Canon EOS M200 Review

The Canon EOS M200 offers a 24mp sensor, 4K video recording, and a compact camera body, it's designed to be easy to use, but could the lack of buttons and controls be an issue?


|  Canon EOS M200 in Mirrorless Cameras
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The Canon EOS M200 updates the Canon EOS M100, with 4K video recording, more AF points, face and eye detection, and easy to access video recording. Externally the appearance is almost identical, so let's find out how this 24mp camera performs.


Canon EOS M200 Features

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The Canon EOS M200 is Canon's entry-level mirrorless camera and uses a 24mp APS-C CMOS sensor, as well as the Canon EF-M lens mount, which means it does not work with Canon RF lenses. You can, however, use EF and EF-S lenses with the EF-EOS M adapter. The Canon EOS M200 updates the M100, which is now 2 years old. Here we run through the main updates the M200 has over the M100. 

The M200 adds the following to the M100:

  • 4K video recording
  • Vertical video recording
  • An on-screen video record button
  • DIGIC 8 image processor
  • 143 AF points (vs 49)
  • Movie button moved to back (replacing the Wi-Fi button)
  • Eye-detection focus, and improved low-light focus (-4EV)
  • Slightly improved battery life

The 24mp APS-C CMOS sensor features Hybrid AF, with phase-detection AF on the sensor, however, this is only available for stills shooting, and not video recording. There are now 143 AF points, and the camera supports both face and eye-detection auto-focus, however, if you want to use this, make sure it is switched on in the camera menus, as it's switched off on default settings.

The kit lens provided with the camera is a 15-45mm f/3.5-6.3 IS STM lens with optical Image Stabilisation (IS), which is equivalent to 24mm to 72mm in 35mm equivalent terms (due to the 1.6x APS-C sensor crop). It's a collapsible design so that when you're not using the lens, it remains compact. You'll need to extend it before you can shoot with it. It uses a plastic lens mount, however, this shouldn't cause too many concerns as long as you're careful with your equipment. The lens weighs just 130g, which makes it a compact and lightweight companion to the M200. 

 

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The M200 camera has P, A, S, M shooting modes, giving you full manual controls, however, as there is only a minimal mode dial, with Auto, Photo, and Stills selectable, you need to use the on-screen controls to change the shooting mode. Simply press the top-left corner of the screen, and you can switch between the different modes. As well as "Hybrid Auto", M, Av, Tv, and P (Program) modes, there are numerous scene modes, followed by digital filters and effects, as well as HDR shooting modes. 

You can also select the picture style, with these being customisable, and up to 3 user-defined picture styles can be set up.

The camera can shoot at 6.1fps with fixed AF (at the first shot), or 4fps with continuous AF selected. 

In the "Auto+" mode, selectable on the mode dial, you can use the Creative Assist mode to adjust the Background Blur (5 settings), Brightness (19 levels), Contrast (9 levels), Saturation (9 levels), Color Tone 1 & 2 (19 levels), Monochrome (Off/Black and white/Sepia/Blue/Purple/Green). There are also several preset modes so you can simply choose the one with the "look" you're going for. 

There's a built-in pop-up flash that can be used as a fill-flash. The camera body is mostly plastic, with side-access to the SD memory card slot provided. 

Bluetooth and Wi-Fi are built-in letting you connect the camera to your smartphone or tablet, and the Canon Camera Connect app is available for Android and iOS devices. 

4K video recording has been added, with 25 and 24fps available. There's FullHD video recording, which crops in slightly into the frame. The 4K video mode crops noticeably into the frame and is something to be aware of if you need to shoot wide-angle video. High-speed video recording is available, at a reduced resolution on 720p, but with a frame rate of 120/100fps available (NTSC/PAL). 

 

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Key Features

  • 24.1mp APS-C CMOS sensor
  • Canon EF-M lens mount
  • 3inch tilting touch-screen, 1040K dots
  • 143 AF points (PDAF)
  • 6.1fps continuous shooting speed
  • Built-in pop-up flash (5GN), with 4 sec recycle time
  • 4K UHD video recording, 25, 24fps
  • FullHD video recording
  • Manual movie recording available
  • ISO100 to ISO25600
  • HDR and Digital Effects available
  • Available in black or white

Canon EOS M200 Handling

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The camera body just about fits in the palm of your hand, making it a small, and compact mirrorless camera. You can even get a 22mm f/2 pancake lens, which makes the camera pocketable (depending on what pockets you use). 

Polycarbonate (strong plastic) is used for the construction of the camera, with some parts featuring metal, for example, the lens mount (and contacts), the strap loops, the back of the screen, part of the battery compartment, the tripod socket, and the screws used to hold the camera together. There may be other parts as well, hidden from view, including the hinge for the screen. The overall build quality appears to be good (enough), but the plastic still feels like plastic, and this can give the impression of a "cheap" feeling camera. If the price drops to around £300, then this isn't necessarily such a big problem, but on a £500 camera, it doesn't feel so good.

The grips on the camera are textured, but they are also made from the hard plastic, and the design of the grip can make the camera a little slippery, for example, there's no raised area on the front of the camera to hold on to and just a small raised area on the back for your thumb. The area between the lens and the edge of the camera is quite small, so if you have large hands then you may find yourself wishing for more to hold on to.

To switch between the three modes on the mode dial you simply turn it, and the modes are Creative Assist, Photo mode, and Video. In the photo mode, you can choose from one of the many shooting modes, including P, Av, S (Tv), M, as well as Hybrid Auto, Self-portrait, Portrait, Smooth skin, Landscape, Sports, Close-up, , Food, Night Portrait, Handheld Night Scene, HDR backlight control, Silent Mode, Grainy B/W, Soft Focus, Fish-eye effect, Water painting effect, Toy camera effect, 

The camera has multiple focus points, as well as multiple focus options, including face and eye detection focus, as well as tracking. On default settings eye-detection focus is switched off, so you'll need to enable this for improved portrait photos.

The 3inch touch-screen has a resolution of 1040K dots, and with a gapless design, and has very good viewing angles. The screen is bright, clear, and the controls are neatly positioned, with on-screen buttons easy to use. The screen is visible outdoors in the sun, and being able to tilt the screen means you can angle it when needed if anything is reflecting on the screen. 

There's no flash hot-shoe, and you can't add an electronic viewfinder. If you're looking for this, then the Canon EOS M6 Mark II offers a hot-shoe, as well as an optional EVF, or you could look at the Canon EOS M50 or M5 with built-in EVF.

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The menus are clearly designed, with an introduction screen for each section letting you know what you'll find in the menus within. The shooting modes are also clearly designed and described, with sample photos showing you what kind of photos you should be taking when using each mode. You can use the controls on the camera to go through the menus and options, or you can use the touch-screen. 

The Q Set button gives quick access to numerous settings, on-screen, and as you can see above, the camera has built-in help that explains the settings, making it easier to use. 

Setting up a connection to your smartphone from the camera is quite easy, with the Canon Camera Connect app (which you need to install on your smartphone) guiding you through the process. As long as you follow the instructions step-by-step then you'll be connected quite quickly, and then you can transfer images, remotely shoot, and add geotag information to photos. After you've set up the connection the first time, it's easy to reconnect.

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Battery life - Battery life is rated at 315 shots according to CIPA test results, which is average for a mirrorless camera, therefore we would recommend a spare battery if you plan on shooting more. If you use the Eco Mode, Canon says you should be able to get around 485 shots. There's a MicroUSB socket on the side, however, this can't be used to charge the battery in the camera, and instead, you'll need to use the provided (external) battery charger. 


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