Canon EOS M6: ‘Delivers high precision for polished perfection’

The newest addition to the Canon mirrorless family is one that turns heads. Canon EOS M6 is perfect for photography enthusiasts who want lightweight camera yet produces high quality shots and for vloggers who appreciate swiveling LCD, rapid and precise AF, and in-camera stabilization.

The mirrorless camera boasts Dual Pixel CMOS AF, high sensitivity 24.2 megapixels, APS-C sensor and the latest image processor, DIGIC 7.

The Canon EOS M6 sits in between of M3 and M5. It is almost like the M5 but slightly cheaper. Other notable differences are that M6 has no built-in electronic viewfinder, a little smaller LCD that flips up as opposed to M6’s flip down screen, and the location of its pop-up flash and mode dial has been moved to the left and right, respectively. Everything else pretty much stays the same.


Accurate AF performance with Dual Pixel CMOS AF

Dual Pixel CMOS AF powers the EOS M6 with approximately 24.2 million phase-difference sensors, which enables lock on to, fast and accurate tracking when shooting stills and video, especially while the camera is in live view mode. AF is possible on approximately 80% x 80% area of the focal plane’s entire surface with 45 cross-type AF points.

Touch AF further facilitates efficiency when conducting focus adjustments particularly during macro and portrait shoots. Additionally, minute adjustments of the AF frame can also be done effortlessly through the controller wheel in the magnified view for accurate and precise focus.

It has also improved noise reduction performance as enabled by the DIGIC 7 image processor that expands the normal ISO speed range from 100 to 25600. This notable improvement ensures sharp and crisp image quality even when shooting in low-light conditions.

The camera is also capable of continuous shooting speed of seven frames per second (nine with focus locked) and full autofocus single-shot lag of 0.126 second.

The powerful combination of the Dual Pixel CMOS AF and DIGIC 7 delivers high image clarity with low noise levels.


In-camera digital IS for seamless videos

Full HD at 60p is supported by M6. It is still not in 4K, but most vloggers do not need this feature anyway. What they need comes in the form of the combination of Dual Pixel CMOS AF technology and STM lens. EOS M6 allows users to achieve fast and accurate tracking during video shooting mechanical noises generated by the lens motor during autofocusing. The combination IS leverages optical IS and in-camera 5-axis IS to help create seamless videos. Additionally, the DIGIC 7 image processor makes the 5-axis image stabilization possible even with lenses that do not contain IS due to the independent in-camera image stabilization that reduces camera shakes during video shoots.


Camera handling and battery performance

The EOS M6, available in two colors: sophisticated black graphite, and vintage silver and black combination, feels light and firm on the hands. Its portability is perfect for an everyday camera, as it weighs approximately 390 grams (including body, battery and card).

On the top panel, the mode dial, exposure compensation dial, power switch and shutter release are all located on the right. It offers the typical four shooting modes (program, aperture-priority, shutter-priority and manual), scene modes (self-portrait, portrait, landscape, close-up, sports, food, panning, handheld night scene and HDR backlight control) and Scene Intelligent Auto Shooting mode.

The pop-up flash is on the left. And at the middle is a hot-shoe, where the removable electronic viewfinder and wireless mic receiver can be attached, although this may block the view of the LCD when tilted upwards.

Users have the flexibility of taking photos from different angles with ease with a 3.0” touch panel LCD screen that tilts 180 degrees upwards (which of course helps when vlogging and taking selfies) and 45 degrees downwards. Located on its right are the quick control dials, which are easy to reach when simple adjustments are needed.

The EOS M6 uses an LP-E17 battery that is capable of (CIPA-rated) recording 85 minutes of movie shooting, 295 shots with the LCD, 290 shots with optional EVF, and five hours of still image playback. An extra battery pack comes in handy for heavy usage, which costs around P3,000.


Wireless connectivity

With Wi-Fi and NFC connectivity, users can transfer images and videos upload them onto the Canon Image Getaway, social media platforms and cloud storage. And by using the Canon Camera Connect app, users have real-time control of the camera settings such as shutter speed, focus selection and self-timer and more. In addition, EOS M6 features Bluetooth low energy technology, which maintains constant connection to a compatible smart device at low power consumption. With this constant connection, users can view images, start remote capture from the camera, even when the camera is in Auto Power Off mode. Smart devices with Bluetooth can wake the camera up, and switch the Wi-Fi for browsing and viewing images or perform remote capture (with Live View). Users can also use Bluetooth to perform basic remote capture (no Live View), control image playback and slideshow when the camera is connected to a TV or projector via smart devices.


Available lenses

The EOS M6 is available in two kit options: EF-M 18-150mm F3.5-6.3 IS STM and EF-M 15-45mm F3.5-6.3 IS STM kit. For existing EOS DSLR users, the Mount Adapter EF-EOS M (sold separately, which costs around P8,000) allows full compatibility with over 70 EF/EF-S lenses.