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Canon’s new $549 EOS M200 mirrorless camera has eye-detecting autofocus and 4K recording

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This could be a good lightweight option for smartphone shooters

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Canon has unveiled the EOS M200 compact mirrorless camera, the follow-up to the M100 that was released in late 2017. It packs in several improvements over its predecessor: it now has the Digic 8 image processor, the amount of autofocus points has been increased from 49 to 123, it has eye-detecting autofocus (that keeps the focus sharp on people), and it adds the ability to shoot 4K/24p footage. All four of those spec bumps puts the M200 more in line with Canon’s M50, albeit with a more simplified physical interface.

Not much has changed about the look of the M200. It’s still small and has the same 24.1-megapixel APS-C sensor found in the M100. Similarly, this model also has a built-in flash, and its moveable screen can still be flipped 180 degrees to make taking selfies easier.

The M200’s 4K recording capability sounds attractive, but Engadget notes that it comes with a big caveat: 4K mode records with a 1.6x crop (compared to recording in other resolutions), so you might not be able to easily achieve the proper framing — especially with the 15-45mm f/4.5-6.3 EF-M lens that comes included with the camera body.

Canon may be counting on the fact that, at the M200’s $549 starting price, it might pull in a few users who typically shoot on smartphones or who are not used to the features of a higher-end camera. The M200 includes a Feature Assistant tool that helps to explain what each camera mode is useful for, which is a great way to wean people off of auto mode and into manual modes that require some toggling but usually result in a better photo. The ability to wirelessly send photos from the camera to your phone or computer is great if you want to quickly post your shots on social media.

As mentioned, the M200 will cost $549 when it releases in October. It will be available with a white or black body, and it will work with all of Canon’s EF and EF-S lenses. The M100 required the purchase of a $200 adapter to make this possible, so that’s a big perk here.

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