Earlier this week Canon announced the latest of the EOS M lineup, the EOS M6. Now when I first heard of this camera I instantly though, why are they creating a predecessor to the EOS M5 which was released last year. But upon further inspection it turns out that it is not a predecessor, in-fact it’s a lower end version of the M5 and the successor the the EOS M3.
So what differentiates the M6 from the M5? The biggest difference is the lack of an integrated viewfinder, instead the viewfinder is an optional extra which clips into the hotshoe. But after that the differences are pretty minor. The M6 is has same 24.2-megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor and DIGIC 7 image processor. Both have Dual Pixel CMOS AF that is incredibly effective at focusing during live view and video.
Besides the hardware similarities there are a few differences in the performance. the ISO ranges from 100 to 25600, Full HD 60p video, in body stabilization that pairs with the lens to create a 5-axis stabilization system, 7fps continuous shooting and a tilting 3-inch LCD . Of course the camera also includes Wi-Fi/NFC/Bluetooth to connect with your smart device.
So with these specs in mind, why would you buy a M6 over a M5, especially considering the small price difference between 2 cameras. Well if you’re not the type to use a viewfinder, and appreciate the small weight savings, then the M6 might be for you. But if the viewfinder is important to you, then the M5 will be a better value for you.
Below you can find a few sample photos that Canon has provided. To my eye they look quite nice! It will be exciting to get my hands on one and see what it can do!