First Look at the Canon 90D & Canon M6 Mark II

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.

Canon 90D DLSR side-by-side with Canon M6 Mark II

New & Common Features

While one is a DLSR and the other a mirrorless camera, the Canon 90D and M6 II are almost identical inside. Compared to their predecessors, both cameras feature a higher res (32.5MP) APS-C CMOS sensor that gives them stunning image quality. Both cameras also include the latest DIGIC 8 processor, which offers boosted speed and low light performance, plus Canon’s superbly fast, accurate new Dual Pixel AF system.

They’ve also scored 4K 30p video with no crop (cropped option available in Canon 90D) and Full HD 120p for slow motion recording. Both models also feature a responsive 3.0”, 1.04 million-dot touchscreen, which flips out on the 90D and tilts up 180°/down 45° on the M6 Mark II.

Ergo, there’s a lot to like about both cameras. So what’s the difference between them?

Canon 90D DSLR

Canon 90D

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!

Pricing, Availability & Preorders

Both the Canon 90D and M6 II are due to ship from mid to late September.

Pre-order now on 1300 431 431 or via the links:

Canon 90D DSLR
Canon M6 Mark II Mirrorless Camera
Canon M6 Mark II Mirrorless Camera

Canon 90D vs M6 II Specs

Canon EOS 90D Canon EOS M6 II
Image processor DIGIC 8 DIGIC 8
Image sensor
Camera effective pixels
(total pixels)
APS-C size CMOS

Approx. 32.5 megapixels
(Approx. 34.4 megapixels)
APS-C size CMOS

Approx. 32.5 megapixels
(Approx. 34.4 megapixels)
Exposure control Approx. 220,000 dot RGB + IR metering sensor
216-zone (18 x 12) full-aperture TTL metering
Viewfinder AF 45 AF points (27-point f/8 compatible, 9-point cross)

Single-point Spot AF, Single-point AF, Zone AF,
Large Zone AF, and EOS iTR AF (face detection)
Focal plane AF Dual Pixel CMOS AF
Image display area max horiz. approx. 88% x vert. approx.
100% Number of AF area segments: max 143 points
Dual Pixel CMOS AF
Number of AF area segments: max 143 points
Touch & drag AF compatible
Still image normal max ISO speed ISO 25600 H (ISO 51200 equivalent) ISO 25600 (ISO expansion 51200 equivalent)
Movie normal max ISO speed ISO 12800 (ISO expansion 25600 equivalent) ISO 12800 (ISO expansion 25600 equivalent)
Continuous shooting Max approx. 10 fps
(during viewfinder shooting, AF fixed/tracking)
Max approx. 11 fps (during Live View shooting, AF fixed)
Max approx. 7.0 fps (during Live View shooting, AF tracking)
Max approx. 14 fps (One-shot AF / Servo AF)
RAW burst max approx. 30 fps (AF tracking) for up to 75 frames
Fastest shutter speed 1/8000 sec. (mechanical, electronic 1st curtain)
1/16000 sec. (electronic)
1/4000 sec. (mechanical)
1/16000 sec. (electronic)
LCD monitor 3.0-type, approx. 1.04 million dot vari-angle 3.0-type, approx. 1.04 million dots
Tilt type approx.180 degrees up, approx. 45 degrees down touch panel
Viewfinder Integrated External support
Video 4K 30p/25p (Cropped or uncropped can be selected) 4K 30p (Uncropped)
Size Approx. 140.7 x 104.8 x 76.8mm Approx. 119.6 x 70.0 x 49.2 mm
Weight Approx. 701 g Approx. 398 g
Network Wi-Fi / Bluetooth Low Energy Technology Wi-Fi / Bluetooth Low Energy Technology
Other Two multi-controllers USB Type-C (USB 2.0) in-camera charging

Bold = Improved over Canon 80D / Canon M6 Mark I

Canon 90D DSLR
Canon M6 Mark II Mirrorless Camera