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Canon M200 vs T3i

The Canon EOS M200 and the Canon EOS Rebel T3i (labelled Canon 600D in some countries) are two digital cameras that were announced, respectively, in September 2019 and February 2011. The M200 is a mirrorless interchangeable lens camera, while the T3i is a DSLR. Both cameras are equipped with an APS-C sensor. The M200 has a resolution of 24 megapixels, whereas the T3i provides 17.9 MP.

Below is an overview of the main specs of the two cameras as a starting point for the comparison.

Headline Specifications
Canon M200 versus Canon T3i
Canon M200 Canon T3i
Mirrorless system camera Digital single lens reflex
Canon EF-M mount lenses Canon EF mount lenses
24 MP, APS-C Sensor 17.9 MP, APS-C Sensor
4k/25p Video 1080/30p Video
ISO 100-25,600 ISO 100-6,400 (100 - 12,800)
No viewfinder, LCD framing Optical viewfinder
3.0 LCD, 1040k dots 3.0 LCD, 1040k dots
Tilting touchscreen Swivel screen (not touch-sensitive)
6.1 shutter flaps per second 3.7 shutter flaps per second
315 shots per battery charge440 shots per battery charge
108 x 67 x 35 mm, 299 g 133 x 100 x 80 mm, 570 g

Going beyond this snapshot of core features and characteristics, what are the differences between the Canon EOS M200 and the Canon EOS Rebel T3i? Which one should you buy? Read on to find out how these two cameras compare with respect to their body size, their imaging sensors, their shooting features, their input-output connections, and their reception by expert reviewers.

Body comparison

The side-by-side display below illustrates the physical size and weight of the Canon M200 and the Canon T3i. The two cameras are presented according to their relative size. Three successive views from the front, the top, and the rear are shown. All width, height and depth measures are rounded to the nearest millimeter.

The M200 can be obtained in two different colors (black, white), while the T3i is only available in black.

Size Canon M200 vs Canon T3i
Compare M200 versus T3i top
Comparison M200 or T3i rear

If the front view area (width x height) of the cameras is taken as an aggregate measure of their size, the Canon T3i is considerably larger (84 percent) than the Canon M200. Moreover, the T3i is substantially heavier (91 percent) than the M200. In this context, it is worth noting that neither the M200 nor the T3i are weather-sealed.

The above size and weight comparisons are to some extent incomplete since they do not consider the interchangeable lenses that both of these cameras require. Hence, you might want to study and compare the specifications of available lenses in order to get the full picture of the size and weight of the two camera systems.

Concerning battery life, the M200 gets 315 shots out of its LP-E12 battery, while the T3i can take 440 images on a single charge of its LP-E8 power pack.

The following table provides a synthesis of the main physical specifications of the two cameras and other similar ones. In case you want to display and compare another camera duo, you can use the CAM-parator app to select your camera combination among a large number of options.

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Body Specifications
    Camera
Model
Camera
Width
Camera
Height
Camera
Depth
Camera
Weight
Battery
Life
Weather
Sealing
Camera
Launch
Launch
Price (USD)
Street
Price
1.
 
Canon M200 108 mm 67 mm 35 mm 299 g 315 n Sep 2019 549 i
2.
 
Canon T3i 133 mm 100 mm 80 mm 570 g 440 n Feb 2011 599i
3.
 
Canon M50 Mark II 116 mm 88 mm 59 mm 387 g 305 n Oct 2020 599 i
4.
 
Canon SL3 122 mm 93 mm 70 mm 449 g 1070 n Apr 2019 599 i
5.
 
Canon M50 116 mm 88 mm 59 mm 390 g 235 n Feb 2018 779i
6.
 
Canon SX740 110 mm 64 mm 40 mm 299 g 265 n Jul 2018 399 i
7.
 
Canon T7 129 mm 101 mm 78 mm 475 g 500 n Feb 2018 449 i
8.
 
Canon SX70 127 mm 91 mm 117 mm 608 g 325 n Sep 2018 549 i
9.
 
Canon M100 108 mm 67 mm 35 mm 302 g 295 n Aug 2017 499i
10.
 
Canon M10 108 mm 67 mm 35 mm 301 g 255 n Oct 2015 499i
11.
 
Canon T6s 132 mm 101 mm 78 mm 565 g 440 n Feb 2015 649i
12.
 
Canon T5i 133 mm 100 mm 79 mm 580 g 440 n Mar 2013 649i
13.
 
Canon M 109 mm 66 mm 32 mm 298 g 230 n Jul 2012 599i
14.
 
Canon T4i 133 mm 100 mm 79 mm 575 g 440 n Jun 2012 849i
15.
 
Canon T2i 129 mm 98 mm 62 mm 530 g 440 n Feb 2010 699i
16.
 
Fujifilm XF10 113 mm 64 mm 41 mm 279 g 330 n Jul 2018 499 i
Notes: Measurements and pricing do not include easily detachable parts, such as add-on or interchangeable lenses or optional viewfinders.

Any camera decision will obviously take relative prices into account. The listed launch prices provide an indication of the market segment that the manufacturer of the cameras have been targeting. The M200 was somewhat cheaper (by 8 percent) than the T3i at launch, but both cameras fall into the same price category. Normally, street prices remain initially close to the MSRP, but after a couple of months, the first discounts appear. Later in the product cycle and, in particular, when the replacement model is about to appear, further discounting and stock clearance sales often push the camera price considerably down.

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Sensor comparison

The size of the imaging sensor is a crucial determinant of image quality. All other things equal, a large sensor will have larger individual pixel-units that offer better low-light sensitivity, wider dynamic range, and richer color-depth than smaller pixels in a sensor of the same technological generation. Moreover, a large sensor camera will give the photographer more control over depth-of-field in the image and, thus, the ability to better isolate a subject from the background. On the downside, larger sensors tend to be associated with larger, more expensive camera bodies and lenses.

Both cameras under consideration feature an APS-C sensor and have a format factor (sometimes also referred to as "crop factor") of 1.6. Within the spectrum of camera sensors, this places the review cameras among the medium-sized sensor cameras that aim to strike a balance between image quality and portability. Both cameras have a native aspect ratio (sensor width to sensor height) of 3:2.

In terms of chip-set technology, the M200 uses a more advanced image processing engine (DIGIC 8) than the T3i (DIGIC 4), with benefits for noise reduction, color accuracy, and processing speed.

Canon M200 and Canon T3i sensor measures

While the two cameras under review share the same sensor size, the M200 offers a higher resolution of 24 megapixels, compared with 17.9 MP of the T3i. This megapixels advantage translates into a 16 percent gain in linear resolution. On the other hand, these sensor specs imply that the M200 has a higher pixel density and a smaller size of the individual pixel (with a pixel pitch of 3.72μm versus 4.31μm for the T3i). In this context, it should be noted, however, that the M200 is much more recent (by 8 years and 7 months) than the T3i, and its sensor will have benefitted from technological advances during this time that compensate for the smaller pixel size.

The resolution advantage of the Canon M200 implies greater flexibility for cropping images or the possibility to print larger pictures. The maximum print size of the M200 for good quality output (200 dots per inch) amounts to 30 x 20 inches or 76.2 x 50.8 cm, for very good quality (250 dpi) 24 x 16 inches or 61 x 40.6 cm, and for excellent quality (300 dpi) 20 x 13.3 inches or 50.8 x 33.9 cm. The corresponding values for the Canon T3i are 25.9 x 17.3 inches or 65.8 x 43.9 cm for good quality, 20.7 x 13.8 inches or 52.7 x 35.1 cm for very good quality, and 17.3 x 11.5 inches or 43.9 x 29.3 cm for excellent quality prints.

The M200 has on-sensor phase detect pixels, which results in fast and reliable autofocus acquisition even during live view operation.

The Canon EOS M200 has a native sensitivity range from ISO 100 to ISO 25600. The corresponding ISO settings for the Canon EOS Rebel T3i are ISO 100 to ISO 6400, with the possibility to increase the ISO range to 100-12800.

M200 versus T3i MP

Since 2007, DXO Mark has published sensor performance measurements that have been derived using a consistent methodology. This service is based on lab testing and assigns an overall score to each camera sensor, as well as ratings for dynamic range ("DXO Landscape"), color depth ("DXO Portrait"), and low-light sensitivity ("DXO Sports"). The following table provides an overview of the physical sensor characteristics, as well as the sensor quality measurements for a selection of comparators.

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Sensor Characteristics
    Camera
Model
Sensor
Class
Resolution
(MP)
Horiz.
Pixels
Vert.
Pixels
Video
Format
DXO
Portrait
DXO
Landscape
DXO
Sports
DXO
Overall
1.
 
Canon M200 APS-C 24.0 6000 40004k/25p........
2.
 
Canon T3i APS-C 17.9 5184 34561080/30p22.111.579365
3.
 
Canon M50 Mark II APS-C 24.0 6000 40004K/24p........
4.
 
Canon SL3 APS-C 24.0 6000 40004K/25p........
5.
 
Canon M50 APS-C 24.0 6000 40004K/24p........
6.
 
Canon SX740 1/2.3 20.2 5184 38884K/30p........
7.
 
Canon T7 APS-C 24.0 6000 40001080/30p........
8.
 
Canon SX70 1/2.3 20.2 5184 38884K/30p........
9.
 
Canon M100 APS-C 24.0 6000 40001080/60p23.512.9127278
10.
 
Canon M10 APS-C 17.9 5184 34561080/30p22.211.475365
11.
 
Canon T6s APS-C 24.0 6000 40001080/30p22.612.091570
12.
 
Canon T5i APS-C 17.9 5184 34561080/30p21.711.268161
13.
 
Canon M APS-C 17.9 5184 34561080/30p22.111.282765
14.
 
Canon T4i APS-C 17.9 5184 34561080/30p21.711.272262
15.
 
Canon T2i APS-C 17.9 5184 34561080/30p22.111.578466
16.
 
Fujifilm XF10 APS-C 24.0 6000 40004K/15p........

Many modern cameras are not only capable of taking still images, but can also record movies. Both cameras under consideration have a sensor with sufficiently fast read-out times for moving pictures, but the M200 provides a higher video resolution than the T3i. It can shoot video footage at 4k/25p, while the T3i is limited to 1080/30p.

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Feature comparison

Apart from body and sensor, cameras can and do differ across a range of features. For example, the T3i has an optical viewfinder, which can be very useful when shooting in bright sunlight. In contrast, the M200 relies on live view and the rear LCD for framing. The table below summarizes some of the other core capabilities of the Canon M200 and Canon T3i in connection with corresponding information for a sample of similar cameras.

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Core Features
    Camera
Model
Viewfinder
(Type or
000 dots)
Control
Panel
(yes/no)
LCD
Size
(inch)
LCD
Resolution
(000 dots)
LCD
Attach-
ment
Touch
Screen
(yes/no)
Mech
Shutter
Speed
Shutter
Flaps
(1/sec)
Built-in
Flash
(yes/no)
Built-in
Image
Stab
1.
 
Canon M200none n 3.0 1040 tilting Y 1/4000s 6.1 Y n
2.
 
Canon T3ioptical n 3.0 1040 swivel n 1/4000s 3.7 Y n
3.
 
Canon M50 Mark II2360 n 3.0 1040 swivel Y 1/4000s 10.0 Y n
4.
 
Canon SL3optical n 3.0 1040 swivel Y 1/4000s 5.0 Y n
5.
 
Canon M502360 n 3.0 1040 swivel Y 1/4000s 10.0 Y n
6.
 
Canon SX740none n 3.0 922 tilting n 1/3200s 10.0 Y Y
7.
 
Canon T7optical n 3.0 920 fixed n 1/4000s 3.0 Y n
8.
 
Canon SX702360 n 3.0 922 swivel n 1/2000s 10.0 Y Y
9.
 
Canon M100none n 3.0 1040 tilting Y 1/4000s 6.1 Y n
10.
 
Canon M10none n 3.0 1040 tilting Y 1/4000s 4.6 Y n
11.
 
Canon T6soptical Y 3.0 1040 swivel Y 1/4000s 5.0 Y n
12.
 
Canon T5ioptical n 3.0 1040 swivel Y 1/4000s 5.0 Y n
13.
 
Canon Mnone n 3.0 1040 fixed Y 1/4000s 4.3 n n
14.
 
Canon T4ioptical n 3.0 1040 swivel Y 1/4000s 5.0 Y n
15.
 
Canon T2ioptical n 3.0 1040 fixed n 1/4000s 3.7 Y n
16.
 
Fujifilm XF10none n 3.0 1040 fixed Y 1/4000s 6.0 Y n

One differentiating feature between the two cameras concerns the touch sensitivity of the rear screen. The M200 has a touchscreen, while the T3i has a conventional panel. Touch control can be particularly helpful, for example, for setting the focus point.

Both cameras have an articulated rear screen that can be turned to be front-facing. This feature will be particularly appreciated by vloggers and photographers who are interested in taking selfies.

Concerning the storage of imaging data, both the M200 and the T3i write their files to SDXC cards. The M200 supports UHS-I cards (Ultra High Speed data transfer of up to 104 MB/s), while the T3i cannot take advantage of Ultra High Speed SD cards.

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Connectivity comparison

For some imaging applications, the extent to which a camera can communicate with its environment can be an important aspect in the camera decision process. The table below provides an overview of the connectivity of the Canon EOS M200 and Canon EOS Rebel T3i and, in particular, the interfaces the cameras (and selected comparators) provide for accessory control and data transfer.

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Input-Output Connections
    Camera
Model
Hotshoe
Port
Internal
Microphone
Internal
Speaker
Microphone
Port
Headphone
Port
HDMI
Port
USB
Port
WiFi
Support
NFC
Support
Bluetooth
Support
1.
 
Canon M200-stereomono--micro2.0Y-Y
2.
 
Canon T3iYmonomonoY-mini2.0---
3.
 
Canon M50 Mark IIYstereomonoY-micro2.0Y-Y
4.
 
Canon SL3YstereomonoY-mini2.0Y-Y
5.
 
Canon M50YstereomonoY-micro2.0Y-Y
6.
 
Canon SX740-stereomono--micro2.0Y-Y
7.
 
Canon T7Ymonomono--mini2.0YY-
8.
 
Canon SX70-stereomonoY-micro2.0Y-Y
9.
 
Canon M100-stereomono--micro2.0YYY
10.
 
Canon M10-stereomono--mini2.0YY-
11.
 
Canon T6sYstereomonoY-mini2.0YY-
12.
 
Canon T5iYstereomonoY-mini2.0---
13.
 
Canon MYstereomonoY-mini2.0---
14.
 
Canon T4iYstereomonoY-mini2.0---
15.
 
Canon T2iYstereo-Y-mini2.0---
16.
 
Fujifilm XF10-stereomonoY-micro2.0Y-Y

It is notable that the M200 offers wifi support, while the T3i does not. Wifi can be a very convenient means to transfer image data to an off-camera location.

The M200 is a recent model that features in the current product line-up of Canon. In contrast, the T3i has been discontinued (but can be found pre-owned on eBay). As a replacement in the same line of cameras, the T3i was succeeded by the Canon T4i. Further information on the two cameras (e.g. user guides, manuals), as well as related accessories, can be found on the official Canon website.

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Review summary

So what is the bottom line? Is there a clear favorite between the Canon M200 and the Canon T3i? Which camera is better? A synthesis of the relative strong points of each of the models is listed below.


Advantages of the Canon EOS M200:

  • More detail: Offers more megapixels (24 vs 17.9MP) with a 16% higher linear resolution.
  • Better jpgs: Has a more modern image processing engine (DIGIC 8 vs DIGIC 4).
  • Better video: Provides higher definition movie capture (4k/25p vs 1080/30p).
  • Better live-view autofocus: Features on-sensor phase-detection for more confident autofocus.
  • Fewer buttons to press: Is equipped with a touch-sensitive rear screen to facilitate handling.
  • Faster burst: Shoots at higher frequency (6.1 vs 3.7 flaps/sec) to capture the decisive moment.
  • More compact: Is smaller (108x67mm vs 133x100mm) and thus needs less room in the bag.
  • Less heavy: Is lighter (by 271g or 48 percent) and hence easier to carry around.
  • More legacy lens friendly: Can take a broad range of non-native lenses via adapters.
  • Easier file upload: Has wifi built in for automatic backup or image transfer to the web.
  • Easier wireless transfer: Supports Bluetooth for image sharing without cables.
  • Faster buffer clearing: Has an SD card interface that supports the UHS-I standard.
  • More modern: Reflects 8 years and 7 months of technical progress since the T3i launch.


Reasons to prefer the Canon EOS Rebel T3i:

  • Better sound: Can connect to an external microphone for higher quality sound recording.
  • Easier framing: Has an optical viewfinder for image composition and settings control.
  • More flexible LCD: Has a swivel screen for odd-angle shots in portrait or landscape orientation.
  • Longer lasting: Gets more shots (440 versus 315) out of a single battery charge.
  • Better lighting: Features a hotshoe and can thus hold and trigger an external flash gun.
  • More heavily discounted: Has been around for much longer (launched in February 2011).

If the count of relative strengths (bullet points above) is taken as a measure, the M200 is the clear winner of the match-up (13 : 6 points). However, the pertinence of the various camera strengths will differ across photographers, so that you might want to weigh individual camera traits according to their importance for your own imaging needs before making a camera decision. A professional sports photographer will view the differences between cameras in a way that diverges from the perspective of a street photog, and a person interested in family portraits has distinct needs from a landscape shooter. Hence, the decision which camera is best and worth buying is often a very personal one.

M200 13:06 T3i

How about other alternatives? Do the specifications of the Canon M200 and the Canon T3i place the cameras among the top in their class? Find out in the latest Best Mirrorless Interchangeable Lens Camera and Best DSLR Camera listings whether the two cameras rank among the cream of the crop.

In any case, while the specs-based evaluation of cameras can be instructive in revealing their potential as photographic tools, it remains incomplete and does no justice, for example, to the way the M200 or the T3i perform in practice. User reviews, such as those found at amazon, can sometimes inform about these issues, but such feedback is often incomplete, inconsistent, and biased.

Expert reviews

This is why hands-on reviews by experts are important. The table below provides a synthesis of the camera assessments of some of the best known photo-gear review sites (amateurphotographer [AP], cameralabs [CL], dpreview [DPR], ephotozine [EPZ], photographyblog [PB]). As can be seen, the professional reviewers agree in many cases on the quality of different cameras, but sometimes their assessments diverge, reinforcing the earlier point that a camera decision is often a very personal choice.

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Expert Camera Reviews
     Camera 
 Model 
 AP 
 score 
 CL 
 score 
 DPR 
 score 
 EPZ 
 score 
 PB 
 score 
Camera
Launch
Launch
Price (USD)
Street
Price
1.
 
Canon M200..+79/1004/54/5 Sep 2019 549 i
2.
 
Canon T3i3/5o77/1004.5/54.5/5 Feb 2011 599i
3.
 
Canon M50 Mark II.......... Oct 2020 599 i
4.
 
Canon SL3..o79/1004/54/5 Apr 2019 599 i
5.
 
Canon M50..+79/100..3.5/5 Feb 2018 779i
6.
 
Canon SX740..+..4/54/5 Jul 2018 399 i
7.
 
Canon T7..o..3.5/53.5/5 Feb 2018 449 i
8.
 
Canon SX70..+ +..3.5/53.5/5 Sep 2018 549 i
9.
 
Canon M1003/5+..4/53.5/5 Aug 2017 499i
10.
 
Canon M10........4/5 Oct 2015 499i
11.
 
Canon T6s5/5+77/1004.5/54.5/5 Feb 2015 649i
12.
 
Canon T5i....76/1004.5/54.5/5 Mar 2013 649i
13.
 
Canon M3/5+..4/54/5 Jul 2012 599i
14.
 
Canon T4i4/5+ +77/1004.5/54.5/5 Jun 2012 849i
15.
 
Canon T2i..+ +77/1004/54.5/5 Feb 2010 699i
16.
 
Fujifilm XF10....75/1004/54.5/5 Jul 2018 499 i
Notes: (+ +) highly recommended; (+) recommended; (o) reviewed; (..) not available.

Care should be taken when interpreting the review scores above, though. The ratings were established in reference to similarly priced cameras that were available in the market at the time of the review. A score, therefore, has to be seen in close connection to the price and market introduction time of the camera, and comparing ratings of very distinct cameras or ones that are far apart in terms of their release date have little meaning. Also, kindly note that some of the listed sites have over time developped their review approaches and their reporting style.

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Other camera comparisons

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    Specifications: Canon M200 vs Canon T3i

    Below is a side-by-side comparison of the specs of the two cameras to facilitate a quick review of their differences and common features.

    Camera Specifications
    Camera Model Canon M200 Canon T3i
    Camera Type Mirrorless system camera Digital single lens reflex
    Camera Lens Canon EF-M mount lenses Canon EF mount lenses
    Launch Date September 2019 February 2011
    Launch Price USD 549 USD 599
    Sensor Specs Canon M200 Canon T3i
    Sensor Technology CMOS CMOS
    Sensor Format APS-C Sensor APS-C Sensor
    Sensor Size 22.3 x 14.9 mm 22.3 x 14.9 mm
    Sensor Area 332.27 mm2 332.27 mm2
    Sensor Diagonal 26.8 mm 26.8 mm
    Crop Factor 1.6x 1.6x
    Sensor Resolution 24 Megapixels 17.9 Megapixels
    Image Resolution 6000 x 4000 pixels 5184 x 3456 pixels
    Pixel Pitch 3.72 μm 4.31 μm
    Pixel Density 7.22 MP/cm2 5.39 MP/cm2
    Moiré control Anti-Alias filter Anti-Alias filter
    Movie Capability 4k/25p Video 1080/30p Video
    ISO Setting 100 - 25,600 ISO 100 - 6,400 ISO
    ISO Boost no Enhancement 100 - 12,800 ISO
    Image Processor DIGIC 8 DIGIC 4
    DXO Sensor Quality (score) .. 65
    DXO Color Depth (bits) .. 22.1
    DXO Dynamic Range (EV) .. 11.5
    DXO Low Light (ISO) .. 793
    Screen Specs Canon M200 Canon T3i
    Viewfinder Type no viewfinder Optical viewfinder
    Viewfinder Field of View 95%
    Viewfinder Magnification 0.53x
    LCD Framing Live View Live View
    Rear LCD Size 3.0inch 3.0inch
    LCD Resolution 1040k dots 1040k dots
    LCD Attachment Tilting screen Swivel screen
    Touch Input Touchscreen no Touchscreen
    Shooting Specs Canon M200 Canon T3i
    Focus System On-Sensor Phase-detect Phase-detect AF
    Manual Focusing AidFocus Peakingno Peaking Feature
    Continuous Shooting 6.1 shutter flaps/s 3.7 shutter flaps/s
    Shutter Life Expectancy100 000 actuations100 000 actuations
    Fill Flash Build-in Flash Build-in Flash
    Storage Medium SDXC cards SDXC cards
    Second Storage Option Single card slot Single card slot
    UHS card support UHS-I no
    Connectivity Specs Canon M200 Canon T3i
    External Flash no Hotshoe Hotshoe
    USB Connector USB 2.0 USB 2.0
    HDMI Port micro HDMI mini HDMI
    Microphone Port no MIC socket External MIC port
    Wifi Support Wifi built-in no Wifi
    Bluetooth Support Bluetooth built-in no Bluetooth
    Body Specs Canon M200 Canon T3i
    Battery Type LP-E12 LP-E8
    Battery Life (CIPA)315 shots per charge440 shots per charge
    Body Dimensions 108 x 67 x 35 mm
    (4.3 x 2.6 x 1.4 in)
    133 x 100 x 80 mm
    (5.2 x 3.9 x 3.1 in)
    Camera Weight 299 g (10.5 oz) 570 g (20.1 oz)

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