Camera review Canon EOS Mark II M6: an impressive upgrade

Photo denser part of daily life, and the camera is increasingly seen not as a tool of creative expression for some, or a staff for others, but as a tool to create “content”. An endless stream of information pouring down on us and produced by us, requires high-quality photos and videoitalia, and because the actual question, which tool would be ideal for such tasks. The ease, mobility, speed, easy to use, powerful artificial intelligence, reliability — that is, perhaps, the characteristics that

meet the trends of the time. New camera Canon EOS Mark2 M6, it seems, meets all requirements. Check to see how well it works in practice.

Despite the fact that Canon for a long time consistently declared if not total supremacy of DSLR camera over mirrorless and even released their “ultracompact” EOS 100D/200D to demonstrate that cameras with a pentaprism can be really small, the company has gradually recognized that the rejection of the mirror can be quite meaningful. And first launched a series of full-frame EOS besserglik R, and then became dramatically expand the range of cameras with the EF-M. moreover, this year the company first turned to the practice of simultaneous release SLR and mirrorless cameras with roughly the same characteristics, as it came with M6 EOS Mark II and EOS 90D. So it is clear from the course: a significant part of it is written in this review about the M6 Mark II applies to potentially more hits EOS 90D, material about which we will not do.

Key features

Canon is actively developing its collection of mirrorless cameras and the EOS M line is one of the most promising, designed for a wide range of users calling at the professional and, of course, blogger segment. Two years ago, the world saw model Canon EOS M6 (which became, in turn, a logical continuation of the EOS M3), but now in front of us — its the second modification. Despite the fact that the overall concept of the product is saved, Canon EOS M6 Mark II “pump” almost all the parameters and looks much more modern and user-friendly apparatus. Let’s see what are the main innovations used by the manufacturer.

  • The camera uses an APS-C sensor with higher resolution is 32.5 megapixels (compared to 24.2 megapixels in the previous model).
  • For image processing meets new processor — DIGIC 8. Digital optimization of a lens and diffraction correction.
  • Speed continuous shooting with servo focus has grown twice — from 7 to 14 frames per second.
  • Done a lot of work over quality auto focus: the number of auto-focus areas increased from 49 to 143, there was a regime of facial recognition and eye tracking.
  • There was an electronic shutter with a shutter speed up to 1/16 000 sec.
  • Became available to charge the battery via USB.
  • Significantly improved video capture: available up to 4K resolution (UHD) (3840 × 2160) 30/25 frames per second.
Canon EOS Mark II M6 Canon EOS 90D Fujifilm X-T30 Sony α6400
Panasonic Lumix G90
Image sensor The 22.3 × 14.9 mm (APS-C) CMOS The 22.3 × 14.9 mm (APS-C) CMOS The 23.6 × 15.6 mm (APS-C) X-Trans CMOS IV The 23.5 × 15.6 mm (APS-C) Exmor CMOS 17,3 × 13 mm (Micro 4/3) Live MOS
Effective sensor resolution 32.5 megapixels 32.5 megapixels 26.1 megapixels 24.2 MP 20.3 MP
Built-in image stabilizer No No No No Built-in camera, 5-axis
Mount Canon EF-M Canon EF-S Fujifilm X-mount Sony E-mount Micro 4/3
Photo format JPEG (EXIF 2.30), 14 bits RAW, C-RAW JPEG (EXIF 2.30), 14 bits RAW, C-RAW JPEG (EXIF 2.3, DCF 2.0), RAW JPEG (DCF Ver. 2.0, Exif Ver. 2.31), RAW 14-bit JPEG (DCF Ver. 2.0, Exif Ver. 2.31), RAW
Video format MP4 MP4 MPEG 4 XAVC S, AVCHD, MP4 AVCHD, MP4
Frame size To 6960 × 4640 To 6960 × 4640 To 6240 × 4160 Up to 6000 × 4000 Up to 5184 × 3888
Video resolution Up to 3840 × 2160 (30fps) Up to 3840 × 2160 (30fps) Up to 4096 × 2160, 30p Up to 3840 × 2160, 30p Up to 3840 × 2160 (30fps)
Sensitivity ISO 100-25600 expandable to ISO 51200 ISO 100-25600 expandable to ISO 51200 ISO 200-12800, expandable to ISO 80-51200 ISO 200-12800, expandable to ISO 80-51200 ISO 200-25600 with the possibility of expansion to ISO 100
Shutter Mechanical shutter: 1/4000 – 30 s;
electronic shutter up to 1/16000;
long (Bulb); silent mode
Mechanical shutter: 1/8000 – 30 s;
electronic shutter up to 1/16000;
long (Bulb); silent mode
Mechanical shutter: 1/4000 – 30 s;
electronic shutter: 1/32000 – 30;
long (Bulb); silent mode
1/4000—30 c; silent mode Mechanical shutter: 1/4000 – 60 s;
Electronic shutter: 1/16000 – 1;
long (Bulb); silent mode
The burst speed Up to 14 frames per second with frame focus; up to 30 frames per second with the focus at the first frame up to 10 frames per second with frame focus; up to 11 frames per second in Live View Up to 8 frames per second up to 20 frames per second with electronic shutter; with the extra 1.25 x crop – up to 30 frames per second 11 frames per second up to 9 frames per second; in the mode of 4K photos up to 30 frames per second with electronic shutter
Autofocus Hybrid, Dual Pixel CMOS, 143 points Phase, 45 points Hybrid (contrast + phase), 425 points Hybrid (contrast + phase), 425 points Contrast, 49 points
Metering modes TTL-metering at 384 zones, evaluative/partial/center-weighted/spot RGB+IR with a resolution of 220,000 pixels, evaluative/partial/center-weighted/spot TTL-metering in 256 points: multipoint, center-weighted, srednevzveshanny, spot 1200-zone evaluative: multi-segment, center-weighted, spot, spot for standard/large plot, averaged for the entire screen, in the brightest region TTL-metering in 1728 points, multipoint/centre weighted/spot
Compensation ±5 EV in 1/3-step increments ±5 EV in 1/3-step increments ±5 EV in 1/3-step increments ±5.0 EV (1/3 EV steps or 1/2 EV steps) ±5 EV in 1/3-step increments
Built-in flash Built-in, guide number – approximately 4.6 (ISO 100) Built-in, guide number of approximately 12 (ISO 100) Built-in, guide number 7 (ISO 200) Built-in, sync 1/160 sec, guide number 6 (ISO 100) Built-in, guide number 9 (ISO 200), the guide number of 6.4 (ISO 100)
Self-timer 2/10 with 2/10 with 2/10 with 2/10 with 2/10 with
Memory card SD / SDHC / SDXC (UHS-II) SD / SDHC / SDXC (UHS-II) Single slot SD/SDHC/SDXC (UHS-I) Memory Stick PRO Duo/Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo; SD/SDHC/SDXC up to UHS-I SD / SDHC / SDXC (UHS-II)
Display LCD, 3 inch, 1 040 thousand points, touch, swivel LCD, 3 inch, 1 040 thousand points, touch, swivel 3 inch, 1 040 thousand points of inclined LCD, 3 inch, resolution 921 thousand pixels, touch, tilt LCD, 3 inch, 1 240 thousand points, touch, tilt
Viewfinder No, only optional Optical (100% coverage) Electronic (OLED 2.36 million dots) Electronic (OLED 2.36 million dots) Electronic (OLED 2.36 million dots)
Interfaces USB Type-C, microHDMI, an external microphone port for remote control misroUSB, miniHDMI, external MIC, headphone Jack HDMI, USB 3.1 (Type-C), 2.5 mm for external microphone/remote control microUSB, misroDMI, 3.5 mm Jack for microphone microHDMI, USB Type-C, 3.5 mm microphone, 3.5 mm headphone
Wireless modules Wi-Fi, Bluetooth Wi-Fi, Bluetooth Wi-Fi, Bluetooth Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, NFC Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, NFC
Food Li-ion battery LP-E17 with a capacity of 7,5 W·h (1040 mAh, 7.2 V) Li-ion battery LP-E6N capacity 14 WH (1865 mAh, 7.2 V) Li-ion battery NP-W126S with a capacity of 8.7 WH (1200 mAh, 7.2 V) Li-ion battery NP-FW50, 7,3 WH (1020 mAh, 7.2 V) Li-ion battery DMW-BLC12 (1200 mAh, 7.2 V)
Dimensions At 119.6 × 70 × 49,2 mm 140,7 × 104,8 × 76,8 mm Of 118.4 × 82,8 × 46,8 mm 120 × 67 × 60 mm 130 × 94 × 77 mm
Weight 408 grams (incl. the battery and memory card) 701 grams (incl. the battery and memory card) 383 grams (incl. the battery and memory card) 403 grams (incl. the battery and memory card) 536 grams (incl. the battery and memory card)
Current price 65 990 rubles for the version body (without lens), 82 990 rubles for the version kit (with lens 15-45 mm) 86 990 rubles for the version body (without lens), 89 990 rubles for the version kit (with 18-55 mm lens) 59 990 rubles for the version without lens (body), 65 000 rubles for the version with a complete lens XF 18-55mm f/2.8-4 65 000 rubles for the version without lens (body), 74 990 rubles for the version with a complete lens E 16-50mm 69 990 rubles for the version without lens (body) ; 89 990 rubles for the version with lens (kit)

Let me remind you that to EOS M EF-M developed a special line of optics, which currently includes nine light and compact lenses. Two of them – the EF-M 55-200mm f/4.5-6.3 IS STM and EF-M 32mm f/1.4 STM – I managed to test in conjunction with the Canon EOS M6 Mark II. The camera is also compatible with lenses from Canon SLR cameras with an EF mount using a specially designed adapter. In the test also involved the EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM and EF 40mm f/2.8 STM.

Design and ergonomics

Outwardly, the Canon EOS M6 Mark II is quite similar to its predecessor, the Canon EOS M6. But some changes still occurred. The camera was a little heavier and larger, its weight is 408 grams (with battery and memory card), and the size is 119.6 × 70,0 × 49,2 mm M6 Mark II has a very comfortable grip for the fingers and anti-slip surface, making it easy to shoot “offhand”, on the one hand, of the fingers it does not slip. Overall this is a really compact camera, but much still depends on what lens you’ll be using it. For example, the EF 40mm f/2.8 STM even with the adapter EF-M-EF-S it will fit in a small purse.

But with the EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM (also adapter), the design looks rather bulky, and the optics frankly outweighs.

I really liked a bunch of M6 Mark II with lens EF-M 55-200mm f/4.5-6.3 IS STM. Light and compact the lens is perfectly balanced with respect to the camera body, the technique is easy to hold in hand and does not require a special camera bag.

Walk briefly on all controls.

On the left edge is a button lift, built-in flash, as well as connectors for microphone and external control panel, hidden under the rubber cover.


On the right side also under the hood, there are ports of HDMI and USB Type-C.


The front is a EF-M, release button lens and lamp the AF-assist illuminator.

From below we see a tripod socket and a combined compartment for the battery and memory card. The camera supports SD / SDHC / SDXC (ultimate standard speed — UHS-II). When using the tripod platform compartment is locked, which of course is not very convenient in a situation when it is necessary to replace the memory card or battery, but it’s tolerable fee for the compactness of the camera.


A large part of the rear surface is an LCD display.

The characteristics of the display is similar to that used in the previous version of the camera: its size is 3 inches with a resolution of 1 040 000 points. The display is equipped with touch screen and tilting mechanism. He turns 180 degrees upwards, which is useful, for example, to help or those who like to make selfies, while also rotating mechanism makes it convenient to shoot from unusual angles — for example, ground level. To use the display I was comfortable, but still the implementation type of rotary mechanism in the camera Canon EOS R I see a more comfortable and tactile: mechanism Canon EOS Mark II M6 subjectively seems to be more “brittle”.


In addition to the display on the back of the camera we see the shift lever auto-focus from manual to auto, the Info button, movie record button, playback and menu. Between them is a selector disk with call button quick menu in the center and buttons to select drive mode, input exposure compensation, on/off flash and delete the pictures. The location and functionality of the buttons seemed to me very convenient, and I think they will be easy to remember even quite inexperienced user, especially since some of them can be remapped in the settings. Not a very good implementation of the selector disk to rotate it smoothly in a circle uncomfortable, your finger slips and slips. But it is an ergonomic change, to adjust to which is easy. Rear, side, on the ledge under the thumb buttons for selecting the focus mode and exposure lock.

The top is a built-in flash, hot Shoe, selector selecting a shooting mode, shutter release button, combined with the drive changing the settings, soft key M-Fn, as well as a new control — button Dual Function, which by default causes some of the functions from the quick menu. It is combined with the second disk, change settings, and with lever on-off switch of the camera.

Separately, I note that the camera has no built-in viewfinder. This point may seem awkward to those accustomed to using SLR cameras, and this fact just is the boundary that separates the M6 EOS Mark II and EOS 90D, which are otherwise almost identical. However, it is recognized that it has grown a whole generation of users for whom the presence of a viewfinder is not a necessity. “Smartphone” principles of photography are gaining momentum: shooting using a display, touch — all of it densely entered into our life, and Canon is keeping pace with the times. But for those who viewfinder really necessary, also there is a solution — an optional electronic viewfinder HF-DC2, with a resolution of 2 360 000 points and 100% coverage, which is attached to the hot Shoe. I have not had the opportunity to experience interchangeable the viewfinder to work, but we need to recognize that and the need I experienced.

Ergonomics as a whole left a feeling of reasoning: to use the camera comfortably, and most importantly — the controls are very flexible, all buttons can be configured by assigning them user-friendly functions and various modes for shooting pictures and video:


An experienced user who is already accustomed to a particular organization functions, certainly appreciate the opportunity to “reshape” the camera in a convenient way, and the novice is likely to be glad basic settings buttons, as they are very logical and cover most of the nonspecific needs. I feel a bit sorry disk input exposure compensation, which is present on EOS M6, and the appearance of a button Dual Function I don’t see a big need, but it is a matter of individual preference — I like analog controls, someone not accustomed to them.


Menu in the camera is oriented horizontally and contains six main sections, each with several pages. To navigate through the menus like you can with the touch controls, just touching the screen and using the navigation block on the rear surface of the camera. The organization is very simple and easy, even a novice user will hardly confused. Functions much — like I said, the manufacturer has taken care to ensure that each user could customize the machine for themselves. For a detailed study of the menu will take time, but worth it. The interface is completely Russified. In addition to the main, the camera has a quick menu button “Q”, it contains the most frequently requested features. Grid quick menu is displayed on the screen directly over the image.

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Wireless capabilities

As almost any modern camera, Canon EOS M6 Mark II is able to connect to a computer or mobile device via Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. With app Canon Camera Connect is very easy and convenient to throw images to a smartphone for further publication in social networks is a little longer than to take a picture directly on the phone, but offers more possibilities in terms of creativity. You can automatically transfer shots to your computer. The mobile device can also be used for remote shooting, which is very convenient, for example, when shooting of the compositions — you don’t need to run between the camera on the tripod and composition, to track changes in the frame.


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