The Canon EOS 760D was recently announced in February 2015. It was launched together with the Canon EOS 750D, adding into the diverse and wide range of Canon cameras and lenses family. I first had a short hands on session with the Canon EOS 760D at the Canon launch event.

Here are some thoughts/views on my initial hands on with the Canon EOS 760D and EOS 750D –

  • The Canon EOS 760D, in my opinion, is designed to be in between the entry level DSLRs (3 digit model series, e.g. EOS 700D) and mid/semi pro series DSLR (2 digit model series, e.g. EOS 70D)
  • Small, compact and lightweight
  • A good number of features packed inside a small body DSLR
  • Ideal for travel photography
  • An ideal back up camera

The Canon EOS 760D and 750D are good DSLR camera models to consider if you are planning to upgrade from a compact camera or starting to learn more about photography.

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In the month of May 2015, I was given the opportunity to review the Canon EOS 760D and it was with me on a two weeks plus photography adventure to test and review the 760D. Before I share more on the key points, thoughts and views of the Canon EOS 760D, let me share and recap with you the key technicial specifications of this DSLR

  • Dimensions: Approx. 131.9 x 100.9 x 77.8mm
  • Weight: Approx. 520g (body only)
  • Image sensor: 24.2 mega-pixel CMOS sensor
  • Imaging processor: DIGIC 6
  • ISO speed: 100 – 12,800 (expandable to 25,600)
  • Continuous shooting speed: 5 fps
  • Maximum video quality: Full HD 30fps
  • AF: 19-points all cross type
  • Wi-Fi: Yes, NFC-enabled
  • LCD: 3.0-inch (1.04 million dots) Vari-angle touch panel

The Canon EOS 760D went along with me to some photography walkabout, events and two sports events too! The experiences were good and interesting, pushing the EOS 760D to its full capabilities and limits, from fast action sports photography to night lowlight landscape scenes.

Key Points

  • Lightweight
  • Solid and sturdy DSLR camera body feel
  • Affordable
  • Good performance at high ISO 12,800
  • Improved dynamic range
  • Good AF system for entry level DSLR, incorporating mid range DSLR EOS 70D technology
  • Strong video recording technology and capabilities
  • Ease of use to navigate the buttons and functions on the 760D body
  • Vari-angle LCD touch panel is very useful for photography and videography
  • First entry level DSLR to incorporate a top LCD panel

During my two and half weeks with the EOS 760D, I brought it out to outdoor events, basketball and netball sports matches at the Sports Hub, night walkabout at Singapore Heritage Festival 2015 and testing the high ISO of the EOS 760D in low light conditions.

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The Canon EOS 760D was not designed to be a sports DSLR camera, nevertheless, it did hold up well, shooting at high ISO 12,800 and some high speed shutter action, it did manage to produce and captured some decent and nice quality sports actions shots!

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At the ISO level 12,800, the performance was very good in my personal humble opinion. The noise level is lower/better than previous Canon DSLR models on DIGIC 5 processor and it has improved significantly! I am looking forward to future Canon camera models with the Digic 6 processor.

I brought it out to walkabouts around Marina Bay area in the evening, catching some pretty blue sky and clouds, while at Labrador Park in the night, testing the high ISO capabiliites on landscapes and surroundings. Looking through the photographs that I took with the EOS 760D, I am impressed with the high ISO performance in the night and low light conditions.

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Here are some of the articles and photographs that I went with the EOS 760D review camera unit –

Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM lens Review

This is the lens that forms the EOS 760D kit combination that is currently available in the market. The quality and built of the EF-S series lenses have improved signifcantly over the years since I first used the EF-S lens series on the Canon EOS 300D in 2004.

The focal length range from 18-135mm gives the photographer a good wide angle zoom to mid telephoto zoom, ideal for travel and walkabout. Incorporating Canon’s IS (Image Stablizer) and STM (Stepping Motor) technologies, it gives the EF-S 18-135mm lens, the ability to handle both photography and video-recording capabilities.

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When I first used the Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM lens, the lens body was well built and sturdy. The optics and output quality from this lens is pretty good too.

This photography kit combination, the Canon EOS 760D and EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM package is a good starter combination for first timers entering into the world of DSLR.

Video recording capabilities

Inside this small and powerful EOS 760D, there lies the new Hybrid CMOS AF III system. This new hybrid AF system makes Canon DSLR video recording to be easier, better and faster!

A videographer/photographer friend, Dave Koh, kindly recorded and produced a simple video clip at night with the EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM lens using the EOS 760D.

With the Hybrid CMOS AF III system and the improved IS and STM technologies on the new Canon lenses, Canon DSLR videography is easier to use and the video output standards have improved.

For more in-depth details of the Canon EOS 760D functions and capabilities, you can visit my previous post for more information and details! To view more photographs shot with the EOS 760D review unit, do visit my Flickr collection and take a look!

Pricing and Availability

The Canon EOS 760D is now available at Canon authorized dealers at the following recommended prices –

  • EOS 760D Kit (w/ EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM) @ $1,649.00 SRP (Including GST)
  • EOS 760D @ $1,099.00 SRP (Including GST)

What are my final thoughts and views of the Canon EOS 760D?

In my personal humble opinion, the Canon EOS 760D is designed and placed in between the entry level DSLRs and mid level DSLRs. If you are interested to own a DSLR camera and you are just entering into it/upgrading from digital compact cameras, the EOS 760D is a good consideration with part of the capabilities from a mid level DSLR packed inside the small and lightweight entry level DSLR. It is quite a value for money investment too!

* I would like to thank Canon Singapore and Ogilvy Public Relations for the arrangement to review the Canon EOS 760D *