Canon EOS 200D Review

July 24, 2017 | Mark Goldstein | |

Conclusion

The new Canon EOS 200D represents a big step forward from the 4-year-old 100D / SL1 model, with a deeper hand-grip, vari-angle LCD screen, faster Dual Pixel Live View auto-focusing system, 1080p movies at 60fps, Bluetooth connectivity and longer battery life. The smallest Canon DSLR camera isn't the cheapest (that title goes to the EOS 1300D), but we'd definitely pay the extra and choose the Canon EOS 200D.

In terms of image quality, the EOS 200D's 24 megapixel CMOS sensor produces virtually no visible noise at all from ISO 100 all the way up to ISO 1600, with even the three faster settings of 3200-12800 producing perfectly usable images (although 25600 and 51200 are best reserved for emergency use). All other image quality aspects are up to Canon's usual high standards, so top marks go to the 200D in this department. Even the new Canon EF-S 18-55m f/4-5.6 IS STM kit lens is worth considering if you've not yet bought into the Canon system.

The addition of Dual Pixel CMOS AF solves one of our main criticisms of the 100D / SL1, namely its sluggish Live View auto-focusing. Even though Canon have decided to stick with the basic 9-point AF system, the EOS 200D is much faster and more accurate than its predecessor when focusing during Live View or movie recording, which together with the vari-angle LCD screen makes it more appealing to beginners and videographers alike. Sure, we would have loved to see Canon's 45-point AF system implemented along with 4K video, but then the EOS 200D is meant to be an entry-level product into the vast EOS system, and is therefore specced and priced accordingly.

Available in 3 attractive colours - classic Canon Black, White, and Silver & Tan - the new Canon EOS 200D is both a compelling first DSLR camera for beginners, and an attractive proposition for more experienced users looking for a smaller, yet still very capable second EOS body. Highly Recommended!

4.5 stars

Ratings (out of 5)
Design 4.5
Features 4.5
Ease-of-use 4.5
Image quality 4.5
Value for money 4.5