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Canon M6 vs Sony A6000 Comparison

The Canon EOS M6 is a semi-pro mirrorless camera that neither looks nor performs like one. Since its arrival in February 2017, it has swiftly established itself as a top option for anybody who wants an all-around camera with a really convenient user experience.

The Sony A6000 was released in February 2014, so it is 3 years older than the EOS M6. However, this doesn’t mean that age makes a huge difference, mainly because the A6000’s performance and build quality were ahead of its time back then, and even today, it is used by thousands of photographers, which is nothing to be surprised about.

This post will be enjoyable because both cameras have many features, making them intriguing to compare head to head. Begin? We’re moving now, so buckle up!

Canon M6 vs Sony A6000 Feature Comparison

Canon M6 Sony A6000
Camera Type
ISO Range
Flip-Out Screen
AF Points
49 AF Points
179 AF Points
Video Recording
Sensor Size

Head To Head Comparison

Canon M6

The Canon EOS M6 is a black-finished, tiny camera that measures 2.7 x 4.4 x 1.8′′, weighs 13.8 ounces without a lens, and feels robust and comfortable to shoot with, which is why photographers want it!

The contoured handgrip also helps your comfort during picture sessions. However, I think Canon could have built it even better because small-handed users will have the virtually ideal grasp, whereas those with bigger hands may have some difficulty gripping it because it’s smaller than you’d anticipate.

The EOS M6’s body is covered in controls. Top-center is a hot shoe for a wireless flash trigger, external flash, or viewfinder. On the right are twin dial controls, an M-Fn button, and a shutter release button.

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On the back, the top and left sides are devoid of controls, and all are located on the right.

On the rear-top, you won’t find a viewfinder, due to the compactness of the camera, but at the rear-center, there’s a 3′′, 1,040k-dot tilting touchscreen that is astonishingly sharp and will drastically ease your shooting experience.

The EOS M6 contains a mini-USB connector, micro-HDMI port, 3.5mm microphone input, 2.5mm remote connection, and an SD card slot that accepts SD/SDHC/SDXC memory cards and UHS-I cards. It also boasts built-in Wi-Fi/Bluetooth/NFC, which is one of its greatest selling points. Now, transferring content will be easy!

The EOS M6 has Dual Pixel CMOS AF with phase detection, a 24.2MP APS-C CMOS sensor, DIGIC 7 image-processing engine, 7 fps continuous shooting (up to 9 fps with AF lock), and an ISO range of 100-25,600.

The EOS M6 manages blur nicely across the ISO range, especially in JPGs. At ISO 3200, noise is seldom present, and if it is, it isn’t strongly obvious, so that would diminish picture quality, but at ISO 1600, the image looks the best, so I’d propose sticking between 1600-3200 to get the best results. Starting at ISO 6400, the in-camera noise reduction becomes more aggressive, causing increased blur. At ISO 25,600, the blur overtakes the image, and I don’t recommend going that high.

The EOS M6 can shoot JPGs and RAW images, and even at ISO 6400, blur is well-handled, with excellent details and accurate color. As predicted, at ISO 12,800-25,600, noise becomes more evident and grain is severely noticeable, giving the image a harsh feel. I recommend avoiding this ISO sensitivity level.

The EOS M6 is especially good for filming movies because of its 5-axis image stabilization, which minimizes motion blur. The EOS M6 records 1080p films at 60fps in MP4 format while lacking 4K capabilities.

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Sony A6000

The A6000 is a compact and stylish mirrorless camera that measures 2.6 x 4.7 x 1.8′′ (HWD), weighs around 12.1 ounces without a lens, and sports a magnesium-alloy construction that makes it strong enough to withstand daily use in a long-term while maintaining its look on the highest levels.

The A6000 is a pleasant camera to shoot with owing to its big grip. Whether you have large or tiny hands, you won’t have any trouble holding it.

The control interface is well-organized and uncomplicated, with each button simply positioned for easy access during shooting sessions.

The top plate has a multi-interface shoe in the middle and a Control dial, C1 button, shutter release button, and On/Off power switch on the far right.

On the back, the top-left corner houses a 1.44k-dot OLED electronic viewfinder that gives 100% coverage, 0.70x magnification, and is incredibly sharp, which is a significant benefit since you will always have a convenient shooting experience without missing a single target.

Multiple controls are squeezed owing to the camera’s compactness, but you shouldn’t have any trouble reaching them to change the photo.

A 3″ tilting LCD screen with 921k dots generates clear pictures, but Sony should have made it touch-sensitive for a better user experience. I give the EOS M6 more credit because its screen allows touch gestures.

The connection choices include a mini-USB, DC-IN, HDMI connector, single memory card slot that accepts SD/SDHC/SDXC/Memory Stick Pro cards, and it is Wi-Fi and NFC-enabled. However, the EOS M6 is also Bluetooth-enabled, so I’ll let you decide which camera gets more points.

The A6000 has a Hybrid AF with 179-point focal-plane phase-detection and 25 contrast-detect points, a 24MP APS-C CMOS sensor, 11 fps burst shooting speed, a native ISO range of 100-25,600 which is expandable to 51,200, and a BIONZ X image processing engine which improves processing speed and noise control throughout the ISO range.

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At ISO 100-800, noise is minimal and picture quality is excellent. A similar pattern persists at ISO 1600-6400, although noise gets more evident and peaks at ISO 25,600, which should be avoided.

The A6000 is wonderful for photographing in clear daylight since the colors are true and attractive to the eye. Nighttime shooting is fine, although you may notice some noise in darker regions.

The A6000 is an excellent picture and video camera. It captures 1080p films at 60 fps, and like the EOS M6, it lacks 4K, but the footage is still lovely.


Before we reveal the winner, let’s go over the areas where one camera trumps the other, and vice versa. This will help you make an accurate judgment.

In Portrait photography, both cameras are average, although the A6000 is somewhat superior. In Street photography, both cameras are above-average.

The A6000 is superior for sports photography since it has more focus points and a higher burst shooting speed. Both cameras are above-average for daily photography, but the A6000 is better. Both are average for landscape photography, but the A6000 is somewhat better.

The EOS M6 surpasses the A6000 because it has a touchscreen, a better resolution screen (1,040k versus 922k-dot), a selfie-friendly LCD, Bluetooth compatibility, a microphone connector, and timelapse recording.

The A6000 features an electronic viewfinder, 130 more focus points (179 vs 49), is 2 fps quicker than the EOS M6 (11 vs 9), has superior high ISO performance, a richer color depth (24,1 vs 23.4), and a 10% bigger sensor pixel area.

I’d choose the Sony A6000 over the Canon EOS M6 since it has greater specifications, is newer, and includes a viewfinder.

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