Canon EOS M6 Mark II review: Our favorite Canon mirrorless camera yet

27 Nov


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Gold Award

Overall score

The Canon EOS M6 II is an enthusiast-targeted 32.5MP APS-C mirrorless camera built around the company’s EF-M mount. In many respects it’s a more compact mirrorless variant of the EOS 90D DSLR that was announced simultaneously.

Physically, it closely resembles the original M6 but brings a host of speed and feature upgrades. These include a higher resolution sensor, the ability to capture 4K video and a mode that shoots bursts of Raw files at up to 30 fps. The result is a capable and pleasantly engaging enthusiast camera.

Key features:

  • 32.5MP Dual Pixel AF CMOS sensor
  • 14 fps continuous shooting
  • 30 fps Raw Burst mode (with AF Tracking and pre-shot buffering)
  • UHD 4K video at 30p and 25p with no crop / full width
  • 3.0″ rear touchscreen flips up by 180° or down by 45°
  • Optional electronic viewfinder
  • USB 2.0 port with Type-C connector

Canon says it will add 4K/24p shooting to the M6 II with a firmware update in 2020.

The EOS M6 Mark II is available in a series of kits. The official body-only price is $ 849. Adding the retracting 15-45mm IS STM lens and EVF (pictured) boosts the price to $ 1099, while an 18-150mm IS STM and EVF kit will set you back $ 1349.

What’s new and how it compares

The M6 II brings 4K video and 30 fps Raw bursts. We look at the new features and how it stacks up against its peers.

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Body, handling and controls

The M6 II gains some direct controls over its predecessor and features the latest iteration of the Canon menu system. There’s also a good degree of customization available.

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Early impressions

The M6 II has a couple of nice improvements over the original version, but it’s the state of the EF-M lens range and the future of the EF mount that change out perspective the most.

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Image quality

The 32.5MP sensor in the M6 II (shared with the EOS 90D) is the first new sensor design from Canon we’ve seen in a while – check out how it performs.

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The EOS M6 II has a reliable Dual Pixel autofocus system with eye detect. It’s not quite the best in the business, but it’s not at all bad, either.

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With full-width 4K recording and a microphone input, the M6 II looks like a capable little video camera. Find out how it compares with its peers.

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The EOS M6 Mark II is one of our favorite APS-C cameras of 2019 – it may not be the very best at any one thing, but it’s very good at many things.

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Sample galleries

We had the chance to shoot with the M6 Mark II and have some sample images to show what it can do.

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