Canon EOS 200D

AN AF­FORD­ABLE LIT­TLE DSLR PACK­AGE THAT PACKS QUITE A PUNCH.

TechLife Australia - - WELCOME - [ SHARMISHTA SARKAR ]

CANON HAS DE­SIGNED its new 200D camera to ap­peal not only to begin­ners — with a guided menu sys­tem on its vari-an­gle touch­screen dis­play — but also to those look­ing for an easy-to-use shooter with re­li­able pic­ture qual­ity with­out the usual hefty bulk of most DSLRs. It’s one of the most com­pact and light­weight DSLRs avail­able to­day, only marginally larger than its pre­de­ces­sor, the 100D.

The com­bi­na­tion of a 24.2MP crop sen­sor (the same be­ing em­ployed in the very ca­pa­ble EOS 800D) and Canon’s DIGIC 7 pro­ces­sor makes the 200D ca­pa­ble of han­dling up to 14 times more in­for­ma­tion than the out­go­ing 100D, up­ping the light sensitivity in the new camera to ISO 51,200 in ex­panded ‘Hi’ mode (ac­ces­si­ble via the menu), mak­ing the 200D’s low-light per­for­mance bet­ter than the 100D. The new pro­ces­sor also im­proves the camera’s aut­o­fo­cus (AF) per­for­mance and bumps the max burst speed up to 5fps (from the 4fps in the 100D) but video cap­ture still only re­mains at Full HD 1080p.

It’s great to see Canon’s Dual Pixel CMOS AF sys­tem trickle down to the cheaper DSLRs — it’s pre­vi­ously meant fork­ing out over $1,700 for a higher-end model such as the Canon EOS 80D. This sen­sor-based phase-de­tec­tion aut­o­fo­cus sys­tem adds Servo AF track­ing to the new camera and re­moves the slug­gish Live View aut­o­fo­cus per­for­mance found in many older Canon DSLRs. The 200D, how­ever, only has a rather dis­ap­point­ing nine aut­o­fo­cus points which are dis­trib­uted in a di­a­mond for­ma­tion cov­er­ing only a small area of the frame. This makes it harder to fo­cus on spe­cific points, how­ever 49 con­trast-de­tect fo­cus points are avail­able in Live View.

Apart from the full com­ple­ment of man­ual shoot­ing op­tions, the Scene In­tel­li­gent Auto mode fea­tures a hand­ful of Creative Fil­ters along­side 11 scene modes, all of which are eas­ily ac­ces­si­ble from the mode dial. The dial opens up the menu sys­tem on the LCD, which, in turn, pro­vides be­gin­ner-friendly in­struc­tions on what to do next. This Guide Mode can be dis­abled if more ex­pe­ri­enced users wish to stick to Canon’s tra­di­tional menu sys­tem. The touch­screen is ex­tremely re­spon­sive, but does put a slight strain on the other­wise de­cent bat­tery life of the camera.

Other handy ad­di­tions in the 200D in­clude a con­nec­tiv­ity but­ton to one side of the pop-up flash, which sets up a rea­son­ably fast wire­less con­nec­tion with a smart­phone or tablet, and a depth-of-field pre­view but­ton found be­low the lens re­lease. The 200D is also NFCen­abled, so users can trans­fer im­ages via Blue­tooth as well. RAW im­age pro­cess­ing and con­ver­sion is avail­able in-camera, mak­ing it easy to share high-res im­ages im­me­di­ately with friends and fam­ily.

Canon has also made some lens aber­ra­tion cor­rec­tions on the 200D and thrown-in a time lapse movie mode to in­crease its movie- mak­ing chops. In terms of im­age qual­ity, we found the 200D’s colour per­for­mance quite re­li­able, and the 24MP sen­sor cap­tures rel­a­tively noise­less im­ages in low-light con­di­tions. White bal­ance per­for­mance was like­wise very good, with the ad­di­tion of the op­tional Am­bi­ence Pri­or­ity that adds a warmer look to im­ages to help re­tain mood and at­mos­phere.

Although some may be put off by its pla­s­ticky build and lack of 4K video record­ing, there’s still plenty go­ing for the 200D that makes it a se­ri­ous con­tender in the be­gin­ner DSLR mar­ket. It’s a very ca­pa­ble and ver­sa­tile shooter that comes paired with Canon’s ex­cel­lent EF-S 18–55mm f/4-5.6 IS STM lens, mak­ing this one of the best kits out there to get any­one started on their pho­tog­ra­phy jour­ney.

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