Amateur Photographer - - Testbench Camera Test -

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 line- up. It’s a cam­era that’s well geared up for be­gin­ners who’d like to pur­sue the realms of pho­tog­ra­phy be­yond a ba­sic com­pact or smart­phone, 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 line-up of DSLRs dur­ing the past cou­ple of years to en­sure there’s a cam­era that caters for ev­ery­one’s needs and 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’d feel you’d ben­e­fit from a more ad­vanced 45-point AF sys­tem, 5-axis elec­tronic sta­bil­i­sa­tion for movie record­ing as well as the abil­ity to shoot more raw files con­tin­u­ously at a faster 6fps, the EOS 800D might tempt you. The fact it costs around £190 more might mean it ex­ceeds your bud­get, though, in which case you’ll quickly be swayed back to­wards the EOS 200D.

There’s a lot to like about the 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 does 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. Over­all, it’s a very like­able en­try-level DSLR that clearly has the edge over its less ad­vanced EOS 1300D sib­ling.

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