Discovery God’s own Country with the New EOS 200D IIRavi Dhingra | Canon Photomentor

Category: Tips & Tricks | 06 September 2019

After buying my first mirrorless camera Canon EOS M5 with the EF-M 18-150mm lens, I stopped using my full frame DSLR, especially while travelling. The small and lightweight mirrorless serves most of the purpose. Now, I use a DSLR only for my professional shoots, otherwise the EOS M5 has become my companion for Street and Travel photography.

Last month when it was time for a family vacation travel to Kerala, I had the choice of either take EOS M5 or the new launch from Canon EOS 200D II with EF-S 18-55mm & 55-250mm lenses and I decided to take the New EOS 200D II DSLR.

The New EOS 200D II

EOS 200D II is one of the smallest and lightest DSLR with a vari-Angle LCD, weighing just 449gm with memory card and battery, the camera houses DIGIC 8 image processor with a 24MP CMOS sensor. In terms of camera specifications, these are very similar to the mirrorless EOS M50; both are capable of 4K video recording. The camera also happens to be the first Canon DSLR to support Eye Detection AF with Live View shooting.

My Hands on the EOS 200D II

I was in the God’s own country, staying in the picturesque sea facing beach resort in Palayambalam, Kannur with my new EOS 200D II kit consisting of EF-S 18-55mm and EF-S 55-250mm lenses. When I joined photography classes, when cameras were uncommon and smartphones non-existent, our esteemed instructor made a statement that when someone picks up a camera, the tendency is to click either of the two subjects – kids or flowers. The statement that was made more than 20 years ago, finally made sense to me, my first reaction after checking into the  beautiful resorts was to pick my camera and take photographs of flowers in the well-kept & mown lawns.

Canon has always been known for the accuracy of colours and this camera matches the highest standards to produce vibrant photographs.

Operability

The vari-angle LCD of the camera really came in handy while I was shooting late evening shots at the beach. I wanted to take some low angle photographs at slow shutter speed, while I was not carrying a tripod. Placing my camera on a low lying flat rock on sea-side, with 10 seconds timer, at ISO 100 on Tv mode, the vari-angle LCD was a boon for the low angle I had chosen. Without this option, this shot would have been very difficult to shoot.

Auto Focus

The Auto Focus in the camera surpassed my expectations. Though it is an entry level camera, the auto focus detection was extremely fast and I hardly experienced any focus-hunting. I feel the camera could have done better if it was equipped with more AF points in the optical viewfinder, which is of 9 AF points. This is the only feature that can be bettered. Whether it was a still object with very low contrast or when the subject was moving, the Auto Focus worked well in all situations.

Image Quality

The 24MP CMOS Sensor in the camera is instrumental in bringing out the finer details in the photographs, besides the accurate colours, other finer details, such as texture, are also captured beautifully.

More than the sunset, it is the time immediately before the darkness, just before twilight, that fascinates me. This time produces magic in the sky and its reflection on water. The light dims very fast and in this situation low light performance of the camera matters. At ISOs equal to 1600 or more, the camera helped in capturing some surreal moments.

Colour Reproduction

Kerala is known for its beautiful beaches and a great variety of seafood, but this is the first time I saw fruit cut and dipped in salt water in big jars topped with green chilies and coriander. The amalgamation of “sweet & sour” flavours of fruits and spicy flavours of chilies surely created a mouthwatering recipe. The camera cannot describe the taste but visuals attempt to do some justice.

Being a hot and tropical area, laterite rocks are used extensively in the architecture in Kerala. The rust-red colour brings out the vibrancy in buildings and structures. The kit lens EF-S 18-55mm f/4-5.6 IS STM works well for most of the architectural photographs.

As mentioned before, this camera is the DSLR version of mirrorless EOS M50 has almost all the features. For photographers who are still not comfortable with using the EVF (Electronic View Finder) and prefer Optical View Finder, this small and lightweight camera is a good option. EOS 200D II is an entry level, easy to use camera featuring the selfie mode, guided UI display and creative assist functions, which are useful for people who are not experts in photography and want to take better photographs than smartphones.

Nowadays, even the photographers who shoot still images are seeking an option in the camera to record high quality video and EOS 200D II does not disappoint here with the capability to shoot 4K video. Overall, it is a feature packed DSLR in small and lightweight body, definitely not an entry level camera but a step ahead.


Ravi Dhingra

Ravi Dhingra is a Delhi based Lifestyle photographer specialising in Interiors, Food, People and Product photography. He has been associated with leading publications, advertisement agencies and corporate clients. His work has been widely published in various books, magazines, brochures and on Web. He is a Canon Photo Mentor and also a visiting faculty for photography at various leading Institutes.