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 (opens in new tab) from Canon Rumors, which notes that the cameras – along with the Canon EOS 90D (opens in new tab) – are among a slew of products that the manufacturer will reveal on or around 28 August. 

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As per the company's just-released (and more than slightly concerning) Q2 financial report, (opens in new tab) 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 (opens in new tab) 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 (opens in new tab)" – the 0.39-inch EVF, 2.36 million-dot viewfinder that was actually transplanted from the Canon EOS M50 (opens in new tab)

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 (opens in new tab), 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…

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James Artaius

The editor of Digital Camera World, James has 21 years experience as a magazine and web 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 as diverse as 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, photographic and lighting tutorials, as well as industry analysis, news and rumors for publications such as Digital Camera Magazine (opens in new tab)PhotoPlus: The Canon Magazine (opens in new tab)N-Photo: The Nikon Magazine (opens in new tab)Digital Photographer (opens in new tab) and Professional Imagemaker, as well as hosting workshops and demonstrations at The Photography Show (opens in new tab). 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.