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Canon EOS M200 Review - Verdict

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Value For Money

The Canon EOS M200 is available for £499 with kit lens, which makes it a little expensive when compared to the competition. We expect the price will drop over time, making it much better value for money. Alternatives to look at, include the following. 

Fujifilm X-A5, 24mp, 4K video (15fps), £349 inc. lens.
Fujifilm X-A7, 24mp, 4K video, 3.5inch touch-screen, £699 inc. lens.
Olympus PEN E-PL9, 16mp, 4K video, in-camera IS, from £440 inc. lens.
Panasonic Lumix GX800, 16mp, 4K video, was £299 inc. lens. (now discontinued)

With electronic viewfinder (EVF): 

Fujifilm X-T100, 24mp, 4K video (15fps), EVF, £547 inc. lens.
Panasonic Lumix GX9, 20mp, 4K video, EVF, £599 inc. lens
Sony Alpha A6000, 24mp, FullHD video, EVF, £457 inc. lens

You could also look at the other Canon cameras, with the M100 (24mp, FullHD video, £319) saving you a significant amount of money. Other Canon cameras include the M50 (24mp, 4K video, EVF, £469 body only) and M5 (24mp, FullHD video, EVF, £719 with lens). 

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Have a look at more mirrorless compact system cameras in our Top 11 Best Entry-Level Mirrorless (Entry level, may have EVF under or around £500). You'll also need to buy an SD memory card and a case or bag to keep your camera safe and protected - have a look at our complete guide to camera bags.

 

Canon EOS M200 Verdict

The Canon EOS M200 is a neat little budget mirrorless camera, with a range of matching budget lenses that make it an easy to use compact system. If you want to access more advanced controls it can be time-consuming (several button presses and menus need to be scrolled through to find the switch between MF and AF), but it's not really designed for advanced shooters, so this can be forgiven. 

The Canon EOS M6 Mark II, on the other hand, has a high resolution, high-spec system, with plenty of external controls, but the range of lenses available doesn't match. The rest of the range of lenses are mostly plastic lens mount lenses and are mostly zoom lenses. There is no budget 50mm f/1.8 portrait style lens, there is no longer macro lens, with just a 28mm macro available. 

However, with a budget camera like the M200, the lens range can be forgiven somewhat, as it's limited (there are only 8 Canon EF-M lenses), but at least it's affordable and quite compact. You can also look to other manufacturers for support, such as Samyang, Meike, Laowa, etc. 

The current price of £499 feels a little high, considering the M100 is available for £319 with kit lens. The M200 feels like a £300-400 camera, so when the price drops, it will be much better value for money. If you're going to be spending £500 on a camera, then the Canon EOS M50 would be a better choice.

For those looking for an easy-to-use, compact, "point-and-shoot" style mirrorless camera, the Canon EOS M200 could be an excellent option, particularly as it's got the same colour reproduction as other Canon EOS cameras and a 24mp APS-C CMOS sensor. We liked shooting with the camera, even though, it's not designed for the traditional photographer, it's simplicity and ease of use makes for a somewhat fun camera to simply use, and not worry too much about. 

 

Canon EOS M200 Pros

  • Compact
  • Easy to use with built-in help
  • Excellent colour reproduction
  • Easy to use touch-screen and controls
  • Simple design doesn't intimidate beginners 
  • Compact lenses match camera system

Canon EOS M200 Cons

  • Limited range of Canon EF-M lenses
  • More advanced options in menus
  • Lack of grip on the plastic camera body
  • Eye-detection focus off on default settings
  • Current price feels high
  • Kit lens is soft unless stopped down

Features5/5
Handling3.5/5
Performance4/5
Value3.5/5
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