Despite the leadership of SLR cameras, an increasing number of photographers are choosing mirrorless cameras. They are smaller, easier to use, albeit with their own characteristics.
Today on the Canon EOS M6 review is a bright representative of mirrorless cameras with good hardware and at a nice price. Let’s see what he can do. To get started, watch the video!
- chamber dimensions 112 x 68 x 44.5 mm;
- weight 390 g;
- CMOS image sensor, APS‑C;
- effective pixels 24.2 million;
- total number of pixels 25.8 million;
- DIGIC 7 processor;
- bayonet EF‑M. EF and EF‑S lenses are compatible via adapter;
- built-in 5‑axis digital stabilization when shooting video;
- autofocus Dual Pixel CMOS AF, 49 AF points;
- photosensitivity, photo: ISO — 100–25600;
- light sensitivity, video: ISO — 100–12800;
- shutter speed: 30–1/4000 in 1/3‑stop increments;
- 3.0‑inch 1.04M-dot ClearView II LCD touchscreen with 3:2 aspect ratio. Raises up to 180 degrees and tilts down to 45 degrees.
Ergonomics and design
The Canon EOS M6 has a small, grippy body with a rubberized grip. Weighs 390 grams — can be comfortably removed with one hand. The M6 looks expensive and attractive, but for the most part is made of plastic rather than a metal alloy like the M5.
The screen flips up completely, so you can screw the camera to a tripod and cut vlogs. With the M5, such a trick will not work — there the screen is lowered and the tripod closes it.
The mobile mechanism looks reliable and allows you to choose unexpected angles. You can shoot almost from the ground, tracking composition and focus on the screen.
The three-inch touch screen pleased with a cool and rich picture. It has good viewing angles and responsiveness is not worse than in smartphones. With it, it is convenient to enter the password from Wi-Fi, navigate through the menu and focus by touching any point on the display.
It is enough to point at a moving object, and the focusing system will cling tightly to it until you change the angle.
But there were some oddities — the M6 does not have a viewfinder. Relying only on the screen will not work, because it goes blind in the bright sun. So get ready to shell out another 23 thousand rubles for a detachable viewfinder. With a camera price of 36 thousand, this is very expensive.
The built-in flash is hidden in the body and shoots, it is worth pressing the lever. It is slightly recessed, which eliminates accidental pressing. You can use any other flash that is attached to the “hot shoe”.
On top is the shooting mode dial, shutter button, and a programmable button and exposure compensation dial.
Under it is a larger wheel, the functions of which change depending on the shooting mode. In manual mode, it changes the aperture value, in semi-automatic mode, it sets the ISO. You can adjust multiple values blindly without distraction while shooting.
On the left side there is a microphone input and a micro-USB connector. On the right is an HDMI output and a remote control connector. The Wi-Fi button will help you quickly post pictures, send them to a computer or immediately print to a wireless printer.
The Canon EOS M6 has a 24 megapixel APS‑C image sensor. As a processing processor — DIGIC 7. The same powerful hardware as in the top Canon EOS M5 mirrorless camera.
The camera works with EF‑M optics, the advantage of which is its small size and weight. The choice of native glasses is poor — only 7 models. But they can be expanded with an adapter and lenses from Canon EF mount DSLRs.
I tested the capabilities of the M6 on two lenses — the EF‑M 11–22mm f/4–5.6 IS STM and the EF‑M 18–150mm f/3.5–6.3 IS STM. The first is an ultra-wide-angle zoom lens with a stub. The second is an all-in-one universal glass for different shooting conditions.
Canon EOS M6 turns on in 1–2 seconds, which is not bad for a mirrorless camera. Autofocus is also fast thanks to Dual Pixel CMOS AF technology. The camera with native lenses focuses in about 0.3 seconds even in low light.
In continuous shooting, the M6 also does not slow down — 7 frames per second in autofocus mode. The camera takes 31 JPEG shots per burst.
The camera correctly reproduces colors, slightly overestimating the brightness and contrast. The picture is bright and vibrant even in cloudy weather. Automation quite accurately sets the white balance in different lighting conditions. The camera has a wide dynamic range and tries to preserve details and tones even in difficult conditions.
In low light, the M6 does a good job up to ISO 6400. The pictures are sharp, detailed, although after ISO 2500 there is already a little digital noise. If you shoot for social networks, image quality up to ISO 10000 will be enough. For printing, maximum ISO 6400.
The automatic modes in the M6 performed well. If you’re a beginner or just don’t have time to fiddle with the settings, you can turn on the Intelligent Auto Mode and take cool shots.
For night shooting, the handheld night shot mode is useful. The camera takes three frames and combines them into one, while getting rid of noise using smart algorithms.
Video M6 writes in Full HD 60 frames per second. I would like to be able to shoot in 4K, but for now — alas. But even during long shooting, the camera does not overheat and does not ask to rest. It is good for shooting blogs, you can write by hand thanks to 5‑axis electronic stabilization.
In addition, all EF‑M lenses feature STM technology, which gives you smooth autofocus during movie shooting.
The videos are good, the picture is realistic, juicy. This is a decent option for beginner bloggers, as well as for home photography. There is no longer a need for a separate video camera.
The 1040 mAh battery lasts for 295 shots and 85 minutes of Full HD video recording. Normal result, but not a record. If you go on a trip, it is better to get an extra battery.
The result is a decent mirrorless camera for amateurs and experienced photographers alike. Compact and lightweight, the M6 is made for travel, and its fast autofocus and high rate of fire make it a good reportage camera.
However, it should be borne in mind that there is no viewfinder here. If you are sure that it will not be useful, this is your choice. Otherwise, the difference in price with the top-end M5 camera becomes minimal and all meaning is lost in it.
- Good picture quality
Compact and handy body
Fast burst shooting
High-quality display with the ability to rotate up to 180 degrees up
No viewfinder. Removable is expensive
No 4K video support
Small park of native optics
Insignificant difference in price from the top M5