Less than four months after releasing the M5, Canon is back with the EOS M6 -- but don't let the name fool you, the M6 isn't actually an update to the M5, it's a budget version.
The M6 is actually a closer update to the M3 -- why Canon (and for that matter, several other manufacturers) choose a confusing naming sequence that makes it difficult to know which camera has the most features is beyond me. But, the older M5 is still the most featured Canon mirrorless camera for now.
So what's the M6 then? The M6 eliminates a few of the M5's features for a lower price tag. The electronic viewfinder is gone, though can be purchased an add-on option. The pop-up flash isn't as nice, the touchscreen doesn't have as much resolution and the location of some of the controls and dials is different.
But, the insides that made the M5 a significant update are still there. The camera uses a 24 megapixel APS-C sensor. Dual Pixel autofocus, which helps improve focus speed and accuracy, and the latest Digic 7 processor is still there too.
With the same sensor, processor and autofocus system, images from the M6 should match the M5 -- there's just fewer user-freindly features for taking those shots. The M6 doesn't look like a bad option, but that said, if the idea is a budget camera there's a few other models with similar specs for a lower price. The Sony a6000 was introduced back in 2014 but still shares most of the same features (excluding Bluetooth), selling for around $550 since it's an older option. The Fujifilm X-T10 is also an older option without Bluetooth and with fewer megapixels, but still has a viewfinder. And if the smaller Micro Four Thirds sensor doesn't bother you, the Panasonic Lumix GX85 has 4K video, a viewfinder and five-axis image stabilization for $100 less with a kit lens.
The Canon EOS M6 isn't a bad option -- particularly if you also have a few lenses -- but don't let the name fool you into thinking it's better than the M5, it's a budget mirrorless more along the likes of the Sony a6000, though a bit pricer than some of the competition.