Canon EOS 200D Review
A high performing compact choice for your first interchangeable-lens DSLR
- Easy to use interface befitting an entry-level model
- Very good image quality
- One of the smallest DSLR cameras ever assembled
- Wide range of compatible lenses and accessories available
- No 4K video
- Not weather-sealed
- Basic autofocus not suitable for complex sports shots
The Canon EOS 200D (also known as the EOS Rebel SL2) is an ultra-compact DSLR at a fantastic price. It features a 24.2-megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor, 9-point autofocus, 5 fps burst speed shooting (3.5 fps with AF), and a 3-inch articulating touchscreen.
It’s designed for those who want an unintimidating compact camera that can still offer outstanding photos. It may not have all of the bells-and-whistles of much more expensive kit, but it includes all of the most important abilities and features you need to take great shots.
The Canon EOS 200D suits those who prefer a smaller camera. It’s made of composite materials but it doesn’t feel cheap. Even though it’s smaller than most DSLRs, the grip feels solid and secure, and the faux leather is easy to grip. Overall, the controls feel sturdy. The EOS 200D is available in three finishes.
The main controls feel well placed. There’s only one control dial right next to the shutter release. The zoom in/out controls are right next to the thumb rest.
Because of the small camera size, you may find the buttons a little small and close together. There aren’t many customizable buttons either, just the Q/Set button that can be redefined. The camera makes up for this somewhat by offering a customizable menu accessible through the touchscreen.
The optical viewfinder is also constrained somewhat by the diminutive nature of the EOS 200D, leaving you with a 0.54x-equivalent magnification where larger Canon DSLRs give you 0.7x or more.
The 3-inch display flips out and is fully articulated. It’s touch-enabled for focus point selection, tap-to-shoot, image playback, and menu traversal. Underneath a rubber cover, you’ll find connections for USB and micro HDMI.
Note that unlike models like the Canon EOS 80D, the camera isn’t weather-sealed so you’ll have to take precautions in wet or inclement weather.
Capturing action well often comes down to how fast you can burst shoot. The Canon EOS 200D represents an improvement over the 100D with its 5 frames per second burst mode (the 100D only managed 4 frames per second). For a budget DSLR, this is relatively fast.
Many of the features of pro models are missing here, but they’re features that new users would rarely touch anyway. There’s no time-lapse movie mode or lens aberration correction, for example, but you do get in-camera raw processing.
One of the many strengths of the EOS 200D is its clean and easy-to-use graphical interface. Even more advanced features are intuitive and easy to get playing with. If you prefer the old Canon menu, you can enable it in the options.
Battery life is very good; you’ll get around 650 shots per charge, better than most rivals and more expensive models that burn battery with complex image processing. The Live View does eat into the battery though, dropping battery life to 260 shots between charges.
The 24-megapixel sensor does a fine job of rendering high levels of detail at sensitivities up to ISO1600. At low sensitivities, noise is handled very well and the colors are well saturated. While at ISO6400 some noise creeps in, it’s minimal and there’s no color noise. Pushing to ISO12,800 is possible if you need it, but you’ll start to see problems with color saturation, luminance, and chroma noise.
Your first interchangeable-lens camera should be one that supports a wide range of lenses and accessories, and the Canon EOS 200D certainly does. The EF-S 18-55mm f/4-5.6 IS STM lens is inexpensive, but the F-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM bundle gives you the option to zoom in closer to distant subjects.
Note that due to the small size of the camera it lends itself better to shorter zoom lenses. While you can certainly equip larger lenses like the EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS II USM you’ll find the camera feels front-heavy and will require second-hand support.
The EOS 200D supports Full HD video up to 60 frames per second. A 3.5mm stereo mini-jack is included on the left side of the body should you want to use an external microphone. Continuous focusing for video can be turned on or off and you can change EV on the fly during recording.
One thing missing from the 200D you’ll find on more advanced models is in-body image stabilization. It’s therefore a little more challenging to get shake-free footage on the 200D.
The 9-point AF system from the 100D is also found in the 200D. It’s an entry-level system, with points spread out across the frame in a diamond formation. There’s only a single cross-type AF point. This sensor is sensitive in the horizontal and vertical planes.
For general photography, this system works perfectly well. It works in well-lit and dark conditions and focuses well on low-contrast subjects. For tracking a moving subject, though, the system is a bit rudimentary and you’d need to move up the Canon range to something like the 800D’s 45-point autofocus system.
Canon positions the EOS 200D as the perfect camera for those dipping their toes into the world of professional photography. In this regard, they’ve excelled with the Canon EOS 200D / EOS Rebel SL2. The Live Mode Dual Pixel CMOS AF is very good and easy to use, the user interface is one of the simplest to navigate, and image quality is great. It’s a recommended camera for those looking for excellent pictures but who don’t want to break the bank.
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