Appearing amidst the successful release of new products from Canon is the EOS 760D, the latest APS-C DSLR model with a brand new concept. Let's take a look at what this camera, which boasts of a performance level comparable to that of semi-professional models, has to offer. (Report and photos: Ryosuke Takahashi)
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The Essence of a Semi-Professional Camera
Packed into a Compact Body
Today, digital SLR cameras have completely become a part of our daily life. It is a common sight to see people walking on the streets with an SLR hung over their neck. Canon has, in the past, released many cameras for aspiring photographers under the EOS series, including the EOS 700D and EOS 100D. Surprisingly, however, there did not exist a model suited for "beginners who wish to take on the challenge of more serious photography", so the EOS 70D was the next closest class that users could upgrade to. Addressing diverse needs, the EOS 760D is a "premium entry" model that is equipped with the latest technologies found on models such as the EOS 70D and EOS 7D Mark II. With it, users can capture whatever they want, however they desire.
One example is the Anti-flicker Shoot feature, which comes in extremely handy when photographing children or food under a fluorescent light source. This technology made its debut on the EOS 7D Mark II, and there is great significance in its inclusion in an entry-level model, which is more frequently employed for indoor shoots. Enhancements have also been made to the basic performance, including high-speed continuous shooting at up to approx. 5 fps, and continuous shooting in the Servo AF mode during Live View shooting at up to approx. 3 fps.
The EOS 760D is the Canon’s first APS-C model to be built in with a new CMOS sensor with a resolution of about 24.2 megapixels. Pixels for phase-difference detection are employed to achieve high-definition images with minimal noise.
The metering sensor comes with a colourimetric function, which enables the calculation of exposure with high precision in a wide variety of scenes. It is also capable of detecting the skin tone. When in the 19-point AF Auto Selection or Zone AF mode, it is possible to establish focus with priority on the face of the subject even when there are other objects between the camera and the subject.
This is also the first entry-level model to come with a top LCD panel. Although the white balance and drive mode settings are not shown, the minimum information required for shooting can be found here.
Released concurrently with the EOS 760D is the EOS 750D, but the top LCD panel as well as the Servo Burst Shooting feature in the Live View mode are only available on the former. Not only so, other features that are introduced on an entry-class model for the first time include an electronic level display (in both the viewfinder and LCD monitor), and the Intelligent Viewfinder. The EOS 760D also boasts diverse functions that are essential for users upgrading from the beginner to the intermediate level, such as an AF area selection mode that is inherited from the higher-end models, and the ability to correct distortions with the lens aberration correction function. Users will also be pleased to know that the EOS 760D also has a Quick Control Dial, a control that is representative of the EOS series.
A: Pixels dedicated to phase-difference AF
B: Pixels for imaging
The 760D employs the latest Hybrid CMOS AF III, which has enhanced AF speed due to higher density phase-difference AF pixels in the horizontal direction. This offers a pleasant AF shooting experience covering an 80% × 80% area (vertical × horizontal) of the Live View screen.
Enables image processing to achieve results closer to what the photographer intends to produce, such as by making the colours of sunset and greenery more vivid through the detection of near-infrared light.
A camera that remains useful
As you step up your photography skills
While Canon's previous entry-level models were developed mainly with female users in mind, the new EOS 760D is also a perfect choice for male users in their middle age and above. Designed to allow users to make full use of the camera as they step up their photography skills, it comes with features found in semi-professional models. At the same time, it is also easy to use as a sub camera for advanced amateurs who are using a full-frame SLR, as the buttons and the position of the controls are very much similar to those on the higher-end models. Another attractive feature on the EOS 760D is the use of a Vari-angle LCD monitor, which is not available on full-frame models. Depending on the shooting conditions, the Hybrid CMOS AF III, which allows for high-speed AF with the use of only phase-difference AF, is suitable for users who are looking for bold expression with ease. Also noteworthy are the well-equipped movie functions, including support for recording in the MP4 format, approximately 3x to 10x movie digital zoom, and the use of HDR movies.
EOS 760D/ EF-S18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM/ FL: 35mm (equivalent to 56mm in 35mm format)/ Program AE (1/50 sec., f/4.5, +0.3EV)/ ISO 160/ WB: Auto
I made use of the Hybrid CMOS AF III to capture this Live View shot from a low angle. Focus can be established quickly, so it can be used to capture fast-moving animals.
Part of the appeal of the EOS 760D is that while it contains advanced features, you can also easily carry it outdoors. The body weighs about 520g, 10g heavier than the EOS 750D, while both cameras are of the same size. Not only is the EOS 760D about 235g lighter than the EOS 70D, it is also smaller in size, so unless you are particular about the weight and size of the camera, the EOS 760D is an extremely smart choice. Although the EOS M3, which was also released at the same time, may be regarded as a rival of the EOS 760D, one of the greatest strengths of the latter is that you can compose precise shots with the use of an optical viewfinder. With its current level of sophisticated features, the EOS 760D will remain useful even after you have stepped up your photography skills.
EOS 760D/ EF-S18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM/ FL: 35mm (equivalent to 56mm in 35mm format)/ Aperture-priority AE (1/60 sec., f/5, ±0EV)/ ISO 125/ WB: Auto
Jizo statues that I found in an old temple in winter. From the soft texture of the aprons in the image, you can clearly tell that the resolving power is enhanced with the higher pixel count.
EOS 760D/ EF-S18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM/ FL: 91mm (equivalent to 146mm in 35mm format)/ Aperture-priority AE (1/125 sec., f/5.6, ±0EV)/ ISO 640/ WB: Auto
Reproduction of green colour is enhanced with the Scene Detection System, which features a 7560-pixel RGB+IR metering sensor. Instead of a darker tone, colours reproduced seem more vivid.
* This article is created based on a trial model. Aspects such as the appearance and image quality may differ slightly from the actual product.
Born in Aichi in 1960, Takahashi started his freelance career in 1987 after working with an advertising photo studio and a publishing house. Photographing for major magazines, he has travelled to many parts of the world from his bases in Japan and China. Takahashi is a member of the Japan Professional Photographers Society (JPS).