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Canon EOS 750D

Canon EOS 750D review: How does it compare to the EOS 200D?

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Price when reviewed : £617
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Responsive live view performance and consistent all-round quality makes the Canon 750D a safe bet


  • Responsive live view performance
  • Great image quality

Update: First released in early 2015, the Canon EOS 750D is now more than three years old. The good thing about that is it has come down in price a fair bit, so you can now pick one up with an 18-55mm kit lens for less than £500.

However, if your budget is a strict £500, you should also consider the EOS 200D. Being a much newer model, it has multiple advantages over the 750D including super image processing, better battery life and the addition of Bluetooth connectivity. The 200D also has a built-in timelapse mode and a significantly higher maximum ISO.

Having said that, the older 750D does still hold a few key advantages over the 200D including more focus points and better flash coverage. Its kit lens is also a little faster, so which model you choose might come down to how you intend to use the camera.

Original review continues: Some cameras are packed with attention-grabbing features, but I think the average SLR owner would prefer to be dazzled by the quality of their photos than by the camera itself. That seems to be the thinking behind Canon’s mid-price consumer SLRs, of which the EOS 750D is the probably Canon’s best example. The more recent model – the Canon EOS 760D – doesn’t quite offer enough to justify its extra price premium.

In fact, the Canon EOS 750D is very much in the mould of its predecessor, the Canon 700D, in that it doesn’t have anything that blows the competition away; rather it’s the consistent, all-round high quality that makes this our top choice for budding enthusiasts.

The 750D arrives two years later than the 700D, and while there’s little to separate them from the outside, there are some significant changes inside. The autofocus sensor has been upgraded, up from 9 to 19 points, all of which are cross-type for increased sensitivity. It appears to be the same autofocus sensor used in the Canon EOS 70D and the Canon 7D before that. It’s still short of the 39 points offered by the Nikon D5500, though, and its diamond-shaped array of points covers a smaller area in the centre of the frame.

The imaging sensor is new, too, with a 24-megapixel resolution to match chief rivals, the Nikon D5500 and Nikon D5600. There’s also a new metering sensor that measures the brightness of the scene at 7,560 points, which is a significant step up over the EOS 700D’s 63-zone metering.

Canon EOS 750D LCD

Continuous shooting performance is a match for the 700D and D5500 at 5fps, with a modest amount of buffer memory that maintains this speed for seven RAW frames before it slows to the speed of whatever SD card you have inserted in its SD card slot. Battery life is rated at 440 shots, though, far short of the D5500’s 820 shots and the viewfinder has regressed slightly, going from a 0.85x to a 0.82x magnification. That equates to 0.51x magnification on a full-frame camera, which makes it one of the smallest viewfinders currently offered by an interchangeable-lens camera. Only Canon’s low-end EOS 1300D has a smaller magnification viewfinder at 0.8x.

The new metering and autofocus systems conspire to deliver subject tracking autofocus – something the 700D offered in live view mode but not when using the viewfinder. We weren’t overly impressed with it on that model, though. We saw some evidence of it working but not enough to convince us to rely on it.

The 750D’s subject tracking is far more responsive and accurate in live view mode, although it seemed to need to wait for the subject to stop moving before focusing on it. Enabling live view also meant we were able to position the static autofocus point freely in any part of the frame. At a time when consumer SLRs are under threat from increasingly sophisticated compact system cameras (CSCs) it’s ironic, but perhaps inevitable, that the Canon EOS 750D’s live view mode is beginning to overtake its viewfinder-based operation.

The 750D is still faster for shot-to-shot times when using the viewfinder. We measured 0.4 seconds, compared to around one second in live view mode. This live view performance is a big improvement on the 700D, though, which took over four seconds between shots.

Controls, Wi-Fi and video

There are a couple of new buttons on the top plate. DISP switches the LCD screen on and off. An autofocus mode button cycles through the single-point, zone and auto modes and lets the user adjust the autofocus point. It’s a surprising addition seeing as there’s already a button on the back for this, although the new one is better in that it cycles around the three modes with repeated presses. The selected autofocus point can be moved using the touchscreen while looking through the viewfinder. This proved to be quicker than using the four-way navigation buttons.

Canon EOS 750D back

As before, there are dedicated buttons for drive mode, ISO speed, exposure compensation, white balance, autofocus mode, AE lock, Picture Style preset and depth-of-field preview, plus a Q Menu for additional settings such as JPEG/RAW quality and metering mode. The touchscreen makes this Q Menu a breeze to navigate.

Wi-Fi makes an appearance. It uses a different app to previous Canon SLRs and compacts, but once again we had difficulty getting it to work with our Nexus 4 phone. NFC is there to simplify configuration but the reality was anything but simple. Each time it failed it generated a new encryption password, which made troubleshooting pretty exasperating.

We had more joy with the iOS app. It connected first time and gave us responsive full-screen previews of the photos stored in the camera. It’s also possible to apply star ratings to photos but not to sort them by rating. A remote viewfinder mode is included too, with the ability to move the autofocus point and adjust exposure controls.

The app doesn’t support video capture or playback, but in other respects the video mode is well specified. 1080p clips are encoded in AVC format at 24, 25 or 30fps with a choice of automatic or manual exposure. There’s a socket for an external microphone but no headphone socket to monitor it with. We’ve often complained about coarse details in videos from Canon’s consumer SLRs. The 750D was a little better than the 700D in this respect but it still fell short of the standards set by Nikon SLRs. Moiré remains a problem in videos, with multi-coloured swirls of interference over dense, repeating patterns.

The 750D beat Nikon SLRs hands down for video autofocus, though. When paired with an STM lens (including the 18-55mm kit lens), focusing was responsive, smooth and virtually silent. The touchscreen made it easy to adjust the autofocus point while recording. For most people, this will be far more appealing than the Nikon’s crisper video details.

Image quality

The EOS 700D lagged behind the D5500 for image quality so it’s good to see some improvement this time around. The increased resolution from 18 to 24 megapixels has given a small but welcome boost to detail levels, and puts it on a level pegging with the D5500. Noise levels are lower too, with an appreciable reduction in chroma noise in the shadows of photos at ISO 800 and above. There wasn’t much to separate the EOS 750D and Nikon D5500 for noise but the 750D’s JPEGs retained slightly more fine detail at ISO 3200 and above.

The kit lens put in a decent performance with good corner sharpness, but we noticed a few instances where the camera had front focused, leaving the main subject looking slightly soft. This is a problem we’ve seen many times before on consumer SLRs, but never from their live view modes, or from CSCs.

Canon 750D test shot ^ Focus is reasonably sharp across the frame, and there’s a decent attempt to handle the scene’s wide dynamic range. (1/125s, f/6.3, ISO 100, 32mm equivalent)
Canon 750D test shot ^ Another solid result, although close inspection reveals that the foreground is sharper than the centre of the frame where the camera was meant to be focusing. (1/160s, f/8, ISO 100, 88mm equivalent)

Canon 750D test shot ^ Very little evidence of noise at ISO 1250 and smooth, detailed skin tones. Hair looks slightly smudged and the background is a little grainy but it’s an excellent result. (1/100s, f/5.6, ISO 1250, 88mm equivalent)

Canon 750D test shot ^ There’s a fair bit of noise at ISO 6400 but this is fine for online sharing. (1/50s, f/5, ISO 6400, 59mm equivalent)

Canon 750D ISO test shot ^ Shaded skin tones at ISO 6400 is a tougher test but it’s another strong result. (1/125s, f/5.6, ISO 6400, 82mm equivalent)

Canon 760D and conclusion

The 750D isn’t the only new addition to the EOS range. The Canon 760D arrived at the same time and is very similar except for its dual dials, passive LCD screen to show settings and an eye-level sensor so the LCD screen switches off automatically when the viewfinder is used. It’s also able to shoot in live view mode with continuous autofocus. It’s available body-only for around £580, making it around £120 more expensive than the EOS 750D.

^ Here you can see the two key difference between the two cameras

I’d be more tempted with the Canon 70D, which ups the stakes yet again with a significantly larger viewfinder, various additional buttons, 7fps shooting, a bigger battery and weather-sealed construction. It’s currently available for £585 body only. Meanwhile, the 700D remains on sale for £500 with the 18-55mm lens.

The fact that we’d struggle to choose between the 700D, 750D and 70D at current prices suggests that Canon has pitched this new family member well. We prefer it to the Nikon D5500, and the fact that it performs so well in live view mode means it can hold its own among CSCs too. Buy Now from Amazon

Sensor resolution24 megapixels
Sensor size22.3×14.9mm (APS-C)
Focal length multiplier1.6x
Optical stabilisationAvailable in lenses
ViewfinderOptical TTL
Viewfinder magnification (35mm-equivalent), coverage0.51x, 95%
LCD screen3in (1,040,000 dots)
Orientation sensorYes
Photo file formatsJPEG, RAW (CR2)
Maximum photo resolution6,000×4,000
Photo aspect ratios4:3, 3:2, 16:9 1:1
Video compression formatMP4 (AVC) at up to 29Mbit/s
Video resolutions1080p at 24/25/30fps, 720p at 25/30/50/60fps, VGA at 25/30fps
Slow motion video modesN/A
Maximum video clip length (at highest quality)16m 0s
Exposure modesProgram, shutter priority, aperture priority, manual
Shutter speed range30 to 1/4,000 seconds
ISO speed range100 to 25600
Exposure compensationEV +/-5
White balanceAuto, 6 presets with fine tuning, manual
Auto-focus modes19-point (19 cross-type)
Metering modesMulti, partial, centre-weighted, spot, face detect
Flash modesAuto, forced, suppressed, slow synchro, rear curtain, red-eye reduction
Drive modesSingle, continuous, self-timer, AE bracket, WB bracket, HDR
Kit lens
Kit lens model nameCanon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM
Optical stabilisationYes
Optical zoom (35mm-equivalent focal lengths)3x (29-88mm)
Maximum aperture (wide-tele)f/3.5-5.6
35mm-equivalent aperturef/5.6-9
Manual focusYes
Closest macro focus (wide)25cm
Closest macro focus (tele)25cm
Lens mountCanon EF-S
Card slotSDXC
Memory suppliedNone
Battery typeLi-ion
ConnectivityUSB, AV, mini HDMI, microphone, wired remote
WirelessWi-Fi, NFC
GPSOptional GPS Receiver GP-E2
HotshoeCanon E-TTL
Body materialPlastic
AccessoriesUSB cable, neck strap
Size (HxWxD)104x132x148mm
Buying information
WarrantyOne year RTB
Price including VAT£617
Part code0592C021AA

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Canon EOS 750D review: How does it compare to the EOS 200D?

Responsive live view performance and consistent all-round quality makes the Canon 750D a safe bet

£617 inc VAT