Canon EOS M6 Mark II Review

Canon recently launched the successor to the EOS M6 with the aptly named EOS M6 Mark II. It’s a seemingly innocent camera that looks almost specifically like its predecessor but is definitely packed with very significant upgrades inside.

The Canon EOS M range has really had its ups and downs. Personally, as one of those who purchased the very first EOS M, we have seen quite a variety of development methods from Canon with the EOS M2, M3, M5, M6, and all those various other EOS Ms that weren’t as remarkable. But when Canon announced the EOS M6 Mark II, the specs only were quite intriguing and seemed as though we finally got that Canon entry-level mirrorless crop-sensor camera that we’ve been craving.

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Physically, the first noticeable change with the EOS M6 Mark II is the fact that the grip coating seems to get a rougher texture that gives you a better physical grip in the body. It is very slightly bigger by simply a few millimeters than the 1st EOS M6 but subjectively feels like there’s a much better grasp entirely. The huge increase in capabilities is only reflected in about 18 additional grams to its pounds (408g from 390g), which is barely significant.

It packs the same 3-inches, 1,040,000-dot tilt-screen that still lacks any horizontal movement. What used to end up being an EV dial is now a modular dial that handles aperture, shutter-rate, ISO, and EV depending on which mode you are using. The EOS M6 Mark II is also compatible with the EVF-DC2 electronic viewfinder accessory that is commonly sold separately. With such a capable camera, one might believe an able EVF would come built-in, but maybe Canon is saving that for just one more EOS M model.

The EOS M6 Mark II makes usage of the same LP-E17 battery that first debuted with the EOS M3 but now slightly more efficiently uses it with a few more shots based on whether used with the rear LCD or the EVF. It maintains the same online connectivity modalities, namely Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and NFC, however, it now carries a USB Type-C port instead of the previous Micro USB. This brand-new camera is also capable of charging using the said USB port, which gives you some more options in charging especially when traveling.

Compatibility

Much like all other EOS M cameras, the M6 Mark II is definitely fully appropriate for the native EF-M to mount along with most Canon EF and EF-S lenses via the same old Canon EF-M to EF adapter. What’s impressive to say about this is that when tested with different EF-mount lenses, the camera performs as if the lenses were indigenous to it. Throughout this review, I tested the camera with an EF 50mm STM, a Tamron SP 24-70mm G2, Tamron 70-200mm G2 (that all worked perfectly), but what was more interesting was tests it with a Canon EF 28-300mm 3.5-5.6L IS USM and EF 400mm f/5.6L that were released in 2004 and 1993, respectively, but performed rather impressively with the new camera. It appears as if the 15 and 26-year age gaps didn’t matter to the EOS M6 Mark II.

Sensor and Image Quality

The 4.7-inch wide body packs a 32.5-megapixel sensor, which is a huge jump from the 24.2 megapixels of the initial EOS M6. It right now features of a DIGIC 8 image processor still with dual-pixel AF but now with 5,481 manually selectable AF points (previously only 49). Native ISO today goes up to 25,600 from the previous limit of 6,400, and with the capacity of a boosted ISO of 51,200.

Another significant addition to the skill set of the EOS M6 is the focus bracketing and Live view eye AF. Also in fast-paced conditions, the eye AF functioned properly in combination with Phase-detection. With the speed, AF points, and the different modalities of focusing, the EOS M6 Mark II actually feels as though the worthy successor of the 7D line.

Video Capabilities

The EOS M6 Mark II also took a significant yet overshadowed leap in video capabilities. From the prior maximum resolution of 1920 x 1080 with 60 fps, the Mark II is now capable of 4K at 30 fps and 1920 x 1080 up to 120 fps.

Canon EOS M6 Mark II Verdict

The Canon EOS M6 Mark II, is a high resolution, high-spec camera, with a 32mp sensor, high-speed continuous shooting, 4K video, and fast auto-focus, with plenty of external controls, and the camera is with the capacity of delivering great-looking photos. Unfortunately, the range of lenses offered doesn’t quite match the camera.

Whilst this may be a great camera, without a range of lenses, it’s hard to really get behind. Every other mirrorless camera system (excluding the recently-launched Nikon Z50) has a much better range of lenses to fit. If you are a Canon user and have a range of Canon EF lenses you want to use, with an adapter, on the Canon EOS M6 II, then it might make more sense, and could be a way of giving old lenses a new lease of life, thanks to the 32mp sensor.

The Canon EOS M6 Mark II could be a fantastic camera, in fact, it is, but without the right lens or lenses, it’s severely limited. It’s such as a Ferrari stuck in traffic, or on a road with a 30mph rate limit until it gets to the Autobahn. Yes, the Canon EOS M6 Mark II is a good camera, but the first thing you must do is get a better lens, to find the most out of it, and does the currently limited selection of Canon EF-M lenses match or match your requirements?

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