The Defender – Canon EOS M6


ATheDefender2Performance
We wouldn’t call the EOS M6 a great performer, but the camera held up without glitches. We could shoot JPEG Large/Fine images at 7 frames per second with a Sandisk Extreme Pro card (Class 10, U3). The camera focussed well under good lighting, but hunted frequently for focus under low light. The colours appeared washed out under all lighting conditions with severe lack of contrast. Even the image sharpness suffered, probably due to the lack in contrast reducing the apparent sharpness.

The images had a native print size is 20×11.2 inches at 300 ppi. At 25 percent view, we did not observe any noise till ISO 3200, and the images remained usable up to ISO 6400. Enlarged to 50 percent the images showed noise from ISO 800, and was usable up to ISO 3200. At 100 percent view, the images were usable up to ISO 400, though all ISOs were slightly noisy.

Videos were smooth overall, but the footage became jerky at times.

Value for Money
The Canon EOS M6 is available at an MRP of Rs.56,995 along with the EF-M 15-45mm IS STM lens. Though the price is right for this type of a camera, the performance does not justify it. |SP

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FINAL SCORE                                                    71%

Design and Build Quality                        17/20
Key Features                                                16/20
Ergonomics                                                   17/20
Performance
Autofocus                                                                 2/5
Metering                                                                   3/5
Noise Control                                                           4/5
Sharpness                                                                  2/5
LCD/EVF                                                                    3/5
Auto WB                                                                       2/5
Sub-Total                                                          16/30
Value for Money                                               5/10

PLUS
• Compact and lightweight
• Wi-Fi, NFC, Bluetooth
• Good grip

MINUS
• Images lack contrast
• Colours look washed out
• Slow autofocus

VERDICT
When we received the EOS M6, we were quite excited about the compactness of this APS-C interchangeable lens camera. But after testing the camera, we simply do not feel the same excitement.

Sujith Gopinath