Canon EOS 200D 

Here's our in-depth review of the entry-level Canon EOS 200D...

The entry-level Canon EOS 200D

The entry-level Canon EOS 200D

Canon is having an absolute stonker of a year so far, with a plethora of new releases and the number one DSLR, CSC and full-frame cameras – the 1300D, M10 and 5D MkIV respectively. 

The Japanese juggernaut is far from resting on its laurels though, as it has just announced two new DSLRs. The EOS 6D MkII is the eagerly anticipated replacement to its enthusiast full-frame, the EOS 6D, and the beginner-friendly EOS 200D replaces the EOS 100D with immediate effect. 

The Canon EOS 200D features a 24.2MP sensor and Digic 7 processor

Canon is getting some serious mileage from the 80D’s excellent sensor. So far it’s also made the cut for the M6, 800D and 77D, and now it’s in the 200D too. The 24.2MP sensor and Digic 7 combo produce image quality well above many other entry-level DSLRs. 

The camera’s fully-articulated 3in vari-angle touchscreen is a step up from the 100D’s static screen. It tilts up and down, and flips out sideways to take great selfies or vlog your daily adventures with the Full HD video.

The autofocus offers 9 points when using the viewfinder, or 49 points when using Live View, thanks to the Dual Pixel AF. The 200D also boasts the same exceptional ISO range of the 80D – ISO 100-25,600, expanding up to 51,200 – which would have been unheard of in an entry-level camera just three short years ago.

Handling & build

The 200D is the lightest Canon DSLR with a vari-angle screen, weighing a mere 453g for the black version (white and silver/tan are a little heavier). This is the perfect weight for anybody wanting a go-anywhere entry to DSLRs, and as such is geared perfectly for the modern tourist trail. The ergonomics don’t suffer from the tiny body, and the addition of a deeper grip makes it much nicer to handle than the 100D. 

All the basic controls you need are present, though they are set out closer to a compact than Canon’s higher-level cameras. As you’d expect for an entry-level model, especially one so light, it does feel quite plasticky, though this isn’t something we consider to be a turn-off, since it offers near-mirrorless like handling in a DSLR body. 

Performance

Given the 80D sensor, it’s safe to say that the performance belies the design, returning super quality for the price point, with resolution, sharpness and colours all worth noting. The ISO is also comparable to the 80D’s, with images clean and useable until you hit 3200, where noise becomes very noticeable. The light build is very evident, making this a perfect travel companion, ready to be thrown in a backpack or taken to sunnier climes, where you can use the 1040k-dot 3in vari-angle touchscreen to capture amazing stills and video with a tap of a finger. 

Thanks to a 650-shot battery life, the 200D will keep up with your travels, although using Live View or shooting the Full HD video will drain the battery a lot quicker (260 shots in Live View). 

You can also use the built-in Wi-Fi, NFC or Bluetooth to take advantage of the Canon Connect app and transfer your images as you take them, ready to load up on social media in a snap. 

Autofocus is lightning-fast (0.03sec) and very accurate, but we would have liked to have seen more AF points when using the viewfinder, as only a disappointing 9 are available. You do get 49 in Live View though, which cover 80% of the sensor, meaning you can press almost anywhere on the screen and it will focus – a real draw for people who just want a camera that can perform without having to know the finer points of photographic technique. 

If you do wish to learn as you shoot, the Guided Menu system displays graphics on the screen to explain the effects of your settings, such as shutter speed or aperture – a perfect way to up your game as you go.

Verdict

The 200D is a great introduction to DSLRs, with the patented Guided Menu function, vari-angle touchscreen and impressive ISO range, but is it enough? It may manage brilliant images, be easy to use and pack into any luggage, but so too are the M6 and 800D, and we’re not sure the £679 price-tag is a strong enough distinction.

Pros 

  • Intuitive ergonomics  
  • Fast autofocus 
  • Excellent touchscreen  
  • 170° tilting screen 
  • Extremely lightweight for a DSLR 

Cons 

  • Limited featureset  
  • A bit expensive for a beginner model  
  • Feels a bit plasticky

Specification 

  • Kit lens: EF-M 18-55mm f/4-5.6 IS STM
  • Effective resolution: 24.2MP
  • Sensor: 22.3x14.9mm CMOS
  • Processor: Digic 7
  • LCD: 3in 1040k-dot tilting touchscreen
  • Viewfinder: Pentamirror with 95% coverage
  • Shutter: Bulb, 30-1/4000sec
  • Autofocus: 49-point Dual Pixel Phase (9-point via viewfinder)
  • ISO: 100-25,600 (expands to 51,200)
  • Shooting speed: 5fps
  • Video: Full HD at 60fps
  • Connectivity: Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, NFC
  • Pop-up flash: Yes, GN 9.8
  • Other features: Time-lapse movie, 12 scene modes
  • Battery life: 650 shots
  • Card type: SD, SDHC, SDXC
  • Size (WxHxD): 122x93x70mm
  • Weight: 668-671g
  • Find out more on the Canon website