Choose Your Own Adventure: Canon debuts 90D, M6 Mark II with similar specs, different designs


posted Wednesday, August 28, 2019 at 12:01 AM EDT

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Canon 90D Hands-on Preview
Canon M6 Mark II Hands-on Preview


Which camera style do you prefer: DSLR or mirrorless? Canon's giving you the choice with the EOS 90D and EOS M6 Mark II. With both cameras sporting the same imaging pipeline and, for the most part, vastly similar performance specs, the choice for an intermediate-class camera comes down to which type of camera you want.

Based around an all-new 32.5-megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor and the latest-gen DIGIC 8 image processor, both cameras offer the highest-resolution ever from a Canon APS-C camera. Plus, both cameras offer Dual Pixel CMOS AF in Live View and a 1/16000s electronic shutter, as well as 4K video at 30p -- something both predecessor models did not offer. And, as you can expect, with the same sensor and processor, both models offer the same ISO 100-25,600 range with a high expandable option up to ISO 51,200. 


When it comes to differences between these two new cameras though, there are a few. The 90D, successor to the 80D, offers the traditional optical viewfinder experience with a 45-point phase-detect AF system (the same as in the 80D). It also has a 1/8000s mechanical shutter, plus a new joystick control, as well as that classic DSLR shape. The M6 Mark II, meanwhile, is slim, compact and lightweight, although it is a bit larger than the original M6, with a slightly larger grip, more room on the back and updated physical controls.

M6 Mark II + EF-M 18-150mm f/3.5-6.3 IS STM: 44mm, f/16, 1/80s, ISO 100

We were invited to get hands-on with both models at a Canon motorsports-centric press event. Check either link below to see our in-depth hands-on preview video, as well as check out real-world gallery images shot from both cameras. And, as always, you can read our detailed hands-on preview with all the cameras' specs and features here and here.

90D + 70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS USM: 70mm, f/5.6, 1/800s, ISO 125

The Canon 90D is slated to go on sale in mid-September for an estimated retail price of $1199 for body only, $1349 for EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM kit and $1599 for EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM kit. The EOS M6 Mark II will be available in late September 2019 in both black and silver for an estimated retail price of $849.99 for body only, or kit varieties at $1099 for EF-M 15-45mm f3.5-6.3 IS STM and EVF-DC2 kit and $1349 for EF-M 18-150mm f3.5-6.3 IS STM and EVF-DC2 kit.

Canon 90D Hands-on Preview
Canon M6 Mark II Hands-on Preview