Canon Releases the EOS 90D and M6 Mark II: Two Very Capable APS-C-Sensor Cameras

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Canon has just released its brand-new EOS 90D DSLR camera and its mirrorless stablemate, the EOS M6 Mark II. With all of the noise and excitement surrounding the latest full-frame mirrorless offerings these days, it is nice to see a company throw some love at the APS-C cropped-sensor shooter. Both cameras contain new 32.5MP CMOS sensors and are packed with some serious tech and specs.

The Canon EOS 90D replaces the popular EOS 80D and lends itself to sports and action photography, with 10-frame-per-second continuous shooting and reduced optical viewfinder blackout. An approximately 220,000-pixel AE sensor and EOS iTR AF provide accurate face-detect autofocusing through the viewfinder. If you want to take control of the AF system, there are 45 cross-type autofocus points—27 working with lenses with apertures as small as f/8. In Live View or video mode, there are 5,481 selectable AF positions for the Dual Pixel CMOS AF system that provide fast and accurate Servo AF for eye detection.

Canon EOS 90D

Speaking of video, the Canon EOS 90D can record 4K UHD video at up to 30p—and Full HD up to 120p. Also new to the 90D is an eight-way rear joystick for navigating menus and controlling camera settings. Bluetooth and Wi-Fi capabilities allow for quick and easy sharing of images on the go.

The new EOS 90D is available as a body only or as a kit with the EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM Lens or EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM Lens.

For fans of mirrorless interchangeable-lens cameras, the new EOS M6 Mark II rolls in with several improvements over its predecessor. Built for speed, like the 90D, the M6 Mark II can shoot continuously at 14 fps with AF/AE tracking and has a Raw Burst Mode of 30 fps using the electronic shutter—a shutter capable of operating at 1/16,000-second. The M6 Mark II’s Dual Pixel CMOS AF system also has 5,481 selectable points and Eye AF. Its DIGIC 8 processor provides ISO capabilities up to ISO25600.

On the video side, the camera records 4K UHD at 30p or Full HD up to 120p with clean HDMI output and a microphone jack. For those who don’t love composing images on the rear LCD, the optional EVF-DC2 external viewfinder is an add-on solution. And, like its DSLR buddy, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi compatibility expedites sharing of your images.

The EOS M6 Mark II body is available in black or silver and it is also available as a kit (black or silver) with the EF-M 15-45mm f/3.5-6.3 IS STM plus EVF-DC2, or the EF-M 18-150mm f/3.5-6.3 IS STM plus EVF-DC2.

Are you excited about Canon’s latest cameras? Let us know in the Comments section, below.


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I love my 5D Mark IV but there are times I want something smaller to carry around and an iPhone is not enough.   I purchased an EOS M50 for golf trips and casual events so that I can shoot RAW.   I'm wondering how the M6 Mark II stacks up to the M50.   Would I see tangible improvement with the M6 Mark II over the M50 in terms of image quality, auto focus, and shooting in difficult light?       

Both the M50 and M6 Mark II have many similarities such as their processor, autofocus points and EVF/LCD brightness.  The main features on the M6 Mark II that stand out would be the higher resolution,  larger color space, the rangefinder type body, faster continuous shooting rate of 14 FPS,  and the same Eye AF offered on the EOS R/RP cameras.

Couple of questions:  1: It talks about the 90D replacing the 80D, how does it fit in with 7DMKII?  Obviously it has more megapixels, but how does it compare otherwise?  Is the 7DMKII going to continue in the Canon lineup or is it discontinued

2.  Having a 31megapixel crop sensor has to mean each pixel must be smaller to fit into the sensor space.  How does that affect color rendition and dynamic range?

I just noticed on the Canon web site that the 7DMKII is still listed for sale with a wifi card and an and a 32 gig SD card.  I find that interesting as the wifi card and the sd card fit into the single sd slot on the camera so they can not be used together. It would make more sense to include the wifi card and a CF card which could be used together.  Am I misunderstanding something here?

It can only be assumed that their offer of a 32GB  SDHC card and a WE-1 card with the 7D Mark II is meant to be used in different situations, such as using the 32GB SDHC as an overflow/backup to the CF card or the WE-1 to wirelessly transfer images from the CF. Unfortunately, this is one instance where Canon would not share any information with us on their business decisions. 

The 90D would sit in between the Canon 77D and the 7D Mark II, just as the 80D has done for some time. In comparison to the 7D Mark II, the 90D does offer more resolution, but there are also updates to the sensor and the image processor.  This can potentially improve the dynamic range and color rendition, but to what extent has not yet been determined. Additionally, Canon has not shared any plans with us regarding the 7D Mark II being discontinued.  

In Canon’s lineup, technically, the Canon EOS 7D Mark II DSLR camera is still higher in Canon’s DSLR lineup.  However, as the Canon EOS 90D DSLR camera was just announced and is 5 years newer, the Canon EOS 90D does have some improved features over the Canon EOS 7D Mark II DSLR camera.  The main benefits of the Canon EOS 7D Mark II DSLR camera is the camera has more autofocus points (65 points vs 45 on the Canon EOS 90), has dual memory card slots, has a larger buffer for JPEG images, has a flash PC sync terminal, has 24p video frame rate, and has built-in GPS capabilities.  The Canon EOS 90D has higher resolution at 32.5 megapixels (compared to 20.2 megapixels on the Canon 7D Mark II), has the new DIGIC 8 processor, has a new articulating tilt-swivel LCD touchscreen, shoots 4K video, shoots slow-motion video, has built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, and has almost twice the battery life as the 7D Mark II (the 90D battery life is estimated at 1,300 images per charge vs. 670 images per charge on the 7D Mark II).
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The pixels on the Canon EOS 7D Mark II DSLR camera are approximately 4.11 microns in size, while the higher-resolution Canon EOS 90D DSLR camera's pixels are approximately 3.23 microns in size.  As the camera has just been announced, we have not seen any comprehensive sensor tests for performance comparison between the two cameras.  While larger pixels may often indicate better low-light performance and better dynamic range, improvements in the camera's processor performance and technological upgrades may also improve sensor performance with higher resolution cameras.  As such, we would have to wait until the camera is released and sensor performance is tested to see the effect and/or performance of the camera's sensor.

Does it have a Mg++ body or is it plastic?

Unfortunately, Canon has yet to published this information. Please stay tuned for more updates as they come around. 

Can't wait to get my hands on this awesome set up. I have been shooting the 70D and love it but the 90D has everything l could want in a camera for shooting Birds and Sports..Thanks Canon..

The Canon 90D looks awesome. Looking forward to some reviews using it for birds in flight. Good to see Canon still keeping APS-C alive. 

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