The EOS 200D is an entry-level DSLR that features some of the newest technologies in the EOS series, such as a Vari-angle LCD monitor and Dual Pixel CMOS AF. Here, a photographer shares his first impressions of the EOS 200D together with the images he shot with it. (Reported by: Kazuo Nakahara)
Vastly enhanced Live View shooting capabilities
A mirrorless camera with an optical viewfinder - that was what the EOS 200D felt like when I used it or the first time. Of course, it is a full-fledged DSLR, not a mirrorless camera. However, besides the its light, compact body, just by looking at the specifications, the Live View shooting capabilities are on par with those on Canon’s mirrorless cameras. Moreover, the state-of-the-art combination of the Dual Pixel CMOS AF and DIGIC 7 image processor is testament to Canon’s dedication to quality.
With the greatly-enhanced 24.2-megapixel image sensor supporting Dual Pixel CMOS AF, the EOS 200D promises smooth, high speed AF during Live View shooting. In particular, Dual Pixel CMOS AF, which carries out 100% phase detection AF, ensures smooth and unobstructed focusing, making Live View shooting easier than before.
For more about Live View shooting, check out:
Camera Basics #13: Live View
EOS 200D/ EF-S18-55mm f/4-5.6 IS STM/ FL: 40mm (64mm equivalent)/ Aperture Priority AE (f/5.6, 1/160 sec, EV +0.7)/ ISO 100/ WB: Auto
This photograph was taken at the moment the child climbed up the stairs of the playground slide. An angle like this one is difficult to achieve using the optical viewfinder, so I opted for the Vari-angle LCD monitor instead. The face detection AF function was also more than adequate in terms of precision.
The improved Live View shooting capabilities are greatly compatible with the newly equipped Vari-angle LCD monitor. When shooting in positions where using the optical viewfinder might be difficult, such as low-angle shots where you are barely off the floor, tapping on the touch screen LCD monitor on your desired area will enable the camera to focus on the same point. If you have the Touch Shutter function turned on, touching the screen will then release the shutter as well.
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Of the functions, my favourite is the “Face + Tracking AF” setting. When I enabled the function, the camera automatically recognized the child’s face and began to track it. Also, since the AF has a horizontal and vertical coverage of about 80% of the frame, you can easily capture a photo just by making sure the child’s face is in the frame and then pressing the shutter button.
EOS 200D/ EF-S18-55mm f/4-5.6 IS STM/ FL: 18mm (29mm equivalent)/ Aperture-priority AE (f/4, 1/500 sec, EV ±0)/ ISO 100/ WB: Auto
I tried shooting from an extremely low angle with the Vari-angle LCD monitor to portray the child like a giant. The “Face + Tracking AF” ensures automatic and speedy focusing regardless what kind of extreme shooting posture you might be in.
I believe that the eventual users of this camera will include many who love taking photos of family. If you are one of them, having a highly accurate AF system to precisely capture pictures of your children running about while you run alongside them, photographing in Live View, is certainly reassuring. And if you are a beginner or intermediate user, you will probably find that you take many more successful shots in Live View compared to if you shoot with the optical viewfinder.
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I was also able to feel the vast improvements made to the face recognition and tracking functions for the EOS 200D, all thanks to the DIGIC 7 image processor. And of course, just like any other DSLR, I was able to shoot through the optical viewfinder. After all, being able to peer at the real world around you and concentrate on shooting through the optical viewfinder, instead of using the LCD monitor, is one of the main advantages of a DSLR.
EOS 200D/ EF-S18-55mm f/4-5.6 IS STM/ FL: 24mm (38mm equivalent)/ Aperture-priority AE (f/6.3, 1/250 sec, EV +0.7)/ ISO 100/ WB: Auto
I took this shot through the viewfinder, taking into account the interesting patterns on the floor and the shadow of the person walking. Being able to feel the light reach my eyes directly and to see things in real-time through the optical viewfinder was such a joy.
On the exterior, the grip and dials have been redesigned to look more elegant than before. The battery is an LP-E17 (1,040mA), and one of the key features about it is that it is more powerful than before. Also, the built-in wireless connectivity capabilities, such as Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, are almost certain to be very big pluses to users who are savvier with smartphones and tablets.
Up until today, I always thought that it was common knowledge that you should normally use DSLRs to “photograph moving subjects with the viewfinder, and still subjects with Live View”. In contrast to that, for the EOS 200D I would recommend that you photograph moving subjects with Live View, and still subjects with the viewfinder.
EOS 200D/ EF-S55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS STM/ FL: 135mm (216mm equivalent)/ Aperture-priority AE (f/5.6, 1/1,250 sec, EV ±0)/ ISO 125/ WB: Auto
When photographing still subjects, you can still instinctively shoot through the viewfinder as you would normally do. I pressed the shutter button when I determined the runner in the bottom right corner to be in a good position for my composition.
EOS 200D/ EF-S18-55mm f/4-5.6 IS STM / FL: 55mm (88mm equivalent)/ Aperture-priority AE (f/5.6, 1/125 sec, EV +1.0)/ ISO 100/ WB: Auto
I wanted to contrast the blue hydrangeas with the red in the blurred background. The compact body makes it easy to walk around while carrying it all the time, and its inconspicuous nature makes it easy to take pictures even in the middle of the street.
EOS 200D/ EF-S18-55mm f/4-5.6 IS STM/ FL: 55mm (88mm equivalent)/ Aperture-priority AE (f/5.6, 1/800 sec, EV ±0)/ ISO 100/ WB: Auto
I photographed the moment when the seagull came flying towards me. When it comes to scenes where timing is of the essence, it is easier to use the optical viewfinder. When using the viewfinder, the 5 frame per second (fps) continuous shooting speed is an added advantage as well.
EOS 200D/ EF-S18-55mm f/4-5.6 IS STM/ FL: 55mm (88mm equivalent)/ Aperture-priority AE (f/5.6, 1/160 sec, EV +1.0)/ ISO 100/ WB: Auto
The DIGIC 7 image processor heightens the camera’s ability to acquire subjects in scenes with mostly the same colour. In scenes like this, where it was mostly green, the camera managed to focus on the tip of the leaf without any focus hunting.
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Born in Hokkaido in 1982, Nakahara turned to photography after working at a chemical manufacturing company. He majored in photography at the Vantan Design Institute and is a lecturer for photography workshops and seminars, in addition to working in commercial photography. He is also a representative of the photography information website studio9.