Canon EOS M5 II and Canon EOS M6 II in August – UPDATE: specs leaked

Canon EOS M5 II and Canon EOS M6 II in August – high frame-rates and no 4K crop
(Image credit: Canon)

Canon is preparing to release its latest mirrorless cameras in late August, but they won't be full-frame bodies – instead we'll be seeing a pair of new APS-C cameras in the shape of the Canon EOS M5 II and Canon EOS M6 II.

Both cameras will feature uncropped 4K video and high frame-rates for recording slow-motion video. In addition, the Canon EOS M5 II will possess an improved electronic viewfinder.

UPDATE: Further specifications for the Canon EOS M6 II have now been leaked, which are included below.

That's according to a report from Canon Rumors, which notes that the cameras – along with the Canon EOS 90D – are among a slew of products that the manufacturer will reveal on or around 28 August. 

• Read more: Best mirrorless cameras

As per the company's just-released (and more than slightly concerning) Q2 financial report, Canon will continue to double down on mirrorless cameras as the market shifts ever further away from DSLRs. 

The Canon EOS M5 (left) and M6 are due for upgrades – including an EVF on both models

The Canon EOS M5 (left) and M6 are due for upgrades – including an EVF on both models (Image credit: Canon)

As such, replacements for the welcome but underwhelming Canon EOS M5 and M6  make sense – though while the former was fairly expected, the latter is something of a surprise. 

For the M5 II, Canon is incorporating "a similar EVF to the Canon EOS RP" – the 0.39-inch EVF, 2.36 million-dot viewfinder that was actually transplanted from the Canon EOS M50

Something definitely not transplanted from the RP or the M50, though, is 4k video recording without any crop – something that has hobbled every one of Canon's 4K-capable cameras (which, cynics would say, is to protect the Cinema EOS line).

Alleged specs for the Canon EOS M6 II have now been leaked by Canon Rumors, which are as follows:

• 32.5 mp APS-C CMOS sensor (new sensor technology for higher dynamic range)
• DIGIC 8+ Imaging Processor
• 4K up to 30p (with no crop or 1.3x no pixel binning crop), Full HD up to 180p
• No Canon Log but new Movie Picture Style
• Dual Pixel AF Focus Guide
• New Selfie mode and Vlog mode
• Enhanced Movie IS
• High-speed continuous shooting at a maximum of 16 FPS (with AE/AF)
• RAW Burst mode at 30 FPS (with AE/AF)
• Dual Pixel AF with expanded area
• Eye AF (tracking possible)
• Electronic shutter 1/16000s
• Focus Bracketing
• Supports external electronic viewfinder
• USB-C charge power supply

We look forward to sharing specs for the Canon EOS M5 II when they inevitably leak…

Read more:

Canon EOS 90D – a DSLR with an EVF, or a mirrorless EF mount camera?
Camera rumors 2019: what new cameras are coming out this year?
The best Canon camera in 2019: our top ten choices, from PowerShot to EOS

Thank you for reading 5 articles this month* Join now for unlimited access

Enjoy your first month for just £1 / $1 / €1

*Read 5 free articles per month without a subscription

Join now for unlimited access

Try first month for just £1 / $1 / €1

James Artaius

The editor of Digital Camera World, James has 21 years experience as a journalist and started working in the photographic industry in 2014 (as an assistant to Damian McGillicuddy, who succeeded David Bailey as Principal Photographer for Olympus). In this time he shot for clients like Aston Martin Racing, Elinchrom and L'Oréal, in addition to shooting campaigns and product testing for Olympus, and providing training for professionals. This has led him to being a go-to expert for camera and lens reviews, photo and lighting tutorials, as well as industry news, rumors and analysis for publications like Digital Camera MagazinePhotoPlus: The Canon MagazineN-Photo: The Nikon MagazineDigital Photographer and Professional Imagemaker, as well as hosting workshops and talks at The Photography Show. He also serves as a judge for the Red Bull Illume Photo Contest. An Olympus and Canon shooter, he has a wealth of knowledge on cameras of all makes – and a fondness for vintage lenses and instant cameras.