Canon just announced the new, tiny Canon EOS M200 mirrorless camera with 4K video and Eye-Detect AF. Designed as a pocketable replacement camera for your smartphone, the M200 may not achieve its ultimate goal (no camera can really do that, the smartphone has become an inseparable part of our digital lives whether we like it or not), but it adds quite a few new features and improves upon its EOS M100 predecessor.
New features include 4K video (but with a 1.6x crop), a new DiGIC 8 image processor and also Eye-Detection Autofocus to better track faces, a feature that is a must have for a vlogging setup. The sensor is the same 24.1 Megapixel CMOS (APS-C) sensor as found in the M100, as well as a 180-degree tilting LCD with touch screen.
Given the simplified “social media”-oriented design, the EOS M200 camera is loaded with wireless connectivity such as Wi-Fi and Bluetooth so you can transfer files directly from the camera to compatible smart devices using the Canon Camera Connect app. Images can then be seamlessly shared on social media platforms and web services or printed directly to compatible wireless Canon printers.
Canon EOS M200 Features
Compact and Lightweight Design
Canon EF-M lens mount
DIGIC 8 Imaging Processor
4K UHD/23.98fps (with a crop)
Full HD up to 60p, Vertical video support
Dual Pixel CMOS AF
Eye Detection Auto-focus
Wi-Fi and Bluetooth Technology
Capable of Sharing Photos and Videos to Social Media Platforms
“Ease of use, convenience and share-ability are imperatives for consumers today, especially when introducing new imaging products into an ever-changing market place,” said Kazuto Ogawa, president and chief operating officer, Canon U.S.A., Inc.
“The new EOS M200 camera is a mix of tried and true Canon features as well as new ones, and combined they create a non-intimidating mirrorless camera for the experienced photographer – yet it is approachable for someone beginning their visual storytelling journey.”
The crop in 4K is surely disappointing, but after all this is a $550 camera that you are more likely to use on a couple of vacations to show off to your facebook friends that you went to a luxury island resort, than to use it as a daily driver.
The Canon EOS M200 comes in either Black or Silver and is going to retail for $549 bundled together in a kit with the EF-M 15-45mm f/3.5-6.3 IS STM lens, and is expected to start shipping next month in October. For more info and full specs head over to Canon.