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.