The launch of a new D-SLR is becoming a cause for celebration as mirrorless models increasingly dominate the interchangeable camera market. The Canon EOS 200D Mark II (designated the EOS 250D in some markets) is the first new D-SLR since Nikon’s D3500 which was introduced way back in late August 2018.

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Like the D3500, the EOS 200D Mark II is an entry-level model that’s been given a few important updates to keep it competitive and add more value, including 4K video and enhanced autofocusing capabilities. Canon’s says the 200D II is actually smallest and lightest D-SLR to date so it has a slightly different bodyshell to its predecessor, but retains the same 25.8 megapixels (total) ‘APS-C’ size CMOS sensor, built-in pop-up flash and fully-adjustable 7.62 cm LCD monitor screen with a resolution of 1.04 megadots and touch controls. The screen can be tilted up through a full 180 degrees for taking ‘selfies’.

The sensor is mated with Canon’s latest-generation ‘DiG!C 8’ processor which delivers the necessary power for shooting 4K video at 25 fps, although this comes with a 1.6x crop on the sensor. Full HD footage is recorded using the full sensor width and at either 50 or 25 fps in the MP4 format with IPB compression. Time-lapse movies can be created in either 4K or 2K. Built-in stereo microphones are provided with adjustable levels and an attenuator plus there’s a stereo audio input

Despite the new processor, the maximum continuous shooting speed for still photography is still 5.0 fps, but improved efficiencies extend the battery life. Images are recorded to an SD card, but the 200D II is still speed-limited to UHS-I. The main camera systems are still the basic entry-level EOS offerings of nine-point autofocusing and 63-zone metering driving a set of ‘PASM’ exposure control modes and 12 subject/scene modes. However, with live view and for 2K video recording (but not 4K), Canon’s ‘Dual Pixel CMOS AF’ is available with a total of 3975 measuring points and the addition of eye-detection to enhance the ‘Face+Tracking’ operation. Both a focus peaking display and a magnified image (5x or 10x) are available to assist with manual focusing in live view or when shooting video.

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The shutter speed range is 30-1/4000 second (with flash sync up to 1/200 second) and the sensitivity range is equivalent to ISO 100 to 25,600 with a one-stop extension to ISO 51,200. In addition to RAW and JPEG capture (in one of four image sizes), the 200D II also has the cRAW option which creates a 40 percent smaller file size due to the use of lossy compression algorithms.

The new camera has most of Canon’s standard D-SLR in-camera processing functions including lens corrections (for vignetting, chromatic aberrations, distortion and diffraction), both ‘Highlight Tone Priority’ and ‘Auto Lighting Optimiser’ for contrast control, multi-shot HDR capture, and a set of ‘Creative Filter’ effects. Other notable features include a easy-to-follow ‘Guided Display’ interface with ‘Creative Assist’ functions, both WiFi and Bluetooth LE wireless connectivity, ‘My Menu’ customisation, a total of 11 custom functions and a Type C HDMI connection.

In this brave new world of mirrorless, it’s the D-SLRs that are now becoming the value proposition in interchangeable lens cameras, and the EOS 200D Mark II is likely to settle at a little under $1000 packaged with Canon’s standard EF-S 18-55mm f3.5-5.6 IS STM zoom lens. For more information visit http://www.canon.com.au