Cameras

Canon EOS M6

Canon EOS M6

It is a tiny 24MP APS-C mirrorless digital camera with dual dial controls and a touch screen interface, which is designed to be used with smartphones and tablets. It takes the innards of the EOS M5 with an electronic viewfinder and puts them in an upgraded version of the M3 body, which starts at $779 for body.

It is positioned between the M3 and M5 in Canon’s M range, and it is available as a kit with either the 15-45mm or 18-150mm lenses for $899 or $1,279, depending on the model.

Typical of Canon’s market positioning, the M6 is either a pricey, better-built alternative to entry-level mirrorless competitors or a mid-level/enthusiast model that is devoid of a viewfinder, depending on your perspective. In any case, it appears to be rather expensive.

This camera’s quality of construction and controls puts it in direct competition with the retro-styled Olympus PEN F, Panasonic’s 4K-capable GX85/80, Sony’s budget-friendly a6000, and Fujifilm’s somewhat dated X-E2s.

Additionally, a comparison with Canon’s own Rebel series is worthwhile to note. With its dual control dials and extremely comparable underlying hardware, the M6 is virtually the same as the EOS 77D, but without the weight and utility of an optical viewfinder, and with a narrower selection of lenses compared to the latter (unless you forfeit some of the size benefits and use an adapter). In other words, for the same money as a 77D body only, you can buy an M6 kit for the same price as a 77D body.

Specifications

MSRP$779 (body only), $899 (w/15-45mm lens), $1279 (w/18-150mm lens)
Body type
Body typeRangefinder-style mirrorless
Body materialMetal
Sensor
Max resolution6000 x 4000
Other resolutions3:2 (6000 x 3368, 3984 x 2656, 2976 x 1984, 2400 x 1600), 16:9 (6000 x 3368, 3984 x 2240, 2976 x 1680, 2400 x 1344), 4:3 (5328 x 4000, 3552 x 2664, 2656 x 1992, 2112 x 1600), 1:1 (4000 x 4000, 2656 x 2656, 1984 x 1984, 1600 x 1600)
Image ratio w:h1:1, 4:3, 3:2, 16:9
Effective pixels24 megapixels
Sensor photo detectors26 megapixels
Sensor sizeAPS-C (22.3 x 14.9 mm)
Sensor typeCMOS
ProcessorDigic 7
Color spacesRGB, Adobe RGB
Color filter arrayPrimary color filter
Image
ISOAuto, 100-25600
White balance presets6
Custom white balanceYes
Image stabilizationNo
Image stabilization notes5-axis for video only
Uncompressed formatRAW
JPEG quality levelsFine, standard
File formatJPEG (Exif v2.3)Raw (Canon CR2, 14-bit)
Optics & Focus
AutofocusContrast Detect (sensor)Phase DetectMulti-areaCenterSelective single-pointTrackingSingleContinuousTouchFace DetectionLive View
Autofocus assist lampYes
Manual focusYes
Number of focus points49
Lens mountCanon EF-M
Focal length multiplier1.6×
Screen / viewfinder
Articulated LCDTilting
Screen size3″
Screen dots1,040,000
Touch screenYes
Screen typeTFT LCD
Live viewYes
Viewfinder typeElectronic (optional)
Photography features
Minimum shutter speed30 sec
Maximum shutter speed1/4000 sec
Exposure modesProgramShutter priorityAperture priorityManual
Built-in flashYes
Flash range5.00 m (at ISO 100)
External flashYes
Flash X sync speed1/200 sec
Drive modesSingleContinuousSelf-timerRemote control
Continuous drive9.0 fps
Self-timerYes (2 or 10 secs, custom, remote)
Metering modesMultiCenter-weightedSpotPartial
Exposure compensation±3 (at 1/3 EV steps)
AE Bracketing±2 (3 frames at 1/3 EV steps)
WB BracketingNo
Videography features
FormatMPEG-4, H.264
Modes1920 x 1080 @ 60p / 35 Mbps, MP4, H.264, AAC1920 x 1080 @ 30p / 24 Mbps, MP4, H.264, AAC1920 x 1080 @ 24p / 24 Mbps, MP4, H.264, AAC1280 x 720 @ 60p / 16 Mbps, MP4, H.264, AAC
MicrophoneStereo
SpeakerMono
Storage
Storage typesSD/SDHC/SDXC card
Connectivity
USBUSB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
HDMIYes (micro-HDMI)
Microphone portYes
Headphone portNo
WirelessBuilt-In
Wireless notes802.11/b/g/n with Bluetooth and NFC
Remote controlYes (Wired, wireless, or smartphone)
Physical
Environmentally sealedNo
BatteryBattery Pack
Battery descriptionLP-E17 lithium-ion battery & charger
Battery Life (CIPA)295
Weight (inc. batteries)390 g (0.86 lb / 13.76 oz)
Dimensions112 x 68 x 45 mm (4.41 x 2.68 x 1.77″)
Other features
Orientation sensorYes
GPSNone
Avatar photo
About Author

Jeffrey

Jeffrey is an experienced photographer and website editor. Photography Blog (dslrcamerasdeal.com), which he owns, manages, and contributes to, features in-depth reviews of cameras, lenses, phones, and accessories as well as breaking news from all over the world. Since 2000, when megapixel counts were still in the single digits, he has been chronicling the evolution of cameras and the photography industry in his writing, so he is well-versed in the latest photographic equipment and how to use it.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.