Fujfilm X-M1 Review

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Review posted 09/09/2013

Quick Take
Pros
  • Good overall camera
  • Stylish and retro look
  • Camera is very well built and sturdy
  • Smallest Fujifilm X series ILC camera
  • Variety of X mount lenses available
  • Large APS-C image sensor provides good results
  • Outside of shutter lag, X-M1 is fast performer
  • Plenty of buttons make camera easy to use
  • Q Menu provides great shortcut option for adjusting settings
  • High quality LCD screen can tilt 
  • Popup flash unit works well
  • Hot shoe provides option for adding an external flash
  • Reasonably good battery life
  • HDMI port included
Cons
  • Price is a bit high versus other entry-level interchangeable lens cameras
  • Wi-Fi feature is limited and somewhat confusing to setup
  • LCD doesn't fully rotate 
  • LCD has some glare problems, although you can increase the screen brightness
  • Movie options are extremely limited
  • Some issues with shutter lag as autofocus has a slight delay
  • No option for adding a viewfinder
  • No USB cable included for downloading photos
  • Even though menus are well organized, the large number of subcategories can be confusing at times
Bottom Line
The Fujifilm X-M1 camera is a stylish model, with an interesting retro look and a well designed set of controls. The X-M1 is smaller than Fujifilm's other mirrorless X series cameras, but it still has a sturdy build. The X-M1 compares favorably in terms of performance and image quality versus other entry-level ILCs, and it has a large image sensor. However the one area where the X-M1 doesn't stack up in this market category is a really important one -- price. This is an expensive camera compared to other entry-level DSLR and ILC models, so you'll have to decide whether the retro design and large image sensor is worth that premium price. Read more in our Full Conclusion.
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Earlier this summer (2013), Fujfilm announced their third ILC camera in the award-winning X-Series, the Fujifilm X-M1. The camera -- which in kit form will ship with a newly-designed FUJINON XC 16-50mm (24-76mm) F3.5-5.6 OIS zoom lens -- features the same 16.3-megapixel APS-C X-Trans CMOS sensor and EXR Processor II found in the X-Pro1 and the X-E1, but wihn an added color filter array. That's a dSLR-sized image sensor in a camera body roughly half the size (4.6" W by 2.6" H by 1.5" D).  And thanks to the image processor, users can expect quick start up and response times. The camera's natural ISO range is 200-6400, but the extended range of 100-25600 allows anyone to shoot clear, noise-free images in less than ideal lighting conditions.

Other nice features include a 3" tilting LCD display (920K dots), built-in flash, 5 Film Simulation Modes, 8 Advanced Filters, and a Wi-Fi button that allows users to instantly transfer images from the camera to smartphones and tablets running the FUJIFILM Camera App (available for Android and iOS devices).

Fujfilm X-M1 Features
  • 16.3 Megapixel APS-C X-Trans CMOS sensor
  • EXR Processor II
    • Start-up time of 0.5
    • Shutter lag time of 0.05
    • Shooting interval time of 0.7
  • Full 1080 (30p) HD video with stereo microphone 
  • 3" (920K dot) tilting high resolution LCD screen
  • Full range of ISO100 - ISO25600
  • Built-in WiFi
    • Wireless image transfer
  • Q Menu shortcut button
  • In-camera RAW processing
  • Film Simulation Modes
    • Velvia
    • ASTIA
    • PROVIA
    • Sepia
    • Black & White
  • 8 Advanced Filters
    • Toy Camera
    • Miniature
    • Dynamic Tone
    • Pop Color
    • Soft Focus
    • High Key
    • Low Key
    • Partial Color
  • Multiple Exposure mode to superimpose a second exposure on the first exposure
  • Smaller footprint when compared to other X-series models 
  • New kit lens (XC 16-50mm OIS - not sold separately at this time). 
  • Available accessories include: Leather Case, Hand Grip, and Clip-on Flash

Using the same X-Mount as the X-Pro1 and X-E1, the X-M1 works with all Fujifilm XF and XC lenses. These lenses include:
  • XF 14mm F2.8
  • XF 18mm F2.0
  • XF 27mm F2.8
  • XF 35mm F1.4
  • XF 60mm F2.4
  • XF 18-55mm F2.8-4.0 OIS
  • XF 55-200mm F3.5-4.8 OIS
  • XC 16-50mm F3.5-5.6 OIS

Fujifilm's X-M1 is available in black, dual tone silver, or brown "leatherette." Body only packages will cost $699.95 USD. The X-M1 (all colors) + XC16-50mm (24-76mm) F3.5-5.6 OIS lens kits can be had for approx. $799.95 USD. Click on our Buy button to see the most current online pricing.

What's in the box?:
  • X-M1 camera body
  • 16-50mm kit lens (if purchased as a kit)
  • Li-ion Battery NP-W126
  • Battery Charger BC-W126
  • Shoulder strap
  • Body cap
  • CD-ROM (Viewer software, RAW File Converter etc. )
  • Owner's manual



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