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||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 too, 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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Electronic viewfinder lovers and video enthusiasts
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.
What is a good external flash for Fuji X-M1
I'm looking to get a good external flash for the X-M1. My employer is about to purchase this camera based on my recommendation and I'm looking for help on a flash to recommend with the camera. It's main purpose will be an off camera with diffuser for food photography and occasionally portraits. I'd like something that will play nice with the X-M1 (TTL), will fire with the on camera built-in flash (without radio triggers) and has some manual controls to dial down the light. The last isn't a necessity but something I want I much prefer manual controls. Basically a simple lightweight setup that I can pick up and head to any of the restaurants at a moments notice and take some quick high quality shots. As you might have guessed from the camera, budget is a concern so there will be no $500 dollar flashes in my cart. Also if anyone has great experiences with small diffusers/softboxes for the flash let me know too. Thank you all in advance for your thoughts and recommendations.
Plasticky Fuji XM1?
Hi, I have my eyes set on the XM1 but are put off by several reports that have proclaimed it too "plasticky". However, I am unsure where the plastic enters its construction by looking at the photographs of the silver version of the XM1. Could someone who actually owns/have owned a silver XM1 confirm or dismiss the plasticky derogative, and maybe give a hint on how the camera feels in the hands? Thank you in advance.
I put off purchasing the X-M1 after reading far too many comments on this forum and elsewhere that denounced the camera for being 'too cheap and made from plastic'. In the end I decided to take a chance and buy the camera - when I opened the box I was simply stunned by the build quality and superb finish. After all the comments I'd read I began to wander if those dismissing the X-M1 were actually talking about the SAME camera! And then the reality became clear: I realised that many of those who were so quick to dismiss the X-M1 for its cheap build quality had clearly never actually used one - many perhaps not even having seen one. The quality is nothing less than top-notch. Maybe it's good to have one's expectations lowered sometimes; but the danger is that you can miss out on something that's truly wonderful. Had I listened to the negative comments about the X-M1 on this forum I would have missed out on a camera capable of producing the very best images that Fuji's X-Trans system ... Continue Reading
I too was hesitant about the reported 'plasticky' feel. Then I handled the silver/black one with kit lens in a dealer and couldn't understand what people were talking about. My initial impressions were not what many were suggesting. It felt and looked good to me. I bought my silver/black X-M1 with kit lens and have been using it since late December. Having spent time with it and getting familiar with it, the lens does feel more like plastic. I now understand what people meant and also wonder if it will be durable over time. The optical quality and performance are great, as is the 16-50 range. The lens does have a plastic feel though, and the lens hood feels delicate and vulnerable, which perhaps gives the feeling to some that the whole X-M1 is plasticky. As I say, I think it is just the kit lens that makes it feel that way. Although the body is also plastic it doesn't feel cheap or nasty, to me. I have an inkling that I will aim to buy the better (zoom) lenses when I can afford to, ... Continue Reading
In my country M1 is not cheap. It goes here for $900 or even more. This is not cheap. All Fuji cameras are expensive here. Sometimes I wonder if they finance all those fantastic M1 deals in the UK by selling them too dear in other countries. Fuji should beware, or else their marketing policy will lead to international conflicts, or may be even another world war :-(. It has to be one of those vile republican conspiracies. They should stop being so religious... Jokes aside, M1 has a number of advantages over E1 - it's considerably faster, it has newer generation processor, focus tracking (a very useful feature), face detection, much better tilting display with twice as higher resolution which makes focus peaking a joy to use. 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
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- Fujifilm X-M1 Mirrorless Camera
- Lens kit includes XF 16-50mm f/3.5-5.6 lens
- 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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