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Canon M6 vs Canon M100 – Which One Should You Buy?

Canon’s mirrorless cameras offer big resolution in compact bodies. The M6, which was released in early 2017, sits below the flagship M5 in the brand’s mirrorless range. The M100 was released in August 2017 and is a replacement for the M10 – the entry-level option in Canon’s M range. But how much exactly do these two mirrorless options differ and which one should you spend your money on?

Design and ergonomics:

Both cameras are built around the same 24-megapixels APS-C size CMOS sensor and, of course, Canon’s mirrorless M lens mount. Both cameras also share Canon’s latest DIGIC 7 image processor engine too, but there are a few differences to the camera bodies. The M6 has a more pronounced hand-grip while the M100 has a flat front to it. Those photographers who will be holding the camera for extended periods of time may find the more ergonomic design of the M6 to a be a more comfortable camera to work with.

There’s some slight, but important, differences on the top of the camera too, as the M6 features a hotshot mount for external flashguns or to hold a wireless trigger to fire flash units off-camera. This is missing from the M100, though it does offer a built-in flash with a Guide Number of 5 (ISO 100). The M6 has a built-in flash too, with the same power output, but it’s preferable to have the options of an external flash too.

Both cameras are lightweight, with the M6 weighing slightly more (343g) than the feather-like M100 (302g) and both cameras record images and video to a single SD card slot. On the rear of the cameras, you’ll see that the M6 and M100 both feature a 3-inch touchsceen LCD that can be tilted to help set-up those awkward low/high compositions or used when you’re recording video.

Both the M6 and M100 offer 24.2-megapixels and Full HD video.

Image quality:

Both the M6 and M100 feature the same 24-megapixel sensor, which creates a maximum file size measuring 6000×4000 – enough to create prints up to A3 size or cropped prints of A4. Both cameras shoot JPEG and RAW file formats and share the same ISO ranges of 100-25600. Both cameras also benefit from Canon’s Dual Pixel AF technology and feature the same amount of autofocus points (49), which are arranged around the frame.

Along with the regular focus modes, both the M6 and M100 offer Face-Detection AF, which is useful when shooting portraits. One area where the cameras do differ is the maximum burst rate. While the M100 can only offer 6 frames per second, the M6 increases this to 9 frames per second. So, if you were planning to shoot a lot of action, those extra three frames a second could make the difference.

Video:

Both the M6 and the M100 have plenty to offer videographers. Because the cameras are so light, they are attractive to Vloggers who need portable cameras that can capture footage at Full HD video quality. Both cameras can record Full HD at various frame rates, including 24p 25p, 30p, 50, and 60p. When footage is recorded at 60p, it can be slowed down to create dramatic slow motion sequences.

The big difference between the two cameras is the addition of a port for an external microphone on the M6, which is missing from the M100’s spec sheet. Being able to add an external mic will help enhance audio quality – another feature Vloggers look for in a camera. Both cameras can record individual files up to 29 minutes in length or 4GB in size.

The M6 can shoot faster and offers a port for an external mic.

Extras and verdict:

As you may expect, the higher-specced M6 includes a number of features that are missing from the more entry-level M100. These include an Auto Exposure Bracketing (AEB) mode that can help capture files for creating HDR photos and a Timelapse recording feature, too.

However, M100 provides support for UHS-1 memory cards, which the M6 doesn’t, though both cameras feature built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth that enables them to be connected to a smart devices for the speedy transfer of images. This is especially useful for bloggers who want to upload their images on the move.

While both cameras are indeed very similar, it’s clear the M6 pulls ahead due to it’s higher continuous shooting rate, hotshoe mount for an external flash and the option to use an external microphone when capturing video footage. Both cameras are well specced and offer impressive features inside compact and lightweight bodies, but if budget isn’t an issue, the M6 is a more complete camera.

Canon M6Canon M100
Price$ 380.00
Sensor24.2-megapixel24.2-megapixel
ISO range100-25600100-25600
AF points4949
Continuous burst9FPS6FPS
Movie shootingFull HD/60pFull HD/60p
Mic inputX
LCD3-inch touchscreen3-inch touchscreen
Weight343g302g