Canon EOS M200 Review

The Canon EOS M200 is a pocket-friendly interchangeable lens camera known for its ease of use. Regarding 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, a model we felt was quite successful.

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Last update was on: April 13, 2024 10:15 am

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.

Key Specs

  • APS-C sensor with 24 megapixels and dual-pixel autofocus.
  • Digic 8 image processor
  • Autofocus with face and eye detection
  • 4K/24p video capture (1.7x crop)
  • 3-inch touchscreen that can tilt
  • 6.1 frames per second in burst mode (around 4 fps with autofocus)
  • CIPA-rated for up to 315 shots per charge, charging by USB
  • Wi-Fi and Bluetooth are types of
  • MSRP was $599 USD with a kit lens ranging from 15-45mm F3.5-6.3

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.

There is a considerable chance that the people you photograph won’t take this camera too seriously, despite the fact that it is capable of producing quite high-quality images. People are truly taken aback by it.

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, translating to more important information in your photographs. 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 image quality genuinely appeals to me. Your subjects probably won’t take this camera as seriously as they should, but it can still produce some high-quality images for you. People are genuinely 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.

What’s New?

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 precisely what I was going to talk about because there is so little else to discuss now.

An improved CPU brings about most of the relevant internal modifications. 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.

The M200 is, at its heart, a very compact and quick camera that won’t feel cumbersome in your hands.

I’m divided between enjoying CRaw (which reduces file sizes without compromising quality) and being angry with the loss of “true” in-camera Raw processing. CRaw reduces file sizes without compromising quality too much. But I must confess that none of this matters that much for the audience we are aiming for, and it may even be an advantage. Anyone who has customized their Instagram filters will find the simplified processing interface, which includes tweaks such as brightness, contrast, and color tone, intuitive and easy to use.

What hasn’t changed about the M200 is that it’s 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 level of enjoyable playtime as its predecessor, the M100. It is convenient to carry 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 almost all modern cameras have), finding the settings you need is still not overly challenging.

Additionally, the Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connection possibilities are developed satisfactorily. 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 sits 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 remarkable. Despite its small size and its handy zoom range, you should consider purchasing a prime lens with an EF-M mount from 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, mainly, is a treasure because of its small size, reasonable price, and excellent optical quality; however, the trade-off is that it focuses very slowly. But it should be the first thing that each Canon EOS M user adds to their accessories collection.

Even if there aren’t many controls, the excellent 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 a beautiful touch, but it also offers up some creative options for users to develop as they become more familiar with the camera.

What requires work

I believe that Canon has to adjust its full auto mode to cater to the more inexperienced users and those who are experts in social media. This mode gives you decent exposure and focusing (and you can continuously tap the screen to pick your subject if the camera doesn’t get it right), but the M200 dislikes it when you use fast prime lenses at the widest apertures possible. This 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 you might be going for.

The camera should have been set to F2 rather than F2.8 while photographing the above image, which was of a subject that mainly remained 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 considering purchasing some faster prime lenses for the M200, you should be aware that 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 compatible charger 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 slightly 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, a 4K video is a fantastic feature. Still, the crop is restrictive and nearly calls for an additional lens like the Canon EF-M 11-22mm to achieve an excellent wide-ish point of View, which is especially important if you want to vlog. Moreover, because of the crop, it only utilizes a smaller amount of the sensor, which will severely influence the quality, particularly in low-light situations.

Canon EOS M200 Specs

Body typeRangefinder-style mirrorless
Body materialComposite
Sensor
Max resolution6000 x 4000
Image ratio w:h1:1, 4:3, 3:2, 16:9
Effective pixels24 megapixels
Sensor photo detectors26 megapixels
Sensor sizeAPS-C (22.3 x 14.9 mm)
Sensor typeCMOS
ProcessorDIGIC 8
Color spacesRGB
Color filter arrayPrimary color filter
Image
ISOAuto, 100-25600
White balance presets6
Custom white balanceYes
Image stabilizationNo
Uncompressed formatRAW
JPEG quality levelsFine, normal
File formatJPEG (Exif v2.31)Raw (Canon 14-bit CR3)
Optics & Focus
AutofocusContrast Detect (sensor)Phase DetectMulti-areaCenterSelective single-pointTrackingSingleContinuousTouchFace DetectionLive View.
Autofocus assist lampYes
Manual focusYes
Number of focus points143
Lens mountCanon EF-M
Focal length multiplier1.6×
Screen/viewfinder
Articulated LCDTilting
Screen size3″
Screen dots1,040,000
Touch screenYes
Screen typeTFT LCD
Live ViewYes
Viewfinder typeNone
Photography features
Minimum shutter speed30 sec
Maximum shutter speed1/4000 sec
Exposure modesProgramShutter priorityAperture priorityManual
Built-in flashYes
Flash Range5.00 m (at ISO 100)
External flashNo
Flash X sync speed1/200 sec
Drive modesSingleContinuousSelf-timer/remote control
Continuous drive6.1 fps
Self-timerYes (2 or 10 secs, custom)
Metering modesMultiCenter-weightedSpotPartial
Exposure compensation±3 (at 1/3 EV steps)
Videography features
FormatMPEG-4, H.264
Modes3840 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
MicrophoneStereo
SpeakerMono
Storage
Storage typesSD/SDHC/SDXC card (UHS-I compatible)
Connectivity
USBUSB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
USB chargingYes
HDMIYes (micro HDMI)
Microphone portNo
Headphone portNo
WirelessBuilt-In
Wireless notes802.11b/g/n + Bluetooth 4.2
Remote controlYes (via smartphone)
Physical
Environmentally sealedNo
BatteryBattery Pack
Battery descriptionLP-E12 lithium-ion battery & charger
Battery Life (CIPA)315
Weight (inc. batteries)299 g (0.66 lb / 10.55 oz)
Dimensions108 x 67 x 35 mm (4.25 x 2.64 x 1.38″)
Other features
Orientation sensorYes
GPSNone

Final Verdict

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The Canon EOS M200 is all things considered, a capable camera. However, as with its predecessor, I feel that the whole is more than the sum of its parts. The M200 is a qualified and economical alternative that is enjoyable to use. It cranks out good images with minimal effort required from the user, making it an excellent choice for beginning photographers.

It will not be ideal 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 for specific family photography.

It will not be to the satisfaction of every expert photographer (Canon’s own EOS M6 Mark II is a better pick for that demographic). Still, the M200 is a beautiful getaway when I want decent image quality without a larger camera to bog me down.

The Canon EOS M200 is an excellent 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 solid 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.

Canon EOS M200 FAQs

Is Canon M200 suitable for photography?

The Canon M200 is an excellent camera for photography, particularly for those who are just starting or who are looking for a solution that is both portable and inexpensive.

Is Canon EOS M200 suitable for beginners?

The Canon EOS M200 has a user-friendly interface and practical functions like Creative Assist, making it a decent camera for beginners.

How old is Canon EOS M200?

The Canon EOS M200 was made available to the public in September 2019.

Does Canon M200 have autofocus?

The Canon M200 does come with an autofocus function.

Is Canon M200 a mirrorless camera?

The Canon M200 is a mirrorless camera; that much is true.

Is The Canon M200 waterproof?

The Canon M200 is not submersible; that is a common misconception.

How fast is Canon M200?

The Canon M200 can take a maximum of 6.1 pictures per second in a continuous photography mode.

Does Canon M200 have a headphone jack?

The Canon M200 does not have a port for headphones, unfortunately.

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