Review of the Canon Camera EOS M200: Your new, portable friend

Canon Camera EOS M200

Compact and easy to use, the Canon EOS M200 is an interchangeable lens camera. It offers excellent Dual Pixel autofocus, a 24MP sensor, and good image quality for a reasonable price. It’s the Canon Camera successor to the M100, which we thought was a great camera.

The M200 from Canon Camera doesn’t seem to have changed much from the formula, but will that make it stand out in the increasingly competitive market? I tested the Canon EOS M200’s capabilities as a travel camera for shooting nearly anything during a brief trip to Oklahoma for a family wedding.

Canon Camera EOS M200

Key features include:

 • Dual Pixel autofocus on a 24MP APS-C sensor;

• Digic 8 image processor;

• Face and eye detect autofocus;

• 4K/24p video capture (1.7x crop).

• 6.1fps burst shooting (~4fps with AF);

• 3″ tilting touchscreen

• USB charging, CIPA rated for 315 shots per charge

• Bluetooth and Wi-Fi

What’s that?

Even though the EOS M200 lacks some of the newest features available from Canon Cameras, it still has a good sensor and dependable autofocus built into a body that’s slightly larger than a deck of cards.

Canon Camera EOS M200

Furthermore, you can achieve the same level of image quality in a much more compact package with a high-quality lens in front of that sensor as you could with a Canon EOS 80D DSLR.

Although your subjects won’t take this camera very seriously, it can produce some incredibly beautiful images. People are truly surprised by it.

Of course, the M200 adds another gadget to your collection if you only use your smartphone to take pictures.

It’s likely sufficient to use your smartphone for wide-angle photos of scenery, cityscapes, or even just self-portraits. You can even blur out backgrounds on modern smartphones to a greater extent than you could with the M200’s kit lens.

Canon Camera

However, the M200 takes pictures with greater resolution, which means your photos will have more detail.

If you choose one of the system’s bright prime lenses, you’ll probably also get better low-light performance. Additionally, using a real camera instead of a phone can sometimes be more enjoyable, at least for this reviewer.

Either way, I find the mix of small-size and high-quality images to be very appealing. Although your subjects won’t take this camera very seriously, it can produce some incredibly beautiful shots. People are truly surprised by it.

The M200 should be successful for the majority of the market that Canon EOS M200 is aiming for by serving as a reasonably priced and approachable companion for generalist photography, as you’ll see from this review.

What’s Fresh

Speaking, not much.

This camera replaces the older EOS M100, which has one fewer button, a micro USB connection rather than a mini USB port, and a white mode dial with a green setting labeled “Auto.” Yes, I just covered what there is to talk about because there isn’t much else to say.

Canon  EOS M200

The majority of significant updates are brought about internally by an updated processor. The first is Eye Detect autofocus.

 While face detection on older Canon EOS cameras was passably accurate, seeing the camera recognize your subject’s eye—even when shooting in full auto—gives me more confidence that the focus will be precisely where I want it.

Along with slightly longer battery life, slightly better 4K video (albeit heavily cropped, making wide-angle footage with the kit lens challenging to obtain), and a new compressed Raw format are also brought by the new processor.

 The less powerful but far more user-friendly Creative Assist function has replaced the outdated in-camera Raw file processing method, which is missing.

Fundamentally, the M200 is a compact, fast camera that won’t add much to your bulk.

I find it difficult to reconcile my admiration for CRaw—which reduces file sizes without significantly sacrificing quality—with my annoyance at the removal of “proper” in-camera Raw processing.

However, I must admit that none of this matters much to the intended audience and may even be advantageous.

Anyone who has tweaked their own Instagram filters can easily use the more user-friendly processing interface, which includes brightness, contrast, and color tone adjustments.

Fundamentally, the M200 remains a compact, fast camera that won’t add much bulk to your bag. And that matters to the intended audience as well as to me.

What functions

The M200 has the same enjoyable quality as the M100, which I enjoyed. Whether you’re out enjoying a pizza or snapping family portraits while dancing, it’s portable and produces quality shots.

 Although most cameras these days have a somewhat crowded menu system, it’s still fairly easy to find what you’re looking for.

Additionally, the Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connection options are well-functioning.

Once you pair the M200 with Bluetooth, the camera will stay connected even when it is not in use, which has no discernible effect on battery life. Therefore, even if the camera is on a shelf across the room, you can launch the app and browse your images from your phone as soon as you’re within range of it.

In my experience, the 15-45mm F3.5-6.3 kit lens is good, if not exceptional. It’s very small and has a very useful zoom range, but if you want more creative shooting options or lower light shooting, you should get one of the EF-M mount prime lenses from Canon EOS M200 or Sigma.

 Particularly the Canon EF-M 22mm F2, which is small, reasonably priced, and has excellent optical quality, is a treasure, although its focus speed is a little slow. However, it ought to be the first accessory any owner of a Canon EOS M should get.

Although there aren’t many controls, the superb touchscreen interface somewhat compensates for this and will probably be appreciated by users upgrading from smartphones.

Additionally, the addition of a pop-up flash that you can pull back to bounce at the ceiling is a really nice touch and gives users some creative options to play around with as they get more accustomed to using the camera.

What requires effort

I believe Canon Cameras should improve its full auto mode for its target demographic, which includes social media aficionados and novice users alike.

While you can always tap the screen to select your subject if the camera is unable to provide accurate exposure and autofocus, the M200 simply detests the use of fast prime lenses at their widest apertures.

 This essentially means that the Canon Camera EOS M200 doesn’t give you the shallow depth-of-field effect you might be hoping for and instead produces grainier photos in low light than it should.

The camera should have chosen F2 instead of F2.8 when capturing the low-light shot of the largely motionless subject above.

There would be less grain and more detail on my subject if the ISO value was lower. Therefore, keep in mind that to get the most out of your faster prime lenses for the M200, you might need to switch to a more advanced exposure mode.

Apart from that, Canon says the EOS M200 can now be charged via USB, but I haven’t found a charger that will work with it.

We think it needs a charger that is compatible with “Power Delivery,” but Canon M200 hasn’t stated as much. Although the autofocus system is generally good, in low light it still lags and hunts a little bit more than I would expect.

To be honest, burst shooting speeds are not very impressive when the subject of the focus is moving.

 Last but not least, while a 4K video is nice to have, the crop is restrictive and practically demands the use of a different lens, the Canon EF-M 11-22mm, to obtain a respectable wide-ish angle of view—especially if you intend to vlog.

Additionally, because of the crop, a smaller portion of the sensor is being used, which will degrade image quality, particularly in low light.

In summary

Overall, the Canon EOS M200 is a decent camera. Like its predecessor, I think this one is a little bit more than the sum of its parts.

For more inexperienced shooters, the Canon Camera EOS M200 is a good, cost-effective choice that produces good shots with minimal effort and is enjoyable to use.

It won’t be the best choice for capturing erratic or fast-moving subjects, such as animated children, due to its slower burst speeds and slightly hunt autofocus; Sony’s more expensive a6100 is a better choice for some family photography.

Although some photographers with more experience may prefer Canon’s EOS M6 Mark II, I think the M200 is a good compromise for situations where I want good image quality without having to carry around a bulkier camera.

The EOS M200 is a good option if you’re looking for a small, casual camera that won’t intimidate you or your friends, one with good wireless connectivity for easy sharing, and one that you might even be interested in getting in some more lenses later on.


What makes the Canon EOS M200 a suitable travel camera?

The Canon EOS M200 is compact, easy to use, and features excellent Dual Pixel autofocus, a 24MP APS-C sensor, and 4K/24p video capture. It offers good image quality for its price, making it a convenient choice for travel photography.

What are the key features of the Canon EOS M200?

The key features include Dual Pixel autofocus, a 24MP APS-C sensor, Digic 8 image processor, face and eye detect autofocus, 4K/24p video capture, 6.1fps burst shooting, a 3″ tilting touchscreen, USB charging, Bluetooth, and Wi-Fi connectivity.

How does the Canon EOS M200 compare to using a smartphone for photography?

While smartphones are convenient for certain types of photography, the Canon EOS M200 offers higher resolution, better low-light performance with prime lenses, and a more enjoyable shooting experience. It provides a balance of small size and high-quality images.

What are the advantages of using the Canon EOS M200 for photography?

The Canon EOS M200 delivers high-quality images in a compact form. It is portable, user-friendly, and has a touchscreen interface. The Wi-Fi and Bluetooth options facilitate easy image sharing, and the kit lens provides a useful zoom range.

What are the improvements in the Canon EOS M200 compared to its predecessor, the M100?

The M200 features an updated processor, introducing Eye Detect autofocus, slightly better 4K video, longer battery life, and a new compressed Raw format. The Creative Assist function replaces the in-camera Raw processing method.

What challenges or drawbacks does the Canon EOS M200 have?

The full auto mode may struggle with fast prime lenses, impacting exposure and autofocus accuracy. Charging via USB may have compatibility issues, and autofocus in low light could be better. The 4K video has a crop factor, limiting wide-angle shots.

Who is the target audience for the Canon EOS M200?

The Canon EOS M200 is aimed at the generalist photography market, providing a reasonably priced and approachable option. It suits those looking for a compact and affordable companion for everyday photography.

Is the Canon EOS M200 a good choice for experienced photographers?

While more experienced photographers might prefer other Canon models, the EOS M200 offers a good compromise for those seeking quality without the bulk. It’s suitable for casual shooting, wireless connectivity, and the option to explore additional lenses.

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