Canon EOS 760D - Features, Screen and Viewfinder

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Canon EOS 760D – Screen and Viewfinder

Canon is a company that likes to keep “consumer” features out of its pro and semi-pro cameras. And, in some respects, this is where the Canon EOS 760D benefits slightly from being classed as a lower-end model.

First, where pricier models tend to have fixed screens, the 760D has a vari-angle display. The screen folds out from the camera body on a hinge, which although taking up a bit of room, provides great flexibility. It allows for a great selfie angle, as well as making shooting from above and below head level super easy.

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The screen itself is largely the same as that seen in the Canon EOS 700D. It’s a 3in Clear View II display with a 3:2 aspect, which mirrors the shape of the sensor.

Resolution is 1,040k-dot, offering good sharpness. We also discovered a smart relationship between the screen and the viewfinder. A proximity sensor turns off the screen automatically when you put your face up to the viewfinder, which both saves battery life and stops the light pushed out by the screen becoming annoying. Neat, right?

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The viewfinder is good, but not class-leading. The 760D’s viewfinder is a pentamirror version with 95 per cent coverage and 0.82x magnification. This is around standard for DSLRs of this class, but it’s soundly beaten the one featured in the Pentax K-S2. The Pentax’s pentaprism viewfinder offers 100 per cent coverage, which is brighter than the 760D’s cheaper pentamirror style.

It fares better compared to the Nikon D5500 and the Canon EOS 750D, though. The 760D’s viewfinder includes a built-in electronic level, allowing you to check that your shots are level with the horizon. Again, it’s another extra that will appeal to those more serious about photography.

The Canon 760D’s also benefits from a touchscreen, which lets you pick the focus point particularly easy. More expensive Canon models don’t have them.

Canon EOS 760D – Features

Wi-Fi and NFC are also often missing from pricier Canons, but that feature in the 760D.

Canon’s implementation of wireless tech is great too. The Canon Connect app makes transferring images to a mobile phone/tablet easy, and it also offers plenty of control. As well as being able to remotely fire off the shutter, you can control exposure settings and choose the focus point from your phone.

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Alongside the more “serious” physical controls, the Canon EOS 760D also includes a built-in pop-up flash. Naturally, a hotshoe is present too, to let you attach a more powerful flash unit, or external microphones should you wish.

Thinking about buying a CSC or high-end compact instead? One of the benefits of a DSLR is better battery life. The Canon EOS 760D’s battery is rated for 440 shots off a single charge, and a battery grip accessory available too. That’s a shade under the 480 shots of the Pentax K-S2, although way below the 820 shots Nikon quotes for the D5500. An eye-opening comparison, isn’t it?