The Fujifilm X-M1 is Fuji’s third retro-styled compact system camera. It has the same 16.3-million-pixel, APS-C X-Trans CMOS sensor as its older siblings, in the most affordable X-system body yet, but does this mean a compromise has been made on image quality? Read the Fujifilm X-M1 review to find out
Fujifilm X-M1 review – Our verdict
With the success of Fuji’s X-Pro1 and X-E1, the X-M1 was always likely to be the next logical step for the company. It has all the classic looks and stylish design we have come to expect from the X series, and includes the same excellent sensor as used in these two more advanced models, which means that the image quality and colour rendition of the X-M1 are just as good. However, there is a catch.
The X-M1 cries out to be held up to the eye, but without a viewfinder it loses something of the essence of the X-Pro1 and X-E1. The largely polycarbonate body also detracts slightly. That said, the addition of Wi-Fi is a big selling point, particularly in this entry-level section of the market.
Overall, the X-M1 is a fine entry-level compact system camera. In fact, it is one of the best we have tested, combining good handling, style and great image quality. However, oddly, it is currently only £30 cheaper than the metal-bodied and EVF-equipped X-E1, so until the X-M1’s price falls, the X-E1 will be the better option for most enthusiast photographers.
Fujifilm X-M1 key features:
The in-camera, pop-up flash has a guide number of approximately 7m @ ISO 200.
On the camera’s top-plate, near the shutter release, is a dedicated Wi-Fi button, which allows quick access to the camera’s Wi-Fi features.
The X-M1 uses Fuji’s X mount, which makes it compatible with the eight lenses in this range, and a further three lenses, including a 56mm f/1.2, that are planned for release between autumn and spring next year. A Leica M-mount lens adapter is also available.
Fujifilm claims that the battery life for the X-M1, when using the 35mm f/1.4 lens, is around 350 shots.
On the side of the camera are HDMI, Micro USB 2.0 and remote-release sockets. The X-M1 is compatible with the Fujifilm RR-90 remote release, which costs around £85.