Camera - - WHAT’S NEW -

CANON LOOKS TO be get­ting the hang of this mir­ror­less cam­era thing. The lat­est ar­rival is the EOS M6 which is essen­tially an M5 in a new – and very pretty – bodyshell, mi­nus the EVF. No built-in EVF? Be­fore you de­cide to move off to read some­thing else, let us tell you that there is an all-new clip-on elec­tronic viewfinder, but more im­por­tantly, the M6’s con­fig­u­ra­tion tells us Canon is re­ally think­ing about its mir­ror­less cam­era range. Leav­ing out the built-in EVF al­lows for a more com­pact de­sign and the EOS M6 re­ally fits the bill in terms of at­tract­ing users who want some­thing bet­ter than a smart­phone for tak­ing pic­tures, but don’t want a D-SLR, no mat­ter how com­pact.

The RF-style body is very neat and fea­tures a dial-based ex­ter­nal con­trol lay­out with a tiltad­justable LCD mon­i­tor screen which has a res­o­lu­tion of 1.04 megadots and also pro­vides touch con­trols. It’ll tilt up through 180 de­grees too, for tak­ing ‘self­ies’… we know, but it’s now an im­por­tant fa­cil­ity in this class of cam­era. There’s a built-in, pop-up flash and the M6 has a sin­gle me­mory card slot for SD for­mat de­vices

On the in­side is the same 24.2 megapix­els (ef­fec­tive), ‘APS-C’ size ‘Dual Pixel CMOS’ sen­sor as is used in the M5 mated with Canon’s lat­est ‘DiG!C 7’ pro­ces­sor. The sen­si­tiv­ity range is equiv­a­lent to ISO 100 to 25,600. The ‘Dual Pixel’ sen­sor’s de­sign de­liv­ers phase-difference de­tec­tion aut­o­fo­cus­ing which is im­pres­sively fast. The AF sys­tem em­ploys 49 se­lectable mea­sur­ing points and has both face-de­tec­tion and sub­ject track­ing fa­cil­i­ties. Ex­po­sure con­trol is based on a 384-zone me­ter­ing sys­tem which drives the stan­dard choice of ‘PASM’ con­trol modes plus a se­lec­tion of sub­ject/scene modes. The M6 also has choice of ‘Cre­ative Fil­ter’ spe­cial ef­fects and var­i­ous JPEG pro­cess­ing op­tions of­fered on Canon’s D-SLRs such as ‘Auto Light­ing Op­ti­miser’ and ‘High­light Tone Pri­or­ity’ (HTP). Con­tin­u­ous shoot­ing is pos­si­ble at up to 9.0 fps with the AF/AE locked to the first frame and 7.0 fps with frame-to-frame ad­just­ment. The video ca­pa­bil­i­ties are pretty stan­dard fare with Full HD record­ing in the MP4 for­mat at 50 or 25 fps (PAL) with stereo sound and the op­tion of plug­ging in an ex­ter­nal mic. Not sur­pris­ingly there’s built-in WiFi (with NFC con­nec­tiv­ity), but also Blue­tooth for main­tain­ing a con­nec­tion with a mo­bile de­vice.

The new EVF-DC2 op­tional viewfinder uses a 0.39-inch OLED panel with a res­o­lu­tion of 2.36 megadots, and a re­fresh rate of 120 fps. It is both more com­pact and lighter than the pre­vi­ous DC1 model. The EOS M6 is avail­able in black or sil­ver fin­ishes and sells for around $1299 (es­ti­mated av­er­age street price) with the EF-M 15-45 f3.5-4.5 IS STM zoom lens. Canon Aus­tralia says the EOS M3 model will con­tinue to be avail­able lo­cally. For more in­for­ma­tion visit

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