Canon has announced the EOS M200, a follow up to the M100 which was unveiled in April 2017.
Upgrades from MC100 include the latest Canon DIGIC 8 processor, improved autofocus and the addition of UHD video recording. The fact that Canon lists the ability to record UHD as a key specification in 2019 in slightly alarming.
Canon is targeting this camera as an upgrade for people using smartphones for photography. Considering the features and abilities of the new iPhone 11 Pro, good luck tempting people away with this camera.
Their marketing material says: 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.
- 24.1 megapixel APS-C sized sensor
- UHD video and 120fps HD
- Dual Pixel CMOS AF
- Bluetooth and Wi-Fi for online image sharing and remote control
- 180˚ tilt-out touchscreen
- Time-lapse movies
As far as video features are concerned, the camera is pretty underwhelming. 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.
MP4 [Video: MPEG-4 AVC/H.264, Audio: MPEG-4 AAC]
4K – 3840 x 2160 (23.98, 25 fps)
Full HD – 1920 x 1080 (59.94, 50, 29.97, 25fps)
HD – 1280 x 720 (119.9, 100, 59.94, 50 fps)
The M200 also has a movie record limit of 29min 59sec, Max file size 4GB.
There is no headphone or microphone jack on the camera.
The camera features Dual Pixel CMOS AF and Eye Detection AF.
The LCD touchscreen on the Canon EOS M200 flips 180 degrees, but it doesn’t rotate. Why you could still use this for Vlogging (if you don’t mind having zero microphone inputs), most users would probably prefer a flip and tilt screen.
The camera has a Self Portrait mode that allows users to change settings such as background blur and brightness in real-time.
For the first time on an EOS camera, the movie record button is displayed on the touchscreen when you select Movie Mode.
The Canon EOS M200 includes Canon’s Creative Assist feature, a suite of effects, filters and color adjustment tools that you can apply to photographs when composing an image or after it has been taken. These include a range of creative filters including Grainy black & white, Fish-eye and Soft Focus.
The camera can connect to smart devices via Bluetooth and Wi-Fi using the free Canon Camera Connect app for iOS and Android. From here, images and videos can be downloaded, reviewed and shared manually. Images can also be automatically sent to a smart device as they are taken. As long as the camera is in Bluetooth range, a constant connection to a smart device can be maintained, even when the camera is switched off.
The Canon Camera Connect app also facilitates shooting remotely with a smartphone or tablet.
The camera has an HDMI Micro – Type-D connector, but there is no information about what can be outputted over HDMI.
What’s different from the M100?
Not much! It uses the same 24.2 MP CMOS sensor and basic form factor. The only big differences are the DIGIC 8 processor and the ability to record UHD movies.
The camera uses a rechargeable Li-ion Battery LP-E12 and canon claims that is good for approximately 90 minutes of video recording and about 315 still shots.
Size & Weight
The Canon EOS M200 weighs 299g (including battery and memory card). it is available in black or white. It can be customised with a range of colorful face jackets if you want to match your clothing (if you are into that sort of thing).
Price & Availability
The Canon EOS M200 will be available from October 2019. It will retail for $599 USD/ £499.99 / €569.99.