Throughout history lots of companies have been associated with visionary myths. It would be really insolent to negate that there were such actions in the past, yet the missionary zeal somehow often vanishes overnight and gives way to apathy and unpreparedness to make and accept changes. Aside from the cases where such a metamorphosis is a reflection of inability on part of conglomerates to spot instantly an adequate moment to take action, a more frequent form of ending in a stalemate results from the feeling of being untouchable. Just like an athlete who dominates his/her discipline and with time gets a feeling of invincibility, so companies must go through a sobering experience in order to accept that they are not alone on the scene.
Over the last couple of years, we have had a chance to follow the race of Canon with itself, then its inability to fight the main rival back, and there was also a disregard for wishes of current and future owners of Canon cameras, while we are now in a situation where the deadlock starts breaking. In contrast to previous similar reactions, this time Canon makes new moves only partially so that it would reply to the aggression of the chief rival (Nikon), whereby the central problem has come in the form of Shakespearean dilemma – to resist the invasion of mirrorless (MILC) cameras or to finally join them in all their glory.
As always, a large company chooses a compromise – the most affordable form of compensating for a battle lost in advance, from its point of view; however, such a form should convey a message to the existing base of users that the DSLR story has not ended yet.
Why an introduction like this? Well, until recently we have expressed all criticisms about entry-level DSLRs in terms of their policy based on former glory. Today, the situation is a little bit different, however. Today, Canon’s main problem in the entry-level domain is not Nikon. Not because the said company is a bad rival (quite the contrary), but because both companies are facing an entire armada of technologically ambitious companies, hungry for profit, whose common denominator is an inconspicuous acronym MILC (Mirrorless Interchangeable Lens Camera).
Since (almost) everything has been said long ago in the DSLR category, there is almost no room for some revolutionary solutions. Where there is room (in the domain of the sensor), it equally applies to other categories of digital camera technology, including MILC. In order for the technical differences between entry-level MILC and DSLR cameras to be clearer, Canon has decided to raise the entry-level DSLR class to a level higher than before and thus buy time until it gets down more seriously to its MILC product, the EOS M. This resulted in a certain problem with the next generation of middle-class DSLRs, since the camera reviewed here, EOS 760D, practically completely took over the position once held by the 70D. And where is the twin brother, EOS 750D, introduced together with the 760D? Well, we would like to know that, too… For now, we can only be sure that the policy of cryptic labels for the US market is still current, so the 750D is labeled T6i, whereas the 760D is also known as T6s. Long live confusion!
When it was promoted a little less than two years ago, the Canon EOS 700D provoked an avalanche of criticisms because of the fact that it differed from its predecessor (EOS 650D) virtually only in terms of the firmware and the logo. This had major repercussions in the public, so it resulted in a definite slowdown of the tempo and the prolongation of the cycle in which new generations replaced older ones in a year or two. Was it worth waiting? Judge for yourself:
Technical characteristics: Canon EOS 760D and 750D in comparison to 700D
Regardless of which of the two new models we observe, the most noticeable and undoubtedly most intriguing is the difference in the sensor. After a several-year-long drought with innovations in this field and only a shy attempt in the form of a 20MP APS-C sensor that was featured by the 70D and 7D Mark II, Canon has finally plucked up the courage to show the market something really new. How new this is in terms of technology it is still early to say, but it is good that we have finally budged away from the well-known 18MP. Not because 18MP is a little (since for most needs it is not), but due to the fact that it unambiguously indicates that the project team were not idling their days away. Whether the enthusiasm is justified – we will see.
There are some more innovations – an improved buffer, the AF is new, the same goes for light metering, built-in Wi-Fi, and there are also some minutiae that separate the two versions of the camera from each other. Let’s start one thing at a time.
Depending on whether you opt for the weaker 750D or the more advanced 760D, kit lenses included in the package differ. Yet, these are not any profound differences, since three out of four lenses in total are available for both models. The basic kit lens, as always in this class, is the EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM, and it is accompanied by the EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM and the telephoto lens labeled EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS STM. The fourth one, an old zoom lens with a great focal length, EF-S 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 IS, is available only with the 760D. We would rather if the lenses such as the new EF-S 10-18mm f/4-5.6 or short, but very serious, the so-called pancake prime lenses like the EF-S 24mm f/2.8 STM or EF 40mm f/2.8 STM were included in the package. Typical absence of far-sightedness.
Canon EOS 760D, the content of the package with the EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM
In the basic kit package, which we also had when we reviewed these cameras, aside from the camera and a body cap, there are also: an EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM lens with its two caps, an LP-E17 Li-Ion battery with a protective lid, an LC-E17 battery charger (or the LC-E17E version with a cable, as shown in the picture), a shoulder belt, a USB cable, and a printed manual. Depending on the market, two DVDs are included in the package, one of which is the software, while the other is an electronic manual and accompanying applications. The software is designed for the Windows and Mac OS systems, and aside from the well-known Digital Photo Professional RAW convertor, it includes an EOS Utility tool, for controlling the camera via a cable or wirelessly and for transferring files to a computer; Picture Style Editor, by means of which color styles can be adjusted as one likes; and Image Browser EX, for preview and basic arrangement of images. The entire software is also available on the manufacturer’s official website.