The secret’s out. Canon has just released not one, but two new cameras: the EOS 90D and M6 Mark II. Available next month, these succeed the popular 80D and M6 and we were lucky to get an early glimpse at both.
The 90D comes with all the benefits for which Canon DSLRs are renowned. There’s an optical viewfinder; enhanced external controls; a larger grip (for greater comfort with larger lenses); native compatibility with Canon’s 90+ EF and EF-S lenses; and the same, high-endurance LPE6N battery as most mid-to-pro range Canon DSLRs.
We’re happy to report that the Canon 90D inherits the joystick from the Canon 7D, making AF point selection much faster and easier. The 90D can capture continuous shots at 10 fps (up from 7 fps in the 80D) with full auto focus tracking—a big plus for sports, action and wildlife shooters. And for video makers and vloggers, the camera comes with Dual Pixel CMOS AF in 4K, plus audio input and headphone output.
Canon M6 Mark II
Being part of Canon’s travel-friendly mirrorless range, the M6 Mark II is a lot lighter and more compact than the 90D. It’s compatible with eight existing Canon EF-M lenses (plus 90+ EF and EF-S lenses via adapter) and uses the same LPE17 battery as the Canon M5 and M6 Mark I. It comes bundled with a detachable 2.36 million-dot Electronic Viewfinder (EVF), which will be handy for shooting video or in harsh lighting.
One of the Canon M6 II’s other key benefits is Dual Pixel AF coverage. There’s a massive 5481 AF points spread widely over the sensor, plus Eye AF servo for rapid, highly accurate autofocus and tracking. Another big highlight, particularly for bird and wildlife shooters, is speed; the electronic shutter can manage 30 fps RAW bursts (for a class-leading maximum of 75 frames) or 14 fps in continuous mode with full AF tracking.
Which one should you choose?
Both the Canon 90D and M6 Mark II are ideal for enthusiasts trading up from a smartphone, and vloggers needing extra features like a flip screen and mic input.
For those who own and love a Canon 40D, 80D or other ‘00D’ series DSLR, the 90D offers a substantial upgrade in quality and performance but with similar ergonomics and reliability. It’s accessible enough for beginners yet sufficiently advanced to suit working pros. If you need maximum battery life, shoot a lot with big lenses and/or need top AF performance in 4K, this would be our pick.
For those new to the Canon ILC (interchangeable lens) system or wanting to upgrade without having to upsize their camera, the Canon M6 II would be the way to go. Offering the same image quality as the 90D in a much more portable format, it’s perfect for travel or as a second body for those who normally shoot full-frame. The M6 II’s wider AF spread, eye tracking and super-fast burst speed are also major advantages for portrait and wildlife shooters.
Check out our comparision video for a closer look at both cameras!