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Canon M6 Mark II Comparison Review

The Canon EOS M6 Mark II is a mirrorless interchangeable lens camera that was officially introduced in August 2019 and is equipped with an APS-C sensor. It offers a resolution of 32.3 megapixel.

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Is the Canon M6 Mark II a good camera? The M6 Mark II has a Camera Elo of 2932. This rating puts the M6 Mark II among the top 20 percent of all mirrorless interchangeable lens cameras. In terms of its sensor size category (APS cameras), the M6 Mark II ranks among the top 10 percent.

Headline Specifications
Canon M6 Mark II
Mirrorless system camera
Canon EF-M mount lenses
32.3 MP, APS-C Sensor
4K/30p Video
ISO 100-25600 (100-51200)
Viewfinder optional
3.0" LCD, 1040k dots
Tilting touchscreen
14 shutter flaps per second
305 shots per battery charge
120 x 70 x 49 mm, 408 g


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Read on to find out more about the camera's size, sensor, features, reception by expert reviewers, and how it compares to other digital cameras.

Body comparison with a credit card

The side-by-side display below illustrates the physical size of the Canon M6 Mark II vis-à-vis a credit card. Three successive views from the front, the top, and the rear are shown. All width, height and depth measures are rounded to the nearest millimeter.

Canon M6 Mark II vs credit card front
M6 Mark II versus credit card top view
M6 Mark II and credit card rear side

The table below summarizes the key physical specs of the Canon M6 Mark II alongside a set of comparators. If you want to review a camera pair side-by-side, just select a right-side comparator from among the camera models in the table. Alternatively, you can also move across to the CAM-parator tool and choose from the broad selection of possible comparisons there.

Camera Body Specifications
  Camera
Model
Camera
Width
Camera
Height
Camera
Depth
Camera
Weight
Battery
Life
(CIPA)
Weather
Sealing
(yes/no)
Camera
Launch
(announced)
Launch
Price
(USD)
Street
Price
(USD)
Used
Price
(USD)
Camera
Model
 
Canon M6 Mark II 120 mm 70 mm 49 mm 408 g 305 n Aug 2019 849 i i Canon M6 Mark II
 
Canon RP« » 133 mm 85 mm 70 mm 485 g 250 n Feb 2019 1,299 i i Canon RP
 
Canon G5 X Mark II« » 111 mm 61 mm 46 mm 340 g 230 n Jul 2019 899 i i Canon G5 X Mark II
 
Canon 2000D« » 129 mm 101 mm 78 mm 475 g 500 n Feb 2018 449 i i Canon 2000D
 
Canon 4000D« » 129 mm 102 mm 77 mm 436 g 500 n Feb 2018 399 i i Canon 4000D
 
Canon M50« » 116 mm 88 mm 59 mm 390 g 235 n Feb 2018 779 i i Canon M50
 
Canon M6« » 112 mm 68 mm 45 mm 390 g 295 n Feb 2017 779- i Canon M6
 
Canon M5« » 116 mm 89 mm 61 mm 427 g 295 n Sep 2016 979 i i Canon M5
 
Fujifilm X-T30« » 118 mm 83 mm 47 mm 383 g 380 n Feb 2019 899 i i Fujifilm X-T30
 
Panasonic LX100 II« » 115 mm 66 mm 65 mm 392 g 300 n Aug 2018 999 i i Panasonic LX100 II
 
Sony A6400« » 120 mm 67 mm 50 mm 403 g 410 n Jan 2019 899 i i Sony A6400
Note: Measurements and pricing do not include easily detachable parts, such as interchangeable lenses or optional viewfinders.

The listed prices provide an indication of the market segment that the manufacturer of the cameras have been targeting. The Canon M6 Mark II was launched in the US market at a price of $849. Usually, retail prices stay at first close to the launch price, but after several months, discounts become available. Later in the product cycle and, in particular, when the replacement model is about to appear, further discounting and stock clearance sales often push the camera price considerably down. Then, after the new model is out, very good deals can frequently be found on the pre-owned market.

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Sensor comparison with a 35mm slide

The size of the imaging sensor is a crucial determinant of image quality. All other things equal, a large sensor will have larger individual pixel-units that offer better low-light sensitivity, wider dynamic range, and richer color-depth than smaller pixels in a sensor of the same technological generation. Further, a large sensor camera will give the photographer additional creative options when using shallow depth-of-field to isolate a subject from its background. On the downside, larger sensors are more costly to manufacture and tent to lead to bigger and heavier cameras and lenses.

The Canon M6 Mark II features an APS-C sensor and has a format factor (sometimes also referred to as "crop factor") of 1.6. Within the spectrum of camera sensors, this places the Canon M6 Mark II among the medium-sized sensor cameras that aim to strike a balance between image quality and portability.

Canon M6 Mark II sensor measures

For most cameras, data on sensor performance has been reported by DXO Mark. This service determines an overall sensor rating, as well as sub-scores for low-light sensitivity ("DXO Sports"), dynamic range ("DXO Landscape"), and color depth ("DXO Portrait"). The adjacent table reports on the physical sensor characteristics and the outcomes of the DXO sensor quality tests for a sample of comparator-cameras.

Sensor Characteristics
  Camera
Model
Sensor
Class
Resolution
(MP)
Horiz.
Pixels
Vert.
Pixels
Video
Format
DXO
Portrait
DXO
Landscape
DXO
Sports
DXO
Overall
Camera
Model
 
Canon M6 Mark II APS-C 32.3 6960 46404K/30p----Canon M6 Mark II
 
Canon RP« » Full Frame 26.2 6240 41604K/30p----Canon RP
 
Canon G5 X Mark II« » 1-inch 20.0 5472 36484K/30p----Canon G5 X Mark II
 
Canon 2000D« » APS-C 24.0 6000 40001080/30p22.611.9100971Canon 2000D
 
Canon 4000D« » APS-C 17.9 5184 34561080/30p21.911.469563Canon 4000D
 
Canon M50« » APS-C 24.0 6000 40004K/24p----Canon M50
 
Canon M6« » APS-C 24.0 6000 40001080/60p----Canon M6
 
Canon M5« » APS-C 24.0 6000 40001080/60p23.412.4126277Canon M5
 
Fujifilm X-T30« » APS-C 26.0 6240 41604K/30p----Fujifilm X-T30
 
Panasonic LX100 II« » Four Thirds 16.8 4736 35524K/30p----Panasonic LX100 II
 
Sony A6400« » APS-C 24.0 6000 40004K/30p2413.6143183Sony A6400

Many modern cameras are not only capable of taking still images, but also of capturing video footage. The M6 Mark II indeed provides movie recording capabilities. The highest resolution format that the M6 Mark II can use is 4K/30p.

Feature comparison

Beyond body and sensor, cameras can and do differ across a range of features. The following tables report on some other key feature differences and similarities of the Canon M6 Mark II and comparable cameras.

Core Features
  Camera
Model
Viewfinder
(Type or
'000 dots)
Control
Panel
(yes/no)
LCD
Size
(inch)
LCD
Resolution
('000 dots)
LCD
Attach-
ment
Touch
Screen
(yes/no)
Mech
Shutter
Speed
Shutter
Flaps
(1/sec)
Built-in
Flash
(yes/no)
Built-in
Image
Stab
Camera
Model
 
Canon M6 Mark II- n 3.0 1040 tilting Y 1/4000s 14.0 Y n Canon M6 Mark II
 
Canon RP« »2360 n 3.0 1040 swivel Y 1/4000s 5.0 n n Canon RP
 
Canon G5 X Mark II« »2360 n 3.0 1040 tilting Y 1/2000s 30 Y Y Canon G5 X Mark II
 
Canon 2000D« »optical n 3.0 920 fixed n 1/4000s 3.0 Y n Canon 2000D
 
Canon 4000D« »optical n 2.7 230 fixed n 1/4000s 3.0 Y n Canon 4000D
 
Canon M50« »2360 n 3.0 1040 swivel Y 1/4000s 10.0 Y n Canon M50
 
Canon M6« »- n 3.0 1040 tilting Y 1/4000s 9.0 Y n Canon M6
 
Canon M5« »2360 n 3.2 1620 tilting Y 1/4000s 9.0 Y n Canon M5
 
Fujifilm X-T30« »2360 n 3.0 1040 tilting Y 1/4000s 8.0 Y n Fujifilm X-T30
 
Panasonic LX100 II« »2764 n 3.0 1240 fixed Y 1/4000s 11.0 n Y Panasonic LX100 II
 
Sony A6400« »2359 n 3.0 922 tilting Y 1/4000s 11.0 Y n Sony A6400

One convenient feature of the M6 Mark II is the presence of an on-board flash. While this built-in flash is not very powerful, it can at times be useful as a fill-in light to brighten deep shadow areas.

 

Connection comparison

For some imaging applications, the extent to which a camera can communicate with its environment can be an important aspect in the camera decision process. The table below provides an overview of the connectivity of the Canon EOS M6 Mark II and, in particular, the interfaces the cameras (and selected comparators) provide for accessory control and data transfer.

Input-Output Connections
  Camera
Model
Hotshoe
Port
Internal
Microphone
Internal
Speaker
Microphone
Port
Headphone
Port
HDMI
Port
USB
Type
WiFi
Support
NFC
Support
Bluetooth
Support
Camera
Model
 
Canon M6 Mark IIYstereomonoY-micro2.0Y-YCanon M6 Mark II
 
Canon RP« »YstereomonoYYmicro2.0Y-YCanon RP
 
Canon G5 X Mark II« »-stereomono--micro3.1Y-YCanon G5 X Mark II
 
Canon 2000D« »Ymonomono--mini2.0YY-Canon 2000D
 
Canon 4000D« »Ymonomono--mini2.0YY-Canon 4000D
 
Canon M50« »YstereomonoY-micro2.0YYYCanon M50
 
Canon M6« »YstereomonoY-mini2.0YYYCanon M6
 
Canon M5« »YstereomonoY-mini2.0YYYCanon M5
 
Fujifilm X-T30« »YstereomonoY-micro3.1Y-YFujifilm X-T30
 
Panasonic LX100 II« »Ystereomono--micro2.0Y-YPanasonic LX100 II
 
Sony A6400« »YstereomonoY-micro2.0YYYSony A6400

It is notable that the M6 Mark II has a microphone port. Such an external microphone input can help to substantially improve the quality of audio recordings when a good external microphone is used.

 

Expert reviews

While the specs-based evaluation of cameras is instructive in revealing their potential as photographic tools, it remains partial and cannot reveal, for example, the handling experience and imaging performance when actually working with the M6 Mark II. At times, user reviews, such as those published at amazon, address these issues in a useful manner, but such feedback is on many occasions incomplete, inconsistent, and unreliable. This is why expert reviews are important. The adjacent table relays the overall verdicts of several of the most popular camera review sites (cameralabs, dpreview, ephotozine, imaging-resource, photographyblog).

Review Scores
  Camera
Model
cameralabs dpreview ephotozine imaging-resource photographyblog Camera
Launch
(announced)
Launch
Price
(USD)
Street
Price
(USD)
Used
Price
(USD)
Camera
Model
 
Canon M6 Mark II----- Aug 2019 849 i i Canon M6 Mark II
 
Canon RP« »+-4.5/5-4/5 Feb 2019 1,299 i i Canon RP
 
Canon G5 X Mark II« »+82/100--4/5 Jul 2019 899 i i Canon G5 X Mark II
 
Canon 2000D« »o-3.5/5-3.5/5 Feb 2018 449 i i Canon 2000D
 
Canon 4000D« »o-3.5/5-3.5/5 Feb 2018 399 i i Canon 4000D
 
Canon M50« »+79/100-4/53.5/5 Feb 2018 779 i i Canon M50
 
Canon M6« »-80/1004/54.5/54/5 Feb 2017 779- i Canon M6
 
Canon M5« »+82/1004/54.5/54/5 Sep 2016 979 i i Canon M5
 
Fujifilm X-T30« »+ +84/1004.5/5-4.5/5 Feb 2019 899 i i Fujifilm X-T30
 
Panasonic LX100 II« »+82/1004.5/5-4.5/5 Aug 2018 999 i i Panasonic LX100 II
 
Sony A6400« »+85/1004.5/5-4/5 Jan 2019 899 i i Sony A6400
Notes: (+ +) highly recommended; (+) recommended; (o) reviewed; (-) not available.

Care should be taken when interpreting the review scores above, though. The ratings were established in reference to similarly priced cameras that were available in the market at the time of the review. A score, therefore, has to be seen in close connection to the price and market introduction time of the camera, and comparisons of ratings among very different cameras or across long time periods have little meaning. Also, kindly note that some of the listed sites have over time developped their review approaches and their reporting style.

Canon M6 Mark II FAQ

Below are some additional questions and answers concerning some particular features of the M6 Mark II.

What is the technology behind the imaging sensor in the M6 Mark II?

The camera has a CMOS (Complementary Metal–Oxide–Semiconductor) sensor at its core.

Which image processing chip is used to convert the raw signal into an image file and perform noise reduction and image sharpening?

Canon equipped the M6 Mark II with the DIGIC 8 image processor.

What is the ISO sensitivity range of the M6 Mark II?

The camera has a native sensitivity range from ISO 100 to ISO 25600.

Can the camera be equipped with an optional viewfinder?

Yes, Canon provides the EVF-DC2 as an accessory (here on amazon) that can be mounted on the hotshoe.

Does the camera have a selfie-friendly screen?

Yes, the LCD-screen of the M6 Mark II is flexible and can be turned to be front-facing for capturing selfies.

What is the life expectancy of the shutter in the Canon EOS M6 Mark II?

Canon mentions a shutter rating of 100 000 actuations for the M6 Mark II. This number represents a Mean Time before Failure, that is an average value. The shutter might fail earlier, or it might last longer. Anyway, in order to exhaust the expected shutter life of the M6 Mark II over, say, three years, one would have to take about 100 pictures each and every day.

Is completely silent shooting possible with the Canon M6 Mark II?

The camera has an electronic shutter option, so that it is indeed feasible to capture images without any shutter noise.

Do I need to purchase an external camera trigger to shoot time-lapse sequences?

No, the Canon EOS M6 Mark II has an intervalometer built-in, so that low frequency shooting (for example, flower blooming, sunset, moon rise) can be undertaken without the need to purchase a separate external intervalometer and related software.

Is it difficult to use manual focus lenses with the Canon M6 Mark II?

The M6 Mark II offers focus peaking as a manual focus aid. This feature works by placing a colored highlight on in-focus zones within the image.

Does the Canon M6 Mark II feature an autofocus assist light?

Yes, the camera has a lamp built-in that can illuminate the subject and improve autofocus in low-light settings.

What is the fastest shutter speed that can be used with flash?

The M6 Mark II's flash sync speed is 1/200 sec.

Does the Canon M6 Mark II support the Ultra High Speed (UHS) bus interface for SD cards?

Yes, the camera can indeed use UHS-II cards (data transfer speed of up to 312 MB/s).

Which battery does the M6 Mark II use?

The camera gets its power from the LP-E17 (here at amazon), which is a rechargeable Lithium-Ion power pack.

Camera to camera comparisons

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    Specifications Summary
    Camera Model Canon M6 Mark II
    Camera Type Mirrorless system camera
    Camera Lens Canon EF-M mount lenses
    Launch Date August 2019
    Launch Price USD 849
    Sensor Specs
    Sensor Technology CMOS
    Sensor Format APS-C Sensor
    Sensor Size 22.5 x 15.0 mm
    Sensor Area 337.5 mm2
    Sensor Diagonal 27 mm
    Crop Factor 1.6x
    Sensor Resolution 32.3 Megapixels
    Image Resolution 6960 x 4640 pixels
    Pixel Pitch 3.23 μm
    Pixel Density 9.57 MP/cm2
    Moiré control Anti-Alias filter
    Movie Capability 4K/30p Video
    ISO Setting 100-25600 ISO
    ISO Boost 100-51200 ISO
    Image Processor DIGIC 8
    Screen Specs
    Viewfinder Type Viewfinder optional
    LCD Framing Live View
    Rear LCD Size 3.0 inch
    LCD Resolution 1040k dots
    LCD Attachment Tilting screen
    Touch Input Touchscreen
    Shooting Specs
    Autofocus System On-Sensor Phase-detect
    Manual Focusing AidFocus Peaking
    Maximum Shutter Speed 1/4000s
    Continuous Shooting 14 shutter flaps/s
    Shutter Life Expectancy100 000 actuations
    Silent ShootingElectronic Shutter
    Time Lapse PhotographyIntervalometer Built-in
    Fill Flash Build-in Flash
    Storage Medium SDXC cards
    Second Storage Option Single card slot
    UHS card support UHS-II
    Connectivity Specs
    External Flash Hotshoe
    USB Connector USB 2.0
    HDMI Port micro HDMI
    Microphone Port External MIC port
    Wifi Support Wifi built-in
    Bluetooth Support Bluetooth built-in
    Body Specs
    Battery Type LP-E17 power pack
    Battery Life (CIPA)305 shots per charge
    In-Camera Charging USB charging
    Body Dimensions 120 x 70 x 49 mm
    (4.7 x 2.8 x 1.9 in)
    Camera Weight 408 g (14.4 oz)

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