Sports and action
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Sports and action

Canon EOS M6 Mark II | Canon EF-M 18-150mm F3.5-6.3 | ISO 100 | 1/250 sec | F9
Photo by Carey Rose

Sports and action shooters eyeing either of these cameras will find that they look awfully capable from their specifications. The Nikon Z50 doesn't shoot quite as fast as the Canon M6 Mark II, topping out at 11fps with autofocus to the Canon's 14fps. If you want a live view of images between each of your shots, the Nikon drops to 5fps, which is again slower than the Canon's 7fps.

And all this is ignoring the Canon's very fast 30 fps Raw Burst mode, which is just as it sounds: the camera shoots a burst of Raw images at 30 fps for around three seconds. The caveats with this feature include a 1.25x crop, as well as the requirement that you 'unpack' the burst using Canon's proprietary software once you download them to your computer, but Canon edges out the Nikon on absolute speed here.

We generally find we prefer a viewfinder to a rear screen when shooting sports and action, and it's no different with these cameras. The Nikon Z50's unit is broadly comparable to the EOS M6 II's detachable unit, so as long as you get the Canon with a kit that includes the EVF-DC2, you won't be left wanting.

Both cameras comes with adept on-sensor phase detection systems capable of accurately following subjects very well

But burst speeds are meaningless if none of your images are in focus. Luckily, both cameras comes with adept on-sensor phase detection systems capable of accurately following subjects very well, particularly if you choose a 'zone' and keep it over your subject on your own. If you want the camera to track your subject for you around the frame, the Nikon requires a series of button clicks to get there , whereas the Canon requires you to change one menu setting, and thereafter, you only need a half-press of the shutter once you find your intended subject.

Lastly, ergonomics bear mentioning. The Nikon's dedicated four-way controller makes moving your AF point a more tactile experience than the M6 II's touchscreen (though the latter isn't bad by any means), and the Nikon's larger grip will be more comfortable if you're adapting larger telephoto zooms. But if you opt for each system's native, lightweight telephoto zooms (meaning Nikon's DX Z 50-250 F4.5-6.3 or Canon's EF-M 55-200mm F4.5-6.3), either camera will balance just fine.