Canon FS200 camcorder
A standard-definition Canon camcorder that uses flash memory for recording and comes with valuable extras
- Good video for specs and asking price, plenty of advanced features including external audio, compact size
- Poor still image mode, menu could be a little more user-friendly
The Canon FS200 is a serviceable standard-def camcorder for beginners and cash-strapped videographers. It strikes a good balance between advanced features and affordability.
Price$ 529.00 (AUD)
The Canon FS200 is a flash memory–based camcorder that records standard-definition video to SD/SDHC memory cards. It replaces the Canon FS100 in the company’s standard-def line-up, with many of the same components and features making the leap across (including an identical pixel count/sensor). Boasting a 41x optical zoom lens, a compact body and an external microphone jack, the Canon FS200 is a versatile option for videographers on a budget. As an added bonus, it comes bundled with an 8GB SD card.
The first thing that stands out about the Canon FS200 is its small size and eye-catching colour scheme (depending on the version you buy; we tested the boring silver version). With dimensions of 55x589x121mm and weighing just 225g, it will fit into all but the skinniest of jacket pockets. On the downside, its lack of heft can translate to shaky video — especially if you're a camcorder novice. This issue is exacerbated by the lack of an optical image stabiliser, though a little practice should iron out any kinks.
Somewhat surprisingly, the Canon FS21 comes with external headphone and microphone jacks. This is a huge boon for Tropfest hopefuls and budding documentary makers, as it allows them to capture cleaner audio than the onboard microphone could hope to provide. Canon seems to be the only camcorder vendor still flying the audiophile flag at full mast — most manufacturers are eschewing this feature to cut down on costs, especially in standard-def models. If you need an affordable camera with external audio, the Canon FS21 is one of the only options on the market.
Like its FS100 predecessor, the Canon FS200 sports a 1/6in CCD sensor with a resolution of 1.07 megapixels. As you'd expect, the video quality can't compete with Canon's numerous HD efforts, but it still does a pretty good job for a standard-def camcorder. Like the FS100, it performed solidly in sunny environments, with image quality taking a sharp nosedive in dim lighting. Naturally, the footage looks best on a regular CRT television, with plus-sized HDTVs exaggerating flaws. All up, we were quite happy with the FS200's video performance. It is easily the match of most standard-def camcorders, including more expensive options like the Panasonic SDR-H80-K.
Like most camcorders, the Canon FS200 also comes with a still image mode. However, with a maximum resolution of 0.78 megapixels, its output is patchy to say the least. Nevertheless, it should prove suitable for social-networking sites and the like — provided you take your happy snaps in daylight. (Annoyingly there is no inbuilt flash.)
Canon often struggles to make its camcorder menus accessible to novice users, and the FS200 is unfortunately no exception. Everything is laid out where it should be and the joystick is responsive, yet it still falls short of many of its rivals — bite the bullet and give us a touch screen already! On the plus side, the range of modes and features on offer is quite extensive for an entry-level camcorder. All the essentials (and not-so-essentials) are present, including adjustable white balance, manual focus and exposure settings, backlight compensation, eight scene modes, digital image effects, an LED video light and Video Snapshot.
Video Snapshot is a new addition to the Legria range which Canon is touting as The Next Big Thing. It basically records video in four second bursts and assembles them into a kind of movie slideshow. The idea is to remove the lengthy shots and rambling, longwinded takes that ruin most home videos. While the Video Snapshot tool does have its uses, does it really deserve its own dedicated button on the camcorder? We think not. Most users would have doubtlessly preferred a beginner-friendly Easy button; which is sadly absent.
There isn't much more to add about the Canon FS200. It's an affordable standard-definition camcorder that serves its primary function well and also comes with some handy additional features. If you've yet to jump on the HD bandwagon, it won't disappoint.
Stay up to date with the latest reviews. Sign up to GoodGearGuide’s Gear Daily newsletters
Follow GoodGearGuide on Twitter: @Goodgearguide
Join the newsletter!
WD MY PASSPORT™ X Gaming Storage
SanDisk MicroSDXC™ for Nintendo® Switch™
Panasonic OLED 4K Ultra HD TV - TH-55EZ950U
Apple iPhone X
cloudandco Smart Cane
WD MY PASSPORT™ Gaming Storage
Panasonic OLED 4K Ultra HD TV - TH-77EZ1000U
Bang and Olufsen BeoVision 14
Nespresso Creatista Coffee Machine
Dyson Supersonic™ Hair Dryer Fuchsia/Iron
Toys for Boys
Propel Star Wars T-65 X-Wing Drone
Google Daydream View VR Headset
Leica M10 Digital Rangefinder Camera
UBTech First Order Stormtrooper Robot
LaCie Rugged USB-C Portable Hard Drive
Ubiquiti Network’s Front Row Camera
Lego Mindstorms EV3
Bose SoundLink Micro
Onyx Smart Walkie Talkie
Panasonic 4K UHD Blu-Ray Player and Full HD Recorder with Netflix - UBT1GL-K
Toffee Bags Commuter Satchel
Belkin Pocket Power 10,000mAh
PETKIG Go Smart Dog Leash
Panasonic Hi-Fi - SC-UA7GS-K
Xbox One X
iRobot Roomba 980 Vaccum Cleaning Robot
WD MY CLOUD™ HOME Personal Cloud Storage
Amazon Echo Bluetooth Speaker
Dearear Endear In-ear Wireless Earphones
Nest Protect Smart Smoke Alarm
Urbanworx Full HD Action Camera
Razer DeathAdder Expert Ergonomic Gaming Mouse
3SIXT 3-in-1 Smartphone Lens Kit
Raspberry Pi Starter Kit
Ikea NORDMÄRKE Wireless Charging Pad
Panasonic Portable Splashproof Fun - RF-D20U
Logitech Doodle Collection Wireless Mouse
Lexon Flip Alarm Clock
Fallout Geeki Tikis
Tile Pro Bluetooth Tracker
Kogan Bluetooth Soundbar
Most Popular Reviews
- 1 Huawei Mate 10 Pro Review: A solid winter flagship that cribs from the best
- 2 Google Pixel 2 review: not quite 'pixel perfect' but damn close
- 3 Google Home Mini review: a welcome addition to the smart speaker family.
- 4 Huawei Nova 2i review: Flagship features get smuggled into the mid-tier
- 5 Moto X4 review: This is what a world without MotoMods looks like
Latest News Articles
- Keep Watch Day and Night with Uniden’s Two-In-One Camera and Spotlight
- Sony make shooting in HDR easy with new 4K camcorders
- Sony announces Australian availability for new waterproof RX0 action-camera
- Microsoft's Beam becomes Mixer, adds four person split-screen streaming to battle Twitch
- Microsoft's Story Remix uses machine learning and mixed reality to make your movies awesome
PCW Evaluation Team
I would recommend this device for families and small businesses who want one safe place to store all their important digital content and a way to easily share it with friends, family, business partners, or customers.
It’s easy to set up, it’s compact and quiet when printing and to top if off, the print quality is excellent. This is hands down the best printer I’ve used for printing labels.
Brainstorming, innovation, problem solving, and negotiation have all become much more productive and valuable if people can easily collaborate in real time with minimal friction.
The print quality also does not disappoint, it’s clear, bold, doesn’t smudge and the text is perfectly sized.
The Huddle Board’s built in program; Sharp Touch Viewing software allows us to easily manipulate and edit our documents (jpegs and PDFs) all at the same time on the dashboard.
The biggest perks for me would be that it comes with easy to use and comprehensive programs that make the collaboration process a whole lot more intuitive and organic
- LG V30+ review: The videographer's smartphone arrives
- Fitbit Ionic review: Impressive but not quite iconic
- Xbox One X review: Brave new world
- What's the difference between an Intel Core i3, i5 and i7?
- Laser vs. inkjet printers: which is better?
Product Launch Showcase
- FTFront End Developer - Java FocusedACT
- FTSolution ArchitectOther
- FTSAP Payroll SpecialistOther
- FTMarketing Manager - IT ServicesOther
- TPData ScientistACT
- FTApplication Support AnalystOther
- FTData ScientistOther
- CCCRM Solutions Architect/ DesignerVIC
- FTDigital Marketing Business AnalystOther
- TPFull Stack Developer - AWSNSW
- FTSQL DeveloperQLD
- CCSystems / Storage EngineerWA
- FTFull Stack .Net DeveloperQLD
- FTService Desk Engineer/IT Help desk Support - Multiple positionsVIC
- FTSenior Java DeveloperOther
- FTISAM (Indexed Sequential Access Method) AdministratorsACT
- CCSenior Salesforce Functional ConsultantNSW
- FTMySQL Database Administrator- Meadowbank locationOther
- FTLead Salesforce DeveloperOther
- FTInsights AnalystOther
- FTScrum Master | Immediate StartOther
- TPSecurity Design OfficerNSW
- TPSenior Test AnalystNSW
- FTTechnical Integration LeadOther
- TPProject Officer. Website optimisation enablementNSW