few test shots taken with the Canon EOS 750D, in varying conditions:

Canon EOS 750D photo gallery

bottom line
While we’re yet to test the Nikon D5500 and Pentax K-S2, the Canon EOS 750D is a brilliant DSLR, even without comparing it to others. The cheaper price does not compromise on the build quality, the normal photo quality is excellent and the video resolution is competent. Added to this is the excellent autofocus architecture of this camera, which makes it an absolute joy for students. More often, the autofocus motor was faster than manual focus simply because of the soft focus the AA filter gives the camera.

However, certain factors must be taken into account. At a comparable price, both the Nikon D5500 and Pentax K-S2 offer a higher dynamic range. In addition, the Nikon D5500 comes with a wider, faster 39-point AF system, while the Pentax K-S2 comes with full water resistance in a relatively smaller body. The Nikon is also lighter than the EOS 750D. Other than these extra benefits that these two cameras offer on the spec sheet, the rest should be pretty much the same.

If you want a more robust use where you have to splash a lot in watery fields, then the Pentax might be the right choice. For a better silhouette rendering in addition to good regular photography performance, the Nikon D5500 seems to be a better option. If these small factors do not bother you, you can opt for the Canon EOS 750D. At Rs. 45,500 bundled with an 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM lens, the Canon EOS 750D is a highly recommended DSLR to buy.

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