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Canon EOS M200 Review - Performance

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Canon EOS M200 Performance

The performance section is where we look at the image quality performance of the camera. Additional sample photos and product shots are available in the Equipment Database, where you can add your own review, photos and product ratings.

 

Canon EOS M200 Sample Photos

Sample Photos - The Canon EOS M200 delivers images with excellent colour reproduction, inheriting (like it's a baby child Canon) the colour technology from Canon's wealth of knowledge developed over years of EOS camera development. Skin tones are very good in terms of colour, although we were left a little disappointed by the lack of sharpness in images when using the kit lens. 

Exposure is very reliable and consistent, with little exposure compensation needed when shooting. With the Auto Lighting Optimisation (ALO) option you can record more dynamic range in photos. There are multiple HDR/backlight shooting modes to enhance dynamic range further if needed, and you can also shoot using the HDR Art modes if you want that "over the top" HDR look. 

Eye-detection focus is switched off by default, which could result in a lower success rate when shooting portraits. If you reset the camera settings then this switches off, so be sure to check this if you do. 

 

Canon EOS M200 Lens test images

Lens Performance - The kit lens provides impressive close-up focus capabilities, particularly when stopped down, and when not stopped down, the bokeh can be quite good. The built-in optical image stabilisation can help, but at times, didn't seem as effective as other systems. 

If you're shooting in bright, sunny conditions, with plenty of light, then the lens can be stopped down, and images can be very sharp, however when shooting "wide-open" at larger apertures (smaller number, such as f/3.5), then images are often soft, and lacking in quality and sharpness. 

Lens correction is built-in to the camera, with options for vignetting, distortion, and digital lens optimizer. We left the camera on default settings, and this left all the settings on, apart from distortion correction, which was off. 

Flare can be a problem when shooting into or towards the sun. Vignetting was not a problem (being corrected automatically in-camera). 

The flash is quite small, and weak, and therefore could struggle to illuminate distant subjects or group subjects. When using the flash, the camera tends to increase the ISO speed. 

 

 

Canon EOS M200 ISO test images

ISO Noise Performance - Noise is low at ISO100 to ISO400, but noise starts to appear at ISO800. At ISO1600 fine detail starts to suffer, but results are good, with images up to ISO3200 still usable. At ISO6400 colour saturation drops, and noise becomes quite strong. ISO12800 may still provide some usable results, if you're using the images resized on the web, or you could convert them to black and white. ISO25600 and above is best avoided. To access the ISO51200 speed you need to enter the custom menus and enabled extended ISO, however, it's best avoided entirely. Noise can appear to be stronger in darker areas of the image, and we weren't entirely impressed when using the M200 for product photography.

 

 

Canon EOS M200 White-balance test images

White Balance Performance - Auto White Balance (AWB) gives a warm result under tungsten lighting, with a very similar result using the tungsten preset. There is an "AWB Cool" setting that you can toggle on, and this gives much more neutral results (which will be useful for product shots). The camera also gives a warm result under mixed lighting, so you may want to use manual white balance. AWB performs well under fluorescent lighting, with the fluorescent preset giving a similar result.

 

 

Canon EOS M200 Digital filters

Digital Filters - There are numerous scene modes available designed to help you get better shots, for example, there is a "Close up" mode, a "Food" mode, and a "Landscape" mode to name a few. You'll also find several different creative effects, such as "Grainy Film" and "Miniature". There is some control available over some of these, although it would be nice if you could also shoot RAW, and then you could revert back to the original image if you wanted to. The camera doesn't feature an automatic panoramic shooting mode. 

 

Video - The M200 offers 4K and FullHD video recording. FullHD video recording uses the full width of the sensor and doesn't crop into the image until you switch on digital image stabilisation, or enhanced digital image stabilisation. Digital image stabilisation is available for both FullHD and 4K video recording. The camera doesn't offer an HDR video mode but does offer options to expand dynamic range, as was as a "Neutral" picture style. High-speed video with 120/100fps available at a reduced resolution of 720p. 

ISO100 to ISO6400 is available for 4K UHD video, ISO100 to ISO12800 is available for FullHD video, and it can also be expanded to ISO25600 for FullHD video.

Canon EOS M200 Video Crop Factor
Canon EOS M200 Video Crop Factor

The 4K UHD video move has a noticeable crop, and if you enable the digital image stabilisation then this crop is increased even further, which is great if you want to turn your wide-angle lens into a telephoto lens, but not so great if you don't. The electronic image stabilisation also gives a softer image. If you want a Canon EOS M camera that doesn't crop into the frame, then you'll need to look at the Canon EOS M6 Mark II. 

The optical image stabilisation built-in to the 15-45mm lens seemed to do very little to keep the video steady when recording, and therefore it's likely you'll need to use a tripod or the electronic/digital image stabilisation for stable video footage. Auto-focus was fine but uses contrast detection, rather than the hybrid AF (phase-detection) system. Additional videos can be found on the ePHOTOzine YouTube Channel (click, like, subscribe). 

 


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