The M6 features a 24-megapixel APS-C-sized CMOS image sensor with Canon’s
Dual Pixel CMOS AF technology for rapid
autofocusing during video and live view
shooting. There are 49 AF points with
focusing available down to - 1 EV.
The camera has a native ISO range of
100-6400 that’s expandable to 25,600. Shutter
speeds range from 1/4000 – 30 sec. Unlike
most new mirrorless cameras, the M6 can’t
record 4K video. Instead, you’ll be able to
shoot full HD/60p footage.
The camera has Wi-Fi, NFC and Bluetooth.
You can use Wi-Fi to transfer images and
remotely control the camera and Bluetooth for
remote control and quicker Wi-Fi pairing.
At 13. 8 ounces, the M6 is extremely compact
and lightweight, and its weight is on par with
rival APS-C mirrorless models such as Fuji’s
X-T20 and slightly lighter than Sony’s a6300.
While the hand grip is a bit too small for
our taste, smaller hands may find the hold
There are two customizable options on the
mode dial and you can also reprogram several
buttons and dials on the camera to do different
things. It’s not as ideal as dedicated custom
buttons, but it’s definitely better than nothing.
The M6 lacks a built-in EVF but Canon
offers a hot-shoe viewfinder as a $250 accessory.
It’s a sub-optimal solution. There’s a flip-up
3-inch display that can be brought up over the
top of the camera body for selfies. It’s a touch
screen and very responsive when navigating
menu options or touch focusing.
We did have an issue with the memory
card/battery door. You can’t open them if you
have a quick-release plate on your camera.
While Canon was late to the mirrorless arena,
it’s certainly been plowing the image science
fields for years and the M6 is the beneficiary
of that heritage. JPEG images were color
accurate and vibrant. Image quality on the
whole was excellent.
High ISO performance is also quite good.
Noise is well contained in JPEG images through
ISO 3200. Noise grows more prominent at ISO
6400 and above. At the time of our test the M6
RAW files weren’t supported by Lightroom,
but Canon’s own Digital Photo Professional 4
utility did a fair job removing noise from RAW
files without sacrificing too much detail (you
will sacrifice time in processing though as
Photo Professional 4 is interminably slow).
Video quality on the M6 is excellent for
full HD quality files. The lack of 4K support
is unfortunate but for casual videographers,
having AF driven by Canon’s Dual Pixel
CMOS technology is a huge help in ensuring
reliable autofocusing during video.
The M6 did an average job tracking moving
objects in continuous shooting mode. You’ll
hit 7 fps in burst shooting with AF tracking or
9 fps with focus fixed on the first frame—very
respectable speeds for cameras in this class.
The buffer, however, takes several seconds to
clear and we only hit about 10 RAW + JPEG
frames before buffering kicked in.
The M6 features what Canon dubs
a Combination IS system that leverages
image stabilization in the lens with a digital
stabilizer in the camera’s body. The system
worked well with the EF-M 18-150mm lens.
We were able to shoot at 1/25th handheld
fairly reliably, which is a solid performance.
Battery life clocks in at a CIPA-rated 295
shots, which is lower than comparable models
like the X-T20 (350 shots) or Sony’s a6300
(350 as well).
In the universe of mirrorless cameras with
APS-C-sized image sensors, the M6 competes
most directly with cameras such as Sony’s
a6300 and Fuji’s X-T20 or the less expensive
X-A3. Canon’s offering lacks the viewfinder
that’s found on the a6300 or X-T20 and
has far fewer AF points than Sony’s a6300,
though it is cheaper and offers a flip-up LCD.
While the a6300 will cost you more, it’s
more feature-rich, offering 4K video, faster
continuous shooting speeds and a slightly
lighter build. The X-T20 offers a more
analogue-styled camera with faster shooting
(leveraging an electronic shutter), 4K video
and also more plentiful AF points.
Canon’s M6 is not without its own unique
virtues however. From solid image quality,
a thoughtful design and excellent still and
video autofocusing—to say nothing of its less
expensive retail price, it’s a strong value.
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Pros: Fairly speedy continuous
shooting; Dual Pixel CMOS AF; flip-up
LCD; solid image stabilization.
cons: No built-in EVF; no 4K video;
meager battery life.
aBove: Canon’s M6 is a solid mid-range mirrorless,
but it lacks 4K video recording.
aBove: The image quality is as good as you’d expect from Canon.
canon eos m6
Until recently, Canon has kept the mirrorless category at arm’s length, watching as competitors
have made inroads and gobbled up market share. That appears to be changing.
Starting last year, Canon has released several new mirrorless models in its EOS M family
and while none of them are positioned to compete with the company’s professional DSLRs,
the M-series’ capabilities have grown considerably.
In Canon’s refreshed mirrorless lineup, the new M6 sits just below the flagship M5.
It shares a host of features from Canon’s DSLR lineup and is clearly one of the most
competitive mirrorless models the company has built to date.