Canon 90D vs Canon M6 MK II Ultimate Comparison


what’s up guys – key here and welcome to another tech gear talk today we’re going to compare the canon 90 d + m6 mark – these cameras came out at the same time and obviously they don’t look anything alike one is a DSLR and the other one’s a mirrorless camera but they do have a very similar feature set a lot of people have asked me to help them choose between these two great options so today I’m gonna put them head-to-head talk about the pros and cons of each and see if I can help you make a decision both cameras have the new 32 megapixel sensor they can both shoot uncropped 4k they both use dual pixel autofocus but there are some pretty important differences that might make you pick one over the other depending on what you plan on using it for I’m going to talk about the strengths and weaknesses of both cameras when it comes to both photography and video and hopefully I can help you decide which

option is best for you my goal with every camera comparison is to give you a detailed overview of the cameras and compare them in a way that relates to real life use I will go over some of the important specs of these two cameras but I’m gonna focus on sharing my actual user experience with you so before getting to the detailed comparison I’m gonna quickly go over some key features in case you’re just starting your research the 90d features a 32 megapixel aps-c CMOS sensor and a digit 8 processor it uses a five thousand four hundred and eighty one point dual pixel autofocus system when using live view and a forty five point all cross-type autofocus system when using the viewfinder it has a 3-inch 1.04 million dot fully articulating touchscreen and an optical viewfinder with a hundred percent coverage you can record 4k at 24 and 30 frames per second it can shoot Full HD or 1080p at up to 120 frames per second for slow-motion but with some limitations that I’m gonna discuss later on in the video we’ve got a 3.5 millimeter mic input and a headphone jack in body 1080p and 4k time lapse Wi-Fi and Bluetooth for remote control

and easy file-sharing and finally it offers digital image stabilization that can work together with lens based is the m6 mark 2 also has the same 32 megapixel aps-c CMOS sensor and a digit 8 processor it uses the same 81-point dual pixel autofocus system when using both the optional viewfinder or the LCD it has a 3-inch 1.04 million dot flipped touchscreen you can record 4k at 30 frames per second it can shoot Full HD or 1080p at up to 120 frames per second for slow motion but with similar limitations to that of the 90 D we’ve got a 3.5 mic input in-body 1080p and 4k time lapse Wi-Fi and bluetooth for remote control and easy file-sharing and finally it also offers digital image stabilization that can work together with lens based is okay so let’s get to the comparison and I want to mention that the 90 D sells for $1,200 and the m6 mark 2 sells for 850 bucks and you’ll see in a minute that that difference may not be as substantial as it first appears I want to start out by talking about the sensor and the processor the 90 D and the m6 mark to come with the same 32 megapixel aps-c CMOS sensor and a new digit 8 processor so

the performance for both photography and video is going to be essentially the same when we’re looking at capabilities but will soon start seeing some major differences both cameras are super fast to operate and you can see startup speed tests on my dedicated reviews the combination of sensor and processor on both cameras produced very nice images and video for me the colors were great and I was happy with the overall image quality which I will discuss more in that section because of how I shoot one of the features that I look at for every camera that I get is continuous or burst shooting you can just point the camera at a subject hold down the shutter and the camera will just keep firing this is a very nice feature if you’re photographing sports pets kids running around or any fast-moving subject of course the more frames you have per second the more exposures you’ll have to pick from later on the 90 D can shoot at up to 10 frames per second with full AI servo autofocus when using the viewfinder and seven frames per second in Live View and the m6 mark 2 can shoot it up to 14 frames per second that means that you’re getting either 40% more frames to pick from when you’re using the viewfinder or 2 times the number of frames when using live view when

we look at buffer memory with the 90 D we’re looking at 58 images when shooting JPEG and 25 images when shooting we’re all versus 54 jpg and 23 raw images for the M 6 mark – for me the M 6 mark – is the clear winner because the very slight difference in buffer size is insignificant and I would much rather have additional frames to choose from the M 6 mark 2 also offers a raw burst mode which uses a cropped version of the sensor and gives you 30 frames per second which is nice when you’re trying to capture an exact moment moving on one of the most important things for me with any tool that I use is ergonomics in terms of both handling and user experience the 90 D is a DSLR and the m6 mark 2 is a mirrorless camera if you’ve never been quite sure about the difference let me take a minute to explain the way a DSLR like the 90 D works and I’m gonna show it to you in one of my older 5d Mark twos is that light passes through the lens and then hits a mirror that’s sitting at an angle in front of

the sensor the light is then directed up the camera body where it hits a couple more mirrors and then it’s redirected out so that you can see it using the optical viewfinder so it’s essentially a prism when you take a picture the mirror in front of the sensor flips up and out of the way and then the shutter opens and the light can hit the sensor if you’re shooting video like I just put this in live view the mirror just locks in the open position and light is constantly hitting the sensor now in a mirrorless camera like the m6 Mark 2 obviously there is no mirror so the sensor sits directly behind the shutter and the lens the sensor is constantly being exposed to light which is how you’re able to see the image in the electronic viewfinder and when you go to take a picture using the mechanical shutter it’s covered by the shutter and then uncovered and covered again this is the main reason why mirrorless cameras are smaller than the SLR s because you don’t have the mirror sitting in front of the sensor the lens can be mounted much closer to the sensor and therefore the body can be much thinner you also don’t have the whole prism mechanism leading up to the optical viewfinder so the body can be made much smaller as our sport ability the 90d is a lot bigger and heavier than the m6 mark2 and that can be both a pro and a con depending on your use in my experience that 90 d is more comfortable to use for longer

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shoots and with larger lenses the grip is a lot deeper and it’s much better balanced when using longer lenses another advantage of the 90 d is that it offers weather sealing so you’re getting additional protection against moisture and dust on the other hand the m6 mark ii is an amazing camera when i want something small and light to take with me what i’m doing street photography working with a small gimble or traveling moving on to viewfinders the 90 d has an optical viewfinder and the m6 mark ii actually doesn’t come with a viewfinder at all if you buy it in the US with a kit lens Canon includes the optional EVF dc2 electronic viewfinder that attaches to the hotshoe again there are pros and cons here it’s nice that the 90 D includes a viewfinder with the price of the body because unless you’re buying the m6 Mark 2 with the kit lens in the US you’re looking at an additional 200 bucks which now brings up the price of the m6 Mark 2 to $1,050 on the other hand I very rarely use a viewfinder so I love the fact that I can remove it from the m6 mark 2 and get an even smaller footprint I also generally prefer a good electronic viewfinder to an optical viewfinder because it shows me the actual exposure and because of some of the autofocus features which we’ll talk about later on one drawback to the m6 Mark 2 design is that because the EDF takes up to hotshoe you can’t use an external flash or trigger while using the

viewfinder which can be a deal-breaker for some photographers who like that feature next I want to discuss the buttons and dials on these cameras I think that if you’re buying a camera and you’re just using it with the factory settings you’re really missing out part of what you get when you’re buying a higher-end camera is the ability to customize it to work better for exactly how you shoot the 90 D has a top dial and a rear dial for aperture and shutter speed plenty of buttons to customize and a well positioned joystick on the back the m6 mark 2 has to top dials and a rear dial so you can easily adjust aperture shutter speed and ISO without having use a custom button there’s also a great dial function button which we sell on the EOS R and lets you quickly toggle the functionality of the rear dial and make adjustments to additional features I think both cameras are great when it comes to overall user experience and I think size is really the main differentiator here when it comes to handling both cameras use canons quick menu which is triggered by using the cue button on the back or the cue icon on the touch screen which I’ll get to

later on this brings up features and settings that you most commonly change and allows you to change them using the directional buttons or the touch screen the main menu system is super easy to learn and use and this is something that continues to be a strength for Canon with these two bodies moving on as far as battery life the 90 D uses the LPE six end battery and it’s rated for 1,300 images and the m6 mark 2 uses the LPE 17 battery and it’s rated for 305 pictures obviously this is not even a close call here in the 90 D wins this in a landslide if you’re using these cameras in a studio and need continuous power both cameras can use a coupler for uninterrupted power one last slight advantage that I’m going to give the 90 D in terms of ergonomics is that it uses a mini HDMI out which I prefer instead of the micro HDMI on the m6 mark 2 next I want to talk about resolution frame rates and image quality for photography since they use the same sensor both cameras have a maximum image resolution of 6960 by 46:40 which is a significant

improvement over canons previous 24 megapixel sensor when shooting stills this musial have more flexibility when cropping on a higher resolution sensor both cameras can shoot JPEG and RAW so you can decide just how much information you want to capture depending on what you plan on doing with these images in post-production I was super happy with the images I got from both cameras the photos were sharp and with good dynamic range image quality was essentially the same on both cameras and the differences I saw were mostly due to the lens options which I’ll get to later on in this video for video both cameras were released with 4k 30 frames per second and full HD or 1080p at 30 and 60 frames-per-second there is a high frame rate option which gives us 1080p at 120 frames per second but there is no autofocus so you’ll have to use manual focus which is limiting canon has released a firmware update for the 90 d which gives it 4k and 1080p at 24 frames per second

and in announced that it’s releasing a similar update for the m6 mark 2 in early 2020 what I love about both these cameras is that 4k is no longer limited by an additional crop factor of 1.7 X like it was on cameras like the m50 the SL 3 and the RP and in addition both cameras use dual pixel autofocus when shooting in 4k both cameras can also record it up to 4k 34 – 2 8-bit using the clean HDMI out overall 4k and 1080p footage is essentially identical on both of these cameras with one important advantage to the 90 D which offers a cropped 4k mode this 4k cropped movie mode provides sharper and more detailed footage and gives you a second angle of view when using Prime’s next let’s talk about time-lapse both cameras come with embody 4k time lapse which means that the camera will actually compile a time-lapse for you that is ready to view this is a great feature and one that I use in every camera that offers it moving on to live-streaming both cameras offer a clean HDMI option so that you can easily livestream with continuous autofocus and get amazing sharp video that’s always in focus alright so next let’s talk about the

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autofocus and we’re gonna start seeing some significant differences here when using the viewfinder for stills the 90 D employs a 45 point all cross-type autofocus system with a higher res metering sensor that offers subject recognition and therefore face detection when shooting through an optical viewfinder and this is really cool and although I love the fact that this feature is available on a DSLR I still prefer the face and eye detection offered by the m6 Mark twos electronic viewfinder the m6 mark twos viewfinder uses canons dual pixel autofocus system which covers essentially the entire height of the sensor and 88% of the width with 5400 eighty-one autofocus points and then as I mentioned offers face and eye detection so I’m getting an extra level of precision and I absolutely love it when I’m shooting portraits because I don’t have to worry about getting the focus point exactly on the subject I and I can just

concentrate on framing for video or when shooting stills in live view both cameras use two dual pixel autofocus system the system is accurate its reliable and is one of my favorite autofocus systems on any camera I’m completely confident that when the camera is facing me my face is identified it’s being tracked and there’ll be no hunting the eye autofocus has been very good with both cameras and if eyes are not detected both cameras will revert back to face tracking something that I mentioned earlier in the video but I wanted to bring up again is that both cameras used a dual pixel autofocus system even when you’re shooting in 4k some older models like the m50 the SL 3 and the RP switched to a contrast detection system when shooting in 4k which was slower less accurate and struggled in low-light situations the 90 D and the m6 mark2 have none of these issues in 4k and the autofocus worked great moving on both cameras also offer subject tracking which is great and it can be activated using the touchscreen and the interface is super intuitive and easy to use with both you simply click on a subject on the LCD and the camera will continue to track it as it moves through the frame one other feature that I really like is the ability to easily rack focus from one subject to another by clicking on it on a touchscreen I like the fact that I can talk

about one thing while I have it in focus then click on another item as I want to shift the viewers attention to it alright so to recap my opinion about the autofocus system it worked really well for both Stills and video with both cameras but I prefer the added functionality I get when using the m6 Mark twos electronic viewfinder for Stills next I want to talk about lens options and I think a lot of people forget to look at this part when they’re shopping for a camera when you buy a camera you’re actually buying into a lens system and there are two major considerations first what lenses are available and at what cost and second happens when you want to upgrade the body or have multiple bodies let’s start with the first one the 90 d can accept both EF and ef-s lenses and the m6 mark 2 uses canons EF m mount as far as native lenses there are a lot more EF and ef-s than e FM lenses and there are a lot better quality there are some good EF m lenses from Canon like the 32 millimeter F one point 4 and the 22 millimeter f/2 but there are so many more EF and ef-s options

if we’re adding third party option then Sigma just released three fast EF m Prime’s the sixteen thirty and fifty six millimeter F one point four which helps the m6 mark too but as far as native lenses the 90 D is the clear winner on the m6 mark – you can get an adapter and then use any of canons EF and EFS mount lenses which now opens up tons of additional options but you need another piece of gear with you and you’re also losing out on some of the portability advantages that the m6 mark 2 had for being so small now I want to talk about the second consideration which is upgrading or using multiple bodies in the case of the 90 d if you buy EF lenses and end up upgrading or adding a full frame body you’ll be able to use the same lenses even if you end up getting an RF mount camera like the eos are you can reuse your lenses with an adapter on the other hand the EF m lenses for the m6 mark to only work on other EF m mount cameras one advantage of the m6 mark 2 is that because it’s a mirrorless camera we can use a speed booster like this one from comm

light which does two really impressive things for us first it’s a focal range reducer with a crop factor of 0.7 1 meaning that if we took something like the hundred millimeter lens which would normally give us a hundred and sixty millimeter field of view on a canon aps-c sensor we can now multiply that by 0.7 1 and get approximately 114 millimetre field of view it’s not exactly like using a hundred millimeter on a full-frame sensor but it’s a significant improvement over the aps-c crop not only that we’re also able to gather more light than the original setting so instead of an F 2.8 this now becomes an effect of F 2 lens which lets a lot more light onto the sensor and gives us even shallower depth of field for additional separation from the background I hope this section was helpful because I do think it’s important to sometimes look beyond your immediate needs it doesn’t mean that this will apply to every person but I like to share my real-life considerations with you moving on let’s talk a little about the screen both cameras offer a 1.04 million dot three inch touchscreen but the 90 D offers a fully articulating screen whereas the m6 mark 2 has a tilt screen both screens can be positioned to face down when the camera is above your eye level and can be tilted up for when you’re shooting from the hip or when the camera is below eye level both screens can also be

flipped 180 degrees to face the front for when you’re shooting video and you’re in front of the camera or if you’re shooting selfies but of course a 90d flips to the side and the m6 mark 2 flips a major advantage of the 90 d is that the screen can also be positioned to face both sides which is helpful when you’re on a gimbal on a slider or when you’re shooting vertical photos with the camera above or below eye level because I do regularly run into all of these situations this is something that I very much value in a camera and at the same time I concede that not every person uses their camera the way I do another consideration with this design is that if you plan on using an external shotgun microphone you won’t be able to flip the m6 mark to screen up because it will hit the back of the microphone however you can use something like the rogue Wireless go and then clip it to the monitor or the hinge mechanism you can also get an L bracket or a cage for additional mounting options both cameras

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offer full touchscreen functionality so you can navigate the menu you can select options and features from the screen and touch or drag the focus the next set of features I want to talk about have to do with audio both the 90 D and the m6 mark to have an external mic input so you can use an external microphone to get much better audio right into the camera and check out the individual reviews for audio samples with both built-in microphones and external microphones with both cameras the audio levels are all always displayed on the LCD when you’re in movie mode so as you’re preparing to record and even while you’re recording you can see the levels an advantage of the 90 D is that you can modify the audio recording levels during the recording whereas on the m6 mark 2 I haven’t found a way to do that and I had to stop recording in order to make an adjustment another advantage of the 90 D is that it has a headphone jack which allows you to monitor the audio while you’re recording video this is a very useful feature if you shoot video and it will help you identify issues

before or even during recording rather than sitting down to edit a video just to find out that you could hear the fan running while you’re recording I published a video discussing the importance of audio for video and a link to it up in the corner and in the description ok so which camera is a better value and which one should you get I think it comes down to your priorities at the time I’m making this video the 90 d costs 1200 bucks and the m6 mark 2 costs 850 bucks so that may contribute to your final decision the 90 D is larger and heavier is more comfortable to use with larger lenses as a fully articulating touchscreen more native lens options weather sealing longer battery life a headphone jack enhanced audio capabilities and a built-in viewfinder pm6 mark 2 is less expensive smaller more portable uses smaller lenses has better autofocus when using the viewfinder can use a speed booster for enhanced field of view better low-light performance and a shallow depth of field has faster continuous shooting and a 30 frames per second raw burst mode I always

say that you can’t have everything in any camera so it comes down to what’s important to you for how you shoot I do my best to answer every comment and I’m happy to continue this conversation with you in the comments section I’ll put links in the description to where you can get the 90 D and the m6 mark tube as well as some popular kits and accessories there are always holiday specials and discounts so the links will automatically be updated with the lowest pricing if you end up ordering anything using those links you can support my channel for free and help me create more content for you so thank you in advance I also have links in the description to the Mordy tell video about each camera in case you want a more in-depth review I really hope I was able to give you a good comparison between the canon 90 d and the m6 mark ii and i would love to hear in the comments section which option is best for you if this video was helpful please let me know by giving it a thumbs up tweet it share it and if you’re interested in more camera reviews and tutorials join the community by hitting the subscribe and notification buttons you can always find me on instagram twitter and facebook at tech gear talk and you know what I always say buy it nice or buy twice good luck and see you soon

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