The Canon EOS 750D is a DSLR that, while not bottom-rung like the EOS 1200D, is reasonably affordable, and offers simple operation that’ll appeal to those who don't want to get knee-deep into the manual side of photography. It gets you the DSLR benefits of lens choice and good image quality, without the daunting learning curve.
If you’re keen to dive right into some of the more advanced principles of photography, also consider the Canon EOS 760D, which has the same insides but more manual controls.
Want to keep it simple? The only serious issue with the Canon EOS 750D is that it doesn’t offer as good dynamic range as its rivals, the Nikon D5500 and Pentax K-S2.
If jaw-dropping, dynamic style is high on your camera priority list, you’re unlikely to come to a DSLR for it. The Canon EOS 750D has the classic Canon DSLR look, with a chunky black body that most people will only be able to set apart from other entry-level Canon models by looking at the name badge.
It’s practical, not a preener.
Being a lower-end model, the Canon EOS 750D’s outer parts are polycarbonate rather than magnesium alloy, which is only found on rather more expensive models. It doesn’t feel ultra-high-end, then, but its still tough.
There’s no creaking or warping of the parts that make up the Canon EOS 750D’s shell, and it has an aluminium skeleton underneath the plastic to help keep everything rigid. A slightly lower-end construction also helps keep the camera light.
It’s 25g lighter than its predecessor the 700D, and feels nicely low-heft for a DSLR, without getting rid of the large hand grip. The next step would be to add weatherproofing to more affordable cameras like the Canon EOS 750D, but that's not here yet. This is still reserved for Canon’s more expensive cameras.
A light, polycarbonate body camera may become a disadvantage if you’re looking to mount giant fast lenses, but if you want to sample some of Canon’s cheaper high-quality options like the bargain 50mm f1.8 lens, they’ll suit the Canon EOS 750D perfectly.
What’s rather more specific to the Canon EOS 750D is a very laid-back control style. It has just the single manual control wheel up on the top plate, and a very easy-to-reach mode dial.
This style is a total opposite to the 750D’s brother, the Canon EOS 760D. That model is roughly £50 more and gets you more manual controls plus an extra display on the top plate, for a much more ‘pro’ feel.
If you think your next camera is likely to be a stepping stone onto more serious photography and, one day, a real top-end DSLR, the 760D is a much better bet. Think you’ll stay best friends with the Auto mode? There’s no shame in picking the 750D. By cutting down on the number of controls Canon has been able to make the few that do feature very easy to access. This camera is easy to use, and — let’s not overstate the matter — does still give you plenty of manual control if you’re after it.
The mode dial features priority modes that let you control one main element such as aperture or shutter speed, letting the camera sort of the rest to best suit that setting. We use these easy manual modes about 90 per cent of the time.