The Canon EOS M200 is the most affordable mirrorless yet

Canon has debuted a follow-up two-year entry-level EOS M100 series of APS-C mirrorless cameras, adding some much-needed enhancements to the new EOS M200.

Also aimed at both beginners or those looking to move away from smartphone photography, the M200 is almost physically identical to its predecessor, but there are a few major differences under the hood.

While the resolution remains the same, there is very little change in effective pixel count, with the M200 coming in at 24.1MP (although the M100 has a 24.2MP sensor), indicating there's a new sensor under the hood.

Along with the new sensor is Canon's latest DIGIC 8 image processor, taking over 7 digits in the M100. This latest engine adds 4K and video recording capabilities to the M200 at a maximum frame rate of 30fps. However, 4K recording comes with a crop factor of 1.6. HD video can be shot at up to 120 frames per second for a 4x slow motion effect. There is also support for vertical video capture.

The new imaging engine and sensor interface is also what allows the M200 to boast a better autofocus system than its predecessor. Where the M100 was a 49-point stage-detect AF system, the new snapper arrives with a generous 143 points of AF detection by eye and on offer.

There is an update to the white balance system as well with the addition of environment-priority and white-priority auto white balance mode.

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In terms of design, the M200 is very similar to its predecessor. There's still no viewfinder - instead, you'll be using a flip-out touchscreen that's perfect for selfies. There are no shoulder modes, so most parameters must be changed using the touch screen.

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That said, the Wi-Fi button from the back of the M100 disappeared from the M200, with the video record button (which was on top of the M100 instead of taking its place.

In addition, both Wi-Fi and Bluetooth are available on board for easy image sharing, as canon's creative modes help you learn new skills. There's also a Selfie mode, important for the camera, aimed at selfies.

While the changes to the M100 seem like an incremental upgrade, the M200 is aimed at entry-level users and could catch up to be one of the best APS-C mirrorless cameras for beginners, especially given its very friendly $549/£499 price tag with 15-45mm Lens Kit.

The new camera will go on sale in October, although Canon Australia has no plans to bring the M200 down under at the moment.

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