Canon EOS 760D Review

September 14, 2015 | Jack Baker |
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Image Quality

All of the sample images in this review were taken using the 24 megapixel Fine JPEG setting, which gives an average image size of around 7Mb.

The new 24.2MP sensor in the 760D doesn’t just look good on paper; it also generates excellent image quality. Right from the off, colours are vibrant without appearing oversaturated, whilst the 63-zone Evaluative exposure metering system reliably produces balanced exposures. Dynamic range isn’t the strongest aspect of the new sensor, as shadow areas can sometimes look somewhat crushed, but activating the HDR Backlight Control mode easily fixes this.

But it’s the 760D’s low noise levels that impress most. ISO 100 and 400 shots look almost identical, and even at ISO 800 detail levels are very nearly as high. ISO 1600 images can sometimes contain subtle areas of colour speckling in neutral tones, but you’ll need to be scrutinising at 100% image size to notice. There’s a little more noise and marginally less detail at ISO 3200, and this trend continues through ISO 6400 and 12800, with the latter sensitivity producing more noticeable detail smoothing and colour boundary smearing. At ISO 12800 there’s also some blotchiness in areas of solid tones, but only to a degree you’d traditionally expect from an ISO 3200 shot. The ISO 25600 expansion setting produces noticeably noisier and less detailed images than ISO 12800, though they’re still fairly easy on the eye, providing you don’t scrutinise too closely.

Although our EF-S 17-85mm f/4-5.6 IS USM test lens isn’t Canon’s sharpest optic, it was good enough to demonstrate the 750D’s ability to resolve plenty of fine detail. Sharpness can be adjusted along with parameters like contrast, saturation and colour tone in the camera’s Picture Style options. Images also respond well to sharpening in Photoshop, thanks to their low levels of grain noise.

Noise

The Canon EOS 760D has eight sensitivity settings ranging from ISO 100 to 12800. This range can be expanded one stop to add a High (ISO 25600) sensitivity by enabling ‘ISO expansion’ via the main menu. The camera’s auto ISO upper limit can also be configured, with a maximum sensitivity of ISO 6400.

JPEG

RAW

ISO 100 (100% Crop)

ISO 100 (100% Crop)

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ISO 200 (100% Crop)

ISO 200 (100% Crop)

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ISO 400 (100% Crop)

ISO 400 (100% Crop)

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ISO 800 (100% Crop)

ISO 800 (100% Crop)

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ISO 1600 (100% Crop)

ISO 1600 (100% Crop)

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ISO 3200 (100% Crop)

ISO 3200 (100% Crop)

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ISO 6400 (100% Crop)

ISO 6400 (100% Crop)

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ISO 12800 (100% Crop)

ISO 12800 (100% Crop)

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ISO 25600 (100% Crop)

ISO 25600 (100% Crop)

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File Quality

Numerous file quality and size options are available. At full 24.2MP resolution you can shoot in raw (approx. 30MB file size), JPEG Fine (6-12MB) and JPEG Normal (3-6MB). There’s also a raw+JPEG Fine setting.

The medium (M) image size translates to 11MP (3984x2656) photos, with Fine and Normal compression options available. Selecting the ‘S1’ image size gives 5.9MP images at 2976x1984 resolution, again with Fine (~2MB file size) and Normal (~1MB) compression options. S2 image size results in 1920x1280 shots, also around 1MB in size. Finally, the ‘S3’ option generates 720x480 shots which consume less than 500KB of card space.

Fine (6.15Mb) (100% Crop) Normal (3.00Mb) (100% Crop)
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RAW (21.8Mb) (100% Crop)  
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Sharpening

The out-of-camera JPEGs are quite soft and at the default sharpening setting and benefit from some further sharpening in a program like Adobe Photoshop. You can also change the in-camera sharpening level to suit your tastes via the Picture Style options.

Original (100% Crop)

Sharpened (100% Crop)

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Flash

Options for the built-in flash are controlled via the Quick Control menu and also the main menu. Three flash choices are available via Quick Control: Normal flash firing, Easy wireless flash and Custom wireless flash. Red-eye reduction is enabled or disabled from the first page of the main menu, as are more advanced options such as TTL metering modes, flash sync speeds and flash exposure compensation.

Flash Off - Wide Angle (29mm)

Flash On - Wide Angle (29mm)

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Flash Off - Telephoto (88mm)

Flash On - Telephoto (88mm)

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Whether red-eye reduction is enabled or not, the 760D successfully avoided red-eye during our testing. The flash was also able to evenly illuminate a white surface from a distance of 1.5 meters with only minor vignetting at a 27mm-equivalent focal length.

Flash On

Flash On (100% Crop)
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Red-eye Reduction

Red-eye Reduction (100% Crop)

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Night

Another of the 760D’s six scene modes is Handheld Night Scene. This works in a similar way to the HDR Backlight Control mode, with the camera capturing multiple frames and compiling them into a single image with less image noise. In our case the final shot has a recorded sensitivity of ISO 12800, yet noise levels are impressively low. For comparison, we also photographed the same scene using the standard auto mode, which resulted in an ISO 6400 image, though this shot does contain slightly more detail.

Of course if you want maximum low light image quality, a long exposure from a tripod is the only way to go. Nevertheless, the quality difference between our 1-second ISO 200 long exposure and the Handheld Night Scene image is impressively small.

Night Auto

Night Auto (100% Crop)

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Night Scene

Night Scene (100% Crop)

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Night Long Exposure

Night Long Exposure (100% Crop)

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Creative Filters

Although DSLR’s aren’t really about filter effects, the 760D does include several. These can be applied live as you shoot, providing you’re not shooting in raw or raw+JPEG modes. They can also be added to existing shots in playback mode. The effects are: Grainy B&W, Soft focus, Art bold effect, Fish-eye effect, Toy camera effect & Miniature effect.

Grainy B&W

Soft Focus

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Fisheye Effect

Art Bold

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Water Painting

Toy Camera

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Miniature  
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HDR Backlight

Probably the most useful of the 760D’s half-dozen scene modes is HDR Backlight Control. Here the camera fires multiple consecutive shots to capture highlight, mid-tone and shadow detail, then combines them automatically into an image with far better dynamic range than a single exposure. The process is fast and the results look seamless and fairly natural.

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Off

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