Canon Keeps at Mirrorless Market with New M6

February 15, 2017

By Greg Scoblete

Canon appears to be ramping up efforts to court mirrorless photographers. Alongside last year’s M5, the company is adding the M6, a 24-megapixel APS-C mirrorless camera.

The M6 features Canon’s DIGIC 7 processor and Dual Pixel CMOS AF autofocusing technology. The camera can burst at up to 7 fps with continuous AF engaged or up to 9 fps with AF locked on the first frame. What the M6 can’t do is record 4K video. Filmmakers are relegated to full HD 60p recording.

Similar in spirit (though not in implementation) to technologies introduced by Olympus and Panasonic, Canon has introduced a combination five-axis image stabilizer to the M6. The combo IS uses optical image stabilization in the lens and digital stabilization in the camera to help correct for camera shake.

Additional features include:

  • Built-in Wi-Fi, NFC and Bluetooth (Bluetooth is used for remote control and automatic pairing, not image transfers)
  • 3-inch tilting, touchscreen display (up 180 degrees and down 45 degrees)
  • five custom function controls
  • 49 AF points sensitive to -1 EV
  • 1/4000 sec. max mechanical shutter speed
  • built-in flash
  • native ISO of 100-25,600
  • 295 shot battery life, per CIPA


The new Canon EOS M6 ships in April 2017 for $800. It’s available for pre-order nowIt will also be sold in a kit with the EF-M 15-45mm/F3.5-6.3 IS STM zoom lens for $900. Finally, you can buy it with the EF-M 18-150mm f/3.5-6.3 IS STM lens for $1,280.

Canon is also offering an optional EVF for the camera (the EVF-DC2) with a resolution of 2.36 million dots. It will cost $200.