The beginning of the end? Canon reported to have discontinued the EOS M6 Mark II with no successor announced

May 5, 2022

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The beginning of the end? Canon reported to have discontinued the EOS M6 Mark II with no successor announced

May 5, 2022

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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It appears that Canon is set to discontinue the Canon EOS M6 Mark II. There’s been no official announcement, of course, although there never really is when Canon discontinues a product. They only make a big song and dance when new products are announced. But Canon Rumors says they’ve received reports from two different countries that the Canon EOS M6 Mark II, released in 2019, has been discontinued.

If true, and with no Mark III successor announced, this is possibly the strongest signal so far that Canon does indeed intend to kill off the EOS M line and create an APS-C version of their RF mount mirrorless system. Rumours of a high-end APS-C EOS R7 have been surfacing again lately, and it’s not the only APS-C RF mount camera rumoured to be announced this year, either. Canon is usually pretty good about announcing successors before camera models are discontinued. So, the fact that an EOS M6 Mark III has not been announced is quite telling.

It does make sense for Canon to consolidate its mounts now that it’s shifting 100% towards mirrorless. Back when their bread and butter were still DSLRs, creating a new mount system for their APS-C mirrorless cameras was a logical choice. They needed to have a new mount to account for the slimmer camera bodies and shorter flange distance. Sure, they could’ve added an EF/EF-S mount (and they did release an adapter), but then they’d face the same issue as Sigma’s old Foveon bodies, producing bodies that are just as thick as DSLRs to keep that flange distance (Sigma SA mount has the same flange distance as Canon EF).

But now with Canon DSLRs going the way of the dinosaur, it doesn’t really make sense to maintain multiple mounts anymore, especially as Canon’s focus will be primarily on RF mount and not the 10-year-old EOS M system that’s largely already fleshed out.

At the moment, the Canon EOS M6 Mark II is not showing as discontinued on the Canon Japan website, nor at retailers including Amazon, B&H and Canon’s own stores in the USA and UK. Canon Japan’s website does list availability as “Limited stock“, although that doesn’t necessarily mean that they’re getting ready to end the product line. They might actually be making and waiting on more. But stock is “limited” on all five M6 Mark II package options listed there.

Until an APS-C RF mount camera is actually announced and we can see exactly what it offers and which former DSLR or EOS-M body it potentially replaces, it’s unknown what might actually be coming. But if a Canon EOS 7D Mark II replacement is rumoured, the next logical assumption would now be an EOS M6 Mark II replacement.

[via Canon Rumors]

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6 responses to “The beginning of the end? Canon reported to have discontinued the EOS M6 Mark II with no successor announced”

  1. Steve Struthers Avatar
    Steve Struthers

    The R7 will probably be the successor. Dollars to donuts that the sensor for the R7 will come straight from the EOS M6 Mark II.

    1. Dave Haynie Avatar
      Dave Haynie

      Not really a successor — no part of the EOS M system can be used on an R camera.

      1. Steve Struthers Avatar
        Steve Struthers

        Interesting. Not even the sensor??

      2. Kaouthia Avatar
        Kaouthia

        “Successor” does not inherently imply compatibility.

  2. Dave Haynie Avatar
    Dave Haynie

    There is this thing in the camera industry: everyone paying attention knows a system is dead before the company behind it makes the announcement. Part of that is new gear, bodies and lenses. Go two years without any new products and yeah, your system might be on the out. Three years? Pretty much a given.

    The other thing is that product transitions in a system are never clumsy. Canon has sold older models of DSLRs for years after the new model is out. Sony goes five years sometimes. The key for any system camera company is to get you to buy into the system.

    So the EOS M6 is three years old, not yet replaced? That by itself is not a pure sign of system death. But not good. The M6 to M6II was two years. The M50 to M50II — the latter in 2020 — was two years. But if they really dump the old model with no new one announced, that is a bad sign. You might add an extra COVID year, you might suspect that the M6II, if discontinued, was perhaps ended due to parts issues before the successor was ready.

    But add in the idea that nearly everyone who’s not an EOS M proponent thinks the system makes little sense, and there isn’t much hope. The viability of a system depends a great deal on the belief it’s a solid system. Buyers don’t exist in a vacuum. They ask advice from those in the know. Would you recommend an EOS M system today?

  3. Putra Ramadhan Avatar
    Putra Ramadhan

    It’s about time, rather than neglecting that syatem, just kill it, Canon. I pity those who invested heavily on that system, you’ve been on the short end of Canon’s stick. Maybe it’s time for you to switch to other company that focused to APS-C