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CANON EOS 750D/Rebel T6i Review: Should You Buy this Camera?

Canon EOS 750D/ Rebel T6i Review

Design - 83%
Build - 81%
Handling - 84%
Performance - 86%
Image Quality - 85%

84%

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Canon EOS 750D Review

Key Features

  • 2 Megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor
  • 3-inch vari-angle fully articulated touch screen Clear View II LCD display
  • 19-point AF system, all cross-type
  • Hybrid CMOS AF III focus system (for live view and video shooting)
  • Canon DIGIC 6 Image Processor
  • ISO sensitivity of ISO 100-12800, expandable to 25600
  • 7560-pixel RGB ­­+ IR metering sensor for skin tone detection
  • 5fps continuous shooting
  • Advanced scene analysis system that detects prominent light source in a particular scene
  • 1080/30p video
  • Built-in Wi-Fi and NFC for simple uploads and quick sharing

Introduction

Canon introduced EOS 750D in February 2015, which comes as a successor to 700D. With the introduction of EOS 750D and 760D, Canon has five DSLR camera’s which it calls the beginners’ range. While the new camera is almost identical to its predecessor in terms of look and design, Canon has included a new 24.2 MP APS-CMOS sensor with an ISO sensitivity range of 100-12800. The camera boasts 5fps burst shooting with a new metering system and support for Wi-Fi and NFC.
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Design, Build, and Handling

Canon EOS 80D has a body mainly made of black polycarbonate with a classic Canon DSLR look. The chassis structure is plastic build but feels quite sturdy and solid. The camera is more compact and lightweight as compared to its predecessor. Both the sides and the rear thumb have rubberised panels that give a great grip. However, both the 700D and 750D share a similar design and control mechanism.

Canon EOS 750D Controls

 

One of the most evident differences between 750D and 760D is the absence of secondary top-panel display settings. The mode dial sits next to your right hand. As usual, the mode dial includes four options that are Program Auto, Shutter Priority, Aperture Priority and Manual Control. These modes are grouped into a “Creative Zone” and are separated from the options like Scene Mode Pre-Sets (include Food, Kids, Night Portrait, HDR, Handheld Night Scene). The mode dial also has four different modes for shooting Sports, Landscape, Close-up and Portrait.

The Creative Auto shooting mode includes background blurring options, drive mode, ambience-enhancing color tone settings and flash controls and combines into one mode dial setting. Apart from this, the remaining two mode dial options include the fully-automatic Scene Intelligent Auto mode and the Flash Off mode.

The camera has a single control for adjusting settings like shutter speed and apertures when shooting in Shutter or Aperture Priority modes. There are some new buttons on the top of the camera. The ‘DISP’ switches the screen on and off. Also, there is an Autofocus Point Selection button that switches through the single-point, zone and auto modes and allows you to adjust the autofocus.

 

Canon EOS 750D Design

 

Coming to the rear panel controls, you get a Live View button between the rear thumb grip and the viewfinder. The zoom controls for the image playback rests on the other side of the thumb grip. The button for exposure compensation works hand-in-hand with the top panel control wheel. Underneath it, there is the Quick Control button that displays the screen menu settings that are available for adjustment in a particular shooting mode.

 

Canon EOS 750D LCD

 

The 3-inch 1040k-dot LCD screen display screen is touch-sensitive and can be used for focusing, picture-taking, operating menus, and image playback. The option of selecting a focus point via touchscreen by using Quick Control menu is pretty handy. Adding to that, swiping through the images and pinch-zooming during playback is something we would like to appreciate.

The LCD screen has an option to flip-out that can be rotated through 270 degrees for shooting in low and high angles. The viewing angles are extremely wide to compose a shot when shooting in live view. The viewfinder coverage remains unchanged with 95% of the image frame. However, the magnification has reduced from 0.85x to 0.82x.

The camera has a pop-up flash with a guide number of 12m at ISO 100. This flash can be used to control a wide range of Canon EX Speedlites. Moreover, it also serves as an AF-assist lamp for the camera (in order to use the flash as a lamp, it has to be popped up).

EOS 750D offers jacks for A/V out, HDMI, an external mic, and a wired remote control. The camera ships with an LP-E17 lithium-ion rechargeable battery.

 

 

Performance and Image Quality

Canon used its newly developed 24.2-megapixel APS-C CMOS image sensor which is one-third pixels more as compared to the 18-MP sensor in Canon T5i. The images shot with the camera come out to be much sharp with good colors. The low-pass filter blurs the finest details to help overcome moiré and ill-color effects.

The camera sports a new DIGIC 6 to handle the higher pixel count. However, the focusing remains on the softer side due to the presence of anti-aliasing (AA) filter. While the AA filter helps in reducing noise in the images, you need to put in some effort to focus accurately when it is operated manually.

 

 

EOS 750D sports an updated 19-point AF system, all being cross-type. There are three options for AF point selection— manual point, automatic and zone selection. Zone AF selection allows you to choose one of the five AF zones— center, top, bottom, left and right. The camera offers continuous AF (AI Servo) where you need to start with one AF point over a particular subject. After that, the camera automatically tracks the subject by selecting the appropriate AF points to stay on the subject as it moves. Distance or depth tracking of the subjects (i.e. subjects moving away from you and towards you) works well with the camera’s phase-detect systems.

Additionally, the camera features flicker detection that has the ability to detect and respond to flicker from different light source. This allows the camera to sync its shooting to avoid unexpected underexposure. This may reduce the frame rate when in continuous shooting mode. But it helps in avoiding the inconsistent picture brightness between different frames when shooting under artificial lighting conditions.

Canon EOS 750D has an 11-stop dynamic range. You will notice low dynamic range in the images that are against lit backgrounds. The multi-exposure HDR mode improves the range of contrasts to a certain extent. You can also use the Auto Lighting Optimizer mode to improve the dynamic range in the JPEGs. Canon EOS 750D uses 7560 pixel RGB + IR metering sensor that is sensitive to red, blue, green and infrared light. The new metering system allows the camera to detect skin tones.

The camera sports a pentamirror optical viewfinder with 95% frame coverage with 0.82x magnification. The LCD overlay on the viewfinder that provides you ample information without the need of switching to the main LDC monitor. The camera lacks a proximity sensor which means you need to operate the display mode manually to disable the LCD.

Just like the other entry-level DSLRs, the camera performs better when shooting in ISO100 to ISO1600 with the lowest noise and a good amount of detail. ISO3200 to ISO6400 provides decent results in low light situations. However, the noise peeps in with a bit decrease in detail. The levels of noise become stronger at ISO12800 with a certain amount of loss of detail. But the images are still usable if they are resized to use on the web. The noise level is highest and the detail is considerably low at ISO25600.

The AWB (Auto White Balance) performs decently under tungsten lighting with the preset giving a similar result. However, the camera’s AWB performance is good under florescent lights with the preset giving a slight magenta color cast.

The Live View shooting experience is good with 750D. Live view AF is quite effective for capturing the static subjects like still faces. Pairing it with the touchscreen makes it more easy to use. Tracking the moving subjects may trouble you a bit where the viewfinder autofocus is sometimes inaccurate and laggy.

Coming to our verdict regarding the video, we would like to say that this is not a camera for you if you are more inclined towards recording videos. Even if the camera lacks specific video tools and specs, features, and controls as compared to the more advanced cameras, but it is certainly capable of shooting decent footage.

 

 

The camera is capable of shooting 1080 HD video at 30p or slower frame rates. The best part is that you have an option to shoot in full manual mode which gives you a perfect control for adjusting exposure parameters. This ensures a better shutter speed and depth of field for shooting moving subjects.

The camera boasts a better connectivity due to its built-in Wi-Fi with NFC pairing. EOS 750D does not have any physical button to activate Wi-Fi access point. You will have to head to the main menu to activate it. Pairing the camera with your smartphone needs you to connect to the camera’s Wi-Fi hotspot. Then, open the Canon Camera Connect app. If you have an NFC-enabled smart device, you need to tap it against the camera to make a connection. Once it is established, you can easily view and download images remotely.

It takes around eight seconds to transfer high-quality JPEG image. The app lets you to remotely control the camera and adjust the settings like shutter speed, aperture, and ISO. However, the zoom has to be set manually. Once the device is connected, the Wi-Fi performs much well maintaining a stable signal.

Canon EOS 750D ships with a new LP-E17 rechargeable Lithium-ion battery. According to CIPA standard, the battery life is rated at 440 shots which is same as the 700D. Though the battery performance is better than most of the mirrorless cameras but is much less than Nikon D5500 that offers a whopping 820 shots.

Should You Buy the Canon EOS 750D Camera?

Canon EOS 750D is priced at $547.89 (body only), $655.49 (with EF-S 18-55mm iS STM). With its 24-megapixel APS-C sensor, Canon brings this camera more in line with the similarly-priced market counterparts from Nikon and Sony. The increase in resolution results in a good quality image but with a slight softness. The high ISO performance is decent with an improved dynamic range over its predecessor.

The video quality is good but we miss the most sought after 1080 at 60fps. The camera offers an excellent single-shot AF performance with 19-point cross-type system. Though the camera lacks the Servo AF mode, the Live View autofocus has been improved. Overall, the camera is a nice upgrade to the Rebel T5i and is quite a good value for money.

Pros

  • High resolution and fast AF system
  • Fast autofocus with optical viewfinder
  • Effective focus tracking in live view with AF III system
  • 5EV Exposure Compensation
  • Optical off-board flash control
  • Flicker detection
  • 5mm mic port
  • Built-in Wi-Fi and NFC
  • Supports wireless and wired remotes

Cons

  • Practically impossible to focus on a moving subject in live view
  • Video functioning tools are limited
  • No 60p video option
  • No electronic level
  • No Servo AF in Live view mode
  • Dynamic range is not as good as the market counterparts
  • No clean HDMI output and headphone jack
  • Average battery life

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