Canon EOS 200D Rebel SL2 [Review]
Value For Money
The Canon EOS 200D is available for £579 body only, or £679 with 18-55mm f/4-5.6 IS STM lens. This is just a little bit more than the Canon EOS 750D, and cheaper than the 800D. If you're looking for a lower-priced DSLR from Canon, then you have the choice of the 1300D, 700D, 750D (£549), and 800D. The range then goes upwards to the 77D, the 80D, and on to the 7D Mark II at the top of the APS-C range. The 200D sits somewhere between the 750D and 800D based on price alone.
The nearest competitors, or rather, the smallest DSLRs from the competition includes the Pentax K-S2 (£579 with lens) and Nikon D5600 (£649 with lens), with the K-S2 being slightly smaller.
For mirrorless cameras, have a look here, with top alternatives being the Panasonic Lumix G80, Fujifilm X-T20, Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark II, and Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II. Have a look at more DSLR cameras Top 10 APS-C DSLRs. You'll also need to buy a memory card and a case or bag to keep your camera safe and protected - have a look at our complete guide to camera bags.
With a gap of four years, the Canon EOS 200D offers a significant update to the 100D, with a 24mp sensor, white priority white balance (great for product shots), improved continuous shooting speed (5fps), improved battery life (650 shots), impressive Live view focus performance, built-in Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, NFC, and a new vari-angle touch-screen.
The 200D is ultra-compact for a DSLR when used with the Canon 40mm f/2.8 pancake lens, and this makes the camera a great tool to pick up and take with you everywhere you go, compared to a larger DSLR. There's also a good sized handgrip making the camera comfortable to hold. The user interface has been updated, and the touch-screen makes changing settings a breeze.
Never before has there been such an extensive range of APS-C Canon DSLRs to choose from. There's also a wide range of lenses available, and to get the best out of the camera, prime lenses are recommended.
The compact size, reliable auto focus (even in low-light), and great image quality, combined with excellent battery life, makes the Canon EOS 200D a great choice. For the more advanced photographer, who likes to have direct control over manual settings, plus more focus points, the Canon EOS 77D would be a better match. For those who want a compact DSLR, the 200D is a winner.
Canon EOS 200D Pros
- Excellent image quality and colour
- Significant updates since the 100D
- White priority white balance (great for product shots)
- Improved continuous shooting speed - 5fps
- Improved battery life of 650 shots
- Impressive Live view focus performance
- Much improved handling, with a better grip
- Great 3inch vari-angle touch-screen
Canon EOS 200D Cons
- Only one command dial
- Only 9 AF points