The Canon EOS M200 is a pocket-friendly interchangeable lens camera that’s known for its ease of use. In terms of image quality, it offers a lot of bang for the buck thanks to its 24-megapixel sensor, excellent Dual Pixel focusing, and other features. It is the successor to Canon’s earlier M100, which was a model that we felt was quite successful.
The Canon M200 doesn’t deviate too much from the tried-and-true recipe, but is that enough to set it apart from the increasingly fierce competition? I wanted to find out how well the EOS M200 performs as a travel camera that is capable of shooting images of a wide variety of subjects, so I brought it with me on a brief vacation to Oklahoma for a family wedding.
What exactly is it?
Even though it does not have all of Canon’s most recent technological advancements, the EOS M200 nevertheless manages to cram a strong sensor and dependable autofocus into a tiny body that is just slightly larger than a deck of cards. When you put a decent lens in front of that sensor, you may get the same level of image quality as a full-frame digital single-lens reflex camera (DSLR), such as a Canon EOS 80D, but in a considerably more compact body.
Obviously, if you want to snap images with your smartphone, the M200 will be an additional piece of equipment for you to carry along. If the majority of your photography consists of wide-angle photos of landscapes or cityscapes, or even simply selfies, the camera on your smartphone should be sufficient. The kit lens that comes with the M200 can not compare to the capabilities of modern smartphones, which allow you to blur backgrounds to an even greater degree.
However, the M200 has a higher resolution, which translates to greater information in the photographs you take. In addition, if you choose one of the M200’s brilliant prime lenses, you’ll probably get better results while shooting in low light. In addition, this reviewer finds that taking images with a real camera, as opposed to a smartphone camera, is simply more enjoyable.
In any event, the fact that it has a very tiny footprint while maintaining a high level of image quality is something that truly appeals to me. Your subjects probably won’t take this camera as seriously as they should, but it’s still capable of producing some really high-quality images for you. People are truly taken aback by it.
You’ll find examples of photographs that fall into this category throughout this review, one of the audiences that Canon hopes to attract with the M200. If it lives up to its potential, it will serve as an affordable and user-friendly partner for generalist photography.
To tell you the truth… not much.
There is one less button on this camera than there was on the earlier EOS M100 that it replaced, there is a micro USB connection rather than a small USB connection, and the ‘Auto’ setting on the mode dial has been painted white rather than green. That is exactly what I was going to talk about because there is so little else to discuss at the moment.
The majority of the internal modifications that are relevant are brought about by an improved CPU. The first of these is Eye Detect autofocus: older Canon EOS cameras had reasonably good face detection, but seeing the camera pick up on your subject’s eye, even while shooting in full-auto, gives me greater peace of mind that the focus will be right where I want it to be. This feature is available on some of the latest models of Canon EOS cameras.
The new CPU also adds 4K video (although it is substantially reduced, making it impossible to shoot wide-angle footage with the kit lens), somewhat increased battery life, and a new compressed Raw format. All of these improvements were made possible by the new processor. The more traditional way of processing Raw files in-camera has been replaced with a function called Creative Assist, which is far more user-friendly but offers fewer editing options overall.
For myself, I’m divided between enjoying CRaw (which reduces file sizes without compromising quality too much) and being angry with the loss of “true” in-camera Raw processing. CRaw reduces file sizes without compromising quality too much. But I have to confess that for the audience that we are aiming for, none of this really matters that much, and it may even be an advantage. Anyone who has customized their own Instagram filters will find the simplified processing interface, which includes tweaks such as brightness, contrast, and color tone, to be intuitive and easy to use.
What hasn’t changed about the M200 is that it’s fundamentally a very compact and quick camera that won’t add much more weight to your bag. And it is significant not only for me but also for the audience I have in mind.
What is effective
The M200 continues to deliver the same high level of enjoyable playtime as its predecessor, the M100. It is convenient to carry with you and produces high-quality shots, so you can use it everywhere, from capturing pictures of your family while they are dancing to eating pizza out with friends. Even if the menu structure is becoming increasingly cluttered (a problem that almost all modern cameras have), it is still not overly difficult to find the settings you need.
Additionally, the Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connection possibilities are developed to a satisfactory level. Once you’ve established a Bluetooth connection with the M200, the camera will keep that connection active even when it’s not switched on, and this won’t have a discernible effect on how long the battery will last.
You can activate the app and relatively quickly be off and exploring your photographs from your phone as long as the camera is within range of your phone. This is true even if the camera is sitting on a shelf across the room from you.
In my experience, the 15-45mm F3.5-6.3 lens that comes with the kit is reliable but not really remarkable. In spite of its small size and the fact that it has a very useful zoom range, you should consider purchasing a prime lens with an EF-M mount from either Canon or Sigma if you want to shoot in conditions with less light or if you want more creative possibilities for photography.
The Canon EF-M 22mm F2 in particular is a treasure because of its little size, reasonable price, and excellent optical quality; however, the trade-off is that it focuses very slowly. But it really ought to be the very first thing that each Canon EOS M user adds to their collection of accessories.
Even if there aren’t many controls, the superb touchscreen interface helps to make up for this in some ways. People who are upgrading from smartphones are likely to find this to be a welcome feature. And the presence of a pop-up flash that can be pulled back to bounce at the ceiling is not only a beautiful touch, but it also offers up some creative options for users to develop into as they become more familiar with the camera.
What requires work
I believe that Canon has to make some adjustments to its full auto mode in order to cater to the users who are more inexperienced and those who are experts in social media. This mode gives you decent exposure and focusing most of the time (and you can always tap the screen to pick your subject if the camera doesn’t get it right), but the M200 really dislikes it when you use fast prime lenses at the widest apertures possible. This simply implies that the M200 takes grainier photographs in low light than it should, and it also prevents you from achieving the shallow depth-of-field impression that you might be going for.
The camera ought to have been set to F2 rather than F2.8 while it was photographing the above image, which was of a subject that remained mostly still and was taken in low light. Since the ISO value would be reduced, there would be less grain and a greater degree of detail in the image of my subject. If you are thinking about purchasing some faster prime lenses for the M200, you should be aware that in order to get the most out of them, you may need to move into a more sophisticated exposure mode.
Aside from that, Canon states that the EOS M200 is now capable of charging through USB, but I still haven’t located a charger that would do so. We believe it needs a charger that is compatible with ‘Power Delivery,’ but Canon hasn’t verified this information. Even while the focusing mechanism is typically effective, in low light it still hunts and lags a little bit more than I would expect it to given the conditions.
When trying to focus on a moving subject, the burst shooting rates of a camera are, honestly, not that spectacular. Last but not least, 4K video is a fantastic feature to have, but the crop is restrictive and nearly calls for an additional lens like the Canon EF-M 11-22mm in order to achieve a respectable wide-ish point of view, which is especially important if you want to vlog. Because of the crop, it only utilizes a smaller amount of the sensor, which will have a severe influence on the image quality, particularly in low-light situations.
Canon EOS M200 Specs
|Body type||Rangefinder-style mirrorless|
|Max resolution||6000 x 4000|
|Image ratio w:h||1:1, 4:3, 3:2, 16:9|
|Effective pixels||24 megapixels|
|Sensor photo detectors||26 megapixels|
|Sensor size||APS-C (22.3 x 14.9 mm)|
|Color filter array||Primary color filter|
|White balance presets||6|
|Custom white balance||Yes|
|JPEG quality levels||Fine, normal|
|File format||JPEG (Exif v2.31)Raw (Canon 14-bit CR3)|
|Optics & Focus|
|Autofocus||Contrast Detect (sensor)Phase DetectMulti-areaCenterSelective single-pointTrackingSingleContinuousTouchFace DetectionLive View|
|Autofocus assist lamp||Yes|
|Number of focus points||143|
|Lens mount||Canon EF-M|
|Focal length multiplier||1.6×|
|Screen / viewfinder|
|Screen type||TFT LCD|
|Minimum shutter speed||30 sec|
|Maximum shutter speed||1/4000 sec|
|Exposure modes||ProgramShutter priorityAperture priorityManual|
|Flash range||5.00 m (at ISO 100)|
|Flash X sync speed||1/200 sec|
|Drive modes||SingleContinuousSelf-timer/remote control|
|Continuous drive||6.1 fps|
|Self-timer||Yes (2 or 10 secs, custom)|
|Exposure compensation||±3 (at 1/3 EV steps)|
|Modes||3840 x 2160 @ 23.98p / 120 Mbps, MP4, H.264, AAC1920 x 1080 @ 60p / 60 Mbps, MP4, H.264, AAC1920 x 1080 @ 30p / 30 Mbps, MP4, H.264, AAC|
|Storage types||SD/SDHC/SDXC card (UHS-I compatible)|
|USB||USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)|
|HDMI||Yes (micro HDMI)|
|Wireless notes||802.11b/g/n + Bluetooth 4.2|
|Remote control||Yes (via smartphone)|
|Battery description||LP-E12 lithium-ion battery & charger|
|Battery Life (CIPA)||315|
|Weight (inc. batteries)||299 g (0.66 lb / 10.55 oz)|
|Dimensions||108 x 67 x 35 mm (4.25 x 2.64 x 1.38″)|
The Canon EOS M200 is, all things considered, a capable camera. As was the case with its predecessor, I feel that the whole is more than the sum of its parts in this case as well. The M200 is a capable and economical alternative that is enjoyable to use and cranks out good images with very little effort required from the user, making it an excellent choice for beginning photographers.
It will not be the ideal option for shooting fast-moving or unexpected objects like lively youngsters because of its slower burst speeds and slightly hunty autofocus: Sony’s more expensive a6100 is a better bet there for certain family photography.
It is not going to be to the satisfaction of each and every expert photographer (Canon’s own EOS M6 Mark II is a better pick for that demographic), but I find that the M200 is a wonderful getaway for when I want decent image quality without a larger camera to bog me down.
The Canon EOS M200 is a good option to consider purchasing if you are looking for a compact, easy-to-use camera that won’t scare away either you or your friends, one that has strong wireless connectivity for simple image sharing and one that you might even be interested in upgrading with one or two additional lenses in the future.
Pros & Cons
- Simple design doesn’t frighten novices
- Simple to operate and has built-in support
- Excellent color reproduction
- Touchscreen and control options that are intuitive and easy to use
- Compact lenses are a perfect complement to the camera system.
- Canon EF-M lenses only come in a limited variety.
- More complex selections available within menus
- The kit lens is not sharp until the aperture is stopped down.
- The current pricing seems to be rather expensive.
- Eye detection focus is turned off by default for the settings.
- insufficient traction on the plastic body of the camera