Canon EOS M6 Mark II Review

October 24, 2019 | Gavin Stoker | Rating star Rating star Rating star Rating star


Announced at the same time as the EOS 90D DSLR, the Canon EOS M6 Mark II is a new mid-range mirrorless camera aimed at enthusiast photographers.

It has a 32.5 megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor, the highest resolution ever found in a Canon cropped sensor mirrorless camera, which is joined by Canon’s latest Digic 8 processor.

On the video side, there’s 4K recording at up to 30p and Full HD footage at frame rates up to 120p. 4K is uncropped, which potentially makes the M6 II just as appealing to videographers as to stills photographers.

This is a fast camera - 14fps burst shooting is available when using the Canon M6 Mark II and there's also a special 30fps RAW burst mode with autofocus tracking.

Weighing in at just 408g including the battery and memory card, the Canon EOS M6 Mark II is small and light enough to fit in a jacket pocket.

The Canon M6 Mark II is priced at £869.99 / €1,029.99 / $849.99 body only or £1,119.99 / €1,329.99 / $1099 with the EF-M 15-45mm IS STM lens and EVF-DC2 viewfinder, and $1349.00 for EF-M 18-150mm f3.5-6.3 IS STM and EVF-DC2 kit.

Ease of Use

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Front of the Canon EOS M6 Mark II

Canon has borrowed a quote from filmmaker John Hughes’ arguably best movie Ferris Bueller’s Day Off with regard to promotion of its latest EOS M6 Mark II mirrorless. Namely: ‘Because life moves pretty fast…’.

However, it’s fair to say that the manufacturer’s EOS mirrorless series has in fact rather slowly – some would say tardily – evolved over the past few years as an increasingly credible DSLR alternative.

Although its most recent (possibly most significant) development in the EOS R full frame series aimed at high end amateurs and professionals has stolen headlines and column inches of late, the manufacturer continues however to release more obviously consumer-targeted alternatives, such as the APS-C sensor incorporating Canon M6 Mark II.

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Rear of the Canon EOS M6 Mark II

It’s the latter, in replacing the original M6 that has just landed on the Photography Blog test slab, following on from our ‘first look’ a couple of months back.

With this latest Canon costing a body-only £850 in the UK (manufacturer’s suggested price), competing models in the EOS M6 Mark II’s orbit include the likes of the recent Sony A6400, plus the newer sub-£1000 Nikon Z 50 and Fujifilm X-A7.

Like the above, this one is for capturing spontaneous moments – more so than a bulkier DSLR. We found it a particularly adept tool for street photography – it’s not large enough to be immediately noticed by unsuspecting subjects – at least not until you raise the camera to your face; the alternative is using the unit’s handily flip-up LCD screen.

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Top of the Canon EOS M6 Mark II

While its manufacturer may believe the Canon M6 Mark II is aimed at the technically savvy enthusiast, we found its handling and operation to be straightforward enough and were able to pick it up and start using it without a second thought – which is a sign of good, or at least considered, design.

Though overall the camera may be diminutive, we also found its grip is comfortably rounded – sufficiently so to make for a good and firm hold. Its maker admits though that nothing much has altered as regards this model’s design, when compared with the original M6.

The latest version weighs 408g without lens, which makes it portable enough to place into a jacket pocket or bag so as to be ready for those shoot-from-the-hip moments.

Canon EOS M6 Mark II
Tilting LCD Screen

We had the Canon M6 Mark II supplied with a retractable 15-45mm f/3.5-6.3 IS STM kit zoom. Though the fact that the lens is retractable helps keep camera and lens proportions minimal, and aids transportation (making the set up small enough in combination to stuff into a jacket pocket), it’s a bit of a pain to have to remember to extend the lens every time you switch the camera on, prior to being able to loose off a shot. That caught us out a few times to start with and we missed the shot in question.

Fortunately, of course, there is a growing number of alternative lenses available for the EOS M system plus over 70 compatible EF and EF-S lenses if you choose to invest in a separate mount adapter for the Canon EOS M6 Mark II. So hopefully the ‘M’ system is one that will stand the test of time.

In terms of other accessories, there’s a vacant hotshoe for adding an accessory flash if so desired. Otherwise, the integral flash pops up with a definate action thanks to a tightly wound spring – even if the crane-like construction of the flash ‘arm’ feels a little flimsy and exposed when fully revealed, as if a stiff breeze would knock it from its precarious perch.

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The Optional Viewfinder

While design of the Canon EOS M6 Mark II may not have changed greatly from previous generations, what’s new here is a 32.5 megapixel APS-C and Digic 8 processor, while its ISO range now matches the 90D DSLR bigger brother announced alongside it.

So here we get a camera offering a core ISO range from ISO100 to 25600, expandable to ISO51200. Auto focus response is such that the Mark II is able to boast an impressively swift 14fps capture speed, plus 1/16000 sec electronic shutter.

What we found more useful on a daily basis is that there’s a tilting touch screen once again, with enough of an intrinsic pivot for the screen to be faced towards the subject, or angled so the user can gaze down on it and shoot in a style that apes using a medium format camera.

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Flip-up LCD Screen

The alternative is to plump for the addition of Canon’s EVF-DC2 electronic viewfinder kit, also helpfully supplied along with our review sample. There’s no optical viewfinder otherwise built in here, so you’ll need to budget for the EVF on top of the £850 body-only price, and whatever lens option you choose, or look for a bundle deal for best value.

Usefully the EVF features a built-in eye sensor that immediately activates it as it detects your eye. It also has a button on the side for locking and unlocking, while the view through it is as sharp and clear as we’d expect. Adding it does however increase the camera’s overall dimensions and bulk, as it sits relatively proud of the camera body – which is perhaps why Canon has made it optional.

As with most modern digital cameras, when it comes to shooting video the choice here is between 4K and Full HD 1920x1280 pixels video, the former enabling captures of up to 25fps, while the latter offers up to a cinematic 60fps.

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The Canon EOS M6 Mark II In-hand

For image sharing and transferal, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth transfer are offered – so as we can see this is a camera ticking most of our proverbial boxes.

While the rear screen of the Canon M6 Mark II is helpfully a touch screen, with icons sufficiently large so as to enable their selection with a fingertip, we also get plenty of physical controls, both atop the camera – including shooting mode wheel and not one but two control dials encircling the shutter release button and on/off switch – on its back plate.

This makes for an intuitive best of both worlds solution in our eyes, which we much prefer. Thus it’s possible to use the manual controls and almost forget there is a touch screen option, or go for said touch screen as a short cut to functions that would otherwise involve drilling inconveniently into menu screens (such as selecting ISO, for example, which could really do with a dedicated marked button).

Canon EOS M6 Mark II
Memory Card Slot

That being said, we have to acknowledge that Canon’s menu screens for us are pretty much the most logically and clearly laid out and delineated, making navigation both quick and easy.

With the LCD screen dominating just over two thirds the back plate, thumb operated buttons are ranged to the right of this. These include a familiar four way directional pad encircled by a scroll wheel, at the centre is a quick menu/ set button, and, around this a means of selecting and adjusting exposure compensation, flash options, a drive mode for selecting burst or single shot captures, plus the always handy trash can icon denoting the ability to delete images.

Ranged above this are self explanatory info and red video record buttons, while below are equally obvious playback and menu buttons. Rather than the function being provided on the barrel of the lens itself, the topper-most control on the camera back is for switching between auto and manual focus.

Canon EOS M6 Mark II
Battery Compartment

Flick this switch and adjust manual focus via the ring provided on the front of the lens, which is all pretty straightforward and intuitive, the rear LCD being large enough for the user to be able to witness said manual adjustments in real time.

While one flank of the Canon EOS M6 Mark II features a rubber flap protecting standard mini ports for both HDMI and USB leads, the other helpfully provides inputs for a microphone and a remote, with a flick-switch for activating the pop up flash ergonomically provided just above, where it falls readily under the thumb of the left hand when holding the camera.

As expected the Canon M6 Mark II’s base features a centrally located screw thread for a tripod, plus a covered port housing rechargeable battery and SD card slot.

Canon EOS M6 Mark II
Pop-up Flash

We recharged the battery once and got several days of use out of the camera, though the official stats suggest a relatively paltry 305 shots or 80 minutes of video from a full charge, which can be bumped up to approximately 410 shots if selecting ‘eco’ mode.

Overall the Canon M6 Mark II is a well-constructed, well thought out camera that handles just as well as expected and which we enjoyed using over the almost two weeks we spent in its company.

The only issue for Canon is that there are a lot of cameras in the M6 MKII’s price bracket that you could say the same of right now, for those not already allied to, or convinced by, Canon’s own consumer-level mirrorless system.

Perhaps the images it delivers will drive a convincing wedge between this and its rivals and aid our buying decision? Read on to find out...

Image Quality

All of the sample images in this review were taken using the 32 megapixel Fine JPEG setting, which gives an average image size of around 9Mb.

While we were certainly pleased with the images we derived from the Canon EOS M6 Mark II, we weren’t totally blown away by them.

Sure there’s a pleasing amount of detail, but images aren’t always as pin sharp as we’d have liked, considering the price tag of this camera which takes it beyond that of the average high-end smartphone handset.

Perhaps a prime lens rather than the compact and retractable optic supplied with the camera in its kit form would have, ultimately, served us better.

In terms of low light performance, the camera makes a reasonable fist of it. Images are usable up until ISO 25600 at which point noise is visibly intruding without needing to enlarge sections of an image to check.

Grittiness and a loss of detail in the images is much more pronounced still at user extendable maximum ISO 51200 setting – so much so that it’s debatable whether the top whack setting is actually worth using or is, we suspect, just there to look good on the spec sheet.

This is a camera you’ll need to play around with a bit to get the best results we feel. For example adjusting the ISO and exposure compensation delivered better results when shooting handheld at night than simply falling back on the multi shot burst of the fully auto night scene mode.

While its auto focus performance is generally good enough that we didn’t feel the need to switch over to manual focus, these are things you pick up on with a little more time and familiarity.


ISO sensitivity can be set between ISO 100 and ISO 25600 in full-stop increments. Here are some 100% crops which show the noise levels for each ISO setting, with JPEG on the left and the RAW equivalent on the right.



ISO 100 (100% Crop)

ISO 100 (100% Crop)

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ISO 200 (100% Crop)

ISO 200 (100% Crop)

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ISO 400 (100% Crop)

ISO 400 (100% Crop)

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ISO 800 (100% Crop)

ISO 800 (100% Crop)

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ISO 1600 (100% Crop)

ISO 1600 (100% Crop)

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ISO 3200 (100% Crop)

ISO 3200 (100% Crop)

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ISO 6400 (100% Crop)

ISO 6400 (100% Crop)

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ISO 12800 (100% Crop)

ISO 12800 (100% Crop)

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ISO 25600 (100% Crop)

ISO 25600 (100% Crop)

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ISO 51200 (100% Crop)

ISO 51200 (100% Crop)

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The Canon EOS M6 Mark II's maximum shutter speed is 30 seconds and there's a Bulb mode for even longer exposures, which is excellent news if you're seriously interested in night photography. The shot below was taken using a shutter speed of 1/5 second, aperture of f/5 at ISO 6400.




The flash settings on the Canon EOS M6 Mark II are Auto, Manual Flash On/Off, and Red-Eye Reduction. These shots of a white coloured wall were taken at a distance of 1m.

Flash Off - Wide Angle

ISO 64

Flash On - Wide Angle

ISO 64

Flash Off - Telephoto

ISO 64

Flash On - Telephoto

ISO 64

Flash On


Sample Images

This is a selection of sample images from the Canon EOS M6 Mark II camera, which were all taken using the 32 megapixel Fine JPEG setting. The thumbnails below link to the full-sized versions, which have not been altered in any way.

Sample RAW Images

The Canon EOS M6 Mark II enables users to capture RAW and JPEG format files. We've provided some Canon RAW (CR3) samples for you to download (thumbnail images shown below are not 100% representative).

Sample Movies & Video

This is a sample movie at the highest quality setting of 3840x2160 at 25 frames per second. Please note that this 20 second movie is 292Mb in size.

This is a sample movie at the highest quality setting of 3840x2160 at 25 frames per second. Please note that this 41 second movie is 594Mb in size.

Product Images

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If you’re looking to get into interchangeable lens photography to exert a little more control over image functions and settings than your smartphone will allow, then the Canon EOS M6 Mark II is a good and straightforward enough place to start.

It allows you to begin your photographic ‘journey’ by pointing and shooting, before then gradually work your way around more precise manual controls as your understanding of the camera and personal skillset improves.

This camera is particularly good for street and travel photography, where its swift auto focusing, subject tracking, compact size and unobtrusive looks work in the photographer’s favour.

Though we think the price of the Canon M6 Mark II is fair in the current market, we do wonder whether it could prove a stumbling block for those adopting an EOS M camera for the first time.

Will those seeking to get into interchangeable lens photography have the £850 to start with? That’s before they even think about adding lenses, the optional electronic viewfinder, accessory flash and possibly microphone to exert more control and creativity and get even more out of this camera than they can straight out of the box.

Having been using full frame cameras with larger lenses of late we found the image quality delivered didn’t impress us as much in comparison but that’s only to be expected. Overall then, we found surprising little to criticize in relation to the Canon EOS M6 Mark II.

4 stars

Ratings (out of 5)
Design 4
Features 4
Ease-of-use 4
Image quality 4
Value for money 3.5

Main Rivals

Listed below are some of the rivals of the Canon EOS M6 Mark II.

Fujifilm X-T30

Dubbed the Little Giant by Fujifilm, the new X-T30 mirrorless camera takes most of the things that we loved about the flagship X-T3 and packages them into a smaller, lighter body. It even has a few tricks up its sleeve that the X-T3 doesn't currently offer, most notably a more advanced auto-focusing system. Read our Fujifilm X-T30 review to find out how it compares to the X-T3 and the previous X-T20, and why you should definitely consider buying this new mid-range mirrorless camera...

Nikon Z50

Nikon have introduced their first APS-C, cropped-sensor mirrorless camera with the launch of the Z50, accompanied by two kit zoom lenses. Can the Z50 take on the likes of the well established Sony A6000-series and Canon EOS-M range, not to mention Fujifilm with its line-up of excellent APS-C bodies and lenses? Find out now by reading our in-depth Nikon Z50 review.

Panasonic Lumix G90

The mid-range interchangeable lens camera market is fiercely fought, with a huge array of formats on offer from all the major camera manufacturers. Enter stage left Panasonic with the new Lumix G90 / G95, a camera that aims to satisfy both photographers and videographers alike. Can it pull off this tricky feat? Read our in-depth Panasonic Lumix G90 / G95 review to find out...

Sony A6400

The Sony A6400 is a new mirrorless camera with an APS-C size sensor and a cutting-edge auto-focusing system. With 24.2 megapixels, 4K movie recording, a touchscreen 180-degree LCD touchscreen, 11fps burst shooting, electronic viewfinder, built-in flash, and Wi-fi / Bluetooth / NFC connectivity, is this the best APS-C camera on the market? Read our Sony Alpha A6400 review to find out...

Review Roundup

Reviews of the Canon EOS M6 Mark II from around the web. »

Canon's M6 Mark II is a camera with two different faces. On the plus side, it delivers 14 fps burst shooting speeds, beating all of its rival products. It also has fast autofocus with eye- and face-detection that's good, though not quite up to Sony's level.
Read the full review » »

The EOS M6 Mark II becomes Canon’s flagship mirrorless camera with an APSC sensor. The combination of a new 32.5 Megapixel sensor and DIGIC 8 processor banishes many of the annoyances of earlier Canon bodies, allowing the M6 II to shoot uncropped 4k video and 14fps bursts, both with decent autofocus.
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Image Sensor


22.3 x 14.9mm CMOS

Effective Pixels

Approx. 32.5 Megapixels

Total Pixels

Approx. 34.4 Megapixels

Aspect Ratio


Low-Pass Filter


Sensor Cleaning

EOS integrated cleaning system

Colour Filter Type

Primary Colour

Image Processor




Lens Mount

EF-M (EF and EF-S lenses compatible via Mount adapter EF-EOS M)

Focal Length

Equivalent to 1.6x the focal length of the lens

Image Stabilisation

Optical Image Stabilizer on compatible lenses.

Stills: Dual sensing IS available with compatible lenses.
Movie: Movie Digital IS, Combination IS



Dual Pixel CMOS AF System. Phase detection pixels built onto imaging sensor 1

AF System / Points

Maximum 143/99 points depending on lens.

Freely position 1 AF point / 1 AF Zone via manual selection (area available lens dependent)

AF working range

EV -5 - 18 (at 23°C, ISO 100, with EF-M 32mm f/1.4 STM)

AF Modes

One-Shot AF and Servo AF

AF Point Selection

Face + Tracking: Face and subject tracking via automatic recognition / manual selection via touchscreen. Automatic selection over AF points when no face recognised within frame.

Eye AF: Enables Eye detection and focusing in 1-shot and servo AF

Spot AF: Enables AF in a pinpoint area, half the size of 1-point AF

Zone AF: Manual zone selection, plus automatic selection over AF points within selected zone

1-point AF: Manual selection via touchscreen / buttons

Selected AF point display

Indicated on LCD monitor / EVF

AF Lock

Locked when shutter button is pressed half way or customisable AE Lock Button

AF Assist Beam

via LED assist beam

Manual Focus

With EF & EF-S lenses - Select via AF/MF switch on lens

With EF-M lenses - Select via dedicated MF Button / other customisable buttons (toggle AF/MF).

MF Peaking available
AF+MF available (Manual focus adjustment after One-Shot AF)
Magnify image available during MF (5x or 10x)

Focus Bracketing

Available with the following lenses
EF-M 28mm f/3.5 Macro IS STM
EF-M 15-45mm f/3.5-6.3 IS STM
EF-M 18-150mm f/3.5-6.3 IS STM
EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM
EF 24-70mm f/4L IS USM
EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM
EF 180mm f/3.5L Macro USM
EF-S 35mm f/2.8 Macro IS STM
EF-S 60mm f/2.8 Macro USM
EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM

Exposure Control

Metering modes

Real-time metering from the image sensor
(1) Evaluative metering (384 zones)
(2) Partial metering at center (approx. 4.5% of Live View Screen)
(3) Center weighted average metering
(4) Spot metering (approx. 2.6% of Live View Screen)

Evaluative and center weight average are available in movie recording

Metering Range

Still image: EV -2 - 20 (at 23 °C, ISO 100)
Movie: EV 0 - 20 (at 23 °C, ISO 100)

AE Lock

Auto: In One-shot AF mode with evaluative metering exposure is locked when focus is achieved.
Manual: By AE lock Button in creative zone modes.

Exposure Compensation

+/-3 EV in 1/3 or 1/2 stop increments


+/- 3 EV, in 1/2 or 1/3-stop increments (can be used together with Exposure Compensation)

ISO Sensitivity

ISO AUTO (100 - 25600), 100 - 25600 in 1/3 stop increments. ISO can be expanded to 51200

Movie exposure: ISO AUTO (100 - 12800), 100 - 25600 (expanded) in 1/3-stop increments

Movie auto slow shutter supported2



Vertical-travel mechanical focal-plane shutter, electronically controlled at all speeds


30 - 1/4000 sec (1/3 stop increments), Bulb (Total shutter speed range. Available range varies by shooting mode)

White Balance


Auto white balance with the imaging sensor


Auto (Ambience Priority), Auto (White Priority), Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Tungsten light, White
Fluorescent light, Flash, Custom, Colour Temperature (100 Kelvin increments)

White balance compensation:
1. Blue/Amber +/-9 levels
2. Magenta/Green +/-9 levels

Custom White Balance

Yes, 1 setting can be registered

WB Bracketing

+/-3 levels in single level increments
Selectable Blue/Amber bias or Magenta/Green bias.
White balance shift and AEB can also be set in combination



Optional Electronic Viewfinder EVF-DC1, EVF-DC2

Viewfinder Information

With EVF-DC2:

Customisable and toggle via INFO. Button
(1) Liveview image with exposure info
(2) Liveview image with basic info
(3) Liveview image with full info

Customisable settings:
Shooting Info, Grid overlay (x3 formats), Histogram (Brightness/RGB), Electronic Level, Aspect Ratio

Depth of field preview


LCD Monitor


7.5 cm (3.0”) ClearView II Touchscreen LCD (TFT). 3:2 aspect ratio. Approx. 1,040,000 dots. Electrostatic capacitive type. Tiltable 180 degrees up and 45 degrees down.


Approx. 100%

Brightness Adjustment

Adjustable to one of seven levels

Display Options

Customisable and toggle via INFO. Button
(1) Liveview image with basic info
(2) Liveview image with full info
(3) Liveview image with on screen buttons

Customisable settings:
Shooting Info, Grid overlay (x3 formats), Histogram (Brightness/RGB), Electronic Level, Aspect Ratio


Built-in Flash GN (ISO 100, meters)


Built-in Flash Coverage

Maximum coverage at approx. 15mm (35mm equivalent: approx. 24mm)

Built-in Flash recycle time

Approx. 4 seconds 3


Auto (E-TTL II)

Red-Eye Reduction

Redeye reduction


1/200 sec

Flash Exposure Compensation

+/- 2 EV in 1/3 increments

Flash Exposure Bracketing

Yes, with compatible external flash

Flash Exposure Lock

Yes, via AEL Button

Second Curtain Synchronisation


HotShoe / PC terminal


External Flash Compatibility

E-TTL II with EX series Speedlites, wireless multi-flash support

External Flash Control

Via camera setting/flash setting menu



Scene Intelligent Auto, Hybrid Auto, Creative Assist, SCN (Self-Portrait, Portrait, Smooth Skin, Landscape, Sports, Close-up, Food, Panning, Handheld Night Scene, HDR Backlight Control), Creative Filters (Grainy B/W, Soft Focus, Fish-eye Effect, Water painting effect, Toy camera effect, Miniature effect, HDR Art standard, vivid, bold, embossed), Program AE, Shutter priority AE, Aperture priority AE, Flexible Priority (FV), Manual exposure, Movie (Movie auto exposure, Movie manual exposure, HDR movies, Movie creative Effects, Time-lapse movie (3 scenes and custom))

Picture Styles

Auto, Standard, Portrait, Landscape, Fine Detail, Neutral, Faithful, Monochrome, User Defined (x3)

Colour Space

sRGB and Adobe RGB

Image Processing

Highlight Tone Priority (standard and enhanced)
Auto Lighting Optimizer (4 settings)
Long exposure noise reduction
High ISO speed noise reduction (4 settings + Multi Shot NR)
Lens peripheral illumination correction
Chromatic aberration correction
Diffraction correction

Creative Assist:
Background Blur (5 settings)
Brightness (19 levels)
Contrast (9 levels)
Saturation (9 levels)
Color Tone 1 & 2 (9 levels)
Monochrome (Off/Black and white/Sepia/Blue/Purple/Green)

Drive modes

Single, High-Speed Continuous, Low-Speed Continuous, Self timer (2s, 10s, Custom, Remote)

Continuous Shooting

One shot / Servo AF: Approx. 14 shots/sec for up to 54 frames in JPEG and 23 frames in RAW or 36 in CRAW 4


Shooting interval: 10 sec.–99 hr. 59 min. 59 sec.
Number of shots: 1–99–Unlimited

File Type

Still Image Type

JPEG: Fine, Normal (Exif 2.31 compliant) / Design rule for Camera File system (2.0)
RAW: RAW (CR3 14-bit),
Digital Print Order Format [DPOF] Version 1.1 compliant

RAW+JPEG simultaneous recording

Yes, RAW + various JPEG compression possible

Image Size

RAW: (3:2) 6960 x 4640, (4:3) 6160 x 4640, (16:9) 6960 x 3904, (1:1) 4640x 4640

JPEG 3:2 (L) 6960 x 4640, (M) 4800 x 3200, (S1) 3472 x 2320, (S2) 2400 x 1600
JPEG 4:3 (L) 6160 x 4640, (M) 4256 x 3200 (S1) 3072 x 2320 (S2) 2112 x 1600
JPEG 16:9 (L) 6960 x 3904, (M) 4800 x 2688 (S1) 3472 x 1952 (S2) 2400 x 1344
JPEG (1:1) (L) 4640 x 4640, (M) 3200 x 3200, (S1) 2300 x 2300 (S2) 1600 x 1600

In-camera RAW processing & Image Resize available in playback

Movie Type

MP4 [Video: MPEG-4 AVC/H.264, Audio: MPEG-4 AAC-LC (stereo)]

Movie Size

4K - 3840 x 2160 (29.97, 25 fps)
Full HD - 1920 x 1080 (119.88, 100, 59.94, 50, 29.97, 25 fps)
HD - 1280 x 720 (59.94, 50 fps)
HDR - 1920 x 1080 (29.97, 25 fps)
4K Timelapse - 3840 x 2160 (29.97, 25 fps)

Movie Length

Max duration 29min 59sec. If 4 GB file size is exceeded in continuous movie recording, a separate 4 GB file will be produced


New folders can be created and selected

File Numbering

(1) Continuous, Auto Reset
(2) Manual Reset

Other Features

Custom Functions

9 customisable buttons / 3 dials

Metadata Tag

User copyright information (Author's Name, Copyright Details)
Image rating (0-5 stars)

Playback zoom

1.5-10x in several steps plus smooth pinch-to-zoom

Display Formats

(1) Single image with information (toggle options)
(2) Single image
(3) Index display (4/9/36/100 images)
(4) Jump Display (1/10/custom number image, by shot date, by rating, by folder, by movies only, protected only)

Slide Show

Playback time: 1/2/3/5/10/20 seconds
Repeat: On/Off
Transition Effects: Off, Slide in 1-2, Fade 1-3. Background music



Highlight Alert


Image Erase Protection

Erase: Single image, Selected images, Selected range, All images
Protection: Selected images, Selected range, All images. Unprotect all images

Menu Categories

(1) Shooting menu (x8)
(2) Playback menu (x4)
(3) Setup menu (x5)
(4) Display menu
(5) My Menu

Menu Languages

29 Languages
English, German, French, Dutch, Danish, Portuguese, Finnish, Italian, Ukraine, Norwegian, Swedish, Spanish, Greek, Russian, Polish, Czech, Hungarian, Vietnamese, Hindi, Romanian, Turkish, Arabic, Thai, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, Korean, Malay, Indonesian, and Japanese

Firmware Update

Firmware update possible by the user.

Body Materials

Magnesium alloy and electrolytic zinc-coated steel sheet chassis, Polycarbonate, or polycarbonate with glass fiber, thermoplastic exterior

Weight (body only)

Approx 408g (black), 408g (white), CIPA testing standard including battery and memory card



USB Type C (Speed equivalent to High-speed USB 2.0)


Wireless LAN (IEEE802.11b/g/n), (2.4 GHz only, 1-11 ch)

Bluetooth® (Specification version 4.1, Bluetooth low energy technology) 5

HDMI (Micro - Type-D connector), Output options include [With info], [Clean / 4K output], and [Clean / FHD output]. HDR output to compatible TV supported

Direct Print


Yes (via USB or Wireless LAN)



SD, SDHC, SDXC (UHS-II compatible)

Supported Operating System

PC & Macintosh

Windows 10 / 8.1 / 7 SP1 6
Mac OS X 10.14 / 10.13 / 10.12


Image Processing

Digital Photo Professional


Picture Style Editor,
EOS Utility,
Image Transfer Utility
Picture Style editor
Camera Connect app available on iOS and Android devices 7

Power Source


1 x Rechargeable Li-ion Battery LP-E17

Battery life

Approx. 305 shots (at 23°C, AE 50%, FE 50%) 8
Eco Mode: Approx. 410 shots
Movie Recording: Approx. 80 mins
Playback time when playing back a slideshow of still images: Approx. 4 hrs

Battery Indicator

4 levels

Power saving

Display off (15, 30 sec or 1, 3, 5, 10, 30 mins)
Auto Power Down (30 sec or 1, 3, 5, 10 mins, Disable)
ECO mode

Power Supply & Battery Chargers

Battery charger LC-E17



Optional Electronic Viewfinder EVF-DC1
(0.48 type), 4:3 aspect ratio, Approx. 2,360,000 dots, 100% coverage. Approx. 43 g

Optional Electronic Viewfinder EVF-DC2
(0.39 type), 4:3 aspect ratio, Approx. 2,360,000 dots, 100% coverage. Approx. 29 g

Cases / Straps

Neck Strap EM-E2 (light brown)
Neck Strap EM-E2(BW) (brown)
Neck Strap EM-E2(BK) (black)
Neck Strap EM-E2(WH) (white)


EF-M lenses
All EF and EF-S lenses compatible via Mount adapter EF-EOS M


Canon Speedlites (including 90EX, 220EX, 270EX, 270EX II, EL-100, 320EX, 380EX, 420EX, 430EX, 430EX II, 430EX III, 430EX III-RT, 550EX, 580EX, 580EX II, 600EX, 600EX-RT, 600EX II-RT, Macro-Ring-Lite, MR-14EX II, Macro Twin Lite MT-24EX, Speedlite Transmitter ST-E2, Speedlite Transmitter ST-E3-RT)

Off-Camera Shoe Cord OC-E3

Remote Controller / Switch

Bluetooth Remote BR-E1


Interface Cable IFC-100U, IFC-400U
Mount Adapter EF-EOSM
USB Power Adapter PD-E1

All data is based on Canon standard testing methods except where indicated.

Subject to change without notice.

  1. Dual Pixel CMOS AF - AF is possible over an area of up to approx. 100% Vertical x 88% Horizontal of the frame depending on the lens used.
  2. Recommended Exposure Index
  3. When battery is fully charged
  4. Continuous shooting speed is measured with a UHS-II compliant 32 GB card and based on Canon testing standards. Total number of frames captured and continuous shooting speed may vary depending on File size, number of possible shots, and shooting conditions (including aspect ratio, subject, memory card brand, ISO speed, Picture Style, and Custom Function).
  5. Bluetooth functionality with Camera Connect app requires smart device to be equipped with Bluetooth version 4.0 (or later). Also requires smart

All data is based on Canon standard testing methods except where indicated.

Subject to change without notice.

  1. Dual Pixel CMOS AF - AF is possible over an area of up to approx. 100% Vertical x 88% Horizontal of the frame depending on the lens used.
  2. Recommended Exposure Index
  3. When battery is fully charged
  4. Continuous shooting speed is measured with a UHS-II compliant 32 GB card and based on Canon testing standards. Total number of frames captured and continuous shooting speed may vary depending on File size, number of possible shots, and shooting conditions (including aspect ratio, subject, memory card brand, ISO speed, Picture Style, and Custom Function).
  5. Bluetooth functionality with Camera Connect app requires smart device to be equipped with Bluetooth version 4.0 (or later). Also requires smart device to be using operating system iOS 11.4 (or later) or Android 5.0 (or later)
  6. Software applications compatible with Windows 10 in Windows 10 Desktop Mode only
  7. Bluetooth functionality with Camera Connect app requires smart device to be equipped with Bluetooth version 4.0 (or later). Also requires smart device to be using operating system iOS 11.4 (or later) or Android 5.0 (or later)
  8. Based on the CIPA Standard and using the batteries and memory card format supplied with the camera, except where indicated


Canon has launched two high-speed, high resolution cameras - one DSLR and one mirrorless - the EOS 90D and the EOS M6 Mark II.

The Canon 90D will be available from 12th September 2019 priced at £1,209.99 / €1,449.99 / $1199 body only, $1349 for EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM kit and $1599 for EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM kit

The Canon M6 Mark II will be available from 26th September 2019 priced at £869.99 / €1,029.99 / $849.99 body only or £1,119.99 / €1,329.99 / $1099 with the EF-M 15-45mm IS STM lens and EVF-DC2 viewfinder, and $1349.00 for EF-M 18-150mm f3.5-6.3 IS STM and EVF-DC2 kit.

Canon Press Release

Canon strengthens the EOS line up with a new mirrorless and DSLR, delivering high-speed shooting and incredible resolution

United Kingdom, Republic of Ireland, 28 August 2019 - Canon Europe today announces the launch of two high-speed, high resolution cameras - one DSLR and one mirrorless - designed to take enthusiast photographers to the next skill level. Canon has a camera to suit any user - EOS 90D is a fast and reliable DSLR, with a familiar, robust body perfect for sport and wildlife photographers. For everyday life, EOS M6 Mark II is a compact, yet powerful mirrorless delivering beautifully sharp images - for photographers on the move. Alongside the two new Canon RF lenses announced today, these high-quality, fast models build on Canon’s popular EOS 80D DSLR and EOS M6 mirrorless cameras to provide a full choice for enthusiasts across the entire line-up. 

Never miss a moment 

With Canon’s new EOS 90D and EOS M6 Mark II cameras, photographers can capture and share life’s most fleeting moments. Both models are equipped with Canon’s latest generation DIGIC 8 processor which achieves fast processing speed, responsiveness and the latest in photo and movie functionality. The lightning-quick electronic shutter speed of 1/16000 second is perfect for shooting momentary subject movements, giving photographers confidence in time-sensitive shooting scenarios. With this shutter speed the aperture can be opened even wider to create a greater depth of field even in ambient lighting.

Ideal for wildlife or sports photography, the EOS 90D shoots 10fps with autofocus tracking and 11fps in Live View. The optical viewfinder reduces lag time and enables the responsiveness needed to shoot wildlife, such as birds in flight, while an intelligent function gives complete visibility of the composition and shooting settings within the display. Where subjects are both quick and unpredictable, this fast frame rate and 58 L JPEG burst rate enables photographers to shoot continuously for a greater choice in imagery. EOS 90D also has an extended battery life with up to 1300 shots (CIPA standard) which allows enthusiasts to shoot all day, unencumbered by battery limitations.  

The mirrorless model, EOS M6 Mark II, is capable of a 14fps continuous frame rate and staggering 30fps RAW burst both modes with autofocus tracking, producing a quick and compact model which guarantees enthusiasts can photograph even the unexpected. To give photographers the best chance of shooting spontaneous action, this latest mirrorless camera from Canon has UHS-II card support with a burst rate of 80 L JPEG. Additionally, focus bracketing in both models makes it easy to achieve an extended depth of field by combining multiple shots in DPP.

Unbeatable image quality 

Delivering high quality, detailed images free from shake and artefacts, these new cameras leverage a new 32.5-megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor, which achieves full frame levels of resolution but with the additional benefit of reach provided by the APS-C format. Coupled with the DIGIC 8 processor, both newly launched models are enabled with the latest features from the EOS range which means photographers have greater reach, can crop further and take more detailed images than ever before. The processor also unlocks lens correction tools including the Digital Lens Optimiser and Diffraction Correction, which produce excellent images straight out of the camera. With incredible raw image quality and WiFi and Bluetooth capabilities, content creators can share images direct to social channels to create stunning, live content. For crisp, true to life photos which capture natural expressions and movements, Canon has incorporated a fast and accurate eye autofocus tracking solution in both cameras. In the EOS 90D, this works in collaboration with the 220,000-pixel RGB+IR metering sensor with Flicker Detection, for faithful face detection and greater control of overall exposure. This new sensor achieves greater resolution without compromising on low light performance, thanks to a high ISO of 100 – 25,600. Improving on the EOS M6, EOS M6 Mark II focuses at EV-5 when used with lenses with f/1.4 or larger aperture – to perform even in cloudy moonlit conditions, as well of course as within buildings or shade. 

Future-proof content in 4K 

EOS 90D and EOS M6 Mark II are versatile cameras for stills and videos, capable of 4K resolution video utilising the full angle view of the lens attached and fast, Full HD up to 120 fps giving enthusiasts greater options for shooting, such as slow motion, cropped or super high resolution. 4K in cropped mode is also available from the EOS 90D, giving content creators the same great image quality, but with a further reach. This means operators can shoot high quality video even from a distance – a feature which provides enthusiasts the ability to capture stunning film in situations where they are unable to get up close to the action – like on safari. 

Canon’s renowned Dual Pixel CMOS AF system is available in both Full HD and 4K video modes and offers a wide area coverage of (88 x 100%), producing smooth, high-performance focus tracking in movies for professional-looking footage. When capturing moving subjects this ensures sharp subjects and a blurred background, while eye tracking defines the eyes of subjects, for sharper, more compelling movies.

A microphone port gives vloggers and content creators alike the ability to use an external microphone to achieve clear, undistorted sound, while the EOS 90D also has a headphone port so content creators can have greater control over sound quality in videos while filming. This produces a good feed when the action is further away and minimises the amount of editing required in post-production as enthusiasts can manage sound levels as they record. For filming on the go, the portable EOS M6 Mark II has a handy tilting screen which ensures even selfie-style content is perfectly framed.

Greater control and handling

The ergonomic design of these models supports seamless and familiar handling to provide enhanced control for any style of photography. As the latest DSLR to join the EOS range, EOS 90D has a familiar, yet lighter body with a large grip for better handling and balance, particularly when using long lenses ideal for shooting sports or wildlife photography. With two multi-function dials – including one newly incorporated multi-controller, as found in the professional range on the rear of the camera - and customary EOS buttons, photography enthusiasts looking to enhance their skills can shoot instinctively and confidently with greater focus point selection and access to useful settings at their fingertips The EOS 90D is equipped with a number of customisable features which can be set to give a consistent look and feel to both photos and videos. Its 7.7cm Vari-Angle touch screen provides greater visibility of image composition whether shooting in high brightness or at a challenging angle.

The compact size of EOS M6 Mark II enables a point and shoot style of photography needed to capture spontaneous moments on the go. A dial with function, main dial, customisable autofocus/manual focus selection switch and autofocus-start button are intuitively positioned for improved responsiveness in fast-paced shooting scenarios. The detachable viewfinder is raised and centrally aligned to create space and intuitive comfort for an immersive shooting experience, while the tilt-screen offers more creative capture and unrestricted video capabilities.

Also launching today are two RF lenses - the RF 15-35mm F2.8L IS USM and RF 24-70mm F2.8L IS USM - expanding the pioneering lens line-up for the EOS R System. The EOS 90D is now available to pre-order from Canon’s online store and both will be on general sale from September 2019. 

For more information on the Canon EOS 90D please visit: and for the Canon EOS M6 Mark II please visit: 

Pricing and availability

The Canon EOS 90D will be available from 12th September 2019 with the following RSPs:

• EOS 90D body only £1,209.99 / €1,449.99

The Canon EOS M6 Mark II will be available from 26th September 2019 with the following RSPs:

• EOS M6 Mark II body only £869.99 / €1,029.99

• EOS M6 Mark II with EF-M 15-45mm IS STM + EVF-DC2 £1,119.99 / €1,329.99

Image Gallery

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First Impressions

We've spent some time shooting with the Canon EOS M6 Mark II and the EOS 90D DSLR cameras. Here are our initial first impressions...

Canon is aiming to do the double and deliver high-resolution files and high speed captures with its latest two APS-C sensor incorporating interchangeable lens cameras – the mirrorless Canon M6 Mark II, and the Canon 90D DSLR.

“We want to inspire our customers to explore a world of opportunities and tell their stories,” Canon UK’s Marketing Manager Didi Goddard told us at the London unveiling, “We’re still after every category that we have going.” She went on to share a market overview suggesting that Canon is still leading the DSC market, for which its G7 X Mark II is currently its best seller, while for CSC in the UK it has a ‘strong’ number two position. That’s according to data from industry watcher GFK.

She also revealed that Canon was still number one within the DSLR category for both APS-C models (“which is still a massive focus for Canon”) and full frame offerings such as the EOS 5D IV, EOS R and RP.

Canon UK’s Product Specialist David Parry added that: “People want the choice, so we’re sticking behind our ranges and growing them to get the best out of the technology that is available at the moment.”

Canon EOS 90D and M6 Mark II

A case in point is its two new generation 32.5-megapixel sensor-incorporating models. These are a replacement for the current 80D in the new EOS 90D, plus the EOS M6 Mark II, which replaces the original M6. David told us that, compared with its forebear, the Mark II is a ‘super charged’ replacement, due the spec having been ramped up in comparison. The result, claimed David, is that internally the EOS 90D and EOS 6D Mark II’s technology “is almost exactly the same – it’s how you arrive at that final image that is different”.

It’s not a great surprise to learn that the EOS 90D is aimed at the same type of user as the 80D – namely one who is into sports and wildlife photography. The new camera is, said David, all about resolution, speed and handling.

By contrast, we were told, the M6 Mark II is more about capturing spontaneous moments, would be good for street photography, and is aimed at the technical enthusiast. “So you’d use this camera in a different way than you’d use the 90D.”

Both are robust-feeling cameras when held in the palm, without being prohibitively heavy, even with lenses attached and batteries inserted. The weight of the 90D has even dropped by around 25g when compared to its predecessor and it now weighs a very manageable 701g without lens.

Canon EOS 90D

Canon EOS 90D

The EOS 90D’s APS-C sensor is combined with a Digic 8 processor, Dual Pixel CMOS AF like the rest of Canon’s current DSLR range, the ability to shoot 4K ‘movies’ with no crop this time around at 30fps or 25fps, plus the ability to shoot up to 120fps in Full HD mode. Your videographer customers will want to know that the camera also delivers ‘clean’ HDMI output, and is capable of shooting stills up to 10fps (or 11fps if AF is fixed), making it, David suggests, a good step up for anyone owning a 70D or 80D.

We also get 45 cross type AF points (the standard AF system as also found on the 80D), focus bracketing, electronic shutter mode, an ISO100-25600 core range expandable to ISO51200, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity, fully articulated vari-angle touch screen control, two multi controller joysticks on the rear of the camera (a first for the range), plus a considerably improved 1300 shot battery life (CIPA standard) even though it uses the same battery as the previous generation. There’s also microphone and headphone input here for video shooters. The compatible battery grip for the EOS 90D is the same as that for the 80D (i.e the BG-E-14), David added.

Canon EOS M6 Mark II

Canon EOS M6 Mark II

Moving on, key selling points of the physically smaller EOS M6 Mark II – on which Canon admitted design has not changed ‘massively’ compared with the earlier M6, except that the grip is slightly larger – include the fact that it boasts a ‘market leading’ 14fps capture speed with AF, plus 1/16000 sec electronic shutter.

Like the 90D it boasts the new 32.5 MP APS-C sensor, Dual Pixel CMOS AF, and Digic 8 processor, while ISO range is the same as its bigger DSLR ‘brother’ too. Exposure compensation can be dialed down to -5EV, there’s a tilting touch screen once again, plus support for touch and drag AF functionality.

The camera weighs 408g without any lens, is compatible with its optional EVF-DC2 viewfinder and can be bought in a kit that includes both EVF and zoom lens. Further features include 4K video capture with no crop, or Full HD shooting at 50/60P. The camera is also Wi-Fi and Bluetooth equipped.

Full-frame RF Series Lenses and EOS R/RP Firmware Update

Canon RF 24-70mm and 15-35mm

Two new Canon lenses for its mirrorless ‘R’ and ‘RP’ cameras originally teased back at The Photography Show in March are also being made available for sale on the same day at the same time in the RF 15-35mm f/2.8 L IS USM and RF 24-70mm f/2.8 L IS USM. These are described as super sharp, portable, durable and just as good at movies as stills, thanks to ‘nano USM’ technology that means they’re quiet as well as fast, as well as combined image stabilization (Canon has sensor as well as lens based IS). We couldn’t shoot with these pre-production lenses at the launch, but were at least allowed to hold them and size them up for feel and weight. Manual focus operation is claimed to be really smooth

Finally the brand has announced an EOS R/RP Eye AF firmware update. The improvement is that eye detection starts a lot earlier on the camera and is more accurate, it’s claimed.

Hands On

Want to see exactly what the new 32-megapixel Canon EOS M6 Mark II mirrorless camera looks like in the flesh?

Check out our extensive hands-on gallery of photos of the Canon EOS M6 Mark II APS-C mirrorless camera.

A gallery of hands-on photos of the new 32-megapixel Canon EOS M6 Mark II mirrorless camera.

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Preview Images

Ahead of our full review, here are some sample images taken with the Canon EOS M6 Mark II camera. The Canon EOS M6 II is a new mirrorless camera with a 32 megapixel APS-C sensor.

A gallery of sample images taken with the Canon EOS M6 Mark II camera.

Canon EOS M6 Mark II Sample Images

Sample RAW Images

The Canon EOS M6 Mark II enables users to capture RAW and JPEG format files. We've provided some Canon RAW (CR3) samples for you to download (thumbnail images shown below are not 100% representative).

Sample Movies & Video

This is a sample movie at the highest quality setting of 3840x2160 at 25 frames per second. Please note that this 20 second movie is 292Mb in size.

This is a sample movie at the highest quality setting of 3840x2160 at 25 frames per second. Please note that this 41 second movie is 594Mb in size.

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