With the introduction of the EOS 760D and 750D as upgrades to the 700D (which is set to continue for the time being), Canon now has five cameras in what it likes to call its beginners' range. The new 760D and 750D, known as the Rebel T6s and T6i in US territories, sit at the top of this group above the 700D, 100D and 1200D. The 760D is the uppermost model.
In many respects the 750D seems the more logical upgrade to the 700D and it sits immediately under the 760D in the line-up. It is aimed at novices, while the 760D is designed with more experienced photographers in mind, having a few features from cameras higher up in Canon's DSLR range. Inside, however, the 750D and 760D are near identical and both have the same sensor and processing engine.
This review concentrates on the 750D, but with comparisons to 760D. If you'd like to know more about the slightly more advanced camera, just follow this link to the Canon 760D review.
Although they have a slightly different target audience, the 750D and 760D are essentially the same camera as they share many components. They both have Canon's new 24.2-million-effective pixel APS-C format CMOS sensor, a Digic 6 processing engine and a 19-point phase detection autofocus (AF) system.
This AF system is available for use when images are composed in the viewfinder rather than when Live View mode is activated and the screen on the back of the camera is used. The choice of AF point can be left to the camera to decide in 19-point AF mode, or it can be set manually in Single point AF or Zone AF mode. In Zone AF mode you have the choice of five groups of points for selection, whereas in Single point mode all 19 points are available for individual selection.
When Live View mode is in use and images or videos are composed on the 750D's screen, Canon's new Hybrid CMOS AF III system (with Face detection, Tracking AF, FlexiZone-Multi and FlexiZone-Single modes) is available. This is an improved version of the Hybrid CMOS AF II system found in the Canon 100D, having a greater number of focusing pixels arranged in a more regular array than in the past. Canon says it's about 4x faster than version II and two generations ahead of the original Hybrid CMOS AF system in the EOS 700D.
Unlike the 760D, the 750D doesn't have a Servo autofocus option in Live View mode so there isn't an option for focus to adjust continuously while the shutter release is held down and subject distance changes. There is, however, a Continuous AF option in the Live View section of the main menu. When this is activated focus is adjusted fairly slowly when the shutter release isn't pressed. It's designed for use in video mode and to pre-focus when shooting stills.
In Tracking AF mode the focus box shifts as the subject moves around the screen, but focus only adjusts when the shutter release button is first half-pressed, you need to lift your finger and press again to readjust.
In a first for Canon DSLRs, both the 750D and 760D feature Wi-Fi and NFC (Near Field Communication) technology to enable them 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 and then transfer images wirelessly.
Despite the step-up from the 18 million pixels in the 700D, the 750D keeps the older sensor's native sensitivity range of ISO 100-12,800. There's also an expansion setting of ISO 25,600 for very low light conditions. In movie shooting the maximum native setting is ISO 6,400 and there's an expansion value of ISO 12,800.
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.
A dedicated 7,560-pixel RGB and Infra Red (IR) sensor is provided for measuring exposure when the viewfinder is in use. As with the 700D's iFCL metering system, these pixels are grouped into 63 segments (9x7) with the usual options of Evaluative, Centre-weighted, Partial and Spot metering. However, the partial (6.0% of viewfinder) and Spot (3.5% of viewfinder) coverage is a little more precise than in the 700D (9% and 4% respectively) and pixels on the sensor each have their own RGB-IR filter and are read independently. This is a similar system to the one in the excellent 7D Mark II and Canon claims it's more accurate than the 700D's with improved colour detection. However, it's worth remembering that even in Evaluative mode the metering is linked to the AF points, so the brightness of the subject could have an impact upon overall exposure.
In Live View and video mode the same metering options are available, but the cameras use the imaging sensor to supply the information and Evaluative mode uses 315 zones, Partial metering covers 10% of the scene and Spot 2.7%.
Like the older 700D, the 750D has a 3-inch 1,040,000-dot Clear View II TFT screen that's touch-sensitive. It also has an aspect ratio of 3:2 to match the uncropped ratio of the imaging sensor.
One feature that 750D lacks in comparison with the 760D is an electronic level. On the 760D this can be displayed on the screen on the back of the camera, or in the viewfinder, to help keep horizons level.