Canon has been making cameras for a nearly 70 years and with each new model, brings better technology and improved designs and form factors. Over the past couple of years, mirrorless cameras have been on the rise and Canon has kept up with their M lineup of mirrorless cameras.
I’ve been using the Canon M6 for a couple of weeks now, I would say overall it’s a great mirrorless camera.
Design & Hardware
The M6 has a relatively simple design, nothing too crazy. It looks like a refined point and shoot camera with a much bigger (and detachable) lens. The body of the M6 came in this nice dark grey colour which makes the camera feel premium.
The front of the device has a rubberized texture which makes it easier to grip the M6.
As mentioned earlier, the lens on the M6 is interchangeable and can be swapped with a variety of lens. On the top of the M6, you’ll find the mode selector, a brightness selector, a manual focus button, a selector to change things like shutter speed, aperture depending on the mode and finally the on & off switch. There is also a hot shoe for the optional digital viewfinder and other hot shoe accessories.
The left side has the switch to raise the flash as well as a covered door for the micro USB and mic jack. The right side is where you’ll find the Wi-Fi connection button (to connect your smartphone or tablet to the camera), a mini HDMI port. The bottom, you’ll find the door for the battery and SD card slot and the tripod mount.
The screen on the back of the M6 is a touchscreen and can also flip up to face you or upwards. The camera itself has a bit of heft to it but it’s nothing too heavy. Next, to the flip-up touchscreen, you’ll find the Info and record buttons, click wheel for interacting with the menus and gallery and menu buttons.
One of the biggest reasons that you would want to get a mirrorless camera is the ability to get the same DSLR quality but in a small and more portable form factor. The M6 is able to take great photos but it did have some trouble in low-light situations and at night. The M6 has a 24-megapixel sensor.
Switching between modes on the M6 was fairly quick but it isn’t always clear which mode to use. I haven’t used a whole lot of mirrorless cameras, I have used my fair share of DSLRs but Canon should be able to properly distinguish the Scene Intelligent Auto, Hybrid Auto, Creative Assist, Scene, High Dynamic Range modes. All of those modes besides Manual, Aperture Priority, Shutter Priority, Program modes should be much clear of what makes those modes different.
There is prompts when switching that gives a bit of detail of what to use that mode for but even that it not perfectly clear.
Photos take on the M6 looks crisp and with lots of detail. The M6 is also able to take up to 1080p video at 60fps. Sadly, Canon hasn’t added the option to record in 4K on their consumer-level cameras like the M6 or the new Rebel T7i.
Overall, I did like using the M6 and it was one of the first mirrorless cameras I’ve used. After using the M6 for a couple of weeks, I’m not sure I’m totally sold on mirrorless cameras. I realize the M6 probably isn’t the absolute best mirrorless camera out there but it seems like a good starting point.
- Great image quality
- Easy-to-use interface
- Premium build
- Wi-Fi & Bluetooth connectivity
- Good battery life
- No 4K video
- Not great for low-light situations
- Hard to differentiate various shooting modes