After buying my first Mirrorless camera Canon M5 along with 18-150mm lens, I stopped using my full frame DSLR while travelling as the small and lightweight Mirrorless serves most of the purpose. Now I use the DSLR only for my professional shoots, otherwise M5 has become a companion for street and travel photography.
Sometime back when it was time for a family vacation travel to Kerala, I had the choice of either taking M5 or the new launch from Canon, a DSLR, EOS 200DII with 18-55mm & 55-250mm lenses and I decided on taking the DSLR.
EOS 200DII is one of the smallest and lightest DSLR with a vari-Angle LCD, Weighing just 449gm with memory card and battery, the camera incorporates DIGIC 8 image processor with 24MP CMOS sensor. In terms of specifications of camera, these are very similar to EOS M50 which is the Mirrorless version, both are capable of 4K video recording. The camera also happens to be first Canon DSLR to support Eye Detection AF with Live View shooting.
EOS 200DII 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, want to take better photographs than smartphones.
So here I was, in God’s own country, staying in a picturesque sea facing beach resort in Palayambalam, Kannur with my EOS 200D II kit consisting of 18-55mm and 55-250mm lenses. When I joined classes to learn photography, when cameras were not common 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, made more than 20 years ago, finally made sense to me, my first reaction after checking into the beautiful resorts was to pick the camera and take photographs of flowers in the well-manicured lawns.
Canon has always been known for the accuracy of colours and this camera just matches the high standards and brings out vibrant photographs.
The vari-angle LCD in the camera really came handy when I was trying some late evening shots at the beach. I wanted to take some low angle photographs at slow shutter speed and I was not carrying a tripod. Placing my camera on 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 angle I had chosen. The shot would have been very difficult without this option in the camera.
The Auto Focus in the camera surpassed my expectations, though it is an entry level camera the focus detection was extremely fast and I hardly experienced any focus-hunting. The only issue where I feel the camera could have done better by providing more AF points in the optical viewfinder, there are just 9 AF points. Whether it was a still object with very low contrast or when the subject was moving, the Auto Focus worked well in all situations.
The 24MP CMOS Sensor in the camera is instrumental in bringing out the finer details in the photographs, besides the accurate colours, the other details like texture are also very nicely captured.
More than the sunset, it is the time immediately after which fascinates me, the time before darkness prevails, just before twilight. 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 these surreal moments.
Kerala is known for its beautiful beaches and amazing variety of seafood but this is the first time I saw fruit cut and dipped in salt water in big jars topped with green chillies and coriander. The amalgamation of “sweet & sour” flavours of fruits and spicy flavours of chillies surely create a mouthwatering recipe. The camera cannot describe the taste but visuals attempt to do some justice.
Being a hot and tropical area, Laterite rocks have been 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 DSLR version of mirrorless EOS M50 having almost the same 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. The Guide Assist feature explains the features of most of the settings with visuals which will be of great help to people who are in the early stages in photography. Now a days, even the photographers who shoot still images are seeking an option in the camera to record high quality video and EOS 200 II does not disappoint here with the facility to shoot 4K video. Overall, it is a features packed DSLR in small and lightweight body, definitely not an entry level camera but a step ahead.
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