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Canon M6 vs Sony A6500: Which One You Should Buy?

In February 2017, Canon announced a new model of its M series camera, M6. The camera then released two months later in April. M6 is a mirrorless camera with a compact body. If you are looking for a “take it anywhere” camera, Canon M6 is a perfect choice.

Meanwhile, A6500 is a mirrorless camera from Sony that was firstly announced in October 2016. Just like Canon M6, Sony A6500 also has a compact body, making it also an ideal camera to take it anywhere. The question then is, which is the better between them? Should you buy Canon M6 or Sony A6500?

Read on to find the answer.

Before making a conclusion which one is the better between those mirrorless cameras, take a look at the table below that shows the specs of the cameras.

Specs comparison: Canon M6 vs Sony A6500

 Canon EOS M6Sony A6500
AnnouncedFebruary 2017 October 2016
Sensor25.5-Mpix APS-C CMOS24.24-Mpix APS-C CMOS
Color filter arrayRGBRGB
Resolution6288 x 4056 6024 x 4024
ISO100 - 25600 100 - 51200
Fastest - Slowest speed (s)1/4000 - 30.0 1/4000 - 30.0
Frame rate (fps)9.011.0
Mount typeCanon EF-MSony E
Weight0.86 lbs1 lbs
Battery typeLi-ion, LP-E17, 7.2V, 1040mAh Li-ion, NP-FW50, 7.4V, 1020mAh
Number of autofocus points49425
Autofocus modesOne-shot, AI-Servo, MF AF-A (Automatic AF), AF-S (Single-shot AF), AF-C ( Continuous AF)
StorageSD, SDHC, SDXCMemory Stick Duo, SD
Image formatJPEG, RAW (CR2) JPEG, RAW (ARW)
Other featuresBluetooth, Wi-Fi, live view, touch screen display, sound recording, exteral micro, histogram, full HDBluetooth, Wi-Fi, live view, touch screen display, Sound recording, external micro, histogram, WB bracketing, video stabilisation
Price comparisonView priceView price

One thing you need to know regarding the Canon M6 and Sony A6500. They are MILC camera. Typically, a MILC uses an electronic view finder instead of optical view finder. So, when taking photos using those cameras, you will rely on the camera screen to view the object you want to take the photos of.

To help you get the focus point of the object, be it Canon M6 or Sony A6500 comes with a live autofocus. There is a significant enough different it terms of number of autofocus point. Canon M6 has 49 autofocus point, while Sony has 425. On the sensor side, be it Canon M6 or Sony A6500 comes with an APS-C CMOS. The sensor size of Sony A6500 is slightly larger than Canon M6’s.

Sensor comparison: Canon M6 vs Sony A6500

As I said, Sony A6500 comes with a larger sensor size than Canon M6. This will affect the overall image quality when you take a deep investigation over certain photos taken using either Canon M6 or Sony A6500. As usual, I created a diagram to compare the sensor between Canon M6 and Sony A6500.

Both Canon M6 and Sony A6500 have a native aspect ratio of 3:2. Another thing to note is that Sony A6500 has a lower pixel density as well as larger individual pixels than Canon M6.

Body comparison: Canon M6 vs Sony A6500

Both Canon M6 and Sony A6500 have a compact body. It is a norm when it comes to mirrorless camera. As you can see on the point above, the sensor size of Sony A6500 is slightly larger than Canon M6. It affects the overall size of the camera itself. The overall body of Sony A6500 is larger than Canon M6. So is the weight. Again, I have created the images below to makes it easy for you to compare the body of Canon M6 and Sony A6500.

Photo comparison: Canon M6 vs Sony A6500

There are several online resources you can take advantage of to find certain photos by camera model. In this comparison, I used Pixabay to find photos taken using Canon M6 and Sony A6500.

  • Canon M6

  • Sony A6500

Conclusion

Be it Canon M6 or Sony A6500 is a nice choice if you are looking for a “take it anywhere” camera due to the compact design. They are also lightweight enough. Sony A6500 is slightly heavier than Canon M6. 1 lbs compared 0.86 lbs. If you have enough budget, Sony A6500 is undoubtedly a better option.

Sony A6500 has a larger sensor than Canon M6. Sensor is the first technical aspect you have to consider when looking for a new camera since it is the most vital element of a camera. A larger sensor can produce a more detailed photos, especially for taking photos with shallower depth of field. A larger sensor is capable of generating photos with a better blurry effect. In addition to sensor, Sony A6500 is also better in terms of number of autofocus points. A camera with more autofocus points generates sharper photos when you use it to take the photos of landscape — like rice fields, tea plantation and the similar photos.

Sony A6500 also has longer battery life. On a single charge, you can use Sony A6500 to take about 350 photos. Compared to 295 when you use Canon M6.

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