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Применялась собственная методика измерения с соблюдением рекомендаций CIPA и с использованием объектива EF-S18-55mm F4-5.6 IS STM, настроенного на 55 мм, режима покадровой автофокусировки, 1-точечной автофокусировки (фиксированной по центру), режима Live View с изображением, снятым с помощью кнопки спуска затвора. Использование ручных режимов, EV12 (ISO 100 при комнатной температуре).

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Canon EOS 200D Review

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Pros

  • World’s lightest DSLR with vari-angle screen
  • Fast focusing performance in Live View
  • Intuitive layout of buttons and dials
  • Guided user interface helps beginners learn the key controls and settings

Cons

  • Basic arrangement of 9 AF points
  • Single scroll dial on the top plate

Key Specifications

  • Review Price: £579
  • 24.2-million-pixel APS-C CMOS sensor
  • DIGIC 7 image processor
  • ISO 100-25,600 (expandable to ISO 100-51,200)
  • 5fps continuous shooting
  • Dual Pixel AF
  • 3-inch, 1,040k-dot vari-angle touchscreen
  • Wi-Fi, NFC and Bluetooth
  • Single SD card slot (UHS-I compatible)

Bearing the distinction of the world’s lightest APS-C DSLR with a vari-angle screen, the Canon EOS 200D slots into the manufacturer’s range of DSLRs between the entry-level EOS 1300D and the more advanced EOS 760D and EOS 800D models. It’s a camera aimed at those looking to purchase their first DSLR as well as people who’d like to learn more about photography and develop their skills beyond the limitations of a camera phone or basic compact camera.

It follows in the footsteps of the Canon EOS 100D in the way it has been designed as small as possible whilst being lightweight and convenient to carry on the go.

The EOS 200D is petite in DSLR terms, but don’t let that fool you into thinking it’s lacking an impressive set of features. It boasts a good spec for its size and adopts a good number of features found throughout Canon’s DSLR range, including Dual Pixel CMOS AF technology, a vari-angle screen and Wi-Fi.

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Canon EOS 200D – Features

Canon has done away with the 18MP APS-C CMOS chip as used in the EOS 100D and has replaced the EOS 200D with a 24.2MP APS-C CMOS sensor. This sensor is identical to the one used inside the EOS 77D and EOS 800D, and works in tandem with Canon’s latest DIGIC 7 image processor. A quick peek at its spec reveals the new processor has improved the continuous shooting speed, albeit marginally to 5fps, which is 1fps faster than the EOS 100D.

Just like the EOS 800D, the Canon EOS 200D offers an ISO range of 100-25,600, which can be expanded to a maximum of ISO 51,200 in its ‘H’ setting. It comes with an Auto ISO setting for those who’d prefer the camera to be the judge of the best sensitivity setting to use and the ceiling in this setting is ISO 25,600.

It was only a matter of time before Canon’s Dual Pixel CMOS AF system filtered down to EOS cameras at a lower price point, and at the time of writing the EOS 200D is the cheapest DSLR in Canon’s DSLR lineup to feature this technology. This sensor-based, phase-detection autofocus system not only introduces high-performance Servo AF tracking, but also rules out the lethargic autofocus performance in live view mode that’s associated with older Canon DSLRs lacking this breakthrough technology.

Keeping on the subject of focusing, the Canon EOS 200D presents a fairly basic layout of nine AF points in a diamond formation, with one single cross type in the centre. This arrangement is identical to that of the EOS 100D and presents an AF working range of 0.5EV to 18EV.

As well as offering the full manual shooting control you’d expect from a DSLR, the Canon EOS 200D offers good options for any newcomer to photography in the shape of a Scene Intelligent Auto mode, a selection of Creative Filters, as well as 11 scene modes. All of these beginner-friendly modes are easy to access directly from the mode dial.

Turning to metering and exposure, this is looked after by a 63-zone dual-layer metering sensor. Exposure can be refined using the exposure-compensation system, which offers 1/3 stop or 1/2 stop increment adjustment over a +/-5EV range.

The shutter speed range spans from 30sec-1/4000sec and, as with most of Canon’s entry-level DSLRs, you only get a single scroll dial on the top plate. Those wishing the make quick adjustments on the fly will appreciate the impressive 3-inch, 1040k-dot vari-angle touchscreen at the rear. Above the screen you get an optical viewfinder. Although coverage isn’t a full 100%, at 95% it’s respectable for a camera aimed at beginners, and benefits from dioptre correction and depth of field preview.

There’s also a built-in flash that has a guide number of 9.8 (ISO 100), and a flash recycle time of 3 seconds. Naturally, those who require a bit more power can always attach a Canon’s EX series Speedlite or trigger wireless flash via the hot shoe.

One feature lacking on the EOS 100D that the EOS 200D now boasts is built-in Wi-Fi. For anyone looking to step up from a smartphone this is, of course, seen as a must-have feature. It ties in with the free-to-download Canon Connect app and allows you to share images between mobile devices in seconds, as well as take control of the camera’s key settings when you’d like to work remotely.

In addition the EOS 200D is NFC equipped and there’s the option to initiate an always-on low-energy Bluetooth link between camera and mobile device.

Canon EOS 200D – Build and design

Canon has made quite a few changes from the 100D across the body, some of which are more obvious than others. One of the noticeable differences is the material used around the handgrip. The rubberised texture is smoother and not as grippy as it was on the EOS 100D.

Personally, I liked the EOS 100D’s handgrip from a feel and handling perspective, however it never matched any other Canon DSLRs in this respect. The leatherette finish of the Canon EOS 200D’s grip doesn’t offer the same level of grip as its predecessor, but is more consistent with other models Canon produces and looks more stylish.

The polycarbonate resin and carbon-and-glass-fibre body is adequately strong enough to shake off the occasional bump or knock it might receive in day-to-day use. Don’t expect it to be as robust as more expensive models in Canon’s range, though – pick up the EOS 77D or EOS 80D after handing the EOS 200D and you’ll immediately feel the difference in build quality.

I have briefly touched on the fact that it’s a small camera, but its physical dimensions are very slightly larger than the EOS 100D’s. It measures 122.4×92.6x 69.8mm opposed to 116.8×90.7x69mm. I should also point out that it is smaller than Canon’s EOS 1300D and it’s a camera you’ll really want to get in your hands first to find out if it’s going to be the right choice for you.

People with large hands are most likely to find the grip too small, but those with small hands won’t have any complaints. If you have medium-sized hands you may find your little finger has a tendency to drop off the bottom of the grip.

Moving onto the layout of buttons and controls, it’s much the same as before with a few tweaks here and there. Live-view, playback and exposure-compensation buttons are all found in the same place, with the quick-menu button once again being located in the centre of a small D-pad. Just off to the right of the thumb rest are the AF point selection and exposure-lock buttons, which double up as zoom buttons in playback.

The single scroll on the top plate is used to control aperture and shutter speed settings when shooting in the respective aperture priority or shutter priority modes. To adjust aperture with this dial when shooting in manual mode you’re required to press and hold the AV button at the rear, which soon becomes second nature after a while.

Up on the top plate the on/off switch is now separated from the mode dial, making it slightly less awkward to operate with your thumb. Pushing the switch beyond its on/off settings engages video mode. The mode dial has been simplified and the PASM manual modes are clearly marked from the automatic modes.

In front of the mode dial there is also a new display button beside the ISO button to switch the screen off when it’s not being used and preserve battery life. Both the ISO and DISP buttons are fairly spongy, though, and need to be depressed quite a way before they do anything. Ahead of these you get a knurled scroll dial and the shutter button, which is no longer surrounded by the same rubberised material as the EOS 100D’s handgrip.

Those with sharp eyes will also notice a new connectivity button on the top of the camera to the left of the pop-up flash, which can be used to initiate a fast wireless connection. A small green LED blinks to tell you the cameras Wi-Fi is active, which turns constant when a successful connection has been made. The other button you get on the EOS 200D that you won’t find on the EOS 1300D is a depth-of-field preview button below the lens release.

As for the build quality of the EF-S 18-55mm f/4-5.6 IS STM lens that comes with the camera as part of the basic kit, it’s about as good as one would expect for a kit lens that’s designed to get you started. It doesn’t have a metal mount and isn’t the retractable type, but its optical image stabiliser is effective at keeping handheld shots free of handshake and it doesn’t add much bulk to the camera.

A silver version of the kit lens has also been produced and this is bundled with the all-white or vintage-inspired silver-and-tan finishes of the camera.

Michael Topham is the Deputy Technical Editor

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Canon EOS 200D Sensor Review: A step up from the 100D

Launched in June 2017, the Canon EOS 200D is an APS-C format DSLR aimed at novice photographers who want a few more features than the Canon 1300D provides. Billed as the world’s smallest, lightest DSLR with an APS-C sensor and a vari-angle screen, the 200D (known as the Rebel SL2 in some places) is the replacement for the Canon 100D (Rebel SL1) launched in March 2013.

Four years is a long time in digital camera development terms, and the 200D makes a 6.2 million-pixel upgrade on the 100D. What’s more, the sensor is a Dual Pixel CMOS device, which means that every pixel on the sensor is phase detection-enabled, which among other things allows phase detection focusing in video and Live View mode. In addition, the processor has been upgraded from DIGIC 5 to DIGIC 7, and this new sensor technology enables a full sensitivity range of ISO 100 to 51,200, up from ISO 100 to 25,600, despite the increase in pixel count.

Key Specifications:

  • 24.2Mp 22.3×14.9mm CMOS sensor with low-pass filter
  • ISO 100 – 25,600 (expandable to 51,200) for stills
  • 9-point autofocus system with 49-area Dual Pixel AF in Live View
  • 3.0-inch, 1.04m-dot, touch-sensitive, vari-angle LCD
  • 5fps continuous shooting
  • DIGIC 7 processing engine
  • [email protected] HD video

Overall image sensor performance

With an overall DxOMark sensor score of 79 points, the Canon 200D is on par with the Canon 80D, the highest-scoring APS-C-format Canon DSLR that we have tested.

It also shows an improved performance across the board in comparison with the Canon 100D. In fact, its Landscape (Dynamic Range) score is over 2 EV higher than the camera it replaces, indicating that it’s capable of capturing a wider brightness range in a single shot. Its Portrait score is also better, with a Color Depth of 23.6 bits that indicates the camera records an excellent range of tones with smooth gradation.

The Sports (Low-Light ISO) score of 1041 is rather low by modern standards, suggesting that the 200D isn’t the best camera for photographers wanting to shoot frequently in low light when high-sensitivity values are required.

Image quality compared

As you can see from the table below, the Canon 200D puts in a very similar performance to the Canon 80D in all respects. Its Portrait (Color Depth) score is identical, while its Landscape (Dynamic Range) and Sport (Low-Light ISO) scores are very slightly different — although you are unlikely to notice a difference in image results.

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While it achieves a slightly better Landscape (Dynamic Range) score than the M6, Canon’s recent mirrorless camera beats it for Sports (Low-Light ISO), suggesting that the M6 has better control over noise, color, and dynamic range as sensitivity (ISO) rises. As the cameras have the same sensor size, pixel count, and DIGIC 7 processing engine, it also suggests that the 200D has been calibrated slightly differently.

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Although the 200D is the second-highest scoring APS-C format Canon DSLR, it lags behind the Nikon D3400 and D5600, which both achieve better Landscape (Dynamic Range) and Sports (Low-Light ISO) scores. The two Nikon cameras have a 0.5 EV and 0.6 EV wider dynamic range and also a very small sensitivity advantage in terms of our Low-Light ISO score.

In-depth comparisons

For a more detailed analysis of sensor performance, we’ll take a look at how the 200D compares with the Nikon D5600 and its in-house mirrorless rival, the Canon M6, throughout the sensitivity (ISO) range.

Portrait (Color Depth)

Our testing reveals that the Canon M6 and Nikon D5600 score slightly better for color sensitivity, but the results are so close that you are unlikely to discern any differences in normal shooting conditions. However, the 200D dips below our acceptable signal-to-noise barrier a little earlier in the sensitivity range than the M6 and and D5600, so we recommend sticking to ISO 800 or lower if possible.

Landscape (Dynamic Range)

This graph makes it clear that the Nikon D5600 captures images with a wider dynamic range than the Canon 200D throughout the sensitivity range, but the difference becomes less marked as the ISO value rises. At ISO 100 and 200, the 200D lags more than half a stop behind the D5600, indicating that highlights will burn out sooner and noise will appear a little earlier in shadows that are brightened post-capture.

Interestingly, the 200D and M6 have a very similar dynamic range around ISO 400 to 6400, with the 200D having the advantage to the tune of over half a stop at the lowest sensitivity settings, and the M6 performing better at higher values.

Sports (Low-Light ISO)

The tight grouping of the three lines indicates that there’s little separating the three cameras for noise control, but our Sports score also takes into account color and dynamic range as ISO rises, and it’s the color sensitivity that is the most limiting factor for the 200D at higher ISO values.

This graph shows that the 200D is the first to dip below our 30 dB cut-off for acceptable image quality, with the M6 and Nikon D5600 following about 0.3 EV further up the ISO range. To ensure the best signal-to-noise ratio, the 200D should be set to below ISO 200; meanwhile, the Nikon D5600 can be used at up to ISO 200 and still achieve a signal-to-noise ratio of 38 dB.

Conclusion

The Canon 200D’s sensor performance is a marked step up from that of its predecessor, the Canon 100D: in good light, it produces results that are a close match for the Canon 80D, a DSLR aimed at enthusiast photographers. However, the new camera’s performance is marred by lackluster low-light capability and reduced color sensitivity, achieving a maximum sensitivity value of ISO 1041. As the 200D allows sensitivity to be set only in whole stops in stills mode, however, our maximum recommended setting is ISO 800.

Although the 200D captures a significantly wider dynamic range than the 100D, it falls behind its Nikon rivals, the D3400 and the D5600; and photographers shooting high-contrast scenes will need to be a little more careful with exposure.

In this review we have compared the Canon EOS 200D to its most direct rivals from other brands and among Canon’s own line-up. As usual, you can create your own comparison and in-depth analysis using our interactive image sensor comparison tool.

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Canon EOS 200D

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It’s taken Canon four years to bring out a successor to its itsy-bitsy, teenie-weenie entry level model, the 100D.

Now the 200D is here and it’s the smallest ever DSLR with a vari-angle screen. In the age of mirrorless, the big question has to be whether Canon can take on rivals like the Olympus' OM-Ds by shrinking down its DSLR.

Sitting in the middle of the basic EOS 1300D and the more advanced 760D and 800D models, there’s a decent array of tech which has been squeezed into the small(ish) body of the 200D, which is also known as the SL2 stateside.

If you’re firmly committed to the idea of your first 'proper' camera being a DSLR, the 200D is aimed directly at you. Let’s find out how it stacks up.

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Canon EOS 200D review

A great first option for beginners who prefer DSLR-style handling and features over those on mirrorless cams

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Good Stuff 

Compact size for a DSLR

Has an optical viewfinder

Good image quality in most conditions

Big range of lenses

Bad Stuff 

Still larger than mirrorless rivals

Only nine AF points

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200D – Canon EOS 200D – Performance, Image Quality and Verdict Review

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Investing in your first interchangeable-lens camera is a big decision to make. Two of the key things you’ll want to look for are a reliably performing camera that’s well supported by a wide range of lenses and accessories. The Canon EOS 200D delivers in both these respects. It put in a trustworthy performance during testing and I didn’t witness anything to say it won’t provide excellent reliability or last a long time in the hands of those who care for it.

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Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/4-5.6 IS STM, 1/800sec at f/4.5, ISO 100

If you know you’re going to be using your camera a lot in the great outdoors where there is the chance you might be caught out by inclement weather you will want to make previsions to ensure it doesn’t get wet or damp. Unlike more senior models such as the EOS 80D, the EOS 200D doesn’t feature a weather-sealed construction.

The EF-S 18-55mm f/4-5.6 IS STM lens that you can buy with the camera is as good a place to start as any for a beginner, however it won’t take long before you reach its limitations. If you’d prefer a bit more reach to zoom in closer to distant subjects you may want to give the 18-55mm kit lens option a miss and settle for the EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM bundle instead. It’ll save you looking for a second lens almost straight away after buying the camera, but does require you to pay an extra £240 for the privilege. Like the 18-55mm kit lens, the stepper motor (STM) allows for perfectly smooth transitions of focus when shooting. Not only that but the motor is completely silent, removing any threat of a noisy focusing affecting video audio.

Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS II USM, 1/125sec at f/11, ISO 400

The beauty of buying into the Canon system is that the camera comes supported by a vast number of lenses and accessories. As well as accepting EF-S mount lenses, the EOS 200D is compatible with Canon’s EF lens range, which doesn’t include the masses of lenses that are also available from third-party manufacturers.

The only thing you’ll want to remember about attaching long and heavy lenses to the compact body is that it can upset the feel of the camera in the hand. Coupling the EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS II USM lens to the front during testing did make it feel rather front heavy.

It’s clearly a camera that looks and feels at its best when it’s used with small zooms and primes. Saying that, great results can be achieved with heavier telephoto zooms – just be prepared to make a compromise in terms of handing and offer your left hand for some additional support.

Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/4-5.6 IS STM, 1/1600sec at f/5.6, ISO 400

The EOS 200D meets its 5fps quota. With a SanDisk Extreme Pro SDHC card loaded it captured five JPEG and Raw files continuously before the buffer was full. Setting the camera to record raw files only saw it record the same number of frames, whereas shooting solely JPEG files allowed me to fill the card at 5fps and not worry about missing a shot by having a burst interrupted.

A close study of real-world images revealed the 63 zone dual-layer metering sensor does an excellent job of reading a scene and accurately exposing for it. There’s no apparent favouritism to under or over exposure and some users may like to view the histogram or highlight clipping warning, which is displayed by hitting the info button in playback mode.

Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS II USM, 1/1600sec at f/6.3, ISO 800

Having a camera that provides good battery stamina is hugely important. The EOS 200D’s has an advantage over some of its mirrorless rivals in the way it can shoot up to 650 frames from a single charge when the viewfinder alone is used. This isn’t to be complained at and should suffice most people’s needs on a daily basis. One thing worth noting though is that the battery life does drop to 260 shots per charge when it’s used in Live View. A spare LP-E17 battery for the camera will set you back £43.

The EOS 200D will perform well in the hands of the beginners and novices it’s aimed at. It would have been good to see it shoot a larger number of raw files at 5fps before the buffer was full, but there are other models such as the Canon EOS 800D that perform better in this respect. The autofocus performance in Live View is where it really excels over the EOS 100D and there’s currently no entry-level DSLR with a better vari-angle screen than you get on the EOS 200D.

Canon EOS 200D – Image Quality

The image quality results from the EOS 200D are very similar to those generated by the recently reviewed Canon EOS 800D and EOS 77D. This isn’t a huge surprise given that the EOS 200D uses the same sensor alongside the same DIGIC 7 image processor. Unlike some of its competitors, the EOS 200D’s sensor retains an optical low-pass filter and the increase to 24.2-million pixels sees it resolve slightly finer detail as well as return higher dynamic range figures across its sensitivity range compared to its predecessor. The noise performance is particularly impressive, with ISO 6400 being eminently useable in low-light situations.

Resolution

Opting to shoot in the versatile raw format yields sharper results than leaving the camera to sharpen JPEGs automatically in-camera. Whereas the EOS 100D resolved a maximum of 3,000l/ph at ISO 100, the EOS 200D has no difficultly resolving close to 3,400l/ph at the same sensitivity setting.

Detail is preserved well as the sensitivity is increased, with an impressive 2,800l/ph being resolved up to ISO 6400. Detail does start to deteriorate with the introduction of more noise, but 2,400l/ph and 2,000l/ph is still recorded at ISO 25,600 and ISO 51,200 respectively. Users won’t want to push above ISO 6400 often if they’d like to retain the highest level of detail in their images.

Canon EOS 200D, raw, ISO 100. Multiply the number below the line by 200 for the resolution in lines/picture height

Canon EOS 200D, raw, ISO 3200. Multiply the number below the line by 200 for the resolution in lines/picture height

Canon EOS 200D, raw, ISO 12800. Multiply the number below the line by 200 for the resolution in lines/picture height

Canon EOS 200D, raw, ISO 51200. Multiply the number below the line by 200 for the resolution in lines/picture height

Dynamic Range

At ISO 100, the EOS 200D returned a high dynamic range figure of over 12EV, which is on par with the likes of the EOS 800D and EOS 77D and higher than the 11.7EV figure as previously recorded by the EOS 1300D. It manages to maintain a figure above 10EV up to ISO 800 beyond which point it drops to 9.4EV at ISO 1600 and 8.5EV at ISO 3200.

The 7.3EV recorded figure at ISO 6400 is impressive, but this is as high as I’d be willing to push the sensitivity on a regular basis. The drop to 6EV at the three highest sensitivities clearly indicates shadow detail is more heavily affected by noise at these settings.

Noise

Out-of-camera JPEGs retain an acceptable level of detail up to ISO 1600, but the automatically applied in-camera processing does start to soften fine detail beyond this point. It’s highly recommended to select the raw format for the finest results at high sensitivity settings.

Our tests reveal luminance noise starts to be observed at ISO 800 and although it becomes more prevalent at ISO 3200 and ISO 6400, both settings are what I’d consider to be useable with some careful application of noise reduction applied in post.

Saturation starts to reduce at ISO 12,800 onwards, with ISO 25,600 and ISO 51,200 producing a level of noise that you’ll want to avoid. Whereas ISO 3200 was the limit at which I’d want to shoot on the EOS 100D, I’d happily push up to ISO 6400 on the EOS 200D when it’s required.

Canon EOS 200D, raw, ISO 100

Canon EOS 200D, raw, ISO 6400

Canon EOS 200D, raw, ISO 25600

Canon EOS 200D, raw, ISO 51200

Should I buy the Canon EOS 200D?

Although the EOS 200D is a fraction larger than the EOS 100D it replaces, it remains one of the smallest and lightest models in Canon’s entry-level DSLR lineup. It’s a camera that’s well geared up for beginners who’d like to pursue photography more seriously, and by spending around £300 more than you would on the EOS 1300D you get some appealing features that justify the extra outlay.

As well as its sensor, which performs better in low light, the EOS 200D can shoot a burst of images 2fps faster, offers a far superior focusing performance in Live View and presents a truly superb vari-angle touchscreen screen that’s the best of any camera in its class.

Canon has been building its lineup of DSLRs over the last couple of years to ensure there’s a camera that caters for everyone’s requirements. While having lots of choice is no bad thing, it does make the decision over which camera you choose rather more difficult.

If a small and lightweight body are your main priorities this is where the EOS 200D has the advantage, whereas if you feel you’d benefit from an advanced 45-point AF system, in-body 5-axis stabiliser for movie recording, as well as the ability to shoot more raw files continuously at a faster 6fps, you might be tempted by the EOS 800D. The fact that it costs around £190 more might exceed your budget, though, in which case you’ll quickly sway back to the idea of the Canon EOS 200D.

There’s a lot to like about the Canon EOS 200D – it’s reliable, well constructed, has good battery life and most importantly delivers excellent images straight out of the camera. The wireless connectivity works well too and offers a seamless way of getting your shots across to mobile devices ready to share.

It feels a touch overpriced at £579 (body only) or £679 with the 18-55mm kit lens, but give it a few months and I foresee the body price dropping closer to £500.

Verdict

A very likeable entry-level DSLR from Canon that clearly has the edge over its less advanced, albeit more affordable EOS 1300D sibling.

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200D – Canon EOS 200D – Viewfinder, Screen, Autofocus and Video Review

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Vari-angle screens have always typically been found on more advanced models in the EOS lineup, so it’s refreshing to see one introduced on the entry-level EOS 200D. It’s one of the major advancements over the EOS 100D and makes it a real pleasure to use when composing images from almost any angle or position.

It takes the pain and hassle away from crawling on your knees or randomly aiming to get a shot only to later find it was taken askew. A small notch has been cut out of the body just below the Live View button to make it easy to pull out, and the good news is that the screen sits virtually flush to the back of the camera when it’s pushed back in.

The way Canon implements touch control on its DSLRs is excellently executed. You can use it to navigate the menus and change settings from the quick menu or control the camera conventionally using its buttons. The touchscreen is so sensitive and precise you’ll find that you rarely press an incorrect icon or menu setting.

Touch control of the screen also comes into its own for inspecting images in playback mode where you can use pinch and zoom gestures like you would on a mobile device to zoom in. You can also double-tap the screen in playback to instantly pull up a magnified view, while hitting the Q button in playback opens a range of options such as being able to rate, resize and rotating images.

Canon is well aware of the fact that operating a DSLR via its touchscreen alone won’t be for everyone and has had the foresight to include an option to disable touch control altogether.

Like the EOS 100D, the optical viewfinder seems surprisingly large for one that covers 95% coverage of the frame with 0.87x magnification. It can’t be customised to display things like the drive mode or battery level, but it can be setup to prompt you when the monochrome picture style or spot metering is set and does so by displaying an explanation mark in the bottom left corner.

A rubber eye cup helps cushion the viewfinder against your eye and there is dioptre control to adjust it to your eyesight.

Canon EOS 200D – Autofocus

Raise the viewfinder to your eye, or hit the AF point selection button when the screen is active, and you can view the sum total of 9 AF points on offer.

One AF point is found above and below the central cross-type point with a pair of AF points offset either side. The furthest two AF points on the left and right of the frame can be quickly selected from the central AF point using the left and right directional buttons from the D-pad.

To toggle between manually selecting the AF point and automatic selection mode simply hit the AF point selection button followed by the Q/Set button. Unlike some Canon DSLRs that let you assign the D-pad buttons to shift the AF point straight away without using the AF point position button first, this isn’t possible on the EOS 200D.

Though some may be sceptical of the low number of AF points, they are spread fairly widely across the frame. Testing the camera in a challenging low-light scene revealed that the centre cross-type AF point is by far the most accurate at acquiring focus quickly, so you may find yourself half depressing the shutter to focus before reframing from time to time.

The introduction of Dual Pixel AF has  made the EOS 200D far superior to the EOS 100D when it comes to focusing in Live View. The AF method options you get when shooting stills or movies in Live View are excellent, and while most users will stick to using one-shot AF for static subjects, there’s the option to employ continuous focus (AI servo) to acquire fast focus on moving subjects.

Some users may also like to experiment with the camera’s tracking AF method, which requires you to pin-point the subject you’d like the camera to follow and focus by first tapping the screen. It’s fairly responsive, but as with other recent Canon DSLRs I have tested, I tended to get better results of fast-moving subjects by tracking the subject in the centre of the frame with the AF method set to zone AF while the AF operation was set to Servo.

Canon EOS 200D – Video

The EOS 200D doesn’t support 4K-movie recording, however those who enjoy shooting the occasional video can do so at Full HD (1920 x 1080) quality at up to 60fps. Other available frame rates include 50fps, 30fps, 25fps and 24fps. A glance at the left side of the body reveals there is a 3.5mm stereo mini jack should you wish to plug in an external microphone and improve the quality of audio.

Switching to video mode is easy enough from the on/off switch and the video options you’re most likely to need are easily accessed on screen.

Continuous focusing (Servo AF) can be turned on and off from the bottom left corner, there’s the option to magnify the screen feed up to 10x from the lower right corner to aid manual focusing and you can adjust the exposure compensation by up to +/-3EV during recording. The quick menu up at the top right offers access to other important video settings such as movie record size, video snapshot mode, pictures styles, creative filters and white balance.

One feature that we’ve seen added to many Canon DSLRs of late is 5-axis digital stabilisation for video, however this advanced feature isn’t present on the EOS 200D. Users will want to bare in mind that it’s not as easy to create shake-free footage without additional support as it is with a more advanced models like the EOS 800D or the EOS 77D.

Canon EOS 200D – Guided user interface

We’ve seen Canon roll out its new Guided User interface across several DSLRs now, including the EOS 800D and EOS 77D. It has been designed to aid newcomers to a DSLR who’d prefer a more animated menu and some basic shooting advice based on the exposure mode that’s selected.

For example, with shutter priority mode selected, the rear LCD reveals a slider graphic of where in the shutter speed range the shutter speed is currently set to. Tapping the Q button gives users the opportunity to increase or decrease the shutter speed using the touchscreen as well as adjusting exposure compensation, drive mode, focus position and the method of focusing (One Shot, AI Focus, AI Servo) from the same screen.

The advice doesn’t go into any great detail, but should prove useful to users just starting out with a DSLR who may be unsure of how changing key camera settings will affect their images.

As for the Guided menu display, this simplifies the standard menu display, by grouping all four sub-menu tabs – Shooting, Playback, Function and Display Level – together on a single screen, with a brief description of what you can expect to find within each. The good news is that both the shooting screen and menu display are optional so when you feel you have outgrown them or are ready to master the standard displays they can be switched off.

Michael Topham is the Deputy Technical Editor

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