This may be a bit long but, for fairness and for context, it really needs to be, so apologies in advance: If you want to get to the EOS M6 bit, just scroll down about a 40% of the page: it starts just before you see the first picture.
Regular readers of this blog, know I’ve tried many different cameras, DSLR, DSLT and MILC. The last, was my second Panasonic LUMIX GX8, which is a phenomenal camera. It’s great . . .BUT. . .
. . .20.3MP in a Micro Four Thirds sized sensor, can at times, create noisy images. Now, depending on what you’re shooting for, using high ISO on a smaller sensor, then resizing your final image downwards, removes virtually all the problems or issues associated with smaller sensors. The same is true of any sized sensor. Resizing downwards removes (by essentially making the noise patterns too small to see) noise artefacts.
Of course, virtually NO camera can see in the dark (unless it’s a dedicated night visions type) and in truth, high ISO on any sized sensor, starts to loose detail and noise creeps in as the ISO rises. Proper planning either with available light or by using strobes / flash wirelessly to provide the light you need for better image quality should always be the way you go.
But. . .what if you want to print BIG images?
On the GX8 for example, printing big with a 20.3MP sensor, at ISO up to @1600 creates excellent large prints (I printed to A3 borderless with no issues), the lower the ISO the bigger the print you can make (generally speaking) without image degradation.
But. . .what if you needed to use high ISO to get that shot and wanted to print a big image?
Go Full Frame, I hear you cry.
You could, but then you have the weight issue again. Sure you could use the Sony A7 Full Frame Mirrorless options, but then they still need bigger, heavier and more expensive lenses, but you would get the output you desired.
You could lump that Canon 5D Mk IV, Nikon D750, 810, 800 etc around and you would definitely get the outcome you wanted. Big picture, loads of detail at higher ISO, but, you still have that weight issue literally dragging you down.
So, what do you do?
As many of you already know, there are two giants in the camera world. Nikon and Canon. Their DSLR cameras have dominated the marketplace for decades.
DSLR cameras have become image capturing and processing beasts, but as with human beings, age brings a few less welcome side effects. . .just like their human counterparts, enjoying middle age spread, DSLR cameras have got bigger, fatter and heavier.
Sure, they capture more detail, so unlike their human counterparts, the camera’s ‘eyesight’ has improved, while humans’ eyesight start to degrade with age (not helped by pixel peeping on LCD displays at very close quarters), but they have gained weight. A lot of weight.
Seeing the camera fattening trend as a deterrent to purchasing, combined with the dominance of Canon and Nikon in the market, smaller manufacturers had to find their own niche.
Minolta was bought by Sony. Kodak, well they’re long gone now. Agfa, gone. Olympus Four Thirds DSLR failed to grasp any real market and Fujifilm DSLR offerings were based on old Nikon bodies, cost too much and failed to take hold.
It seemed Canon and Nikon dominance would continue . . .unchallenged.
But. . .(Oh-oh!)
Something was brewing in the Canon and Nikon dominated camera world. Pocket cameras were being replaced with smartphones and Canon and Nikon didn’t really dominate the compact camera market like they did with the bigger siblings.
So, having rethought their plans for a sustainable future, Olympus launched the Olympus PEN EP-1, Micro Four Thirds, MIRRORLESS interchangeable lens camera, complete with expensive ad campaign with Kevin Spacey, although, given the current revelations, alleged or otherwise, Olympus might want to forget that ad series.
A new comer to the digital stills camera market, having teamed up with Leica and agreed with Olympus on mount and sensor developments, was Panasonic, who launched their LUMIX range of Micro Four Thirds Mirrorless cameras.
Both the Olympus and Panasonic offered compact design, the ability to swap lenses to suit different shooting purposes and promised DSLR like image quality.
And the mirrorless market took off . . .BOOM!
Fujifilm, followed too with their excellent X- Series Mirrorless camera range, with tweaked X-Trans APS-C sized sensor. The Fuji sensor was bigger than that offered by Olympus and Panasonic and gave a higher image quality. Combined with the retro design of the Fuji X-Pro 1, then the X-E1, the smaller compact size with true DSLR image quality, the mirrorless market exploded.
Photographer after photographer, were ditching their bulky and heavy DSLR gear for Fuji’s excellent X-Series cameras.
The combination of great image quality in a light weight form, reinvigorated many a photographer who suddenly found themselves enjoying their craft for the first time in decades. Lighter = more agile, less burdensome to carry = more shooting opportunities, because you wanted to carry the camera with you.
Canon and Nikon, apparently did nothing. . .
That was until Nikon, finally decided to launch a mirrorless offering, that too was small, lightweight, with interchangeable lenses and they called it. . .the Nikon 1 series.
They were small. They were fast. They had interchangeable lenses. They had everything going for them. Nikon were onto a winner . . .except. . .
Nikon chose to protect their DSLR market by giving the Nikon 1, a 1 inch 10MP sensor. Now, a 1 inch sensor is significantly smaller than a Micro Four Thirds sensor, so image quality at low ISO was fine, but as soon as things got a bit higher, images were virtually unusable. I won’t include the Nikon 1 with its CX format sensor in the discussion from here on, other than very briefly. It can’t compete on the same level as the other mirrorless offerings.
Hot on the heels of Nikon, to much advertising, fanfare and huge promotional activity, Canon announced the Canon EOS M. . .A Full Canon EOS. . .Only Smaller.
It was small.
It had a DSLR sized sensor (APS-C).
It had a 3″ Touchscreen display (a first).
It had the heart of a DSLR in a handy compact size. . .the CANON EOS M
The Canon EOS M launched in 2012 and the reviews started coming in, (or going out?) you know what I mean. Anyways, the EOS M was a solidly built, almost pocketable powerhouse. The TouchScreen interface was amazing. It was and still is the best implementation of Touchscreen on any make of Camera. Canon got that right and have continued with that great touchscreen interface.
Unfortunately, the EOS M was criticised. . .”there’s no viewfinder” the reviewers shouted. Which was correct, the EOS M had no viewfinder. “There’s no built in flash”, the reviewers’ complained. They were correct, the EOS M had NO built in flash, but Canon did bundle (at least in the U.K) a snappy little hotshoe number called the Speedlite 90EX. Problem solved.
The reviewers were pretty much unanimous about the EOS M image quality though. The EOS M had an APS-C sized 18MP sensor and it produced beautiful images. Colour, white balance, detail were pretty much spot on. It was a very accomplished creation.
But, (yup, that but again) . . .there were three tiny little, (MAJOR!) problems with the Canon EOS M:
Firstly, Canon priced it higher than most similar spec competition, so it was really expensive. Really, really expensive. It was a fantastic quality, precision build, but it was expensive.
Secondly, Canon announced two lenses for the EOS M. The excellent 18-55mm kit lens and the super excellent 22mm f2 pancake number, which would be followed by the 55-200mm superzoom and the 11-22 IS STM.
Thirdly, and pretty much fatally, the EOS M was fitted with an auto focus system that would struggle to focus on almost anything within an acceptable given time. You know, see something, grab camera, switch on, compose, half press to compose and click . . .shot taken?
The EOS M was more, see something, grab camera, switch on. . . . . . . . . compose, half press to lock focus. . . . . . . . . . . . . . .still waiting. . . . . . . . . . . .and. . . . . . . . . .”beep”. . . .click. Shot taken, subject gone. . . .Oh dear.
For capturing the aftermath of the decisive moment, the EOS M was perfect. It could miss anything you wanted to capture, without trying. It was woeful.
Canon did respond, eventually, by issuing a firmware update, which did speed the AF up a little. The EOS M could focus on still subjects, but anything moving faster than a sleeping tortoise, the EOS M was not the camera for you.
But. . .(oh come on, that darned but again?), here’s the thing. . .
I absolutely love the original EOS M. I think it is an amazing little camera. So much so, I have owned 5 or 6 of them in my time.
“You what?” you may be asking.
Here’s why I love the EOS M.
Canon showed it could build a super compact camera, that could provide excellent image quality. The EOS M was built like a tank. It was small, but had a good heft about it. If I was out in the wilds and had an EOS M with me and a large creature fancied me for lunch? I knew that I could throw the EOS M at that big creature and if it didn’t knock it out, it would certainly make it think twice about what’s on the menu.
The TouchScreen interface was and still is the best implementation on a camera. Period. Nobody does touchscreen implementation as good as Canon. The EOS M was just like using an iPhone. It was just so slick.
But, (that but again), the damage was done. Nobody wanted the EOS M, so prices dropped and dropped some more, but then something happened which changed the EOS M’s fortunes. . .Magic Lantern released a firmware release for the EOS M, which opened up a huge range of capabilities. Capabilities, Canon had elected to either not include because it could impede on their DSLR sales, or just hadn’t thought about.
The much maligned EOS M, became a must have for videographers, thanks to Magic Lantern. Video makers couldn’t get enough of them and by that time, they were dirt cheap. Here in the U.K, I bought a brand new ‘still sealed’ EOS M with 18-55 kit lens and Speedlite 90EX for £199.00. The same camera just one year previously was @£900.00. (ouch!)
Canon, licking it’s wounds from the disappointment the EOS M created, launched the EOS M2, but only in the Asiatic region. The EOS M2 was much like it’s predecessor, slightly smaller, but Canon had equipped the EOS M2 with Wi-Fi and a new, improved and much faster Hybrid AF system. It was the Hybrid AF II. Phase detect and Contrast detect focusing. Surely they had a winner on their hands this time?
Canon lovers the world over, imported the EOS M2 by the bucket load, in the hope Canon could deliver a good camera, but, as with the original EOS M, the AF was pretty useless. Image quality and everything else remained the same, absolutely stunning, but that AF problem, Canon refused to solve. Canon had faster AF systems already associated with the same sensor in other cameras in their range, but Canon refused to implement it in the EOS M range.
The EOS M range, was fast becoming a photographic joke. Panasonic, Olympus and Fujifilm, continued to improve and extend their offerings, adding better features and capabilities or releasing upgraded firmware to extend features and capabilities, while Canon played silly games with AF systems in their EOS M series, just so it didn’t impact DSLR sales.
In 2105, three years after the original EOS M was released, Canon announced to the world, what the world had been waiting for . . .the EOS M3. I did a blog piece on it.
The EOS M3 was a great camera. Solid build, tilt and flip touchscreen (still using the original EOS M interface) and new improved 24Mp APS-C sensor which gave amazing images, along with the new Digic 6 processor, noise and speed had been improved.
So had the AF system. Canon implemented the Hybrid AF III. It was faster. It could focus on a moving tortoise, but nothing any faster. What? Canon had released the EOS 70D with Dual Pixel AF, surely they could have implemented that into the EOS M3?
They could have. BUT DIDN’T.
It was becoming clear to me, that Canon, appeared to be crippling the EOS M range by CHOICE!!
During all this time, Sony had launched the NEX, upgraded them to the Alpha moniker and Samsung had entered the market with their NX series of mirrorless offerings.
Samsung’s NX300 was an incredibly good little camera. Their Galaxy NX (EK-GN120) was a great concept: always connected 4G, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, NFC and ran on the Android operating system, which with a bit more investment and some much needed software updates, could have been a game changer. The last offering Samsung gave us was their incredible NX 1, a 28MP Back Side Illuminated mirrorless speed demon, but pretty much as soon as it was launched, Samsung pulled out of the camera market, leaving all Samsung owners up that especially smelly creek, with no paddles in sight. WTF Samsung?
Olympus and Panasonic had gone from strength to strength and Fuji, had pretty much taken over the mirrorless world.
Nikon, had released new updated version of their mirrorless 1 series increasing resolution of their 1 inch sensor, but, they were still a pretty ‘meh!’ offering (and expensive for the V range).
The EOS M3 did sell better than the original. It was a more competent camera, but still, that AF system caused problems winning any but the die hard Canon users out there.
With DSLR sales decreasing globally, mirrorless sales going up globally, something had to be done. And finally, Canon did it. . .
Enter the Canon EOS M5. . .
It looked like a small DSLR. It had a 24 MP APS-C sized sensor. It had a touchscreen, flip and tilt LCD, it had a built in EVF, it had built in flash and IT HAD AN AF SYSTEM THAT WAS FAST. . .
Canon included the Dual Pixel AF from their DSLR range and the reviews were all positive. Canon had arrived on the mirrorless stage at last . . .
But. . .(yup. . .again). . . .the EOS M5 was very expensive, with no 4K video capability, a tilt and flip LCD rear screen which flipped 180 degrees downwards for selfies (don’t I just love me? Don’t I just look soooo great? I must photograph myself at every opportunity I can get? I love selfies, it’s all about meeeeeeeeeeeee!!! UGH! Selfies? . . .Grrrrrrr) but for the EOS M dedicated videographers out there, the flip down screen did present a problem: how could a one person outfit, view the screen with tripod and external Mic attached?
Hold it by hand upside down, then rotate the file during post processing.
But, the critics love picking fault with the Canon EOS M range, because of the origins of that particular species. Besides, Canon hadn’t really endeared themselves to EOS M buyers. High priced and what was seen as flawed cameras which had a woefully lacklustre range of EF-M lenses. Sure, the range was now up to 7 lenses, but most ‘newer’ offerings in the lens line up, were fitted with cheap, nasty plastic bayonet mounts:
18-55mm IS STM (metal mount),
22mm (metal mount),
11-22mm IS STM (metal mount),
55-200mm IS STM (plastic mount),
15-45mm IS STM (plastic mount),
28mm Macro (built in LED lighting, but plastic mount)
18-150mm IS STM (plastic mount).
Of all the lenses, only the 22mm has what could be considered a fast maximum aperture of f2.
So, once again, Canon appear to be crippling what is now a fantastic camera. It has fast AF, it has fast fps shooting capabilities, it has a decent buffer for capturing 24MP images a 9fps (still) or 7fps (tracking). . .
BUT. . .(that bloody but again). . .Canon have no quality glass to put on it! WTF Canon?????
Now, I am not saying the EF-M lenses are terrible. They aren’t. I love the 18-55mm and the 22mm images. The 11-22 is on par or slighter better than the 18-55mm, the optics in these lenses are good, but Canon are crippling them with slower apertures.
BUT (and this but is deserved) BUT, CANON ARE CRIPPLING THEM FURTHER BY PUTTING PLASTIC MOUNTS ON THEM. . .
Come on Canon (and all other makers guilty of plastic mounts on lenses – bayonets as they are officially called – see I do know a thing or two. . .well I know a thing). There may be ONE situation where putting a plastic bayonet on a lens ‘could’ be considered acceptable:
If is it a very short pancake lens which is less likely to experience bumps and unintentional knocks. A plastic bayonet on the 22mm lens ‘could’ be considered as acceptable.
NOT ON THE 55-200.
NOT ON THE 18-150MM
The two longest, (both physically and reach), lenses, SHOULD NEVER HAVE PLASTIC BAYONET MOUNTS ON THEM. . . . .EVER!!!!!!!!!!!
Just one, yes ONE inadvertent knock, could snap that mount and leave it stuck in the body of your EOS M camera. . .Oh dear, now what do I do?
Buy another camera, from a different manufacturer who offers metal bayonet lenses, like FUJIFILM XF lenses! That’s what you do.
Now, I have owned several Fuji X Series Cameras: X-Pro 1, X-E1, 2x X-E2 and the X-T1. They are great cameras, but I gave them up and went with the Lumix GX8 (again).
But, I have just sold my LUMIX GX8 (I know I can’t believe it either) for. . .wait for it. . . . . . . . . .the Canon EOS M. . .5?
Nope. . . . . .M3 (again)?. . . . . .
Nope. . . .The Canon. . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Yes, that’s right. Ladies and Gentlemen, I present to you the Canon EOS M6. . .
Canon EOS M6 Silver & Canon EF-M 15-45mm f3.5-6.3 I.S STM Lens
The Canon EOS M6, has a recommended retail (R.R.P) of £729.99 in kit with the EF-M 15-45mm IS STM lens and is available in Silver / Black (as shown here) or Black (which is more a deep grey/ Tungsten top and base plate [similar colour to the EF-M Lenses] with the same black body section as the Silver variant shown here.
Also available as Body only (RRP £629.99) or with the EF-M 18-150mm IS STM lens kit (RRP: £969.99) Prices were correct at time of writing, but there are bargains to be found. If you look around.
Canon currently have a Cashback offer on select items at the moment, some retailers are even offering a limited time Double CashBack offer. I was fortunate and grabbed a great deal from Amazon on my EOS M6.
Initially, many may think the EOS M6 looks just like the previous EOS M3, but the EOS M6 is a complete reworking. Complete with a new optional Electronic Viewfinder too boot: The Canon EVF-DC2 (available exclusively from Canon in Silver or in Black from Canon and all other major photographic retailers), which does cost an extra £229.00 (at the time of writing this). OUCH!!!
Canon EOS M6 Built in Flash
The Top Plate still features the Built In Pop-Up Flash, HotShoe, Shutter Release, Control Dial, Mode Dial and Exposure Compensation Dial.
The bundled EF-M 15-45mm IS STM kit lens, now features a locking mechanism which allows the lens to be retracted into a smaller form factor, unlike the original EF-M 18-55mm IS STM kit lens of the original EOS M Range kits.
Unfortunately, Canon has also decided to remove the metal bayonet lens mount, with an awfully nasty and cheap plastic bayonet mount. One inadvertent knock, clunk or drop and that plastic mount will likely break, leaving you with a Canon EOS M6 body which has the remnants of a lens mount stuck inside it. Hmmmmm.
Plastic lens mounts are completely unacceptable. There should NEVER be any justification for putting a plastic lens mount on a lens. EVER.
For the sake of a few grams in weight and a few pence on manufacturing costs, metal bayonet lens mounts are a BASIC REQUIREMENT. They are ESSENTIAL in offering a solid feeling, reliable and QUALITY product.
Plastic lens mounts just make the offerings look cheap and half baked, as if the manufacturer is not yet committed to the product they’ve made the lenses for.
Canon EOS M6 Control Dials
The Shutter Release, now has a distinct Control Dial surrounding it, with a more exagerated ‘grain’. This new, industrial ‘grain’ offers more friction with the finger for a more assured turning experience. Each adjustment, is registered with a competent and reassuring click. The feedback felt in the finger with each click, lets you know you are using a precision instrument. There is nothing plasticky here.
This dial feels like metal, responds like the good old reliable mechanical dials of times past. In fact, in direct comparison, my previous LUMIX GX8 dials were brilliant. A good feedback click, with a nice friction when turning the dials. But the dials on the EOS M6 now make the dials on the GX8 feel just that little bit less special and a little bit plasticky.
Canon EOS M6 Control Dials Close Up
Gone is the awkwardly placed Power Button, hidden between dials on the EOS M3, replaced with an easy to reach flick switch, where a thumb can just slide it forward with minimal fuss.
Beneath the Exposure Compensation Dial, now sits a dedicated rear Thumb dial for settings changes and the Mode Dial. All these dials, continue this quality feel Canon have implemented. Each one feels solid, with reassuring clicks when turned. They may not have locking mechanisms on them, but unlike so many other dials installed on far too many mirrorless cameras, that feel like they’ll turn just by thinking about it, none of the Top Plate Dials on the Canon EOS M6 will change your settings unless you want them to.
Canon EOS M6 3″ Touch Screen
The rear of the Canon EOS M6 is minimalist. The ‘looks like an afterthought’ rear thumb rest from the EOS M3, has been replaced by a moulded and grippy rubber backing, which houses 4 slightly raised buttons for INFO, REC, Play and Menu, surrounding another command dial which also incorporates a 4- way selector for ISO, Flash, Manual Focus and Trash options. At the centre of this rear dial, is the all important SET button, which in view mode (that’s camera mode) doubles as your Quick menu access button.
The rear LCD also has the rubberised surround to protect it from damage when flipping up 180 degree for selfie (Oh I love me, Oh I love me!) shooters out there, or, just from general wear and tear. It’s a nice, quality look and feel.
Canon EOS M6 3″ Touch Screen On
The more observant amongst you will have already noticed in the top right hand corner of the rear 1.04Million Dot LCD a ‘Q’ icon. This is an instant ‘Touch’ Short Cut to your Quick Menu settings. Just a tap with a finger, and the Quick Menu settings appear like magic in front of your eyes.
The touch interface as I have said several times, is as smooth as that on the iPhone. It is sleek and a joy to use: swiping through images in your library, pinch to zoom etc. from the original EOS M are all still there and are great to use.
Canon EOS M6 Top Plate
The Canon EOS M6 is a small camera, but feels fantastic in the hand. Like it’s predecessor the EOS M, there is a good heft about the EOS M6. This is a solid, well built device.
Like the EOS M3, the combination of direct physical control with Dials, is further enhanced with the addition of the thumb scroll dial beneath the Exposure Comp dial, allowing the more serious “old school” photographer to make whatever adjustments they want to make as they would normally do on a DSLR.
The inclusion of the Touch Screen, for the “new school of photography” generation, used to touchscreens on everything, but still wonder why the toaster doesn’t have one, will absolutely love the Touch Interface on the EOS M6.
As I said earlier, the EOS M had the best touch implementation on any camera. FULL STOP. Canon obviously knows this and that’s why every generation of EOS M, whilst having their own flaws, has maintained the one winning feature.
On the EOS M6, touch is silky smooth and great to use.
Canon EOS M6 Tilt & Flip Rear LCD
The Flip and Tilt LCD on the rear, tilts down 45 degrees, for easier compositions during ‘crowd’ shots (like at concerts), whilst the flip up through 180 degrees, allows for easy waist level compositions or for those all important selfies. . .UGH! Or, for the serious blogger or budding vlogger, the ability to mount the EOS M6 on a tripod and see what’s actually being recorded and focused on (I’ll come to that bit shortly) is a must.
But (yeah, yeah) flipping the rear LCD up 180 degrees, does render the hot shoe unavailable for mounting an external Mic on (1st World problems for selfie loving generation! Boo-hoo), however the good news for all you vanity prone selfie takers out there, is that there are loads of add ons available which address these sorts of issues, bars / tripod mount extenders etc. Alternatively, you could actually go out into the world, meet some real people, make real friends and start taking pictures of each other instead of worrying about how best to record yourself. But (ha-ha) that’s just an idea. . .it might catch on. . .
Canon EOS M6 Rear LCD Close Up
The EOS M6 rear screen shows loads of details and settings info, without getting in the way of your shooting experience. The more observant amongst you will have noticed that little icon below the battery icon* . . .BLUETOOTH. . .Mmmmmmmmm. In fact, Bluetooth 4 Low energy.
*Canon, please update the firmware and include a percentage figure inside the battery icon. Three bars in the battery, really just doesn’t do it any more. Percentage is king.
Bluetooth connectivity, combined with NFC (for compatible Android devices), Wi-Fi for iOS or Android (PC and Mac too) means that transferring your images from the EOS M6 to your Tablet or Smartphone is as easy as possible.
Bluetooth connections remain active when the camera is still switched on but may have ‘powered down’ (gone into sleep), so that if you launch the companion Canon Connect App (from App Store or Play Store) you can still transfer images from the EOS M6 to your other device effortlessly.
The inclusion of bluetooth is significant. It makes for a quicker and more efficient workflow for photos on the go and with the more recent smart devices, with 64-Bit Desktop class processing at your finger tips, editing your images and video is easier than ever. If that is, any editing is needed.
RAW shooters will always want RAW images and spend hours in post with each image. However Canon’s JPEG engine is probably amongst the best out there and the engine in this EOS M6 is excellent.
Canon EOS M6’s 24.2MP APS-C sensor combined with Canon’s latest DiGIC 7 processor, produces wicked out of camera JPEGS.
I was really fortunate at this point in the blog, when my resident super model D’yafinkum Urglee, wandered in to see what I was doing, so I grabbed three shots to share with you:
EOS M6: Out Of Camera JPEG 1 f8.0 ISO600
The EOS M6 Out Of Camera JPEGs are, well look for yourself. Colour accuracy? Check. Detail? Check. Exposure / White Balance? Check.
EOS M6: Out Of Camera JPEG 2 f8.0 ISO500
The 24.2MP APS-C sensor at the heart of the EOS M6, giving you images 6,000 x 4,000 resolution, is a tried and tested sensor, having been implemented in the 80D, 77D, Rebel T7i and the EOS M5. And now, gracing the EOS M6 and WOW. . .
EOS M6: Out Of Camera JPEG 3 f8.0 ISO320
These three images are straight out of camera, with absolutely NO post processing. No sharpening, no editing in any way. They are straight out of the EOS M6, taken with the EF-M 15-45mm IS STM kit lens included with the EOS M6 using built in flash, on AV Mode, with FD (Fine Detail) Picture Style.
They are excellent.
But (OH OH!!), and there is a but. What about the AF?
“Canon EOS M’s aren’t renowned for their speedy AF systems”, I hear you cry. . .
They are now.
The 49 Point, All Cross Type, Dual Pixel AF is excellent, especially for moving subjects and face tracking in video. It is fast, but (oh oh!) like all cameras, regardless of make or price point, it can’t see in the dark, so as light quality reduces it can take a little longer to catch focus (just like every camera on the market), but (oh oh!) unlike the first, second and third generations of EOS M, the EOS M6, like it’s bigger sibling the EOS M5 is a speed demon when it comes to AF.
Digital 5-Axis image stabilisation is a nice add on for videographers out there, which combines with the lens IS to give even smoother hand held shooting.
In poorer light, the focus assist lamp illuminates locks focus and shot taken with minimal delay and fast enough for most purposes. In really poor light, do what any competent photographer would do, use the flash. The built in flash offers enough oomph for more intimate surroundings, but with a built in wireless trigger, can be used to trigger additional compatible flash units you have located in any surroundings. It’s a win win.
No ifs. . .
And finally. . .
NO BUTS!!!!! (Woo-HOOOOOO!!!!)
Well, there is just one, but and it’s a good but. . .
I just need a Canon EVF-DC2 in silver now to compliment my lovely EOS M6. . . Santa! Oh Santa!!
24th January 2018:
The Canon EOS M6 is an excellent little camera, it really is. The AF is reliable and way quicker than anything Canon has offered in a mirror less model before, but having really had time to put the camera through it’s paces, compared to the excellent Panasonic LUMIX GX8, the EOS M6 AF is significantly slower than the GX8.
The DFD AF system in the GX8 combined with the Venus processing Engine, really do make the AF in the LUMIX GX8 a thing to behold. It is lightening fast at acquiring AF. The buffer for shooting is significantly higher than that of the EOS M6 and with the current Panasonic Double Cash back offer, you can effectively get a LUMIX GX8 with the excellent LUMIX 12-60mm kit lens for £599.99 after cash back.
Given the capabilities of the LUMIX GX8, combined with the excellent touch interface and menu system of the GX8, which is almost as good as Canon’s touch interface, weather sealing and a huge array of dedicated compact lenses, if you are considering a EOS M6, I would suggest that in truth, the GX8 is the better camera to go for.
As mentioned earlier, as ISO goes up, noise starts to show up and the details start to get squished out as the camera software tries to produce the best image it can. I may have sounded a bit harsh on the Micro Four Thirds sensor, but in reality, relying on super high ISO to get a crucial image is more a sign of bad planning on behalf of the person standing behind the camera.
With proper planning, a few inexpensive flash guns (Godox, Nissin etc) with TTL and wireless capabilities showing up on the market, there really is no excuse not to have a couple of flash guns to hand. Check out Damian McGillicuddy’s work with his Olympus Micro Four Thirds gear to see what can be achieved with these super compact Micro Four Thirds sensors. He gets amazing results (https://damianmcgillicuddy.photography).
My GX8 is my go to camera. I absolutely love everything about it. Is it perfect? No. No camera is, but for me and my style of photography, the LUMIX GX8 is the closest I have come to the perfect camera (at least for me).
I won’t be replacing my GX8 any time soon. Sorry Canon.