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Canon M200 vs Sony A6000

The Canon EOS M200 and the Sony Alpha A6000 are two digital cameras that were officially introduced, respectively, in September 2019 and February 2014. Both the M200 and the A6000 are mirrorless interchangeable lens cameras that are equipped with an APS-C sensor. Both cameras offer a resolution of 24 megapixels.

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

Headline Specifications
Canon M200
versus
Sony A6000
Canon M200 Sony A6000
Mirrorless system camera Mirrorless system camera
Canon EF-M mount lenses Sony E mount lenses
24 MP, APS-C Sensor 24 MP, APS-C Sensor
4k/25p Video 1080/60p Video
ISO 100-25,600 ISO 100-25,600 (100 - 51,200)
No viewfinder, LCD framing Electronic viewfinder (1440k dots)
3.0 LCD, 1040k dots 3.0 LCD, 922k dots
Tilting touchscreen Tilting screen (not touch-sensitive)
6.1 shutter flaps per second 11 shutter flaps per second
315 shots per battery charge360 shots per battery charge
108 x 67 x 35 mm, 299 g 120 x 67 x 45 mm, 344 g

Going beyond this snapshot of core features and characteristics, what are the differences between the Canon EOS M200 and the Sony Alpha A6000? 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 physical size and weight of the Canon M200 and the Sony A6000 are illustrated in the side-by-side display below. 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 A6000 is available in three color-versions (black, silver, white).

Size Canon M200 vs Sony A6000
Compare M200 versus A6000 top
Comparison M200 or A6000 rear

If the front view area (width x height) of the cameras is taken as an aggregate measure of their size, the Sony A6000 is notably larger (11 percent) than the Canon M200. Moreover, the A6000 is markedly heavier (15 percent) than the M200. In this context, it is worth noting that neither the M200 nor the A6000 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 A6000 can take 360 images on a single charge of its NP-FW50 power pack. The power pack in the A6000 can be charged via the USB port, which can be very convenient when travelling.

The following table provides a synthesis of the main physical specifications of the two cameras and other similar ones. If you want to switch the focus of the display and review another camera pair, you can move across to the CAM-parator tool and choose from the broad selection of possible camera comparisons there.

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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.
 
Sony A6000 120 mm 67 mm 45 mm 344 g 360 n Feb 2014 599 i
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 779 i
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 499 i
10.
 
Canon M10 108 mm 67 mm 35 mm 301 g 255 n Oct 2015 499 i
11.
 
Canon M 109 mm 66 mm 32 mm 298 g 230 n Jul 2012 599 i
12.
 
Fujifilm XF10 113 mm 64 mm 41 mm 279 g 330 n Jul 2018 499 i
13.
 
Sony A6300 120 mm 67 mm 49 mm 404 g 400 Y Feb 2016 999 i
14.
 
Sony A5000 110 mm 63 mm 36 mm 269 g 420 n Jan 2014 449 i
15.
 
Sony A5100 110 mm 63 mm 36 mm 283 g 400 n Aug 2014 549 i
16.
 
Sony A3000 128 mm 91 mm 85 mm 411 g 470 n Aug 2013 329 i
17.
 
Sony NEX-3 117 mm 62 mm 33 mm 297 g 330 n May 2010 599 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 A6000 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 sensor inside a digital camera is one of the key determinants of image quality. A large sensor will tend to have larger individual pixels that provide better low-light sensitivity, wider dynamic range, and richer color-depth than smaller pixel-units in a sensor of the same technological generation. Furthermore, a large sensor camera will give the photographer more possibilities to use shallow depth-of-field in order to 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, but their sensors differ slightly in size. The sensor area in the A6000 is 11 percent bigger. As a result of these sensor size differences, the cameras have format factors, respectively, of 1.6 (M200) and 1.5. Both cameras have a native aspect ratio (sensor width to sensor height) of 3:2.

Canon M200 and Sony A6000 sensor measures

Even though the A6000 has a larger sensor, both cameras offer the same resolution of 24 megapixels. This implies that the A6000 has a lower pixel density and larger individual pixels (with a pixel pitch of 3.91μm versus 3.72μm for the M200), which gives it a potential advantage in terms of light gathering capacity. It should, however, be noted that the M200 is much more recent (by 5 years and 7 months) than the A6000, and its sensor will have benefitted from technological advances during this time that at least partly compensate for the smaller pixel size.

The Canon EOS M200 has a native sensitivity range from ISO 100 to ISO 25600. The corresponding ISO settings for the Sony Alpha A6000 are ISO 100 to ISO 25600, with the possibility to increase the ISO range to 100-51200.

M200 versus A6000 MP

Consistent information on actual sensor performance is available from DXO Mark for many cameras. 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 table below summarizes the physical sensor characteristics and sensor quality findings and compares them across a set of similar cameras.

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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.
 
Sony A6000 APS-C 24.0 6000 40001080/60p24.113.11347 82
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 40001080/60p23.512.91272 78
10.
 
Canon M10 APS-C 17.9 5184 34561080/30p22.211.4753 65
11.
 
Canon M APS-C 17.9 5184 34561080/30p22.111.2827 65
12.
 
Fujifilm XF10 APS-C 24.0 6000 40004K/15p...... ..
13.
 
Sony A6300 APS-C 24.0 6000 40004K/30p24.413.71437 85
14.
 
Sony A5000 APS-C 19.8 5456 36321080/60i23.813.01089 79
15.
 
Sony A5100 APS-C 24.0 6000 40001080/60p23.812.71347 80
16.
 
Sony A3000 APS-C 19.8 5456 36321080/60i23.712.81068 78
17.
 
Sony NEX-3 APS-C 14.0 4592 3056720/30p22.112.0830 68

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 A6000. It can shoot video footage at 4k/25p, while the Sony is limited to 1080/60p.

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Feature comparison

Beyond body and sensor, cameras can and do differ across a range of features. For example, the A6000 has an electronic viewfinder (1440k dots), which can be very helpful 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 Sony A6000 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.
 
Sony A60001440 n 3.0 922 tilting n 1/4000s 11.0 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 Mnone n 3.0 1040 fixed Y 1/4000s 4.3 n n
12.
 
Fujifilm XF10none n 3.0 1040 fixed Y 1/4000s 6.0 Y n
13.
 
Sony A63002359 n 3.0 922 tilting n 1/4000s 11.0 Y n
14.
 
Sony A5000none n 3.0 461 tilting n 1/4000s 3.5 Y n
15.
 
Sony A5100none n 3.0 922 tilting Y 1/4000s 6.0 Y n
16.
 
Sony A3000202 n 3.0 230 fixed n 1/4000s 2.5 Y n
17.
 
Sony NEX-3optional n 3.0 920 tilting n 1/4000s 7.0 n n

One differentiating feature between the two cameras concerns the touch sensitivity of the rear screen. The M200 has a touchscreen, while the A6000 has a conventional panel. Touch control can be particularly helpful, for example, for setting the focus point.

The M200 has an articulated LCD that can be turned to be front-facing. This characteristic will be appreciated by vloggers and photographers who are interested in snapping selfies. In contrast, the A6000 does not have a selfie-screen.

The M200 writes its imaging data to SDXC cards, while the A6000 uses SDXC or Memory Stick PRO Duo cards. Both cameras can use UHS-I cards, which provide for Ultra High Speed data transfer of up to 104 MB/s.

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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 Sony Alpha A6000 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.
 
Sony A6000Ystereomono--micro2.0YY-
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 MYstereomonoY-mini2.0---
12.
 
Fujifilm XF10-stereomonoY-micro2.0Y-Y
13.
 
Sony A6300YstereomonoY-micro2.0YY-
14.
 
Sony A5000-stereomono--micro2.0YY-
15.
 
Sony A5100-stereomono--micro2.0YY-
16.
 
Sony A3000Ystereomono--mini2.0---
17.
 
Sony NEX-3Ystereomono--mini2.0---

It is notable that the A6000 has a hotshoe, which makes it possible to easily attach optional accessories, such as an external flash gun. The M200 does not feature such an accessory-socket.

The M200 is a recent model that features in the current product line-up of Canon. In contrast, the A6000 has been discontinued (but can be found pre-owned on eBay). As a replacement in the same line of cameras, the A6000 was succeeded by the Sony A6300. Further information on the two cameras (e.g. user guides, manuals), as well as related accessories, can be found on the official Canon and Sony websites.

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Review summary

So how do things add up? Is the Canon M200 better than the Sony A6000 or vice versa? Below is a summary of the relative strengths of each of the two contestants.

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Reasons to prefer the Canon EOS M200:

  • Better video: Provides higher definition movie capture (4k/25p vs 1080/60p).
  • More detailed LCD: Has a higher resolution rear screen (1040k vs 922k dots).
  • Fewer buttons to press: Is equipped with a touch-sensitive rear screen to facilitate handling.
  • More selfie-friendly: Has an articulated screen that can be turned to be front-facing.
  • Less heavy: Is lighter (by 45g or 13 percent) and hence easier to carry around.
  • Easier wireless transfer: Supports Bluetooth for image sharing without cables.
  • More modern: Reflects 5 years and 7 months of technical progress since the A6000 launch.

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Advantages of the Sony Alpha A6000:

  • Easier framing: Has an electronic viewfinder for image composition and settings control.
  • Faster burst: Shoots at higher frequency (11 vs 6.1 flaps/sec) to capture the decisive moment.
  • Longer lasting: Gets more shots (360 versus 315) out of a single battery charge.
  • Easier travel charging: Can be conveniently charged via its USB port.
  • Better lighting: Features a hotshoe and can thus hold and trigger an external flash gun.
  • Easier device pairing: Supports NFC for fast wireless image transfer over short distances.
  • More heavily discounted: Has been around for much longer (launched in February 2014).

If the count of individual advantages (bullet points above) is taken as a guide, the match-up finishes in a tie (7 points each). 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 07:07 A6000

How about other alternatives? Do the specifications of the Canon M200 and the Sony A6000 place the cameras among the top in their class? Find out in the latest Best Mirrorless Interchangeable Lens Camera listing whether the two cameras rank among the cream of the crop.

In any case, while the comparison of technical specifications can provide a useful overview of the capabilities of different cameras, it remains incomplete and does no justice, for example, to the way the M200 or the A6000 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 expert reviews 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.
 
Sony A60005/5+80/1004.5/55/5 Feb 2014 599 i
3.
 
Canon M50 Mark II4/5....4.5/53.5/5 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 779 i
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 499 i
10.
 
Canon M10........4/5 Oct 2015 499 i
11.
 
Canon M3/5+..4/54/5 Jul 2012 599 i
12.
 
Fujifilm XF10....75/1004/54.5/5 Jul 2018 499 i
13.
 
Sony A63004.5/5+85/1005/55/5 Feb 2016 999 i
14.
 
Sony A50003/5+..4.5/54.5/5 Jan 2014 449 i
15.
 
Sony A51004.5/5+..4.5/55/5 Aug 2014 549 i
16.
 
Sony A30003/5+..4/54/5 Aug 2013 329 i
17.
 
Sony NEX-3....70/1004.5/54/5 May 2010 599 i
Notes: (+ +) highly recommended; (+) recommended; (o) reviewed; (..) not available.

The above review scores should be interpreted with care, though. The assessments were made in relation to similar cameras of the same technological generation. Hence, a score should always be seen in the context of the camera's market launch date and its price, and rating-comparisons among cameras that span long time periods or concern very differently equipped models make little sense. Also, please note that some of the review sites have changed their methodology and reporting over time.

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    Specifications: Canon M200 vs Sony A6000

    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 Sony A6000
    Camera Type Mirrorless system camera Mirrorless system camera
    Camera Lens Canon EF-M mount lenses Sony E mount lenses
    Launch Date September 2019 February 2014
    Launch Price USD 549 USD 599
    Sensor Specs Canon M200 Sony A6000
    Sensor Technology CMOS CMOS
    Sensor Format APS-C Sensor APS-C Sensor
    Sensor Size 22.3 x 14.9 mm 23.5 x 15.6 mm
    Sensor Area 332.27 mm2 366.6 mm2
    Sensor Diagonal 26.8 mm 28.2 mm
    Crop Factor 1.6x 1.5x
    Sensor Resolution 24 Megapixels 24 Megapixels
    Image Resolution 6000 x 4000 pixels 6000 x 4000 pixels
    Pixel Pitch 3.72 μm 3.91 μm
    Pixel Density 7.22 MP/cm2 6.55 MP/cm2
    Moiré control Anti-Alias filter Anti-Alias filter
    Movie Capability 4k/25p Video 1080/60p Video
    ISO Setting 100 - 25,600 ISO 100 - 25,600 ISO
    ISO Boost no Enhancement 100 - 51,200 ISO
    Image Processor DIGIC 8 BIONZ X
    DXO Sensor Quality (score) .. 82
    DXO Color Depth (bits) .. 24.1
    DXO Dynamic Range (EV) .. 13.1
    DXO Low Light (ISO) .. 1347
    Screen Specs Canon M200 Sony A6000
    Viewfinder Type no viewfinder Electronic viewfinder
    Viewfinder Field of View 100%
    Viewfinder Magnification 0.70x
    Viewfinder Resolution 1440k dots
    LCD Framing Live View Live View
    Rear LCD Size 3.0inch 3.0inch
    LCD Resolution 1040k dots 922k dots
    LCD Attachment Tilting screen Tilting screen
    Touch Input Touchscreen no Touchscreen
    Shooting Specs Canon M200 Sony A6000
    Focus System On-Sensor Phase-detect On-Sensor Phase-detect
    Manual Focusing AidFocus PeakingFocus Peaking
    Max Shutter Speed (mechanical) 1/4000s 1/4000s
    Continuous Shooting 6.1 shutter flaps/s 11 shutter flaps/s
    Shutter Life Expectancy100 000 actuations100 000 actuations
    Fill Flash Built-in Flash Built-in Flash
    Storage Medium SDXC cards MS or SDXC cards
    Second Storage Option Single card slot Single card slot
    UHS card support UHS-I UHS-I
    Connectivity Specs Canon M200 Sony A6000
    External Flash no Hotshoe Hotshoe
    USB Connector USB 2.0 USB 2.0
    HDMI Port micro HDMI micro HDMI
    Wifi Support Wifi built-in Wifi built-in
    Near-Field Communication no NFC NFC built-in
    Bluetooth Support Bluetooth built-in no Bluetooth
    Body Specs Canon M200 Sony A6000
    Battery Type LP-E12 NP-FW50
    Battery Life (CIPA)315 shots per charge360 shots per charge
    In-Camera Charging no USB charging USB charging
    Body Dimensions 108 x 67 x 35 mm
    (4.3 x 2.6 x 1.4 in)
    120 x 67 x 45 mm
    (4.7 x 2.6 x 1.8 in)
    Camera Weight 299 g (10.5 oz) 344 g (12.1 oz)

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