Canon EOS M200 Review

The Canon EOS M200 is the company’s smallest, most affordable mirrorless camera. As such it doesn’t have a very extensive set of features, but the reality that it has a 24.1MP APS-C Dual Pixel CMOS sensor (to enable phase detection autofocusing), plus Canon’s latest Digic 8 processing engine and the ability to record 4K video makes it an attractive proposition.

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It’s also designed to be easy to use, which makes it a good choice for beginners, but it could be a great choice for more experienced photographers who desire a small camera that they can take anywhere.

KEY FEATURES

Canon has kept the sensitivity range of the M200 the same as the Canon M100 that it replaces, which is ISO100-25600 (expandable to ISO51,200) for stills. We’d aim to limit the stills placing to ISO6,400 although the results at ISO12,800 are useable. Pushing beyond that outcomes in JPGs that look too smooth in areas, while the raw data files are noisy.

Despite having almost specifically the same pixel count and an updated processing engine, the Canon EOS M200 also has the same maximum continuous shooting rate as the M100. However, at 4fps with continuous autofocusing and 6.1fps in solitary AF mode, that’s reasonable for a canon entry-level camera.

Canon’s Dual Pixel CMOS AF system is one of the most capable when it comes to shooting video or stills in Live Watch setting on a DSLR, and it gives good services in the M200 with up to 143 autofocus (AF) points (the exact number depends upon the lens in use). That’s up from 49 with the M100.

Unusually, there’s no AI servo made that can switch immediately between One-Shot (one AF) and AI Servo (continuous AF) mode when subject movement is definitely detected. That’s not really a huge drama for enthusiast photographers, nonetheless, it means that beginners need to learn which option to use with their subject matter.

The M200 enables individual AF points to be selected, or there’s Zone AF mode that gives the camera a bit more control. In addition, there’s Face + Tracking and Eye Detection AF, which are especially useful with moving subjects and portraits.

We found that the autofocus system works very well, even in dim conditions, but the efficiency isn’t quite so assured in 4K video mode when the focusing switches from phase detect to contrast-based detection.

However, when recording 1080p video or shooting still images, the Face Tracking is very good also in low light – and the Eye Detection AF can cope with topics wearing spectacles.

One of the key upgrades that the M200 makes over the M100 may be the increase in the maximum video resolution from 1080p to 4K. However, in addition to the modification in the AF method that’s used, the M200 applies a 1.6x crop to the field of the watch during 4K recording. Because of this, the 15-45mm kit lens – which normally provides an effective focal length of 24-72mm – looks longer at around 38-115mm in 4K mode.

This 3-inch 1,040,000-dot display is very responsive, and it’s simple to make setting selections and adjustments. Helpfully, the main and Quick menus are both compatible with touch control. Images must be composed on the display screen, as there’s no viewfinder built-in, and reflections can be problematic in bright sunny circumstances. There’s also no electronic level, which can make it difficult to find the horizon straight.

With the odd exception, the Canon EOS M200’s evaluative metering mode does a good job of getting the publicity of the primary subject right. However, there are times when you may want to dial in a little negative direct exposure settlement to darken the brighter areas. If you need to, the shadows of underexposed areas could be brightened by around 3EV or so to get items looking right – but keep an eye on the out-of-focus areas.

Detail levels are good, but not stellar. We noticed that the out-of-focus details in some ISO400 JPG data files can look rather mushy under close scrutiny. They look great at around A4 size, but you need to be aware of this issue if you plan on making large prints or crops.

VERDICT

The Canon EOS M200 launches into a tough market and, while it’s a decent camera with some great easy-to-use features for beginners, it doesn’t really excite or produce compelling images.

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