The Canon EOS M200 is a new budget, entry-level mirrorless camera that’s designed to be easy to use for beginners upgrading from a smartphone. The M200 has a 24.1-megapixel sensor, wi-fi and Bluetooth connectivity, and a tilting 180˚ flip-out touchscreen.
Other brand-new features added to the Canon M200 include the latest Canon DIGIC 8 processor, Dual Pixel CMOS autofocus system, 4K and 120fps HD movie recording, a guided user interface, new creative functions, and vertical movie shooting for social networks.
Check Out: Best Lenses for Canon EOS M200
Canon EOS M200 Price
Canon EOS M200: Ease of Use
As we write, there’s been a flurry of new Canon camera and lens activity in recent weeks, along with rival unveilings from most competing major image brands. It all points to the fact that, had we still experienced big European trade fair Photokina this September just gone (it’s instead been scheduled for next May), such launches would have been surely planned around it.
With news of the Canon EOS M200 arriving hot on the heels of the EOS M6 Mark II and EOS 90D DSLR a couple of weeks previously, then it would have been straightforward to overlook the M200 in favour of those more noteworthy models; particularly if you’re a dyed in the wool photo enthusiast rather than someone looking to make the initial jump from a smartphone to a dedicated interchangeable lens digital camera.
The EOS M200 is very much a mirrorless camera for that first time user market, for those who don’t want the bulk of an SLR, for someone young getting into photography for the first time, or even, perhaps, an older relative who trusts the Canon brand doesn’t want a camera with a lot of potentially distracting buttons.
Canon has attempted to produce the camera while appealing to see that possible to such an imagined and potentially vast audience. For starters, in weighing simply 299g without a zoom lens affixed, the Canon M200 is definitely no heavier than your traditional pocket-sized 1/2.3-inch sensor point and shoot compact, which wouldn’t have offered even half of this camera’s functionality or versatility. Indeed, Canon’s pitch this time around is definitely that the M200 presents DSLR quality – via an incorporated 24.1 effective megapixel APS-C sensor – yet a smartphone’s approachability and convenience.
The larger sensor here is coupled with Canon’s Digic 8 processor – what this adds it’s challenging to tell, but the camera is certainly responsive – while its interface has been made to hold the hands of those new to the idea of manual control.
As we’ve noted before, Canon’s on-screen interface and menu system are already one of the most straightforward and approachable in the industry, so even first-timers will quickly be able to get to grips with the camera’s complexities. However, what we don’t get here for anyone who may have used a more advanced camera before is a hotshoe for the attachment of any accessories such as an electronic viewfinder or flashgun.
That said, there is a pop-up flash that’s in any other case neatly secreted within the top plate when not in use and which is activated, such as a projectile via a slider switch on the camera’s flank. All pictures are composed and reviewed via the self-same LCD, which is also, helpfully, a touch screen – furthering the sense of the familiar for anybody more acquainted with shooting on a smartphone and making the camera even more intuitive to use.
Canon EOS M200: LCD Screen
While those eyeing up whether to invest in Canon’s still not quite fully established EOS M system may grumble there’s a paucity of directly compatible EOS M (or EF-M) lenses, help is at hand in the shape of an EF-EOS M mount adapter that can be purchased as an optical extra, thereby providing access to Canon’s entire 70+ EF and EF-S lens range.
It seems almost like the manufacturer would prefer this to be the route its users took – starting off with mirrorless and progressing to DSLR perhaps – but there’s no denying that having access to such a broad range of optics from the off is a real advantage and selling point here.
Something that Canon was initially slow to adopt on its cameras was 4K video – in wanting to get it right the first time, it had previously told us – but, again, we get 4K capture from the off with the EOS M200, with the ability to shoot time-lapse 4K movies too.
Canon EOS M200: In-hand
If you like what you see and browse here, you’ll wish to know right now there are two Canon EOS M200 bodies to pick from, in the white or black surface finish. We were sent the former for review, which with its slightly roughened faceplate to make for a tighter grasp in the absence of a more rounded handgrip, plus clean silver top plate, is obviously more striking than the black, in our opinion. However, you will have those who prefer the more ‘serious photographer’ look, the darker hue bestows.
As with the same package lens supplied with the previously reviewed EOS M6 Mark II, which sits above this in Canon’s range, costing £250 more, the lens has to be first unfurled by hand before a shot can be taken – which obviously adds a few more secs to the camera being ready to take its first shot from scratch.
Canon EOS M200: Selfie Screen
Designed to end up being approachable, the Canon EOS M200 looks, and indeed feels, fairly minimalist – much more so than the already approachable EOS M6 Mark II. The top plate buttons of the even more obviously pared-back M200 include a much simplified capturing mode dial that locates an obvious on/off power button at its centre. The options presented here are fully auto or plan stills catch or video clip capture, and that’s it.
The only other button on the top plate ergonomically dipped forwards is a huge and springy shutter release button, encircled by a control wheel with a comfortably roughened edge. A spin of the allows us to quickly scroll through on-screen menu options in capture setting or zoom into or out of images in playback mode – so far, so self-explanatory.
Delivering both a blink-and-you’ll miss it response period and accuracy with it, car mode here does provide a little more flexibility and bang to get our buck than many, however, in providing access to a range of innovative controls.
Canon EOS M200: Pop-up Flash
Such options include adjusting colour saturation about the fly and seeing the results in real-time on the screen before taking the shot. Background blur and brightness can also be altered as one would with a mobile phone camera – i.e., using an on-display sliding scale to create gradual adjustments.
Canon EOS M200: Bottom
Such settings allow all of us the ability to change ISO light sensitivity settings, which listed below are impressively comprehensive, mirroring the more expensive EOS M6 Mark II in allowing us to go from auto or ISO 100 equivalent setting all the way up to ISO 51200 equivalent. Again these are shown on the screen with a sliding toolbar, which means that a finger’s swipe will quickly get the user from one setting to another.
Canon EOS M200: Memory Card Slot
Located at 6 o’clock on the dial simultaneously is a ‘details’ option, which, as it sounds, telephone calls up the various modes and options that have been selected on the display screen. Further presses bring up a live histogram revealing the brightness areas across the image and fill the screen with shooting details, as you’d find on a DSLR if using its live watch feature.
However, this does mean that you can’t see what’s before the camera’s lens until you subsequently half squeeze the shutter release button, which then brings us straight back to capture mode. The final switch on the camera back is definitely a self-evident playback key. So, as we’ve indicated, all the essentials are here, although you probably wouldn’t desire them pared back much further than they have already been.
Canon EOS M200:Battery Compartment
The base of the M200 is where we find the battery pack compartment and a centrally placed screw thread for mounting the camera on a tripod. Helpfully, and unlike an increasing amount of digital cameras these days which let the user relies on a USB lead and mains plug, a standalone mains charger is supplied alongside the camera, so those who choose to invest in a spare battery can avoid having the camera tied up when there’s a need for a re-charge.
Battery lifestyle incidentally is a relatively modest – although the standard for this class of mirrorless camera – 315 pictures from a full charge in regular shooting mode, though an eco mode option is selectable to extend this up to a more impressive 485 shots.
Canon EOS M200: Conclusion
If you’ve not got £850 to spend on Canon’s recently released EOS M6 Mark II, then the even more approachable and beginner-friendly EOS M200 may yet steal your cardiovascular (and wallet) at a penny less than £500 (making it a sizeable £250 cheaper than the EOS M6 Mark II).
While the right-hand flank of the camera – if viewed from the back – features a built-in speaker working in conjunction with the stereo microphones located on the Canon EOS M200’s top plate, the opposite end includes a flap covering HMDI and USB ports, just above a second larger flap protecting the SD card compartment.