Canon EOS M6 Mark II Camera Review: An Impressive Upgrade

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Photography is increasingly becoming part of everyday life, and the camera is increasingly perceived not as a tool for creative self-expression for some or a working device for others, but as a tool for creating “content”. An endless stream of information pouring on us and produced by us requires high-quality photo and video visualization, and therefore the question is which tool will be ideal for such tasks. Lightness, mobility, speed, ease of use, powerful artificial intelligence, reliability — these are, perhaps, the characteristics that meet the trends of the time. The new Canon EOS M6 Mark2 seems to fit the bill. Let’s see how well it works in practice.

Despite the fact that Canon has consistently declared for a long time if not the total superiority of SLR cameras over mirrorless ones and even released its «ultra-compact» EOS 100D / 200D to demonstrate that pentaprism cameras can be really small, the company still gradually recognized that the rejection of the mirror may be quite meaningful. And first launched a series of full-frame mirrorless EOS R, and then began to dramatically expand the line of cameras with an EF-M mount. Moreover, this year the company for the first time turned to the practice of simultaneously releasing a SLR and mirrorless cameras with approximately the same characteristics, as happened with the EOS M6 Mark II and EOS 90D. So it’s worth clearing up right away: much of what was said in this review about the M6 ​​Mark II applies to the potentially more hit EOS 90D, which we won’t write about.

⇡#Main characteristics

Canon is actively developing its family of mirrorless cameras, and the EOS M line is one of the promising ones, designed for a wide range of users with an entry into the professional and, of course, the blogging segment. Two years ago, the Canon EOS M6 saw the light of day (which, in turn, became a logical continuation of the EOS M3), but now we have its second modification. Despite the fact that the general concept of the product has been retained, the Canon EOS M6 Mark II has been upgraded in almost all respects and looks much more modern and easy to use. Let’s see what the main innovations used by the manufacturer.

  • The camera uses an APS-C sensor with a higher resolution — 32.5 megapixels (against 24.2 megapixels in the previous model).
  • A new processor, DIGIC 8, is responsible for image processing. Digital lens optimization and diffraction correction are available.
  • The speed of continuous shooting with tracking focus has doubled — from 7 to 14 frames per second.
  • A lot of work has been done on the quality of autofocus: the number of autofocus areas has increased from 49 to 143, a face and eye detection mode with tracking has appeared.
  • An electronic shutter appeared with shutter speeds up to 1/16,000 sec.
  • Battery charging via USB has become available.
  • Video recording capabilities have been significantly improved, with 4K (UHD) (3840 × 2160) 30/25 fps available.
Canon EOS M6 Mark II Canon EOS 90D Fujifilm X-T30 Sony α6400
Panasonic Lumix G90
Image sensor 22.3×14.9mm (APS-C) CMOS 22.3×14.9mm (APS-C) CMOS 23.6×15.6mm (APS-C) X-Trans CMOS IV 23.5×15.6mm (APS-C), Exmor CMOS 17.3×13mm (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 Not Not Not Not In-camera, 5-axis
Bayonet Canon EF-M Canon EF-S Fujifilm X-mount Sony e-mount Micro 4/3
Photo Format JPEG (EXIF 2.30), RAW 14bit, C-RAW JPEG (EXIF 2.30), RAW 14bit, C-RAW JPEG (EXIF 2.3, DCF 2.0), RAW JPEG (DCF Ver. 2.0, Exif Ver. 2.31), RAW 14bit JPEG (DCF Ver. 2.0, Exif Ver. 2.31), RAW
Frame size Up to 6960×4640 Up to 6960×4640 Up to 6240×4160 Up to 6000×4000 Up to 5184×3888
Video resolution Up to 3840 × 2160 (30fps) Up to 3840 × 2160 (30 fps) 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, expandable to ISO 100
Gate 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 s;
long (Bulb); silent mode
1/4000—30 s; silent mode Mechanical shutter: 1/4000 — 60 s;
Electronic shutter: 1/16000 — 1 s;
long (Bulb); silent mode
Burst speed Up to 14 frames per second with single focus; up to 30 frames per second with focus on the first frame up to 10 frames per second with single focus; up to 11 fps in Live View Up to 8 fps, up to 20 fps with electronic shutter; with an additional crop of 1.25x — up to 30 frames per second 11 fps up to 9 frames per second; in 4K photo mode up to 30 fps with electronic shutter
autofocus Hybrid, Dual Pixel CMOS, 143 dots Phase, 45 points Hybrid (contrast + phase), 425 dots Hybrid (contrast + phase), 425 dots Contrast, 49 dots
Metering, modes of operation 384-zone TTL metering, evaluative/partial/center-weighted/spot RGB+IR 220,000 pixels evaluative/partial/center-weighted/spot TTL metering at 256 points: multi-point, center-weighted, average-weighted, spot 1200-zone evaluative: multi-segment, center-weighted, spot, spot standard/large area, screen average, brightest area 1728-spot TTL metering, multi-spot/center-weighted/spot
exposure compensation ±5 EV in 1/3-stop increments ±5 EV in 1/3-stop increments ±5 EV in 1/3-stop increments ±5.0 EV (in 1/3 EV or 1/2 EV increments) ±5 EV in 1/3-stop increments
Built-in flash Built-in guide number approx. 4.6 (ISO 100) Built-in guide number approximately 12 (ISO 100) Built-in guide number 7 (ISO 200) Built-in, 1/160 sec timing, guide number 6 (ISO 100) Built-in guide number 9 (ISO 200), guide number 6.4 (ISO 100)
Self-timer 2/10 s 2/10 s 2/10 s 2/10 s 2/10 s
Memory card SD / SDHC / SDXC (UHS-II) SD / SDHC / SDXC (UHS-II) One SD/SDHC/SDXC slot (UHS-I) Memory Stick PRO Duo/Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo; SD/SDHC/SDXC to UHS-I SD / SDHC / SDXC (UHS-II)
Display LCD, 3-inch, 1040k dots, touch, swivel LCD, 3-inch, 1040k dots, touch, swivel 3″, 1,040k dots, oblique LCD, 3-inch, resolution 921k dots, touch, tilting LCD, 3-inch, 1240k dots, touch, tilting
Viewfinder No, only optional Optical (coverage 100%) Electronic (OLED, 2.36 million dots) Electronic (OLED, 2.36 million dots) Electronic (OLED, 2.36 million dots)
Interfaces USB Type-C, microHDMI, external microphone, remote control port miсroUSB, miniHDMI, external microphone, headphone jack HDMI, USB 3.1 (Type-C), 2.5mm for external microphone/remote control microUSB, microDMI, 3.5 mm microphone jack microHDMI, USB Type-C, 3.5 mm microphone, 3.5 mm headphone
Wireless modules WiFi, Bluetooth WiFi, Bluetooth WiFi, Bluetooth WiFi, Bluetooth, NFC WiFi, Bluetooth, NFC
Nutrition Lithium-ion battery LP-E17, 7.5 Wh (1040 mAh, 7.2V) Lithium-ion battery LP-E6N 14 Wh (1865 mAh, 7.2V) Li-ion battery NP-W126S 8.7 Wh (1200 mAh, 7.2V) Li-ion battery NP-FW50, 7.3 Wh (1020 mAh, 7.2 V) Li-ion battery DMW-BLC12 (1200 mAh, 7.2 V)
Dimensions 119.6×70×49.2mm 140.7×104.8×76.8mm 118.4×82.8×46.8mm 120×67×60mm 130×94×77mm
Weight 408 grams (incl. battery and memory card) 701 grams (incl. battery and memory card) 383 grams (incl. battery and memory card) 403 grams (incl. battery and memory card) 536 grams (incl. battery and memory card)
Current price $620 for body version (without lens), $820 for kit version (with 15-45mm lens) $820 for body version (without lens), $820 for kit version (with 18-55mm lens) $520 for version without lens (body), $620 for version with complete XF 18-55mm f/2.8-4 lens $620 for version without lens (body), $720 for version with E 16-50mm kit lens $620 for version without lens (body) ; $820 for version with lens (kit)

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

⇡#Design and ergonomics

Externally, the Canon EOS M6 Mark II is quite similar to its predecessor, the Canon EOS M6. But some changes did take place. The camera has become a little heavier and larger: its weight is 408 grams (with battery and memory card), and its dimensions are 119.6 × 70.0 × 49.2 mm. The M6 ​​Mark II has a quite comfortable grip for fingers and an anti-slip coating, thanks to which it can be easily removed “offhand”, with one hand, it does not slip out of the fingers. Overall, this is a really compact camera, but a lot depends on which lens you use it with. For example, with the EF 40mm f / 2.8 STM lens, even with the EF-M-EF-S adapter, it will fit into a small handbag without any problems.

But with the EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM lens (also with an adapter), the design looks very cumbersome, and the optics outweigh it frankly.

I really enjoyed pairing the M6 ​​Mark II with the EF-M 55-200mm f/4.5-6.3 IS STM. The light and compact lens is perfectly balanced relative to the camera body, the technique is comfortable to hold in your hand and does not require a special photo bag.

Let’s take a quick look at all the controls.

On the left edge there is a button for raising the built-in flash, as well as connectors for connecting a microphone and an external control panel, hidden under a rubberized cover.

On the right edge, also under the cover, there are HDMI and USB Type-C ports.

On the front is an EF-M mount, a lens release button, and an autofocus assist lamp.

Below we see a tripod socket and a combined compartment for the battery and memory card. The camera supports SD / SDHC / SDXC cards (UHS-II speed limit). When using a tripod pad, the compartment is blocked, which, of course, is not very convenient in a situation where you need to replace a memory card or battery — but this is a tolerable price for the compactness of the camera.

Most of the rear surface is occupied by the LCD display.

In terms of characteristics, the display is similar to that used in the previous version of the camera: its size is 3 inches, resolution is 1,040,000 dots. The display is touch-sensitive and has a tilt mechanism. It rotates 180 degrees upwards, which is convenient, for example, for vloggers or selfie lovers; Also, the rotary mechanism makes it convenient to shoot from non-standard angles — say, from ground level. It was convenient for me to use the display, however, nevertheless, the type of implementation of the rotary mechanism as in the Canon EOS R camera seems to me more convenient and tactilely pleasant: the mechanism of the Canon EOS M6 Mark II subjectively seems more “brittle”.

In addition to the display on the rear surface of the camera, we see the autofocus switch lever from manual to automatic, the Info button, the buttons for recording video, viewing pictures and calling the menu. Between them is a selector dial with a button for calling the quick menu in the center and buttons for selecting the drive mode, entering exposure compensation, turning the flash on / off and deleting pictures. The location and functionality of the buttons seemed very convenient to me, and I believe they will be easy to remember even for a completely inexperienced user, especially since some of them can be reassigned in the settings. I didn’t really like the implementation of the selector disk itself: it’s inconvenient to rotate it smoothly in a circle, the finger slips and slips. But this is an ergonomic trifle, which is easy to adapt to. Behind, on the side, on the ledge under the thumb, there are buttons for selecting the focus mode and exposure lock.

At the top is a built-in flash, a hot shoe, a shooting mode selector, a shutter button combined with a settings dial, a programmable M-Fn button, and a new control — the Dual Function button, which by default calls up some of the functions from the quick menu. It is combined with the second setting dial and with the camera on/off lever.

Separately, I note that the camera does not have a built-in viewfinder. This point may seem inconvenient for those who are used to using SLR cameras — and this fact just happens to be the boundary separating the EOS M6 Mark II and EOS 90D, which are otherwise almost identical. However, it is worth recognizing that a whole generation of users has grown up for whom the presence of a viewfinder is not a necessity. «Smartphone» principles of photography are gaining momentum: shooting through the display, touch control — all this has firmly entered our lives, and Canon keeps up with the times. But for those who really need a viewfinder, there is also a solution — the optional HF-DC2 electronic viewfinder with a resolution of 2,360,000 dots and 100% coverage, which clings to the «hot shoe». I did not have the opportunity to test the interchangeable viewfinder in operation, but I must admit that I did not feel the need for it either.

Ergonomics as a whole left a feeling of thoughtfulness: it is convenient to use the camera, and most importantly, the control is very flexible, all buttons can be customized by assigning convenient functions to them, and different for photo and video shooting modes:

An experienced user who is already accustomed to a certain organization of functions will certainly appreciate the ability to “reshape” the camera in a convenient way, and a beginner will most likely be happy with the basic button settings, as they are very logical and cover most of the non-specific needs. I do feel a bit sorry for the exposure compensation dial that came with the EOS M6, and I don’t see much need for a Dual Function button, but that’s a matter of personal preference — I love analog controls, some aren’t used to them.


The menu in the camera is horizontally oriented and contains six main sections, each of which has several pages. You can navigate through the menu either using touch control, simply by touching the screen, or using the navigation block on the back of the camera. The organization is very simple and convenient, even a novice user is unlikely to get confused. At the same time, there are many functions — as I already said, the manufacturer made sure that each user could customize the device as much as possible for themselves. It will take time to study the menu in detail, but it’s worth it. The interface is completely Russified. In addition to the main one, the camera has a quick menu called by the «Q» button — the most frequently requested functions are collected there. The quick menu grid is displayed directly on top of the image on the screen.

⇡#Wireless capabilities

Like almost any modern camera, the Canon EOS M6 Mark II can connect to a computer or mobile device via Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. Using the Canon Camera Connect app, it’s very easy and convenient to upload pictures to your smartphone for further publication on social networks — it’s a little longer than taking a picture directly on your phone, but it opens up more creative possibilities. You can set up automatic transfer of captured frames to a computer. A mobile device can also be used for remote shooting, which is very convenient, for example, when shooting subject compositions — you do not need to constantly run between the camera on a tripod and the composition to track changes in the frame.

⇡#The camera is at work. Shooting in JPEG, auto mode, special features

The Canon EOS M6 Mark II is a very versatile device that can be of interest to both advanced amateur photographers and beginners who are just switching from mobile photography to something “more serious”.

For the latter, there is a “green zone” on the mode dial — intelligent auto mode, which itself selects the optimal shooting settings. However, to the delight of the user, there is also a certain flexibility here: by clicking on the icon in the lower right corner, the user can control the parameters of the image: for example, select the degree of “background blur”, make the frame lighter or darker (as you can see, it is not necessary to dive into specific photo terms — The interface is very friendly to beginners).

There is also a «hybrid auto mode». It allows you to take not just a photograph, but also save a mini-video at the same time — a few seconds are recorded before the shutter is released. Further, all the movies shot during the day can be automatically combined into a movie. The best way to look in this format will, of course, be dynamic stories. At the same time, you need to keep in mind the moment with the video recording and not move the camera randomly in search of an angle, otherwise the result will look unpresentable. I don’t think this is a really needed feature, but it’s pretty fun — fans of sharing stories on social networks might like it.

Of course, the traditional scene selection mode is also in place — the user can “tell” the camera what scene he is going to shoot in order to get a better result. You can choose from the following scenes: Self Portrait, Portrait, Skin Smoothing, Landscape, Sports, Panning, Close-up, Food, Handheld Night, HDR Backlight.

Also on the mode dial there is a section «artistic filters». Canon’s set of them practically does not change from camera to camera: grainy b / w, soft focus, fisheye effect, watercolor, toy camera effect, miniature effect and four types of HDR. In terms of filters, Canon cameras, in my opinion, lag behind many competitors: the set is not very large and diverse, a number of filters (for example, “watercolor”) look very strange, and it’s hard for me to imagine the area of ​​u200bu200bits use. However, the grainy b/w is very good and will certainly appeal to those who like to take “deep concept shots” without unnecessary troubles. Also, some variations of HDR are not bad when used appropriately.

The process of shooting in auto mode is as simple as possible and essentially does not differ from what smartphone users are used to: you can manually indicate to the camera which object to focus on with your finger, and the image exposure will be adjusted depending on this. The camera keeps focus on the subject even when moving (if it is not very significant) and zooming. If desired, you can set shooting when you touch the display, then you do not even need the shutter button.

The quality of the pictures leaves a good impression — sharpness, detail, dynamic range at a decent level. Color reproduction when shooting with natural light is mostly good — there are no distortions in too warm or cold colors, excessive saturation or, conversely, dullness.

But in some situations, when shooting in especially cloudy weather, the camera still produced, in my opinion, excessively cold colors:

With artificial light, you need to be more careful: when shooting in a night city, for example, the photo frankly “yellows” — here it is better for the photographer to intervene in the process and set the white balance on their own, since it will be very difficult to successfully correct it after the fact when shooting in JPEG.

The camera does not cope correctly with setting the white balance at night, the pictures are unnecessarily warm

⇡#Shooting in RAW image processing

Of course, the RAW format provides much more opportunities for correcting (including batch) images, and many even non-professional photographers take advantage of it. In difficult situations — for example, in artificial or mixed light — I always recommend using this format (it is convenient to shoot in RAW and JPEG at the same time), so that if necessary there is room to «save» the picture. You can process a photo at a basic level in the camera itself by selecting the “Quick RAW Processing” option from the menu. In my opinion, such manipulations are not very convenient, but this is a good option for situations when there is no computer at hand, and you need to share the image urgently — you can, for example, quickly align the horizon or correct the white balance. It is not necessary to be a specialist for this, everything is clear intuitively and visible to the naked eye.

Processing on a computer in a special program (I use Adobe Camera Raw) opens up more opportunities for correction and creativity. Let’s take a look at a few shots that don’t look the best in the original version and try to make them more attractive.

The first shot is not bad in JPEG either, but the camera “warmed up” the colors, and the details in the shadows were lost. The converted version better conveys the atmosphere of a cold rainy evening, the reflections «played». There is no noise noticeable to the naked eye in the areas “extended” from the shadow, but we must take into account that the photo was taken at the minimum ISO value.

On the left — in-camera JPEG, on the right — RAW, converted with settings to taste

Let’s try to lighten up a picture taken in low light at ISO 1250. There is practically no noise in JPEG, but when pulling out the shadows, it appeared, and quite noticeable. Conclusion — it would be better to initially adjust the exposure to a plus.

On the left — in-camera JPEG, on the right — RAW, converted with settings to taste

It is also necessary to check how the camera copes with overexposure. There were no suitable scenes with strong natural contrast, therefore, as an example, a specially overexposed frame. We see that the texture of the snow here is almost completely lost, turning into a solid white spot. The sky is also strongly overexposed, due to which the outlines of the trees lose their clarity. Processing helped to make the image more contrasting and draw fine details more clearly (the forest in the background, for example), but it was not possible to completely get rid of overexposure — the snow in the foreground still lacks texture:

On the left — in-camera JPEG, on the right — RAW, converted with settings to taste

Below are some more examples of RAW processing. On the left — in-camera JPEG, on the right — RAW, converted with settings to taste.

⇡ # Focusing, continuous shooting

Fast, accurate, tenacious autofocus is one of the most important characteristics of a modern camera. The Canon EOS M6 Mark II features the Canon EOS M6 Mark II’s proprietary Dual Pixel AF focusing system, a system in which each photodiode on the sensor also doubles as a phase detection sensor, and was designed to provide smooth and fast focus transitions when shooting movies of moving subjects, as well as fast autofocusing when taking pictures in Live View mode. Admittedly, Canon has done some serious work on improving autofocus performance. If in the previous model, Canon EOS M6, we dealt with only 49 focus points, which is frankly small by modern standards, then in the new camera their number has increased to 143 — in this case, we are not talking about the number of sensors, but about the zones available for autofocus. In addition, the user can manually (by touching the touch screen) set any point, and the camera will focus on it — the EOS M6 Mark II has an impressive number of such manual focus points — 5481, as you might guess. Another important innovation is focusing on the eyes with traceability. We have been seeing this feature in cameras for quite a long time, including Canon’s older line of full-frame mirrorless cameras — EOS RP and R, and without it, shooting portraits already seems not comfortable enough — you quickly get used to the good. The function is implemented very high quality: the focus point jumps from eye to eye (it is impossible to set a specific eye for this camera), but at the same time it tracks all the movements of the model.

Autofocus speed is also noticeably faster than the previous model — the Canon EOS M6 Mark II can shoot 14fps with continuous autofocus and 30fps with first-frame-locked focus (and digital shutter). For this class of cameras, this is a serious indicator. The buffer has also been increased — according to official data, the camera is capable of recording 54 frames in a row in JPEG format, 23 RAW frames or 36 C-RAW frames.

In practice, I received a series of 20 frames in RAW + JPEG format. When shooting a test shot of a person running towards the camera, there were no severe focus misses in any frame — in this regard, the EOS M6 Mark2 performed well. Although it is also impossible to say that all the pictures are perfectly focused on the eyes — there is a minimum defocus, and how critical it is depends on the tasks of the photographer.

An example of dynamic continuous shooting in tracking mode. A few shots from the series

The ability to focus in the dark has also improved, autofocus has become more sensitive. Indeed, shooting in the city at night did not cause me discomfort — focusing was fast and in most cases accurate. Sometimes, of course, you need to make your own adjustments so that the subject of your choice is in focus, but in the case of shooting wide shots, it is quite possible to trust the camera.

⇡ #Shooting at high ISO

The working ISO range of the Canon EOS M6 Mark II, as before, is 100-25600 units, but it has the possibility of expanding to 51200 units. The ability to take high-quality photos in low light conditions is one of the important competitive advantages. Let’s look at the example of several plots, how the novelty copes with this task in practice.

The photo below was taken at ISO 1000. There is no fundamental difference between the in-camera JPEG and RAW files. In general, the image quality is good — everything is in order with sharpness, detail; colors are saturated. If you zoom in very close to the image, you can notice small monochrome noise in the RAW image, but at the same time it can be printed quite large.

ISO 1000. Left — in-camera JPEG, right — RAW, converted with default settings

Next is the night landscape at ISO 3200. Here, the work of the in-camera noise reduction in the JPEG image is already more noticeable: small details are smoothed out along with noise. But overall the quality is good. In the original RAW, the noise is small, delicate and does not spoil the overall impression of the image, even when viewed on a large monitor.

ISO 3200. Left — in-camera JPEG, right — RAW, converted with default settings

The perception of «noisiness» certainly depends on the plot itself. For example, this night sketch, made at ISO 5000, has some «roughness» even to the face. Noise reduction did not spoil it either:

ISO 5000. Left — in-camera JPEG, right — RAW, converted with default settings

And in this scene, shot at ISO 6400, the “blurring” from noise reduction is clearly visible in JPEG, and the noise in the sky in RAW. But in general, the quality is acceptable — suitable for social networks or printing in a small format.

ISO 6400. Left — in-camera JPEG, right — RAW, converted with default settings

ISO 12800 is already an extreme value. We see a lot of noise in RAW and a lot of detail loss in JPEGs (the cranes in the background have almost «disappeared» into the sky). You can use this value if you want to capture some interesting moment in low light, but you need to understand that this is a serious compromise in terms of quality.

ISO 12800. Left — in-camera JPEG, right — RAW, converted with default settings

For fun, I also shot this scene at ISO 25600. You can judge the noise level yourself:

ISO 25600. Left — in-camera JPEG, right — RAW converted with default settings

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In general, the level that the camera demonstrated seems to me very worthy. With sensitivity up to ISO 3200, you can safely shoot, and even up to ISO 6400, the quality is quite good — depending on the plot, noise can be more or less noticeable, but it does not interrupt the artistic perception of the image — it is small and monochrome. At higher values ​​of ISO noise is already clearly visible, «bullying» ISO above 6400 should be done with great care. Unfortunately, there is no built-in image stabilizer in the camera, which makes it impossible to greatly extend the shutter speed when shooting handheld, so sometimes it is worth using a tripod or other support to get the best photo quality.

Below you can see an example of a test scene shot at different ISO values:

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⇡# Offline work

The Canon EOS M6 Mark II uses the same LP-E17 Li-ion Battery as the EOS M6, M5 and several others.

The battery is quite small and light, but far from the most capacious — 7.5 Wh (1040 mAh, 7.2V). The manufacturer claims that on a single charge you can take 305 (or 410 in eco mode) shots. Of course, battery life is affected by many factors: flash use, image playback time, tracking mode used, ambient temperature, and so on. I had enough battery power for a fairly long photo walk, but if you intend to take the camera on a trip or shoot some kind of event at a high pace, it is worth having several charged batteries.

It’s nice that you can charge the battery both using an external charger and using a regular USB cable — in this case, the process will take longer, but you can use an external battery on the go if there is no outlet nearby.

⇡#Shooting video

In terms of video capabilities, Canon has also taken a welcome step forward: unlike its predecessor, the EOS M6 Mark II can record 4K video without cropping the sensor width at 30fps or 25fps. With Full HD resolution, you can shoot at up to 50 and 60 frames per second. There is also a high frame rate mode (100/120 frames per second) for further editing slow motion videos.

An example of how tracking autofocus works when shooting video on the Canon EOS M6 Mark II

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The maximum duration of the video is typical for modern cameras: 29 minutes 59 seconds. The M6 ​​Mark II can not only record videos to a memory card, but also output a 10-bit 4:2:2 signal via HDMI.

An example of video shooting on the Canon EOS M6 Mark II (4K)

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The camera has a microphone jack, but no headphone jack — its place was taken by a port for a wired remote control. This, in principle, indicates that the Canon EOS M6 Mark II is more focused on shooting photos than video — despite a very good autofocus, the camera does not shine with picture quality, in 4K the rolling shutter effect is very striking. This is a good amateur level, but nothing more.


Canon EOS M6 Mark II is a very versatile modern camera. The manufacturer has done a really serious job of improving the previous M6: it’s not about cosmetic changes, but about the introduction of technologies that bring the camera to a new level. If you are interested in a compact, but at the same time productive and powerful device, you should take a closer look at Canon’s new product. It can please with the flexibility of settings, small size, fast autofocus, image quality when taking photos, good (but still limited) video shooting capabilities.

Canon itself positions the EOS M6 Mark II as a «camera for creating content», that is, the main calculation is not for use by professional photographers as such, but for the creation of «selling» photos and videos — and, of course, the camera is perfect for bloggers. The Canon EOS M6 Mark II outperforms its closest competitors (such as the Fujifilm X-T30 or Sony a6400) in a number of ways: the most significant points are the largest number of autofocus points and the highest burst speed. A disadvantage can be considered a not very large park of «native» optics, but it is leveled by an adapter that maintains a fully working autofocus. I did not notice any difference in terms of speed and focus accuracy, but some EF / EF-S optics seem too bulky for a small camera.

The Canon EOS M6 Mark II may be of interest to beginner photographers as well: thanks to a fairly user-friendly interface, a well-functioning automatic shooting mode and a number of curious “chips”, it can be used in the “point and shoot” mode and enjoy good quality pictures. More advanced users will appreciate the ability to customize the device for themselves and use all modern technologies. Travel bloggers will surely like the camera: a light and compact device is convenient to carry around, while the quality of photos and videos is quite serious. It is only worth remembering that there is not a very capacious battery, and if necessary, carry a spare with you. Lifestyle, portraiture, artistic still photography — for these genres, the camera is also perfect.

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  • convenient management, friendly interface;
  • a large number of autofocus points;
  • face and eye recognition system;
  • high-for-class burst speed;
  • quality JPEG;
  • shooting 4K video.


  • no in-camera image stabilization;
  • not very capacious battery;
  • no weather protection
  • strong rolling shutter effect when recording video;
  • not a very wide choice of «native» optics.


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