The Latest Canon Entry-level with 4K Video and Eye Detect AF is the Most Affordable Mirrorless Yet

Canon has unveiled its latest entry-level APS-C compact mirrorless camera EOS M200, a follow-up to the popular M100 that was released in August 2017. While it retains the same 24.1-megapixel sensor as the last model, it packs several much-needed improvements and some interesting new features.

Most of the changes are courtesy of the new Digic 8 processor that unlocks two important new features: 4K video recording capabilities with a maximum frame rate of 30fps (with an extra 1.6x crop factor) and the autofocus points has been increased from 49 to 123 with Dual Pixel eye-detect.

In terms of design, the M200 looks very much like its predecessor. There’s still no viewfinder – instead, you’ll be using a flip-up touchscreen display that’s perfect for selfies. There’s no mode dial on the shoulder, so most settings will need to be changed via the touchscreen.

“Ease of use, convenience and shareability are imperatives for consumers today, especially when introducing new imaging products into an ever-changing market place,” said Kazuto Ogawa, president, and chief operating officer, Canon U.S.A., Inc. “The new EOS M200 camera is a mix of tried and true Canon features as well as new ones, and combined they create a non-intimidating mirrorless camera for the experienced photographer – yet it is approachable for someone beginning their visual storytelling journey.”

Video speaking it will record UHD in 23.98 or 25fps and full HD at up to 59.94fps. If you want to record 119.9fps or 100fps that can only be done in 720p. You can also record vertical video as well as do movie time-lapses. Movies can be played back on a mobile device in a vertical orientation so they are optimized for sharing on social media after they are captured. There is no headphone or microphone jack on the camera.

For the first time on an EOS camera, the movie record button is displayed on the touchscreen when you select Movie Mode.

Canon EOS M200 main specs:

  • DIGIC 8 Imaging Processor
  • 4K UHD, Full HD up to 60p, Vertical video support
  • Dual Pixel CMOS AF
  • Eye Detection Auto-focus
  • Time-lapse movies
  • Convenient Wi-Fi and Bluetooth Technology
  • Capable of Sharing Photos and Videos to Social Media Platforms
  • Compact and Lightweight Design
  • Compatible with Extensive Line of EF-M, Canon EF and EF-S lenses

Although the changes to the M100 seems like an incremental update, the M200 is aimed at entry-level users and could shape up to be one of the best APS-C mirrorless cameras for beginners, especially smartphone users who want to upgrade their photo.

“Don’t follow the smartphone crowd. Discover your creative side with an easy-to-use, connected EOS camera that lets you shoot professional-looking photos, swap lenses and capture the ambiance of any occasion – even in low light” said Canon.

In fact, these extra features on the EOS M200 will make it a tempting budget option, especially given Canon’s relatively inexpensive M lens lineup.

The Canon EOS M200 will begin shipping in October and costs $550 in a kit with the EF-M 15-45mm f/3.5-6.3 IS STM lens.
It will be available with a white or black body.
More info on Canon’s website.

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