Quite recently Canon introduced the M6 to the world and  people were very excited about this system camera launch. I immediately thought that the camera had the potential to be a blogger/vlogger’s dream, so I decided to test it as such.  

So… Why a photography review? 

I really love how you can step up your flat lay game with the tilted LCD screen and touchscreen focusing.

You might be thinking, why write a review on the M6 as it has already proven itself to be a popular vlog camera. It can shoot videos in FULL HD (no 4K yet) , has Dual Pixel CMOS AF system, which enables stable, high-speed focusing under any shooting conditions. But, I DO NOT VLOG. Period. What I do love is to take pictures and make interesting content, so I decided I would see if the M6 could keep up with me. I decided to test it’s image quality and asked myself the question: Would I buy this camera? 

 

The camera also allows you to shoot in RAW which is a big plus as it allows you to have more control over the image.  

Image quality 

The Canon EOS M6 is a compact 24MP APS-C mirrorless digital camera with twin dial controls and a touch screen interface. Starting at 679 euro for the body.  All of images were taken in the megapixel Fine JPEG setting, which gives an average image size of around 8Mb. 

The Canon EOS M6 features the same 24.2-million pixel APS-C sensor as found in the EOS M5, EOS 760D and EOS M6, with a ISO 100-25,600 range. 

I really enjoyed the image quality of the M6, especially for product photography.

The image quality of the M6 is the best part of the camera in my opinion. The Canon EOS M6 features the same 24.2-million pixel APS-C sensor as found in the EOS M5, EOS 760D, with a ISO 100-25,600 range. This allows for great images with razor sharp details.  Just make sure to not set the ISO above 800. All images taken at this setting or below are crisp and vibrant. 

Example of the camera’s performance in low light with high ISO

The boring but very important part 

Despite its petite size, the EOS M6 wears a smart set of controls. There are twin command dials; one surrounds the shutter button, the other surrounds the 4-way controller on the rear. This rear face dial is only used in manual exposure mode and users can choose which dial does what. Which gives you more control over the camera. There’s also a third dial that lives, rather neatly, under the exposure compensation dial. Its function can be set separately for Av/Tv/P and manual movie modes so that it controls ISO, white balance, AF method, metering, drive mode. In M mode it can also be assigned to control either shutter speed or aperture, rendering the more fiddly rear face dial redundant.  

Unlike Canon’s compacts, there’s no ‘Dial Func’ option on the M6 to quickly change the assigned parameter, so instead it’s set in the menu. However, having four main dials is much more control than found on most other mirrorless cameras, even the higher-end ones with viewfinders and can be set to place the most important functions on the most convenient dials.   Importantly, it offers about as much control and customizability as larger DSLRs do.  

 

The price 

Pricing for the M6 starts at a decent €679 for the body only. However, Canon does offer the camera in combination with some lenses and in my opinion it gives you get more value for your money if you just get the set. There is a set with the 15-45mm lens (€799) and  one with the 18-150mm lens (€860). You can get both lenses in a set for little less then €1100 euro respectively. 

After and before my usual retouching

Conclusion 

I really like how  you can also manually customize all settings like with professional cameras. This type of camera is ideal for those who want to get more out of their camera and want to take advantage of the benefits of various lenses. Any kind of photography (portrait, landscape, animals) has its own focal length (lens) that will work best.  

 

Extra features such as WIFI and Bluetooth are a big plus for us social media lovers. This allows you to forward photos directly to your smartphone and to instantly place the high quality photos on Instagram. You can also use the connection to remotely control the camera. Great for taking those killer selfies.  

The touchscreen makes it very  easy to use the camera and makes photography fun again.

Overall the M6 is a camera you buy when you want to get more into photography without having to deal with the complexity of a DSLR but with the image quality of one.  

Very important side note: I just try to give my own opinion based on my own experiences with photography. By no means do I know everything about photography. If you want a more technical or specs stacked review, I kindly request you to browse the webs where you will find plenty of articles like that. I do however know what I like and what I don’t.