The Canon EOS M6 Mark II is a mid-range mirrorless camera with a 32.5 Megapixel APSC sensor, uncropped 4k video at 25 or 30p, 14fps shooting with autofocus, a tilting touchscreen and slide-on electronic viewfinder. Announced in August 2019, it replaces the two and a half year old M6 and effectively leapfrogs the M5 to become the flagship model in Canon’s EOS M series – at least for now. The M6 II body alone costs 869 pounds or 1119 pounds in a kit with the 15-45mm and slide-on viewfinder.
The M6 Mark II debuts a new APSC sensor, increasing the resolution from the 24 Megapixels of previous models to 32.5 Megapixels, making it the highest resolution to date in the APSC format. It’s coupled with Canon’s latest DIGIC 8 processor and sports the company’s Dual Pixel CMOS AF technology for confident focusing across most of the frame for both photos and video; the AF coverage is 88% horizontal by 100% vertical, and given an f1.4 lens will focus at light levels down to -5EV. The same sensor is used in the EOS 90D DSLR launched alongside the M6 II. The sensor is not stabilised in either body, so to iron-out any wobbles you’ll still need a lens with optical stabilisation like the 15-45mm kit zoom.
The M6 Mark II can shoot bursts at up to 14fps with continuous autofocus, or up to 30fps in the RAW Burst mode first seen on the G7X III and G5X II which also includes a useful pre-buffering option. There’s uncropped 4k video at 25 or 30p, as well as uncropped 1080 video up to 60p, all with autofocus, while a high speed 1080 option films at 100 or 120p with fixed focus and a crop. Vloggers will appreciate a screen that can flip up to face them and a microphone input, although mounting a mic on the hotshoe will block the screen. The hotshoe also supports the same EVF-DC2 electronic viewfinder accessory as the original M6, included in some Mark II kits or sold separately. I had a chance to try out the M6 II at an official Canon press event and filmed the following first-looks video for you with the highlights! As a final production model, Canon’s also allowed me to post a number of sample images ahead of my review.