Written by Shawn Koh (Tech360.tv Community Creator)


At this turning point in camera technology and user experience with mirrorless cameras, Canon boldly chose to release not just another DSLR, but an entry-level one with the Canon EOS 200D II. This prompt questions as to what the future of Canon’s cameras will be. Will they stay true and continue pushing out DSLRs, or will they join the arms race with other brands?

Canon has also recently started a crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo for their IVY REC, a tiny camera that can be clipped onto your bag or belt with wireless connectivity. This camera was sold out within 2 weeks. Most experts see this as part of Canon’s research into the demands of consumers today, to project what’s the next step in photography cameras apart from DSLRs or mirrorless cameras.

And this might also be the case for the Canon EOS 200D II, an interesting approach to learn what beginner photographers are looking for. By releasing a super affordable DSLR, Canon has stuck to its roots of providing beginners with a learning medium to begin their photography journey.

The body comes in three different colours, a full black version which we are all familiar with, a silver edition with a brown leather grip, as well as a white version with a grey leather grip. It’s worth noting that the grey and white versions come with a white-grey lens which completes the look of the camera.

The EF-S 18-55mm f/4.5-5.6 IS STM kit lens that is included in the kit bundle is the staple lens that almost all DSLR owners are familiar with. It’s a decent enough lens to be paired with an entry-level DSLR, so users will definitely have a good base to start on.

The body is lightweight but not cheap, you’ll feel the simplicity in its mechanics but reliability in build quality. The compact size makes it easy to bring around using just a single compartment in a camera bag.

As a camera for beginners, Canon has brought over the Guided UI and Creative Assist functions to aid novice photographers in getting quick and creative photos.

Pictured: Screenshot from 4K footage

Boasting impressive 4K video capabilities, this camera sells itself to the masses as the demand rises for higher resolution capturing devices. The only issue in an otherwise impressive feature is the 1.6x crop that happens when in 4K mode. This can be perceived as either a limitation, or a good feature in your videos, as the added zoom creates tighter shots.

The 200D II (S$999) is very affordable for most beginner photographers, and has a decent amount of modern features. If you’re looking to buy a new camera or start your photography journey, this camera should definitely be part of your list to consider.

More details on the EOS 200D II are available here. Stay tuned for our video review coming out soon!