Canon announced today a new entry-level mirrorless camera called the M200. This small, compact model includes several new features compared to Canon’s existing M100 model including 4K video shooting, selfie screen, and Dual Pixel AF technology, and yes there are some clear drawbacks to this camera as well.
The competition on the entry-level camera segment heats up as Sony released its own A6100 with some very advanced capabilities recently and it seems that Canon didn’t want to be left behind and released an updated M100 (announced about 2 years ago) with some interesting changes, making it (almost) an ideal vlogging camera.
So what does the M200 brings to the table and what’s new about it compared to the existing M100:
- Sensor: 24MP APS-C sensor (similar or identical to the one on the M100).
- Processor: DIGIC 8 Image Processor (the M100 had the older DIGIC 7).
- Monitor: 3.0″ 1.04m-Dot 180° Tilt Touchscreen (same as the M100).
- Dual Pixel AF system – including some improvements from the older version such as Eye AF and more selectable points (123 instead of 49).
- Video: UHD 4K at 24fps and 1080p at 60 fps and 720p at 120fps.
- Sensitivity: ISO 100-25600.
- Shooting speed: 6.1 frames per second.
- Price: $550 with October 2019 availability.
Although this camera is very affordable, one thing to keep in mind is that the 4K is heavily cropped – so besides the “normal” 1.6x APS-C crop of the camera, you also get another 1.6x to a total of 2.56x. This is especially problematic if you want to shoot wide-angle (ultra-wide-angle is basically impossible in 4K video shooting with this camera with existing lenses). Even the widest EF-M lens on the market – the Canon EF-M 11-22mm, will turn into 28-56mm equivalent lens which isn’t very wide (not ideal for vloggers really).
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