Canon EOS 200D Rebel SL2
Bearing the distinction of the world’s lightest APS-C DSLR with a vari-angle screen, the Canon EOS 200D slots into the manufacturer’s range of DSLRs between the entry-level EOS 1300D and the more advanced EOS 760D and EOS 800D models.
It follows in the footsteps of the Canon EOS 100D in the way it has been designed as small as possible whilst being lightweight and convenient to carry on the go.
Canon EOS 200D – Features
Canon has done away with the 18MP APS-C CMOS chip as used in the EOS 100D and has replaced the EOS 200D with a 24.2MP APS-C CMOS sensor. This sensor is identical to the one used inside the EOS 77D and EOS 800D, and works in tandem with Canon’s latest DIGIC 7 image processor.
Just like the EOS 800D, the Canon EOS 200D offers an ISO range of 100-25,600, which can be expanded to a maximum of ISO 51,200 in its ‘H’ setting. It comes with an Auto ISO setting for those who’d prefer the camera to be the judge of the best sensitivity setting to use and the ceiling in this setting is ISO 25,600.
As well as offering the full manual shooting control you’d expect from a DSLR, the Canon EOS 200D offers good options for any newcomer to photography in the shape of a Scene Intelligent Auto mode, a selection of Creative Filters, as well as 11 scene modes. All of these beginner-friendly modes are easy to access directly from the mode dial.
- 24.2MP APS-C CMOS sensor
- Dual Pixel autofocus (for live view and video)
- 9-point autofocus (through the viewfinder)
- DIGIC 7 processor
- 3″ fully articulating touchscreen LCD
- 5 fps burst shooting (3.5 fps with continuous AF)
- 1080/60p video
- External mic input
- Wi-Fi with NFC and Bluetooth
- Available ‘Feature Assistant’ user interface
A lesson in great photography
The EOS 200D’s guided user interface helps you to choose the right settings for the effect you want to create. It’s like having your own personal photography tutor standing right next to you.
Browse, edit and share photos from the EOS 200D on your smartphone or tablet computer and it’s easy to do too. An always-on Low Energy Bluetooth® link lets you access the camera even if it’s in your bag.
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Canon EOS 200D – Image Quality
The image quality results from the EOS 200D are very similar to those generated by the recently reviewed Canon EOS 800D and EOS 77D. This isn’t a huge surprise given that the EOS 200D uses the same sensor alongside the same DIGIC 7 image processor. Unlike some of its competitors, the EOS 200D’s sensor retains an optical low-pass filter and the increase to 24.2-million pixels sees it resolve slightly finer detail as well as return higher dynamic range figures across its sensitivity range compared to its predecessor.
As you can see, the SL2 has a flip-out, fully articulating display. It’s 3″ in size and has 1.04 million dots – very standard. The screen is touch-enabled and supports tap-to-shoot, focus point selection, menus and image playback.
You can also set up your own custom menu, appropriately known as ‘My Menu.’ Just choose what items you want and the camera will slot them in. Once you set up the menu to your liking you can have it be the only menu the camera offers, saving your fingers from repeatedly tapping the directional controller.
There’s a lot to like about the Canon EOS 200D – it’s reliable, well constructed, has good battery life and most importantly delivers excellent images straight out of the camera. The wireless connectivity works well too and offers a seamless way of getting your shots across to mobile devices ready to share. Battery life is good if you’re sticking to the viewfinder, but if you’re using live view all the time, you’ll want to bring a spare. Having support for USB charging would’ve been nice but, alas, the SL2 can’t do it.