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Test review of the Canon EOS M6: Good image quality for little money


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Since the beginning, I am part of the international photographers and artists collective, which is named “Pictas Collective“.

Because the Pictas Collective has an partnership with “Canon Germany“, I had the opportunity to conduct an extensive test of the Canon EOS M6.

The EOS M6 is a compact and lightweight mirrorless camera with interchangeable lens and Dual Pixel CMSO AF. It boost a 24.4 Megapixels APS-C sensor with built-in wireless connective and a DIGIC7 image processor. The ISO ranges from 100 to 25600. The M6 sits in the upper range of the entry-level mirrorless cameras and can compare very well with most DSLR.

I tested the M6 with the 15 – 45 mm kit lens and the 55-200 mm lens. It is also important to mention that I could not test the optional viewfinder for the camera.

This review will cover three topics: design & handling, camera functions, and finally camera photo & video quality.

Design and Handling

I immediately noticed the low weight of the housing, 390g, and the small size. It has a built-in flash that opens via an extra button and a tilt-type LCD screen. However, the electronic viewfinder is optional. The handgrip, on the right front side, could have been a bit bigger considering the relatively small size of the camera.

The EOS M6 is equipped with a well thought set of controls. The EOS M6 has two command dials, one around the shutter button, and the other around the 4-way controller on the rear. The rear face dial can only be used in manual mode and users can choose which of this two dials controls shutter speed and which one controls aperture. Another dial located under the exposure compensation dial usable in Av/Tv/P and manual movie can control ISO, white balance, AF mode, metering mode, and drive mode.

In summary, I would give the camera 7.5 out of 10 points in the area of design and handling. It is relatively light and handy; however, the handgrip is small and the electronic viewfinder is optional.

Functions

As far as the camera’s functions are concerned, it has numerous creative modes including the so-called Creative Assistant that makes it possible to adjust and change properties such as brightness, contrast, and hue or color saturation directly in the camera. It also includes noise reduction functions for long exposures and high ISO values.

The camera takes up to seven frames per second, and has a 5-axis digital image stabilization built in that did a very good job during my test.
The camera shoots photos as JPEG, RAW and SRAW, which is a specific Canon RAW format. It is possible to capture JPEG and RAW images at the same time.

The M6 comes equipped with WLAN, Bluetooth and NFC. Moreover, as like many Canon cameras, the M6 can connect to a PictBridge certified printer.

Battery life is excellent; the M6 can take up to 425 pictures with one battery if you use the built-in ECO mode. Without it, it can take up to 295 pictures with the LCD monitor activated. It is also worth mentioning that the camera also has a time-lapse mode for videos.
In summary, the M6 has enough controls and more important customizability. It gets 9 out of 10 points in this section.

Image quality

The Canon EOS M6 has 24.2-megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor. This combination provides very detailed and sharp images in good light and thus a very good image quality and dynamic range. In low light, the shadow areas of the pictures become noisy in automatic mode. However, image quality at low light improves with the 55-200 lens.

In the context of the Canon Germany/Pictas-Collective partnership, I had the opportunity to conduct an extensive test of the Canon EOS M6

The EOS M6 is a compact and lightweight mirrorless camera with interchangeable lens and Dual Pixel CMSO AF. It boost a 24.4 Megapixels APS-C sensor with built-in wireless connective and a DIGIC7 image processor. The ISO ranges from 100 to 25600. The M6 sits in the upper range of the entry-level mirrorless cameras and can compare very well with most DSLR.

I tested the M6 with the 15 – 45 mm kit lens and the 55-200 mm lens. It is also important to mention that I could not test the optional viewfinder for the camera.

This review will cover three topics: design & handling, camera functions, and finally camera photo & video quality.

Design and Handling

I immediately noticed the low weight of the housing, 390g, and the small size. It has a built-in flash that opens via an extra button and a tilt-type LCD screen. However, the electronic viewfinder is optional. The handgrip, on the right front side, could have been a bit bigger considering the relatively small size of the camera.

The EOS M6 is equipped with a well thought set of controls. The EOS M6 has two command dials, one around the shutter button, and the other around the 4-way controller on the rear. The rear face dial can only be used in manual mode and users can choose which of this two dials controls shutter speed and which one controls aperture. Another dial located under the exposure compensation dial usable in Av/Tv/P and manual movie can control ISO, white balance, AF mode, metering mode, and drive mode.

In summary, I would give the camera 7.5 out of 10 points in the area of design and handling. It is relatively light and handy; however, the handgrip is small and the electronic viewfinder is optional

Functions

As far as the camera’s functions are concerned, it has numerous creative modes including the so-called Creative Assistant that makes it possible to adjust and change properties such as brightness, contrast, and hue or color saturation directly in the camera. It also includes noise reduction functions for long exposures and high ISO values.

The camera takes up to seven frames per second, and has a 5-axis digital image stabilization built in that did a very good job during my test.
The camera shoots photos as JPEG, RAW and SRAW, which is a specific Canon RAW format. It is possible to capture JPEG and RAW images at the same time.

The M6 comes equipped with WLAN, Bluetooth and NFC. Moreover, as like many Canon cameras, the M6 can connect to a PictBridge certified printer.

Battery life is excellent; the M6 can take up to 425 pictures with one battery if you use the built-in ECO mode. Without it, it can take up to 295 pictures with the LCD monitor activated. It is also worth mentioning that the camera also has a time-lapse mode for videos.
In summary, the M6 has enough controls and more important customizability. It gets 9 out of 10 points in this section.

Image quality

The Canon EOS M6 has 24.2-megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor. This combination provides very detailed and sharp images in good light and thus a very good image quality and dynamic range. In low light, the shadow areas of the pictures become noisy in automatic mode. However, image quality at low light improves with the 55-200 lens.

For videos, the M6 records in full HD with a maximum of 60 frames per second. The servo focus tracks moving subjects very good
I would give the camera 8 out of 10 points in the area of image and video quality, as it has a good image quality in good light, but there is no possibility to film in 4K.

Conclusions

I give the M6 a score of 25 over 30 points. It is an excellent mirrorless camera at a very reasonable price. If you are looking for a solid camera, the Canon EOS M6 is an excellent choice.

Some Images I took with the Canon EOS M6:

Finally, I would like thank Miguel Trujillo, who helped me to translate my review into english.

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