Is the Canon 200D Mark II still a camera worth buying?

A woman holding the Canon EOS 200D Mark II
(Image credit: Canon)

The Canon 200D Mark II (or the Canon EOS Rebel SL3 as it's known in the US and EOS 250D in other territories) was launched all the way back in 2019, but is often one of the first cameras that people recommend to newcomers. The question is, after four years, is it still worth buying? 

The short answer is yes. For my money the Canon 200D Mark II is still one of the best cameras for beginners looking for a DSLR, despite being a wily old veteran of the camera scene – or perhaps, because of that very fact. 

You see, while we certainly live in the mirrorless age, and the best mirrorless cameras are all the rage and get all the headlines, there's a big difference in a mirrorless camera from 2019 and a DSLR from 2019: how they've aged.

Let's take a quick look at some of the Canon 200D Mark II's contemporaries from the class of 2019: the Canon EOS M6 Mark II, Fujifilm X-T30 and Nikon Z50. Those are all very different cameras, from very different categories, and someone looking at buying a 200D Mark II wouldn't really be looking at them. But that's not what we're looking at here.

Every single one of those cameras has since been superseded, because 'mirrorless years' are like 'doggy years' – they move a whole lot quicker. 

Would I still recommend any of those cameras today? In and of themselves, perhaps – but I would have to point out that there are newer and better cameras that I would recommend ahead of them. 

'DSLR years', meanwhile, have pretty much become as ageless as a vampire. DSLR technology is fully mature, so there is simply nowhere else for these cameras to go. Simply put, there isn't a newer better version of the Canon 200D Mark II to recommend – and I don't think there's ever going to be.

So if you're looking for a DSLR for a beginner, the Canon 200D Mark II is still the best recommendation. Its 24.1MP sensor, solid Live View autofocus and 4K video are as good as it gets in this category. 

If you found this article interesting, you might also enjoy reading about the best DSLRs, the best Canon cameras, and the best cheap cameras available right now.

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James Artaius

The editor of Digital Camera World, James has 21 years experience as a journalist and started working in the photographic industry in 2014 (as an assistant to Damian McGillicuddy, who succeeded David Bailey as Principal Photographer for Olympus). In this time he shot for clients like Aston Martin Racing, Elinchrom and L'Oréal, in addition to shooting campaigns and product testing for Olympus, and providing training for professionals. This has led him to being a go-to expert for camera and lens reviews, photo and lighting tutorials, as well as industry news, rumors and analysis for publications like Digital Camera MagazinePhotoPlus: The Canon MagazineN-Photo: The Nikon MagazineDigital Photographer and Professional Imagemaker, as well as hosting workshops and talks at The Photography Show. He also serves as a judge for the Red Bull Illume Photo Contest. An Olympus and Canon shooter, he has a wealth of knowledge on cameras of all makes – and a fondness for vintage lenses and instant cameras.