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Canon EOS M6

HWM (Malaysia) - - APERTURE - by Bryan Chan

When Canon first launched the EOS M in 2012, not many were im­pressed with its fea­tures and per­for­mance. The lat­est cam­era in the EOS M fam­ily – the EOS M6 – takes af­ter the M10, and is poised to be the mir­ror­less cam­era that Canon fans have been wait­ing for.

Like its sib­ling, the EOS M5, this cam­era is equipped with a 24.2MP CMOS sen­sor and DIGIC 7 im­age pro­ces­sor. More im­por­tantly though, the EOS M6 is also equipped with Canon's Dual Pixel CMOS AF sys­tem, which al­lows for in­cred­i­bly fast and ac­cu­rate aut­o­fo­cus­ing when shoot­ing in Live View.

Other fea­tures that you might find in­ter­est­ing in­clude the abil­ity to shoot Full HD videos at 60 fps, while a five-axis im­age sta­bi­liza­tion sys­tem fur­ther helps you to shoot high-qual­ity videos. There's also a 3-inch touch­screen LCD that tilts up­wards and down­wards for bet­ter shoot­ing an­gles.

In terms of im­age qual­ity, we're im­pressed with the amount of de­tails that the sen­sor man­aged to cap­ture, and the col­ors (with the EF-M15-45 IS STM lens) are very nat­u­ral. With­out the need to say so, pair­ing an EF-L lens with this cam­era will yield bet­ter im­age qual­ity, and with the EF-EOS M adapter, you'll still be able to make use of the cam­era's ex­cel­lent aut­o­fo­cus per­for­mance. As for noise lev­els, we'd keep the ISO be­low 3,200, but for on­line use, you'd likely get away with an ISO of about 5,000.

In the field, this cam­era is in­cred­i­bly easy to wield, thanks to it be­ing rel­a­tively light­weight. There are also two con­trol di­als that let you ad­just the aper­ture and shut­ter speed on the fly when in Man­ual mode, which is some­thing that ex­pe­ri­enced shoot­ers would greatly ap­pre­ci­ate.

Over­all, the EOS M6 is a very im­pres­sive mir­ror­less cam­era, es­pe­cially when it comes to aut­o­fo­cus­ing per­for­mance. It also comes with built-in Wi-Fi and NFC con­nec­tiv­ity, which makes it easy to shoot re­motely and share im­ages to a smart­phone. Im­age qual­ity is great, with plenty of de­tails cap­tured and col­ors be­ing ac­cu­rate. How­ever, it is a lit­tle pricey – at about RM3,400 (body only). There are plenty of other op­tions that of­fer more fea­tures for the same price tag. It's highly likely that the EOS M6 would only ap­peal to those who have al­ready in­vested in Canon cam­eras and are look­ing for a high­ly­ca­pable sec­ond body.

CON­CLU­SION Por­ta­ble, easy to use, and pow­er­ful, the EOS M6 would def­i­nitely ap­peal to photography en­thu­si­asts.

The 3-inch touch­screen LCD can tilt up­wards and down­wards.

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