Hands on: Canon EOS M6 Mark II Review

by Kelvin
Hands on: Canon EOS M6 Mark II Review

The original Canon EOS M6 is easy to like, but hard to love, very similar to the general EOS M line. With Canon's line of APS-C mirrorless cameras appearing to have grown to 24.2MP, there are only so many bells and whistles that can make the M6 ​​feel exciting, things like 4K video, which unfortunately doesn't exist.

That left the M6 ​​with an awkward "second camera" tag; that it's good enough to be your backup, or that you take it when the image isn't important enough, but it won't demand your attention more than that.


Well, you can officially throw that thought out the window, for both the Canon EOS M6 Mark II and the entire new EOS M series.

With all the technology that crosses our table, it takes a lot of cameras to impress us today. The M6 ​​Mark II, however, completely surprised us with what it could do and how capable it was.

The Canon EOS M6 Mark II maintains a touch screen tilted 180 ° vertically

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The new 32.5MP power sensor gives this camera a higher resolution than its big brother, the Canon EOS R. In fact, the M6 ​​Mark II contains more megapixels than any Canon body, saving 50MP 5DS / R, not bad. what you should format simple APS-C for.

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In fact, it not only outperformed the EOS R in its resolution bets, it also outperformed the EOS in several other departments, with no exception 14 frame-per-second continuous shooting mode, and the fact that it can record 4K video without any clipping. . factor.

Placing the two systems next to each other actually becomes a challenge not to choose the Canon EOS M6 Mark II over the siblings who don't have a full frame; This is a more compact camera than the Canon EOS RP, and a camera that is more capable than the EOS R.

While Canon's RF lens roadmap is certainly better curated than the EF-M line, both mirrorless formats still largely depend on their compatibility with traditional EF lenses. And that's why the new M6 feels more attractive than its older brother…

Canon EOS M6 Mark II example: 1/125 second, f / 1.8, ISO100 (top right click for full size)

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Canon EOS M6 Mark II: Specifications

Sensor: 32.5MP APS-C CMOS Sensor
Image processing: Digic 8
AF point: Dual Pixel CMOS phase detection, 143/99 dots (depending on lens)
ISO scope: 100 to 25,600 (expandable to 51,200)
Maximum image size: 6, 960 x 4640
Viewfinder: N / A
Measurement mode: Evaluative, partial, center-weighted, place
Video: 4K UHD up to 30 fps, FullHD 1080p up to 120 fps
Memory card: 1x SD / SDHC / SDXC (UHS-II compliant)
LCD: 3 inch slanted touch screen, 1.04m dot
Maximum explosion: Continuous 14 fps, 30 fps RAW burst mode
Connectivity: Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, USB-C, Micro HDMI
Size: 119) 6 x 70.0 x 49.2 mm
Weight: 398 g (body only, with battery and SD card)

The Canon EOS M6 Mark II has a function to switch between manual and auto focus

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Canon EOS M6 Mark II: compilation and handling

Mark II is slightly more meat than its predecessor, which measured 112.0 x 68.0 x 44.5 mm and weighed 390 g, but it is still a micro miracle. Even more than that; for this camera capable of being packed in such a small body it is quite extraordinary.

However, there is a temptation to conclude that a baggable profile means that it is only suitable to be a "travel camera" or "a street camera". And yes, this is ideal for both of you, but a more accurate conclusion is that the M6 ​​Mark II is so small that it can change the way you shoot, because you don't need a great system that you always think you need.

By once again removing the default viewfinder, Mark II retains a slim form factor that makes it compact at the same time for traveling, wise for street photography, a hand for vlogging, and the size of a perfect Goldilocks that's still what substantial enough for proper shooting.

Canon EOS M6 Mark II example: 1/250 sec, f / 1.4, ISO200 (top right click for full size)

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Far from being a rude move by Canon, the decision to make the viewfinder an optional extra game to power the M6 ​​Mark II. The existing EVF-DC2 (available in the kit with the camera) can be stowed in a pocket and attached to the shoe when needed; This keeps the camera portable and portable, in a way that avoids EVF pentaprism.

One of the verified additions to the exterior of the Canon EOS M6 Mark II is the new MF / AF switch, which takes up part of a large space next to the rear grip. At first it seems overkill, it quickly becomes a valuable part of your muscle memory, especially with lenses that don't have their own external MF / AF switch.

This body has a slightly thicker grip, which helps it maintain balance, especially when wearing adjustable EF lenses, something that is almost certainly needed, because the EF-M mount is not good enough compared to EF and RF. .

The magnesium alloy chassis and thermoplastic exterior feel strong and durable, although the M6 ​​is not a weather resistant body and therefore will not take the bumps the 5D can do.

The optional EVF-DC2 comes as part of a kit with the Canon EOS M6 Mark II

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Canon EOS M6 Mark II: Performance

Although the conditions for our practice are far from optimal, taking place on a low-light indoor karting track that is somewhat similar to shooting in a basement parking lot at night, the M6 ​​Mark II is still impressed.

Poor lighting certainly tests ISO performance, while also setting a low -5EV light that is improved through its steps. With a smaller sensor, noise starts to tilt your head when you push past ISO1250, and capturing subjects moving at high speed means we have to go beyond this for a certain difference.

We rotate ISO up to 6400 for some low-light test results, such as the Budweiser sign, although the circumstances under which you must do the same should be quite rare.

Despite the torrid lighting, the Canon EOS M6 Mark II 14 Continuous Frame-Per-Second Shooting (with continuous AF) does the star's job of keeping up with the action, catching the car as they turn the corner. In fact, in some very limited tests, the improved Eye AF tracking is even useful if the driver's vision increases, because the camera is fast enough to find and track the eyeball.

Canon EOS M6 Mark II example: 1/4000 seconds, f / 1.4, ISO6400 (top right click for full size)

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Finding focus manually is just as straightforward and simple, either by tapping the focus point when shooting on the rear screen or by using the touch-and-throw function when using EVF, a quick and capable substitute for a joystick, though clearly not It is optimal in environments where cold fingers are missing right to register.

Although the lack of full articulation is unfortunate, the fact that the screen rotates 180 ° makes it more vlog-friendly, although the 180 ° screen is inhibited if you have something glued to your shoe. This, and the lack of a headphone jack, make the M6 ​​Mark II less suitable for pure video recording than the Canon EOS 90D, an unfortunate surveillance, because a smaller form factor will make this a body of vlog clearer.

Still, 4K video seems like a triumph. Not only has recording not been completed, but Dual Pixel AF is now fully functional when 4K is recorded, and the camera now has a clean HDMI output function. Plant factors with varying degrees of severity can be introduced when using digital image stabilization, which is certainly effective but clearly consumes its composition.

Canon EOS M6 Mark II example: 1 / 200sec, f / 1.6, ISO500 (top right click for full size)

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Canon EOS M6 Mark II: initial verdict

Because we use production cameras, there is no reason to think anything significant will change, and from our direct review, we feel confident in saying that the Canon EOS M6 Mark II has breathed new life into the previously branded EOS M line. .

We went even further and offered that the M6 ​​Mark II could be the best mirrorless camera Canon has yet to release. Yes, it doesn't have a bigger sensor and stronger offering than the original lens, but in almost all cases it is operationally superior to the EOS R and RP. More megapixels, higher frame rate, 4K video without fragments … in many cases, this is a camera that your older brothers should have.

With a continuous mode that's faster than the Canon EOS 90D, this arguably is a more advanced action camera for subjects like wildlife and sports than its new sibling, though the somewhat confusing 90D has additional tricks ( Articulation screens and headphone output) make it more capable for video

The Canon EOS M6 Mark II is a fierce little player. A true cat of all trades, but not in a condescending sense: This camera pumps out high-quality images and shoots sharp 4K videos, worthy of a much more expensive body.

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