Canon EOS M6 review

Testing the Canon EOS M6 was my first experience of Canon's EOS M range of compact system cameras (CSC).

Coming 5 years after the first CSCs, the EOS M system has been slammed a bit. But the two-year-old predecessor the EOS M3 showed signs of improvement.

Aimed at enthusiast photographers, the EOS M6 is a diminutive camera packed with the sort of features one would expect from a Canon DSLR.

It's really similar to the EOS M5, save for the exclusion of a built-in electronic viewfinder (EVF). The result is that the EOS M6 is significantly cheaper than the EOS M5 and some way smaller, with an optional EVF available. 

 Canon JPEG colours are consistently auucrate right off the bat - no editing whatsoever in this picture.

Canon JPEG colours are consistently auucrate right off the bat - no editing whatsoever in this picture.

It took me a while to warm to the Canon EOS M6, but the more I used it the more liked it. The camera sits in the hand nicely, has an intuitive, customisable layout. 

Aperture, shutter speed, ISO and focusing are quick to hand. The touchscreen is great too - being able to touch the part of the frame that you want to focus on increases the hit rate of sharp shots. 

For much of the test I wanted to see if the EOS M6 could be a viable alternative to a camera like the Fuji X-100F, because I had the 22mm f/2 pancake lens which essentially creates the same setup. In summary, it's not quite as responsive as the Fuji.

Once again though, Canon has delivered when it comes to image quality. JPEGs straight out of the camera are crisp and vibrant, with faithful colour rendition. 

The main downside to the EOS-M system is its current lens line-up. Serious photographers will want to see more serious dedicated EOS-M glass available to buy into the system, irregardless of the Canon EF-S to EF-M lens adaptor.

Overall, the EOS M6 tick a lot of boxes and sees Canon continue to move in the right direction with its EOS-M range of compact system cameras. 

Read my full review on the Photography Blog website.