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The Canon 760D may seem to be a better choice of camera than the 750D despite of a $100 difference. They are essentially the same camera with the same specification. While the 760D features a top panel LCD and a rear command dial similar to higher end DSLRs like the 70D, the 750D has the same ergonomic design as its predecessor 700D.
One of the biggest competitors for the Canon 760D is Nikon’s rival D5500. From the specification, Nikon’s D5500 seems to be a better camera than the Canon 760D even with a cheaper price tag. So why would you still want a Canon 760D?
Features that are better on the Nikon D5500
- No optical low pass filter results in sharper images
- Larger 3.2 LCD screen (3.2” vs 3”)
- 25% lighter in weight (420g vs 565g)
- More AF points (39pt vs 19pt)
- Battery life is nearly doubled of Canon’s (820 shots vs 440 shots)
- Time-lapse recording
There are a couple of unique features on the Canon 760D that makes it a better camera than the D5500. These features are often found on advance DSLRs, but Canon has brought them to the 760D. The first feature is a top LCD screen which I find it very useful. It lets you check the camera setting quickly without accessing the back LCD or look through the viewfinder. The second feature is the twin dials with a rear commander dial at the back. It acts as an aperture control in M mode and exposure compensation in A or Tv mode, allowing quick access to the camera settings.
The difference of having twin dials is night and day. There is no aperture button to press and exposure compensation can be changed directly from the commander dial. Imagine the extra steps you have to go through to change the AF point, aperture and shutter speed together on a single dial camera, you have to press the AF point selector as well as the aperture button before changing the setting.
The ergonomic design of the Canon 760D shows some similarities with the 7D mark II. The mode dial and on/off switch follows the same layout as the 7D mark II, but there are no buttons on the left hand side due to the articulating LCD.
Canon 760D Canon 7D mark II
Even though Nikon D5500 has better image quality, ISO performance and AF system, the difference is negligible. On the other hand, the control and handling of the 760D with top LCD and twin dials are much more remarkable, it provides a more professional shooting experience which makes it still a contender. Also Canon has some unique lenses that Nikon doesn’t have like the EF-S 24mm f/2.8. It is an extremely low profile lens with a 35mm focal length (35mm equivalent) and cost less than $150. Pair it with the EF 50mm f1.8 STM and you have the best light weight prime lens kit that cost the same as the Canon 760D kit with the 18-135mm. If you are looking for a low profile/light weight DSLR combo, you can’t go wrong with the Canon 760D, EF-S 24mm f2.8 STM and EF 50mm f/1.8 STM.
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