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

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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:

Flash
The in-camera, pop-up flash has a guide number of approximately 7m @ ISO 200.

Wi-Fi button
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.

Lens mount
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.

Battery
Fujifilm claims that the battery life for the X-M1, when using the 35mm f/1.4 lens, is around 350 shots.

Connections
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.

Details

LCD:3n, 920,000-dot TFT
Output Size:4896 x 3264 pixels
Field of View:N/A
AF Points:49-area system (contrast-detection-based), all points individually selectable
White Balance Bracket:N/A
Sensor:16.3-million-effective-pixel, X-Trans, APS-C CMOS
Exposure Modes:Program, aperture priority, shutter priority, manual
Weight:330g (including battery and memory card)
File Format:JPEG, RAF (raw), Raw+JPEG, MOV
Power:Rechargeable NP-W126 Li-Ion
Shutter Speeds:30-1/4000sec, plus bulb (max 60mins)
Colour Space:Adobe RGB, sRGB
Drive Mode:5.6 fps continuous shooting for 30 JPEG images or 10 raw or raw + JPEG images
Exposure Comp:±2EV in 1/3EV steps
Lens Mount:Fujifilm X mount
RRP:£599.99 body only or £679.99 with XC 16-50mm f/3.5-5.6 OIS lens
ISO:200-6400 (100-25,600 expanded)
Focusing Modes:Single, Manual Focus, Area AF, Multi AF, Continuous AF and Tracking AF
DoF Preview:Via screen
Dimensions:116.9 x 66.5 x 39mm
Metering System:256-zone TTL, multi, spot, average
Connectivity / Interface:USB 2.0, HDMI, electronic remote release
Compression:2-stage JPEG
Tested as:Compact system camera
Viewfinder Type:N/A
Memory Card:SD, SDHC, SDXC
Shutter Type:Focal-plane shutter
Built-in Flash:Yes, GN 7m @ ISO 200
Dioptre Adjustment:N/A
White Balance:Auto, 7 presets, custom, manual, WB shift
External mic:No
Video:1920 x 1080 pixels, 30fps, MOV (H.264)
  1. 1. Fujifilm X-M1 at a glance:
  2. 2. Fujifilm X-M1 review - Fujinon XC 16-50mm f/3.5-5.6 OIS lens
  3. 3. Fujifilm X-M1 review - Build and handling
  4. 4. Fujifilm X-M1 review - Metering
  5. 5. Fujifilm X-M1 review - Autofocus
  6. 6. Fujifilm X-M1 review - White balance and colour
  7. 7. Fujifilm X-M1 review - Dynamic range
  8. 8. Fujifilm X-M1 review - Noise, resolution and sensitivity
  9. 9. Fujifilm X-M1 review - LCD, live view and video
  10. 10. Fujifilm X-M1 review - The competition
  11. 11. Fujifilm X-M1 review - Our verdict
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