The X-M1 is the third model in Fujifilm's X-system after the X-Pro1 and X-E1, and offers a distinctly different design approach with no eye-level viewfinder, a tilting rear-screen, and dual electronic control dials. It uses Fujifilm's proprietary 16MP X-Trans CMOS sensor which offers an ISO range of 200-6400 in RAW and 100-25600 in JPEG, and is also capable of Full HD movie recording at 30 fps. Despite the camera's small size there's still a decent amount of external control, meaning the camera should appeal to beginners and enthusiasts alike.
Fujifilm X-M1 Mirrorless Camera
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“ The best thing about the X-M1 is its top-notch photo quality. While the bundled 16-50mm lens produces good results, photos taken on Fuji's prime lenses are truly stunning.”
- 16.3 MP APS-C X-Trans CMOS sensor
- ISO 200-6400 (expandable to to 12800 and 24600)
- 1080/30fps HD video (.MOV/H.264)
- 49-point AF
- Up to 5.6 FPS continuous shooting
- 3 inch tiltable LCD with 920,000 dots
- Built-in flash with hot shoe
- Built-in WiFi connectivity
- Fujifilm X-Mount compatible
- 8 Advanced Art Filters, film simulation modes, plus PSAM
- Raw, JPEG, and Raw+JPEG
- SD, SDHC, and SDXC memory
|Body type||Rangefinder-style mirrorless|
|Max resolution||4896 x 3264|
|Other resolutions||S: (3:2) 2496 x 1664 / (16:9) 2496 x 1408 / (1:1) 1664 x 1664|
|Image ratio w:h||1:1, 3:2, 16:9|
|Effective pixels||16 megapixels|
|Sensor photo detectors||17 megapixels|
|Sensor size||APS-C (23.6 x 15.6 mm)|
|Processor||EXR Processor II|
|ISO||AUTO / Equivalent to ISO200 - 6400 (Standard Output Sensitivity)|
|White balance presets||7|
|Custom white balance||Yes|
|Image stabilization notes||Supported with OIS type lens|
|JPEG quality levels||Fine, Normal|
|Optics & Focus|
|Number of focus points||49|
|Lens mount||Fujifilm X|
|Focal length multiplier||1.5×|
|Screen / viewfinder|
|Screen type||TFT LCD|
|Minimum shutter speed||30 sec|
|Maximum shutter speed||1/4000 sec|
|Manual exposure mode||Yes|
|Subject / scene modes||Yes|
|Built-in flash||Yes (Manual pop-up flash)|
|Flash range||7.00 m (ISO200m)|
|External flash||Yes (dedicated TTL Flash compatible)|
|Flash modes||Auto / Forced Flash / Suppressed Flash / Slow Synchro / Rear-curtain Synchro / Commander|
|Continuous drive||5.6 fps|
|Self-timer||Yes (10 sec. / 2 sec.)|
|Exposure compensation||±2 (at 1/3 EV steps)|
|AE Bracketing||±1 (3 frames at 1/3 EV, 2/3 EV, 1 EV steps)|
|Resolutions||1920 x 1080 30p, Continuous recording: up to approx. 14 min./1280 x 720 30p, Continuous recording: up to approx. 27 min.|
|Storage types||SD memory card / SDHC memory card / SDXC (UHS-I) memory card|
|USB||USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)|
|HDMI||Yes (Mini HDMI Type C)|
|Wireless notes||Geotagging setup, Image transfer (Individual image / Selected multiple images), View & Obtain Images, PC Autosave|
|Remote control||Yes (RR-90 (sold separately))|
|Battery description||NP-W126 battery and BC-W126 charger|
|Battery Life (CIPA)||350|
|Weight (inc. batteries)||330 g (0.73 lb / 11.64 oz)|
|Dimensions||117 x 67 x 39 mm (4.6 x 2.62 x 1.54″)|
Scoring is relative only to the other cameras in the same category at the time of review.
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The X-M1 is Fujifilm's entry-level mirrorless camera with its unique X-Trans sensor. While it lacks the build quality and EVF of the more expensive X-E1, it adds a sharper, tilting LCD and Wi-Fi. The X-M1 is capable of taking incredibly sharp photos with very little noise. Performance is very good, although AF speeds are not as quick as the best-in-class mirrorless cameras. The camera is missing a few other handy features, like an electronic level and remote control via Wi-Fi.
Those seeking a relatively inexpensive mirrorless camera with top-notch photo quality and a wide selection of manual controls.
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I have been playing with the X-M1 for two days, and so far I love it. The colors are superb (tank you Fuji), and the noise is not a problem up to ISO 6400. My only issue so far is the fact that the included RAW converter (Silkypix) can't duplicated the camera JPEGs (colors and contrasts don't match), but the in-camera's RAW converter can, although it's an hassle to have to proceed that way. Focusing is good and relatively fast, but kind of struggle in low light, even with the assist lamp. Ove ...
Nice picture and pocket size
I use X-M1 with 27 mm lenses more than one month. Prefer film mode natural+sharp=+2, frame size 1x1, auto ISO, S priority. Forgot about flash. Almost perfect, first class camera. Nikon and Cannon lost market. X-M1 is not so perfect like Sony Rx1R, but better than any other competitors. If you have no money for Rx1R, buy X-M1 + 27mm, no choice. Do not buy zoom lenses. Closest competitors: Leica X-Vario and Olympus D-5 - have nice picture but noisy on low ISO (sensor). Of course, Leica price ...
good JPEG poor RAW support bad interface useless if you want to take HDR picture since bracketing is limited to small increments well short of the +/- 2EV needed Fuji offers no firmware upgrades for bracketing gathering dust in my closet went back to my Pentax Avoid! G2D
Superb JPG quality & low noise, small & lightweight.
Can you add an OVF to the XM1?
I have an old Oly OVF which came with the eLP-1 and the 34mme lens. I currently use it with my EOS M, and it works can. Can I attach it to the XM1? I did a search on the forum but couldn't find anything related to this question. Thanks in advance,
For your 34mm lens on the X-M1, the OVF must be a 50mm version. My X-E1 with the 23mm and a 35mm finder: X-E1 with 1.4/23mm and Leitz 3.5cm SBLOO finder. But I do not really use this finder on the X-E1... this here is the actual workplace of the OVF :-) Leica IIIa with 3.5/3.5cm Summaron and 3.5cm SBLOO finder. Continue Reading
Don't see why not, since the X-M1 has a hot shoe like the others. The focal length equivalence of the X-M1 is close (but not identical to) the EOS M (1.5x and 1.6x respectively) so it's just a question of using a lens of appropriate focal length with it, for the field of view of the optical viewfinder to match the lens. I'm guessing the viewfinder is the Olympus VF-1 since you mention a "34mm lens" (presumably the 17mm f2.8 Zuiko which was sometimes supplied with this OVF in camera kits) so I guess the Fuji XF 23mm is the closest focal length match (though a larger and more expensive lens than both the Zuiko and the Canon 22mm which I guess might be what you use it with on the EOS M). Continue Reading
X-M1 versus other X-camera's
Does the image quality of the X-M1 level the image quality of the X-E1 or X-E2 ? Other question that i have related to the X-M1 : The X-M1 doesn't have a dedicated manual focus button. Now when the 23mm lens is attached and you pull the manual focus ring on the lens will the X-M1 switch automatically from autofocus to manual focus or do you have to dive into the menu to switch the focus mode ?
I recently purchased an X-M1. I regularly use an X-100. I have the opinion that the sensor is "essentially" equivalent to the X-E2 and the processor to the X-E1. I understand that the X-E2 uses some of it's "pixels" to aid in focus so it's likely faster in that regard than the X-M1. I would be surprised if the IQ of the X-M1 were to be substantially different from the X-E2. The X-M1 has a reduced set of film simulations but the ones it has are quite good, as expected. These are JPG simulations. I regularly use the "back-focus" on the X-100 and it's not available on the X-M1. However the X-M1 has a Fn button on top which is programmable. The choice I made for this button is Manual Focus so I've found a suitable-substitute for the X-100's back focus button. (it manual focuses but not lock exposure) Continue Reading
According to the website of Fuji the X-E2 has a CMOS II sensor, the X-M1 a CMOS sensor. Are we talking about the same sensor ? Continue Reading
X-A1 Owners impressions wanted!
I'm strongly considering getting an XA1 as my first real camera (besides my phone), the price is very compelling. And I figure going higher even if I can doesn't make sense until I'm familiar with all the controls and intricacies of a camera with many controls. I can live without an EVF for the price, I guess that can be something to look forward to in the future. (And then save each penny and bide my time for a XT2... *drools*) Anyways, I'd welcome your impressions of the XA1, anything really. I'd probably stick with the kit lens for a good while, so it would be nice to know what its limits are. I do like taking macro shots with my phone, so I wonder how the macro performance of the stock lens is. I assume I can probably just shoot from further back and crop too, 16MP is a good amount to work with. I'm aware of the XM1 vs XA1 debate, personally the 150$ savings is enough to defer me down the range, having a fantastic Bayer filter camera in the house to begin with is a good start. ...
Those are specular highlights; it's normal for them to be blown out. You also get them in waves and moving water. You DON'T want the camera to expose for them, and it's perfectly fine for them to be blown. Continue Reading
Glints of sunshine reflecting off a shiny surface bounced off the water is going to look pure white on any camera, even when you look at it with the human eye in real life. Continue Reading
I have the X-A1 and also X-E1, and X100 (and XF1 but we don't talk about that....) You've probably read all the reviews and specifications but here are my random thoughts - sometimes nothing to do with taking photos: 1. Macro performance with 16-50mm with macro mode 'on' is not good - a quick unscientific test reveals that at 16mm setting the minimum distance is 17cm from front of lens to subject. At 50mm zoom the minimum distance is 21cm. I prefer to get closer. 2.I bought my X-A1 in blue and it looks very good, especially the textured front. Build quality is very good, but not as good as the X-E1 and X100 which have a more 'robust' feel about them. 3. The top control dial of the X-A1 has PASM and also scene modes, handy to have easy access to if you like that sort of thing. The other dial is unlabelled and I often can't remember what it does. There's another dial that points up and can be pressed - yet again unlabelled. 4. The screen of the X-A1 is big and tilts, and this is ... Continue Reading
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