For a long time, camera giants Canon and Nikon ignored the mirrorless market, sticking to what they knew best — DSLRs. But, in the meantime, Sony and Fuji have done excellent work with their mirrorless cameras, prompting Canon to get into the market last year with the EOS M3 and EOS M5. This week, Canon is following those up with the M6, a midrange option, along with the EOS Rebel T7i and EOS 77D DSLRs.
Despite having the biggest number, the M6 isn’t Canon’s high-end mirrorless — that’s still the M5. The new M6 has a 24.2 MP CMOS APS-C sensor with Dual Pixel CMOS phase-detect autofocus and a DIGIC 7 image processor. As usual for Canon, the body can be fitted with EF, EF-S, and EF-M lenses. The M5 can shoot continuously at 7 fps, too. Five-axis image stabilization should be nice for video, but it’s worth pointing out that the M6 isn’t capable of taking 4k video — the best you can do is 1080p at 60p. The camera body has five dials for easy adjustment of settings, and the 3″ LCD touch display can be tilted. Canon has also outfitted the M6 with Wi-Fi, NFC, and Bluetooth. Missing is the electronic viewfinder, which can be found on the M5.
On the DSLR side, Canon is introducing the EOS Rebel T7i and 77D. Both are very similar, with the 77D being a little more weighty. They’re both pretty similar to the M6 above, too, outside of not being mirrorless — they combine a 24.2 MP CMOS APS-C sensor with Dual Pixel CMOS phase-detect autofocus and that DIGIC 7 image processor. But, on these two, continuous shooting tops out at 6 fps, and there’s no five-axis stabilization (and still no 4k recording). No electronic viewfinder, but there will be an optical viewfinder with a 45-point autofocus system. These two have the full slate of connectivity features as the M6 does, too.
The D77 has one more trick up its sleeve — a 7650-pixel RGB+IR metering sensor. Canon is targeting the D77 at amateur photographers interested in digging a little deeper, and metering is a good way to do it. This sensor gives photographers more control over how the camera reacts to light, ensuring that uneven light sources don’t ruin picture quality.
All three cameras will be available sometime in April. The M6 will be $780 for the body, $900 bundled with a 15-45 mm lens, and $1,280 bundled with an 18-150 mm lens. The Rebel T7i will be $750 for the body, $900 with a new 18-55 mm lens, and $1,300 with a new 18-135 mm lens. The 77D will be $900, $1,050, and $1,500 for the same packages.