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Nikon Z50 | Nikon Z DX 16-50mm F3.5-6.3 | ISO 100 | 1/640 sec | F6.3
Photo by Carey Rose

Both cameras will to be great for travelers, for several reasons. Firstly they're both reasonably compact and easy to pack. They both offer USB charging (be aware we think the Canon requires USB Power Delivery spec) so you can top up their batteries on-the-go. They each offer solid Wi-Fi connectivity so you can get images onto your phone and onto the web from just about anywhere.

Oh, and we like the pictures out of each of them: even their un-tweaked JPEGs look to offer pleasing color and will be great for quick social posts. And if you do find you want to tweak your files, each allows for user-friendly creative filters as well as more powerful processing of Raw files right on the camera.

For this use, we wouldn't get too fussed about the standard zooms on either camera - they're both compact, and the Canon offers good-enough sharpness for web posting. But if you want better low light performance or blurrier backgrounds behind your subjects, we'd recommend the EOS M6 Mark II because it has more native, fast-aperture primes available for reasonable prices.

On the Nikon Z50, you can of course use Nikon's full-frame Z primes, as well as adapting crop-sensor and full-frame Nikon F-mount primes, but that adds a lot of bulk and, potentially, cost. On the M6 II, you have 16mm, 30mm and 56mm F1.4 primes from Sigma as well as Canon's 22mm F2 and 32mm F1.4, and they're all available for less than $500 US each.

We found the original EOS M6 with Canon's 22mm prime was a particularly pleasing combination for travel, and we'd expect the same with the Mark II. But it bears mentioning that if you are shooting in a lot of bright light, you'll want a viewfinder, so if you get your EOS M6 II with the optional unit, don't forget to bring it along.