What’s more, the included clip doubles as the Ivy Rec’s viewfinder — as in you look through it to frame your shots. Canon says this eliminates the possibility of a broken screen. After all, you can’t break your camera’s viewfinder if it doesn’t have one.
Naturally, there’s an optional mobile app that allows you to transfer any shots and videos you capture with the camera to your phone for social media sharing, and it works through both WiFi and Bluetooth. The Canon Mini Cam app also allows you to use your phone as a live viewfinder. By default, the camera captures video at 720p and 30 frames per second, but it can also do 1080p at 60 frames per second. That said, there’s a 10-minute continuous recording limit when you shoot video at Full HD.
While Canon hasn’t said exactly when the Ivy Rec will hit store shelves, Best Buy’s website says the camera will ship on October 16th, suggesting it will be available at other retailers soon as well.
With an entry-level price, the M200 is aimed at smartphone users who want to upgrade their photo powers. As such, it has the same body as the M100, with the same button layout, pocket-friendly size and pop-up selfie screen. Physical controls are minimal, so the camera settings are largely controlled from the flip-up touchscreen.
With an identical sensor to the M100, the M200 should also deliver the same excellent image quality as before, with accurate colors and detailed RAW images. Canon’s Dual Pixel autofocus is well-liked for its accuracy, both for photos and video, but eye-detect AF will make it a lot easier for novices to use. Canon has also increased the number of selectable AF points from 49 to 123.
The M200 can now do 4K video at 24 fps, but only with a 1.6 times crop. Combined with the 1.6 times APS-C crop, that means the 15-45mm kit lens effectively becomes a 38-115mm lens in 4K mode. That heavily limits its usefulness as a vlogging camera. Like Canon’s PowerShot G7 X Mark III compact, it can shoot vertical video, however.
Still, extra features on the EOS M200 will make it a tempting budget option, especially given Canon’s relatively inexpensive M lens lineup. It will arrive in October in black and while for $549 (£499) with an EF-M 15-45mm F4.5-6.3 IS STM lens.