Canon M6

Canon EOS M6 front

Canon M6 summary

Canon M6 is Canon's Advanced Mirrorless camera originally announced on February of 2017. The camera features a 24MP, CMOS APS-C sized sensor and has a max resolution of 6000 x 4000.

Canon released this camera in order to update the previous Canon M3 (Read Full Comparison) and subsequently released the more recent Canon M6 MII (Read Full Comparison) as a way to replace this camera.

The M6 is placed #21 out of 61 in Advanced Mirrorless cameras and over all #117 out of 1459 for digital cameras in our collection. You should check our Smart camera search to see camera rankings based on your personal factors.

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Canon M6 family

The Canon M6 is part of a family of digital cameras. You can see the complete range below.

ModelVisualizeResolutionSensor SizeMax fpsReleased
Canon-EOS-M200 front thumbnailCanon M200
M6 vs M200
24MPAPS-C6.1 fps2019
Canon-EOS-M6-Mark-II front thumbnailCanon M6 MII
M6 vs M6 MII
33MPAPS-C14.0 fps2019
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Canon-EOS-M100 front thumbnailCanon M100
M6 vs M100
24MPAPS-C6.1 fps2017
Canon-EOS-M6 front thumbnailCanon M624MPAPS-C9.0 fps2017
Canon-EOS-M5 front thumbnailCanon M5
M6 vs M5
24MPAPS-C9.0 fps2016
Canon-EOS-M10 front thumbnailCanon M10
M6 vs M10
18MPAPS-C4.6 fps2015
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Canon-EOS-M3 front thumbnailCanon M3
M6 vs M3
24MPAPS-C4.2 fps2015
Canon-EOS-M front thumbnailCanon M
M6 vs M
18MPAPS-C4.0 fps2012

Canon M6 Pros and Cons

Below is a checklist of benefits and drawbacks of the Canon M6 based on things that are oftentimes considered useful in a camera.

above average high ISO (25,600)
above average minimum ISO (100)
comes with face detect focusing
comes with tracking focus
flash built-in
good MP (24MP)
good resolution screen (1,040 thousand dots)
high video quality (1920 x 1080 resolution)
includes HDMI socket
includes mic socket
interchangeable lenses (Canon EF-M mount)
manual focus
NFC support
nice screen size (3 inch)
offers focus by touch
selfie friendly screen
sensor has phase detect AF
sensor size is good (APS-C)
supports bluetooth
supports RAW formats
tilting screen
lack of image stabilization
low battery pack (295 per charge)
no headphone socket
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Canon M6 Sensor info

The Canon M6 houses the Digic 7 chip. The size of the sensor in the Canon M6 is 22.3mm x 14.9mm (APS-C). The 332 mm² sensor can capture 6000 x 4000 pixels and aspect ratios of 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9.

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The CMOS sensor boasts 24MP and includes a native ISO range of 100 - 25600. RAW photos are saved therefore you have wider room to maneuver in post.

The image below illustrates the M6's sensor dimensions when compared to other common sizes. The M6 sensor comes with a crop factor of 1.6 and is showcased in green.

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To get a sense of different aspect ratios, you should refer to the visual below.

Camera sensor aspect ratios

Canon M6 dimensions

Canon M6 is 0.86 lbs (390g / 13.76 oz) and features exterior proportions of 112mm x 68mm x 45mm (4.4" x 2.7" x 1.8"). The weight of typical Advanced Mirrorless camera is 453g so the Canon M6 is less heavy in comparison with other competitors.

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The following is a photo of the Canon M6 next to a softdrink to help you to have a feel for its scale.

Canon EOS M6 dimensions scale

The top view directly below will illustrate the button arrangement on the M6.

Canon EOS M6 topview buttons dials

Canon M6 Lens info

The M6 fits the Canon EF-M mount and has 26 lenses available to buy. Below is a few of the lenses we have in our database which will fit the M6.

ModelVisualizeFocal LengthApertureStabilizedWeight
Canon-EF-M-32mm-F1.4-STM lensCanon EF-M 32mm F1.4 STM32mmf/1.4235g
Canon-EF-M-22mm-f2-STM lensCanon EF-M 22mm f2 STM22mmf/2.0 105g
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Samyang-21mm-F1.4-ED-AS-UMC-CS--Rokinon-21mm-F1.4-ED-AS-UMC-CS-Canon-EF-M lensSamyang 21mm F1.4 ED AS UMC CS21mmf/1.4275g
Canon-EF-M-18-55mm-f3.5-5.6-IS-STM lensCanon EF-M 18-55mm f3.5-5.6 IS STM18-55mmf/3.5-5.6 210g
Samyang-16mm-f2.0-ED-AS-UMC-CS-Canon-EF-M lensSamyang 16mm f2.0 ED AS UMC CS16mmf/2.0 583g
Samyang-35mm-F1.2-ED-AS-UMC-CS-Canon-EF-M lensSamyang 35mm F1.2 ED AS UMC CS35mmf/1.2420g
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7artisans-12mm-F2.8-Canon-EF-M lens7artisans 12mm F2.812mmf/2.8295g
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Canon M6 Connectivity

The M6 has the following connectivity:

  • USB Yes
  • Wireless Yes
  • Bluetooth Yes
  • NFC Yes
  • HDMI Yes

Digital cameras that feature NFC and / or Bluetooth support are able to be controlled wirelessly via smartphones. You can easily copy pictures and usually adjust camera settings without connecting physically to the camera.

Many applications even allow a Liveview and hit the shutter whenever you are not close to the camera. If the camera provides a HDMI out, it can easily be hooked up to an external screen. Most cameras will allow you to charge the battery pack using the USB socket.

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Canon M6 Video info

The max video quality in the Canon M6 is 1920 x 1080 and it can shoot in MPEG-4 and H.264 format. 1080p quality can provide a good balance in quality versus file sizes but 1080p will not give you much room to crop. Even though the camera includes a mic socket, it is unfortunately missing a headphone socket which means you will not be able to check your sound levels.

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Canon M6 Weather Sealing

Canon M6 does not include environment proofing so wet conditions might affect the camera.

Canon M6 Display and Viewfinder

The Canon M6 features a 3 inch tilting display screen supporting a resolution of 1,040 thousand dots.

It features a selfie friendly display to get self portraits and even group photos when necessary. Moreover the display screen is touch friendly which means you will be able to adjust focus point as well as adjust settings by using your fingers.

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The ViewFinder specs regarding Canon M6 are below:

  • ViewFinder Electronic (optional)

In those bright outdoor conditions which make the camera displays washed out and tough to view, viewfinders will be rather useful.

Canon M6 Shutter info

Canon M6 can shoot continuously at 9.0 fps. The maximum shutter speed is 1/4000 seconds.

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Canon M6 Flash and Hot shoe info

Canon M6 includes both in-built flash plus external flash support.

Canon M6 Autofocus info

Canon M6 includes both Phase Detect Autofocus and Contrast Based Autofocus. Phase Detection autofocusing is more faster & precise in comparison with Contrast Based autofocusing. The camera features Face detect which makes it handy for people photography.

It features 49 focus points to pick from. Canon M6 has touch to focus. You can easily use your fingers in order to adjust where you focus. It also boasts Tracking Autofocus for subjects that move. Canon M6 supports manual focusing in case it is required in low light or you need to have more accurate focusing control.

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Canon M6 Battery life

The battery pack on the Canon M6 is designed to last for 295 images based on the CIPA standards which is lesser compared with its competition. The usual Advanced Mirrorless camera battery life is 386. Sony A6600 comes with the maximum (810) battery life in this kind of cameras.

Following is a listing of Advanced Mirrorless cameras that come with the highest battery life:

Canon M6 for specific forms of photography

The following bar chart indicates a rundown of the Canon M6 for specific forms of photography. To look at more, check out the specific section below.

Canon M6 Portrait photography details

The Canon M6 gets a points total of 80 which is excellent, meaning that it is a tremendous fit for portrait photography. Shooting portraits leans heavily to sensor size, support for RAW photos and ability to use off-camera lighting.

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has manual focus
megapixel count good (24MP)
sensor size is good (APS-C)
features face detect autofocus
saves RAW files

Canon M6 Street photography features

Getting a outstanding rating of 80, the Canon M6 is a brilliant choice to use in street photography. A good street photography camera gives a good balance of picture quality plus portability.

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screen tilts up and down
sensor size is good (APS-C)
supports RAW formats
comes with touch to focus
great ISO range (25,600)
no image stabilization

Canon M6 Sports photography information

A very good sports photography points total of 67 indicates the Canon M6 is a respectable option for taking photos of sports. A camera should have great focusing plus fast continuous shooting for sports photography.

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MP count good (24MP)
good sensor size (APS-C)
features tracking focus
comes with phase detect auto focus
lack of image stabilization
terrible battery power (295 CIPA)

Canon M6 as a Travel photography camera

Portability is super critical when getting a travel camera. In general, the Canon M6 gets a wonderful 80 as a travelling camera which is a outstanding pick to buy for your travels.

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has bluetooth
has touch to focus
decent sensor resolution (24MP)
has built in flash
selfie friendly screen
terrible battery life (295 CIPA)

Canon M6 Landscape photography info

For anybody planning to buy a digital camera for landscape pictures, the most critical factor is going to be image quality. The Canon M6 at it's very good rating of 74 as a landscape camera is a good choice in the current marketplace.

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has manual focus
swap lenses (Canon EF-M mount)
pretty good screen size (3")
decent megapixels (24 megapixels)
sensor size is decent (APS-C)
great ISO range (25,600)
exports RAW formats
does not have image stabilization
terrible battery power (295 per charge)

Vlogging with Canon M6

A vlogging camera should have a moving display, mic port and if possible IBIS. Taking all things into account, the Canon M6 is a great pick as a vlog camera as it receives a wonderful rating of 80.

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selfie friendly screen
built-in touchscreen
provides face detect autofocus
video resolution high (1920 x 1080 pixels)
includes microphone port
lack of image stabilization

Canon M6 Alternatives

If you are looking for replacements to the M6, here is a number of the highest ranked cameras that fall into the class of Advanced Mirrorless.

The graph down below will give you a summary of the M6 vs it's highest ranked competitors mentioned previously.

There are more cameras you may check out as alternative options. To go through a extensive comparison, visit the "compare" link.

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General Information
Model type
Canon EOS M6
Advanced Mirrorless
Physical type
Rangefinder-style mirrorless
Sensor Information
Sensor type
Processor Chip
Digic 7
Sensor size
Sensor dimensions
22.3 x 14.9mm
Sensor area
Sensor resolution
24 megapixels
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio
1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Max resolution
6000 x 4000
RAW data
Max native ISO
Minimum native ISO
Manual focusing
Touch to focus
Autofocus continuous
Autofocus single
Autofocus tracking
Autofocus selectice
Center weighted autofocus
Multi area autofocus
Live view autofocus
Face detect focus
Contract detect focus
Phase detect focus
Total focus points
Lens mount type
Canon EF-M
Total lenses
Focal length multiplier
Type of display
Display diagonal
3 inch
Resolution of display
1,040 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Touch friendly
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type
Electronic (optional)
DXO scores
DXO Overall rating
DXO Color Depth rating
DXO Dynamic range rating
DXO Low light rating
Min shutter speed
Max shutter speed
Continuous shutter rate
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Exposure compensation
Change white balance
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash distance
5.00 m (at ISO 100)
External flash
WB bracketing
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Supported video resolutions
1920 x 1080 @ 60p / 35 Mbps, MP4, H.264, AAC
Max video resolution
Video data format
MPEG-4, H.264
Mic port
Headphone port
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
Environmental sealing
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
390g (0.86 pounds)
Physical dimensions
112 x 68 x 45mm (4.4" x 2.7" x 1.8")
Battery life
295 pictures
Battery type
Battery Pack
Self timer
Yes (2 or 10 secs, custom, remote)
Time lapse shooting
Storage type
Card slots
Retail pricing