Canon announces EOS M6, an enthusiast-oriented, yet compact 24MP mirrorless camera
posted Wednesday, February 15, 2017 at 12:01 AM EDT
Canon made waves with its EOS M5 mirrorless camera last fall, introducing their first mirrorless camera which felt like a true enthusiast model. The Canon EOS M6 continues in the same vein while ditching the built-in electronic viewfinder of the M5 and reducing the pricepoint while keeping much of what has thus far impressed us about the M5.
The Canon EOS M6 pairs the same 24.2-megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor found in the M5 with the same DIGIC 7 image processor to offer what Canon promises is a speedy camera. Also shared between the M5 and M6 is Canon's Dual Pixel CMOS AF autofocus system; a hybrid autofocus system that we have found in its other iterations to work very well.
Externally, the M6 looks like a slightly smaller M5 without an EVF; nore akin to the earlier EOS M3. The tilting touchscreen display is 3.0 inches (versus 3.2 inches on the M5), but the control layout is very similar and the M6 incorporates an enthusiast-oriented design. Speaking of the lack of an electronic viewfinder, users can purchase an optional viewfinder for use with the M6. Canon has also introduced a new 2.36M-dot EVF-DC2 viewfinder attachment, although the original EVF-DC1 is also compatible.
The Canon EOS M6 will be released in April in body-only and kit configurations. The body-only will cost around US$780. A kit with the M6 and an EF-M 15-45mm f/3.5-6.3 IS STM lens will be available for just under $900, and a kit with an EF-M 18-150mm f/3.5-6.3 IS STM lens will retail for just under $1,280. The M6 will be available in black and silver models.
For more information on the Canon EOS M6, including its shooting specs and video capabilities, head over to our Canon EOS M6 First Impressions.