Canon EOS 200D II review: Light and capable

Buying a DSLR, especially an entry-level one, seems counter-intuitive these days. Many smartphones now offer high-quality results with their built-in cameras, while mirrorless shooters have more compact build and are now as capable as their mirror-equipped counterparts. But the Canon EOS 200D II believes that it can still be a viable option for hobbyists and novices with features such as a new processor, live view autofocus, and 4K recording.

The smallest DSLR in the market to date, the EOS 200D II is light and can easily be carried around. However, the same lightness also puts doubt on the durability of the camera; it seems that a few bumps and slight drops can easily damage this gear.

With beginners in mind, the EOS 200D II offers intuitive controls and settings. Buttons are ergonomically placed and are easily accessible when shooting. The menu is easy to understand and navigate; there’s also a guided mode in case you need help understanding the several functions of the camera. Connectivity-wise, this camera comes with a bevy of wired and wireless options.

The touchscreen display is responsive, but you can still adjust its sensitivity to your preference in the settings menu. The display can be adjusted horizontally to face you when shooting, a perfect setup for shooting vlogs or taking selfies. Turn on the live view mode, and you can select up to 3,975 AF points when shooting.

At the heart of the EOS 200D II is a 24MP APS-C sensor paired with a DIGIC 8 processor, which ensures fast processing of quality images. As expected from a Canon shooter, the images come out vivid and detailed; the colors are vibrant overall. This entry-level camera also comes with Dual Pixel Autofocus, up to 5fps continuous shooting, and ISO 100 to 25600.

Another feature to make the most of in the EOS 200D II is its 4K video recording, which is a welcome bonus for an entry-level shooter. There are a few caveats, however. You can only shoot at up to 24fps (or 25fps on PAL); your footage has a 2.56x crop factor; and you only get the Contrast Detect Autofocus. Still, the videos come out clear and vivid, with relatively less shake. Tip: use manual focus when shooting as the autofocus is somewhat slow.

Battery life is great when taking stills and standard quality videos. Use the optical viewfinder instead of the live view when shooting as it conserves power greatly. If you’re heavy on 4K
videos, you may need to pack extra batteries. I got less than 30 minutes of 4K footage before the battery died on me. Charging also requires you to take out the battery; it would have been better if it can be charged via the microUSB port.

Canon EOS 200D II Specs

  • SENSOR: 24.1MP APS-C CMOS
  • PROCESSOR: DIGIC 8
  • ISO: 100-25600
  • VIDEO: Up to 4K 24p/25p
  • CONNECTIVITY: Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, micro HDMI, microUSB, remote control jack, 3.5mm jack
  • DISPLAY: 3” vari-angle touch panel
  • DIMENSIONS: 122.4 x 92.6 x 69.8mm, 654g
  • PRICE: P41,998 (with EF-S 18-55mm f/4-5.6 IS STM lens)

Speed says

If you’re looking to start a hobby or get into vlogging, the Canon EOS 200D II is a good choice thanks to features such as the vari-angle touch panel, live view autofocus, and 4K video capabilities. Plus, it’s easy to carry around. The price, however, can make you do a double take. You can already buy a more powerful mirrorless camera at roughly the same price.

Words Pat Calica
First published in Speed Magazine September 2019 issue

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