The new EOS M6 Mark II brings many of the features of the D90 camera to Canon’s cropped-sensor mirrorless camera line-up.
The EOS M6 Mark II, shown with the EF-M 15-45mm f/3.5-6.3 IS STM kit lens and bundled EVF. (Source: Canon.)
Featuring the same 32.5-megapixel CMOS sensor and DIGIC processor as the EOS 90D. it has a significantly more compact and lighter body that weighs only 408 grams with battery and card installed. The compact size, light weight and ability to use smaller and lighter EF-M lenses make the M6 II ideal for travellers and family photographers.
Front view of the EOS M6 Mark II with the monitor flipped up for shooting ‘selfies’. (Source: Canon.)
Rear and top views of the EOS M6 Mark II, the latter with the EF-M 15-45mm f/3.5-6.3 IS STM kit lens fitted. (Source: Canon.)
Key features shared with the EOS 90D include the sensor and image processor, which mean the resolutions for still shots and movie clips are the same in both cameras. Both cameras have the same Dual Pixel CMOS AF system and support the same focusing modes, although the M6 II enables eye-detection AF to be set during Servo AF mode to keep focus locked on subjects, even when they move about in the frame. The ISO sensitivity range is also the same in both cameras and both offer the same video recording capabilities. In-camera raw file processing is also duplicated in both cameras. Highlights of the EOS M6 Mark II are as follows:
- The 3-inch ClearView II monitor screen can be tilted upwards through 180 degrees for ‘selfie’ shots as well as down through 45 degrees for high-angle shots. It has the same 1,040,000-dot resolution as the D90’s monitor and also supports touch controls.
- Because it isn’t hampered by a flip-up reflex mirror, the M6 II can deliver faster continuous shooting, reaching up to 14 fps while maintaining AF performance. The dedicated RAW burst mode can record at up to 30 fps.
- An intervalometer is available for recording time-lapse movies.
- The built-in flash has a guide number of 4.6 (ISO 100/metres) and provides maximum coverage with a 15mm focal length (equivalent to approx. 24mm in 35mm format). Red-eye reduction is available via a dedicated LED. The flash recycle time is approximately four seconds. A hot-shoe is provided for EL Speedlites.
The EOS M6 Mark II is expected to go on sale on 26 September at an RRO of around AU$1699. It will be bundled with the EF-M 15-45mm f/3.5-6.3 IS STM lens and the EVF-DC2 removable OLED viewfinder, which has a resolution of 2,360,000 dots and a refresh rate of up to 120 fps.