Canon EOS M6 Review

May 11, 2017 | Tim Coleman | Rating star Rating star Rating star Rating star


Canon continues to develop its EOS M range of compact system cameras (CSC) through the EOS M6, a diminutive camera packed with the sort of features one would expect from a Canon DSLR. 

Aimed at enthusiast photographers, the EOS M6 replaces the two-year-old EOS M3 and is similar to the EOS M5, save for the exclusion of a built-in electronic viewfinder (EVF). Without a built-in EVF, the EOS M6 is significantly cheaper than the EOS M5 (and smaller), though there is an optional EVF available. 

New camera systems take time to mature - we’ve seen it again and again that a camera might take several versions before realising its potential. Relatively speaking, the Canon EOS M range is the new kid on the compact system camera block (coming a good 5 years after Olympus), but the range has been present for 5 years now, which should have provided enough time to come into its own.

A glance of the camera, its specification, plus Photography Blog's positive response to the similar EOS M5, all make for an enticing prospect. The Canon EOS M6 costs £729 / $779 body only or £839 / $899 with the 15-45mm EF-M IS STM kit lens.

For this test of the EOS M6, we had our hands on the Canon EF-M 18-150mm f/3.5-6.3, 28mm f/3.5 macro and 22mm f/2 (pancake) lenses, though we did not use the optional EVF. Read on for our full Canon EOS M6 review.

Ease of Use

In the hand, first impressions are good. The Canon EOS M6 is compact yet solid and reassuringly weighty, while the faux-leather finish feels more luxurious than the smooth plastic body of its predecessor. 

The physical distance required between the APS-C sensor and lens mount (known as flange depth) in turn makes for a relatively deep camera when compared to Micro Four Thirds cameras, but in every other dimension the EOS M6 is truly dinky. 

A further note on size - usually one would expect disproportionately large and heavy lenses with a compact system camera that features an APS-C sensor, like the EOS M6. Yet Canon’s EF-M lenses are comparable to micro four thirds lenses (M4T), which are part of a significantly smaller image sensor format. Impressive stuff.

All three EF-M lenses used during this test are well balanced with the camera, even the 18-150mm f/3.5-6.3 lens. The 22mm f/2 lens is particular tiny, which definitely brought a nod of approval from me when first attaching it to the camera. 

For a compact system camera such as the Canon EOS M6, it makes perfect sense to exclude a viewfinder yet offer an optional external unit. That way, the camera body design is more compact (without the optional viewfinder attached) and it takes up less space in a bag too. 

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Front of the Canon EOS M6

Those that want the optional EVF unit have a choice between the EVF-DC1 or DC2. When the cost of a viewfinder is factored in, the price of the EOS M6 is comparable to the EOS M5, which is a tad on the expensive side. 

I did not have the viewfinder for this test so instead relied upon the rear LCD screen, which is a touch-sensitive, 3in, 1.04-million-dot unit. Given the diminutive size of the Canon EOS M6, it surprised me to naturally desire a viewfinder when using the camera, but that is not to suggest the LCD touchscreen is lacking.

For a significant part of the test I was shooting in bright sunshine. In such conditions, the default setting of the LCD touchscreen is not quite bright enough to see clearly, but once the brightness was manually cranked up to its brightest setting, visibility is fine.

The touchscreen tilts which is of course useful for viewing from low and high angles. Combine that with the touch focus and touch shutter functionality, the screen becomes a truly integral part of operating the camera. For selfie-shooters the screen flips 180° and is viewed above the camera. I took one or two pictures in this mode, for the sake of the test and nothing else, honestly!

Those likely to use both an optional external flash and viewfinder will have to choose between one of the two, because both require the same hotshoe port. 

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Rear of the Canon EOS M6

Focusing wise, the autofocus of the Canon EOS M6 is snappy without quite matching the best cameras at this price point. Adjust focus between a subject in the foreground and the background and one can see the focus transition - so it’s not lightning fast. There is a bit of hunting in particularly low contrast light, which is to be expected. 

For more static subjects, the autofocus on the EOS M6 works well, but those interested in fast moving subjects may find a few missed shots. Autofocusing for video is on the whole very smooth.

I was particularly keen to use the 22mm f/2 (35mm effective) lens because I like to take a lot of street and reportage photos and that is my go to focal length. With the lens attached, the EOS M6 looks like it could accommodate street photographers, but does its handling cut it as a serious alternative to cameras such as the Fuji-X100 series? 

Well, start up time is not quite as immediate as I would like and unfortunately there is no option for a silent electronic shutter. Shutter noise is rather obvious, so it’s hard to shoot quietly. For me that is not a problem because I like to interact with subjects, but it may be a sticking point for others.

I found the touchscreen to be helpful for street photography. Not only does touch focus and touch shutter improve your chances of getting a sharp shot, but the tilt function of the screen enables a modern recreation of the waist-level finder, shooting from the hip method, which can be less intrusive to a passersby. So all in all, the camera isn’t quite geared for street photos, but is definitely workable! 

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Top of the Canon EOS M6

Canon has truly been able to squeeze a lot of controls onto the small body, which includes two top control dials and a dedicated exposure compensation dial, which is stacked onto the rear top dial located near your thumb when holding the camera. Easy access to exposure compensation pleased me and will be sure to for other enthusiast photographers.

If like me you like to shoot in aperture or shutter speed priority mode, then the rear top dial is by default set to control ISO. It takes but a small knock to move the dial, from auto ISO to ISO 25,600, which is quite frustrating - I had several overexposed shots taken in bright daylight at ISO 25,600. Ultimately, the rear top dial is too easily rotated.

To avoid the rear top dial ISO problem, the default can be disabled through the custom settings menu. Canon might consider upping the resistance of the rear dial or disabling the possibility of skipping from the lower to upper ends of the ISO range.

That said, having exposure control, exposure compensation and ISO control all immediately to hand is brilliant. There is also exposure lock (AEL) and focus point navigator buttons. Furthermore, on the rear control wheel, there is a manual focus (MF) button, so its really easy to flick between auto and manual focus. 

For easy manual focusing, the Canon EOS M6 offers magnification and focus peaking. Focus peaking colours the edges of the areas that are in focus. I found it useful to manually select the M-Fn button on the top of the camera to disable/ activate focus peaking. However, I could not find a way of displaying a focusing distance scale, which is disappointing.

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Tilting LCD Screen

In playback, it is possible to display the focus areas selected for a picture, as well as highlighting overexposure areas - both are helpful for quick image reviews. 

I cannot test a compact system camera without commenting on the battery life, because this is typically a weak area for this type of camera. The LP-E17 battery (as used in the EOS M3, 750D and 760D) actually has a respectable 295-shot life. However, in Eco mode the battery shot life is quoted at 425-shots and I found limited affect on operation using this mode. Depending on the day’s shooting, it is still worth taking a second battery. The battery/memory card door is a bit sticky and I’d speculate how durable it is.

As for the Wi-Fi function, it works well when used with an iOS phone - pairing is quick and providing you’re in range then the shooting response is good too. I had the camera with me for a trip away where these was no computer access and found transferring images to my phone for quick editing and sharing really useful. 

With both auto and manual shooting modes, plus a plethora of camera controls, I can really see the EOS M6 satisfying a wide range of users.

If an enthusiast photographer takes the time to explore what is possible with the camera controls (yes read the manual!), manually setting up for one’s own shooting styles, then the Canon EOS M6 is truly a delight to use. While not perfect, the EOS M6 delivers where it really counts.

Image Quality

All of the sample images in this review were taken using the 24 megapixel Fine JPEG setting, which gives an average image size of around 8Mb.

The Canon EOS M6 features the same 24.2-million pixel APS-C sensor as found in the EOS M5, EOS 760D and EOS M6, with a ISO 100-25,600 range.

I had plenty of time with the camera, using it in a wide range of scenarios - for example shooting landscapes in bright sunshine and cloud, being under tungsten light inside, wandering the streets at night and so on. During this time, I have used the whole range of ISO settings. 

To comment on the Canon EOS M6’s handling of noise, I have examined the large 6000x4000 pixel images at 100% magnification. Downscaling images to, say, 16-million-pixels, reduces critical observations.

Raw files that have not had any lens correction and noise reduction applied start to show signs of luminance noise at ISO 800. All images taken at this setting or below are crisp and vibrant. Noise brings a gradual albeit small loss in sharpness and saturation from this point (ISO 1600 and ISO 3200) and once at ISO 6400, noise is more prominent and images are tonally flatter. Certainly the top two settings of ISO 12,800 and ISO 25,600 are less useable. 

Noise reduction applied to JPEG images at ISO 1600 and higher render edge detail softer and smoothed over. Again, JPEG images at ISO 100 through to ISO 800 are crisp and pack a punch. 

There is a slight loss of detail in dark shadow and bright highlight areas that is otherwise found in the matching raw file, as one would expect, so it is worth it to shoot in raw format in scenes when the Canon EOS M6’s dynamic range is really tested. 

For images at ISO 1600 and above, best results can be achieved by applying lens corrections to raw files manually, to make sure images are crisp and the maximum possible shadow and highlight detail maintained. 

I’ve tested several Canon EOS digital cameras down the years and consistently the quality of JPEGs is a strong point. The EOS M6 does not disappoint, with faithful colour rendition, saturation and lens corrections applied. 

By default, the EOS M6 uses an auto colour mode, which for the best part renders accurate colours. I did find on one or two occasions that the auto colour mode missed the mark, such as when shooting an outside area carpeted with bluebells among long green grass, where the vivd colour setting seemed to be applied with garish results. 

If one is likely to edit images post shooting, then it is well worth choosing the natural colour mode or at least the standard colour mode to ensure a subtler colour rendition, from which one can then increase the saturation and so on to taste.
All in all, the Canon EOS M6 delivers really good quality images that are sure to please enthusiast photographers. 


ISO sensitivity can be set between ISO 100 and ISO 25600 in full-stop increments. Here are some 100% crops which show the noise levels for each ISO setting, with JPEG on the left and the RAW equivalent on the right.



ISO 100 (100% Crop)

ISO 100 (100% Crop)

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ISO 200 (100% Crop)

ISO 200 (100% Crop)

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ISO 400 (100% Crop)

ISO 400 (100% Crop)

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ISO 800 (100% Crop)

ISO 800 (100% Crop)

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ISO 1600 (100% Crop)

ISO 1600 (100% Crop)

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ISO 3200 (100% Crop)

ISO 3200 (100% Crop)

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ISO 6400 (100% Crop)

ISO 6400 (100% Crop)

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ISO 12800 (100% Crop)

ISO 12800 (100% Crop)

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ISO 25600 (100% Crop)

ISO 25600 (100% Crop)

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File Quality

The Canon EOS M6 has 2 different JPEG file quality settings available, including Fine and Normal, with Fine being the higher quality option. Here are two 100% crops which show the quality of the two options.

Fine (7.57Mb) (100% Crop) Normal (4.87Mb) (100% Crop)
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RAW (31.1Mb) (100% Crop)  


The flash settings on the Canon EOS M6 are Auto, Manual Flash On/Off, and Red-Eye Reduction. These shots of a white coloured wall were taken at a distance of 1m.

Flash Off - Wide Angle

Flash On - Wide Angle

ISO 64 ISO 64

Flash Off - Telephoto

Flash On - Telephoto

ISO 64 ISO 64

And here are some portrait shots. As you can see, neither the Flash On setting nor the Red-Eye Reduction option caused any amount of red-eye.

Flash Off


Flash On


Flash Red-eye Reduction



The Canon EOS M6's maximum shutter speed is 30 seconds and there's a Bulb mode for even longer exposures, which is excellent news if you're seriously interested in night photography. The shot below was taken using a shutter speed of 15 seconds, aperture of f/8 at ISO 100.



Picture Styles

Canon's Picture Styles are preset combinations of different sharpness, contrast, saturation and colour tone settings. The available Picture Styles are shown below in the following series, which demonstrates the differences. You can tweak these Picture Styles to your liking, and there are also User Defined styles so that you can create your own look.



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Fine Detail

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Creative Filters

Essentially a more extreme version of the well-established Picture Styles, Creative Filters offers 10 options, all of which can be interactively tweaked to suit your taste.

Grainy B/W

Soft Focus

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Fish-eye Effect

Toy Camera Effect

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Miniature Effect

Water Painting Effect

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HDR Art Standard HDR Art Vivid
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HDR Art Bold HDR Art Embossed
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Auto Lighting Optimizer

Auto Lighting Optimizer performs in-camera processing to even out the contrast and correct brightness. There are 4 different settings - Off, Low, Standard and Strong.



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Highlight Tone Priority

Highlight Tone Priority is a custom function which can be enabled from the menu. Use of this custom function improves highlight detail by expanding the camera's dynamic range in the highlights. As you can see from these examples, Highlight Tone Priority reduced the extent of highlight blow-out considerably.


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Sample Images

This is a selection of sample images from the Canon EOS M6 camera, which were all taken using the 24 megapixel Fine JPEG setting. The thumbnails below link to the full-sized versions, which have not been altered in any way.

Sample RAW Images

The Canon EOS M6 enables users to capture RAW and JPEG format files. We've provided some Canon RAW (CR2) samples for you to download (thumbnail images shown below are not 100% representative).

Sample Movies & Video

This is a sample movie at the quality setting of 1920x1080 pixels at 50 frames per second. Please note that this 37 second movie is 154Mb in size.

This is a sample movie at the quality setting of 1920x1080 pixels at 50 frames per second. Please note that this 22 second movie is 93.8Mb in size.

Product Images

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Front of the Canon EOS M6

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Front of the Canon EOS M6 / Pop-up Flash

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Side of the Canon EOS M6

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Side of the Canon EOS M6

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Rear of the Canon EOS M6

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Rear of the Canon EOS M6 / Image Displayed

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Rear of the Canon EOS M6 / Turned On

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Rear of the Canon EOS M6 / Quick Menu

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Rear of the Canon EOS M6 / Main Menu

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Tilting LCD Screen

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Tilting LCD Screen

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Top of the Canon EOS M6

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Bottom of the Canon EOS M6

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Side of the Canon EOS M6

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Side of the Canon EOS M6

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Front of the Canon EOS M6
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Front of the Canon EOS M6
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Memory Card Slot
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Battery Compartment


It took me a while to warm to the Canon EOS M6, but the more I used it the more liked it. The camera sits in the hand nicely and a real strong point is its intuitive layout and controls that can be customised to suit one’s shooting preferences. 

All the key manual controls are quick to hand - aperture, shutter speed, ISO and focusing. And that is before we have even got to the responsive touchscreen, which is particularly useful for spot focusing. Being able to touch the part of the scene that you want to focus on increases the hit rate of sharp shots. 

I was particularly pleased with the size and weight of the EOS M6 with an EF-M lens attached. The 22mm f/2 pancake lens is really dinky. If Canon is to pursue its EOS compact system camera range, then enthusiast photographers will want to see the lens range expanded, especially with some wide aperture prime lenses. 

Sure, there is the Canon EF/ EF-S to EF-M lens adaptor available which opens up the entire Canon lens range, but if size really is the point, then the adaptor misses it. 

Once again, Canon has delivered when it comes to image quality. JPEGs straight out of the camera are crisp and vibrant, with faithful colour rendition. 

Overall, the EOS M6 tick a lot of boxes and sees Canon continue to move in the right direction with its EOS-M range of compact system cameras. 

4 stars

Ratings (out of 5)
Design 4.5
Features 4
Ease-of-use 4
Image quality 4
Value for money 3.5

Main Rivals

Listed below are some of the rivals of the Canon EOS M6.

Fujifilm X-T20

The brand new Fujifilm X-T20 is a mid-range compact system camera that inherits most of the key features of the flagship X-T2 model. Does the X-T20 cut too many corners to hit its more aggressive £799 / $899 price-tag? Read our in-depth Fujifilm X-T20 review to find out...

Olympus PEN-F

The new Olympus PEN-F is a new premium compact system camera boasting a gorgeous retro design and some pro-level features, including a new 20 megapixel sensor, 5-axis image stabilisation, 10fps burst shooting, vari-angle 3-inch LCD touchscreen, 4K time-lapse movies, an electronic shutter and built-in wi-fi. Priced at £999 / $1199 body-only, is the PEN-F all style and no substance? Read our in-depth Olympus PEN-F review to find out...

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX80

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX80 is a new mid-range compact system camera. With a 16 megapixel Micro Four Thirds sensor with no optical low pass filter, new dual 5-axis image stabilization, built-in electronic viewfinder, 3 inch tilting LCD touchscreen, 4K video and photo modes, and integrated wi-fi connectivity, can the Panasonic GX80 live up to its early promise? Read our in-depth Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX80 review complete with sample images, test shots, videos and more to find out...

Sony A6500

The Sony A6500 is the latest high-end compact system camera with an APS-C size sensor. With 24.2 megapixels, 4K movie recording, in-body 5-axis stabilization, a touchscreen 3-inch tilting LCD screen, 11fps burst shooting, electronic viewfinder and built-in flash, is the A6500 the best Sony APS-C camera yet? Read our Sony A6500 review to find out...

Review Roundup

Reviews of the Canon EOS M6 from around the web. »

If you are looking for an extremely high image quality to camera size ratio, the Canon EOS M6 may have your name on it. While the M6 is a tiny camera, it gives up nothing in terms of image quality to any of Canon's other current APS-C sensor format EOS models, including both DSLR cameras and MILCs (Mirrorless Interchangeable Lens Cameras). And, now featuring Dual Pixel AF, this camera is a great performer from this very-important image quality aspect as well.
Read the full review » »

The Canon EOS M6 is Canon's latest mirrorless interchangeable lens camera, updating the EOS M3, which will eventually leave the market. The M6 features a new 24mp APS-C CMOS sensor, a 3inch tilting touch-screen, FullHD video recording at 60p, plus built-in Wi-Fi, NFC, and Bluetooth. The M6 will be available in silver and black, or just black. The camera offers Improved speed over the M3, plus, 7fps continuous shooting with C-AF or 9fps with fixed AF.
Read the full review »


Image Sensor


22.3 x 14.9mm CMOS

Effective Pixels

Approx. 24.2 megapixels

Total Pixels

Approx. 25.8 megapixels

Aspect Ratio


Low-Pass Filter


Sensor Cleaning

EOS integrated cleaning system

Colour Filter Type

Primary Colour

Image Processor




Lens Mount

EF-M (EF and EF-S lenses compatible via Mount adapter EF-EOS M)

Focal Length

Equivalent to 1.6x the focal length of the lens

Image Stabilisation

Optical Image Stabilizer on compatible lens Movie: In-camera 5-axis Digital IS available. Further stabilisation enhancements from lenses compatible with Dynamic IS



Dual Pixel CMOS AF System. Phase detection pixels built onto imaging sensor 1

AF System/ Points

Maximum 49 AF points (Fixed location on 7x7 grid) via camera automatic selection 2 Freely position 1 AF point/ 1 AF Zone (9 points, 3x3 grid) via manual selection 3

AF working range

EV -1 - 18 (at 23 °C, ISO 100, with EF-M 22mm f/2 STM)

AF Modes

One-Shot AF and Servo AF

AF Point Selection

Face + Tracking: Face and subject tracking via automatic recognition/ manual selection via touchscreen. Automatic selection over 49 AF points when no face recognised within frame. Smooth Zone AF: Manual zone selection, plus automatic selection over 9 AF points within selected zone 1-point AF: Manual selection via touchscreen/ buttons

Selected AF point display

Indicated on LCD monitor/ EVF

AF Lock

Locked when shutter button is pressed half way or customisable AE Lock Button

AF Assist Beam

via LED assist beam

Manual Focus

With EF & EF-S lenses - Select via AF/MF switch on lens With EF-M lenses - Select via dedicated MF Button/ other customisable buttons (toggle AF/MF). MF Peaking available AF+MF available (Manual focus adjustment after One-Shot AF) Magnify image available during MF (5x or 10x)

Exposure Control

Metering modes

Real-time metering from the image sensor (1) Evaluative metering (384 zones) (2) Partial metering at center (approx. 10% of Live View Screen) (3) Center weighted average metering (4) Spot metering (approx. 2% of Live View Screen)

Metering Range

Still image: EV 1 - 20 (at 23 °C, ISO 100) Movie: EV 2 - 20 (at 23 °C, ISO 100)

AE Lock

Auto: In One-shot AF mode with evaluative metering exposure is locked when focus is achieved. Manual: By AE lock Button in creative zone modes.

Exposure Compensation

+/-3 EV in 1/3 stop increments


3 shots, +/- 2 EV, 1/3-stop increments (can be used together with Exposure Compensation)

ISO Sensitivity

ISO AUTO (100 - 25600), 100 - 25600 in 1/3 stop increments 4 Movie: ISO AUTO (100 - 6400), 100 - 12800 in 1/3-stop increments



Electronically controlled focal-place shutter


30 - 1/4000 sec (1/3 stop increments), Bulb (Total shutter speed range. Available range varies by shooting mode)

White Balance


Auto white balance with the imaging sensor


AWB, Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Tungsten light, White Fluorescent light, Flash, Custom, Colour Temperature (100 Kelvin increments) White balance compensation: 1. Blue/Amber +/-9 levels 2. Magenta/ Green +/-9 levels

Custom White Balance

Yes, 1 setting can be registered



Optional Electronic Viewfinder EVF-DC1, EVF-DC2

Viewfinder Information

With EVF-DC2: Customisable and toggle via INFO. Button (1) Liveview image with exposure info (2) Liveview image with basic info (3) Liveview image with full info Customisable settings: Shooting Info, Grid overlay (x3 formats), Histogram (Brightness/ RGB), Electronic Level, Aspect Ratio

Depth of field preview

Yes, via customisable buttons

LCD Monitor


7.5 cm (3.0”) ClearView II Touchscreen LCD (TFT). 3:2 aspect ratio. Approx. 1,040,000 dots. Electrostatic capacitive type. Tiltable 180 degrees up and 45 degrees down.


Approx. 100%

Brightness Adjustment

Adjustable to one of five levels

Display Options

Customisable and toggle via INFO. Button (1) Liveview image with basic info (2) Liveview image with full info (3) Liveview image with no information (4) Quick Control Screen Customisable settings: Shooting Info, Grid overlay (x3 formats), Histogram (Brightness/ RGB), Electronic Level, Aspect Ratio


Built-in Flash GN (ISO 100, meters)


Built-in Flash Coverage

Maximum coverage at approx. 15mm (35mm equivalent: approx. 24mm)

Built-in Flash recycle time

Approx. 3 seconds 5


Auto (E-TTL II), Manual Flash On/Off (3 flash power output settings)

Red-Eye Reduction

Yes - with red eye reduction lamp


1/200 sec

Flash Exposure Compensation

+/- 2 EV in 1/3 increments

Flash Exposure Bracketing

Yes, with compatible external flash

Flash Exposure Lock

Yes, via AEL Button

Second Curtain Synchronisation


HotShoe/ PC terminal

Yes/ No

External Flash Compatibility

E-TTL II with EX series Speedlites, wireless multi-flash support

External Flash Control

Via camera setting/ flash setting menu



Scene Intelligent Auto, Hybrid Auto, Creative Assist, SCN(Self-Portrait, Portrait, Landscape, Close-up, Sports, Food, Panning, Handheld Night Scene, HDR Backlight Control), Creative Filters (Grainy B/W, Soft Focus, Fish-eye Effect, Art bold effect, Water painting effect, Toy camera effect, Miniature effect (Stills and Movie), High Dynamic Range), Program AE , Shutter priority AE, Aperture priority AE, Manual exposure, Custom (x2), Movie (Movie auto exposure, Movie manual exposure, Time-lapse movie)

Picture Styles

Auto, Standard, Portrait, Landscape, Fine Detail, Neutral, Faithful, Monochrome, User Defined (x3)

Colour Space


Image Processing

Highlight Tone Priority Auto Lighting Optimizer (4 settings) Long exposure noise reduction High ISO speed noise reduction (4 settings + Multi Shot NR) Lens peripheral illumination correction Chromatic aberration correction Diffraction correction Creative Assist: Background Blur (5 settings) Brightness (19 levels) Contrast (9 levels) Saturation (9 levels) Color Tone (19 levels) Monochrome (Sharpness Strength / Sharpness Fineness / Sharpness Threshold / Contrast (9 levels) / Filter effect (Ye - Yellow / Or - Orange / R - Red / G (Green) / Toning effect (S - Sepia / B - Blue / P - Purple / G - Green))

Drive modes

Single, High-Speed Continuous, Low-Speed Continuous, Self timer (2s, 10s, Custom, Remote)

Continuous Shooting

Fixed AF: Approx. 9 shots/s for up to 26 frames in JPEG and 17 frames in RAW 6 With AF: Approx. 7 shots/s 7


Time-Lapse Movie Mode

Live View Mode


Approx. 100% (horizontally and vertically)

File Type

Still Image Type

JPEG: Fine, Normal (Exif 2.30 compliant) / Design rule for Camera File system (2.0) RAW: RAW (14-bit, Canon original RAW 2nd edition), Digital Print Order Format [DPOF] Version 1.1 compliant

RAW+JPEG simultaneous recording

Yes, RAW + various JPEG compression possible

Image Size

RAW: (3:2) 6000 x 4000, (4:3) 5328 x 4000, (16:9) 6000 x 3368, (1:1) 4000 x 4000 JPEG 3:2: (L) 6000 x 4000, (M) 3984 x 2656, (S1) 2976 x 1984, (S2) 2400 x 1600 JPEG 4:3: (L) 5328 x 4000, (M) 3552 x 2664, (S1) 2656 x 1992, (S2)  2112 x 1600 JPEG 16:9: (L) 6000 x 3368, (M) 3984 x 2240, (S1) 2976 x 1680 (S2) 2400 x 1344 JPEG 1:1: (L) 4000 x 4000, (M) 2656 x 2656, (S1) 1984 x 1984, (S2) 1600 x 1600 In-camera RAW processing & Image Resize available in playback

Movie Type

MP4 [Video: MPEG-4 AVC/H.264, Audio: MPEG-4 AAC-LC (stereo)]

Movie Size

Full HD - 1920 x 1080 (59.94, 50, 29.97, 25, 23.976 fps) HD - 1280 x 720 (59.94, 50 fps) VGA - 640 x 480 (29.97, 25 fps)

Movie Length

Max duration 29min 59sec, Max file size 4GB


New folders can be automatically created monthly or daily

File Numbering

(1) Consecutive numbering (2) Auto reset

Other Features

Custom Functions

13 customisable buttons/ dials

Metadata Tag

User copyright information (Author's Name, Copyright Details) Image rating (0-5 stars)

Intelligent Orientation Sensor

Yes, with Image Rotate

Playback zoom

2x - 10x enabled in 10 steps

Display Formats

(1) Single image with information (toggle up to 8 options) (2) Single image (3) Index display (6/12/42/110 images) (4) Jump Display (1/10/100 image, by shot date, by rating)

Slide Show

Playback time: 3/4/5/6/7/8/9/10/15/30 seconds Repeat: On/Off Transition Effects: Off, Fade


Brightness/ RGB

Highlight Alert


Image Erase/Protection

Erase: Single image, Selected images, Selected range, All images Protection: Selected images, Selected range, All images. Unprotect all images

Menu Categories

(1) Shooting menu (x8) (2) Playback menu (x5) (3) Setup menu (x4) (4) Custom Functions menu (5) My Menu

Menu Languages

25 Languages English, German, French, Dutch, Danish, Portuguese, Finnish, Italian, Norwegian, Swedish, Spanish, Greek, Russian, Polish, Czech, Hungarian, Romanian, Ukrainian, Turkish, Arabic, Thai, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, Korean and Japanese

Firmware Update

Firmware update possible by the user.



Hi-Speed USB (Micro USB connector)


Wireless LAN (IEEE802.11b/g/n), (2.4 GHz only, 1-11 ch), with Dynamic NFC support 8 Bluetooth® (Specification version 4.1, Bluetooth low energy technology) 9 HDMI (Micro - Type-D connector) External microphone (3.5mm stereo jack)

Direct Print

Canon Printers

Canon Compact Photo Printers and PIXMA Printers supporting PictBridge


Yes (via USB or Wireless LAN)



SD, SDHC, SDXC (UHS-I compatible)

Supported Operating System

PC & Macintosh

Windows 10 / 8.1 / 8 / 7 SP1 11 Mac OS X 10.9 / 10.10 / 10.11 / 10.12 For Wi-Fi connection to a PC: Windows 10 / 8.1 / 8 / 7 SP1 Mac OS X 10.9 / 10.10 For Image Transfer Utility: Windows 10 / 8.1 / 8 / 7 SP1 Mac OS X 10.9 / 10.10 / 10.11 / 10.12


Image Processing

Digital Photo Professional


Picture Style Editor, EOS Utility, Image Transfer Utility Camera Connect app available on iOS and Android devices 12

Power Source


1 x Rechargeable Li-ion Battery LP-E17

Battery life

With LCD monitor: Approx. 295 shots (at 23 °C, AE 50%, FE 50%) With optional EVF-DC2 : Approx. 290 shots (at 23 °C, AE 50%, FE 50%) ECO Mode: Approx. 425 shots (at 23 °C, AE 50%, FE 50%)

Battery Indicator

4 levels

Power saving

Display off (15, 30 sec or 1, 3, 5, 10, 30 mins) Auto Power Down (30 sec or 1, 3, 5, 10 mins, Disable) ECO mode

Power Supply & Battery Chargers

Battery charger LC-E17E Compact Power Adapter CA-PS700 DC Coupler DR-E17



Optional Electronic Viewfinder EVF-DC1 (0.48 type), 4:3 aspect ratio, Approx. 2,360,000 dots, 100% coverage. Approx. 43 g Optional Electronic Viewfinder EVF-DC2 (0.39 type), 4:3 aspect ratio, Approx. 2,360,000 dots, 100% coverage. Approx. 29 g

Cases / Straps

Body Jacket EH30-CJ Neck Strap EM-300DB Neck Strap EM-E2


EF-M lenses All EF and EF-S lenses compatible via Mount adapter EF-EOS M


Canon Speedlites (including 90EX, 220EX, 270EX, 270EX II, 320EX, 380EX, 420EX, 430EX, 430EX II, 430EX III, 430EX III-RT, 550EX, 580EX, 580EX II, 600EX, 600EX-RT, 600EX II-RT, Macro-Ring-Lite, MR-14EX II, Macro Twin Lite MT-24EX, Speedlite Transmitter ST-E2, Speedlite Transmitter ST-E3-RT) Off-Camera Shoe Cord OC-E3, Speedlite Bracket SB-E2

Remote Controller/ Switch

Remote Switch RS-60E3 Timer Remote Controller TC-80N3 13 Remote Controller RC-6


Interface cable IFC-600PCU

All data is based on Canon standard testing methods except where indicated.

Subject to change without notice.

  1. Dual Pixel CMOS AF - AF is possible over an area of approx. 80% Vertical x 80% Horizontal of the frame
  2. Maximum number of AF frame is dependent on selected image aspect ratio
  3. Dual Pixel CMOS AF - AF is possible over an area of approx. 80% Vertical x 80% Horizontal of the frame
  4. Recommended Exposure Index
  5. When battery is fully charged
  6. Continuous shooting speed is measured with EF-M 15-45mm f/3.5-6.3 IS STM and requires SDHC/SDXC UHS Speed Class 1 memory card. Total number of frames captured and continuous shooting speed may vary depending on camera exposure settings, type of lens used, battery level, light level and memory card used.
  7. Continuous shooting speed is measured with EF-M 15-45mm f/3.5-6.3 IS STM and requires SDHC/SDXC UHS Speed Class 1 memory card. Under Servo AF, maximum continuous shooting speed and total number of frames captured depends on subject condition, camera settings and lens used
  8. Wi-Fi use may be restricted in certain countries or regions.
  9. Equipped with Bluetooth® low energy technology. The Bluetooth® word mark and logos are registered trademarks owned by the Bluetooth SIG, Inc. and any use of such marks by Canon Europe Ltd. is under license. Other trademarks and trade names are those of their respective owners.
  10. Bluetooth functionality with Camera Connect app requires smart device to be equipped with Bluetooth version 4.0 (or later). Also requires smart device to be using operating system iOS 8.4 (or later) or Android 5.0 (or later)
  11. Software applications compatible with Windows 10 in Windows 10 Desktop Mode only
  12. Bluetooth functionality with Camera Connect app requires smart device to be equipped with Bluetooth version 4.0 (or later). Also requires smart device to be using operating system iOS 8.4 (or later) or Android 5.0 (or later)
  13. Require Remote Controller Adapter RA-E3

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