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If you are a Canon RF user, even if you aren’t interested in buying the M6 Mark II you should be interested in the reviews as it’s a precursor to better performance on the EOS RF mount. The M6 Mark II gives us a glance into a future world of high performance Canon mirrorless cameras.
The M6 Mark II is quite the little camera, and I am certainly looking forward to it being in my greedy little hands soon.
Now onto the reviews.
The first one isn’t really a review, but a continuation of the Field Tests of the M6 Mark II by Imaging-Resource.
I just had to copy this image from Imaging-Resource, because I think it shows great things to come. A 100% magnification of 30 (yes, I said THIRTY) fps auto focus. While not perfect, it’s actually quite excellent given the fps. Consider that this is the same pixel density as an 83MP full frame sensor, and you can imagine that with more relaxed pixel density shown by a 24 or 30MP full frame camera, it would be even better.
(Image Credit: Mike Tomkins of Imaging-Resource)
Mik Tomkins was seriously impressed by the M6 II’s autofocus performance;
Burst after burst, the M6 II nailed the focus the overwhelming majority of the time. I have bursts as long as 70+ frames where the focus remains locked on the driver’s helmet down almost the entire length of the back straight, with the kart literally filling the entire frame by the end of the sequence. Only a handful of those frames aren’t spot on, focus-wise, and even when it did stray the AF system always corrected itself within just two or three frames, keeping losses to a minimum.
Next up is Gordon Laing from CameraLabs, who I’ve always enjoyed reading. He was impressed with the M6 Mark II, and he found that he enjoyed using the autofocus in the M6 Mark II more than in the EOS 90D. He gave the camera his recommended seal of approval. He also lauded the autofocus;
But then in a bigger surprise, the M6 II actually delivers more assured burst shooting than the 90D, making it the preferred choice for sports and wildlife. I photographed Brighton’s seagulls side-by-side with the M6 II and 90D, both using the same EF 70-200mm f2.8 zoom and I was struck at how much more successful the mirrorless camera was than the DSLR. The 90D’s viewfinder autofocus proved lacklustre, and while the 90D’s tracking improved greatly in Live View, it’s almost impossible to follow fast action with a long lens using its screen only. Of course as a mirrorless camera, the M6 II is permanently in Live View, so you can use its viewfinder and also enjoy the faster burst speed of 14fps.