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Canon 850D vs M6

The Canon EOS 850D (called Canon T8i in some regions) and the Canon EOS M6 are two digital cameras that were announced, respectively, in February 2020 and February 2017. The 850D is a DSLR, while the M6 is a mirrorless interchangeable lens camera. Both cameras are equipped with an APS-C sensor. Both cameras offer a resolution of 24 megapixels.

Below is an overview of the main specs of the two cameras as a starting point for the comparison.

Headline Specifications
Canon 850D versus Canon M6
Canon 850D Canon M6
Digital single lens reflex Mirrorless system camera
Canon EF mount lenses Canon EF-M mount lenses
24 MP, APS-C Sensor 24 MP, APS-C Sensor
4K/24p Video 1080/60p Video
ISO 100-25,600 (100 - 51,200) ISO 100-25,600
Optical viewfinder Viewfinder optional
3.0 LCD, 1040k dots 3.0 LCD, 1040k dots
Swivel touchscreen Tilting touchscreen
7.5 shutter flaps per second 9 shutter flaps per second
800 shots per battery charge295 shots per battery charge
131 x 103 x 76 mm, 515 g 112 x 68 x 45 mm, 390 g

Going beyond this snapshot of core features and characteristics, what are the differences between the Canon EOS 850D and the Canon EOS M6? Which one should you buy? Read on to find out how these two cameras compare with respect to their body size, their imaging sensors, their shooting features, their input-output connections, and their reception by expert reviewers.

Body comparison

The side-by-side display below illustrates the physical size and weight of the Canon 850D and the Canon M6. The two cameras are presented according to their relative size. Three consecutive perspectives from the front, the top, and the back are available. All width, height and depth measures are rounded to the nearest millimeter.

The M6 can be obtained in two different colors (black, silver), while the 850D is only available in black.

Size Canon 850D vs Canon M6
Compare 850D versus M6 top
Comparison 850D or M6 rear

If the front view area (width x height) of the cameras is taken as an aggregate measure of their size, the Canon M6 is considerably smaller (44 percent) than the Canon 850D. Moreover, the M6 is markedly lighter (24 percent) than the 850D. In this context, it is worth noting that neither the 850D nor the M6 are weather-sealed.

The above size and weight comparisons are to some extent incomplete since they do not consider the interchangeable lenses that both of these cameras require. Hence, you might want to study and compare the specifications of available lenses in order to get the full picture of the size and weight of the two camera systems.

The table below summarizes the key physical specs of the two cameras alongside a broader set of comparators. In case you want to display and compare another camera duo, you can use the CAM-parator app to select your camera combination among a large number of options.

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Body Specifications
    Camera
Model
Camera
Width
Camera
Height
Camera
Depth
Camera
Weight
Battery
Life
Weather
Sealing
Camera
Launch
Launch
Price (USD)
Street
Price
1.
 
Canon 850D 131 mm 103 mm 76 mm 515 g 800 n Feb 2020 749 i
2.
 
Canon M6 112 mm 68 mm 45 mm 390 g 295 n Feb 2017 779i
3.
 
Canon RP 133 mm 85 mm 70 mm 485 g 250 n Feb 2019 1,299 i
4.
 
Canon 250D 122 mm 93 mm 70 mm 449 g 1070 n Apr 2019 599 i
5.
 
Canon G5 X Mark II 111 mm 61 mm 46 mm 340 g 230 n Jul 2019 899 i
6.
 
Canon G7 X Mark III 105 mm 61 mm 41 mm 304 g 235 n Jul 2019 749 i
7.
 
Canon M6 Mark II 120 mm 70 mm 49 mm 408 g 305 n Aug 2019 849 i
8.
 
Canon 2000D 129 mm 101 mm 78 mm 475 g 500 n Feb 2018 449 i
9.
 
Canon M50 116 mm 88 mm 59 mm 390 g 235 n Feb 2018 779i
10.
 
Canon 77D 131 mm 100 mm 76 mm 540 g 600 n Feb 2017 899 i
11.
 
Canon 200D 122 mm 93 mm 70 mm 453 g 650 n Jun 2017 549i
12.
 
Canon 800D 131 mm 100 mm 76 mm 532 g 600 n Feb 2017 749i
13.
 
Canon M5 116 mm 89 mm 61 mm 427 g 295 n Sep 2016 979 i
14.
 
Canon 750D 132 mm 101 mm 78 mm 555 g 440 n Feb 2015 749i
15.
 
Canon 760D 132 mm 101 mm 78 mm 565 g 440 n Feb 2015 649i
16.
 
Canon M3 111 mm 68 mm 44 mm 366 g 250 n Feb 2015 679i
Notes: Measurements and pricing do not include easily detachable parts, such as add-on or interchangeable lenses or optional viewfinders.

Any camera decision will naturally be influenced heavily by the price. The retail prices at the time of the camera’s release place the model in the market relative to other models in the producer’s line-up and the competition. The 850D was somewhat cheaper (by 4 percent) than the M6 at launch, but both cameras fall into the same price category. Normally, street prices remain initially close to the MSRP, but after a couple of months, the first discounts appear. Later in the product cycle and, in particular, when the replacement model is about to appear, further discounting and stock clearance sales often push the camera price considerably down. Then, after the new model is out, very good deals can frequently be found on the pre-owned market.

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Sensor comparison

The size of the sensor inside a digital camera is one of the key determinants of image quality. All other things equal, a large sensor will have larger individual pixel-units that offer better low-light sensitivity, wider dynamic range, and richer color-depth than smaller pixels in a sensor of the same technological generation. Moreover, a large sensor camera will give the photographer more control over depth-of-field in the image and, thus, the ability to better isolate a subject from the background. On the downside, larger sensors tend to be more expensive and lead to bigger and heavier cameras and lenses.

Both cameras under consideration feature an APS-C sensor and have a format factor (sometimes also referred to as "crop factor") of 1.6. Within the spectrum of camera sensors, this places the review cameras among the medium-sized sensor cameras that aim to strike a balance between image quality and portability. Both cameras have a native aspect ratio (sensor width to sensor height) of 3:2.

In terms of chip-set technology, the 850D uses a more advanced image processing engine (DIGIC 8) than the M6 (DIGIC 7), with benefits for noise reduction, color accuracy, and processing speed.

Canon 850D and Canon M6 sensor measures

The two cameras under review do not only share the same sensor size, but also offer an identical resolution of 24 megapixels. This similarity in sensor specs implies that both the 850D and the M6 have the same pixel density, as well as the same pixel size. It should, however, be noted that the 850D is much more recent (by 2 years and 11 months) than the M6, and its sensor will have benefitted from technological advances during this time.

The Canon EOS 850D has a native sensitivity range from ISO 100 to ISO 25600, which can be extended to ISO 100-51200. The corresponding ISO settings for the Canon EOS M6 are ISO 100 to ISO 25600 (no boost).

850D versus M6 MP

Since 2007, DXO Mark has published sensor performance measurements that have been derived using a consistent methodology. This service assesses and scores the color depth ("DXO Portrait"), dynamic range ("DXO Landscape"), and low-light sensitivity ("DXO Sports") of camera sensors, and also publishes an overall camera score. The table below summarizes the physical sensor characteristics and sensor quality findings and compares them across a set of similar cameras.

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Sensor Characteristics
    Camera
Model
Sensor
Class
Resolution
(MP)
Horiz.
Pixels
Vert.
Pixels
Video
Format
DXO
Portrait
DXO
Landscape
DXO
Sports
DXO
Overall
1.
 
Canon 850D APS-C 24.0 6000 40004K/24p........
2.
 
Canon M6 APS-C 24.0 6000 40001080/60p........
3.
 
Canon RP Full Frame 26.2 6240 41604K/30p........
4.
 
Canon 250D APS-C 24.0 6000 40004K/25p........
5.
 
Canon G5 X Mark II 1-inch 20.0 5472 36484K/30p........
6.
 
Canon G7 X Mark III 1-inch 20.0 5472 36484K/30p........
7.
 
Canon M6 Mark II APS-C 32.3 6960 46404K/30p........
8.
 
Canon 2000D APS-C 24.0 6000 40001080/30p22.611.9100971
9.
 
Canon M50 APS-C 24.0 6000 40004K/24p........
10.
 
Canon 77D APS-C 24.0 6000 40001080/60p23.613.397178
11.
 
Canon 200D APS-C 24.0 6000 40001080/60p23.613.4104179
12.
 
Canon 800D APS-C 24.0 6000 40001080/60p........
13.
 
Canon M5 APS-C 24.0 6000 40001080/60p23.412.4126277
14.
 
Canon 750D APS-C 24.0 6000 40001080/30p22.712.091971
15.
 
Canon 760D APS-C 24.0 6000 40001080/30p22.612.091570
16.
 
Canon M3 APS-C 24.0 6000 40001080/30p22.811.8116972

Many modern cameras are not only capable of taking still images, but can also record movies. The two cameras under consideration both have sensors whose read-out speed is fast enough to capture moving pictures, but the 850D provides a higher video resolution than the M6. It can shoot video footage at 4K/24p, while the M6 is limited to 1080/60p.

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Feature comparison

Apart from body and sensor, cameras can and do differ across a range of features. For example, the 850D has an optical viewfinder, which can be very useful when shooting in bright sunlight. In contrast, the M6 relies on live view and the rear LCD for framing. That said, the M6 can be equipped with an optional viewfinder – the EVF-DC2. The following table reports on some other key feature differences and similarities of the Canon 850D, the Canon M6, and comparable cameras.

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Core Features
    Camera
Model
Viewfinder
(Type or
000 dots)
Control
Panel
(yes/no)
LCD
Size
(inch)
LCD
Resolution
(000 dots)
LCD
Attach-
ment
Touch
Screen
(yes/no)
Mech
Shutter
Speed
Shutter
Flaps
(1/sec)
Built-in
Flash
(yes/no)
Built-in
Image
Stab
1.
 
Canon 850Doptical n 3.0 1040 swivel Y 1/4000s 7.5 Y n
2.
 
Canon M6optional n 3.0 1040 tilting Y 1/4000s 9.0 Y n
3.
 
Canon RP2360 n 3.0 1040 swivel Y 1/4000s 5.0 n n
4.
 
Canon 250Doptical n 3.0 1040 swivel Y 1/4000s 5.0 Y n
5.
 
Canon G5 X Mark II2360 n 3.0 1040 tilting Y 1/2000s 30 Y Y
6.
 
Canon G7 X Mark IIInone n 3.0 1040 tilting Y 1/2000s 30 Y Y
7.
 
Canon M6 Mark IIoptional n 3.0 1040 tilting Y 1/4000s 14.0 Y n
8.
 
Canon 2000Doptical n 3.0 920 fixed n 1/4000s 3.0 Y n
9.
 
Canon M502360 n 3.0 1040 swivel Y 1/4000s 10.0 Y n
10.
 
Canon 77Doptical Y 3.0 1040 swivel Y 1/4000s 6.0 Y n
11.
 
Canon 200Doptical n 3.0 1040 swivel Y 1/4000s 5.0 Y n
12.
 
Canon 800Doptical n 3.0 1040 swivel Y 1/4000s 6.0 Y n
13.
 
Canon M52360 n 3.2 1620 tilting Y 1/4000s 9.0 Y n
14.
 
Canon 750Doptical n 3.0 1040 swivel Y 1/4000s 5.0 Y n
15.
 
Canon 760Doptical Y 3.0 1040 swivel Y 1/4000s 5.0 Y n
16.
 
Canon M3optional n 3.0 1040 tilting Y 1/4000s 4.2 Y n
Both cameras have an articulated rear screen that can be turned to be front-facing. This feature will be particularly appreciated by vloggers and photographers who are interested in taking selfies.

The Canon 850D and the Canon M6 both have an intervalometer built-in. This enables the photographer to capture time lapse sequences, such as flower blooming, a sunset or moon rise, without purchasing an external camera trigger and related software.

Concerning the storage of imaging data, both the 850D and the M6 write their files to SDXC cards. Both cameras can use UHS-I cards, which provide for Ultra High Speed data transfer of up to 104 MB/s.

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Connectivity comparison

For some imaging applications, the extent to which a camera can communicate with its environment can be an important aspect in the camera decision process. The table below provides an overview of the connectivity of the Canon EOS 850D and Canon EOS M6 and, in particular, the interfaces the cameras (and selected comparators) provide for accessory control and data transfer.

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Input-Output Connections
    Camera
Model
Hotshoe
Port
Internal
Microphone
Internal
Speaker
Microphone
Port
Headphone
Port
HDMI
Port
USB
Port
WiFi
Support
NFC
Support
Bluetooth
Support
1.
 
Canon 850DYstereomonoY-mini2.0Y-Y
2.
 
Canon M6YstereomonoY-mini2.0YYY
3.
 
Canon RPYstereomonoYYmicro2.0Y-Y
4.
 
Canon 250DYstereomonoY-mini2.0Y-Y
5.
 
Canon G5 X Mark II-stereomono--micro3.1Y-Y
6.
 
Canon G7 X Mark III-stereomonoY-micro3.1Y-Y
7.
 
Canon M6 Mark IIYstereomonoY-micro2.0Y-Y
8.
 
Canon 2000DYmonomono--mini2.0YY-
9.
 
Canon M50YstereomonoY-micro2.0Y-Y
10.
 
Canon 77DYstereomonoY-mini2.0YYY
11.
 
Canon 200DYstereomonoY-mini2.0YYY
12.
 
Canon 800DYstereomonoY-mini2.0YYY
13.
 
Canon M5YstereomonoY-mini2.0YYY
14.
 
Canon 750DYstereomonoY-mini2.0YY-
15.
 
Canon 760DYstereomonoY-mini2.0YY-
16.
 
Canon M3YstereomonoY-mini2.0YY-

The 850D is a recent model that features in the current product line-up of Canon. In contrast, the M6 has been discontinued (but can be found pre-owned on eBay). As a replacement in the same line of cameras, the M6 was succeeded by the Canon M6 Mark II. Further information on the two cameras (e.g. user guides, manuals), as well as related accessories, can be found on the official Canon website.

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Review summary

So how do things add up? Which of the two cameras – the Canon 850D or the Canon M6 – has the upper hand? Is one clearly better than the other? The listing below highlights the relative strengths of the two models.


Arguments in favor of the Canon EOS 850D:

  • Better jpgs: Has a more modern image processing engine (DIGIC 8 vs DIGIC 7).
  • Better video: Provides higher definition movie capture (4K/24p vs 1080/60p).
  • Easier framing: Has an optical viewfinder for image composition and settings control.
  • More flexible LCD: Has a swivel screen for odd-angle shots in portrait or landscape orientation.
  • Longer lasting: Can take more shots (800 versus 295) on a single battery charge.
  • More modern: Reflects 2 years and 11 months of technical progress since the M6 launch.


Advantages of the Canon EOS M6:

  • Faster burst: Shoots at higher frequency (9 vs 7.5 flaps/sec) to capture the decisive moment.
  • More compact: Is smaller (112x68mm vs 131x103mm) and will fit more readily into a bag.
  • Less heavy: Has a lower weight (by 125g or 24 percent) and is thus easier to take along.
  • More legacy lens friendly: Can use many non-native lenses via adapters.
  • Easier device pairing: Supports NFC for fast wireless image transfer over short distances.
  • More heavily discounted: Has been around for much longer (launched in February 2017).

If the count of relative strengths (bullet points above) is taken as a measure, the match-up finishes in a tie (6 points each). However, the pertinence of the various camera strengths will differ across photographers, so that you might want to weigh individual camera traits according to their importance for your own imaging needs before making a camera decision. A professional wedding photographer will view the differences between cameras in a way that diverges from the perspective of a travel photog, and a person interested in cityscapes has distinct needs from a macro shooter. Hence, the decision which camera is best and worth buying is often a very personal one.

850D 06:06 M6

How about other alternatives? Do the specifications of the Canon 850D and the Canon M6 place the cameras among the top in their class? Find out in the latest Best DSLR Camera and Best Mirrorless Interchangeable Lens Camera listings whether the two cameras rank among the cream of the crop.

In any case, while the comparison of the spec-sheets of cameras can offer a general idea of their imaging potential, it remains partial and cannot reveal, for example, the shooting experience and imaging performance when actually working with the 850D or the M6. User reviews, such as those found at amazon, can sometimes inform about these issues, but such feedback is often incomplete, inconsistent, and biased.

Expert reviews

This is why expert reviews are important. The following table reports the overall ratings of the cameras as published by some of the major camera review sites (amateurphotographer [AP], cameralabs [CL], dpreview [DPR], ephotozine [EPZ], photographyblog [PB]). As can be seen, the professional reviewers agree in many cases on the quality of different cameras, but sometimes their assessments diverge, reinforcing the earlier point that a camera decision is often a very personal choice.

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Expert Camera Reviews
     Camera 
 Model 
 AP 
 score 
 CL 
 score 
 DPR 
 score 
 EPZ 
 score 
 PB 
 score 
Camera
Launch
Launch
Price (USD)
Street
Price
1.
 
Canon 850D4/5+80/1004/53.5/5 Feb 2020 749 i
2.
 
Canon M6....80/1004/54/5 Feb 2017 779i
3.
 
Canon RP4/5+..4.5/54/5 Feb 2019 1,299 i
4.
 
Canon 250D..o79/1004/54/5 Apr 2019 599 i
5.
 
Canon G5 X Mark II4/5+82/100..4/5 Jul 2019 899 i
6.
 
Canon G7 X Mark III..+ +81/1004/5.. Jul 2019 749 i
7.
 
Canon M6 Mark II..+85/1004/54/5 Aug 2019 849 i
8.
 
Canon 2000D..o..3.5/53.5/5 Feb 2018 449 i
9.
 
Canon M50..+79/100..3.5/5 Feb 2018 779i
10.
 
Canon 77D4.5/5..82/1004.5/54/5 Feb 2017 899 i
11.
 
Canon 200D4/5+ +78/1004.5/54.5/5 Jun 2017 549i
12.
 
Canon 800D4.5/5..80/1004.5/54/5 Feb 2017 749i
13.
 
Canon M54/5+82/1004/54/5 Sep 2016 979 i
14.
 
Canon 750D5/5..75/1004.5/54.5/5 Feb 2015 749i
15.
 
Canon 760D5/5+77/1004.5/54.5/5 Feb 2015 649i
16.
 
Canon M34/5o75/1004.5/54/5 Feb 2015 679i
Notes: (+ +) highly recommended; (+) recommended; (o) reviewed; (..) not available.

Care should be taken when interpreting the review scores above, though. The assessments were made in relation to similar cameras of the same technological generation. Thus, a score needs to be put into the context of the launch date and the launch price of the camera, and comparing ratings of very distinct cameras or ones that are far apart in terms of their release date have little meaning. It should also be noted that some of the review sites have over time altered the way they render their verdicts.

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    Specifications: Canon 850D vs Canon M6

    Below is a side-by-side comparison of the specs of the two cameras to facilitate a quick review of their differences and common features.

    Camera Specifications
    Camera Model Canon 850D Canon M6
    Camera Type Digital single lens reflex Mirrorless system camera
    Camera Lens Canon EF mount lenses Canon EF-M mount lenses
    Launch Date February 2020 February 2017
    Launch Price USD 749 USD 779
    Sensor Specs Canon 850D Canon M6
    Sensor Technology CMOS CMOS
    Sensor Format APS-C Sensor APS-C Sensor
    Sensor Size 22.3 x 14.9 mm 22.3 x 14.9 mm
    Sensor Area 332.27 mm2 332.27 mm2
    Sensor Diagonal 26.8 mm 26.8 mm
    Crop Factor 1.6x 1.6x
    Sensor Resolution 24 Megapixels 24 Megapixels
    Image Resolution 6000 x 4000 pixels 6000 x 4000 pixels
    Pixel Pitch 3.72 μm 3.72 μm
    Pixel Density 7.22 MP/cm2 7.22 MP/cm2
    Moiré control Anti-Alias filter Anti-Alias filter
    Movie Capability 4K/24p Video 1080/60p Video
    ISO Setting 100 - 25,600 ISO 100 - 25,600 ISO
    ISO Boost 100 - 51,200 ISO no Enhancement
    Image Processor DIGIC 8 DIGIC 7
    Screen Specs Canon 850D Canon M6
    Viewfinder Type Optical viewfinder Viewfinder optional
    Viewfinder Field of View 95%
    Viewfinder Magnification 0.51x
    LCD Framing Live View Live View
    Rear LCD Size 3.0inch 3.0inch
    LCD Resolution 1040k dots 1040k dots
    LCD Attachment Swivel screen Tilting screen
    Touch Input Touchscreen Touchscreen
    Shooting Specs Canon 850D Canon M6
    Focus System Phase-detect AF On-Sensor Phase-detect
    Manual Focusing AidFocus PeakingFocus Peaking
    Max Shutter Speed (mechanical) 1/4000s 1/4000s
    Continuous Shooting 7.5 shutter flaps/s 9 shutter flaps/s
    Shutter Life Expectancy100 000 actuations100 000 actuations
    Time-Lapse PhotographyIntervalometer built-inIntervalometer built-in
    Fill Flash Build-in Flash Build-in Flash
    Storage Medium SDXC cards SDXC cards
    Second Storage Option Single card slot Single card slot
    UHS card support UHS-I UHS-I
    Connectivity Specs Canon 850D Canon M6
    External Flash Hotshoe Hotshoe
    USB Connector USB 2.0 USB 2.0
    HDMI Port mini HDMI mini HDMI
    Microphone Port External MIC port External MIC port
    Wifi Support Wifi built-in Wifi built-in
    Near-Field Communication no NFC NFC built-in
    Bluetooth Support Bluetooth built-in Bluetooth built-in
    Body Specs Canon 850D Canon M6
    Battery Type LP-E17 LP-E17
    Battery Life (CIPA)800 shots per charge295 shots per charge
    Body Dimensions 131 x 103 x 76 mm
    (5.2 x 4.1 x 3.0 in)
    112 x 68 x 45 mm
    (4.4 x 2.7 x 1.8 in)
    Camera Weight 515 g (18.2 oz) 390 g (13.8 oz)

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