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Canon EOS M6 Review - Performance

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Canon EOS M6 Performance

The performance section is where we look at the image quality performance of the camera. Additional sample photos and product shots are available in the Equipment Database, where you can add your own review, photos and product ratings.

Speed - We took a number of shots to test the camera's responsiveness, from switch on to first photo, shot to shot, focusing speed etc. We take a number of shots and then use the average to ensure accurate and consistent tests, making it easy to compare with other cameras.

Shutter Response <0.05secs
Wide - Focus / Shutter Response 0.175secs
Full zoom - Focus / Shutter Response 0.175secs
Switch on Time to Taking a Photo 1.2secs
Shot to Shot without Flash 0.5secs
Shot to Shot with Flash 1.1secs
Continuous Shooting - JPEG
(shots before slow down)
9fps (26 shots)
6-7fps with C-AF Tracking
Continuous Shooting - Flash 0.9secs
Continuous Shooting - RAW 9fps (16 shots)

The camera has rapid focus and shutter response, with a quick continuous shooting speed of 9fps. We were able to shoot at roughly 6 to 7fps when we were using continuous AF. 


Canon EOS M6 Sample Photos

Sample Photos - In the right lighting conditions, the Canon EOS M6 can deliver excellent results, with great colour reproduction and excellent skin tones. In overcast conditions, the use of the "Cloudy" white balance setting is recommended to add a little more colour and warmth to an image. There are options to extend the dynamic range recorded by the camera, by using the Auto Lighting Optimizer (ALO) option. In lower light, the camera can struggle a little, with images showing a little noise in images. Exposure is reliable, and it was rare that we needed to use exposure compensation. 


Canon EOS M6 Lens test images

Lens Performance - There is some chromatic aberration, and purple fringing visible in the wide-angle shot of St Pancras station above. This is less visible when using the zoom, and there are options in the camera to correct for this. The 18-55mm kit lens performs well for a standard zoom lens, and the optical image stabilisation helps keep images steady. The lens is quite resistant to flare, even when used without a lens hood. However, the kit lens can't compete with the quality possible with a prime lens, so for better results, a prime lens is recommended, particularly if you want better bokeh or closer macro shots. 


Canon EOS M6 ISO test images

ISO Noise Performance - Images show low levels of noise and the highest levels of detail between ISO100 and ISO800. At ISO1600 noise becomes more noticeable, and there's a slight drop in fine detail at this setting. The drop in detail continues at ISO3200, and noise increases, but results should still be usable. Noise increases at ISO6400, but colour reproduction is still good. At ISO12800 the camera struggles to produce a usable image (without further image processing, such as further noise reduction or resizing the image). ISO25600 shows the highest level of noise, and this setting is best avoided. 


Canon EOS M6 White-balance test images

White Balance Performance - Auto White Balance (AWB) gives a warm result under tungsten lighting, with the tungsten preset giving a slightly warmer result. The camera performs reasonably well under mixed light, with the best results under fluorescent lighting. Using the fluorescent preset gives a slight colour cast. There are no options for auto white balance preferences, which is a shame as the Canon EOS 1300D features more control over this (yet is much cheaper to purchase). 


Canon EOS M6 Digital filters

Digital Filters - There are a number of creative effects and scene modes available, and we've shown examples above. The EOS M6 doesn't have a panoramic shooting mode. 


Video - The camera can record FullHD video at 60, 50, 30, 25 or 24fps, with stereo sound. There's also a microphone socket if you want to use an external microphone. You can use the movie mode in auto or manual modes, and there's a time-lapse movie mode as well. Video quality is quite good, although using the electronic image stabilisation results in the frame being cropped, which reduces image quality. We've shown how much the scene is cropped in our EOS M5 review.


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