Canon EOS M6 Mark II Review

October 24, 2019 | Gavin Stoker |

Canon EOS M6 Mark II 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.

Noise

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.

JPEG

RAW

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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Night

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.

Night

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Flash

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

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