Canon has described its 200D Mk II as the lightest dSLR it has ever produced. As well as taking photos, it also shoots 4K video which is one reason we wanted to have a look at it. And at $999 it is reasonably priced for what you get.
The body – incidentally made of plastic – is the same size as a basic point and shoot camera albeit a bit deeper. It also has the ubiquitous right hand grip protrusion on the front housing the shutter release plus a rotary functions dial for changing shutter speed, aperture etc. These settings are displayed in the viewfinder or alternatively on the flip out and rotating LCD screen.
Another dial is on the top of the main body for the standard, Tv, M, SCN etc settings as are the on-off switch and buttons for ISO and DISP.
The rear of the 200D has buttons for Menu and INF on the top left, a dioptre control, record video button (to use this on-off has to be set to video) and buttons for Av, Play, Delete and finally a round button for push points at each of the 90 degree points and a centre Set button.
For the Specifications Spooks who need to know everything about the innards, the basics are:
- 24MP APS-C CMOS sensor
- Canon DIG!C 8 Image Processor
- Dual Pixel Autofocus which uses eye detection in both still and video mode
- ISO expandable to 51200
- 5fps burst mode
- 1070 shot battery life
- Wi-fi / Bluetooth enabled
- 4K / 24p video (cropped from a 1.6x factor, HDR option and 1080p / 6fps uncropped
- Supplied with 18 – 55mm lens
- Weighs 449g
For anything more, nip over to https://www.canon.com.au/cameras/eos-200d-mark-ii
If you are a beginner, and the 200D is aimed squarely at this market, a nifty Guided Display Mode helps you along while you are learning, teaching you about the different shooting effects and terms as you grow with the camera.
This is to be loudly applauded by the way and is easily the best in-camera system I have yet seen.
As per the norm, one issue is the use of the LCD screen in bright sunshine. I understand that beefing these screens up to a NITS level to make them usable in the Australian outdoors is power hungry, but really, I don’t think that in real world usage that is too much to trade off. And a spare battery solves that problem.
Speaking of real world, I used the 200D over the space of 3 – 4 hours in wildly different light conditions and it performed admirably by simply putting it into auto mode and shooting.
I am still not a fan of the dSLR style body for video. Maybe it is just me, but the ergonomics are all just wrong and I don’t see the addition of cages and rigs to be an applicable solution when these days, a proper camcorder can do the job just as well if not better,
Having said that, the 4K video (which was my primary concern here) out of the 200D MK II is fantastic quality, and the whole package is good value for money, especially if you are after a combo still / video system with a bent more towards the still side of things.
Sample footage: Handheld timelapse over 4 hours