Thanks to Canon South Africa I recently had the chance to play around with the EOS-M6 mirrorless camera for a few days. This pocket-sized power shooter combines DSLR performance with go-anywhere portability, and combined with the EF-M 18-150mm f/3.5-6.3 IS STM kit lens is a well-rounded mirrorless system for both stills and video.
Being new to video I was a little aprehensive about shooting somethinbg to include in this review, but the M6 is incredibly easy to use and the menu system and settings are very intuative. The camera also has a built-in timelapse movie mode which lets you select between 3 saved pre-programmed scenes plus a custom mode where you can just change the settings each time.
The M6 is almost identical to the older M5 minus the electronic viewfinder and has a slightly smaller body weighing in at approximately 350g. Many have said that the lack of a viewfinder is a dealbreaker but I honestly didn’t miss it at all, thanks to the crystal clear and very responsive screen. There is an optional electronic viewfinder available if you really need one. The tilt screen is great for selfies or shooting those hard to get angles, and the fact that you can tap to focus is a feature I really enjoyed.
The two things that impressed me the most about the M6 were the AF speed and the quality of the images produced by the APS-C sized, 24-megapixel sensor, knocking out DSLR-worthy shots with good colour and minimal noise, even at high ISO settings. Incorporating the speed of the DIGIC 7 processor also means the M6 starts up in an instant and rapidly responds to touches and commands which makes it perfect for the go-anywhere, take everywhere photographer.
The M6 even has Wi-Fi capabilities so you can remotely control the camera and see what it sees from the Canon Camera Connect App which can be download on your phone. The Bluetooth capability is also great for an uninterrupted connection to transfer your files.
Key features include:
- 24 Megapixels APS-C image sensor
- Dual Pixel CMOS AF
- Touch Tilt Screen (Tiltable 180 degrees up and 45 degrees down)
- 7 fps continuous shooting (9 fps with focus and exposure locked)
- 1080/60p video
- Electronic video stabilisation (5-axis)
For a full list of the camera’s specifications visit Canon’s official product page here.
The M6 is available for purchase with two lens kit options:
- EF-M 15-45mm f3.5-6.3 IS STM lens
The 15-45mm lens provides good reach and excels at capturing stunning wide images. The lens features an image stabilization feature which greatly reduces camera blur in low light photography.
- EF-M 18-150mm f/3.5-6.3 IS STM lens
The Canon EF-M 18-150mm f/3.5-6.3 IS STM is a versatile wide-angle to telephoto 8.3x zoom lens. The lens incorporates Canon’s popular IS 4-stop lens stabilisation technology to provide sharp images, even in less than ideal light.
In a nutshell, I would highly recommend this camera to anyone looking for a great all-rounder but doesn’t want to commit to a DSLR. The M6 is a camera that has enough great features and flexibility for more experienced users but tons of presents that make it easy for any user.
I have no affiliation with Canon South Africa and this is a completely independent review. The loan unit was returned to Canon after I had reviewed it.