Last Updated on June 30, 2020
The Canon EOS M200 is an entry-level mirrorless camera that boasts of a compact design, 24-megapixel APS-C sensor, tilting touchscreen and good autofocus. It also uses the Canon EF-M mount.
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The camera is designed for shutterbugs looking for a better option than what their smartphone cameras have to offer. With several big features under the hood, the Canon EOS M200 may be an ideal choice. But is it the best one?
In this Canon EOS M200 Review, we’ll look into what’s good and bad with this mirrorless camera.
Canon EOS M200 – A step above point-and-shoot
Easy to use with straightforward operation, this camera is basically a point-and-shoot except that it’s mirrorless. This is why it appeals to new photographers and those travelers looking for a camera with a good output without the bulk.
It is light and relatively more compact than the NIKON Z 6. It stays light even when attached with the 15-45mm kit lens.
Speaking of which, the kit lens doesn’t have a focus scale or manual focus switch, making it bare bones. It does come with a lever that you can use to retract the lens when not in use. This will make the camera even more compact in size.
Better quality than a smartphone
Fitted with a 24MP APS-C sensor with Dual Pixel autofocus, the Canon EOS M200 has more resolution than a smartphone. This means more detail in your images and better low light performance when used with bright prime lenses.
While it specifies 4K/24p video capture, the output is cropped. This makes it difficult to get wide-angle footage. The auto white balance also leans more on the cool side. The good news is the colors are mostly accurate.
As for sharpness, it is a bit lacking. From the front of the camera, the 14-45mm kit lens can only focus up to 0.82 feet. The subject needs to get close to the lens to get soft shots.
The Canon EOS M200 works like a mark smartphone in a sense that the mode dial only has three shooting modes and most of the hidden options or accessible on-screen.
With a few taps, you will see different suggestions and prompts while you are taking pictures. For instance, it will remind you to point out the location of creative filters.
From the touchscreen, which tilts all the way for a good selfie, you can access scene and manual modes.
The camera’s body is made of plastic, which is why it is lightweight and affordable. Although it doesn’t feel like a cheap camera, it doesn’t feel as solid as devices that are weather-sealed.
Because the Canon EOS M200 doesn’t have controls, it also lacks real rip which is not exactly ergonomic, considering its compact build. An all-day shooter would find it a nightmare to clutch a thin camera with no grip. Then again, the lack of grip saves space and weight.
The Canon EOS M200 has Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connection options that are pretty decent. Once a Bluetooth connection is established with the camera, it will remain linked even when the device is powered off. You must be within range of the camera in order to use the Bluetooth.
Canon EOS M200 is good…for some
As previously mentioned, this camera is designed for new photographers and those who want to explore beyond their smartphone cameras. This is why there’s only a brief list of tactile control and it lacks ports, controls, viewfinder, and grip.
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If you’re looking for a budget camera that is better than the usual point and shoot, the Canon EOS M200 can deliver quality-wise. As a beginner, you won’t need those complicated controls and features anyway.