Canon EOS M6 Review | Mirrorless Camera

Canon EOS M6 Review

Canon EOS M6 is a compact 24.2MP mirrorless digital camera and it is an ideal travel companion. It is located between the EOS M3 and EOS M5 in the Canon M series cameras. If you’re currently using a smartphone as your main camera it’s a perfect way to step into serious photography and if you’re already a DSLR owner this compact performer is a great secondary camera. It is sold with the 15-45mm and 18-150mm lenses as kit options for $899 and $1,279 respectively. The color options for the EOS M6 are black and silver.

Canon EOS M6: What is in the box?

When you buy the Canon EOS M6 mirrorless camera, the items in the box are as follows:

  • EOS M6
  • EF-M 15-45mm f/3.5-6.3 IS STM or EF-M 18-150mm F3.5-6.3 IS STM
  • Battery Pack LP-E17
  • Battery Charger LC-E17
  • Neck Strap EM-300DB
  • Camera Cover R-F-4

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Canon EOS M6: Body and Design

If you’re getting started in photography you’ll appreciate the easy operation that the EOS M6 allows. And for the experienced shooters, there are five dials so full control even manual operation is right at your fingertips.

The Canon EOS M6 dials are arranged conveniently. For adjustment dials on the right-hand side make quick camera changes seamlessly for an experienced shooter. There’s the main dial which surrounds the shutter button that’s used for primary settings like shutter speeds and manual or shutter priority mode.

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And towards the back are two stacked dials which you can operate with your right thumb. These dials completely transform your shooting experience if you want to use traditional photographic controls.

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A large quick control dial sits the base on top of the camera. Immediately above it is the exposure compensation dial so you can lighten or darken images when shooting in an automatic exposure mode.

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Finally, there’s another dial on the back of the camera this one’s called the control wheel and it’s also an important tool for quick setting adjustments. On EOS DSLRs Canon calls this back dial the quick control dial but note that on the EOS M series models the quick control is on the top of the camera.

Electronic Viewfinder (EVF)

Part of the reason for the camera’s super compact size is that it doesn’t have a built-in viewfinder but a high-resolution electronic eye-level viewfinder is available as an option.

For photographers who wish to hold the camera up to their eye for a feel similar to that of a DSLR, the optional electronic viewfinder is ideal. This is especially helpful in bright sunlight or in situations where composing on the screen is not convenient.


The big touchscreen LCD monitor is key to the EOS M6’s operation. The LCD monitor lets you use the touch screen for menu selections, swipe through pictures during playback, and focus on different areas by just tapping the screen with your finger.

Sensor and Image Processor

The EOS M6 is a 24.2-megapixel APS-C camera able to shoot in low-light at ISO settings as high as 25600 thanks to the powerful DIGIC 7 image processor.

Canon EOS M6: Image Quality

Image quality begins with a camera’s imaging sensor. The EOS M6 has a 24.2 megapixels CMOS sensor made by Canon. More important it’s the same APS-C size as the sensor in DSLR cameras like the EOS 7D Mark II or EOS 80D. Processing is handled by a DIGIC 7 processor. The EOS M6 is excellent in low-light with ISO is ranging from 100 through 25600. You can shoot RAW or JPEG still images. Your photo and video files are recorded on easy to find SD memory cards.

Finally, keep in mind that the EOS M6 has a lot of fully automatic and special scene shooting modes. So when you want to go back to the totally automatic operation or hand your camera to an experienced photographer it’s easy to shoot with.

Canon EOS M6: Sample Images

Canon EOS M6: Autofocus

The EOS M6 has Canon’s outstanding Dual Pixel CMOS Autofocus technology. Whether you shoot stills or Full HD video this is a super responsive autofocus system that can follow moving subjects or change from near to distant subjects swiftly and smoothly. The touchscreen interface means you can just touch the screen and tell the camera where to focus. Three AF method choices available right on the menu let you decide whether to focus with a single point with a broader cluster of points or let the camera automatically choose where to focus with face detection.

Even with a moving subject and Servo AF the EOS M6 can shoot up to 7 frames per second and with focus locked it can reach 9 frames a second.

Canon EOS M6: Video Features

With its video capabilities, the EOS M6 becomes a full multimedia creation tool. It shoots Full HD 1080p video at up to 60 frames per second with excellent quality. It’s lightweight and compact size makes it easy to manage during video recording and a 3-inch tilting LCD monitor with touchscreen control adds to its flexibility. 

The Dual Pixel CMOS AF technology can make video recording a breeze when you need to focus on moving subjects or just quickly refocus from one part of a scene to another. Other nice EOS M6 video features include combination image stabilization with five-axis which provides added shake correction when you’re walking or jogging to follow a subject and the ability to do in-camera time-lapse movies.

Canon EOS M6: Performance

The detail, color range, and digital noise levels will equal those of many traditional DSLRs. This camera is fast it can shoot up to seven full-resolution frames per second with moving subjects and up to nine frames per second with a stationary subject.

Canon EOS M6: Lenses

Lens interchangeability, of course, is a huge part of the appeal of this camera. You can directly attach any lens from canons EF-M series and with an available mount adapter from Canon, you can attach almost any Canon EF or EF-S lens from your DSLR lens collection. Canon EOS M6 can use many accessories speed lights and almost all lenses from Canon EOS DSLR line. Its compact design first and foremost offers control for the experienced photographer. It’s your way into an outstanding system of lenses but also includes many of the features and design elements you’ve seen an EOS DSLRs.

There’s a growing line of dedicated EF-M lenses for all Canon EOS M series cameras and with the optional Canon EF to EOS M mount adapter any traditional Canon lens for DSLRs can be used with EOS M6.

Standard Zoom Lenses

  • Canon EF-M 18-55mm f3.5-5.6 IS STM

Standard Prime Lenses

  • 7artisans 35mm F1.2
  • Canon EF-M 32mm F1.4 STM
  • 7artisans 35mm F2

Wide-angle Zoom Lenses

  • Canon EF-M 11-22mm f4-5.6 IS STM
  • Canon EF-M 15-45mm F3.5-6.3 IS STM

Wide-angle Prime Lenses

  • Canon EF-M 22mm f2 STM
  • Samyang 12mm f2.0 / 35mm F1.2 / 10mm f2.8 / 16mm f2.0

Telephoto Zoom Lenses

  • Canon EF-M 55-200mm f4.5-6.3 IS STM

Telephoto Prime Lenses

  • Samyang 300mm f6.3
  • Rokinon 85mm F1.8 Samyang 85mm F1.8

SuperZoom Lenses

  • Canon EF-M 18-150mm F3.5-6.3 IS STM

Wide-angle Fisheye Prime Lenses

  • Kamlan 8mm F3.0 Fisheye

Wi-Fi and Bluetooth Connectivity

For many photographers, staying connected is perhaps the most important thing in a 21st-century camera. Canon EOS M6 covers you there with not only built-in Wi-Fi to connect to compatible tablets or smartphones but also Bluetooth technology to keep the camera paired to a device and making reconnecting simple. You can even remote control the camera from most devices.

Canon EOS M6: Specs

Body type Rangefinder-style mirrorless
Max resolution 6000 x 4000
Effective pixels 24 megapixels
Sensor size APS-C (22.3 x 14.9 mm)
Sensor type CMOS
ISO Auto, 100-25600
Lens mount Canon EF-M
Focal length multiplier 1.6×
Articulated LCD Tilting
Screen size 3
Screen dots 1,040,000
Max shutter speed 1/4000 sec
Format MPEG-4, H.264
Storage types SD/SDHC/SDXC card
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
Weight (inc. batteries) 390 g (0.86 lb / 13.76 oz)
Dimensions 112 x 68 x 45 mm (4.41 x 2.68 x 1.77)
GPS None

You can reach full Canon EOS M6 specs and Canon EOS M6 Manual from the official Canon website.


Canon EOS M6 is a mirrorless digital camera and its size and weight have been greatly reduced compared to conventional DSLRs. This camera is a tremendous new addition to Canon’s M series cameras with its portable size, simple and easy operation. It’s a great way for beginners to step into a camera with genuine photographic features. And those same features will surely appeal to experienced Canon EOS users. 

In fact, its body is less than half the weight of a conventional full-frame camera like an EOS 5D or 6D. But the EOS M6 cameras design maximizes user control and that’s what makes an ideal ultra-compact alternative to DSLRs for expert shooters or even a second camera for working professional photographers. For people who are stepping up to their first interchangeable lens camera but who wants something above and beyond an entry-level camera, Canon EOS M6 is a super compact yet versatile option with tons of room to grow.

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